Email This Page to a FriendPreview: Fine Boat Designs – The Herreshoff Fish Class
April 16, 2015
I'm sure that N.G Herreshoff (NGH) realized he'd created something pretty special when he finished carving this half model in 1914, for it was quite unlike any he'd carved before and supremely beautiful as well. From it, the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. built around 40 Fish class sloops at 20'9" in overall length and nearly ten times that number of the better-known 12-1/2 footers.
NGH lived to see this design flourish, but he didn't live to know of its longevity. Now, a century later, about half the Fish boats and two thirds of the 12-1/2s still survive—and replicas, vaiations, and derivatives are still being turned out in significant numbers.