The Hood 24 at the New England Boat Show.

February was a big month here at Stephens Waring Yacht Design. After several years of development, one of our favorite smaller designs in our Signature lineage, became the CW Hood 24. And this lovely little daysailer formally debuted at the New England Boat Show, as part of the growing line of luxury yachts made by CW Hood Yachts, of Marblehead, MA.  The event turned out to be as exciting as any launch we’ve ever done. The display was first rate. Our boat was in the company of the awesome CW Hood 32. And our 24-footer was selected as a top vessel to see […]

Distinctive and Contemporary Daysailer, The Hood 24, Debuts at New England Boat Show

Feb 8, 2018, Marblehead, Mass: C.W. Hood Yachts announced today that it is offering a distinctive new daysailer: The Hood 24.  And that Azulita, the prototype for this new class of one-design sailboats, will be on display at the 2018 New England Boat Show, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from February 10-18. The new Hood 24 is stunningly classic in appearance, but up-to-date in design and construction. Features include:   Large, comfortable self-bailing cockpit that seats 8.   Zero-emission electric drive option available for delicate environments.   Modern, efficient sails and rig.   The Hood 24 is the […]

Hood 24 Named Top 5 Must-See Boats at 2018 New England Boat Show

Top 5 Must-See New Boats plus “Queen of the Show” at the 2018  Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show February 10-18 at the Boston Convention Center Feb. 8, 2018, Boston: Looking for something to float your boat this winter? Search no further than the iconic New England Boat Show! With 600 boats and 250 exhibitors, the show offers a bedazzling array of marine magnificence. To help navigate, here are the top 5 must-see new models: Boston Whaler 350 Realm The 350 Realm is perfect for entertaining family and friends. As the first in a new family of Boston Whaler express […]

The Scuttlebutt on the Camden Classics Cup

One of the upsides of sponsoring the Camden Classics Cup is we get to cozy up to the scratch sheet for this year’s racing. Entries are still coming, but so far there will be some distinguished Spirit-of-Tradition yachts, with great backstories, out there on crystal blue Penobscot Bay. Since any time is a good time to jaw about these lovely boats, here’s a couple of favorite designs you can expect to see racing on July 27th. Marie J: This Tiffany Jayne 34 was the cold-molded wood prototype for a successful fiberglass production run of this boat, designed by Paul Kotzebue, […]

Tour Isobel For Free on June 7th in Newport.

One of our favorite boats is about to get the red-carpet treatment in one of our favorite locations for boats: On Wednesday June 7th, the lovely 75-foot sloop  will be open to the public at the ridiculously-perfect Sail Newport yacht facility, just across the bay from America’s yachting mecca: Newport, RI. It’s all too perfect to miss. One of us, Bob Stephens, gets to deliver the boat himself from Camden, Maine. And he’ll be on-board, and on hand, to answer all your questions on Wednesday. To keep things organized either give Tripp Estabrook, at Testabrook@lymanmorse.com or (401) 474-4322, a shout […]

A Spirited Look at an SOT Classic: Marjorie

It’s interesting how different doing something classic turns out to be. Case in point is Marjorie. She’s very much on the “Tradition” side of the Spirit of Tradition equation. While she’s entirely modern, her looks were driven almost completely by late-1930’s cruising yachts. Our client’s a great fan of L. Francis Herreshoff, who unlike his father Nat, rebelled against  fitting in—and this included into rating rules. Marjorie had to exude the feeling of his great cruising ketches like Ticonderoga and Bounty. But there would be no fussy clipper bows. Thank you, dear client, for letting us off that foolish design […]

Finding the Value of the Non-Traditional.

One of the strangest unintended consequences of designing a Spirit of Tradition yacht — or any custom yacht for that matter — is figuring what they’re worth to their second owner. Own a production Morris 52 or J-44, and it’s easy enough to find its price. There’s a good-sized fleet. And good chance that somebody has paid for a similar model boat, with similar features. Go find that price. But to price the custom boats we create, valuing them is not easy. There are few similar reference points. Each boat is unique. We build them to last for 100 years. And […]

Top Ten “Spirit of Tradition” Yachts for 2017.

And so it begins: 2017 will be the year the Spirit of Tradition story finally gets set down on paper. We cannot explain why the world has not bothered to document what went down design-wise in Mid-coast Maine over the past 20 years. How the talented — and the flawed — mixed traditional classic yachts with modern materials. And how these pioneers pushed back the barriers for performance and design. And changed boating, for better or worse. It’s a story that will take a while to tell. Probably, well into 2018. But this is the year we are on it, […]