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Restoration / Re: Winch ID
« Last post by DaveHub on January 10, 2020, 06:18:31 PM »

These pages are just lightly tracked.  Another good source for info is the 'Wooden Boat Forum' on Facebook.

Good luck!

Restoration / Winch ID
« Last post by kdrum on January 10, 2020, 02:35:11 PM »
I'm new to this forum because I have a winch I think is Herreshoff but I'm having difficulty confirming or identifying.
Can anyone provide insight or guidance on this?
Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: #1385 S Boat "Clara J"
« Last post by Charles Barclay on January 09, 2020, 01:00:04 AM »
Great follow up Dave!  Wonderful pictures of Ann and her yacht. 
Herreshoff Sailing Vessel Classes / Re: Looking to identify a 31' Catboat
« Last post by Charles Barclay on January 09, 2020, 12:50:29 AM »
Sure, it's possible.  They have a huge small boat collection. 
Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: #1385 S Boat "Clara J"
« Last post by DaveHub on January 08, 2020, 05:16:02 PM »
History update: This past year was the Centennial of the "S" boat design in 1919.  I had a real treat when the daughter of the first owner of my boat found me through the registry and contacted me. She came down to Port Jefferson Long Island and sailed with me in our YC's 'Village Cup' charity regatta!  She had never been on her mom's boat, as it left the family long before she was born.  She brought with her most of her mom's memorabilia.  Her mom passed in 2007, but the family always fondly remembered the boat that her mom owned only for two years from 1936 to 1938 when the boat was sunk in the great hurricane of '38.  She brought pictures, an original watercolor, and her mom's trophy for winning the Narragansett bay S boat regatta in 1937!  Even some shavings from the boat while being built! But get this, her mom, Ann Wicks, was only 14 years old when her parents got her the boat!

The only pics of the boat are a couple of it being built at the Herreshoff yard, a deck shot, and a shot of her sunk against the shore.

See some pics here:


Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: more about 1900-1920 cats
« Last post by DaveHub on January 08, 2020, 04:20:38 PM »
Great website!  The only Catboat designer I know of in that period is Gil Smith of Long Island.  He designed many for the Great South Bay on Long Island which is rather shallow.  No idea if it is his design, but he was known for those.

Good luck!
Specific Herreshoff Vessels / more about 1900-1920 cats
« Last post by 1913Cat31 on January 08, 2020, 04:42:26 AM »

I was just reading the thread about the Vangard and thought I would take a stab here.

I have rescued a 1913  31' Catboat which I am interested in restoring. I know very little about this boat. I do have a 1976 17' Catboat which I love and sail yet this boat is quite something else. I will be attending the Annual Meeting in Mystic CT to see if I can network with others familiar with boat identification and restoration. For more information I have some pictures on a website in progress at

I appreciate any and all ideas!

John C. Scott Jr.
Herreshoff Sailing Vessel Classes / Re: Looking to identify a 31' Catboat
« Last post by 1913Cat31 on January 08, 2020, 04:26:44 AM »
I was just following a different thread where the writer was interested in a color match for an 1897 restoration. The advice was given to check at the Mystic Maritime Museum during the catboat assn annual meeting.

This likely sounds like a stupid question but is there any chance the museum may have info on cats built in 1913?.
Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Re: 1974 Herreshoff Scout for sail in NC
« Last post by Mark H on January 05, 2020, 03:00:14 AM »
Did you sell her?
Restoration / Re: Original-look paint for half model HMCo #486
« Last post by kdrolt on December 01, 2019, 03:06:28 AM »
According to this thread:,7.msg7.html#msg7

there were three styles used on sailboats (and/or all HMCo boats ?). #486 is from 1897 so it was definitely an early model, with no year on the plate.  Excellent point on the titanium dioxide; I worked for a paint chemist for a few years and I understand that entirely.
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