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Odessa is a gaff-rigged L.F. Herreshoff-designed Buzzards Bay 14 (17′ LOA, 3-foot draft, 5′10″ beam) sloop launched June 8 at Clark Boat Yard in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
The hull for “Odessa” was built by Graves Yacht Yard, Marblehead, Mass. in 1984 and is cedar planking on white oak frames and backbone with a varnished mahogany transom. She was finished by Paul Rollins in York, Maine for her original owner, also in 1984, and features spruce spars, mahogany coamings and trim, and a laid cedar deck.
Mick Cochran bought the boat in the fall of 2010, did some minor renovations and repairs to her cockpit and after deck, installed new Nat Wilson (East Boothbay, Maine) sails and is now happily sailing “Odessa” in and around her home base of Dutch Harbor at the mouth of Narragansett Bay.
In talking to Paul Rollns about the boat's history recently, Rollins remembered her well: “I remember her for a number of reasons but the best was that Charlie (the original owner), who didn’t know how to sail asked me to sail her to his mooring on Baker’s Island (Maine). It was breezy and the boat was a new experience to me. I think you’ll find she’s a wonderful little yacht.”
Dutch Harbor, Conanicut Island, Jamestown, Rhode Island
L. Francis Herreshoff
Graves Yacht Yards, Marblehead, Mass. and Paul Rollins Boatbuilder, York, Maine
June 08, 2012