BUZ­ZARDS BAY 15/WATCH HILL 15

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One of the most eas­ily rec­og­nized de­signs from the draft­ing ta­ble of Nathanael G. Her­reshoff is the Buz­zards Bay 15 — and Watch Hill 15, a later in­car­na­tion with a Mar­coni rig. Both are now avail­able as repli­cas from Ar­ti­san Boat­works in Rock­port, Maine. The boats are highly cus­tom­iz­a­ble and avail­able as full keel or cen­ter­board models, with gaff or Mar­coni rig.

These boats weigh 2,500 pounds or less, de­pend­ing on the model, and have 350 square feet of sail. Each can be built us­ing wood (cedar over oak) or with epoxy-com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als.

Wood spars, a gaff rig, bronze sail­ing hard­ware, buff-col­ored decks and var­nished teak and ma­hogany trim make these boats look beau­ti­ful. Sim­ple rig­ging leads to a se­cure-feel­ing cock­pit for sin­gle-handed sail­ing.

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