This little sloop was a custom design for Tom Goodwin, an owner in the Bahamas, who provided very detailed sketches of the boat that he wanted. She was built by Covey Island Boatworks in Petit Riviere, Nova Scotia, Canada, a firm well known for very high quality wood yachts, both sail and power.
The general style is based on a traditional Bahama working sloop, the type of craft used for fishing and inter-island transport by many generations of islanders.
However the hull is finer forward and has more fullness aft, not unlike that of a Cape Cod catboat in some respects.
Too, she is of shallower draft than the Bahama "sharpshooter" shown in Chapelle's "American sailing Craft" and has a centerboard added to improve her weatherliness.
The rig also differs from the sharpshooter in having a jib set on a long bowsprit and a high peaked gaff main but, like most Bahama boats, she still features a big, loose footed mainsail. The sail area is certainly generous and she should slip along nicely in the lightest of airs.
Construction is of strip planked fir, fiberglassed inside and out, with laminated keel and other members. Decks are plywood, laminated in three layers for strength.
The little yacht was designed as a daysailer so cabin accommodations are minimal and, as the owner did not want a W.C., I presume that L. Francis Herreshoff's favorite, a cedar bucket, will be utilized in the cockpit.
It would be quite easy to fit a head if desired, of course, by eliminating the quarterberth or by moving the starboard settee forward to make space.
Though a minimal cruiser by modern standards, the Bahama Sloop is a daysailer that will attract envious glances wherever she sails. And I, for one, have cruised hundreds of miles in small boats that, by comparison, make this little Bahama 25 footer seem like a palace of luxury.
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