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1 A type of oyster dredge which originated among the oystermen of New Haven, Connecticut, USA, about 1830. Having a flat bottom with single chines and a large wooden centreboard, sharpies were built in sizes from 9 to 18 metres (30–60 ft) in length as oyster dredgers in Chesapeake Bay. They were developed later as flat-bottomed cruising yachts and were, traditionally, Bermudan-rigged ketches with no headsails.

2 During the 1930s the name was adopted to describe a class of small, hard-chine racing boat with a Bermudan sloop rig.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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