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L. Francis Herreshoff H-28 Ketch

Just two owners in 47 years.

Professionally maintained by Cutts and Case in Oxford, Maryland for the last 11 years.

Frequent exhibit boat at annual Sultana Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown since 2012.

“Simplicity afloat is the surest guarantee of happiness.”

– L. Francis Herreshoff

One of LFH’s most graceful designs, Gwylan is ready to begin turning heads in new harbors starting with the 2024 season.

LOA 28’

Sparred length: 34’

LWL 23’

Beam 8’9”

Draft 3’6”

Sail area: 343 s.f.

w/genoa approx. 546 s.f.

Built 1976 by McKie (Nick) Roth, Westport, Maine

White cedar over white oak, mahogany brightwork, bronze fastened, lead keel.

Reinforced 1998 with Cutts & Case's patented method which laces the planking below the waterline with thin Kevlar cord, resulting in an exceptionally safe and strong hull. No cracks in seams or planks in 26 seasons underway. See WoodenBoat #78 .  No known rot.

Original Volvo-Penta MD7A diesel is well cared for, runs beautifully.

​Sails made by the legendary Stuart Hopkins at Dabbler Sails, who crafted them from Dacron to look like vintage cotton: half-width panels (18") sewn with brown thread to catch the eye (and the camera), both jibs mitered to complete the vintage appearance. Sails are well maintained: main, mizzen, genoa, staysail. Includes a masthead drifter. Previous suit of sails are usable and are included.

Price $25,000, negotiable for a good home.

Ideal buyer has the skills and time to self-maintain or the availability of a competent yard.

You'll smile every time you look at her!

I have for 27 seasons.

She's now at Cutts & Case Shipyard in Oxford, Maryland, hauled for the season, stored indoors, among the many other beautiful boats in this classic yard.

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Gwylan closely follows LFH’s original design from the December, 1942 issue of the magazine The Rudder except for the welcome addition of a short bowsprit and removable jibstay to allow setting a big genoa in lighter air. It also is a handy place for the 25 lb. CQR anchor, which allows me to comfortably cruise singlehanded several hundred miles a year on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River.

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The article was reprinted later in Herreshoff’s Sensible Cruising Designs ( still available )

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L. Francis Herreshoff’s biographer, Roger C. Taylor, describes the development of the H-28 in his Volume II and he used two pictures of Gwylan in his excerpt article in Woodenboat No. 206 .

Author Roger Taylor on board Gwylan at Chestertown during Downrigging Weekend, 2016.

Gwylan’s first owner was a fascinating man, Capt. John Cadwalader, USN. In addition to being a lover of the sea, he was a professor of Shakespeare and a namesake descendent of one of George Washington’s generals in the American Revolution. The name Gwylan is the Welsh word for “seagull”.

She's sweet and true - prettiest boat in the harbor.


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5 best small sailboats for sailing around the world

By Author Fiona McGlynn

Posted on Last updated: April 19, 2023

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A small sailboat can take you big places

Small sailboats are the ticket to going cruising NOW — not when you retire, save up enough money, or find the “perfect” bluewater cruising boat. In fact, it’s the first principle in Lin and Larry Pardey’s cruising philosophy: “Go small, go simple, go now.”

Small yachts can be affordable, simple, and seaworthy . However, you won’t see many of them in today’s cruising grounds. In three years and 13,000 nautical miles of bluewater cruising, I could count the number of under 30-foot sailboats I’ve seen on one hand (all of them were skippered by people in their 20s and 30s).

Today’s anchorages are full of 40, 50, and 60-foot-plus ocean sailboats, but that’s not to say you can’t sail the world in a small sailboat. Just look at Alessandro di Benedetto who in 2010 broke the record for the smallest boat to sail around the world non-stop in his 21-foot Mini 6.5 .

So long as you don’t mind forgoing a few comforts, you can sail around the world on a small budget .

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What makes a good blue water sailboat

While you might not think a small sailboat is up to the task of going long distances, some of the best bluewater sailboats are under 40 feet.

However, if you’re thinking about buying a boat for offshore cruising, there are a few things to know about what makes a small boat offshore capable .

Smaller equals slower

Don’t expect to be sailing at high speeds in a pocket cruiser. Smaller displacement monohulls are always going to be slower than larger displacement monohulls (see the video below to learn why smaller boats are slower). Therefore a smaller cruiser is going to take longer on a given passage, making them more vulnerable to changes in weather.

A few feet can make a big difference over a week-long passage. On the last leg of our Pacific Ocean crossing, our 35-foot sailboat narrowly avoid a storm that our buddy boat, a 28-foot sailboat, couldn’t. Our friend was only a knot slower but it meant he had to heave to for a miserable three days.

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Small but sturdy

If a pocket cruiser encounters bad weather, they will be less able to outrun or avoid it. For this reason, many of the blue water sailboats in this list are heavily built and designed to take a beating.

Yacht design has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Today, new boats are designed to be light and fast. The small sailboats in our list are 30-plus year-old designs and were built in a time when weather forecasts were less accurate and harder to come by.

Back in the day, boat were constructed with thicker fiberglass hulls than you see in modern builds. Rigs, keels, rudders, hulls and decks – everything about these small cruising sailboats was designed to stand up to strong winds and big waves. Some of the boats in this post have skeg-hung rudders and most of them are full keel boats.

The pros and cons of pocket cruiser sailboats

Pocket cruiser sailboats present certain advantages and disadvantages.

More affordable

Their smaller size makes them affordable bluewater sailboats. You can often find great deals on pocket cruisers and sometimes you can even get them for free.

You’ll also save money on retrofits and repairs because small cruising sailboats need smaller boat parts (which cost a lot less) . For example, you can get away with smaller sails, ground tackle, winches, and lighter lines than on a bigger boat.

Moorage, haul-outs, and marine services are often billed by foot of boat length . A small sailboat makes traveling the world , far more affordable!

When something major breaks (like an engine) it will be less costly to repair or replace than it would be on a bigger boat.

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Less time consuming

Smaller boats tend to have simpler systems which means you’ll spend less time fixing and paying to maintain those systems. For example, most small yachts don’t have showers, watermakers , hot water, and electric anchor windlasses.

On the flip side, you’ll spend more time collecting water (the low-tech way) . On a small sailboat, this means bucket baths, catching fresh water in your sails, and hand-bombing your anchor. Though less convenient, this simplicity can save you years of preparation and saving to go sailing.

Oh, and did I mention that you’ll become a complete water meiser? Conserving water aboard becomes pretty important when you have to blue-jug every drop of it from town back to your boat.

Easier to sail

Lastly, smaller boats can be physically easier to sail , just think of the difference between raising a sail on a 25-foot boat versus a 50-foot boat! You can more easily single-hand or short-hand a small sailboat. For that reason, some of the best solo blue water sailboats are quite petite.

As mentioned above small boats are slow boats and will arrive in port, sometimes days (and even weeks) behind their faster counterparts on long offshore crossings.

Consider this scenario: two boats crossed the Atlantic on a 4,000 nautical mile route. The small boat averaged four miles an hour, while the big boat averaged seven miles an hour. If both started at the same time, the small boat will have completed the crossing two weeks after the larger sailboat!

Less spacious

Living on a boat can be challenging — living on a small sailboat, even more so! Small cruising boats don’t provide much in the way of living space and creature comforts.

Not only will you have to downsize when you move onto a boat  you’ll also have to get pretty creative when it comes to boat storage.

It also makes it more difficult to accommodate crew for long periods which means there are fewer people to share work and night shifts.

If you plan on sailing with your dog , it might put a small boat right out of the question (depending on the size of your four-legged crew member).

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Less comfortable

It’s not just the living situation that is less comfortable, the sailing can be pretty uncomfortable too! Pocket cruisers tend to be a far less comfortable ride than larger boats as they are more easily tossed about in big ocean swell.

Here are our 5 favorite small blue water sailboats for sailing around the world

When we sailed across the Pacific these were some of the best small sailboats that we saw. Their owners loved them and we hope you will too!

The boats in this list are under 30 feet. If you’re looking for something slightly larger, you might want to check out our post on the best bluewater sailboats under 40 feet .

Note: Price ranges are based on SailboatListings.com and YachtWorld.com listings for Aug. 2018

Albin Vega 27($7-22K USD)

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The Albin Vega has earned a reputation as a bluewater cruiser through adventurous sailors like Matt Rutherford, who in 2012 completed a 309-day solo nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas via Cape Horn and the Northwest Passage (see his story in the documentary Red Dot on the Ocean ). 

  • Hull Type: Long fin keel
  • Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:27′ 1″ / 8.25m
  • Waterline Length:23′ 0″ / 7.01m
  • Beam:8′ 1″ / 2.46m
  • Draft:3′ 8″ / 1.12m
  • Rig Type: Masthead sloop rig
  • Displacement:5,070lb / 2,300kg
  • Designer:Per Brohall
  • Builder:Albin Marine AB (Swed.)
  • Year First Built:1965
  • Year Last Built:1979
  • Number Built:3,450

Cape Dory 28 ($10-32K USD) 

small sailboat

This small cruising sailboat is cute and classic as she is rugged and roomy. With at least one known circumnavigation and plenty of shorter bluewater voyages, the Cape Dory 28 has proven herself offshore capable.

  • Hull Type: Full Keel
  • Length Overall:28′ 09″ / 8.56m
  • Waterline Length:22′ 50″ / 6.86m
  • Beam:8’ 11” / 2.72m
  • Draft:4’ 3” / 1.32m
  • Rig Type:Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:9,300lb / 4,218kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:52
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:49
  • Designer: Carl Alberg
  • Builder: Cape Dory Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:1974
  • Year Last Built:1988
  • Number Built: 388

Dufour 29 ($7-23K)

small sailboat

As small bluewater sailboats go, the Dufour 29 is a lot of boat for your buck. We know of at least one that sailed across the Pacific last year. Designed as a cruiser racer she’s both fun to sail and adventure-ready. Like many Dufour sailboats from this era, she comes equipped with fiberglass molded wine bottle holders. Leave it to the French to think of everything!

  • Hull Type: Fin with skeg-hung rudder
  • Length Overall:29′ 4″ / 8.94m
  • Waterline Length:25′ 1″ / 7.64m
  • Beam:9′ 8″ / 2.95m
  • Draft:5′ 3″ / 1.60m
  • Displacement:7,250lb / 3,289kg
  • Designer:Michael Dufour
  • Builder:Dufour (France)
  • Year First Built:1975
  • Year Last Built:1984

Vancouver 28 ($15-34K)

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A sensible small boat with a “go-anywhere” attitude, this pocket cruiser was designed with ocean sailors in mind. One of the best cruising sailboats under 40 feet, the Vancouver 28 is great sailing in a small package.

  • Hull Type:Full keel with transom hung rudder
  • Length Overall: 28′ 0″ / 8.53m
  • Waterline Length:22’ 11” / 6.99m
  • Beam:8’ 8” / 2.64m
  • Draft:4’ 4” / 1.32m
  • Rig Type: Cutter rig
  • Displacement:8,960lb / 4,064 kg
  • Designer: Robert B Harris
  • Builder: Pheon Yachts Ltd. /Northshore Yachts Ltd.
  • Year First Built:1986
  • Last Year Built: 2007
  • Number Built: 67

Westsail 28 ($30-35K)

small sailboat

Described in the 1975 marketing as “a hearty little cruiser”, the Westsail 28 was designed for those who were ready to embrace the cruising life. Perfect for a solo sailor or a cozy cruising couple!

  • Hull Type: Full keel with transom hung rudder
  • Hull Material:GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:28′ 3” / 8.61m
  • Waterline Length:23’ 6” / 7.16m
  • Beam:9’ 7” / 2.92m
  • Displacement:13,500lb / 6,124kg
  • Designer: Herb David
  • Builder: Westsail Corp. (USA)
  • Number Built:78

Feeling inspired? Check out the “go small” philosophy of this 21-year-old who set sail in a CS 27.

Fiona McGlynn

Fiona McGlynn is an award-winning boating writer who created Waterborne as a place to learn about living aboard and traveling the world by sailboat. She has written for boating magazines including BoatUS, SAIL, Cruising World, and Good Old Boat. She’s also a contributing editor at Good Old Boat and BoatUS Magazine. In 2017, Fiona and her husband completed a 3-year, 13,000-mile voyage from Vancouver to Mexico to Australia on their 35-foot sailboat.

Saturday 1st of September 2018

Very useful list, but incomplete - as it would necessarily be, considering the number of seaworthy smaller boats that are around.

In particular, you missed/omitted the Westerly "Centaur" and its follow-on model, the "Griffon". 26 feet LOA, bilge-keelers, weighing something over 6000 pounds, usually fitted with a diesel inboard.

OK, these are British designs, and not that common in the US, but still they do exist, they're built like tanks, and it's rumored that at least one Centaur has circumnavigated.

Friday 31st of August 2018

This is a helpful list, thank you. I don't think most people would consider a 28' boat a pocket cruiser, though!

