The Paine 14 – A Herreshoff – inspired daysailor

The Sailboat you'll actually USE

The Sailboat you’ll actually USE

The world’s most beautiful trailerable keelboat.
Above all, a yacht must be a thing of beuty

Above all, a yacht must be a thing of beauty


The separate, properly foil - shaped keel and rudder give her unexpectedly high performance

The separate, properly foil – shaped keel and rudder give her unexpectedly high performance

The PAINE 14 is a scaled-down adaptation of the venerable and much-loved Herreshoff 12 ½ with a fin keel and separate rudder for more lively performance. She is available from a famous Maine boatbuilder in beautifully detailed fiberglass with exquisite varnished mahogany trim, or equally beautifully detailed hand-built WEST epoxy cold-molded wood. At approximately 60% the weight of the original 12½ and about 10% smaller in length, breadth and depth, she preserves some of the “big boat” feel of her predecessor thanks to a lead ballast keel that accounts for nearly half her entire weight, but is optimized for easy trailering, maintenance, launch and retrieval, and home-stowage in your garage. The prototypes shown in these photos have been built and tested, many small refinements have been made, and the boat is now in a word, perfect. The PAINE 14 may be either gaff or marconi rigged though for quick setup and takedown and an edge in performance, the latter is preferable.

you just can't slow this beauty down!

You just can’t slow this beauty down!

The PAINE 14 is in every possible way optimized for trailering behind a standard-sized automobile. Her carbon fiber mast requires no stays and weighs with its halyards a mere 20 pounds, so it is as easy to deploy as that on a Laser dinghy. Easier, actually, as the sail need not be attached before stepping the mast.We have invented a nifty way to attach the sails to the spars very quickly… no tedious fitting of little slides to little tracks, so the boat can be launched and gotten going in a matter of minutes.

Strap open. Strap closed.
Strap open Strap closed

The simple Velcro-strap attachments render obsolete tracks and slides, and mast hoops, with all of their expense and tedium, and make getting a small boat rigged and sailing almost instantaneous.


The Paine 14 is the first yacht ever fitted with the PAINE DVT jib vanging system. Until now all jibs, and jibs set on jib- booms especially, had the annoying habit of losing effectiveness as the jibsheet is paid out. The jib boom would rise, rather than rotate around the headstay as one would prefer. When this happens the lower part of the jib is overtrimmed and stalls, while the upper part is let out too much and loses all its drive.

The PAINE DVT invention consists of a series of fiberglass battens, fitted parallel to the luff, and extending from the leech to the foot of the sail. These battens both stiffen the leech of the sail as do other battens, but in extending to the foot of the sail prevent it from rising. French and Webb are the first licensed users of this system, and York Marine will be using it on their York 18 which will be introduced in the Spring. (Note other photos in this website show the older, conventional jib).

The PAINE DVT at work.

The PAINE DVT at work.















Off the sind, the sail goes OUT, not UP!

Off the wind, the sail goes OUT, not UP!











Note that the leech of the jib remains parallel to the luff even though the sheet has been let out.

Note that the leech of the jib remains parallel to the luff even though the sheet has been let out.












Even let out this much, the angle of the sail to the wind is nearly constant from foot to head.

Even let out this much, the angle of the sail to the wind is nearly constant from foot to head.


















Make no bones about it, though, with nearly half of its weight in cast lead ballast and lots of beautifully varnished mahogany trim, this is in every respect, including its construction cost and the need for yearly maintenance, a true yacht. But you don’t need a mooring or a marina slip with this one, just a garage. Her cruising grounds are anywhere you might like to sail that has a launching ramp.

A sporty performer.

A sporty performer.


LOA 14′ 0″
LWL 11′ 2″
BEAM 5′ 3″
DRAFT 2′ 3″
SAIL AREA 95 sq ft


the loveliest sailboat you could ever own.

The loveliest sailboat you could ever own.

What the world needs now is certainly not more boats, but manifestly far better ones that truly enhance their owners’ lives. You can’t give away old fiberglass boats today, and with good reason. But despite the ongoing economic crisis, the few classic sailing designs of obvious and lasting merit are the unique bright spot in boating that makes sense today, and the PAINE 14 is the most beautiful example of this emerging phenomenon. We believe the times are right for a small, classy, easy to get going and transport, investment quality mini-yacht that unlike virtually anything currently available in fiberglass, will be loved for its entire lifetime by its owner and left to his kids.

