Little Gem, a C12

boatshow1I built this boat wanting something with a bit more shape to the bottom than the Pocket Cruiser.  It also helped me refine my skills with stitch and glue that I started with Pack Rat. Again, I didn’t really stick with the plans going with a daggerboard instead of centerboard, different seating arrangement, and a gaff sail.  I also tried graphite in the epoxy as my final coat with a tan interior making the boat color similar to that of little gem donuts hence the name.  This boat did turn out to be a little gem taking me safely through lots of sailing experiences.

Stripper1I sailed it for a long while as an open boat but then got infected by the look of Catboats.  So, I ended up modifying this boat to catboat form by moving the mast forward, adding a deck, and putting in a lot of brightwork.  These modifications weren’t all done at once but over time.  I brought Little Gem with me on the IMG_2819_editedmove from Ohio to Georgia and, once there, experienced the shoal waters in Florida which encouraged me to switch to a centerboard rather than daggerboard.

What I had after all the modifications was a small cruising boat with a sleeping platform forward with storage under, a dodger creating a dry cabin, and a IMG_2817_editedroomy cockpit.  I used this boat in the first ever Florida 120, which I founded.  This is a cruise in company in the Pensacola area of Florida.  I also attended the Cedar Keys messabout where Matt Layden encouraged me to use this boat in the Everglades Challenge.  During the 2011 Everglades Challenge I found the boat was more able than the skipper and I ended up beaching in high wind and waves and calling it quits.  Now, with more coastal experience under my belt, I know I should have taken a break then continued and I would have done fine. 200329_184633494912750_100000983016253_443684_7733989_n


5 thoughts on “Little Gem, a C12

  1. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a
    few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than
    that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  2. Dear Sir,

    I have a question about C12 sheet D224/5. I have requested membership to the bateau forum
    but they did not activate my account for 2 days.

    Tonguc Rador
    Bogazici University Dept. of Physics

    • I don’t have any affiliation with Only advice I can give is to try again and make sure you provide enough information so that they know you are interested in building their boat and not just trying to get access to their member’s list.

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