Location: Ballentine's Boat Shop, Cataumet, MA
Hull Material: Foam cored fiberglass, hull & deck
Builder: Edey and Duff
Designer: L. Francis Herreshoff
Hull Shape: Monohull
LOA: 28 ft 0 in
LWL: 23 ft 0 in
Beam: 6ft 11 in
Minimum Draft: 2 ft 9 in - 5 ft 9 in (centerboard)
Displacement: 4000 lbs
Ballast: 2400 lbs (Outside Lead)
Sail Area 265 sq. ft., Main & Jib
2 mainsails (1with full length battens)
1 working jib on self-tacking boom, 1 Genoa
2 spinnakers (1 symmetrical, 1 asymmetrical)
Mainsail trimmed with Harken cam cleat, mid-boom just forward of helmsman, with new braid line Jib boom trim with new braid line and Harken blocks
New jib sail cover
Complete running gear and lead blocks for Genoa and spinnaker
Outboard Motor: Torqeedo electric, Long Shaft, 3 Hp. (new battery)
• Outboard Motor: Torqeedo electric, Long Shaft, 3 Hp. (new battery)
• New custom extra long seats to facilitate easy stepping from cockpit floor to forward deck (by Ballentine's Boat Shop)
• Two sets of nylon dock lines, 5/8" and 3⁄4", 6 lines each
• 7 fenders
• Cockpit cover (over boom), 2 years old
• Winter cover with custom supports under mast, serving as ridge pole for cover
Custom folding swim ladder
• All miscellaneous equipment required to sail the boat, including Wilcox Crittenden gimbaled box compass, 8ft. spruce oar, Danforth anchor in chocks and rode, 2 boom vangs, life jackets, etc.
All varnished woodwork varnished, 2 coats Epifanes Varnish, March, 2022
Triad Trailer, 4 wheel, 2004, (new tires & all new electrical)
L. Francis Herreshoff was partial to the advantages of comparatively shallow draft designs. He compensated for this factor by employing longer waterlines, easily driven body plans and sensible, moderate-sized rigs and sail plans.
The Stuart Knockabout is a splendid example of these basic design principles. She is exceptionally fast and, therefore, a joy to sail. She also has surprising power and is not slowed perceptibly by an oncoming sea. She is comfortable and forgiving, and with every unnecessary piece of complicated gear absent, what is left is an uncluttered, simple, easily handled thoroughbred.
In building each Stuart Knockabout, we have endeavored to preserve the essence of the original wooden boat and advance the comfort and sailing performance in a more forgiving and easier to maintain version. The foam cored fiberglass hull construction is also lighter and permits the addition of 400 pounds of keel ballast, bringing the completed boat to her designed displacement, thereby increasing her capability to carry sail into a good breeze.
Stuart Knockabouts are used in PHRF racing and there are a few class races popping up on the East Coast. These easy and wonderful sloops have even been placed on large vessels and mega yachts for a fun daysailing option when at port.
OL' BEAR is Stuart Knockabout No.12 and was built by Edey and Duff in 1995. OL' BEAR has been thoughtfully maintained and is fully equipped, with many 'extras' including a Torqeedo outboard and a Triad trailer purchased in 2004.
She is currently at Ballentine's Boat Shop, Cataumet, MA, and available for inspection by appointment.
Please contact Ballentine's Boat Shop via Email for more information about this listing, available for inspection with advance appointment in Fort Pierce, FL. Call us at: 508-563-2800
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