utility garvey was designed to fill a need for a simple work scow
anyone can build to use in a summer camp. You can haul rocks with
her, fish out of her, beach her easily. The garvey is a gussied-up
scow. The name is a local one, in use on the Jersey marsh reaches,
where the water is thin, money sometimes thinner, and where the scow
type of hull has for generations blossomed forth as the
“garvey”—plebeian, often homely, always plain, but what a work
even in this simple design there were some problems. I knew she’d
have to be trailable, whereas the true garvey is heavy. She’d have
to be fine-lined enough to move with from 3 to 7 hp kickers, and
she’d have to have the carrying power of a north woods wanigan—a
lumberjack’s store boat—to lug the camping stuff Joe Doakes
to meet these conflicting requirements may not loom large now, but.
they did at first. I
was sitting on a cedar stump in my yard after supper, when the answer
came to me. There, before me, bottom up on the muskeg, was a boat I
have loved for 46 years—
about which I wrote and the design for which I presented in the 1956
had the feel I wanted this new garvey to have. Here was a boat sized
by some ancient master in the old Toppan Dory shops. I’d cruised
her into every pothole from Duluth to Rossport, and loved her.
Notwithstanding some purely dory traits, such as crankiness until
loaded, she has given more pleasure to several owners than any other
boat I can recall offhand.
there in the cool shadows of the forest I flopped her right side up,
stood in her, and my feet felt all the old quirks she had. So I took
a Swede saw, knocked off her top strakes for firewood—they were
punky and she had to go sometime— and stuck laths in the muskeg to
give enlarged beam to the floor area between chines, tilted the lath
to proper angles for stiffening the hull up under burden, and,
transferring the resulting measurements to my notebook, sketched the
profile and deck plan of the boat presented in the plans.
thus part dory, part garvey. and part north woods wanigan. Tbe
combination of work-horse pedigrees back of her should produce a fine
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