"A delight to row, and fast" is how Stuart Pettingell describes his L.F. Herreshoff 17 pulling boat modified by John Gardner (found in "Building Classic Small Craft"). Stuart spent 11 months on the construction, launching the boat in July of 2001. He modified the construction a bit, replacing the single 16' bottom board called for by Gardner with a 4' side keel batten and 1 x 1 mahogany keel.
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.