HERRESHOFF 12½ DERIVATIVE
“WHAT WOULD CAPTAIN NAT HAVE DESIGNED TODAY?”
LOA : 15’ 10”
LWL: 12’ 8”
BEAM: 5’ 9”
DRAFT: 2’ 6”
DISPLACEMENT: 1166 lb
BALLAST (LEAD): 525 lb
SAIL AREA: 132 sq ft
D/L RATIO: 250
The PAINE 16 is my proposed answer to the question, “What would Nathaniel Herreshoff have done if he’d designed the Herreshoff 12 ½ today? Nat always took advantage of the latest in naval architectural thinking that was available in his time, and often experimented with new ideas to push that horizon forward. When he designed the Herreshoff 12½ in 1914, fin keels and spade type rudders were far in the future, as was the advent of carbon fiber and epoxy-encapsulated wood.
The PAINE 16 is my idea of what Capt’n Nat might have designed today.
My adaptation of the venerable and much-loved Herreshoff 12½ would have a fin keel, unstayed carbon fiber mast and separate rudder for more modern performance. Yet like its predecessor it is still a real yacht of self-evident gravitas. The topsides have been slavishly based upon those of the original 12 ½, but faired into a lighter, shallower underwater shape with truly modern appendages. At two-thirds the weight of the original 12 ½ and the same length, beam and draft, the design preserves 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. A smaller version (The PAINE 14) has been built and tested and is available from French & Webb of Belfast, Maine in fiberglass or WEST-system wood. A larger version at 18 feet in length (The YORK 18) is in design for Maine boatbuilder York Custom Yachts who will build them in fiberglass.
Some have suggested that this design in its similarity to the H12 treads uncomfortably close to hallowed ground. And I must admit that if for one minute I thought my humble effort might “upstage” the original design― one that I know intimately and dearly love, having owned hull no. 1405 since 1972― I would never have put pen to paper. In emulating what I will always proclaim to be the finest yacht design ever done by anyone, my fervent desire is to focus attention on the merits of all yachts of this sort, and in so doing invigorate renewed interest in ownership of the type. If the boating world had nothing other than H12’s and Doughdishes, S-boats, Beetlecats and my own little fleet of modernized variations on Nat’s brilliant theme, it would be a happier place. Out of respect for the world’s finest yacht design, we are not offering the right to build the PAINE 16― it is merely offered as a suggestion of what Herreshoff might have done if he had designed the 12½ today.
The PAINE 16 has been optimized for trailering behind a standard-sized automobile. Her mast is of carbon fiber and requires no stays, so it is as easy to deploy as that on a Laser dinghy. 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. She uses the newly invented PAINE DVT to make her jib self-vanging, and is equipped with a roller- furling jib to make it easy to deploy and put away.
As I said, I have no intention of “stepping on” the finest yacht design ever contrived. If you own waterfront property or belong to a yacht club and thus have no need for an easily trailered yacht, I recommend that you buy a Cape Cod Shipbuilding 12½ or a Ballentine’s Boatworks Doughdish- or like me, restore a Herreshoff Manufacturing Company original. Along with my own humble efforts, any of these designs will become the possession you most value in all your life. If you absolutely must have the higher performance of the separate keel and rudder, then buy the smaller PAINE 14 from French and Webb, or the larger YORK 18 from York Marine.
We do not offer the building rights to this design, which was done as an intellectual exercise only.
Further information may be obtained from:
P.O. Box 114
Tenants Harbor, Maine 04860-0114