Friday, 4 March 2011
While we are talking about Waldo Howland's Concordia Company, we might take a look at the most famous design to come out of that shop in Massachusetts.
The Concordia yawl was designed in 1938 by naval architect C. Raymond Hunt for Llewellyn Howland and built by Llewellyn's son Waldo.
I found this Concordia yawl preparing to hoist anchor while cruising in the San Juan Islands near the western extreme of the Canadian border with the US.
Concordia Yawl Design Specifications:
Length Over All 39'-10"
Length Waterline 28'-6"
Beam (Extreme) 10'-3"
Ballast (Iron Keel) 7700 Lbs.
Displacement 18000 Lbs.
Sail Area 690 Sq. Ft.
(Fore Triangle, Mainsail and Mizzen)
Construction - Oak keel, steam bent laminated oak frames, African mahogany planking, bright mahogany deck trim, canvas covered main deck and house top, bronze plank fastenings, galvanized iron keel bolts.
Rig - Hollow spars, including spinnaker pole, stainless steel rigging, galvanized tangs, bronze fittings and winches.
The Concordia yawl has won numerous prestigious races including the Newport/Bermuda Race (1954 & 1978), the Annapolis Race (1955), Cowes Week (1955) and the Marblehead-to-Halifax Race (1955 & 1997); Proving that a cruising boat can also be competitive.