Claire is a twelve foot lapstrake, rowing and sailing boat. Little is known of the origins of this design, though it is believed that she was designed in England for use as a tender or small fishing boat. The lines of Claire where taken by the Argues School from a still working boat in Richardson Bay. Claire was then lofted and built at NBBW with some small modifications to her lines, with the intention to make her a better sailing boat.
Claire is a stoutly built boat, with 3/8 in thick coastal fir planking and white oak frames. Her stem is black locust and transom is cherry. Claire as a sailing boat will come with a spirit sail rig and lee-boards, though center/dagger-boards and other rigs are always an option. Also to be included with the boat will be a pair of hand made oars of either fir or spruce, and leathered with stops.
Claire is wonderfully designed for Richardson Bay’s heavier conditions, with ample buoyancy, and plenty of flare forward for swells or chop. She will comfortably take 3 adults with gear, sailing or rowing.
Now you can see how Clair looks when finished and painted. If you can stand in the boat it must be stable.