Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Design 1679 - Sequoia II

Here's another of the motorsailer type. If you have looked through this blog site at all you will note there are quite a few designs of this specific kind. There are over 50 to be exact, from design #21, Tamerlane launched in 1933 through design #2725, Nazenin V launched in 2009.

This particular boat was built by Henry C. Grebe & Co. of Chicago, Illinois. She was launched in 1963. She is constructed in typical S&S fashion: double planked in mahogany over cedar with white oak framing and backbone and Everdur fasteners.

Propulsion is derived from twin G.M. marine diesels generating 85 hp each for a top speed under power of 10 knots. The boat was one of the first of its kind (at least as designed by this office) to have a fully integrated air conditioning and heating systems.

Here are the plans.

Here are some interior images.


Master Stateroom



Principal Dimensions
LOA 53'-5"
LWL 43'-4"
Beam 14'-6"
Draft 4'-3"
Displacement 52,750 lbs
Ballast 5,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,220 sq ft


  1. Do you have any high resolution versions of these photos you could e-mail? This is my family's boat, and I would love to make some prints for my Dad.
    -Lily Smith

  2. Dear Lily,
    Please email me at and I will send you what we have. The images are not very high resolution but may be suitable at a smaller size.
    Bruce Johnson

  3. Sequoia II is a lovely boat. We have cruised the east coast and the Bahamas on her in great comfort for the last 25 years. She is currently undergoing an extensive refit in Deltaville, VA and should be back cruising this fall.

  4. Just a quick note, my name is Tom King, I work for the Chicago Maritime Museum. Today I was going through the collection for images and came across in Mr Grebe's photo archives a very complete collection of images that document the construction of Sequoia II at Mr Grebe's Yacht Yard on Morgan St.,Chicago, in 1964. The images will be posted to the museum web in a few weeks and we would welcome comments. High res images from the original media should be available in a few weeks.

    Tom King

  5. Just found this post and it brings back memories. I worked as crew on the Sequoia ll for 2 plus years in 1967,68 and 69 along with John Dexter when she was owned by James N. Spear who had her built in 1963. Winters in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the Bahamas and summers in long Island Sound and Nantucket. On our October 1968 trip from New York to Fort Lauderdale we experiences a storm lasting 4 days with winds at 90 MPH. We had her under storm trisail and storm jib for 3 days and rode out the storm in relative comfort. She was really seaworthy. When the storm subsided we were 300 plus miles off Jacksonville.

    Always wondered if she was still around. Glad to here she is and has been well taken care of.

    Skip Tassin