Model No. 4: Coquina et al.

Model No. 4

Model by: NGH
Made when: March 1889
Stated model scale: 1/12
Model length (ca.): 16.5" (41.8cm)
Implied vessel LOA at 1/12 (ca.): 16' 6" (5.0m)
Power/Sail: S
Vessel Type: Coquina rowboat (16); Coquina sailing dinghy (12); Woods Hole spritsail Coquina dinghy (2)
Hull Configuration: No centerboard (16); Centerboard (14)
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room East Wall

Vessels from this model:
30 built, modeled by NGH
#189102es [Dinghy for #164p Javelin] (1891)
#189103es [Dinghy for #411s Gloriana] (1891)
#189201es [Dinghy for #414s Wasp] (1892)
#189202es [Dinghy for #435s Colonia] (1892)
#189302es [Dinghy for #437s Vigilant] (1893)
#189908es [Dinghy for #510s Petrel] (1899)
#189909es [Rowboat for #520s Athene] (1899)
#190302es [10ft Coquina Rowboat] (1903)
#190303es [Coquina Rowboat Job2441] (1903)
#190307es [Dinghy for #235p Mist] (1903)
#190421es [Dinghy for #621s Margaret] (1904)
#190511es [Coquina Rowboat Job3572] (1905)
#190517es [Dinghy for #638s Neola II] (1905)
#190604es [Coquina Rowboat Job3857] (1906)
#190704es [Dinghy for #666s Avenger] (1907)
#190905es [Dinghy for #552s Effort II] (1909)
#190906es [Dinghy for #594s Zara] (1909)
#190908es [Dinghy for #685s Adventuress] (1909)
#191002es [Dinghy for S. P. Colt] (1910)
#191106es [Dinghy for #692s Westward] (1911)
#404s Coquina (1889)
#419s Coquina 2nd (1892)
#474s Dude (1896)
#492s [Dinghy for #493s Jilt] (1898)
#498s Wiz [Whiz] (1898)
#500s [Dinghy for W. H. Buffington] (1899)
#522s Memo (1899)
#523s [As Coquina 2nd #419 7/8-scale] (1899)
#524s [As Coquina 2nd #419 7/8-scale] (1899)
#606s [Sailing Dinghy for H. Darlington] (1902)

Original text on model:
"COQUINA 1889 #404 1888
COQUINA 2nd 1892 #419
1896 #474 19 [sic, i.e. 16] 1\2 ft
827 lbs
Hull 279 centerboard rudder 10 oars 8
3 333 / 30 / 13 / 120 \ ballast & rig 140 310 \ 686." (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model description:
"#404 Coquina, 16'8" loa sailboat of 1889. Also used for #419 Coquina II of 1892 and, with modifications, for #474 Dude of 1896. See also first model for Coquina, seq 1225, not used." (Source: Bray, Maynard. 2004.)

Model discussion:
"A good small sailing dinghy to be used for a yacht's tender should have the following features:
1. She should row easily both when light and loaded.
2. Be light enough to hoist aboard easily.
3. Be stiff enough to get into and out of easily.
4. Be so constructed that she will not leak and still will be able to stand some abuse.
5. Last, but not least, she should tow steadily, always holding back on her painter and never yawing around.
... the dinghy which has a well rounded-off forefoot, together with a small nicely tucked-up transom, will tow through almost anything. Her quick lines aft will make her stand right up on her stern and hold back steadily on the painter. Perhaps if I give you a slight review of some of the types of rowboats my father designed it will explain the development of the American yacht tender, for his tenders were copied by most of the best boat builders.
... In the 1890's many of his tenders were built on what was called the Coquina model and similar to Figure 360. This was a most successful type, and was built in two or three sizes and many different lengths. It made both a fast and excellent sailing dinghy and a very easy rowing boat.
In those days on the New York Yacht Club cruise they used to hold Owl and Gamecock Races. That is, they had rowing races for the tenders of the yachts in the squadron. The boats were divided up into classes of one oarsman, two oarsmen and four oarsmen. In the days when I used to go on the New York Yacht Club cruises I never saw anything but the Coquina model win in the single rower class. While this model was generally well liked, my father saw that it could be much improved for towing, so soon after 1900 he brought out a model which we in the rowboat shop used to call the Columbia Lifeboat model." (Source: Herreshoff, L. Francis. The Common Sense of Yacht Design. Vol. II. New York, 1948, p. 139-140.)

"#498s Wiz was added by CvdL to the list of vessels built from this model because Wiz was built on the moulds of #474s Dude. Also, #522-524 were added by CvdL because #522 was built as #419 Coquina 7/8-scale, likewise apparently #523s and #524s." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. 2008.)

"See als NGH design booklet entry dated March 25, 1889 '... Weighing of model of Coquina to waterline marked on back of model. Scale 1/12. Length 16ft 8in, w.l. 15ft 9in, breadth 5ft 1in, depth 22in. [Calculated] Disp[lacement] 827lbs. ...'." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. September 16, 2014.)

Model identification:
"See first model, sequence 1225." (Source: Curator Herreshoff Marine Museum, 2004.)

Related model(s):
Model 0004 by NGH (1889); sail, 30 built from
Coquina et al.
Model 1225 by NGH (1889?); sail, not built
Coquina (Study Model)

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