Sparrow Page
Sail No: S-30-G
Rig: Ketch, Gaff Main
Material: Mahogany
LOA: 36'
Beam: 9'
Displacement: 11,500 lb
Builder: American Marine
Designer: Bill Shaw
Built: Hong Kong
Before the success of the Grand Banks power boat American Marine built six 30 foot ketchs. The Sparrow, orginally named 'En Route', is one of those vessels. She is constructed with 1 inch square african mohogany planks using an edge nailed cove and bead technique. Following a 'folk boat' style of design with a full keel and large outboard rudder the Sparrow is more of a pocket cruiser than a race boat.

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While searching for a low maintenance sail boat with plenty of headroom a friend of mine suggested I take a look at this cute wooden boat in the marina. "If you look at it you'll buy it though" she warned me. Knowing that my British 'stiff upper lip' would be able to resist such a thing I had a look. Its been two years now since the restoration project began, I'm not even counting the cost in terms of money and bumps on the head but I'm still the proud owner of that cute little boat. Getting Sparrow back into sailing shape has taken a real team effort. Scott Corich, Bill Lewis, Len Daniello, Holly Scott and Chuck Cover all deserve the utmost credit. A finer crew has never set sail.
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