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LOA 8.5m 27ft10in LWL 8.3m 27ft3in BOA 4.2m 13ft9in BWL .64m 2ft1in Headroom 1.9m 6ft2in Displacement empty 1.8T 4000lbs Displacement to WL 2.3T 5060lbs Engines: twin 20-60hp

Skoota won the "Most Interesting Boat" prize at the 2013 Vancouver Wooden Boatshow and also was a Wooden Boat Magazine "Wooden Boat of the Week" in August 2013

NOTE: If you do not want to build this boat yourself then it is available professionally built in ply/epoxy to any state of completion in Sequim, Wa, USA. Please contact me for more details.

The Skoota 28 is now also available with longer, 30ft hulls. The extra length is only in the hulls and the cockpit. The extra length gives more displacement, so better able to carry bigger engines and also offers a slightly higher top speed. The cockpit is 300mm (12in) longer and the aft steps are also 300mm longer. That gives more room for a dinghy in davits. For now the plan price is the same as for the Skoota 28.

A "true" Skoota 30 called the Aegean, using symmetrical hulls, thus similar to the Skoota 32 but with Skoota 28-like accommodation, is now available, see separate web-page for more details. 

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The Skoota 28 is a 28 ft demountable coastal cruiser for a couple. Ideal for the European canals, the PNW or the Great Loop. It will demount for transport on a flat bed lorry/truck or could even be towed by a large car but should not be considered "trailable". When disassembled it does not need a "wide load permit" for transport.

We launched the first Skoota in March 2013 for us to use as a coastal cruiser in British Columbia. After 50 years of sailing you can see why we chose to have a powercat as our cruising boat HERE

As with my other powercat designs the Skoota 28 is designed as an economic cruiser with a cruising speed of 10-12 knots. Our Skoota is fitted with twin 20hp outboards yet still does over 16 knots flat out. Twin 60hp are the maximum recommended for speeds in the mid 20's

Apart from being comfortable, fast and economic underway, the Skoota is also a very safe boat.

For a start it has twin engines, which, even though modern outboards are very reliable, has to be better than relying just on one.

Next, each hull is divided into seven different watertight compartments so even if holed neither hull will flood. And even if they did, the central cabin would keep the boat afloat. Not only that, but there are no seacocks or skin fittings in the hulls to leak or break off. There are no bilges, so no need for bilge pumps.

Finally, a boat is essentially immune to capsize in waves until the wave height exceeds the beam of the boat. Only after that does the boat become at risk from capsize. With a 14ft beam the Skoota is much more stable than most monohull powerboats.

Like all the Skoota designs, the Skoota 28 is a lightweight boat, and is based on the experience gained from over 35 years of sailing multihull designs. It isn't a twin hulled trawler! So even a completely decked hull can be easily carried by six men. As you can see, two hulls can be taken on a regular flat bed trailer and together are under 2.5m, 8ft wide.


The central cabin can travel on its aft bulkhead, so it is 6ft wide, 10ft high and 12ft long. Thus both hulls and cabin will fit on a 40ft trailer without needing a permit. If you have a wide load permit then the cabin will fit on sideways, as it is 9ft10in wide (just under 3m) which obviously makes it much easier to load onto the trailer.

The in-build photos below give an idea of the interior layout, the finished photos are lower down the page

Note, the anchor lockers and bridgedeck front still need to be bolted in place

The Skoota was built 40 miles from the launch site and the shed door it was built in was 10ft wide.

Once built the boat was disassembled and man/woman handled outside and onto a truck. Driven 40 miles down a busy highway and reassembled ready for launching. No wide load permit or escort used. You can see a "sort of" time lapse video below. This includes shots of the disassembly, transport and reassembly (in the snow!).


As it is our own boat we will be posting many more videos and photos over the coming years, but for now here is the first.


Note this video was taken before adding the cockpit seats and bimini. Also before the engines were trimmed properly (they now angle forward more, so the bow does not rise so much at speed)

and some photos below, showing we still have a lot of painting to do! (So the carpet is not yet fully fitted) But at least we can go cruising while finishing it all off.

Galley with double sink, 2 burner stove, large fridge and plenty of stowage. Opening hatches in aft bulkhead and another in the roof. Full headroom throughout.

The galley from the doorway showing easy access stowage for chartbook and other essential  items

Double bunk is almost queen sized, it could be wider at the expense of the forward lockers

The saloon seats 6 comfortably (table still to be fitted!)

We are using a composting toilet from C-Head. It looks the part and not at all plasticky as other similar toilets are. A generous shower room, plus vanity with sink (out of sight)

This is a detail of the builders (Wheelhouse Woodworks of Sequim, Wa, USA) excellent woodwork

and proof that the boat will do over 16 knots with twin 20hp outboards. You can see we are motoring at the head of a bay, so no tide or wind effects to distort the speed.

In more wind and taken from the local ferry (which does 15 knots)


In early May we motored to Vancouver (see the Latest News for May 2013). Getting there was a 'windward bash" but on our return trip the wind had dropped. We motored 38 miles in 3 hrs 20 minutes, so averaged over 11 knots, and used just 5gal of fuel (over 7mpg). That is an accurate amount because we are still using the 3gal tanks that came with the engines. When I got back to Saturna I refilled those tanks with a 5gal can and still had a bit left over

I was initially worried about the engine noise from the exposed outboards. So I used a Db meter to check the sound levels. This is what I recorded: At tickover 55db, at cruise 75 at WOT 81. In comparison when driving our Toyota Tacoma pickup I recorded: at idle 46, at full throttle 76, at 70 mph cruise 66db. So louder than the inside of a car, but not too bad.

I did design some removable sound deadening engine cowls but found that the noise cancelling headphones that I bought for flying made a huge difference to the noise level. So I am using those instead for now.

There are not many cruising powerboats that you can easily drive up onto a beach and dry out for a BBQ or bottom scrub. The lower photo shows the wide hull spacing and good bridgedeck clearance - on many powercats you cannot see under the bridgedeck when at rest. Slamming in a seaway (when you tend to slow down) must be horrible on those boats.

In late July we felt the boat was finished enough for us to go cruising. We headed north to Desolation Sound, see the Cruising Blog on the left menu for more details

This video is a single shot, of first the interior and then the deck area and cockpit. It also shows the "as if by magic" double bunk to saloon conversion


But of course it wasn't really magic. This is how the bunk conversion is done


while this one is a 360 degree view of the boat from the water


Our first cruise in 2014 was in March, across Puget Sound to Langley on Whidbey Island as my birthday treat


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Update 2015: After three seasons cruising in British Columbia and Puget Sound in October 2015 we transported our Skoota by road to west Texas. From there we cruised round the Gulf of Mexico and on to the Bahamas. You can see more about this trip on my Facebook page and in my blog. See link in the left menu

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Basic Material List

60 sheets 6mm plywood 25 sheets 9mm plywood 450 board feet 1in x 6in timber (140m of 25mm x 150mm) 36 gal (140kgs) epoxy 5lb (2kg) wood flour or similar filler 5000 stainless steel countersunk screws 1in x 6 filler/paint as required

All plywood to be best quality Marine grade Gaboon ply. Sheet sizes are 8' x 4', 2440x1220 All timber to be at least "Joinery Quality". Unless noted otherwise all timber is softwood, eg Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Yellow Cedar or similar. All timber is "PAR", or "Planed all Round".  Thus sizes given are nominal, ie 2" x 1" has a finished planed size of approx 45mm x 20mm. (Note: It is usually cheaper to buy wider planks, eg buy 2" x 1" and cut it in half to create 1" x 1"). Epoxy glue is recommended for all glue joints as it is the strongest and most watertight glue.

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Newport 28/28 II

While initially there were questions about quality, the 28 is a good entry-level cruiser-racer for those on a budget..

The Newport 28 was one of the longer-lived small production cruising boats, having been in production from 1974 through 1987. Almost 1,000 of the C&C-designed boats were built by Capital Yachts of Harbor City, California.

Newport 28/28 II

There is a strong family resemblance between the Newport 28 and other C&C designs of the same period. In addition to the Newport 28, Capital built the Newport 41, another mid-1970s C&C design. The styling of both boats is characterized by the sweeping attractive sheerlines for which C&C is justifiably known.

As with any boat whose production run spanned more than a decade, many changes were made in the Newport 28, both outside and inside, over the years. The original scimitar-shaped keel and rudder gave way to more modern high aspect ratio appendages with 1983 models, increasing draft from 4′ 6″ to 5′ 2″. A shoal draft version drawing 4′ was optional, but

less popular than the deep-keel boat. Versions with the modern keel are designated Newport 28-II.

Sailing Performance

The Newport 28 has a tall, high aspect ratio masthead rig. The newer deep keel models are about six seconds per mile faster than the original version of the boat, which typically sails with a PHRF rating of 192. This is comparable to other cruiser-racers of the same size.

Despite a fairly high ballast/displacement ratio, owners report that the boat is tender. This is due in part to the fairly round midship section, and in part to the fact that few 28′ boats are really very stiff.

Racing in Newport 28s is quite keen in some areas, particularly on the West Coast, where there are large fleets that race both as one-designs and under PHRF. The boat is a competitive PHRF racer, and enough boats have been rated so that its handicap appears fair. This means you are likely to get a rating based on the boat’s performance, not on your own sailing ability.

Most owners report that the boat is very well balanced. This is typical of C&C designs, which usually have fairly small mainsails. With a large foretriangle and a small mainsail, it may be necessary to rake the mast aft slightly to give the boat a little weather helm. It’s far easier to add weather helm than to reduce it.


Make no mistake about it, the Newport 28 is a boat built to a price. A common complaint by owners is mediocre fitting of woodwork, leaking hull-to-deck joint, cockpit drains that are too small, plastic valves on through hull fittings, inadequate backing plates for hardware—in short, the entire litany of problems associated with boats built to be low in price.

One owner who races his boat hard noticed a large crack in the hull molding aft of the primary sheet winches, and discovered that he could see daylight through it. Apparently, the hull had been cracked in removing it from the mold, and the cracked patched over with auto body filler. This was on a new boat. The factory made good on that one.

Why would so many people buy a boat that apparently has a history of minor construction flaws and mediocre quality control?

The answer, according to owners, is that the basic styling, accommodations, and performance are better than other boats of the same size and type, making up for other shortcomings. When you buy a Chevrolet you know in advance that it isn’t going to be built like a Mercedes.

The interior is one factor that many owners report is a major influence in their decision to buy a Newport 28. With a waterline length of 23′ 6″, there’s a lot of interior for a 28′ boat.

Despite the fairly low freeboard and pronounced concave sheer, there is just over 6′ of headroom on centerline over the main cabin. The pronounced camber of the main cabintop keeps the deckhouse profile low, but at the expense of headroom, which diminishes very quickly away from the centerline. Fortunately, on a boat this small you’re almost always walking near the centerline.

There have been three basic interior arrangements over the years: galley along the starboard side of the main cabin, galley aft on the port side, and galley aft on the starboard side. On later models, only the two aft galley configurations were available. The galley aft on starboard side is the only layout that offers a stove with oven, due to the setup of the main cabin settees.

Unfortunately, this galley arangement required cutting away the starboard main bulkhead beneath the chainplates to make the starboard settee long enough for sleeping, which in our opinion is a structural compromise.

Newport 28/28 II

Since there are four other berths in the boat—two forward, the port settee, and a quarterberth—using the starboard settee as a berth isn’t necessary with anything less than a full crew. For family cruising, it is likely that at least one member of the crew would be short enough to use the starboard settee even without the foot extension.

Originally, the boat was equipped with the Atomic Four gasoline inboard, a standard engine in most auxiliaries until the proliferation of diesel power in the early 1980s. Diesel power was optional until the introduction of the 28-II model.

Some boats have Yanmar diesels, others Universal. It took the builder a while to decide which diesel engine to use, as owners report engines ranging in horsepower from 11 to 18. To most owners, there appears to be little difference in performance between diesel engines of various sizes. All of the Universal diesels should be adequate for the boat, and the Atomic Four is far more power than she needs.

Obviously, the diesel engine is a big plus when shopping for a used boat. Retrofitting a diesel on a gas-powered boat of this size is usually more expense than can be justified unless you’re planning to keep the boat for a long time.

Access to the engine for service varies from awful to good, depending on the model year. Fortunately, newer models have better access from the interior as well as a flush hatch in the cockpit sole directly over the engine.

Buying A Used Boat

Because so many owner complaints center on fairly mediocre construction detailing, a used boat should be carefully surveyed before purchase. Particular attention should be paid to structural details of the hull-to-deck joint, attachment of bulkheads, and mounting of deck hardware.

Obviously, a later model boat with a diesel engine is more desirable than an older boat with a gas engine. We would also consider the 28-II version with updated keel and rudder to be more desirable than the earlier design.

Because of the large number of Newport 28s built, at any given time there are a number of boats on the market. This means you should be able to find the combination of ingredients you’re looking for for in age, power plant, keel, and interior layouts—especially if you’re shopping on the West Coast.

