Preview: Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 1 – Reframing Upside Down

April 18, 2014

Maynard Bray

WIZARD is one of the fourteen Herreshoff Fishers Island 31 sloops (named for their waterline length; they're 44' on deck), and Dr. Robert Murray sailed this one around the world as PATAPSCO II back in the 1960s. She's languished ashore for the past 22 years under cover but is now coming to life again in Brion Rieff's shop here in Brooklin. Brion's ingenuity always amazes me, and I want to share with you the rundown on WIZARD's ongoing restoration.

Fishers Island 31 WIZARD being towed in for restoration

This is what we saw passing in front of the OffCenterHarbor.com office in the fall of 2012. WIZARD is one of the teak-decked and trimmed FIS 31s, and well worth saving.

Restoring Fishers Island 31 WIZARD - stripped of her deck

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