Saturday, April 9, 2011

Design 208 - Weekender

Images Courtesy Mystic Seaport

This design is the earliest example of a "stock" design for mass market appeal that I can find in our archives. Introduced in 1937, 39 boats were built by George Lawley & Sons of Neponset, Massachusetts, with owners coming from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Texas.

The plans list an alternate "light air rig" with masthead rig and bowsprit.

Here's a copy of the original brochure. Double click for zoom.

It's a nice looking and practical boat. I can't find a record of what these boats sold for back in '37. My guess is to build this boat today of wood would cost ~$450,000.

Here are the plans.

Here's a typical construction section with drafting by Rod Stephens, Jr.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-1"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 9'-6"
Draft 5'-7"
Displacement 16,210 lbs
Ballast 6,750 lbs
Sail Area 596 sq ft


  1. Hi Guys
    I am lucky to own ARIEL, built 1938 in Tasmania of Huon Pine By Viv Innes at Cygnet
    I still race every week and we still do well.
    I have photos, articles about her and even a wartime picture
    of her patrolling the Derwent River.
    Must have worked, no Japanese invaded Tasmania.
    Proud Owner
    Tony Brown

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