It would be a good idea to look at all three interior arrangements before making a decision, although if you opt for a newer boat your choice will be between the two aft galley interiors.

Some of the boats have been seriously upgraded by owners, including such things as larger cockpit drains and higher quality hull hardware.

We would be wary about any boat that showed a lot of inexpert do-it-yourself characterisitics, such as caulking along the hull-to-deck joint, around the ports, or around the chainplates.

Although a tiller is standard, a fair number of boats have been equipped with wheel steering, either as an original option or as a retrofit.

The steering pedestal takes up far less room than the tiller, but it does require that the helmsman sit all the way in the back of the boat. While this arrangement keeps the cockpit less crowded for racing, it also puts all the helmsman’s weight at the aft end of the boat—not a good place for it.

In addition, the helmsman on a wheel-steered boat cannot reach either the mainsheet or the jib sheets, a serious shortcoming. He furthermore has trouble hiding from rain and spray under a companionway dodger.

Life for the helmsman on a wheel-steered Newport 28 will be a lonely one. Wheel steering, being hardly necessary on a boat this size, is hardly desirable on the Newport 28.

The Newport 28 is a good entry-level cruiser-racer for someone wanting a reasonable combination of accommodations and performance, as long as you’re not too persnickety about details. It would be a reasonable compromise for someone who likes more traditional appearance in a modern boat, but doesn’t have the money to spend for a higher-quality boat of the same size and type, such as a Sabre 28.


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LA 28: The modern trailable boat that’s cold-molded from mahogany

Yachting World

  • October 8, 2019

The LA 28 is a beautiful, cold-moulded wooden trailer-sailer that was designed to be unique, and has now sold nine boats across Europe. Sam Fortescue steps on board

Appropriately, it’s a long train ride through thick, thick forest before I reach the LA Yachts yard on the banks of Lake Müritz in central Germany. This seems apposite because the boat I’ve come to see is an exquisite example of how wood is just as relevant as ever when it comes to boatbuilding.

In truth, the LA 28 has little in common with the endless rows of fir that fringe the lake; she is cold-moulded from nobler stuff. But it is striking that this young shipyard chose to build in wood. I ask yard owner Lothar Fichtner why.

“It’s lighter than GRP and cheaper than carbon,” he says without blinking. So much for the romance of traditional construction, then. In fact, there’s little about this vessel the boatbuilders of 100 years ago would recognise.


Around 60kg of Sicomin epoxy is used in the lay-up. Photo: Soenke Hucho

For one, cold moulding is a technique that relies heavily on epoxy resin to stick each layer of wood to the last and sheath the whole structure to keep the water out. Then there can be as much or as little carbon in the rig and the finish as you want, while propulsion comes courtesy of a Torqeedo electric motor.

Despite her elegant tumblehome and the plunging curve of her coachroof, this is a thoroughly modern boat. “The best of modern and traditional,” Fichtner says.

The story of the LA 28 begins with the desire of a wealthy man to have a beautiful sailing toy. Lothar Fichtner was that man and, having sold his engineering business, he wanted to enjoy more of life from his second home on Mallorca.

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He approached a boatbuilder in the Muritz region called Andreas Zehle who specialised in the building of the German 20er Jollenkreuzer racing dinghy class, also cold moulded. Then he drafted in designer Martin Menzner from Berckemeyer Yacht Design in Laboe on the Kieler Fjord.

This small design house has worked on everything from dinghies to high-latitude yachts, using a range of construction materials and techniques. Crucially, Berckemeyer is strong in cold-moulded yacht design, or ‘speed strip’ as they call it.

The brief was for a trailerable 8-9m boat, that was “simple to rig, as single-handed as possible and with excellent sailing characteristics,” Fichtner explains. “I am bothered by the current development in boatbuilding. Almost all boats look the same. I wanted something exclusive that is modern in design and traditionally built.”


It takes more than 15 coats of varnish to achieve this degree of shine on the finish. Photo: Soenke Hucho

Menzner is a successful J/80 sailor himself, and the two men quickly saw eye-to-eye. The whole design process took just three months. Fichtner had no clear idea of it at the time, but he wasn’t just buying a boat, he was establishing a yard.

“I founded the shipyard because two boatbuilders were unemployed and I wanted to have a boat for my area in Germany and Mallorca,” he recalls. But one thing led to another, and Fichtner is a naturally ambitious man.

“We had a lot of success at trade fairs and continuous orders. Then I found my way into Germany’s Yacht magazine.” They have now sold nine boats since 2015, when the first garnered rave reviews at Interboat in Friedrichshafen.

Working with wood

Cold moulding requires a rough plug to be made, but no female tooling is needed, making it much cheaper to set-up than in the case of GRP or carbon. The plug around which the hull is formed is simply made from strips of softwood fastened around CNC-milled frames. It’s quick, cheap and relatively easy. The natural flexibility of the 2.5mm strips of wood used in cold moulding the hull iron out any imperfections in the mould.

The first stage of the process is to place a layer of plastic sheeting over the mould. Then the strips are bent into shape and clamped in place to hold their form. Each layer is bagged and vacuum infused with Sicomin epoxy resin, which soaks into the very top layer of the wood and helps to bond each strip edge-to-edge.

Each layer is laid in a different direction to the previous: longitudinal strips of okoume first, then lateral, then diagonal. For the outer layers, Lothar prefers African mahogany (khaya), giving a warm, reddish finish to the hull, which is many times stronger than the equivalent in glassfibre, and lighter too.

The deep curve of the tumblehome is all part of the hull shape, so it isn’t possible to mould the whole hull at the same time. Instead, there are two symmetrical plugs, one for the port side, one for starboard.

When the two halves are finished, they are simply epoxied together in the middle with a sort of low keelson covering the whole length of the joint for extra strength.


Cold moulding leads to a beautiful interior finish. Photo: Soenke Hucho

At this stage, the hull is still just a hollow form, albeit a beautiful one. Extra strength must be added next, which is achieved by ‘backfilling’ frames, ringframes and stringers – all glued into place after the event. These support the stresses of the mast, the shrouds and the keel, and provide structure for the transom, keelbox and so on.

The finish is a matter of personal taste – every owner makes their own decisions on this. Some have opted for carbon detailing; a layer of carbon epoxied around the aluminium mast post, for instance, a carbon keelbox and carbon fibre pads where the line for the retractable bowsprit passes through the companionway bulkhead into the cockpit. The mast and boom are both in carbon, with sails recommended in X-Drive carbon from UK Sailmakers.

Others have requested a white painted interior (a lot more work, observes Fichtner), or different woods used in the construction process to give a slightly different finish. The point is that every boat is unique and can be formed and specified to fit its new owner’s wishes: engine or no engine; spade rudder or transom-mounted kick-up rudder.


LA Yachts uses a very light wooden core for the tiller, then laminates it with carbon fibre. Photo: Soenke Hucho

Below the waterline the usual keel is a 600kg lead bulb, but again you can choose from a number of options. With the fixed keel there is the option of a 1.7m, 1.8m or 1.9m draught – depending on where you sail and how aggressively rigged she is.

But the hydraulic lift is proving a popular option, which reduces draught by 0.9m in the raised position. It’s a handy option for shallow waters, and makes it more feasible to land wherever the fancy takes you – perhaps with a family and a picnic basket.

True to the boat’s thoroughly modern character, Fichtner worked closely with Torqeedo in designing the LA 28 to use one of the company’s 2.5kW electric drives.

This is permanently mounted on a pod under the cockpit, but the throttle lives out of sight on a fold-down panel that pops out of one of the cave lockers. It’s a neat solution to the fact that the Torqeedo control is chunky and modern, and rather at odds with the otherworldly lines of the LA 28.

Controlled growth

The boat is resolutely designed to be simple to handle. “They sail easily and they’re very light. I can come into port by myself, and handle her myself,” Fichtner says. “With a bigger boat you always need a team – you are never alone.”

That said, there is a bigger boat on the horizon. Taking its cues from the look and handling of the LA 28, a larger 35-footer has been designed and will shortly enter the build phase. At 10.8m long, she can still be trailered, thanks to an all-up towing weight of just less than 3.5 tonnes.

“I want to invest in quality,” says Fichtner determinedly. “My dream would be to build just three boats per year.” There seems to be a preponderance of billionaires among the ownership ranks of LA Yachts, so perhaps three a year is more ambitious than it sounds.


LOA: 8.8m (28ft 11in) LWL: 8.0m (26ft 3in) Beam: 2.5m (8ft 2in) Draught: 1.7-1.9m (5ft 7in-6ft 3in) Keel raised: 0.8-1.0m (2ft 8in-3ft 3in) Displacement: 1.5 tonnes Ballast: 600kg (1,322lb) Engine: Torqeedo Cruise 2.0FP Price: €120,000 (ex. VAT)

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Step-By-Step Guide: How to Build a Wooden Sailboat – Complete DIY Tutorial

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Building a wooden sailboat is a rewarding and fulfilling endeavor that allows you to create your own vessel for sailing adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a woodworking enthusiast, constructing a wooden sailboat requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a love for craftsmanship. This comprehensive guide will take you through the step-by-step process of building a wooden sailboat, from choosing the right design and gathering the necessary materials to assembling the framework, building the deck and cabin, and installing the sails and rigging. We will also discuss the finishing touches and regular maintenance required to keep your wooden sailboat in optimal condition for years of enjoyment on the water. Let’s dive into the world of wooden sailboat construction and embark on this exciting journey together.

Key takeaways:

Key takeaway:

  • Choosing the right design and plans is crucial: Research different sailboat designs and select suitable plans based on your skill level to ensure a successful project.
  • Gather the necessary materials and tools: Pay attention to wood selection and preparation, as well as acquiring the tools and equipment needed for building your wooden sailboat.
  • Attention to detail in the construction process is important: Prepare and assemble the framework carefully, focusing on lofting, laying out the keel, constructing the ribs, and the hull structure to ensure a sturdy and reliable sailboat.

Choosing the Right Design and Plans

When it comes to building a wooden sailboat, one of the crucial steps is choosing the right design and plans. In this section, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of sailboat designs and explore the vast array of options available. From researching different sailboat designs to selecting plans that match your skill level, we’ll guide you through the exciting process of bringing your wooden sailboat dream to life. So, hop aboard and let’s set sail on this exhilarating journey of craftsmanship and adventure.

Researching Different Sailboat Designs

When conducting research on sailboat designs, it is important to take into account a variety of factors in order to select the most suitable design. One of the primary considerations is whether you prefer a monohull or a multihull sailboat. Monohulls are more commonly found and offer superior performance when sailing upwind, whereas multihulls provide both stability and speed.

Another aspect to consider is your level of sailing experience. If you are a beginner, it is advisable to seek out designs that are easier to handle and forgiving. On the other hand, experienced sailors may gravitate towards performance-oriented designs that are ideal for racing or long-distance cruising.

It is crucial to think about how you intend to use the sailboat. Are you looking for a day sailer , a cruiser , or a racing boat ? Each design comes with its own set of distinctive features and characteristics.

Determining the appropriate size of the sailboat is another crucial step, which should be based on the number of people and activities you plan to have on board. You must also decide whether you prefer an open cockpit or an enclosed cabin .

To find the perfect sailboat design that aligns with your sailing goals and preferences, it is imperative to thoroughly research various options and take into consideration all of these factors. By doing so, you will be able to make an informed decision and select the ideal sailboat design.

Selecting Suitable Plans for Your Skill Level

When it comes to building a wooden sailboat, it is crucial to select suitable plans that match your skill level. This is important as it ensures that you have the necessary knowledge and expertise to effectively complete the construction. In order to help you with this, here is a table that outlines the different skill levels and the corresponding plans:

Choosing the right plans for your skill level is essential as it enables you to navigate the construction process smoothly, avoid any complications, and ultimately achieve the desired result. It is crucial to honestly evaluate your woodworking skills and then select plans that align with your abilities. Keep in mind that building a wooden sailboat demands patience , attention to detail , and a willingness to learn and improve your woodworking skills.

As a pro tip, if you are a beginner, it is advisable to start with simpler plans and gradually work your way up to more complex projects. This allows you to gain experience and confidence in your woodworking abilities over time. So always remember to select suitable plans for your skill level and enjoy the process of building your wooden sailboat.

Gathering the Necessary Materials and Tools

When it comes to building a wooden sailboat, gathering the necessary materials and tools is key . In this section, we’ll dive into the exciting world of selecting and preparing the right wood for your sailboat, as well as the essential tools and equipment you’ll need to bring your project to life. So, start sharpening your creativity and let’s sail away into the realm of wooden boat construction!

Wood Selection and Preparation

Incorporating the provided keywords naturally in the provided text:

1. Conduct research on the different types of wood used in boatbuilding, such as mahogany , teak , or oak . This will help you make an informed decision regarding the most suitable wood for your sailboat.

2. Determine the specific requirements of your sailboat design in order to guide your wood selection process. Each design may have different needs and preferences when it comes to the type of wood to be used.

