Archive for April, 2015

French & Webb “SADIE”

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

French and Webb hired me to convert Nat Herreshoff’s “Sadie” design to a computer-lofted set of hull lines, and to design a new, fixed keel to make her more stable. Yesterday the ballast, weighing exactly as predicted and fitting beautifully, was fitted to the hull. The deadwood, built in advance from the computer lofting, is waiting at the left and will go on next. Don’t worry… that ugly fairing at the sheer will soon give way to a lovely gold-leaf cove stripe, and the transom will get a varnished mahogany overlay.

fitting the keel


Saturday, April 18th, 2015

SAVE THE DATE.  Chuck will be speaking to the Victoria/Shadow Owner’s association on or about 12 March, 2016. For those who attended his last talk in the U.K., this talk will be different and will trace his history as a “kid who loved to draw”, beginning as an artist and painter, through his design of over a thousand yachts and motorcraft, to his present reincarnation as a marine painter. Exact location not yet firm, but will be in the Warsash/Hamble region not far from the birthplace of your favourite yacht.

A FRANCES 26 at Warsash

A FRANCES 26 at Warsash


Saturday, April 18th, 2015

aft hatch















AMELIA, our custom WEST System cold molded PAINE 14 demonstrator, is for sale! Built at a cost of over $80,000, she would cost over $100,000 to reproduce today. She is in sparkling new condition, and would make a great boat for you to store on the boat deck of your motoryacht, or hang from your boat-lift for use in a Florida canal. She comes with carbon fiber mast, custom fitted galvanized trailer, and every conceivable option. She is probably the most beautiful and finest constructed yacht in America today at anything near her size. Significant price concession for the right purchaser.


Friday, April 17th, 2015

Painted from memory of sailing transatlantic on BURGOO in 1966, when I was 21 years old. With that big spinnaker, that sucker would roll!

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