26′ Gehrleins Downeast Cruiser
Edelweiss is a 26′ “SeaSkiff” a production bassboat – cruiser designed by Charles Wittholtz and built in the late 50’s by the Gerhrlein’s company in Lindenhurst on the south coast of Long Island. While the north shore of Long Island is on the relatively protected Long Island Sound, the southern shore faces the Atlantic and is subject to much more variable weather, big ocean swell and surf. The Gerhrlein’s bassboats were designed with these conditions in mind. Edelweiss is very stable, seaworthy and heavily built 26′ boat. Her ample freeboard and flare make for a dry, comfortable, secure feeling ride. She is a boat that, to quote our designer: “you sit in and not on”. Her higher bow and topsides allows for a cuddy-cabin, replete with v-berth and portable head, without a cabin house to disrupt the profile. The subtle sheer, the lines of lapstrake hull and shapely windscreen/cockpit coaming all combine to make a beautiful boat, one that manages to look graceful and rugged at the same time.
A previous owner put Edelweiss through a complete and well thought out keel-up restoration in 1999-2000. The bottom was rebuilt and she is now cold-molded below the waterline for ease of maintenance, storage and commissioning. Edelweiss received a fair amount of new planks, all new laminated frames, a new keel, stem, transom and deck. All of her systems were replaced and she was re-powered with a Yanmar diesel. She has been well cared for since and spent last winter here at Rockport. We recently launched her and she’s now in the mooring field, ready to be viewed.
Edelweiss is a perfect New England family motor boat, great for cocktail cruises, fishing missions and day trips. We think this style of boat is a lot more practical for most people’s needs than today’s ubiquitous outboard center console. With her higher freeboard, coamings and more sheltered cockpit Edelweiss will be dry and comfortable when the seabreeze pipes up and the chop sends others home. With the cuddy-cabin you can hide from a rain squall or choose to extend your day trip into an overnight.
Builder: Gehrleins Boat Company
2000 Yanmar 125 HP Turbo Diesel (New 2000)
Engine Hours: 575
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Cruising Speed: 20 knots
2 Aluminum Fuel Tanks (90 Gallons)
1 Double Berth
GPS – Garmin GPSmap 741xs
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Cockpit cover – stem to stern
Hull: 3/4″ Mahogany lapstrake planking over laminated white oak frames
Floor Timbers: Mahogany-sided, 2″ on 16″ centers (New 2000)
Keel Stem + Stern Post: White oak (New 2000)
Transom: Varnished Honduran Mahogany (New 2000)
Bottom: Triple diagonal planked with West epoxy (New 2000)
Fastenings: Bronze through bolts and copper rivets.
Edelweiss is a beautifully restored classic, well appointed for picnics and cocktail cruises. The boat was built in 1959 and meticulously restored and re-powered in 2000 by Erik Christensen. Since then, Edelweiss has been expertly cared for by knowledgable owners.
Construction is 3/4″ Mahogany lapstrake planking over laminated white oak frames. Floor timbers are Mahogany-sided, 2″ on 16″ centers. Keel stem and stern post are white oak. Transom is varnished Honduran Mahogany. The bottom is triple diagonal planked with West epoxy finish. All fastenings are bronze through bolts and copper rivets.
Fuel efficient @ 4 gallons per hour, with 2 – 45 gal. fuel tanks
About the lapstrake hull
With the cold-molded bottom there’s no swelling necessary. Edelweiss doesn’t take on any water at launch – even after land storage.
The initial rebuild of Edelweiss was done in 2000 by the previous owner, at a cost of approx. $270,000. A nautical engineer (family member of the owner) oversaw every detail. The current owner has maintained those records, and those of work done since that time.