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52′ Gaff Rigged ‘Sharpie’ Yawl

SARAH is a modern rendition of an 1892 gaff rigged, centerboard, “Sharpie”. The vessel was professionally built with the goal of cruising San Francisco Bay. Sarah is currently used for six-pack sailing charters on Monterey Bay out of Santa Cruz, CA. This boat catches the eye and is a graceful sailor. Her lines nod to a golden age of sailing, while her contemporary construction allows for confidence underway.

A 2017 survey is available upon request.


Planking: Port Orford Cedar 1 1/8”
Keelson: Laminated oak utilizing epoxy
Frames: Sawn Oak 1 .5” x 3” laid on 10” centers
Sheer clamp: 1.5” x 3.5” Fir
Shelf: 1.5” x 3.5” Fir
Deck beams: 2” x 3” fir laid on 23” centers
Intermediate deck beams: 1” x 2.5” Fir laid on 12” centers
Floors: 1.5” x 3” Oak laid on 4” centers
Deck: Covered plywood
Cabin sides: Port Orford cedar
Fasteners: Silicon bronze wood screws / bolts
Ballast: Lead


Sails: (All have Covers)

• Mainsail 6.4 ounce
• Mizzen sail 5.4 ounce
• Club footed jib sail 4 oz.


Running Rigging:

All running rigging is of braided Dacron line
Traditional teak housed blocks and modern blocks by HARKEN and RONSTAN
Jib halyard with block purchase
Jib sheets
Genoa halyard
Main halyard / peak halyard
Mizzen halyard / mizzen staysail halyard
Mizzen sheet
Lazy jacks
Main boom topping lift / mizzen boom topping lift

LOA: 52 ft 2 in
Beam: 8 ft 8 in
LWL: 34 ft 2 in
Length on Deck: 38 ft 8 in
Minimum Draft: 2 ft 2 in
Displacement: 12000 lbs
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 1GM10
Fresh Water Tanks: 2 Stainless steel (40 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 2 Stainless steel (20 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 (10 Gallons)
Cockpit speakers – POLY PLANNER
Depthsounder – MOOR LCD
Plotter – FURUNO
Radio – AM/FM
Compass – RITCHIE 3
CD player
Inside Equipment
Oven – Propane TASO 2-Burner Stove
Manual bilge pump – WHALE GUSHER
Electric bilge pump
Marine head
Heating – Coal Burning Wood Stove
Sharpie Description and Design History
From the 2017 survey:SARAH may be described as a re-creation of a 1892 built East Coast sailing yacht by the name of ”MINOCQUA” which was designed by Thomas Clapham (1839-1915) who was a pioneer designer and builder of light draft sailing yachts. The design type was influenced by an East Coast American small sailing craft used for oyster dredging and fishing commonly known as “SHARPIES”. The Sharpies were larger boats usually over 20 feet in length and were constructed on the flat bottom skiff model. These boats were built in the last quarter of the 19th century and lengths up to 65 feet or more some having one or two masts. A few were rigged as schooners, some as ketches some as sloops and all were employed in commercial work. The design began to climb to popularity in the fisheries of New Haven, Connecticut by the 1870s and was primarily utilized for oyster tonging. By the 1880s the Sharpies had become standardized in two lengths. One about 35 feet carrying 175 bushels of oysters and worked by two men and another smaller 26 feet or so in length carrying 75 bushels and worked by one man. The boats had reasonable carrying capacity, low building cost and good sailing qualities and could also be readily rode. The ability to sail reasonably well led yachtsman of the time to take an interest in the type. Thomas Clapham did much to encourage the adoption of this type of boat and yachting. Having suffered financial reverses in the 1870s he return to the sharpie design, introduced yawl rig and provided yachtsman with much correspondence and lengthy arguments in favor of the development of the design.
Price $32,500
Name Sarah
Type Sail
Length 52 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer Thomas Clapham
Classification Yawl

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