Sunday, October 2, 2011

Design 1622 - Yare

For a boat built in 1961, Yare is pretty cutting edge in terms of construction. All structural members are of laminated mahogany and by using mahogany thus avoided all of the bonding/gluing challenges of laminating in oak. Planking is conventional. The deck is of cedar and light weight and fastenings are of either Monel or Everdur.

She was built by Donald M. Smith of Birmingham, Michigan.

Her layout is a small departure from most of our designs of the time by the fact the head has been placed in the peak, resulting in a roomy main cabin, generous galley and chart table.

Yare is a development of a successful R.O.R.C. design but modified to rate well under the C.C.A. Rule. I'm sorry we don't have any images of her under sail.

Here's a look at her internal structure.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-0"
LWL 25'-6"
Beam 9'-8"
Draft 5'-8"
Displacement 14,570 lbs
Ballast 6,500 lbs
Sail Area 574 sq ft


  1. The lead photo shows her shape well.

  2. Yare is still around and doing well. Saw her a while ago at Bayview YC.


    ”YARE is owned by John Tipp from Bayview Yacht Club. She was designed by Olin Stevens and built in 1963 by Vic Carpenter using strip planked Honduras Mahogany.
    Yare is the winningest boat in the history of the BYC Mackinac Race. This will be Yare’s 49th Mackinac, and she has 11 first place finishes.
    Yare is the second oldest boat competing this year and she's entered in the Cruising Division.”

  3. My Dad owned YARE with Mr. Tipp for a few years and I had the opportunity to do some deliveries on her. Very slow to motor with the little Atomic 4, but she is a very well built boat with beautiful lines.

  4. Interesting boat. The description states she is conventionally planked however one responder above says she was strip planked. Would love to know how her hull has held up over the years, I'm guessing that she would have been resorcinal glued if she was indeed strip planked?

    This is a great blog by the way.

  5. YARE; Strip planked Honduras mahogany....edge glued (epoxy)and monel nailed every plank tween ribs and SS screwed to all 12 laminated layered ribs....very strong and still sailing hard and fast in the Great Lakes....mutiple Mackinac winner (over the years: Port Huron 12 wins and Chicago 2 wins) Design S&S, builder Vic Carpenter RIP and apprentices Jan Gougeon and Jim Derek ....brightwork by Hazel Carpenter.