Preview: Short Ends; Long Waterlines

April 20, 2020

Avatar Maynard Bray

Ever since I saw one of Starling Burgess’s 30’ Yankee One Design (YOD) sloops, I’ve been obsessed with them. To me they’re one of the best-looking, effectively-simple, and all-round “good boats” I know of and I’ve dreamed of owning one for some 65 years.


1937 30′ Yankee One-Design (Drawing copyright Kathy Bray)

When an OCH member offered YOD hardware, my dream re-ignited and I began communicating with friends who also revered the design. Alden Reed was one, his specialty being the smaller but similar Boothbay Harbor One-Design (BHOD) whose plans were also drawn by Burgss’s draftsman, Geerd Hendel—although the BHODs were Hendel’s own design.

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