|Saint Melorus was designed for boatbuilder Terry Heard of Mylor, Falmouth, Cornwall for oyster dredging in the Truro River and the River Fal. She was built carvel-planked and was for sailing only, motor-power being banned under the local shell fishing bye-laws.(The designer also claimed that the lack of an engine and propellor tube enabled him to give her finer lines aft which improved her sailing qualities.) She is of quite shallow draught, to give the fisherman more time over the tidal oyster beds. She is of low freeboard to aid handling the dredges, with a large open cockpit. There is a small cuddy forward of the mast which might provide spartan accommodation. Falmouth Working Boats are often confused with Falmouth Quay Punts, which are quite different. The Quay Punt was deep-keeled with some accommodation, and went offshore in search of work in the days of sail. The locally-built Working Boats were designed for Oyster Dredging within the River and the Carrick Roads, and although now raced enthusiastically were not designed for offshore work. Converting them to cruising boats has proved difficult, but as open boats carrying large crews and sail areas they provide exciting sailing.
LOA, less bowsprit 28'-0" (8.53m)
LWL, 26'-0" (7.92m)
Beam, 9'-0" (2.74m)
Draft. 4'-4" (1.32m)
Displacement, 5.67 tons, 12,700 lbs (5773 kg.) including ballast keel.
Sail Area (Lowers only) 700 Sq. Ft. (64 sq.m)
Construction, Traditional Carvel-planked over frames.
The drawings consist of two sheets:- Lines, Offsets, and Sail Plan, and construction details.
NB. Percy Dalton mainly designed for professional boatbuilders, so construction details are brief. But the construction is traditional and described in many textbooks.