A 25 foot daysailer for the Maine coast

by Laurie McGowan and Michael Schacht


WB No. 249: SERENA is meant to keep the good aspects of the 30′2″ Shields-class one design, but in a boat that’s 25′ long.

The new boat’s rig makes good use of the “flipping topsail” arrangement developed by Maine schoonerman Havilah Hawkins.

Although inspired by a larger, longer-ended sloop, SERENA has relatively short overhangs in order to maximize her waterline length. The shallow keel carries 2,200 lbs of lead ballast.

A 5-hp motor will drive the boat at a little over 6 knots in calm conditions.

The boat’s large and spacious cockpit has plenty of room for guests and for lounging, and there’s even more seating forward of the mast.


  • LOA: 25′ 3/8″ (7.63m)
  • LWL: 20′ 9″ (6.32m)
  • Beam: 8′ 0″ (2.44m)
  • Draft: 2′ 7″ to 6′ 7″ (0.82–2.08m) 
  • Displ.: 4,540 lbs (2.06t)
  • Ballast: 2,270 lbs (1.03t)
  • Working sail area: 350 sq ft (32.51m2)
  • Downwind sail area: 600 sq ft (55.74m2)
  • Motor: 3-5kW inboard electric (24V or 48V)

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