Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Design 112 - Windigo and Ptarmigan

These are two of the big yawls that were designed as ocean going cruising boats but eventually became great ocean racing yachts. These sisters were designed out of our Boston office, with Aage Nielsen as lead designer. The construction contracts went to the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard of Quincy, Massachusetts as Henry Nevins, the natural to build them, was just too busy. In the end it was a blessing due to the proximity to our Boston office and subsequent ease of oversight. The year was 1935.

They're just beautiful boats.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 71'-6"
LWL 50'-0"
Beam 15'-6"
Draft 9'-2"
Displacement 84,000 lbs
Ballast 33,000 lbs
Sail Area 2,338 sq ft


  1. Sailed Windigo on the Great Lakes in the early 70's - a wonderful way to start my offshore racing experience. Came to a sad end in the Bahamas if I recall correctly.

  2. Went from Sag Harbor to Block Island in Mid 90's , great times and beautiful yacht.

    1. were you the skipper. Once or twice raced against her mid 90's aboard Nighthawk 50' flush deck Erickson out of Sag Harbor. Held its own against Windigo several heats that summer. Nighthawk had unseasoned Novice crew and badly in need of refurbiish. Great fun

  3. Sailed on Windigo when I was just a wee little nipper. Lake Macatawa, Holland, Michigan

    1. mee too with grandfather chuck bissell. as a child. beautiful yacht but got horrible sunburn.

  4. Sailed on Windigo in the late 60s with my dad, in Nantucket, when Johnny Maury leased her for the summer. She was big (to me), beautiful, fast, and easy/dry, even with the lee rail in. Great summer sailing memories.

  5. sailed windigo in the carribean and yes it sunk off the plana cays in the bahama chains in the late70's