The most beautiful yacht you could ever own.

The most beautiful yacht you could ever own.

The boating field today is experiencing a wholesale “flight to quality” and flight from consumer-crap. Do we still really believe that a molded fiberglass hull glued to a molded fiberglass deck, with ugly extruded aluminum spars, no varnished wood, and not an ounce of lead to keep it upright, cheap as that may be to produce, is a yacht? Today’s water-lovers are choosing to spend their leisure time in something of intrinsic quality, beauty and unquestionable value. The PAINE 14 provides the sensible alternative that truly enhances the lives of those privileged enough to afford time spent aboard her, and its classic design will endure long enough to become a family heirloom.

She's waiting... Whenever you're ready.

She’s waiting… Whenever you’re ready.

Her sweet hull lines and modern keel and rudder make her a fine performer.

Shallow draft, lead-ballasted, with moderate wetted surface and a NACA-foil laminar flow keel, the PAINE 14 is delightfully fast and easy to handle, store, and trailer to a new destination every summer weekend


In a single phrase, the PAINE 14 is “A TRAILERABLE MINI-YACHT.” The yacht is light enough to be easily trailed behind a moderate sized automobile—no truck or SUV or surge brakes are required. A custom-fitted galvanized trailer with integral tongue-extender makes launching and retrieving a snap. The carbon fiber mast requires no stays and is simply plunked into a tube in a matter of seconds as you would on a Laser dinghy. Unlike a Laser, though, or any other unballasted dinghy, she is impossible to capsize, and easy to sail mile after mile without athletic ability. You sit “in” her, not “on” her, and there is no need for “hiking out”—you sit on bench seats with properly angled seatbacks (coamings) at just the right height. In enough wind, of course, she could be swamped but has forward and aft flotation tanks to keep her afloat. And in the off-season she fits right into your garage where you can perform the yearly maintenance yourself at near negligible expense, and proudly show her off to your dinner-guests.


Just how safe is a PAINE 14? To find out we conducted an intentional swamping on August 30, 2013. Would she turn turtle, or go to the bottom? Chuck tried to swamp her by standing on the gunwale and leaning out as far as he could, hanging onto the mast. At 190 pounds and rocking the boat violently, the coaming tops could not be gotten under water. Only by bailing the ocean in could he finally swamp her. She floated with the lowest point of the coaming 10 inches above the surrounding water, and was very stable. You could sit in the boat all day long like this and she would not sink. Though like Chuck, you might eventually decide to bail her out, raise the mainsail, and sail away.

Will she sink?

Will she sink?

Fully swamped.

Fully swamped.

Bailing in.

Bailing in.

It takes this much water.

It takes this much water.

Bailing her out. Lowest coaming top about 10” above the water.

Bailing her out. Lowest coaming top about 10” above the water.

The performance of the PAINE 14 is, as one might expect from her numbers, downright stimulating. The helm is nicely balanced in both light airs and heavy. Its acceleration in a puff is amazing―in less than a boat length it accelerates to hull speed. With the jib and a reefed main, it can handle 20 knots of wind. And in stronger winds, she can be sailed under complete control without the jib- an extremely rare capability amongst today’s fleet of small boats. This is also helpful in picking up a mooring or coming alongside a dock. You can drop the jib first, clearing the foredeck and its mooring cleat of the nasty slapping jib-boom, and get safely cinched up with a clear field of view.

Those who have read Chuck Paine’s book on yacht design will recall that one of his bugaboos in the latter years of his career was self-rescue.  If you fall overboard on even a yacht of low freeboard like this, it is impossible to get back aboard. You can imagine the potential consequences. So Chuck made the decision that no future design of his would lack this important capability. The PAINE 14 is fitted with a simple step on the trailing edge of the rudder. You never know it’s there until you need it. But if you ever do, you’ll thank its designer a thousand times over.


The beautifully crafted rudder with its integral rescue step.

The beautifully crafted rudder with its integral rescue step.


