This classic small craft, a replica of Nathaniel Herreshoff’s 1905 “Columbia” yacht tender, is built by us purposely for us, the discriminating wooden boat enthusiast. She was so named because the first was built for the Cup Defender “Columbia”. Every effort has been made to replicate the original design and construction technique.
The “LOISY” is hand built from original researched offsets of the Nathaniel Herreshoff 1905 Columbia yacht tender a rowing and sailing dinghy designed in the early 1900’s. Built in 1981, she is 11′6″ overall, mahogany lapstrake planked, over steam bent oak frames and floors over hand made molds, solid mahogany stern, oak, mahogany and cherry center board and cap, seats, rudder, hand pinged copper riveted and urethane varnished. The gunwales are red oak with a spruce mast and a blue mahoe mast with booms and traditional bronze hardware. The cat rigged sail is hand made. The oars are leather wrapped 7′6″ Shaw & Tenny from Orono, Maine, with bronze hardware. She is complete, ready to sail, row or just admire. She has been properly stored on land. She is one of a kind and was built by Drew and Lois in 1981 in Eaton's Neck, New York and launched at Oak Island, New York in 1982. She participated in the Carriacou Regatta in Carriacou, Grenada in 1988. The original design and building production methods were conducted exactly as per the Herreshoff manufacturing technique. The handmade molds are also part of this vessel inventory.