Monday, April 25, 2011

Design 602 - Revonoc

Designed for Harvey Conover, Revonoc (his name spelled backwards) was launched in 1946 and built by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York. If you recall, his previous Revonoc was a New York 32 which Mr. Conover sold to Rod Stephens and was renamed Mustang.

Although Mr. Conover made his home port in Larchmont, New York, Revonoc was designed for cruising and racing in southern waters and hence the shallow draft. In addition to cruising she has a commendable racing record. Starting in 1947, she won the Miami-Nassau Race twice, the Lipton Cup Race, the Stamford-Vineyard Race and the Storm Trysail Race. She placed "in the money" in 30 out of 40 some-odd races in which she participated. This is an indication of Mr. Conover's experience and skill as a helmsman.

Here are the plans, all beautifully drawn by K. Aage Nielsen from our then Boston office.

Here's a great diagram which shows the flexibility of the yawl rig, so popular at the time.

Revonoc has been completely restored and still actively sailing today. As I mentioned in a previously posted article, a sister has just been launched in New Zealand.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 45'-4"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 12'-1"
Draft 4'-5"(board up)
Displacement 25,860 lbs
Ballast 7,550 lbs
Sail Area 1,014 sq ft


  1. I thought the boat was lost at sea off the coast of FL back in the late 1950's

  2. Dear Blog Reader,
    That was Revonoc II, design #1252. Please see the blog posting:

    1. Bruce: This design spooks me as I compare it to Design # 25. Same # of portholes, same draft, different beam, LOA pretty close. Next week, I intend to drop plum lines from the forward and after extreme ends of the Water Line on my boat at the Maine Boat Builders show, to determine once and for all the LWL so that I will never again confuse the design numbers! Matt Twomey

  3. is this the same boat, renamed Nipantuk owned by Ed Caswell out of Pt Judith?

    1. I am the Harvey's grand daughter. Is there still a Revonoc?

  4. There are no more boats named Revonoc. They were renamed except the one that disappeared in the Bermuuda Triangle.

  5. I bought Pilgrim (ex-Nipantuk and Revonoc) in October 2015 and she is being restored over 3 winter seasons by Gannon & Benjamin in Martha's Vineyard. She has been renamed Revonoc and last winter had 2 new wooden spars made. We raced in Nantucket in August 2017, with plans for more racing when she is fully restored next year. Richard Herbert

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