We believe the ethic of filling multiple houses, then rented storage containers with unloved and unused material objects, with all of the environmental damage and unserviceable debt that this entails, is in precipitous decline—hence the “Great Recession”. The wiser among us will build their future lives around ONE PERFECT POSSESSION. For those who revel in exploring remote locales without the noise and expense of internal combustion, it’s time accept the reality of the 21st century, rid yourself of that unused leviathan you can no longer afford nor find crew to operate, and join the renaissance in easily usable sailboats of eternal beauty. You can buy a fiberglass PAINE 14 for what you pay in two years’ maintenance and storage fees for your unloved thirty-something foot white elephant, and you’ll actually USE your PAINE 14!  Once you own your PAINE 14 you and your friends can spend Saturday afternoons racing amidst a fleet of equally beautiful visions—for fleets will surely emerge—or tow yours to a marshy wilderness or lake and explore the peaceful allure of a different shore every weekend.

The yachts are available in either fiberglass or cold-molded wood, or you can have a local boatyard build one from the plans. The fiberglass yachts will be beautifully hand- finished with a great deal of varnished wood to look almost identical to the cold-molded ones, the main difference being that the sculpted top strake and exterior of the transom are of fiberglass, gelcoated a wood color. The introductory base price is $38,500. A custom-designed galvanized Triad trailer with integral tongue extender will enable the yacht to be easily launched on reasonably angled ramps. Its price is US$ 3000.00 plus shipping to your destination from Raleigh, SC.

CHUCKPAINE.COM LLC’s hand-built WEST system cold-molded demonstrator Amelia  is offered at the introductory price of $69,500 including:

  • Beautifully cut Quantum mainsail with single reef
  • Quantum Jib on adjustable jib-boom
  • Awlgripped, wood colored, Forte brand carbon fiber mast
  • Varnished Douglas Fir boom and jib-boom
  • Varnished beautifully sculpted ash tiller
  • Varnished mahogany seats
  • Varnished mahogany transom
  • Varnished mahogany cockpit coamings
  • Varnished mahogany boom crutch and bronze deck socket
  • Varnished mahogany sculpted wale strakes
  • Varnished mahogany toerails and halfrounds of the Herreshoff fashion.
  • Authentic antique bronze cleats, bow chocks, bow strap and blocks
  • Varnished canoe paddle
  • All necessary cordage
  • And the most beautiful paint job you have ever seen on a boat in durable Alexseal Linear Polyurethane
               If you purchase Amelia, delivery will be made in the Spring of 2014—she will first be used as the pattern for the fiberglass hull tooling.You may choose from either a gaff or Marconi rig. The hull lines pay respectful homage to Nat Herreshoff’s wonderful 12½, but with flatter deadrise and a true NACA foil fin keel. Construction is of cold molded wood or fiberglass with extensive varnished wood trim and all detailing strictly replicates the true H 12½.
You may choose from either a gaff or Marconi rig. The hull lines pay respectful homage to Nat Herreshoff’s wonderful 12½, but with flatter deadrise, lighter displacement and a true NACA foil fin keel. Construction is of fiberglass with extensive varnished wood trim or cold molded wood and all detailing strictly replicates that of the larger H 12½.
Take her sailing in your PAINE 14 and you'll make her smile.

Take her sailing in your PAINE 14 and you’ll make her smile.

no need for hiking in your Paine 14... just showing off.

No need for hiking in your Paine 14… just showing off.



BestBoats2014-winner copy                 The editors of SAIL Magazine know excellence when they see it. The PAINE 14 was chosen “Best Boats of 2014″ in the daysailor category. FRENCH & WEBB of Belfast, Maine, builds the boats in either fiberglass with extensive varnished mahogany trim, or WEST Systen cold- molded wood.

Click here to see what SAIL Magazine had to say:

Further information may be obtained from:

CHUCKPAINE.COM LLC  P.O. Box 114, Tenants Harbor, Maine  04860-0114

(207) 372-8147

FRENCH & WEBB INC  21 Front Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

(207) 338-6706

For the benefit primarily of offshore aspirants we offer the building rights and very detailed plans and loftings. Study plans are available at a cost of $40.00 as blueprints mailed to you, or $25.00 emailed to you in pdf format, full plans without loftings or offsets for US$ 475.00 and full plans including a full-size mylar hull lofting and the right to build for US$ 1500.00

We suggest that amateurs not attempt to build the boat… there are many parts and hard-won techniques involved and this yacht is anything but easy to build!  The plans are intended to enable legitimate admirers to have theirs built by a local professional boatbuilder.

Click here to read more about the Paine 14

A full set of study plans is available in two formats: $25 for PDF format or $40 printed and sent via US mail.

PDF Plans: $25

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Printed Plans: $40

plus shipping: $6.05 in US