Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Design 226 - Tomahawk

Images courtesy of Ocean Yacht Co.

This nice looking yawl was built in 1938 by Karl E. Kistler & Barrett Boat Works of Spring Lake, Michigan. This mahogany over white oak framed beauty was restored in 2004-2006 by Brian Pope and Ocean Yacht Company in Cornwall, England.

General Arrangement & Inboard Profile

Sail Plan

The restoration was a complete success. Here's an interior shot.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-3"
LWL 34'-0"
Beam 11'-2"
Draft 7'-5"


  1. Johnson FortenbaughMarch 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I had the honor of working, and living aboard TOMAHAWK in Annapolis, Maryland USA the summer of 1970 or '71. I recall her lovely butternut interior, tacking [cold iron] through a long-waiting draw bridge, and a rollicking sail down a portion of Chesapeake Bay in her.
    Hurrah for those who keep her in the style to which she has been accustomed!

  2. My father spent every summer on this boat from the time he was born until he was 15 (1941-1956). His father Paul W Hyatt was the first owner of this boat and loved her as a racer and a cruiser out of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. He has many a story about his times on this lovely boat. He was so full of memories when looking at the restoration pictures after nearly 60 years since living aboard!

    1. Actually the first owner of TOMAHAWK was Thos. H. Hefferan of Spring Lake, MI, who oversaw every step of the building process in Spring Lake in 1938 and won Class A in the Chicago-Mackinaw in July, three weeks after he launched her.

  3. This winter, 2016/17, we have her at Stockholms Båtsnickeri (Stockholm Boatbuilders), Stockholm Sweden, for spring fitting out and general upkeep.