Zingara rigged and ready to go

In a previous post (stephenswaring.com/bob-and-paul-set-sail-with-zingara) we announced that Zingara was purchased by Stephens Waring principals Bob and Paul and will be cruising and racing in Maine this summer under the stewardship of the pair at times and either of them with their families at other times. We signed off that piece with a “watch this space” announcement so fellow watchers here we are.  You’d think that being owned by such knowledgeable sailors with immense industry experience, Zingara’s spring launch would pass without a hitch. Right. As most snow-belt boat owners know, spring launching is a dance of the wicked with […]

Zemphira – (re)fit for a king

As designers of fine custom yachts we pour our knowledge, experience, creativity, and our love for the work into each project with which we are involved. Sometimes it’s a brand-new sailing yacht built to a style of sailing from a bygone era. Sometimes, it’s revisiting that design a decade or more after launch to review what is working well and even improve upon the original. Such is the case with Zemphira. Built as Goshawk in 2005, Zemphira will launch in the Spring of 2021 after a substantial re-fit, ready to take on all-comers in Classic Yacht Spirit of Tradition racing […]


The build of Pleione is a story of how the Spirit-of-Tradition genre feeds into narratives of modern racing embodied by sailboats built to a meter rule. In this case, the all-world International Rule, started all the way back the dawn of the 20th Century. These so-called 8-Meter boats have stayed at the cutting edge of the design world ever since, innovating by keeping what’s new logic mixed with old guidelines. Designer Jim Taylor was careful to incorporate the Spirit-of-Tradition themes in Pleione from the 1930’s iterations of the International Rule: She’s long and narrow and flashes gaudy overhangs at stem […]

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 […]