Petrel Tuesday June 29, 2010, 1 comments

Stairs in Commerce Court North

I’ve recently inherited from my father his first sailboat, a 12-foot aluminum dinghy designed by the talented Phillip Rhodes and built by the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan, same as the aluminum foil in your kitchen drawer), most likely some time in the 1970s.

The picture here is from a boat information pamphlet, one of the few pieces of information I’ve been able to find online.

There may be a one-design racing class for this boat, but I haven’t been able to confirm that. Even if there is, I suspect this one would have to be considerably rejigged to qualify, as my father spent considerable time improving the rigging during his ownership.

I’ll have to redo some brightwork, and possibly look into new sails at some point, but the boat is in exceptional condition, and I’m looking forward to punting around on the water with Sarah. The boat is an absolute blast to sail, though one often gets wet when sailing a Petrel.


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Eric Hoffman Sunday August 1, 2010


Hi,

I also just inherited a similar Alcan sailboat. you mentioned finding a ‘boat information’ pamphlet that you found on-line; any chance you could forward this (I couldn’t find it).
Thanks!
ERic

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