Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Narragansett Bay: A Herreshoff or Two - Firefly and Whistler

Firefly <https://www.herreshoffregistry.org/detail.php?hull=956>
There are always interesting boats to be seen around Narragansett Bay, including a Herreshoff or two.

Whistler <https://www.herreshoffregistry.org/detail.php?hull=1080>


  1. Some deck shoes, a striped turtleneck, a fishermans rib knit sweater and you're away :)

  2. Stunning works of art! Imagine only paying $3 or $4 thousand today for craftsmanship like that!

  3. Simple. Elegant. Modest. That's real sailing.

  4. More specifically, those are "S-boats, designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff. They're gorgeous but while a small number them are actually newly built, most of the remaining S-boat fleet is pushing 80 years in age. Keeping a wooden sailboat that old —especially a racing boat with necessarily light scantlings— requires either a vast amount of unallocated time or a prodigious wallet; and in either case a rather unusual set of personal priorities. You have to be more than slightly crazy. Been there, done that with the S.F. Bay equivalent —more or less— of the S-boats in the form of the Golden Gate class. Mine was GG7, built in 1932 and eventually chainsawed to salvage the lead ballast by the person to whom I sold it when I finished at Cal and moved outside the USA. Couldn't cut the mustard. Crying shame. (My original partner in GG7 was from a family with a summer place on Narragansett Bay, and his family had two Herreshoffs, one of them a first-generation S-boat that was wrecked in a hurricane in the 1960s.)