Off Center Harbor's Remarks

(Was $18,900) Joel White used to say it takes more skill to get a little boat design to look good than a big one. Few designers drew more beguiling small boats than Fenwick Williams and this snug little double-ender is surely a case-in-point. And what's more, she appears to be in outstanding condition. Although she would make a wonderful single-handed weekender, we think of her as an ideal daysailer with room below for an after-lunch nap before the sea breeze kicks up around two.

Description from Boat's Main Listing

Designed by Fenwick Williams and built by a Maine trained boatbuilder ZEPHYRUS has been meticulously maintained and is in sailaway condition. This pocket cruiser features many improvements by her current owner including a new mast (2017), boom (2017), standing and running rigging, and much more.

Comments by the owner:

While working in Alden’s office in 1928, Fenwick Williams designed this 21 foot “knockabout” double ender. The design is a smaller version of his 24’ gaff rigged yawl and is a remarkably spacious, compact, pocket cruiser. The fractional marconi rig carries 271 square feet of sail, and the ample freeboard of the spoon bow keeps sailors reasonably dry. This boat was painstakingly constructed in New Orleans by a Maine-trained builder who used every available technique to construct a rot-proof wooden boat including pressure treating the white oak ribs and selecting the most rot resistant species of wood. The boat went to Maine a few years after her launching to insure she did not fall victim to the humid conditions of the south, and her two Maine owners have worked extensively to preserve and upgrade her.

ZEPHYRUS was sailed regularly this past summer (2018) and is currently under cover where she is easily accessible.


Hull – Atlantic cedar on treated oak frames fastened with copper rivets; old growth cypress stem and stern post; pressure treated old growth hard pine keel; lead ballast (1200 lbs.); old growth hard pine deck sheathed with fiberglass; wana brightwork.
Cabin – 2 full-sized berths, storage locker with fold down table, hanging hooks, screens, porta potty, butane portable stove, bow storage.
Cockpit – self-bailing with reverse piped drains. 4 storage lockers and engine hatch.
Mast – 2017 hollow birdsmouth old growth black spruce with masthead wiring.
Boom – 2017 solid old growth black spruce
Standing Rigging – 2017/18 stainless 1×19 with bronze turnbuckles, Schaefer furler.
Running Rigging – 2017/18 dyneema blend double braid runners and halyards, polyester double braid sheets with all lines led to cockpit. Spinlock deck organizers and clutches. Single line slab reefing and lazy jacks. Most blocks also 2017/18.
Sails – 2017 Nat Wilson Oceanus custom main and furling jib. 2018 mainsail cover. Older spares available.
Engine – 2008 Beta Marine diesel 14hp with new shaft and 3 blade fixed prop. 414 engine hours. Racor fuel filter and bronze raw water strainer. 2015 Vetus sailboat single lever engine control. 2008 – 7 gal. alum. fuel tank
Electronics – 2017 ICom M324G VHF with DSC/GPS and masthead antenna, RAM Mount for IPad GPS, 2008 Beta Marine Engine control gauges. Fuel gauge, Ritchie bulkhead compass.
Electrical – 2 12v batteries(2013, 2016) 2008 battery selector switch and fuse panel, running lights with masthead light. 2016 LED main cabin light and 12v & 5.1v USB outlets.
Bilge Pumps – 2 Rule pumps with auto switches and 1 manual pump.
Anchors – Rocna 6kg with 15’ 1/4” chain and 175’ rode. Danforth 10# with 140’ rode.
Original Plans included.
Trailer – 2005 Triad custom 2 axle included.
Equipment – 2 fenders, 2 dock lines, older mainsail, spare lines, Forespar whisker pole, boat hook and brush, 1 winch handle, I fire extinguisher, 2 life jackets, 2 seat cushions, throw ring, emergency swim ladder, spare parts, manuals, wooden thru-hull plugs included.
Delivery in New England available as separate arrangement with Seller
Dingy – 2008 matching Nutshell pram available as separate transaction with Seller.

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21 ft
Hull Material:
Fenwick Williams
Year Built:
2008 Beta Marine Diesel
Asking Price:
West Bath, ME, US
Contact Name:
Alec Brainerd - Artisan Boatworks
Contact Phone:
(207) 542-0372