One of the latest additions to the Knickerbocker Canoe Club's fleet is of the "Hyla" model, owned by Horace C. Thompson. This craft is one of the double bilge-board type, the idea being to allow the placing of a large board sufficiently far aft to give good results in sailing, yet without occupying valuable space in the cockpit. She was built by Rushton, of Canton, N.Y., and is of the following dimensions and construction:
Dimensions: Length, 16 feet; beam, 30 inches: depth, bow 19 inches; center, 12 inches; stern, 16 inches.
Position of mast tubes, bulkheads, coaming, hatches, etc., as shown in cut.
Material: Oak keel, stem and stern posts; Michigan white cedar planking, bulkheads and deck timbers; red elm ribs; cherry gunwales and coaming; mahogany decks, battens and hatches; basswood floor. All fastenings copper or brass; brass stem bands, mast tubes and plates and hatches fastenings.
Rubber tube packing for dry storage hatches.
Dimensions of material: Keelson about 7/8 inch thick, 2½ inches wide at widest part inside the rabbet. Planking and deck, ¼ inch thick.
Construction: Stem, steam bent; stern post, sawed from plank. Planking, smooth lap, bilge streaks from thicker stuff and hollowed by hand; ribs halt round, spaced 3 inches; deck timbers spaced 6 inches; bulkheads spaced 6 feet 6 inches between; cockpit 5 feet 6 inches in the clear. Deck put on in quarters, with battens over center seam. Floor, close to skin, full length of cockpit.
Finish: Oil and best spar varnish.
Fittings: Bilge boards instead of centerboard. These are shaped from plates of Tobin bronze, 15 x 30 x 3-32 inches.
She will carry 72 square feet of sail, consisting of a mainsail of 42 square feet and a dandy of 30 square feet. The sails are of the improved Bailey pattern and rigged with single halliards.
This makes the third bilge-board canoe flying the Knickerbocker signal, the other two being the "Yankee," owned by L. C. Kretzmer, and the "Chiquita," owned by M. Ohlmeyer, Jr. As will be seen by her description, she is similar in dimensions to the "Vesper," the difference lying in greater depth amidships and more dead rise.
The Knickerbocker Canoe Club, whose house is foot of 152d street, on the Hudson River, has now an active membership of forty-five, and is the strongest cruising organization of this vicinity. The officers for the year 1901 are: L. S. Stockwell, commodore; George E. Taylor, vice-commodore; James Leach, secretary; William R. Farrell, Jr., treasurer, and Warren T. Berry, measurer. The House Committee consists of George E. Taylor, chairman; H. W. Dempewolf and W. G. Harrison. Camp and Amusement Committee - L. C. Kretzmer, George E. Taylor and James Leach.