Monday, August 16, 2010

Design 334 - Escort

Designed originally for Commodore W. J. Strawbridge, who headed the Northeast Harbor Fleet of Mount Desert Island in the early '40s, she was designed as a utility boat that could occasionally cruise the islands around Penobscot Bay. The original boat was built in 1940 by Nevins of City Island.

Her design is a bit unique in that the original outboard profile was penned by Rod Stephens, who can be seen at the helm in the image above. The plans were then refined by Al Mason, one of the most famous of Sparkman & Stephens design alumni.

Various copies have been over the years, some with an enclosed bridge as can be seen in this image of Caper.


Here's a copy that was built by Legendary Yachts in 2004.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-9"
LWL 39'-0"
Beam 9'-5 1/2"
Draft 2'-9"
Top Speed 24 knots with twin 220hp Yanmar Diesels


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  2. Caper was, and may still be, a regular sight in Hyannisport on Cape Cod. Cared for by Crosby Yachts in Osterville last I knew.