Monday, November 14, 2011

Design 15 - Velero


This design takes us back to 1931. And we don't have much other than the plans. Velero was built of wood by William E. Bunce of Huntington, Long Island, New York. The last bit of information we have is a brokerage listing from 1959 that states the boat was built to the highest specification including mahogany planking with Evudur bronze fasteners screwed to white oak frames, lead keel, hollow spars and stainless steel rigging. She was rebuilt in 1953 with new floors, stem, trunk cabin top, main weather deck re-canvassed and "modern" hatches installed.

Here's the layout.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-3"
LWL 26'-6"
Beam 8'-9"
Draft 5'-7"
Sail Area 630 sq ft

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  1. my father purchased "Velero" in the early 70's in Sheepshed Bay,New York and was totaly submerged at time of purchase with 3 ft of mast sticking out of water.She was raised and sailed home that day to Huntington Harbor Long Island to Knudsen boat yard.(the place she was built)Velero had found her way home and after 6 years in drydock she was re launched and was a labor of love.After years of sailing her and even in 78 with the tall ships she was sold to "Oceanic Society" and was their flagship for a few years. I later saw her when i was grown and she was in dis repair and it was tragic to see her/she is remembered as one of the most beautiful boats in huntington harbor and her bright work was something to be seen.I would like to see her again, if anyone else has any info please share.

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    1. correction: it was 1976 when we were invited to sail with the "Tall ships" in NY harbor.not 1978.

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  2. after re reading this info given on "Velero" i found one thing very interesting ( She was rebuilt in 1953 with new floors, stem, trunk cabin top, main weather deck re-canvassed and "modern" hatches installed.)as stated in description of her.Turns out that the previous owner had left the hatches open and she filled with rainwater and sank right in front of "Sheepshed bay yacht club"It was years later that my father had bought her with just 3 ft of mast out of the water and blueprints(Same exact picture up top of page)When my father purchased her she was totaly restored.

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  3. hi cliff i used to work on valero for your dad n mom .i have plenty of pics also .been trying to reach your mom dad rachel etc but no luck .i have the plaque your dad made me for second place of the governors cup nyc.you can contact me at scubastevep@aol.com or 516 901-5975 it would be great to hear from you to catch up.

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    1. thank you steve for the pictures of "Velero".they brought back some fond memories of her.to bad i cannot upload a picture here

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