Monday, March 21, 2011

Design 247 - Cruisailer 55

It looks like two sisters were built to this design, Awab which was built by Henry C. Grebe & Co of Chicago and Astrea II built by M. M. Davis & Sons of Solomons, Maryland. Both were launched in 1940.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 55'-0"
LWL 46'-6"
Beam 13'-10"
Draft 5'-3"


  1. This appears to be what became Flying Gull owned by Ritter Shumway of Rochester NY. What is interesting about the design is that it was partially funded by the Department of the Navy and was pressed into service during WWII. I am not clear on the use of the boat but the intention was for it to be a picket boat off the east coast. The picket boats could do several things. First intercept radio signals and send a signal to shore about the bearing and time of the signal. This way the location of the Uboat could be triangulated. Second, additional eyes at sea. Third these boats were assets able to pick up downed airman and rescue adrift sailors after their ships had been sunk.

  2. You will need a Sailing Anarchy account so that you can sign in but here are several pictures of Flying Gull in 2010 in the Seatle WA. Area

  3. The Flying Gull may soon be on the market again. Her current owner has just passed away.

  4. anyone recall what price this boat was selling for before?