Ingrid and Blue Water Boats Info.
(I don't know for sure which Ingrid this is, but I think it is "Ingrid Princess")
(reprinted from old Blue Water Boats literature)
Ingrid Design: The "Ingrid is a William Atkin adaptation of the famous
Colin Archer "Redningskoite" boats.
Double-ended boats are decendants of the Viking ship. In the late 19th century,
Colin Archer, a Scotch naval architect living in Norway, achieved considerable
fame for his refinement of double-ended sailboats. His designs won world
recongnition for their heavy-weather characteristics.
In 1934 William Atkin, an American naval architect, took the classic lines of
the "Redningskoite" and produced several sizes of this lovely vessel.
Ingrid is the 38' model and varies only slightly form the original Archer
design. For example Atkin gave the Ingrid hull a finer entry for better
Ingrid Philosophy: Blue Water Boats built the Ingrid (from the mid '70s to the
mid '80s) for people who wanted to sail the ocean. While not all Ingrid owners
plan to take their boats on ocean passages immediately, they have the assurance
that their Ingrid is ready when they are.
The Ingrid differs from many other ocean sail-boats in that her design permits
handling with only one or two person - as opposed to requiring a large crew. The
boat is easily single-handed. She will deliver a softer, more stable ride making
the trip not only exciting - but restful and comfortable as well. Strength and
safety are primary in her construction.
Sailing Characteristics:The Ingrid is designed with one purpose - to provide a
safe and comfortable ocean journey to her crew. Ingrid is, however a very
sprightly boat in her element.
Ingrid's full keel keeps her directionally stable resisting the pressures of
waves and wind to twist her. If the sails are balanced, the course will remain
true even without a hand on the helm.
The bow has a fine entry. When the Ingrid comes down off a wave crest into a
trough there is no tooth-jarring "bang"! Instead, she makes a gentle
"whooshing" sound. The water acts like a giant shock absorber and
stops the downward motion (like catching an egg). Even the fo'c'sle berth is
comfortable at sea!
Ample floatation in both the bow and stern quarters keep her ends dry. They lift
easily with the waves.
Ballast in the Ingrid is spread out from extreme stern position to the bob-stay
iron in the bow. This long moment of force acts like a pole, rising and falling
on a horizontal plane (as opposed to the pitching motion so common in the
Blue Water Boats, Inc.: Founded in 1971 by James Musser, a Seattle sailor whose
plan was to build an Ingrid and embark on a Pacific Ocean cruise. He constructed
his "plug" from the original William Atkin plan, then the mold, and
made his Ingrid hull. Several people who saw his completed project asked for
similar hulls from the mold and this led to the formation of Blue Water Boats.
In 1973 the firm was incorporated, Jerry Husted, an experienced Puget Sound
sailor, became the equal partner. Shortly thereafter, Musser and his wife left
on their long-awaited cruise aboard their Ingrid "Sandaldust".
In July, 1974, Husted purchased the balance of the shares of teh company. He
himself sailed aboard an Ingrid from Honolulu to Seattle - gaining additional
insight into Ingrid's characteristics.
My records are not complete and from my best estimates and the documents I have
at hand, I estimate that production of the Ingrid continued until about 1985 and
about 150 to 175 hulls were produced. At about this time the molds and patterns
were sold. They are currently stored in Graham, WA. (Jerry Husted switched his
production operation to the Nordic Tug.)
More information will follow (when I get time).
Steve s/v Good Intentions