There are two "wide-body" Classic Moth designs currently kicking around, the round-bilged Titan which is currently featured in the header photo, and the French Proust design which I profiled in this post. The Proust design is a simple, v-bottom shape and should be easy to plank in plywood though Jim Young built his in fiberglass/foam-core. If you build it with the open cockpit as Jim Young did (rather than the racing cockpit), the Proust should be more than capable in taking an adult and a young kid for a pleasant day-sail.
Jim Young named his Proust version Tippy, a misnomer since this design has more than enough stability for a Mothboat. I've taken the Proust and made some changes and in keeping with the Jim Young naming convention, I've deemed my version Zippy.
The Jim Young Tippy at the 2008 Elizabeth City Nationals.
The original Proust had a chine log which I've eliminated to make it a true V-bottom. I changed the rocker and the sheer slightly. I have it on my list to make a model of Zippy but as my friends know, my projects take a very long, long time. If anyone out in the bloggosphere would like to make of model of Zippy, please send along photos and I'll post them.
Here are the offsets for Zippy in both metric and English. Stations are set at approximately 13 inch increments which is really too many for a traditional build where you leave the frames in the boat (like the Nantais or Little Mae Moths). Sometime down the road I'll put out 8 station offsetts. To print, click on the right-most icon with the arrow to open in another window.
And here is "Zippy the Pinhead", the cartoon star, the enigmatic master of dry wit from another dimension, a cartoon I always checked in with daily even when I didn't understand where he was going (unfortunately no longer with the WaPo; I'm not sure the cartoon is still being written).
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