Thursday, May 28, 2009
Donegal-Concordia Yawl- Newport, R.I.
1 Feb 2009 Donegal
OWNER: Terrance J. McClinch
DESIGNER: C. Raymond Hunt, Marblehead, MAhttp://www.huntdesigns.com/
BUILDER: Abeking and Rasmussen, Lemwerder, Germanyhttps://www.abeking.com/
LENGTH: 39 feet 10 inches [12 meters]
HULL: Mahogany on Oak
Designed in 1938 by renowned naval architect C. Raymond Hunt, the Concordia Yawl is arguably the most successful large one design wooden boat in history. Originally designed as a racing boat that could double as a cruiser, the Concordia Yawl has become something of a legend. The first four boats built in Padanaram, Massachusetts were followed by a partnership with Abeking and Rasmussen in Germany that resulted in another ninety nine boats [total 103] - all of which are in existence today.
Donegal is the home away from home for visiting master shipwright David Stimson of Maine. Mr. Stimson is leading a team of shipwrights as they build “Cherokee” - a six metre racing yacht under construction at The Museum of Yachting. At night, after a long day at work, Mr. Stimson is snug aboard Donegal, tied off against the winds at the in water docks of the International Yacht Restoration School [IYRS]. On these cold winter nights Mr. Stimson is cozy below decks with a warm fire and a hot cup of tea.