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THISTLE was built in 1923 as one of an order of ten Watch Hill 15's to be delivered to the Watch Hill Yacht Club (which still has an active fleet). Delivered as hull number 883 of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. She was assigned Sail #4, and was a winning racer in the fleet over many years with very knowledgeable and successful owners. Her current owner (steward) of 20 years, is offering her for sale.
Importantly, the Watch Hill 15 class has a Marconi rig, differentiating her from the Buzzards Bay 15 and the Newport 15.
She was completely rebuilt by George Nicholas (a highly regarded shipwright and sailor) in 2000 - 2001 - replanked and refastened. All deadwood was replaced and several frames were replaced. Every owner has properly cared for the boat and she is currently stored inside a dirt floor shed on her Triad trailer awaiting her next owner.
Historic, gorgeous, and a truly proper yacht ready to sail and bring pride and joy to her next owner. Available to be seen at your convenience. Inquiries are invited.
THISTLE is one of the 10 original Watch Hill 15's, an incredibly beautiful and highly coveted class. While she has historical value to many, the sheer joy of owning such a beautiful wooden boat, which is thrilling to sail, is what draws most sailors to this class. And while they have been successfully rendered in Fiberglass, any true aficionado knows that there is no substitute for the charm, elegance and overall aura of a finely crafted wooden daysailer. THISTLE benefits from a full rebuild by George Nicolas (2000 - 2001) and excellent care since, which has left her in fine condition and ready to sail immediately.
Current owner and steward has copies of original blueprints / drawings of THISTLE - and has copies of Westerly Sun newspaper clippings showing race results from the 1920's and 1930's to share. Inquiries are invited.