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An Elco Flat-top
WB No. 242

A recent picture of TENANGO taken by her owner.

Elco cruisers, although built assembly-line fashion and known as “standardized,” were among the best of their type—right up with Consolidated, Chris-Craft, Wheeler, and Richardson. Nearly 80 “Flat-top 42s” such as tenango were built during the 1920s and ’30s, and back then you could take your Elco right back to its builder for storage and maintenance at season’s end and pick her up ready to go come spring. But by the time Elco, as a yacht builder, folded around 1950 that option had disappeared, as had the New York City showroom called Port Elco.

A different kind of houseboat
WB No. 240


TUSITALA has been regularly maintained and, though she still needs some work, is in the water ready to use now.

Launched as Elizabeth for Mr. and Mrs. John J. Sesnon, this yacht changed appearance dramatically in the 1950s when MIT-trained marine engineer Thomas Rowlands enclosed the upper deck to form what amounts to a “second story” containing the galley and dining area, and added a new wheelhouse atop the old one with a flying bridge above that. Either configuration, early-and-slinky or later-and-stately, looks unusual, and to my eye, really very appealing.

A swift keel cutter
WB No. 236


For nearly 40 years, Skip Green sailed BACCARAT all summer long from his home on the Maine coast.  He kept her in good shape while he could, but his recent death means she needs a new owner to look after her and bring her back to her former glory.

A Classic Hand Motorsailer

Photo courtesy of Frank Bender

Realizing how popular motorsailers had become by the mid-1930s, especially ones designed by William Hand, Wheeler Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, commissioned four new designs from him in four sizes—35′, 40′, 48′, and 57′. Wheeler specialized in high-quality “standardized” boats, generally power cruisers, and because of the yard’s production-line efficiency they could be purchased at prices below those of the one-at-a-time custom boats being turned out by other builders. Ernest Hemingway’s PILAR (see WB No.

A “Downeast 42” power cruiser
WB No. 235
Still Available


Contemporary advertisements in Yachting magazine in the 1960s claim that these standardized cruisers, of which Sample has built several both as 42- and 36-footers, were “Built in Maine to ‘Take It.’” Given the extensive commercial work of both designer and builder, it’s likely that wasn’t just an idle boast. PEGASUS, like her sisters, has a double-planked, bronze-fastened, mahogany hull, with fiberglassed plywood decks.

A Core Sounder
WB No. 232


SYLVIA II has a new owner, Robert Graham, who plans to move her to Wilmington, NC, from Morehead City for restoration. (May 2014)

A California 32-Class Sloop
WB No. 232

ALTAMAR photo by Douglas Jones

Only a glance at ALTAMAR’s stripped-out hull, and you’ll see that getting her fixed up and sailing again will be a major job—so major that one might question why in the world anyone would undertake such a project. In truth, ALTAMAR’s needs are not that different from most 75-year-old boats; it’s just that here they’re more apparent. She needs new transverse framing (steam-bent frames, floor timbers, and deckbeams), along with a new deck, interior, and rig.

Posted: March 28, 2013
Tags: ALTAMAR, Nick Potter, Cal 32, sloop, save a classic, rescue boat


A 1930 Lawley launch
WB No. 231

VARLET, a 1930 Lawley launch

VARLET, a pedigreed launch that’s been with the same family since her 1930 launching, is available to a new owner with the means, knowledge, and appreciation to keep her going. Although VARLET has been upgraded with a new engine in 2004 and the systems that go with it (including a fuel tank), and has had a bit of structural work done, we expect more will be needed to put this 83-year-old craft in show condition, if that's to be a goal of the new owner.

45′ Baltic 10-Meter sloop
WB No. 169

We have just received word (Feb. 2013) that GRACIL has a new owner. We will post updates as they are received.

GRACIL is a 45′ 10-Meter sloop designed by J.M. Iversen and built by Rosatra Boatworks (hull #15 of her class) in Sweden, 1950.

61′ Stephens Bros. Motoryacht
WB No. 229

VIDA MIA, Stephens Bros. Motoryacht

VIDA MIA (the name she has always carried) was originally built for W.V.B. Campbell of Pebble Beach, California, and registered in San Francisco. Of the 14 yachts that Stephens Bros. in Stockton built in 1929, she was the largest and considered sufficiently noteworthy for Pacific Motor Boat to feature her in its December issue, concluding, “VIDA MIA is unquestionably one of the finest medium size Diesel cruisers of this year.”

41′ 7″ PENBO trawler yacht
WB No. 230

PENCHANT, trawler yacht

If you’re looking for a boat to live aboard in near luxury, they don’t come much better than this! Carl Lane had her built as PENOBSCOT (Penobscot Boat Works, 1966) to be a floating retirement home while he and his wife seasonally shuttled the Intracoastal Waterway between Maine and Florida. She’s set up for two, with sleeping quarters forward, a raised pilothouse amidships, and a full-width, so-called main lounge (think of it as a parlor) aft. This space really is grand, with big windows, a settee, dining table, desk, and a galley that’s tucked away forward on the port side.

42′ Chapelle schooner
WB No. 230

HEART'S DESIRE, 42′ Chapelle schooner

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.

35′ 5″ English cruising sloop
WB No. 181

35′ 5″ English cruising sloop; WB No. 181.

83′ Alden/Lawley Schooner Yacht
WB No. 171

83′ Alden/Lawley schooner; WB No. 171.

Contact owner Joseph Zazzara, primo-jpm AT worldnet DOT att DOT net.

A scaled-down Concordia 25
WB No. 228

JEANNE, a Concordia sloop

JEANNE has been acquired by David Stimson of Maine (Sept. 2012).

JEANNE is a scaled-down Concordia 25 and is cute as a button. With a three-window trunk cabin, a bowsprit and boomkin, a self-bailing cockpit and bridge deck, and an inboard engine, she’s a real little ship. And below deck, she has a pair of those wonderfully comfortable fold-down Concordia berths in the main cabin as well as a single pipe berth forward. Her galley is aft, partly under the bridge deck, and extends side-to-side, the full width of the boat. She even has standing headroom where it counts.

34′ 6″ Billy Atkin Tally-Ho Major cutter
WB No. 167

VENTURE, Tally-Ho Major cutter

34′ 6″ Billy Atkin Tally-Ho Major seagoing cutter; WB No. 167.

31′ Yankee One-Design sloop
WB No. 227

POCAHONTAS, 31′ Yankee One-Design sloop

Michael Pease of Pease Boat Works and Railway in Chatham, Massachusetts, reported in September 2012 that POCAHONTAS, the 31′ Yankee One-Design sloop featured in Save a Classic (WB No. 227), has been brought to his yard "for a several year restoration for the new owner.  You know her story......thanks to your feature of her in the Save a Classic he bought her from the [Deltaville] museum in Virginia." Check the Pease website for updates

62′ Paine & Lawley racing cutter
WB No. 166

 62′ Paine & Lawley racing cutter; WB No. 166.

55′ Watson ketch
WB No. 197

VENTURE, 55′ Watson ketch

55′ Watson ketch; WB No. 197.


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