Archive for May, 2016

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

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016















Tom Thumb punching her way into a lot of wind.


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016















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.



Monday, May 2nd, 2016
















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.

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Here I am sailing AMELIA two summers ago. Since then she ‘s been repainted a lovely green- I hated this robin’s egg blue. If you want incredible fun for modest cost, (compared to what it would cost to build a sistership at today’s inflated prices) schedule a test sail here in Maine and you’ll never regret it!

chuck and amelia leebowBLOG