34′ K. Aage Nielsen / Paul Luke Yawl - ID: 42047


Launched 1954
LOA 34' 0"
LWL 24' 0"
Beam 9' 6"
Draft 4' 6"

34′ K. Aage Nielsen / Paul Luke Yawl


Jester is a 34′ stepped cabin house cruising yawl, designed by K. Aage Nielsen and built by the P.E. Luke yard in East Boothbay in 1954.  She underwent a significant and very well executed refit at French and Webb in Belfast, ME between 2003 and 2009.  In addition to a new backbone and deck, Jester also received a beautiful, thoughtfully laid out new interior.  At the base of the companionway are settees to port and starboard with berths outboard.  Moving forward, the icebox and the head are to port, the galley starboard.  The salon berths are distinct from the settes and in the forward cabin she has a proper double berth, a rarity on cruising boats of this size and era.
By the time Aage Neilsen formed his own design firm following WWII, he had completed a marine construction apprentice ship and worked as a draftsman in his native Denmark and spent time in the offices of John Alden, Murray Peterson and Olin Stephens.  His skill and experience show in Jester.  Her fractional yawl rig is efficient and practical.  It gives a lot of options for reducing sail as the wind builds, is easily managed by two, and doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of upwind performance.  The hull and cabin house proportions look right. The cockpit is nicely sized and the interior spacious and well lit for a boat of her size.  For a classic New England cruising boat you couldn’t do much better.  Jester was penned by the master of the type, built and refit by some of the best in the business. She is currently in storage right up the road from Brooklin in Sedgwick, ME and could be commissioned this summer.


Year Built: 1954

Builder: Paul Luke

Designer: K. Aage Nielsen



Topsides: Carvel planked Mahogany

Bottom: Carvel planked Wana

Stem: Spoon bow with Oak stem

Stern: Transom stern of Mahogany

Frames: 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ steam bent Oak on 9″ centers (some new frames, all ends new)

Floor Timbers: Angelique

Fasteners: Bronze screws

Deck Beams: 1-1/8″ x 1-1/2″ Oak on 9″ Centers

Decks: Plywood with Dynel over

Keel: Full keel of Angelique with led ballast

Superstructure: Trunk cabin followed by raised dog house of Mahogany

Bulkheads: Plywood partitions


Fittings and Equipment:

Deck Hardware: Cast Bronze

Steering Gear: Tiller

Ground Tackle: Delta Plow with chain rode / 18lb Hooker with 200′ 5/8″ braid


-Deck: 2 – Merriman #3 / 2 – South Coast # 6

-Mast: 1 – Merriman #2 / 1 – Wire Reel

Radios: Uniden MC 535 VHF / Standard Horizon HX270S Hand Held

Depth Finder: MOOR LDC Digital Depth

Running Lights: 12-V DC

Anchor Light: 12-V Tri-Color



Engine: Yanmar – 2GMF – Serial No. 10692

Year: Early 90’s

Fuel: Diesel

No. Cyls: 2

RPM: 3400


Approx. Speed: 5 kt


Reduct. Gear: Kanzaki Manual Gear

Engine Cooling: Closed Fresh Water

Ventilation: atmosphere

Fuel Pump: Mechanical

Filters: Racor


Exhaust Silencer: Stainless Steel Pot

Cooled: Raw Water

Exhaust Line: Wet Exhausted Rated Hose


Engine Alternator: 12-V 35-AMP

Controls: Dual Lever

Shaft Logs, Type: BNZ

Stuffing Box: Flex Flax


Propeller: 14Dx8P-RH-fIXED 2 Blade

Propeller Shaft: Stainless Steel

Bearings: Cutlass – Rubber

Rudder: Keel hung wood


Bilge Pumps:

-Rule 12-V 2000 Auto

-Rule 12-V 500

-Manual Diaphragm

Pumps: Galley fresh water hand pump


Toilet: Lavac Manual Head with holding tank

Thru Hull Fittings: Bronze Groco



Fuel: Diesel

No. & Capacity: 1 x 30 gallons

Shape: Rectangle

Material: Stainless Steel

Location: Below Cockpit

Secured: Chocked and Frames in Place

Filling Lines & Vents: USCG Type Fill Hose / USCG Type A1 Vent

Bonded: Yes (would overflow overboard)

Fuel Lines & Connections: USCG Type A1 Hose with hose clamp connections

Additional Fuel or Flammables: LPG for cooking


Water Tanks:

No. & Capacity: 2 x 25 Gallons (50 Gallons total)

Shape: To Hull

Location: Under Port and Starboard Settee

Material: Polyvinyl


Holding Tanks:

No. & Capacity: 1 x 5 Gallons

Shape: Rectangle

Location: Outboard of Head

Material: Polyvinyl


Mast and Rigging:

Masts: Main and Mizzen are box constructed Sitka Spruce – bright finish

Booms: Sitka Spruce – bright finish

Standing Rigging: 1×19 Stainless Steel wire with swage ends

Running Rigging: 7×19 Stainless Steel and Dacron 3-Strand



Stove: Force 10 two burner LPG

Fuel Storage: On Deck

Refrigeration: Top loading fiberglass lined ice box



Storage Batteries: 2 x 12-V G27 Lead Acid

Lighting System: 12-V DC Ships Service

Wiring: Multi-Strand PVC Jacketed Copper Wire

Switchboard: 12-V DC Circuit Breaker Panel Fed via MVP Switch

Circuit Breaker: 12-V DC

Aerials: VHF

Battery Charger: Non other than Engine Alternator


Rebuild Summary:


A 2002 Paul Haley survey noted significant deterioration in the keel and forefoot along with the floor timbers. This lead to the fabrication and installation of a new keel timber of Angelique, along with a new forefoot, stern post and horn timber – all of Angelique. The floor timbers were replaced and new lower frame ends were scarfed in, again using Angelique. In order to complete this work, most of the bottom planking was removed and a large portion was replaced with Wana planking. Wana is similar to Mahogany, but heartier.



The original deck was removed and replaced with a plywood deck. The new deck has a Dynel covering set in epoxy and is painted white with non-skid.


Engine and Wiring:

The engine was relatively new in 2002 with low hours. As part of the rebuild, it was completely gone over and any issues addressed. The fuel systems were also inspected and all new hoses installed. All the original wiring was removed and replaced with multi-strand tinned copper wire to ABYC & NFPA-302 codes.



The original interior was removed and a new interior installed. The v-berth in the forward cabin was replaced with a spacious double bunk with storage below. The galley is now mid-ships, to starboard, opposite the head. There are two bunks in the salon with small settee’s below. The nav station remains behind the companionway.

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