I acquired this kit from a friend on Whidbey Island, and further investigation revealed it to be a 13ft “Pandamaran” — an unusual design by famous dinghy designer Jack Holt in the 1970’s, done in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, whereby part of the proceeds of each sale was donated to the W.W.F. (Hence the “Panda” Logo on the sail). I managed to find enough pieces to put it all together — it had been languishing in someone’s cellar for the last 30 years! — and now it is for sale!
The “CHELSEA” was purchased by me in 1985 at a marina in Somers Point, NJ after coming back from a trip to Jamaica and and being introduced to sailing on a Sunfish. I took sailing lessons and purchased the boat out of the yard, that same summer.
www.gp14thechelsea.com/ to visit the site for more pictures and information about the past 25 years sailing and rebuilding the CHELSEA.
I refurbished the wood boat as a project the first winter of 1986 and then had the boat refitted by John Wright boats Conshohocken, PA in 1995.