Preview: The Three Boats I Lust After (and Why)

January 1, 2012

Avatar Brion Rieff

Probably the hardest thing to do is to pick only three of my favorite boats, so to make it easier, I’ve omitted the boats I’ve been involved with. They have already gotten good press.

A Centerboarder
I’ve long been a fan of centerboard boats and a centerboarder that has always caught my eye is DRUMBEAT, designed by Ray Hunt and she is truly innovative This cutter is 58’ overall, and as designed, drew only 4’ 6”. She had no keel at all, as such, but performed well both cruising and racing. As originally built in England in 1958 she had twin asymmetric centerboards that could be moved fore and aft in their slots and also lifted up and down. Others like Ted Hood and Bob Derecktor were later to borrow this idea for their own designs. DRUMBEAT has gone through a few modifications over the years but is still sailing today. With her all-varnished mahogany hull, teak deck and cutter rig, she remains a beautiful sight under sail.

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