3. Take into consideration the durability and resistance to rot of the wood options available. This is crucial to ensure the longevity and overall quality of your sailboat. Choosing a wood that can withstand exposure to water and other elements is essential.

4. Look for straight , dry , and defect-free wood. This will contribute to the structural integrity of your sailboat. Any defects or irregularities in the wood may compromise its strength and performance.

5. Calculate the amount of wood needed based on the specific design and measurements of your sailboat. This will help you estimate the quantity of wood required for the construction process.

6. Mill or cut the wood into the required dimensions and shapes as outlined in the sailboat design. This step is crucial for achieving the desired structure and appearance of your sailboat.

7. Prior to assembly, it is important to sand the wood surfaces thoroughly. This will remove any rough edges or splinters, ensuring a smooth and safe finish.

8. Apply a protective coating or sealant to the wood in order to prevent water damage. This will help preserve the wood and extend its lifespan .

By following these steps, you can ensure that the wood selected and prepared for your sailboat construction is suitable and of high quality.

Tools and Equipment Needed for the Project

When embarking on the construction of a wooden sailboat, it is crucial to have the appropriate tools and equipment to ensure successful completion.

To accurately measure and obtain precise alignment and dimensions, essential measuring tools such as a tape measure , combination square , and level are indispensable.

For shaping wooden components, cutting tools like a circular saw or table saw , jigsaw , and hand saw are necessary.

Joinery tools, including a chisel set , mallet or hammer , and drill with different-sized bits, are vital for smoothly joining parts together.

To achieve a polished finish, sanding and finishing tools such as sandpaper with varying grits, sanding blocks , and a random orbital sander are crucial.

Additionally, brushes and rollers are required for the application of finishes.

When it comes to safety, it is imperative to prioritize the use of safety goggles , ear protection , a dust mask , and work gloves to ensure personal protection during the construction process.

When selecting tools and equipment, it is essential to invest in high-quality items that are specifically designed for the tasks involved in wooden sailboat building.

By doing so, not only will efficiency be maximized, but the overall quality of the finished boat will also be greatly enhanced.

Preparing and Assembling the Framework

As we delve into the world of building a wooden sailboat, we now find ourselves in the exciting phase of preparing and assembling the framework. In this section, we’ll discover the essential steps that go into setting up the lofting and laying out the keel , as well as the intricacies of constructing the ribs and hull structure. Get ready to immerse yourself in the hands-on process of bringing this magnificent vessel to life!

Setting Up the Lofting and Laying Out the Keel

To properly set up the lofting and lay out the keel for a wooden sailboat, it is important to follow these steps in a systematic manner:

  • Firstly, prepare the lofting area by clearing a large, flat space where the plans and measurements will be placed.
  • Next, securely attach the keel stock to the lofting platform, making sure it is both level and aligned with the boat’s centerline.
  • Using battens, rulers, and pencils, transfer the measurements and lines from the boat plans onto the lofting platform.
  • Ensure the accuracy of the waterlines, buttock lines, and other reference lines on the lofting platform by drawing them according to the measurements provided in the boat plans.
  • Utilizing the dimensions indicated in the plans, measure and mark the positions of the keel, stem, and transom on the lofting platform.
  • Thoroughly examine and adjust all lines and measurements to guarantee their accuracy.
  • Identify the locations where any additional frames, bulkheads, or structural elements will connect to the keel, by marking them accordingly.
  • Prior to proceeding, double-check all marks and measurements to ensure their accuracy.

The process of setting up the lofting and laying out the keel is an integral step in the construction of a wooden sailboat. It serves as the foundation and reference points for the boat’s overall structure. It is crucial to pay close attention to detail and maintain accuracy throughout the build. By following these steps, you will be on your way to constructing your very own wooden sailboat.

Constructing the Ribs and Hull Structure

When constructing the ribs and hull structure of a wooden sailboat, follow these steps:

– Measure and cut the ribs: Use the plans as a guide to mark and cut the dimensions on the wood. Cut the ribs accurately.

– Attach the ribs to the keel: Position and attach the cut ribs evenly along the keel using marine epoxy and screws.

– Install chines and stringers: Attach the chines to the bottom edge of the boat and install the stringers along the sides for strength.

– Attach the planking: Cut and fit planks to cover the rib and stringer structure, securing them tightly.

– Reinforce the joints: Apply epoxy and fiberglass tape over the joints to strengthen the structure.

– Shape the hull: Use tools to shape and smooth the hull, paying attention to fairing for optimal hydrodynamics.

– Apply a protective finish: Coat the hull and ribs with marine-grade varnish or epoxy for durability.

– Perform a thorough inspection: Check for defects, cracks, or imperfections and make necessary repairs before moving forward.

The process of constructing wooden sailboats has evolved over time, combining traditional techniques with modern materials and tools. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, and an understanding of wood’s properties are still essential in constructing the ribs and hull structure. This blend of artistry and engineering ensures sailboats can withstand the demands of the sea while providing a smooth and enjoyable sailing experience.

Building the Deck and Cabin

Let’s dive into the exciting world of building a wooden sailboat! In this section, we’ll focus on the crucial element of constructing the deck and cabin. Get ready to explore the process of creating the deck framework and adding those essential interior features . From laying the foundation to crafting a cozy cabin space , we’ll uncover the key steps and considerations for bringing your wooden sailboat to life. So, grab your tools and let’s set sail on this exhilarating construction journey !

Creating the Deck Framework

When creating the deck framework for a wooden sailboat, follow these steps:

  • Measure and mark the desired deck size and shape on the boat’s frame.
  • Cut and shape the wooden planks or panels to match the marked measurements.
  • Align the planks or panels horizontally across the frame, ensuring they are straight and evenly spaced.
  • Secure the planks or panels to the frame using screws or nails, ensuring tight fastening.
  • Add additional support beams or joists underneath the deck for added strength and stability.
  • Sand the deck surface to create a smooth and even finish.
  • Apply a weather-resistant sealant or paint to protect the deck from moisture and UV damage.
  • Install necessary features or fixtures on the deck, such as hatches, cleats or railings.

Pro-tip: Enhance the deck’s strength and durability by adding epoxy or marine adhesive between the joints before securing the planks or panels.

Installing the Cabin and Interior Features

When building a wooden sailboat, it is important to pay attention to every step, including the installation of the cabin and interior features. To install these features, follow the following steps:

1. First, measure and cut the materials for the cabin walls, floor, and ceiling.

2. Next, securely fit the cabin walls in place.

3. Then, attach the floorboards to the cabin base using screws or nails.

4. Align and install the cabin ceiling.

5. If desired, add insulation for extra comfort.

6. Attach interior features such as cabinets, storage compartments, and seating areas.

7. Install windows and hatches to allow for natural light and ventilation.

8. Properly wire the cabin for electricity, ensuring that lights and outlets are installed and functioning.

9. Finish the interior by sanding and applying a protective coat of varnish or paint.

10. Ensure that all installations meet safety standards.

Precision and attention to detail are key when installing the cabin and interior features of a wooden sailboat. By carefully measuring, cutting, and fitting each component, you can ensure a secure fit. It is important to optimize the layout and functionality of the interior features to create a comfortable living space with ample storage. The addition of windows and hatches will enhance comfort and enjoyment by providing natural light and ventilation . If electricity is needed, proper wiring is essential to ensure necessary lighting and power outlets. Finishing the interior with a protective coat of varnish or paint will not only enhance aesthetics but also provide durability.

Remember, the goal is to create a cozy retreat for sailors, so it is important to put in the necessary effort to install the cabin and interior features correctly.

Installing the Sails and Rigging

Set sail with confidence as we dive into the exciting world of installing the sails and rigging for your wooden sailboat. Discover the key considerations in choosing the perfect sails and master the art of setting up and adjusting the rigging. With expert tips and tricks , this section will equip you with the knowledge to navigate the waters with ease and experience the thrill of sailing your wooden masterpiece .

Choosing the Right Sails

When choosing sails for your wooden sailboat, consider the following factors:

– Type of sailing: Determine if you plan to cruise , race , or do both. Different sails are designed for specific purposes.

– Boat size: The size of your sailboat determines the size and number of sails you need. Larger boats require bigger sails , while smaller boats may need fewer and smaller sails .

– Wind conditions: Consider the typical wind conditions in your sailing areas. Different sails perform better in light winds , heavy winds , or various wind conditions.

– Sail material: The material of the sails affects durability and performance. Material choices include Dacron , laminate , and nylon . Each material has different trade-offs between longevity, performance, and cost.

– Reefing options: If you sail in varied or unpredictable wind conditions, choose sails with reefing options. Reefing allows you to adjust the sail area for stronger winds, improving control and safety.

– Manufacturer reputation: Research sail manufacturers for their reputation and reliability. Read reviews, seek recommendations, and consider warranty and customer support.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when choosing sails for your wooden sailboat. Remember, the right sails greatly impact your sailing experience, so take your time and choose wisely.

Setting Up and Adjusting the Rigging

When setting up and adjusting the rigging of a wooden sailboat, it is important to follow these steps to ensure proper and safe rigging.

To start, attach the mast to the deck using a mast step or mast partner for stability and support. This will provide the foundation for the rigging.

Next, secure the standing rigging , which includes the shrouds and stays , to the mast. This will help distribute the forces from the sails and ensure the stability of the mast.

Connect the forestay to the bow of the sailboat. This will keep the mast in line and control the position of the headsail.

To counteract forces from the headsail and maintain rigging tension, attach the backstay to the stern of the boat.

Use turnbuckles or rigging screws to adjust the tension in the standing rigging. This will ensure proper alignment and support of the mast.

Install the running rigging , including halyards and sheets , to control the position and tension of the sails.

Before and during sailing, it is important to regularly check the tension in the rigging to ensure performance and safety.

Make any necessary adjustments to the rigging during sailing in order to optimize the shape of the sails and enhance the performance of the boat.

By following these steps, you will be able to properly set up and adjust the rigging of your wooden sailboat, allowing for safe and enjoyable sailing experiences.

Finishing Touches and Maintenance

When it comes to completing your wooden sailboat and keeping it in top shape, this section has got you covered. We’ll dive into the art of applying exquisite finishes to the hull and deck, giving your sailboat a stunning appearance. And don’t worry, we won’t neglect the nitty-gritty details of regular maintenance and care, ensuring your wooden vessel remains seaworthy for years to come. So, let’s get ready to add those finishing touches and keep your sailboat sailing smoothly !

Applying Finishes to the Hull and Deck

When building a wooden sailboat, applying finishes to the hull and deck is crucial for durability and aesthetic appeal. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Prepare the surfaces: Sand down rough spots, fill in cracks and imperfections, and ensure a smooth and clean surface.

2. Choose the right finish: Consider the type of wood and desired look. Varnish provides a glossy and traditional appearance, while paint offers different colors and styles.

3. Apply the primer: Enhance adherence and create an even surface for the final coat by applying a primer.

4. Apply the finish: Use a brush or roller to apply the chosen finish coat to the hull and deck. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying times and application techniques.

5. Allow for drying and curing: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying and curing to ensure the finish is fully set and provides maximum protection.

6. Inspect and touch up: After drying, inspect the hull and deck for missed spots or imperfections. Touch up any areas that require additional finish for a seamless and polished look.

By following these steps and applying finishes properly, you can protect and enhance the hull and deck of your wooden sailboat, ensuring it looks beautiful and lasts for many years.

Regular Maintenance and Care for Your Wooden Sailboat

Regular maintenance and care for your wooden sailboat is crucial for its longevity and performance. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Inspect the hull and deck for damage like cracks or rot. Promptly repair any issues to prevent further damage.

2. Clean the boat regularly with mild detergent and freshwater to remove dirt, salt, and grime that can accumulate over time.

3. Apply a protective coating to the hull and deck using marine-grade varnish or paint to prevent water penetration and protect against UV damage.

4. Check the rigging and sails for wear or damage. Replace worn-out lines or rigging components for safe sailing.

5. Inspect wooden components such as the mast, boom, and rudder for rot or decay. Replace or repair as necessary to maintain structural integrity.

6. Keep the interior of the sailboat clean and dry to prevent mold and mildew growth. Use a dehumidifier if needed.

7. Regularly check and maintain the boat’s systems , including electrical, plumbing, and navigation equipment. Address any issues promptly.

8. Store the wooden sailboat in a suitable location, such as a covered boat dock or boatyard, when not in use. Protect it from extreme weather conditions.

Pro-tip: Establish a regular maintenance schedule and keep a detailed record of all maintenance and repairs. This will help you stay organized and ensure your wooden sailboat remains in optimal condition.

Some Facts About How To Build A Wooden Sailboat:

  • ✅ Building a wooden sailboat can take approximately 100 hours over a span of 3 months. (Source: Instructables)
  • ✅ A wooden sailboat can cost around $1,000 to build. (Source: Instructables)
  • ✅ The boat is typically built from 4×8 sheets of plywood and measures 8 feet in length. (Source: Instructables)
  • ✅ Various tools such as a pull-saw, table saw, router, sander, and drill are needed for building a wooden sailboat. (Source: Instructables)
  • ✅ Fiberglass cloth, epoxy resin, screws, and other materials are used to reinforce and waterproof the wooden sailboat. (Source: Instructables)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. how long does it take to build a wooden sailboat.

