SOLD – 35′ K. Aage Nielsen / Paul Luke ‘Gumdrop’ Yawl - ID: 42199


Launched 1961
LOD 35' 0"
Beam 10' 8"
Draft 5' 1"

SOLD – 35′ K. Aage Nielsen / Paul Luke ‘Gumdrop’ Yawl

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Magic is was designed by Aage Nielsen, and built by Paul Luke E. Boothbay in 1961.  She was the sixth and final Neilsen “Gumdrop Yawl”  Maynard Bray and Tom Jackson’s passage from Neilsen’s biography sums up the “Gumdrop” nicely:

“For a designer of one-off custom yachts, one sure sign of a winning design is the number of times its is built, with relatively minor alterations to suit new clients.  Measured by this standard, GUMDROP and her five successors constitute the single most successful custom design Nielsen ever did.  Measured by longevity, the design proves its strength once again: all six of the boats are still sailing.”

Neilsen had experimented a lot with centerboard yawls during his time at Sparkman and Stephens, drawing boats for customers who cruised the shoal draft waters around Cape Cod.  The CCCA rule, by not counting bronze centerboards as ballast or fully penalizing mizzen sail area, helped promote this highly practical and seaworthy design.  These boats were surprisingly quick for their size, on and off the breeze, and rated (and continue to rate) well.  They’re well built, easy to sail and have roomy well thought-out interiors.

The “Gumdrops” are from the golden era of cruiser-racers and still perform very well on both counts.  Magic has been very well taken care of, as evidenced by a 2017 survey (available on request) and is ready for her next owner.  She’s currently in the water in Newport, RI and ready for showings.


Hull: Double planked mahogany over cedar fastened to steam bent oak frames with bronze screws

Deck: Marine plywood with Dynel

Deck House: Wood

Bulkheads: Marine Plywood



Main Engine: Universal

Fuel: Diesel

Model: M-35-B

Power: 35hp @ 3000rpm

Serial Number: YN 8162-E101

Engine Hours: 930

Cooling System: Heat Exchanger

Exhaust System: Wet Exhaust

Propeller Shaft: Stainless Steel

Propellers: 3-blade bronze; anode on propeller/shaft nut

Steering: Tiller



Fuel: Steel

Fresh Water: Monel

Black Water: Plastic

Propane Tank & Locker: Newly installed to ABYC standards


Bilge Pumping:

Electric: One

Manual: Diaphragm type in cockpit



DC: 12V

Batteries: Two

Charging: Alternator

Battery Location: Next to companionway, starboard side

DC Panel: Breakers



VHF: Icom IC M80

Compass: White & Sons; binnacle mount with shade

GPS: Furuno

Radar: Furuno 1621 MK2; mounted on swing bracket

Depth Sounder: Horizon; cockpit bulkhead mount

Speed/Log: Horizon; cockpit bulkhead mount

Apparent Wind: Present; cockpit bulkhead mount

Auto Pilot: Raymarine; cockpit coaming mount



Spars: Varnished (mizzen recently refinished)

Standing Rigging: Stainless steel wire

Chain Plates: Bronze

Running Rigging: Yacht Braid


Ground Tackle:

Anchor #1: Fisherman

Anchor #2: CQR 25lbs


Interior Outfit:

Water Supply: Hand pump; cold water only

Heads: Manual

Heating: Tiny tot coal/woodstove

Refrigeration: Icebox

Cook Stove: Luke Heritage/propane; 2 burner w/oven


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