Well, she's not actually his Sampierota, but he sent the photos, and she's a beauty.
Bob also related a funny story about the boat.
He was in a residential area of the Dorsoduro, along the Rio de le Romite, not far from Ponte delle Turchette.
"One day when passing by, a delivery topa was squeezing its way along the rio, being very careful about the boats moored on both sides. The owner of this Sampierota rushed out of his house and "had words" with the operator of the delivery topa. The owner retreated after insuring his boat was left unharmed."
The Sampierota is a great example of the Venetian way of thinking. Most of us have seen them, either in person or in paintings and photos. They often have painted sails. Their shallow draft gives them the ability to sail in parts of the lagoon where other sailboats would run aground.
Like the Venetians, she adapts to her surroundings, and thrives because of it.
But there are other reasons this design has lived on while so many other types have become "extinct".
first of all there's size:
she is small enough for folks to own privately,
large enough to have friends aboard for an outing,
and in many cases big enough for light cargo carrying if necessary.
But I believe the Sampierota's greatest strength is her versatility:
she can be rowed in traditional Venetian manner,
fitted out for sailing,
and has a stern which easily accepts an outboard motor.
When Bob first sent me these photos, I wasn't sure if she was a Sampierota or a Topa - the two designs share many traits. I asked Nereo Zane and he indicated that the boat was a Sampierota. An e-mail from Gilberto Penzo confirmed the same answer.
When I'm in Venice this May, I might just try and find this boat to get a closer look. She looks immaculate.
I just wish I could have been there to see the owner "have words" with that delivery driver.
Thanks Bob, for the photos and great story.