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ARETHUSA | Print |


ArethusaLOA: 60'  Beam: 28.21'
Class/Type: Gunboat 60 catamaran
Builder: Gunboat
Designer: Nigel Irens
Launch Date: 1998
Skippers: Phil & Wendy Lotz

The Gunboat 60 ARETHUSA features supreme sailing performance with her all carbon and epoxy construction. A high-speed racer-cruiser, ARETHUSA is actively raced with a crew of 8-10.

Arethusa-overheadPerfectly sized to reflect many owners’ long term needs, the 60 is the maximum size for owner-operation for a longer term cruise, yet offers the space and quarters for crew when the owners’ use can only be part time. The Gunboat 60 is perfectly sized for most owners’ long term needs.

Construction details include a hull laminate made of carbon fiber set in epoxy resin, fully infused and post-cured over a CoreCell foam core. All interior furniture and components are likewise foam-cored and are skinned with fine wood veneers. The boat’s carbon rig features a Marstrom rotating wing-section mast supported by aramid fiber rigging. Furling gear is from Facnor.

The underwater carbon foils are centerboards instead of daggerboards, to reduce potential damage in case of a crash. The rudders are also carbon, and retractable. The centerboards are controlled by hydraulic rams, with shear pins that let the boards kick up on impact.

Arethusa-spinnakerGunboats feature a forward working cockpit, just abaft the mast and forward of the cabinhouse. All working lines are led to the cockpit, powered by three Lewmar power winches, so the boat can be easily controlled from the cockpit by a small crew. 

The Gunboat 60 features a smooth motion, incredible spaces and the potential for 300+ mile daily runs. 

AZZURA | Print |


AzurraLOA: 95' 01"
Class/Type: Jongert 3000M Sloop
Builder: Jongertt
Designer: Doug Peterson
Launch Date: 1998
Skipper: Captain James "Hubs" Hubbert

Designed by Doug Peterson, AZZURA was built in aluminium to Lloyds class by the renowned Dutch yard Jongert and launched in 1998. Together with her tall cutter rig, slim-line freeboard and low-profile deckhouse, she offers outstanding performance combined with luxury and comfort throughout. An interior design by Peter Sijm sees the dining area in the calm, mahogany paneled saloon fitted with two C-shaped settees opposite each other, providing plenty of elbow room and keeping the conversation flowing. There is also a wet bar with individual stools to port.

One of the most seductive qualities about Azzura is her sleek Doug Peterson lines, teamed up with the Jongert patented folding keel and hydraulic retracting coach roof. Click here to watch a YouTube video about AZZURA including a demonstration of the folding keel. Other features include an indentation beneath each porthole designed to collect stray water which, combined with an internal scupper system, channels this water to a grey water tank.

AZZURA has agreed to offer its services to the National Sailing Hall of Fame's STEM Sailing Education and Recovering Warrior Sailing programs. 

BULL & BEAR - Replica 1860s "Sandbaggers" | Print |


bullbeardoc-thmbLOA: 55' (28' LOD)
Class/Type: Sandbagger
Independence Seaport Museum Workshop
Designer: Tom Brady
Launch Date: 1995 & 1996
Various Volunteer Skippers

Sandbagger sloops were popular work boats in the 19th century which were also sailed for pleasure. A decendant of shoal-draft sloops used in oyster fishing the shallow waters of New York Bay, they ranged anywhere from 20 to 30 feet in in length, but had sail areas that were significantly disproprortionate to their size. They were the extreme sailboats of their day, with a sailplan that was twice as long as their hull length. Because they were so shallow, all sandbaggers have very large centerboards which can be raised and lowered.

bullbearmusic-thmbWhile working, crews of 10 or more men would use their catch as ballast, moving it from one side to the other when tacking. It has been said that the first boat to get their catch to market got the best price, so a race ensued daily. People at the dock started placing bets on which boat would get home first. This evolved into sport, and instead of bags filled with oysters they used bags of sand, thus the name, sandbaggers. Actually it is said they used gravel so that the bags would not retain too much water.

From the 1860s to the 1890s sandbagger racing was a very popular sport from New York down the Atlantic coast and up to New Orleans, and also on the West coast in San Francisco. The exciting challenges would have watermen and amateur sailors racing for crowds of betting spectators. With few rules, sandbagger racing was always exciting. Stories have been told of sandbagger crews throwing extra sandbags into the water in light air to gain a bit more speed, along with the occassional extra crewmember!

BULL and BEAR are modern reproductions of sandbaggers based on ANNIE, a sandbagger with a winning history launched in 1880 and raced in Georgia, Florida and Long Island Sound. Over 130 years later, ANNIE is still around, on display at Mystic Seaport Museum.

BULL and BEAR feature shorter spars with less sail area than the original in order to increase stability, so they can be comfortably used for a variety of community, group and educational sails by NSHOF. Watertight compartments and other features further increase their safety. While the hulls are wood fastened with bronze, the spars are made of carbon fiber wrapped in wood, which significantly reduces weight aloft while maintaining authenticity. 

Click here to watch a short documentary about BULL and BEAR.

LACERTA - Concordia 39' Yawl | Print |


Lacerta - Concordia yawlLOA: 39.83'
Class/Type: Concordia 39 yawl
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Ray Hunt
Launch Date: 1956
Skipper: Mark Walter

LACERTA is hull #44 of 103 Concordia yawls built between 1938 and 1966. It is believed that all 103 of these boats are still in use or in refit for use. LACERTA has been owned by the Walter family since 2009. She participates in many Chesapeake Bay races and CTSA events, and has sailed as far North as Labrador. She resides in Annapolis.

Click here for more information on LACERTA.

SORCERER II - 100-foot Research Sailboat | Print |


Sorcerer IILOA: 100'
Class/Type: Sloop
Builder: Cookson
Designer: Frers
Launch Date: 1998
Charles Howard, Captain/Engineer

The Sorcerer II Expedition is a global oceanographic mission to sample and discover microbes around the world, led by J. Craig Venter, the scientist who pioneered methods for decoding the human genome. Venter and his colleagues at the Venter Institute outfitted SORCERER II sailboat as a research vessel and set sail in Spring 2003.

Their mission is to build on and extend what is known about the vast unseen world of microorganisms, using the modern tools of genomics.

Sampling on Sorcerer IIA major goal is to identify and publish a "genomic catalog" of the rich microbial diversity of our planet. They began their mission with a trip to the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda, where they collected samples of water containing more than a million "new" genes found in at least 1,800 species of bacteria, including 150 new ones.

Click here to visit the SORCERER II website, with a voyage tracker and more information on their mission, including the sampling methods they are using, scientific data collected and several photos.

Sorcerer location map


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