ROW/SAIL PUNT, 13' X 4'', 140 POUNDS
If you like to spend time looking at
drawings of small boats one of the best books to invest
in is Howard Chapelle's AMERICAN SMALL SAILING CRAFT.
If you turn to page 65 you will see a drawing of the "Old
garvey box, substitute for a sneakbox". The sneakbox
itself is a fairly refined shape to be seen on page 313.
They were small handy row/sail boats used by sportsmen
around the Chesapeake a century ago but they live on in
boats like the Sunfish that are very similar in size and
style. Chapelle's old garvey box is the same size and
style but with a simple flat bottomed cross planked hull
instead of the sneakbox the round bilged hull of a real
You can learn a lot more about the sneakbox
on the internet. Start at the Eldritch Press shown in
my links. There is a lot of stuff at Eldritch, mostly
"literature". But for some good reason there
is also a section on classic small boat books including
Nathaniel Bishop's FOUR MONTHS IN A SNEAKBOX, complete
with all maps and drawings which include details of a
1870's sneakbox. Bishop took his sneakbox from Pittsburgh
down the Ohio to the Mississippi to the Gulf Coast to
Florida. He camped almost every night. All was done with
oars, no sail rig was taken. Quite a journey! And quite
interesting to historians and anyone who lives near those
waters (like me). Anyway, Al Tilley is the one who told
me about Eldritch and who built the first Sneakerbox.
Here is the writeup about Sneakerbox
in the current catalog:
Here is a new design based on a traditional
boat, Chapelle's "garvey box". She's the same
size and layout as the original garvey box. The prototype
was built by Al Tilley of Montrose, Pa.
I'm sure she's lighter than the old
planked garveys, maybe half the weight because of the
modern plywood box construction. Still, she's too heavy
for casual cartopping (and not well shaped for it either)
because of the extra weight of the deck. There's nothing
to be done about it except to go to n open top design
like Piccup Squared. But the old sneakbox boats were always
I put a lateen sail on Sneakerbox and
didn't copy the original boomless sprit rig. The boomless
rig would stow better but the lateen would easily outsail
it and be much more likely to be rigged properly. What!!
No pivoting leeboard?? This hull is too shallow to make
one work well. I kept the traditional daggerboard. (Al
has not built the sail rig yet, using the boat for recreational
Six sheets of plywood make Sneakerbox.
The boat has taped seam chines. No jigs or lofting required.
Plans are three blueprints with complete