Sharpies developed along the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound, especially in and around New Haven, during the middle 19th century. They featured a long narrow hull, flat bottom with shallow draft, often two masts, “leg ‘o mutton” sails and a rounded stern which made it easier to tong for oysters in the shallow water
The Milford 20 is a modern interpretation of the sharpie type, and was inspired by the Floridays design of noted naval architect Mark Fitzgerald of Thomaston, Maine.
This design has been developed with the amateur builder in mind. Construction is ply over a timber frame. Intended as a safe, easy to sail recreational vessel for sheltered waters, her shallow draft will allow adventures where bigger boats can’t venture. As a camp cruiser, she will provide cosy accommodation for two, or alternatively carry some camping gear and step ashore.
- Length overall: 6250 mm. (20′ 6″)
- Beam: 1620 mm. (5′ 5″)
- Draft: 250 / 1000 mm. (10″ / 39″)
- Sail Area: 150 sq.ft.
- Displacement: 600 kg. (1300 lbs.)
- Towing weight: 650 kg. (including trailer)