Monday, January 17, 2011

Design 167 - Primrose

This little double-ender was designed by K. Aage Nielsen from our Boston office in 1935. She was built by Simms Brothers of Massachusetts and launched the following year. Mr. Nielsen's youth in Denmark was where he became knowledgeable about the type.

We have no known records of this design other than what we managed to dig up here. I grabbed the above image off of the Wooden Boat forum entitled "Prettiest Boats Under 30 Feet" so thank you to whoever took this image. It would be nice to see her with her mast stepped and sailing.

Here is the sail and arrangement plan.

A boat of this type would normally be lapstrake but note she is carvel planked. I understand the boat is in the care of Rockport Marine.

Here's a brief article about the boat. Please double click for a readable view. I apologize but it is also of poor quality.

Further reference to this design can be found in the Aage Nielsen book: Worthy of the Sea, pages 44-47.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 15'-1"
LWL 13'-5"
Beam 5'-6"
Draft 2'-3"
Displacement 1,720 lbs


  1. What a beauty! I got to see this boat in person. Walked by her every morning on the way to my PT Wooden Boat Festival booth at the Mystic WoodenBoat Show. What a gorgeous hull! Aage Nielsen did himself and Denmark proud with this one and the folks at Rockport Marine are worthy stewards. They've kept her in excellent condition.

  2. Tom Kiley of Rockport, Maine is the owner. Primrose was his father's for many years in Osterville on Cape Cod where Tom, his brother John (a yacht designer himself) and I grew up sailing together. More photos here:

  3. I realised that father and uncle owned one of these boats and sailed her on Sydney Harbour circa 1947. I have one only photo of her. I was unable to double click on the article "Double Ender 15". I don't know if there were any other Double Enders built in Australia but I have never found any reference. Is it possible to have a legible copy of that article? My email is
    My postal address is 10 Anglers Avenue FORSTER, NSW Australia.