SoT Registry


Legend has it, that an American businessman hired yacht consultant Elizabeth Meyer to reboot the classic America’s Cup J-Boats. We love the shape and form of those boats too. But anybody who sails them will tell you, these designs can be clumsy and hard to handle. Meyer must have known that too. The 90-footer that Pedrick Design eventually drew for her and her client is modern classic: Savannah hits the spirit-of-tradition bullseye for a traditional style that carries full-on modern performance. Her speed, outstanding finish level and near-absurd attention to detail make her interesting. But what makes Savannah truly important in the […]

Race Horse

Race Horse was built as part of the W-Class effort to establish level high performance racing for the Spirit of Tradition narrative. She may have been finished in 2010, as she’s part of the modern W-37 Sport Classique class. But the influences come squarely out of turn-of-the-century work boats. The sheer and layout is a direct lift from sandbaggers and sloop racers of that era. And Race Horse extends the SoT narrative into a plumb transom and stem, carbon rig, rudder and sophisticated joinery. A nice touch is the comfortable, upholstered cockpit couches that can be removed and stowed ashore […]


Ginger is a 50-foot daysailer smack in the middle the Spirit-of-Tradition narrative. She’s a mix of a long, low sheer right out of classic dayboats from the 1930’s, with efficient modern appendages, carbon spars and hardware. The key here is the sexily modern ergonomic cockpit and contemporary sail inventory. Our favorite touch? The super-clean deck, brought about by running most lines belowdeck through carefully-routed conduits. Materials: Cold-molded wood, four layers: inner layer 3/8″ Port Orford cedar strip planking over laminated fir frames; two layers diagonal 1/8″ western red cedar, outer layer 3/16″ Port Orford cedar, running fore-and-aft. Sheathing of 10 oz […]


Bequia is a 90-footer straight out of the modern SoT idiom: She features a relatively modest beam, a classic sheer and a frankly throwback deckhouse. The idea is to refer to turn-of-the-20th-century cruising legends, mixed with the European influences of Fife and Baglietto. Also interesting here is the sturdy split rigged yawl and the clean open decks. The design has proved effective on the race course with several superyacht regatta wins under her belt. She’s also logged more 35,000 miles under her keel, including a Transatlantic passage and voyages to Sweden and Panama. Built by: Brooklin Boat Yard, 2009 – watch […]


Though she is very much tells a traditional story, Radiance is an interesting and modern boat. Essentially a replica of 1930’s L Francis Herreshoff design Ticonderoga, Radiance was rendered in a modern build by the talented folks at Legendary Yachts out in Washougal, WA. We included some if their construction work in the attached image gallery. Essentially built like the later generation clipper ships, Radiance’s cold-molded wood planking over steel frame solves a lot of engineering problems by using high-strength materials in highly-loaded areas. Finished in 1996, this classic is surprisingly fast and very seaworthy. She may be straight out […]