Building a wooden sailboat typically takes about 100 hours spread over approximately 3 months.

2. What materials are needed to build a wooden sailboat?

To build a wooden sailboat, you will need 4×8 sheets of plywood, epoxy resin, oak plywood, various tools (such as a pull-saw, table saw, router, etc.), fiberglass cloth, screws, fasteners, and other supplies like glue, clamps, and mixing cups.

3. How much does it cost to build a wooden sailboat?

The estimated cost of building a wooden sailboat is around $1,000, including the materials and tools needed for the project.

4. Can I learn to build a wooden sailboat if I have no prior experience?

Yes, building skills can be learned gradually, and mistakes can be avoided along the way. With patience and guidance from boat building plans, even beginners can successfully build a wooden sailboat.

5. How long is the wooden sailboat described in the reference?

The wooden sailboat described in the reference is an 8-foot long pram, featuring classic lines and made from 4×8 sheets of plywood.

6. Can I launch the wooden sailboat in any body of water?

Yes, the wooden sailboat is designed to be light enough to fit in a small pickup truck or be rolled to a local lake on a dolly, making it suitable for various bodies of water.

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Affordable Sailboats You Can Build at Home | Life of Sailing

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Daniel Wade

September 13, 2023

‍ Key Takeaways

  • There are many sailboats that anyone can build from home depending on tastes
  • Budget will be the biggest deciding factor on a majority of the process
  • Consider kits that come with most of what you need or choose ones that are all-inclusive
  • Design complexities and new materials may make the building time process longer
  • Plan the best you can ahead of time to save money and your working hours

‍ Buying a sailboat can be expensive, but building your own can save you money. So what are sailboats you can build from home?

Sailboats that you can build from home will likely be a small boat under 20 feet. These could be from many different boat suppliers such as B&B Yachts, Brooks Boat Designs, and Chase Small Craft. Boat plans will vary based on your budget and how much time you have on your hands.

Based on my previous experience, building your own boat will take much longer than if a professional were to do it. You also have to be able to study plans, consider various sailboat designs, and have tons of supplies such as fiberglass tape or fiberglass cloth. On top of that, you will also have to be good with your hands.

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‍ Top 10 Affordable Sailboats Anyone Can Build at Home

Building your own pocket cruiser or other styles from boat plans is an impressive feat, as this will need dedicated time and money to assure your boat sails safely. Boat building takes a lot of patience as well, especially since this will not be completed in a fast manner.

Finding boat plans and materials that fit your budget will be key to being able to complete the project. The time it takes to complete these projects will vary on your overall experience and needs. Below are 10 of the most affordable sailboats that you can build in the comfort of your home.

B&B Yachts

B&B Yacht

B&B Yachts have 14 different boat plans you can choose from to find the boat of your desires. Their shop is located along the Bay River in North Carolina where they construct all of the kits and have a 100 foot dock to show off your project once you complete it.

One popular model to check out is their Core Sound 15, as it is the perfect size for those wanting to build a modest size boat for a handful of people on board. Their website features some videos of completed projects and the plans or kits for purchase.

  • 14 different models to choose from plus some dinghies
  • Various monohull and multihull options
  • Friendly customer service with attractive prices
  • Might be too many options for some that are indecisive
  • Not ideal for those wanting to have a motor sailer

Brooks Boat Designs

Brooks Boat Designs

Brooks Boat Designs has a handful of options to consider for your next sailboat building project. They are located in Brookline, Maine and give the option to buy the kits or have them build one from scratch for you. They have plenty of knowledge, so do not be shy to ask about modifications or custom features you are looking for.

Depending on your specifics, they can attempt to accommodate some of their plans to help fit your desired outcome. By checking out their site, you can see many examples of their construction in progress and what the boats will look like when completed.

  • Offers a variety of kits
  • Plans vary around $50 and up, while materials will obviously add more costs
  • Some plans can be rowing boats that can convert to sailboats
  • Might take a while to hear back from them, as their contact section is a little outdated
  • Their plans may not accommodate a ton of extras for your taste

Chase Small Craft

Chase Small Craft

Chase Small Craft offers a simple process for building boats. Their kits are equipped with everything you need and will help save you time than just buying the materials outright and other parts you could need. This is arguably one of the best bang for buck instances if you want to save time and money searching for pieces to your boat.

They are located in Saco, Maine and will ship everything to your home from there. All the necessary materials are included and all you need are the proper tools and working space.

  • All-inclusive kits with what you need
  • Tons of knowledge on their site for boat building
  • Easy process to order and customize
  • Complete kits can range over $20,000 for larger boats
  • Kits may take up to eight weeks to ship out

Chesapeake Light Craft

Chesapeake Light Craft

You can expect high-quality boat kits from Chesapeake Light Craft . They feature 18 different sailboat kits that vary from eight to 20 feet in length. This should be more than enough to find one for you if you are newer to boat building.

They also have a wide variety of other kits in addition to the sailboat, in the event that you wanted to order a small kayak or paddleboard in addition to your sailboat. The prices vary considerably when considering a small or larger boat, so check the complete list of options to in order to potentially fit your needs.

  • Plenty of sailboat offerings to choose from
  • Different beautiful hull form options to consider
  • Easy to build and perfect for sailing
  • Only has basic materials needed for kit, so you may need to purchase other items
  • Has epoxy shipping fee no matter if you pick up item

Dudley Dix Yacht Design

Dudley Dix Yacht Design has an extensive list of plywood and single skin sailing boat options. They have plenty of sail plans and kits to consider depending on your goals. These follow a classic look for sailboats, which are aesthetically pleasing.

If you are wanting one to accommodate a small family, they have more than plenty to look through. The cost is not as bad compared to others, but keep in mind that you may need to throw in your own supplies or specific tools to get the job done.

  • Plans start at $30 and range up to $7,500 or more for kits
  • More than enough of options to consider
  • Affordable variety of sailboat offerings
  • Might be too many options for those new to sailing
  • Most are wood without the use of aluminum or steel

Farrier Marine

Farrier Marine

If you are in search of a multihull to build, then Farrier Marine is what you need. They offer a unique folding catamaran that is trailerable and give you the option to build it yourself. This not only makes it an appealing option, but anyone can take this multihull boat wherever they want with ease.

It features a thorough construction guide once you receive all of the materials. These also come with stainless steel fasteners and an aluminum mast for high-quality materials. Pricing will vary since you must request which model type you are considering.

  • Ability to build a unique catamaran
  • In-depth construction guide to help
  • Easily handled and trailerable
  • Price may be too high
  • Limited offerings since only a few multihull options

Glen-L Marine Designs

Glen-L Marine Designs

Building a boat from Glen-L Marine Designs can save you time and money. They feature an easy system to order and receive the kits, as well as an in-depth guide to building them. This is an appealing option compared to most boat kit sellers.

The beauty about Glen-L is that anyone can build these from scratch, so you do not have to be the best boat builder in the world to get it done. They offer guides and helpful insights from their team to point you in the right direction. Plans vary around $15, while kits can range well over $1,000 depending on boat size.

  • Nearly 50 designs to choose from
  • Complete guide to help anyone build it
  • Plenty of price points depending on size
  • Might be overwhelming with the amount of options
  • Could take a while to get parts since they are popular

John Welsford Boat Designs

John Welsford Boat Designs

John Welsford Boat Designs invites new and veteran boat builders that want a taste of quality small wooden boats. The boat plans are designed to meet your specifications and are catered to your desires.

There are seven sailboat designs to choose from so you do not feel overwhelmed in the process. However, they do not sell kits all the time, so you would need to have the materials or be on the lookout for the best prices when they are available.

  • Seven sailboat plans with different sizes
  • Quality boat builder and supporting community
  • In-depth knowledge provided to you when you order
  • Might be too small of boat size
  • Kits are not always available

Iain Oughtred

There are plenty of options on the wooden boat store, but you should narrow down your search for Iain Oughtred’s line of sailboat kits and plans. There are 25 different plans to choose from, which should accommodate most everyone looking to build their own boat.

While they do offer some kits, they do not routinely offer sailboat kits. You would need to purchase all of the materials if you are considering one of their sail plans. Keep this in mind if you are considering, as you would need to hunt down the parts yourself.

  • 25 different sailboat plans to look through
  • Various sizes to contemplate for you sailing needs
  • Prices will vary but are not bad compared to market
  • No sailboat kits, only plans
  • Newer boat builders might find too many options unappealing

Paul Gartside Boat Builder and Designer

Gartside Boats is a boat builder company based in Long Island, New York that showcases a variety of boats from traditional and newer methods of boat building. Within that variety, they have boat plans meant for six to 50 feet in length.

With an abundance of options, you will need to contact them regarding prices and any customizable options. Kits may vary as well, as they typically design in-house and build for you.

  • Experienced boat designer that can accommodate with custom plans
  • Many options are trailerable
  • Can have plans for up to a 50 foot boat
  • You will need to contact them for prices
  • Customized options may make process more complicated for new boat builders

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Sailboat at Home?

As you have likely already done so, the math between building your own boat and buying one may be a huge difference. Likewise, you may even enjoy the challenge of taking an older boat that is gutted and restoring with parts from a kit to build one new again.

But how much does it cost exactly to build a boat from the comfort of your own garage or workshop? The prices are going to vary dramatically depending on your situation and material needed to get the job done. In addition, the time that it takes to complete this will also vary.

Sail plans are rather inexpensive if you are aiming to build a small boat. These plans allow you to see the workings of the boat design and what you need to build the boat.

Without these plans, you will not know the exact details of the design and it can cause major issues with the boat’s hull or other areas of the boat. Think of these as the backbone or instructions of the boat’s infancy before being built.

Price Per Square Foot

You should assume to pay anywhere between $300 to $600 per square foot if you are interested in building a boat. Buying a kit outright can be a good way to save time, but oftentimes these do not come with everything you need.

Instead, you should try to source as much of the materials at the best price as possible. Thinking ahead is part of the process and you might be able to score a deal at a lumber yard or hardware store for parts.

Boat Designs Matter

The design of the boat will be much different from one boat to the next, regardless if they are the same size in length. If you are pondering boats that range anywhere between 16 and 20 feet, you should factor in the shape of the hull, any rigging, and various appendages.

Prices tend to increase when there are more complexities within the designs. If you are considering a kit with more details than others, you will also have to pay more for the designs on that as well.

Kits Can Differ

It is important to understand that all kits are not going to be the same. As you gander at sailboat kits online to stitch together, you need to thoroughly look over to see if you have everything you need before buying.

It would also be at your advantage to ask the seller if any additional parts or supplies are needed. This may change your dynamic on the kit buying process and you may pass up one for another if it has everything you need. An all-inclusive kit may cost several hundred, if not thousands, of dollars more to have the convenience of everything in the bundle.

Construction Approaches

Some boat plans may require you to have certain tools to get the job done. This means special saws or planers, which the average person simply does not have.

Purchasing specialty tools might be expensive upfront and hard to find depending on what it is. Your best bet would be to check locally for others trying to sell their tools or consider a boat plan that does not require extensive tools to finish the job.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Sailboat?

An easy to build sailboat could take a while to build from scratch. Many different variances come into play that are difficult to pinpoint for everyone. But how long is that exactly and how will your experience play into this?

A fun project to sail in the wind could take you several months to well over a year depending on the boat plan and how big your boat is going to be. In addition, the materials all need to be accounted for prior to starting in the event a hardware store does not have them in stock.

Time Varies

The time that passes for simple boat designs on small sailing vessels can be done in a few weeks. This is assuming you have everything you need and work non-stop around the clock.

Certain complex situations may make the process long, such as the difficulty of working with some materials. If you are a skilled laborer, it may take you half the time compared to a novice. The amount of time it can take will vary on your availability and skill level.

Planning ahead will undoubtedly offer the most time-saving features. It also helps if you can tackle parts of the project at your own pace.

Complexity of Design

The design of the boat may make the construction process longer. For example, it may take you longer to build a catamaran compared to a similar lengthed monohull.

More complex designs might require more materials, therefore making the process a bit longer to complete. Furthermore, you will also need more experience working with difficult designs and that will affect you more as a newbie.

Be sure to manage your expectations well and do not allow yourself to become too stressed over this fun project. If you can, seek expert boat building advice from a local builder or the company you purchased sail plans through.

Quality Materials

The quality of the materials will matter significantly when building a boat and will greatly affect the time it takes to construct it. Handling fiberglass or carbon fiber might require specialty tools, while wood also demands a certain level of craftsmanship.

If you are not skilled at working with the material at hand, it might affect the quality of the build and you may have to go back to fix mistakes. This will definitely add more time to your project, because mistakes are bound to happen with your first project.

To save time, consider adding the tools and materials throughout the year or as often as your budget allows. You may want to try testing your skills on fiberglass or other materials to get a feel for how to work with it.

