Thursday, March 24, 2011

Design 264 - Voyager Class

This design is a very early model which was introduced based on production mentality. Meaning the builder, George Lawley of Neponset, Massachusetts was looking for efficiencies (economies in price) by building multiple boats concurrently. And I believe it was quite successful.

The boat was introduced in 1939 as a yawl. The design was thoroughly tank tested at the Stevens Institute of New Jersey. She was promoted as a boat which was available with crew quarters but one that could be easily maintained without a paid hand.

1940 saw further refinement in the interior layout and a sloop rig version was developed.

By the way take a close look at that image at the top of this article (double click for zoom). I believe that's Rod at the helm and Olin just forward of the mizzen, with his back to the camera (in the trench coat).

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-3"
LWL 30'-1"
Beam 10'-7"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 25,000 lbs
Ballast 9,500 lbs
Sail Area 900 sq ft


  1. My father sailed aboard Querida, a 44' Voyager yawl, in Chicago during the early fifties. She was owned by Daniel D. Peterson, a Chicago dentist. She was always in immaculate condition, with dark blue topsides, varnished mahogany cabin trunk, teak decks, and yellow curtains in the doghouse windows. The plans and pictures do not fully portray what a beautiful yacht she was. The doghouse was very well done, being in excellent proportion to the rest of the vessel. Doc raced and cruised her for some years eventually selling her and getting an L16 which my father raced with him, again for some years.

    Years later as a teenager I was sailing in a Flying Scot regatta (Sandy Douglass was there and in his seventies was still better than the next five sailors combined) in, I believe, Port Clinton, Ohio when I looked up to see Querida enter the harbor slowly under power. In the late afternoon sunlight she was breathtaking, dark blue hull, chrome polished, varnish gleaming, and her yellow curtains setting everything off perfectly. The post-race party stopped and everyone watched in awe as she she majestically went past.

    Paul J. Nolan

    1. jsut stumbled onto previous comment. Querida was indeed a beautiful boat. At the time Mr. Nolan saw her entering the Oak River in Port Clinton (my guess is that this was mid to late 1960s), she sailed out of Sandusky and was very competitive right up until the Cal 40s started making their appearance on Lake Erie and immediaely rendered the full-keel vessels obsolete, at least in a racing sense. Querida was, as I remember, badly damaged in a collision during a race in the Mosely Channel of Sandusky Bay. During a tacking dual, she tee-boned a Bounty II, doing a lot of harm to Querida's rigging (lost the mizzen) and possibly (here memory is hazy) breaking her stem. It was extremely fortunate that no one was hurt. I'm not sure that she recovered from that.

    2. She did recover from the collision with new spars from Palmer Johnson. At this time she was owned by my father Robert Seltzer. In 1969 however a fire burnt a lot of the interior and she was sold and we lost track of her. I am reminiscing this evening as I'm cleaning out the folks house, looking at her half hull model and photos of her in her prime!

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    4. I was the first "boat boy" when Bob Seltzer bought Querida. Bob was a great skipper, great boss and a wonderful friend. We had great times daysailing and racing Querida. She wasn't too good to windward but could pass almost anything going downwind. When we had as many as six sails up she could really move. If anyone has any stories to share you can e-mail me at

  2. Growing up in Oyster Bay in the 1950s, we had two Voyagers at Seawanhaka Corinthian Y.C. One was white, named Salon and owned by Frederick S. Hicks; the other was navy blue, named Charette and owned by Alexander Morgan.