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the Malabar II sailplan

We of the Eaton Batson family have been building boats in the backyard since the late 80’s. We started with a 12′ Catspaw Dingy, moved on to a 13′ Kayak, and most recently built an 18′ Whitehall outfitted for rowing and sailing. We have been building a Malabar II in North Philadelphia for the past 3 years.

The Malabar II was designed in 1922 by John Alden in Boston Massachusetts. Alden was a great admirer of working schooners that had plied the fisheries of the north Atlantic for generations, so his ships reflected the vernacular designs of New England with the elegance of a yacht. The Malabar is a two-masted gaff-rigged schooner, 41’-3″ overall and displacing some 18 tons.

Alden supposedly took the name Malabar from the Malabar shoals, which were marked off the coast of Cape Cod on 18th century sea charts of Massachusetts but have long since been washed away.

the Wendy Anne, our second boat

Zach in a a Freindship Sloop model

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian Hart permalink
    March 5, 2013 3:34 am

    Dear Jonah, I am very interested in your amitious plans and your progress. Back in 1972 I built a small boat in the UK and sailed it to Europe. My first sea venture. Since then I have been a constant sea traveller and I have ended up as a sailing instuctor and Yacht Master. I have extended knowlage of the Med where I sailed for 15 years before selling my Moody 44 . If you wish to communicate or need any info on that part of the world send me am emiai. Cheers, Ian Hart

  2. NIcholas Bauer permalink
    March 11, 2013 5:02 am

    Since I first saw her plans in the WoodenBoat Catalog years ago, i have thought her the most beautiful boat i have ever seen. It makes my heart beat a little faster to learn of your project. Godspeed! ->Nicholas Bauer, Puerto Vallarta

  3. July 3, 2013 3:35 am

    I have no idea how to build a boat but your dream has inspired me to make one!
    Is there any way I could contribute to help out?

  4. Chris Roberts permalink
    July 31, 2013 8:39 pm

    Hi Bob, You will remember my wife Deedy (Engle). Willoughbys were neighbors for years.
    Do you have regular off-Web email?


  5. August 24, 2013 6:19 am

    mi chiamo rametta carmelo sto costruendo il malabar 2 profilo su facebook carmelorametta

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