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Thursday night, Fred Roy, owner of S-Boat Surprise, and long time Commodore of the Narragansett Bay S-Class Association (,was awarded US Sailingís One Design Award for his tireless work in promoting the Herreshoff S-Class Association. 

As many of you know the S-Class celebrated its 100th Anniversary last year.  The venerable design had 93 HMCo built boats, 7 Lawley built boats, and two built by sailors in US Navy in Pearl Harbor in 1930-31 (Mokihana and Mokulele).  About 50 of the boats are still extant and active with active fleets in Newport, Western Long Island, and Quisset.  The class was contracted and designed in the fall of 1919 with the first boat launching in late winter of 1920. 

I havenít spoken with Fred in several years so it would be interesting to hear his take on what led to the award.  I can say he is enthusiastic about the design and the people who sail them.  He takes great care to return emails promptly, and makes newbies feel at ease.  He is generous with information and makes sure itís not a one-man show, ie he gets others involved. 

Fredís tireless work included Surpriseís rebuild about 30 years ago, a more recent rebuild that took place at Jens Langeís fine shop Baltic Boatworks.  Fred races thew weeknight series through his home club Newport Yacht Club and weekend events.  He brings new people aboard Surprise, and promotes local shipwrights for their work.   I met Fred in 2011 and can well attest to his enthusiastic support of the class.  If you want to know more about the S-Class long time class members Alan and Cory Silken published a book on the class last year that is available through Amazon or Shermanís book stores here in Maine for about $60.   

Congratulations Fred!

For those interested, the Museum wants to sell S-Boat Spray (#913, 1924) with original spars and aluminum mast for $8,000.  It is in need of restoration and has been at the Museum out of the water for more than a decade. 

They are also selling three H 12 1/2s:

Canouan 1938-1940, described in Fair Condition, last sailed in 2016, $7,500

Nina #986, 1925, Fair Condition, $10,000

Hurrah ca 1930, restored by IYRS in 2009, sailed every year since, $25,000.

If you would like more information, contact Bill Lynn at the Museum or private message me and I'll send you the museum's email offering these boats.

As a reminder, Fall is a beautiful time to pick up a boat, you save the owner's storage and get a chance to refresh items on a boat without a full restoration and sail it the following season.  Nina and Canouan above look like they could use some attention that could be handled over the winter whereas Spray needs quite a bit more attention/restoration before hitting the water again.   


Got word today via text message.  Location:  Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. 

Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Vitessa
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:27:42 AM »
6/6/2016  Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / How was the Herreshoff regatta?
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:26:28 PM »
Did you sail, how was it?

Herreshoff Boats For Sale / #1281 May be 'Found'
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:46:32 PM »
From Maine's Craigslist:

herreshoff 12 1/2 hull # 1281 - $10000 (brunawick me)

90% restored needs sum one to finish all original hardware and hull # plaque on trailer great project for the price tex for more info
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

Here is the link if interested:

New book by the dean of wooden boats.  Here's a review at

Available at the Herreshoff Museum:

Got a copy courtesy of an employee of HMM last Thursday at dinner, what a treat!

Finished Sunday morning.  Seven Chapters and an appendix of letters between two owners and NGH and LFH.

This is a story of Mr. Bray and his family's love affair with the yacht, its design, the owners, stories of its use and its maintenance leading up to its 2008 restoration.  The final chapter is a log of Maynard's and Doug Hylan's trip from Center Harbor to Shelter Island to deliver to the new owners.  You can see the sweet remorse in selling the boat after 40 years to new owners who are hoped and appear to love Aida as much as the Bray's.

This is a detailed study of why and how we love classic yachts and what we do with them.  Gorgeous photos by Mendlowitz, Bray and others.   ISBN #978-0-9710678-7-5.

Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Steam yacht Navette turbine engines
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:19:56 AM »
Yesterday, I was given a copy of Nautical Quarterly (issue 21 or thereabouts) and it referenced an article in NQ 19 about the steam yacht Navette #303 Overall 114'2"  LWL 106'6" Beam 14'3" and draft 3'6.5".  Completed September 2, 1916 built as a commuter for J.P. Morgan. 

It described the vessel in the owner's yard.  Here's a modern cite from detailing a new home for one of it's later engines: 

The rotary steam turbine that Edward Christopher Warren, an associate of the renowned Niola Tesla, designed and installed in the Herreshoff yacht Navette, built for J. P. Morgan in 1901, after he purchased it in 1938 will also be moved at the same time the Rider structures are.

Anyone have further information they wish to provide on this steamer which substituted for the Commodore's Corsair?

From the Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation: 

26' Herreshoff Design some Hurricane damage, rig appears missing some damage to toe rail, etc.  Afloat in Galveston Texas.  West coast build.

See picture and more details at:


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