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ngine hours (total): 500 length overall (LOA): 39 make / manufacturer: Beneteau propulsion type: sail year manufactured: 1991 length overall (LOA): 39 make / manufacturer: 1991 Beneteau Oceanis 390 propulsion type: sail year manufactured: 1991 Beneteau oceanis 390 owners version building 1991 powered by Universal diesel very good and clean boatThe BENETEAU Oceanis 390 (39')Owner's Version (Special Layout Design) is the two cabin layout, two head arrangement with separate walk in shower, A large L-Shaped sofa and large folding teak table, galley is to starboard entering from the cockpit, there is also a starboard entrance to the aft cabin, there is a large double berth, a sit down navigation station then aft a head, the main salon is very light and features center line teak table drop-leaf with L-shaped convertible settee at starboard, going forward the head is also starboard with hanging locker to port. The spacious salon is large enough for everyone. Boats for Sale Search YachtWorld United States (change) 1991 Beneteau Oceanis 390 Owners Version Boat Name NOBLE AMBITIONS Specs Builder: Beneteau Dimensions LOA: 39 ft 0 in Beam: 13 ft 5 in LWL: 36 ft 8 in Maximum Draft: 4 ft 6 in Bridge Clearance: 54 ft 5 in Engines Engine 1: Engine Brand: Universal Year Built: 1991 Engine Model: 3m20 Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel Engine Hours: 568 Tanks Fresh Water Tanks: (40 Gallons) Fuel Tanks: (45 Gallons) Holding Tanks: (1 Gallons) Accommodations Number of twin berths: 2 Number of cabins: 2 Number of heads: 2 Layout & Accommodations Salon: Headroom: 6'5 Lockers under berths with rigid water tank (40 gal.) Table with fiddlers, bottle rack Anodized aluminum mast support Deck liner with wooden panels, access to mast wires, sliding shutters Opening deck hatch Opening port in coach house Fixed porthole Bar and shelf along the hull Fluorescent light above table Cushions and backrests with removable covers Grab rail Teak and holly floorboards Forward Cabin: Double bed Lockers on the hull Stowing space under berth Seat with stowing space Shelf, drawer & mirror Hanging locker Two fixed ports Ventilation through dorade Ceiling light Two reading lights Curtains Wooden paneling and vinyl lining Forward head: Formica laminated bulkhead Marine toilet with holding tank Stowage with mirror and door Wash basin with hot and cold pressurized water with shower Opening deck hatch Ventilation through dorade Fluorescent light Accessories: glass with holder, towel holders, toilet paper holder Aft cabin: Double bed Shelf along the hull Hanging locker with mirror Vanity Drawer Settee with stowage Two opening ports on coach roof and cockpit Ceiling lamps Reading lamps Ventilation through dorade Access to back of engine, stern gland, engine water intake and electrical bilge pump Aft marine head with separate stall water Aft head: White Formica laminated bulkhead USCG Marine head with holding tank Washbasin with hot and cold pressurized water Mirror & Shelves Stowing space under washbasin Opening port Fixed port in hull Ceiling light Ventilation through dorade box Accessories: glass with holder, towel holders, toilet paper holder Separate shower Galley The well ventilated functional galley will bring out the cook in everyone. Designed for extended cruising, this vessel offers a large refrigerator/icebox, 3 burner stove with oven and hot &cold pressurized water, stainless steel sinks and stowage space. Hot/Cold pressure water in showers and galley, Immersion Heater & Calorifier , 12v Refrigerator , Cooker/Oven/Grill, Radio (VHF), Cockpit cushions, Showers with self-activated pump-out Electronics & Navigation Chart table with stowing space for charts Shelves under chart table Bookshelf Panel for navigation instruments Electronic panel, 16 functions, hinged for easy access to wiring Fluorescent light Chart reading light Electrical, Power & Plumbing 12v / 120v including shore supply, Hot/Cold pressure water in showers and galley , Immersion Heater & Calorifier , 12v Refrigerator , Cooker/Oven/Grill , Radio CD-Player ,Speakers in saloon and cockpit (with fader), Showers with electric pump-out Deck & Equipment Bow stemhead fitting with anchor roller, fast track attachment, and 2 fairleads with built-in rollers (patented) Self bailing anchor well with mooring eye Mechanical windlass One opening hatch for lighting and ventilation of front cabin and head Pulpit with navigation lights Opening aft push pit with horseshoe buoy support and teak flag pole Anodized aluminum toe rail with 4 fair heads in-corporating built-in rollers (patented), 2 aft and 2 amidships Stainless steel profiled stanchions Double s/s lifelines with opening gates Four dorades with s/s guards Genoa tracks with adjustable car Two teak grabrails Mainsail traveler with adjustable car One winch Lewmar 30 S/T or equivalent for main sheet with cleat One winch Lewmar 30S/T or equivalent for main halyard and reefing lines Two Footblocks Two Lewmar 46 S/T (or equivalent) genoa sheet winches with cleat Four blocks for reefing lines with jammers Two genoa turning blocks Slatted teak seating in cockpit Cockpit table Teak cockpit grating Steering wheel (leather covered) with pedestal compass Two sail lockers with life raft storage in cockpit One gas bottle locks One bathing platform, teak laid, with 2 lockers Rubber protection at base of transom S/s chain plates for shroud, forestay, baby stay and backstay One winch handle holder One double action manual bilge pump One aft self-bailing anchor well One aft anchor roller Swim ladder Companionway step/locker Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

1954 Custom-Craft Wooden (All Teak)

1954 Custom-Craft Wooden (All Teak)

Seattle, Washington

Make Custom-Craft

Model Wooden (All Teak)

1954 Custom-Craft Wooden (All Teak), Rare Opportunity! Beautiful 35' Wooden all teak Sailboat... This boat has a wonderful history. It has been maintained by an artist and craftsman for years. It was my father's pride and joy but he recently passed. I live in California can not give it the love and attention it deserves... So it is time to pass it on to others who can truly enjoy it for all its splendor.It was pulled out of the water last week... the hull and boathouse were freshly varnished. The bottom was corked and painted. All zincs were replaced.S/V HINTHA 35'Custom built in Rangoon Burma 1954All teak construction except mast and boom (Sitka Spruce)Length overall 35ft W/L 27ft, beam 10ft 6inchesPower: Universal M35b 30HP based on Kabota BlockWeight 1400lbs Ballast 6800lbs full keelHarken rolling fuling 150 jibRaymarine Smart Pilot XC5 Tiller PilotJRC 1800 Radar / Chartplotter GPSDickenson #26-000 Carabean propane 2 burner love with ovenDickenson P12000 Newport propane fireplace wall heaterStandard Horizon depth sounderGroco Model K-H manual toilet with holding tank thru hull

1915 Crosby 25’ Classic Wooden Catboat-Sailboat - Diesel

1915 Crosby 25’ Classic Wooden Catboat-Sailboat - Diesel

New Iberia, Louisiana

Make Crosby Classic Catboat

The Silence Dogood is a rare 1915 Crosby catboat in good condition for her age. She underwent extensive repairs in 2006 and shortly thereafter was used as a touring/day sail vessel until 2012 when we purchased it and transported it to New Iberia, Louisiana. ________________________________________ Fuel: Diesel Hull Material: Wood - White Oak Beam:10 ft. Draft Board/Drive Up: 3 ft. board up and 6 ft. board down. Engine Make: Westerbeke Length Overall: 25 ft. The Silence Dogood is a classic wooden sailing and lobster fishing vessel with 25 feet of space overall and is slightly over 10 feet wide and draws 3ft board up and 6ft. board down. She is classically gaffed rigged, wooden from bow to stern, and fitted with many traditional features. Also included in this sale is the sail. The Silence Dogood was built by the Crosby Boatyard in Osterville, MA. In 1915. The Crosby Boatyard was established in 1850 in Osterville, Massachusetts and was the first to build a catboat designed for New England waters. The Silence Dogood was rescued from freshwater in New York State and was used as a commercial sailing vessel in Maine (see 1st and last photos). We purchased it in March 2012 from Maine and had it transported to New Iberia, Louisiana where it has remained. We re-caulked, re-painted the hull and upgraded the Westerbeke engine in 2012 shortly after purchasing it. It was used as a recreational vessel in the bayous of Louisiana since 2012. In 2005/2006 overall work on the Silence Dogood included new mast partners, deck beams and foredeck, fully re-fastened under the waterline with silicon-bronze fasteners, half floors around centerboard trunk, 2 full floor timbers, housing around rudder post through hull, two 750gph bilge pumps (one port, one starboard), one 1500gph auxiliary pump, two house batteries, one starting battery; solar charging. 40hp Westerbeke diesel engine, starter, alternator, and fresh water pump (all Westerbeke products). Original Edson steering gear, mahogany wheel. Photo 7 shows the mast and boom. Photo 2 was taken at the dock in 2012/2013 and Photo 11 was taken when the hull was repaired. The catboat is in good condition. It has leaks in the hull which need to be repaired but has otherwise been maintained. Please ask any questions that you may have. This is a local pick up only. Sale price does not include transportation of vessel to buyer's location. This listing price is for the sale of the catboat only. Buyer is responsible for transporting catboat from the present location in New Iberia, Louisiana to their desired destination. (Photo credit for first and last photos: Jesse Archer.) Thank you very much for looking and please let us know if you have any questions.

1940's 16' Wooden X Class Sailboat with Trailer

1940's 16' Wooden X Class Sailboat with Trailer

Freeland, Michigan

Model X Class - Cub

Category Daysailer Sailboats

Length 16.0

Wooden X Class sailboat with trailer. I was told it was built by a Michigan boat builder back in the 40's. Fair condition but will need restoration. 6' beam, around 500 lbs. Boat is complete, spruce mast and boom, two sets of sails (well used) rudder, galvanized center board in excellent shape, outboard well. Newer tires on trailer, lights will need some work. Please email if you have any questions or would like to take a look at it, thanks!

sailboat 16' classic wooden custom built one year old with trailer

sailboat 16' classic wooden custom built one year old with trailer

Benton, Pennsylvania

Make Does Not Apply

Specifications: LOA 16'; DWL 12'6" Beam 6'1" Draft 1'6" Displacement 1,389 lbs Sail Area 134 sq ft This boat was custom built and sailed only one season.With 550 lbs lead ballast and 20 lbs in center board, she is a delight to sail. Very easy and stable for beginner or experienced sailor. . With Mahogany trim, seats, floors and transom, she shows off very nice. The mast is Sitka Spruce and handles easily. This design is very similar to the famous Herreshoff 12 1/2. The custom trailer is galvanized, and she tows easily by a standard sedan, no need to have a truck.

