Saturday, December 24, 2011

Design 124 - Rainey

This design takes us back to 1936. To my eye she is very reminiscent of Babe, design #97, built the previous year. But she is six feet longer. The boat was constructed of wood by the Kretzer Boat Works of City Island, New York. It is interesting to note her original owner was one William Appleton and I wonder if he was the father of Joseph Wheeler Appleton, who we have discussed previously in these pages.

Here is the general arrangement plan. Please note the very talented draftsman who produced these two plans was Roderick Stephens, Jr. He would have been 27 year old at the time.

One final note. The boat originally made her home in Port Washington, New York. The last record we have of her is from 1972. She was renamed Hustler and her home port was West Barrington, Rhode Island. I will be curious to know if anyone has seen her.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-9"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 9'-10"
Draft 5'-0"
Sail Area 715 sq ft


  1. Interesting details!! The cockpit foot well is a mere foot or so deep, and there are no cockpit lockers, at least in the drawing. I'm guessing Rod would do that to keep weight out of the ends. And what would be the advantage of the diamond shrouds on the upper spreaders versus cap shrouds? Nice high bulwarks, too.

  2. Dear Blog Reader,
    We believe the logic for the diamond shrouds was so that the headsail could sheet tighter, essentially with the leech fitting between the spreader and the upper diamond stay. It is interesting to note that from our records we can see that most if not all these rigs were converted at a later date to conventional cap shroud arrangements, most likely due to the fact the upper part of the mast had a tendency to fall off when loaded up.