SEAGOER or SEABIRD? SEAGOER, the name as it appears on the original plans


This is a bone of contention. Harry Pigeons boat was a "Seabird", but he appears to have enlarged her size from 27 to 34 ft. We found the original plans Frank Wightman bought in New York during 1936/37. There she was called a "SEAGOER". It is possible that the publishers changed her name as she was a lot bigger than the original Seabird. Who knows?
The Seabird is a 19th century design.
The conventional method of construction those days was strip planking. Pitchpine on Oak ribs. Her keel was deep and there was no need for ballast. Seabirds usually have Yawl rigging, which has two masts with the shorter mast aft. The main and mizzen sail had a gaff. Many variations of Seabirds have been built over the years, but very few are still about. Seabirds were safe and sailed well downwind. They proved excellent in tradewinds.