Classic Collectible1938 Hull #1 24' 6

Classic Collectible1938 Hull #1 24' 6" Typhoon Wooden Sailboat - Winthrop Warner

Port Hueneme, California

1938 Hull #1 24' 6" Typhoon Wooden Sailboat Designed by Naval Architect Winthrop Warner / Built by Whitaker Marine This is Hull #1 documented as "Typhoon". She is a beautiful example of a compact, full keel, blue water yacht. Her distinctive lines and fine workmanship is evident throughout. Typhoon was restored. She yearns for an owner who can fully appreciate her legacy, with a strong desire to sail her often and continue to giver her TLC as she needs it! Specs 1938 Winthrop Warner 24' 6" Wooden Sloop Sailboat - recently restored Boat Name: Typhoon (Documented, same name as plans) Hull Year: 1938 Hull#: 1 (The first, the original and the construction was overseen by Winthrop Warner) Manufacturer: Whitaker Marine Company (East Hartford Conneticut.) Model: Typhoon Length 24' 6" Feet * Lying In Oxnard , California * Hull Material: Stem White Oak, Double Planked w/ Philipine Mahogany Wood Fiberglass + Epoxy Glue Barrier * Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel (Rebuilt < 200 hrs.) Additional Specs, Equipment and Information: Builder/Designer Builder: Winthrop Warner (Naval Architect) Dimensions LOA: 24' 6" LWL: 20' 4? Beam: 9' (Tip to Tip 33' 6" - Boomkin to Bowsprit) Displacement: 11,500 lbs Draft: 4' 10? Bridge Clearance: 5'5" Ballast: 3,500 lbs (Iron Keel) Engines Engine(s): Yanmar Engine(s) HP: 30 Engine Model: 3GM30F Hours: Est.140 Cruising Speed: 5 kts Recently rebuilt. $6000+ invested. No expense spared. Injectors, fuel pump, crank turned, professional complete assembly all new Yanmar parts! All receipts on boat Mechanical Bilge Pump: Manual Urchin & Electric Rule 1500 w/ float switch Steering - Wooden Wheel Worm Gear Fuel System Fuel: 25 Gallons Diesel (Tin Lined Copper) Shut-off valves under lazerette. Single Racor Fuel Filter. Marine Grade Fuel Hoses. Cabin Sole Solid Teak, professionally installed in 2005. Galley Fuel Shipmate Wood, Charcoal. Stove w/ Alcohol Adapter is not included in sale. No dinghy included. Fresh Water System Water: 15 gallons (Copper) Manual Original Bronze Sink Hand Pump. Bronze Seacocks. Sanitation System Toilet Jabsco, discharge for overboard . Shower / Hanging Wet Locker with with manual overboard pump. (5' headroom) Accommodations The interior is very spacious for a boat this size due to her generous 9' beam. My wife and I have found her to be a comfortable cruiser for both costal and offshore adventures. She has an impressive amount of storage and we recently purchased a brand new Shipmate wood stove which includes a bronze alcohol burner to bring her back to her original glory. Typhoon features a traditional yacht interior, white paint and varnished Mahogany througout. Her sole is soild teak She also has ample ventilation. * Sleeps 4 in 3 berths * Bronze opening ports - (6) * Cockpit cushions (blue) Galley Equipment Galley is located on the port side and is offers ample space for serious chefs. * Large Icebox * Original Bronze Handpumps (working perfectly) * Stainless Steel sink Electronics * Yanmar Engine Instrument gauges Electrical Battery Switch. Batteries: House: (2) 12v Group 27 AGM (100 Amp hours each 200 total) Engine: (1) 550 Cranking Amp Lead Acid Starter Charger: ProTech 1220i 20amp Xantrex Link Pro Battery Monitor Horizon VHF Radio Control Panel: Perko12v DC OCR LED Mastlight w/ strobe and photo diode ABYC Approved Wiring Deck Hardware and Rigging Sloop rigged double spreader New 1×19 Stainless standing rigging w/ New Nav-Tec Norseman SS end fittings and bronze turnbuckles Bronze Chainplates The deck is teak w/ marine plywood which was replaced. Solid Fir spars (varnished) 20# CQR Anchor + 15' 5/16" Chain & 250' 3/4" Line Jib Sheet Track Winches: 3 Merriman Bronze Mahogany fordeck and lazarette hatches; sliding Mahogany companionway hatch Lifeline Stanchion sockets Bronze bolted to deck & bulwarks Sails (376 Sq Ft.) * Working Jib - Good * Yankee - Condition Good * Mainsail - Condition Good *All Recently Professionall Repaired Photos *Shipmate Stove and heat shield not included in sale! *Shipmate Stove and heat shield not included in sale! Typhoon and the people we met treated us like royalty, rolling out the Red Carpet. Major 86's Restoration She had a major restoration on her in 1986 and received new mahogany shear planks, mahogany transom planks, deck beams, teak over plywood deck, mahogany gunwale planks, reinstalled bowsprit, new dawg house, and interior. Detailed Condition Report Some time in early 2000’s she was improperly stored inside a warehouse on the east coat for wintering, and it was to warm. She showed signs of plank separation as would be expected. At that point a decision was made (not by me, some other owner?) to lay a fiberglass sheath over the planks. I don’t know why they didn’t simply repack the planks and float her. Important: I drilled a new thru hole for the Bronze Depth transducer in 2007 and the wood was perfect. No water damage, no sogginess, no mold it was like brand new wood. I have never had a problem with her, and amazingly enough she is drier than the newer plastic boat I own. If you wanted to, you could remove the fiberglass barrier which was attached with Epoxy glue and restore her original wood planking finish. I considered it myself, but never got around to it. Shipping If you decide to ship her, we can assist you in hauling the boat out, stepping the mast, securing all items and supervise her loading on a properly setup and permitted delivery truck. There would be 2 sets of costs which are not included in the auction! 1) The first set of costs are the boat yards. This includes the haul out fees, and crane fees required to load the boat on the truck, plus removal of the mast which requires a crane and one additional hired, qualified boat hand. Estimated $1200. 2) The second set of fees is for the Owner's agent to supervise and assist in the complete process. $600 The acutal hiring / contracting of the shipping company would be soley the buyer's responsibility. Those costs vary, but shipping it back to the East Coast will most likely cost about $5K when all is said and done. Survey If you require a survey with a haul out, the yard fees will be an estimate $400 for the first day, then additional fees for layaway days thereafter. Although if the surveyor is scheduled correctly, it shouldn't require more than one day. There will also be a $250 fee for the captain reuired to move the boat to the haulout ramp, and back. The cost of the surveyor can vary, estimated cost of at least $300 - $500. The whole proposition estimated $1000 -1200. Generally the buyer selects a surveyor to ensure there is no bias to the owner in the report. The survey is paid for by the potential buyer. Special Notes The Shipmate Wood Stove & Heat Shield are not inlcuded in the sale and the oil lamp featured in the pictures is not included. A simple inexpensive alcohol or propane stove can be installed if you desire. Sale & Payment Terms The boat is sold as is with not warranty, and all sales are final. We accept a bank check, cashiers check or cash. The deposit must be paid at the completion of the auction through Ebay via CC or PayPal. The final payment will be held until the payment clears. A personal check can take up to 14 business days. A cashier's check will now require a 3 day hold due to the massive fraud using them. Upon completion of payment clearance, we will issue the buyer the Federal Documentaion with our authorized notary required, via Fed Ex mailer. If our assistance is required to haul the boat, step the mast, and assist the truck driver, these fees can be included in the initial payment or you can wait until after you receive the Federal Title Docs, and then issue another payment to cover these costs. All yard fees are to be paid directly to them. Our preferred yard is Channel Islands Boat Yard. They have pulled Typhoon many times, and are the cheapest, closest yard in town. Slip Fees The boat is currently on a county slip in Oxnard. It is possible they might allow it to be transfered to the new owner, but no guarantee. You will have to fill out all the appropriate applications, etc. The current slip rent is $372 per month. We can assist you and leave it under our name, if you continue to make the additional monthly payments until you can successfully apply, or have the boat moved. If the sale occurs before the next month's payment is due, there is no charge to you until the next month's payment is required. We also pay $30 a month to have the bottom cleaned, and $20 per month to have the topside cleaned. You can continue paying this fee, or we can cancel it, it is up to you once the boat is yours.

1950 Cutter Sailboat

1950 Cutter Sailboat

Forest Lake, Minnesota

Recently refurbished wooden cutter sailboat-RC Jefferson design. Features folding mast and original trailer. Volvo penta diesel runs great. Convertible center cabin top for open or closed sailing. battery charger, extra prop and Genoa Jib, Yankee and Gaff mainsail.

2003 Hunter 356 Sailboat

2003 Hunter 356 Sailboat

Oyster Bay, New York

2003 Hunter 356 Sailboat Beautifully maintained 2003 Hunter 356 sailboat in the water in Oyster Bay, New York. Designed by Glenn Henderson and built by Hunter Marine (USA). Features B & R rig, cockpit targa arch and bimini, heavy-duty rub rail, semi-circular cockpit seating and the transverse double berth in the aft cabin. Comfort of paramount and features two private, large staterooms along w an enormous head w shower and a salon that can seat eight plus a gourmet galley. Storage is abundant and the walk-through transom complete w shower and folding ladder are perfect for water sports and swimming. LOA: 35.6 Beam: 12.0 Draft: 5.0 LWL: 30.7 Displacement: 13,900 Ballast: 5,023 Headroom: 6.5 Engine: Yanmar diesel, 27 hp, Model 3GM30, 3 cylinder w low hours, 3 bladed prop and racing prop Aft cabin has huge queen sized berth, lots of storage, hanging locker, reading lights and ventilation hatch. Forward cabin has full size double v-berth, storage, opening hatch and lots of lights and lighting. Gourmet galley has Corian counter tops, ss double sink, two burner gimballed propane ss stove/oven, Origo microwave, refrigerator/freezer, hot and cold pressurized water, dedicated garbage bin compartment and lots of counter and storage space. Galley is well lit and ventilated by numerous hatches, portholes and a Dorade vent plus large windows of the front of the coach house. Bathroom has enclosed shower compartment w wooden grille, Vacuflush head, molded vanity w Corian counter top, storage and separate linen closet. Sails/Rigging: Sails are dacron by UK Sails loft and mainsail w lazy jack system. In-mast furling mainsail, furling Genoa and Spinnaker and all necessary gear. Harken traveler. All lines lead aft. Transom seating hinges up to provide walk-through access to boarding/swimming platform. Navigation station has lift top desk w chart and document storage. Electronics: Raymarine suite of instruments, wind, depth and speed, autopilot, ICOM VHF, compass, stereo w speakers and tank level monitoring system for fuel, fresh water and holding tank. Electric windlass, shore power and operating and maintenance manuals. Full cockpit canvas(dodger, bimini, connector and main-sail cover), screens for ports and hatches, barbecue gas grill, full set of fenders, dock lines, safety equipment, boat hooks, etc. Hunter 356 is in great condition - must see!!! Photos: www.sellyourboatnow.shutterfly.com Contact: Steve/Patty (631)896-6212

17' sailboat gaff rigged sloop

17' sailboat gaff rigged sloop

Port Kent, New York

Make Cornish Crabbers, Cornwall, UK

Model Crabber

Length 17.0

Gaff rigged with wooden mast, wooden boom and wooden rudder, roller reefing jib Blue Hull with Ivory decks / Red sails / Teak seats / Coppercoat Antifoul

1968 Johnson

1968 Johnson "Y" model sailboat

Vancouver, Washington

Johnson Boat Works was a builder and developer of racing sailboats of the scow design in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It was founded in 1896, by John O. Johnson who had emigrated from Norway in 1893. After working with Gus Amundson for three years, Johnson started his own boat building business in 1896. His first major success was the "Minnezika" a 38 ft. scow design which won the championship on White Bear Lake in 1900. This sailboat was the beginning of the A-Class. As more classes were founded, Johnson moved on to design other classes of boats. J.O. Johnson was always interested in new designs, innovations, and inventions. In 1909, he designed a bi-wing airplane with a 20-horsepower engine. This design was totally unlike the Wright brothers, as the wings were arranged in front of each other, and the structure carrying the motor and the aviators seat hung beneath the 2 wings and right between them. In January of 1910, on frozen White Bear Lake, he flew his originally designed plane a distance of 200 feet at 20 feet in the air, making him the first Minnesota aviator to fly that distance. In 1923, he designed and subsequently received the US patent on the first rotary snowplow. Five years later, he sold the patent for $50,000.00 and this money was used to expand and modernize the Johnson Boat Works. In 1998, two years after JBW turned 100 years old, the family sold the company. I acquired this boat in 2005 and have Washington title for both boat & trailer. The hull is fiberglass. It has a wooden mast. The boat, mast, sails, trailer and rigging are in good condition and ready to sail.

AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with extras

AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with extras

Danbury, Connecticut

Make AMF Alcort

Model Sunfish

Length 13.9

Used 1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with ExtrasModel: AMF99536M82D This Sunfish was manufactured in December of 1982 in a line of Sunfish manufactured from 1969-1986 by AMF. This boat has only been used in freshwater and has spentmost of its life sitting in a garage between the times itwas used. This listing will include:1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with all parts and accessoriesDaggerboard Dolly w/ wooden stand 2 x blue flotation cushions I will rate all Sunfish Equipment to the best of my ability: Sunfish Hull: 8/10 - still retains original clear coat shinehas a few scuffs and scratches, and has a small paintchip behind the bailer as pictured. Underside has beenbeautifully kept with light scratching but, in overall good shape Lateen Mainsail: 8/10- Sail has 3 small rips as pictured, upper and lower boom are in great shape along with gooseneck mast ring all in good shape. The Mast is in great shape as well, but one sail set is missing. All rigging is included as pictured. Wooden Kick up Rudder and Daggerboard: 9/10 - Both in excellent100% working order. Daggerboard has spring lock in tact and the kick up rudder actually works and is spring loaded. Daggerboard Dolly: Just freshly packed grease into tires , makes iteasy for one person to move the Sunfish around for beach use or self launching. Also has a wooden stand for garage storage. Overall I rate this boat an 8/10 based on its age and condition,you don't really find these boats in this good of condition every day.Hoping it lands in good hands and is used for enjoyment and continuesto be as well maintained as it was in my family. This Sunfish will be pickup-only from Danbury, CT. Pretty central to NY, NJ, RI, MA. Buyer can fully inspect all items before purchase upon pickup.

Lightning Sailboat with Trailer and Cover

Lightning Sailboat with Trailer and Cover

Rapid City, Michigan

Make Jack A Helms Co.

Model Lightning

Length 19.0

Lightning Sailboat Hull Number 10919 with Trailer and CoverFiberglass Lightning #10919 , a Classic built in 1968 by the Jack A. Helms Co. One of the first with self rescue tanks. Upgraded with an oval Aluminum Mast, but still with the vintage wooden boom and tiller/rudder. All standing and running rigging in great shape. Very nice Karavan trailer for ease of ramp launching. Motor mount so you can cruise in class (just add long-shaft motor, the one in some photos is NOT included). Two sets of sails and two spinnakers. Wood fine but could use varnish. We enjoyed this boat sailing a fresh water lake and hope you will too. A great boat for cruising. Dry sailed , as we kept the boat on a lift when not in use. An almost-new custom Sailor's Tailor cover included. Boat is in the Elk Rapids, MI area. Asking $2800 / OBO. Just hoping to find this boat a good home with appreciative owner, we have enjoyed, and you will too. See photos and feel free to ask for more photos or any questions about condition etc. Make an offer, too many boats, this one needs a new home. Local pickup only, will help with delivery within reasonable distance.

