THERE IS HOPE!

April 8th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s AMELIA sitting on her mooring in Port Clyde. Soon enough she’ll be waiting for me there again- unless someone buys her first (she is for sale).

TWO RECENT TALKS

April 6th, 2017

I have given two recent presentations to yacht clubs.

On March 19 I spoke at the Conanicut yacht Club in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Jamestown is the island on which I grew up, and firstbbecame fascinated with yachts.

Then on March 29 I spoke at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club in Cornwall, U.K.  I first travelled abroad in the summer of 1065 as a keen collegiate dinghy sailor. The first person I met was a former Exeter College, Oxford, sailor named Brian Appleton. We became friends and that friendship has lasted fifty years. So when he asked me to speak at his yacht club in Cornwall, how could I refuse. A good time was had by all, methinks.

If your yacht club is interested in a fascinating and visually stimulating presentation, I would love to oblige. No financial gain is sought- just reimbursement of my expenses.

 

GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT- TO YOURSELF!

November 24th, 2016

Newly available, too late for Christmas. But you can have one if you want.  My twenty favorite designs from my own studio, plus three sailboats by other designers that have enhanced my life.  Order from the home page- you will love it!.

Also available on Amazon.com, print version only.

 

 

 

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MY NEW BOOK

September 22nd, 2016

chuckbookad_july5_                   I’ve just published my latest book on the subject of yacht design. THE BOATS I’VE LOVED- 20 classic sailboat designs, by Chuck Paine. This 108-page print or e-book features my selection of the finest small sailboat designs from my forty-year career as a designer, plus three other “boats I’ve loved” from the hand of Olin Stephens and Nat Herreshoff. Packed with beautiful photograps and a lifetime’s worth of advice about my most popular sailboat designs, most of which can be bought on the used boat market for a modest price, spruced up a bit and taken sailing for years to come. I never designed anything but the best quality yachts- read all about them here and if you’ve got any sense, buy one and sail away

You can get yours by going here:

http://www.chuckpaine.com/my-new-book/

Once you get a FRANCES going, they’re hard to slow down.

May 3rd, 2016

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Tom Thumb punching her way into a lot of wind.

FRANCES

May 3rd, 2016

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Here’s Tom Thumb– a FRANCES 26 built in Australia. Watch for an article on this, my first ever design, in the next issue of Classic Sailor in the UK. She’s going to windward really well in over 20 knots apparent- note that the mainsheet traveler has been let down to leeward so that the helm is dead on centerline. Reef a Frances when she heels twenty degrees, carry the headsail as long as you can, and she’ll chug ahead into a whole lot of wind.

 

MODIFIED HERRESHOFF ALERION/SADIE

May 2nd, 2016

BELLA LUNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Bella Luna– a modified Herresoff Alerion with a fixed keel.  DON”T built an Alerion until you have consulted with us- the centerboard versions are very tender and hard to steer. With our new fixed keel and rudder, and carbon spars, the boat is an absolute delight.

 

It’s almost that time again.

May 1st, 2016

Here I am sailing Amelia. If you want incredible fun for modest cost, schedule a test sail here in Maine and you’ll never regret it!

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PARTNERS REUNITED

March 20th, 2016

On March 12th I had the honor of speaking at the Victoria/Shadow Owners’ Association 25th Anniversary luncheon in Warsash, England. Peter and Ida Gregory started with my FRANCES 26 design, then went on to build over 500 yachts to three more of my designs in the heady days of the late ’70s through the 1980s. I had not seen Peter for many years, and it was great to catch up with one of the ambitious entrepreneurs who, along with Tom Morris and Charles Maunder, propelled my firm to a position among the more successful yacht designers of the past century.

Peter Gregory and Chuck Paine

Peter Gregory and Chuck Paine

ANOTHER SAILBOAT DESIGN

January 25th, 2016

York Marine of Rockland, Maine asked us to do just one more design. It’s a 19-foot fiberglass keel/centerboarder. The use of a shallow keel has three benefits: It retains shoal draft for easy trailering and beaching; it enables some lead ballat to be fitted for enhanced stability, and it lowers the centerboard trunk so it has minimal impact upon the cockpit, merely serving as a nice footrest when seated in the bench seats. Keep your eyes on this blog to watch the design progress.

YORK 19

YORK 19