40′ Concordia Motorsailer
Hurricane is a Concordia motorsailer, designed by Wilder B. Harris and built by the Casey Boatbuilding Company in Fairhaven, MA in 1938. She was named for the 1938 hurricane that devastated the New England coast and destroyed Waldo’s father Llewelyn Howland’s beloved sailboat (Colin Archer double ender Escape) providing the impetus for the design of the first Concordia Yawl.
Hurricane lacks the sun and moon insignia and the signature flip back settee berths (which were removed when she was conscripted during WWII and never returned) but is unmistakably a Concordia. The cabin house profile, head to port galley-aft layout, the knotty pine paneling and cabinetry, offset drop leaf table, and heating/cookstove would all find there way into Concordia Yawl #1 Escape, (built concurrently at the Casey Yard in the winter of ’38) and all the subsequent boats.
Hurricane’s history is quite well documented. She was most notably requisitioned by the Coast Guard in 1943, painted black and pressed into service patrolling the New England coast for U-boats. Following the war she was recommissioned as a yacht and had a number of owners living principally in York, ME and Manchester, MA. She’d fallen into a state of disrepair by 1989 when her current owners found her on the hard on Cape Anne near Rockport, MA. They made temporary repairs and sailed her for a few years before bringing her to Crocker’s Boatyard in Manchester-by-the-Sea in 1994 for a significant two refit.
Over the course of two winter’s Hurricane received a new glass over plywood deck, new transom, new rudder, rebuilt teak cockpit, and considerable frame, deck beam and planking replacement. She was repowered and all systems replaced. In the intervening 25 years since the refit, Hurricane has been under the same ownership cruising between Maine and Cape Anne in the summers and returning each winter to Crocker’s for maintenance.
Waldo Howland, Concordia Company principal who collaborated with Harris on the design, said Hurricane, “has most of the good qualities of a cruising sailboat and of a displacement powerboat. In general, she has the easy motion, the seaworthiness, and much of the sailing ability of the former. At the same time, she has the lesser draft, the larger accommodations, and the greater powering efficiency of the latter. For certain requirements, Hurricane is a complete and first-class unit. She is one of my favorites.”
We couldn’t agree more with Waldo Howland’ s assessment. Hurricane is a handsome and exceedingly practical, classic New England cruising boat. What she sacrifices in windward sailing performance she makes up for in comfort with her large cockpit, protected wheelhouse and spacious interior. Her restoration was carried out thoughtfully, retaining her character and original details as much as possible while adding the all the features and conveniences one would expect on a modern boat. Hurricane is on the hard in Manchester, MA ready for showings.
White oak frames, floors, deck beams and centerline timbers
Dynell over marine plywood deck
Paneled pine interior
Mahogany cabin house, wheel house and hatches
John Deere D4505 75 hp Marine Diesel engine
Borg Warner reduction gear
3 blade bronze feathering Max Prop
Laminated Sitka spruce spars
1×19 Stainless wire with swaged ends
Furlex roller furler
Molich bronze primary winches
Dickerson Diesel cook and heating stove
Top load Alder Barbour Refrigeration unit
Ideal 12v windlass
Saltwater washdown pump
Engine tied hot water heating system
Garmin GPSMAP 741 XS plotter
Garmin GPSMAP Radar
Standard Horizon Matrex AIS VHF
Autohelm autopilot, depth finder
Raymarine wind instruments
5” Danfourth compass
Weems and Plath clock and barometer
2x 35 gal monel fuel tanks
1×30 gal Stainless water tank
1x 10 gal polyvinyl blackwater tank