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.
SPRAY is Stuart Knockabout No.68 and was built by Edey and Duff in 2006. SPRAY has been thoughtfully maintained and is fully equipped, including a nearly new spinnaker and gear, genoa, cockpit cover, Torqeedo 801 outboard, and a custom Triad trailer purchased in 2012. If purchased new, an equally outfitted Stuart Knockabout would be nearly $125,000.00.
She is currently stored for the winter in Kingston, Canada and can be viewed by appointment.
To make an appointment please contact Tyler at (508)-563-2800.
More information on the Stuart Knockabout can be found on our website: www.StuartKnockaboutLLC.com.