14' Duck Trap Wherry
Planked with some of the last remaining Lloyd's Register 6mm Okoume marine ply, this Duck Trap Wherry weighs in at about 120 pounds. Why is she above our usual sub-100-pound weight? Because she is trimmed out with ribbon stripe mahogany.
The ribbon stripe mahogany is certainly heavier, but we felt the depth of color was well worth it.
This boat also exhibits the attention to detail we are known for. In the photo above you can see the rivets that secure the lower guard for a lifetime (there's on such guarantee with the quicker-to-install screws).
Her stem is air-dried white oak, which is tough enough on its own, and to insure its longevity, the leading edge is protected with half oval bronze (as is the upper edge and lower end of her transom as you can see in the photo just below).
Because she is glued lapstrake, there is no need for internal framing, so this boat will be very easy to swab out and maintain. She's painted Bristol Beige inboard as well as out, and she owes the depth of finish on her brightwork to Epifanes varnish. Those two pairs of 8' custom spruce oars are included for optimum performance. The oars always want to be matched to the boat, especially in a superb pulling boat like this one.
This Duck Wherry is worth about $8500. She has yet to be launched. We are offering her for sale for $7500. That's an excellent value by any standard–certainly an important consideration in this economy.
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This wherry has been sold and now lives on the West Coast.
This is a 12'-0" Rhodes Wherry that we built in 2009, and is being offered complete with her sail, rigging, oars, and even her trailer.
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FLEUR DE LIS, an original Herreshoff 12-1/2
hull number 2048
FLEUR DE LIS is one of the revered 364 original Herreshoff 12-1/2s. Designed by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1914 as a training boat for young sailors in Buzzards Bay, the 12 -1/2 is perhaps the most beloved small craft of all time. She can comfortably seat four adults for day sailing adventures, yet she is fun to sail single-handed as well. Due to the heavy lead keel it has the feel of a much larger craft and is quite stable in gusty conditions. Herreshoff's 12 1/2 is a true, classic day sailer.
[Fleur headed out past Curtis Island. All boats look smaller on the water.]
Designer: Nathanael G. Herreshoff
Builder: Quincy Adams Boatyard, 1946
Planking: 5/8” Honduras Mahogany over oak frames
Spars: Sitka Spruce
LOA: 16 ft 0 in
Beam: 5 ft 10 in
LWL: 12 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 2 ft 6 in Displacement: 1,250 pounds
[This shot was taken just after she was delivered back to our shop, and prior to pressure washing the harbor crud off her bottom.]
FLEUR DE LIS has been in the same family for decades. Her early life was spent in Marblehead, and now sails out of Camden Harbor. During the off-season, she lives here at our shop where we do any and all required maintenance.
[It's terribly difficult to get an inboard shot. This was taken through the finishing room window, but at least you can see her roomy cockpit.]
Her builder's plate is mounted on the inboard face of the transom just above the tiller port. If the wood looks newer than the plate that's because it is. We replaced Fleur's transom several years ago as part of her ongoing maintenance. What's on tap for this year? It's time the surface of her foredeck was replaced. The deck itself is solid, but the canvas covering has reached the end of it's life. If this fine spell of weather holds, we hope to accomplish that before putting on her Winter cover, otherwise we'll do it in the Spring before she goes overboard.
FLEUR is offered complete with all necessary gear as she is right now for $16,000. The bill for the new deck covering will be added to that once it's done.
Her owner and our granddaughter (Alli) are going to be heartbroken to see her go. Alli finally got to sail her at the end of the summer, and she just loved the way she handled. You will too, she's a fine boat.
Because neither we nor her owner would think of misrepresenting Fleur, we want to pass along information a visitor to this page took the time recently to forward to us via email:
Dear Duck Trap,
I own a 12 1/2 myself and they are great boats. However during the restoration of mine, I had to do a lot of research and I just want to correct some of the information that you have listed for yours.
Your boat, with builder's plate 2048 and a stated year of manufacture of 1946 was not built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, as HMCo closed it's doors in 1943. The rights to build the boat were transferred to the Quincy Adams Boatyard where 12 1/2s were manufactured during the late forties. All boats built at the Quincy Adams yard had hull numbers in the 2000s The last Herreshoff built boats had hull numbers in the 1500s. You can also verify that the boat was built at Quincy Adams by checking the planking material. All of the Quincy Adams boats were planked with mahogany, whereas the Herreshoff boats were planked with cedar. The fact that this boat is a QA boat does not make it any less desireable as all of these boats are treasures. Having the buildrs plate helps.
Sunshine is without exaggeration, the finest yacht tender I have ever had the pleasure to use. Ant this one happens to be a 12' version of the standard 10'-6" model. That translates to enhanced seakindliness, and of course more room inboard where more room is always welcome.
As you can see, she is sprit rigged (though the sail is set about 6" higher than it wants to be in this photo). If the creases in the sail are any indication-and they are-she hasn't been sailed very much at all. Even so, she has been refinished, and doesn't look more than a couple of years old. Truth be told, we built here in 1981. I didn't believe it myself until I found our copy of the original contract.
You can see in this closeup just how nice her condition is, right down to the varnish on her thwarts and knees. Her oars and spars are in great shape too. Note that she's also got her bronze belaying pins. Those are rare these days. Last time I made any, they cost something on the order of $55 apiece to produce!
She's cedar planked with riveted laps and ribs, ans is of course bronze and copper fastened. She is offered as is, complete with trailer for $8750. How much would it cost to have one like her built today? You'd have to figure $1000/foot plus at least $800 for a trailer, and that's no exaggeration.
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