We had yachts exactly like ESCAPADE in mind when we created Save a Classic. She fits the profile perfectly: a grand and famous creation now ... in jeopardy.
Designed by Phil Rhodes of Cox & Stephens and built by Luders Marine in 1938 for ocean racing as well as cruising, this yawl has sailed on both coasts as well as on the Great Lakes and in Europe. She's competed in all the major races and with the very best yachts of the era like BOLERO and TICONDEROGA—and surely deserves a proper restoration.
ERIC represents a rare opportunity to save a pure cruising vessel of interesting pedigree. Her lines were scaled down and adapted by William Atkin from the famous Colin Archer–designed Redningskoites—the sailing lifesaving vessels of Norway. Appearing in numerous articles and in the book Of Yachts and Men, written by her designer, ERIC was, in 1925, the first widely publicized design to bring Scandinavian influence to American yacht design at a time when small yachts were first tackling ambitious offshore voyages.
Without a closer inspection, it’s hard to say how much of this boat can be saved, but a cursory look at her topside planking and seam battens show them to be okay. Her bottom is probably otherwise. Rusting steel bolts in her frame intersections, backbone, and chines have caused the usual damage, so some of those timbers will need repair or renewal. But the work is straightforward, and the pieces are easily accessed. The boat’s simple construction makes her restoration a possibility for many who’d feel intimidated by a more sophisticated craft.
MIRACLE is an International Marine 35 Sloop of 1961 that’s been kept in sailing condition and is ready for use without a major restoration. She’s in decent shape, but the owners say a new engine and sternpost are among her needs. They’ve owned MIRACLE for 25 years and cared for her themselves, so are in a position to know. She’s just under 35' overall with a 10' beam and 4' 8" draft (centerboard raised). She was built in Honshu, Japan, with a double-planked hull of mahogany on Japanese oak frames.
After growing up racing Six-Meter sloops and moving up right after World War II to a 20-year ownership of a big keel racing sloop, Commodore Henry S. Morgan commissioned this lovely centerboard motorsailer to become his third yacht named DJINN . She remained under Morgan ownership for two decades, always admired for being well run and beautifully maintained. It’s evident from her generous rig and outside steering station that Morgan was a sailorman at heart. For her type, this boat is way more sail than power.
WINSOME WOMAN is a 37′ Royal Lowell-designed and -built lobster yacht. She has always been a pleasure boat and was built in Yarmouth, Maine, in 1954. Her accomodations for two are spartan, but there's full headroom under her trunk cabin in which reside a V-berth, a propane stove, sink, head, icebox, and freshwater tank. Her cockpit is self-bailing and there are two 80-gallon fuel tanks under it.
The boat was last used in 2008 but has been covered winters since then.
This 34′ William Atkin Tally-Ho Major cutter would be, according to Maynard Bray, a “go-anywhere boat” once refurbished. We understand that STARCREST has new owners as of September 2012 and is now in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
This 29′ Hinckley 21 sloop is one of 20 of the Alden/Alberg-designed keel sloops built by the Hinckley company following World War II. In Fall 2012, Maynard Bray received word that she has been destroyed.
This 34′ Pete Culler liveaboard ketch was built by Concordia Co. in 1971 for a man who wanted to live aboard year-round in New England waters, and be able to sail the boat, by himself, in season.
Since appearing in Save a Classic, PLOVER has a new owner and is poised to have her transom and stem replaced this year. Her owner reports that he will do the work on PLOVER himself at home, where he has a woodworking shop. When PLOVER is restored, her owner plans to live aboard, cruise for a year, and then to take stock.
DANDELION (Hull No. 713) ia 35′ Cheoy Lee Lion-class sloop, designed by Arthur Robb and built in 1959. When she appeared in WB No. 220's Save a Classic, she was in Clearwater, Florida, and in need of a total restoration.
PHOENIX (Hull No. 1,820) was built in 1918 and was the last of the 32′ Elco Cruisettes to emerge from Elco's yard in Bayonne, New Jersey. When she appeared in Save a Classic (WB No. 221), she had been with the same owner for more than 35 years and was partway through a first-class and exceptionally thorough restoration.