Your Backyard Boats --
Dinghy -- shining example
I ran an ad in Messing About in Boats, to announce
this website to the faithful, I got a few emails from New Yorkers,
including Bill Narby, who sails boats, including an Oxford
Dinghy and a fleet of Grumman aluminum
sailboats, in the Finger Lakes region of western New York. Bill
emailed with a question about lug rigs for his dinghy and sent
Bill writes, "I have an Oxford Dinghy (picture attached
without her sail), and she came equipped with a Gunter rig.
It sails pretty well, but never sets right in the area where
the yard connects to the mast. I have made some changes, and
some were good, but still a problem. I have been looking at
other rigs, and the balanced lug seems to have the most appeal."
Bill sails at Hammondsport, on Keuka Lake. He added
that "until challenged, I claim to be the world's only
collector of Grumman aluminum sailboats. I have three, two Grumman
Flyers and a Grumman Sailing Camper, all built in the late 60s
and early 70s. I had a Grumman Ballerina, but it was a real
tub of a sailer, so swapped it for the Camper. There were only
about 65 Flyers built, so most people have never heard of them."
I emailed Bill to ask permission to use the photo
of his Oxford Dinghy and to ask after the level of privacy
he wanted. He replied, "OK to use my name and both addresses.
I meet more people that way."
Narby's Oxford Dinghy. Bill writes that the Oxford Dinghy
is mentioned in The
Dinghy Book by Stan Grayson