Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wooden Boat Show - Mystic Seaport, CT

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Wooden Boat Show which was held at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. It was a picture perfect summer day in New England. Of particular interest were two examples of early Sparkman & Stephens yachts; Isla, hull #10 of the New York 32s (design number 125) and Skylark (design number 146).

Isla is one of the 20 NY32s that were built by Henry Nevins of City Island, New York in 1935-1936. This design was commissioned by the New York Yacht Club in 1935. She was restored by Peter Cassidy and his team at Buzzards Bay Yacht Services and is in perfect condition. The NY32 is a simple boat and I was pleased to see how closely the owner and restorers followed the original plans from our archives, which are in storage at the Mystic Seaport.
This is not a "gold plated" yacht but a nice sailing boat with tiller steering. In addition to doing a complete restoration a new wooden mast was built. You can read about this in Wooden Boat Magazine, issue #124 (May/June 2010).

In contrast to Isla, Skylark was docked alongside. This boat was designed the following year and was built by the Pendleton Yard of Wiscasset, Maine. By comparison this is a fancy boat with teak decks, multiple skylights and bright work aplenty. Skylark was restored by East Passage Boatwrights of Bristol, Rhode Island. These fine craftsmen had good experience restoring Sonny, an S&S design from 1935 (design number 94) for the same owner.

Like Sonny, Skylark is a near sister to Stormy Weather (design number 27) and each was an improvement upon the previous design.

The boat is currently for sale and the future owner should enjoy years of sailing (and racing) this fine example of a classic S&S yacht.

- Posted by Bruce Johnson, President

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