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Who was Pterodactyl?

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Posted by Alex Forbes on October 05, 2017 at 17:48:53 user Pitsligo.

I'm in the middle of finding a boat to live aboard when I sell my house next spring: a powerboat, to serve as tender to my 19' sloop and as home for me, including my library.

In that context, it's proving to be quite a search to find a boat adequate for even the 80 linear feet of my pared-down library.

That got me to thinking about the notorious Pterodactyl, and AR's illustration titled, "In the cabin of the Pterodactyl," and how big the Pterodactyl must have been to provide the space in which that scene takes place. Especially since that appears to be an athwartships cabin, and boats of that era were typically far narrower than boats of today. She must have been quite a good sized yacht! Does anyone know if AR modeled Pterodactyl on a specific vessel, or --if that information isn't available-- have any access to contemporary yacht registers that might offer a likely candidate? All speculation is welcome.


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