42′ Chapelle schoonerWB No. 230STILL AVAILABLE
I’m fairly certain that this lovely little schooner is Chapelle’s Corsair design that was featured in How to Build 20 Boats No. 9 (Fawcett Publications, 1948) and described there in detail by J.A. Emmett, who constructed the first one. Other Corsairs followed, including HEART’S DESIRE and my friend Patrick Dole’s HENRY RUSK. Chapelle used the fishing schooners of Gloucester as his inspiration and in my opinion did a bang-up job with this scaled-down version of his. HEART’S DESIRE lies afloat summer and winter in East Boston, where she long has been berthed after having been refurbished over a 15-year period by a late former owner. A new deck of cedar-sheathed plywood has kept leaks at bay and the schooner’s underbody looked basically sound when inspected during a recent haulout, despite her having languished for five or so years without maintenance. Galvanized fastenings are a concern in any vessel of this age, but her owner feels there’s a lot of life remaining, given the recent repairs. To take a look, call yard owner Peter Bang (Bang Corp., 480 Meridian St., East Boston, MA 02128, 617–569–2239), or to negotiate a purchase, contact owner Peter Draper at 775–253–1066 or ponderosarange at yahoo.com.
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