A scaled-down Concordia 25WB No. 228WITH NEW OWNERS
JEANNE has been acquired by David Stimson of Maine (Sept. 2012).
JEANNE is a scaled-down Concordia 25 and is cute as a button. With a three-window trunk cabin, a bowsprit and boomkin, a self-bailing cockpit and bridge deck, and an inboard engine, she’s a real little ship. And below deck, she has a pair of those wonderfully comfortable fold-down Concordia berths in the main cabin as well as a single pipe berth forward. Her galley is aft, partly under the bridge deck, and extends side-to-side, the full width of the boat. She even has standing headroom where it counts.
Here’s what her owner says about her: “JEANNE came out of the water in 2004 for some plank repairs. However, unexpected obligations and relocation prevented the work from getting very far. All her gear for sailing is stored and available, however. At this point in her life she needs some work and TLC before she goes back in; likely some new frames, some planking needs replacement, a new house top, an engine rebuild, a holding tank, and various trim and cosmetics.” JEANNE’s deck is teak over plywood, and she’s planked with Philippine mahogany held to her steambent oak frames with bronze screws. Ballast keel is lead and weighs about 3,000 lbs. Hardware is bronze. Spars are spruce with stainless-steel rigging. Sails are rigged to be self-tacking (no sheets to tend), and they range from fair to excellent.
This boat has been and is still stored at Bruce Avery’s yard in Noank, Connecticut, and with his usual conscientiousness, Bruce has done everything possible to keep JEANNE shielded from weathering, even though she’s been stored outdoors. So, despite her obvious structural and cosmetic needs, there’s a lot of boat remaining.
Because of their roomier interiors, Concordia’s Waldo Howland (considered to be the father of the famous Concordia yawls as well as boats like this) always preferred his 31′ Concordia 25s (sometimes called Concordia 31s) to this smaller sister. That’s perfectly understandable and, as he points out in his book, A Life in Boats, when building brand-new, “Materials were less, but hours of labor were nearly the same for either boat.” Now that Jeanne exists, however, the cost of building doesn’t really apply. Being smaller has advantages: It means easier handling under sail and lower marina and upkeep costs, and it might even make bringing the boat home and storing her under a temporary shed for the winter a real possibility.
This is a gem, but one that deserves a really dedicated owner, not a dreamer. In years past, JEANNE has cruised all along the New England coast under several owners, and has handled a good deal of weather with comfort and safety. I hope she can do so again.
For more information, contact owner
P.O. Box 71, Stonington, CT 06378;
email willmcdonald at gmail.com.
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