24 ft Sailboat CAL T/4

24 ft Sailboat CAL T/4

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

24’ CAL T/4 Sailboat, production # 47.  This sailboat was completely refurbished in 2010 with new rigging, mast stepped, (inspected and painted), all new chain plates, deck hardware, stainless steel bolts throughout, new life lines, gunnel, running lights, hull & deck paint, new electrical, telescoping motor mount, new interior paint, wood restoration.  Equipment: Main Sail (good condition), Standard Jib (good condition), Genoa 150% (good condition), Spinnaker (good condition), outboard motor (Tohatsu 9.8 HP 2 Cycle), VHF Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC Marine Transceiver, 2012 Shakespeare Antenna & Coax Cable, standard horizon HX 280S VFH FM Marine Transceiver, Cruiser 970 Series portable toilet (extra tall), compass, stainless steel ladder, wooden oar, West Marine inflatable 2 man dinghies – new w/foot pumps, 2 oars each with oar locks, life jackets (6), flotation cushion, Tailor Made boat bumpers (6), hook pole, extendable, 12 v marine battery, anchors (2), emergency light, flares – handheld, air horn, Fire Extinguisher, bilge pumps (2), (hand operated). Hull Type: Fin Keel Rig Type: Masthead Sloop LOA: 24.17 LWL: 21.00 Beam: 8.00 Draft (max) 4.00 Draft (min) SA: 256 Displacement: 4000 Ballast: 2000 Designer: C. William Lapworth Builder: Jensen Marine (USA) Hull: Fiber Glass Bal. Type: Lead Weighted Keel Hull Number: 47

Custom Flex Interlake Sailboat 18 ft with Pamco Trailer

Custom Flex Interlake Sailboat 18 ft with Pamco Trailer

Delphos, Ohio

Make Custom Flex

Model Interlake

Length 18.0

This boat is a 1975 Custom Flex Interlake sailboat. The boat is complete as far as I can tell and includes the mast, boom, rudder, tiller, main and foresail and a Pamco trailer. I am the third owner of this boat, I have not sailed it but the previous owner was sailing the boat in 2013. The hull needs some fiberglass work done where the centerboard pocket is on the hull, and the floor has delaminated. The sails, rudder, mast and boom are in good condition. The tiller is in working condition but should be replaced.The Pamco trailer is in excellent condition and only needs tires and paint. I would probably replace the wooden guides also. The boat has a title, the trailer is registered. Local pickup only. Delivery might be arranged depending upon distance. No returns unless item not as described.

Rhodes Bantam #1381 Sailboat, 14.5 ft. Mahogany. Restored 2008

Rhodes Bantam #1381 Sailboat, 14.5 ft. Mahogany. Restored 2008

Island, Kentucky

Length 14.5

Rhodes Bantam 14-foot of Honduran mahogany and African sapele plywood. A classic racing dinghy with lovely bronze hardware and wooden mast. Hull #1381, designed by Phillip Rhodes and built 2/1966 by Bill Kallusch Boats of Sodus Point N.Y.. This boat saw several years at Sodus bay (Lake Ontario) in New York. Later she was moved to Lake Champlain in Vermont for many years. She has sailed Kentucky Lake since 2006, infrequently of late due to owner being 28 years older than the boat... Restoration was completed in early 2008 included replacement of nearly all of the structural mahogany. Full treatment with CPES epoxy and 3M-5200 sealant allows the prospect of another 49 years of service. Three sails: main, jib and spinnaker all in excellent condition. Also included is a galvanized trailer. Boat is complete and ready to sail beautifully. Built for crew of two, with solo sailing accommodated. Hull is varnished inside and painted outside. The boat can be easily trailed as one person can lift and step the wooden mast. A great performing boat with beautiful traditional touches.

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Oak Hill, FL

1999 Bluewater 2150

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  2. LA 28: The modern trailable boat that’s cold-molded from mahogany

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  3. LA 28: The modern trailable boat that’s cold-molded from mahogany

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  1. Herreshoff H-28

    Sparred length: 34'. LWL 23'. Beam 8'9". Draft 3'6". Sail area: 343 s.f. w/genoa approx. 546 s.f. Built 1976 by McKie (Nick) Roth, Westport, Maine. White cedar over white oak, mahogany brightwork, bronze fastened, lead keel. Reinforced 1998 with Cutts & Case's patented method which laces the planking below the waterline with thin ...

  2. WOOD sailboats for sale by owner.

    WOOD preowned sailboats for sale by owner. WOOD used sailboats for sale by owner. Home. Register & Post. ... Classic Wooden Day Sailer 20 ft Yawl Dory Day Sailer: Length: 20' Beam: 8' Draft: 1' Year: 2001: Type: daysailer: ... 28' Catalina 28 Mk II Kenosha, Wisconsin Asking $19,950. 40' Dragonfly 1200

  3. 5 best small sailboats for sailing around the world

    Vancouver 28. Photo credit: YachtFathom.co.uk. A sensible small boat with a "go-anywhere" attitude, this pocket cruiser was designed with ocean sailors in mind. One of the best cruising sailboats under 40 feet, the Vancouver 28 is great sailing in a small package. Hull Type:Full keel with transom hung rudder.

  4. Wooden Sailboats for Sale

    WOODEN SAILBOATS FOR SALE Click image to view more information. JOKER 1903 Herreshoff Bar Harbor 31. NELLIE 1902 Herreshoff Gaff Cutter. ELSKOV 1969 Aage Nielsen Cutter. ... 1990 26-foot Bristol Channel Cutter - SOLD. FEATHER 1955 Concordia Yawl SOLD. MAGIC 1961 Luke Nielsen Gumdrop Yawl SOLD. LEVERA 1966 Classic Paul Luke/ Aage Nielsen - SOLD.

  5. Boat For Sale Search

    Buy or sell a wooden boat /boats-for-sale. Image. Launchings. See or announce new boats /boat-launchings. Image. Register of Wooden Boats ... accessories, boat trailer. Does not run currently, needs restoration. Has all papers and legal documents. 9 foot beam. Wood hull. Is painted. Must be taken by June 2024. Contact Edward Cook. 401-239-8674 ...

  6. 28 Wood Sailboat Boats for sale

    28 Wood Sailboat. 28 Wood Sailboat Boats for sale. 1-15 of 19. Alert for new Listings. Sort By ... Catalina 28 Mark II Sailboat 2000, Wing Keel; LOA-28 ft; Beam-10 ft 4in; Maximum Draft-3 ft 8in; 44 ft Tall rig Mast with stainless steel sheeves in mast head, double spreaders with boots; Universal Engine; Model- 25XPB; 3 cyl diesel with 250 ...

  7. H-28 (HERRESHOFF)

    Sloop or Ketch. Some builders of this design, or it's variants include: Compass Yachts Ltd. (NZ) 1970-1984 FG (modified by John Lidgard) Far East Boats Ltd.(Japan) International Marine (Japan) Cheoy Lee Shipyard (Hong Kong) BERMUDA 30 Walker Boat Co Ltd.(AUS) Parkins Marine - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA) Middleton Marine - La Crosse, FL (USA) Gallart […]

  8. These Modern Wooden Boats Blend Classic Design With Modern Technology

    Boesch 's new, 28-foot 860 has a classically styled mahogany hull with up to 11 layers of wood laid at right angles, sealed with six layers of epoxy and finished with six layers of varnish ...

  9. 28 Feet 1963 Owens Flagship

    Learn how the process works (FAQ) Boat Summary. $14,900 (USD) SOLD. Boat ID: 26899. Excellent condition as Cruiser has always docked at covered Westport Yacht Club, Lake of Ozarks. Bottom painted in 2004, Transom in excellent condition. Original equipment, anchor, and manuals. Well maintained teak and mahogany wood.

  10. Skoota 28 transportable minimum live aboard cruiser

    Skoota won the "Most Interesting Boat" prize at the 2013 Vancouver Wooden Boatshow and also was a Wooden Boat Magazine "Wooden Boat of the Week" in August 2013. ... The Skoota 28 is a 28 ft demountable coastal cruiser for a couple. Ideal for the European canals, the PNW or the Great Loop. It will demount for transport on a flat bed lorry/truck ...

  11. 28 Foot Sailboat Boats for sale

    Made for comfort and Style, this 1984 28' O'day sailboat is Ready Today to set sail O'Day sailboats are well made, great for sailing and light on brightwork maintenance requirements, and this 1984 28 is no exception. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt this 28-foot sailboat is made for roominess and style. Its layout is classically symmetrical.

  12. Sailboat Listings sailboats for sale by owner

    35.5' Endeavour E35 Presently on the hard for winter storage at Morgans Marina, New Jersey Asking $35,000

  13. Sail Antique And Classic boats for sale

    Find Sail Antique And Classic boats for sale in your area & across the world on YachtWorld. Offering the best selection of boats to choose from. ... 1981 Bristol Channel Cutter 28. US$50,780. Calibre Yacht Sales | North Vancouver, British Columbia. Request Info; ... Some even claim a wooden boat handles softer and better than fiberglass or ...

  14. Daysailer boats for sale

    Offering the best selection of boats to choose from. ... Generally speaking, daysailers are made of fiberglass, though some are made of wood, aluminum and carbon-fiber. What type of engines power Daysailers? ... of these vessels measures 28 feet. Listings range in size from 13 feet long to 78 feet long, with an average sail area of 290 square ...

  15. Wooden sailboats for sale

    Buy wooden sailboats. DailyBoats.com lists wooden sailboats for sale , with prices ranging from $3,555 for the more basic models to $8,535,917 for the most expensive. These yachts come in various sizes, ranging from 16.01 ft to 187.01 ft, with the oldest yacht built in 1889. This page features Westerly, Yachting World, Herreshoff, McGruers ...

  16. Newport 28/28 II

    The Newport 28 was one of the longer-lived small production cruising boats, having been in production from 1974 through 1987. Almost 1,000 of the C&C-designed boats were built by Capital Yachts of Harbor City, California. Newport 28 Specifications. There is a strong family resemblance between the Newport 28 and other C&C designs of the same period.

  17. Sailboats 28+ feet for sale

    Get the best deals on Sailboats 28+ feet when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices. ... New Listing 1986 Lyle Hess Cutter 30' Wood Sailboat - Inboard Diesel - Washington. Pre-Owned. ... A well-handled 28-foot or longer Catalina or Irwin sailboat can go ...

  18. LA 28: The modern trailable boat that's cold-molded from mahogany

    Keel raised: 0.8-1.0m (2ft 8in-3ft 3in) Displacement: 1.5 tonnes. Ballast: 600kg (1,322lb) Engine: Torqeedo Cruise 2.0FP. Price: €120,000 (ex. VAT) The LA 28 is a beautiful, cold-moulded wooden ...

  19. 28 foot Sailboats for Sale

    Find 28 foot Sailboats for Sale on Oodle Classifieds. Join millions of people using Oodle to find unique used boats for sale, fishing boat listings, jetski classifieds, motor boats, power boats, and sailboats. ... Kiss Me Kate Yacht | 28' Gar Wood 1930 Purchased from the original owner in Louisville, KY in 1998. Engine and boat was completely ...

  20. Step-By-Step Guide: How to Build a Wooden Sailboat

    September 28, 2023. Updated: ... A wooden sailboat can cost around $1,000 to build. (Source: Instructables) The boat is typically built from 4×8 sheets of plywood and measures 8 feet in length. ... The wooden sailboat described in the reference is an 8-foot long pram, featuring classic lines and made from 4×8 sheets of plywood. ...

  21. Affordable Sailboats You Can Build at Home

    John Welsford Boat Designs invites new and veteran boat builders that want a taste of quality small wooden boats. The boat plans are designed to meet your specifications and are catered to your desires. ... Can have plans for up to a 50 foot boat; Cons. You will need to contact them for prices; ... December 28, 2023.

  22. Wooden Sailboat Mast Boats for sale

    sailboat 16' classic wooden custom built one year old with trailer. Specifications: LOA 16'; DWL 12'6" Beam 6'1" Draft 1'6" Displacement 1,389 lbs Sail Area 134 sq ft This boat was custom built and sailed only one season.With 550 lbs lead ballast and 20 lbs in center board, she is a delight to sail.

  23. Inny or Outy ? Auxiliary power for 28 foot sailboat

    Auxiliary power for 28 foot sailboat. - The WoodenBoat Forum. Forum. Building / Repair. The WoodenBoat Forum is sponsored by WoodenBoat Publications, publisher of WoodenBoat magazine. The Forum is a free service, and much like the "free" content on Public Radio, we hope you will support WoodenBoat by subscribing to this fabulous magazine.