1001Boats: Slacktide

Courtesy of http://1001boats.blogspot.com/


Here’s something very different from Dave Zeiger of TriloBoats which are a family of barge/scow hulls that have been adapted for fast and easy construction in plywood.
Dave and his family have what my appear an alternative and enviable lifestyle living aboard their 26 foot Trilo – Slacktide among the islands of Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago.

If you think of Dave and family in terms of Ralph Waldo Emerson then perhaps Slacktide is analogous to Walden Pond.

At 26′ x 7′ x 1′ Slacktide is engine-free, a junk ketch-rigged sailing barge “not one of those curvaceous barge-babes, either, but a four-square and unrepentant box barge”


Slacktide is wind and human powered so sailing, sculling, drifting and idling are important pastimes. When the wind is fair and the tide a’rising, she will skim the shorelines or thread tiny passages between islets. When at anchor or waiting on the next tide Dave and family are afforded the perfect location from which to while away the day, drawing (boats from Dave, plants and animals from Anke), making music and exploring realms of the senses.

Compared to many of the boats featured on 1001 Boats “Slacktide” might be described as plain or even odd, but that’s to miss the point and a long history of slab sided working boats such as the sharpie, scow and barge. Reference England’s east coast barge trade, square section barges of 80 to 90 feet carrying immense cargos of up to 100 tons under sail through the shoal rivers and right into the port of London, often crewed by just a skipper and mate speak of an efficiency and fitness for purpose. In her way Slacktide draw many parallels, her form is a direct consequence of… Read More

Originally posted 2011-12-23 10:25:37.

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  1. Bryan, glad you liked my post on Slacktide – you may have noticed 1001 boats has been a little quiet recently (due to work and other pressures) – if you have any interesting boats you’d like to post let me know – will of course link back to your site



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