Beetle Cats For Sale

The IYRS wooden boat collection is unique.  Unlike many institutions which restore and then display significant historic vessels, IYRS uses the boats it restores. The old adage that “ships and men rot in port” is still true. Static museum exhibits often deteriorate faster than vessels which are used and appreciated for what they are. Unless you actually sail or work a vessel, you cannot learn as much from it or gain a total appreciation for its design, performance or general use characteristics. For this reason, IYRS is proud to use restored vessels—for enjoyment, education and to deliver an on-water historic experience.

“Preservation through use,” is the institution’s philosophy, as exhibited at our annual Graduation and Launch Day ceremonies in which students launch and sail or run their commissioned restorations.

We sell restored wooden boats so that they can be used and cherished by others. Funds raised from the sale of boats are put back into the school programs.

If you are unable to visit IYRS to view our boats, learn more about the current restoration projects, including the schooner yacht Coronet, on this website. All the boats at IYRS, including those awaiting restoration, have been donated to the school.

If you are interested in any of the following boats for sale, please contact us at (401) 848-5777.

SOLD! 1938 Herreshoff 12 ½ Weetamoe

Herreshoff Manufacturing Company Hull # 1452
LOA 15’10 Beam 5’10 Draft 2’6”

Weetamoe$45,000 with a set of new traditional sails.

Originally conceived by Nat Herreshoff in 1914, the Herreshoff 12 ½ remains not only his most popular design in units built by the company, but also one of the most popular designs for a family boat ever produced.

Seaworthy, comfortable, and with a turn of speed, fleets of these small sloops still fill harbors up and down the East coast. Weetamoe offers a chance to own an original gaff rigged 12 ½ built of cedar over oak frames with mahogany trim. Fine singlehander, fine family boat for all ages. Timeless.


For Sale: 1946 Northeast Challenger by Ralph Winslow

LOA 21’ ½”
Draft 4’
WL 20’4 ½”
Displacement 2400 pounds
Beam 6’10 ¾”
Sail Area 150 square feet

$52,500 with a set of new traditional sails.

Many of the design features found on this rare daysailer have been thoroughly time tested and remain in vogue today. With minimum overhangs, the hollow bowed sloop maximizes its waterline length while finishing with a long easy run aft. Excellent in light air, a deep and long cockpit provides ample protection for the skipper and several friends as they enjoy a lively performance boat. The small cabin with transom benches could provide overnight shelter for the hardy or just a reprieve from the sun.

Of note in the IYRS restoration is the replacement of the iron ballast keel with one cast in lead affixed with bronze keel bolts. Driven by a high aspect main and overlapping jib, the change of material at the bottom of the elegant fin should only add to the boat’s performance. Classic racer or picnic platform, the Challenger strikes a remarkable profile both underway and at rest.


For Sale: Chance – Fisher’s Island 23 (34′ LOA) (Restored by IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration Class of 2015)

Photo by Cory Silken

Designed by Sidney Herreshoff
$40,000 with a set of new traditional sails.

She has been in the IYRS collection of boats-to-be-restored since 2003. We are pleased to announce that this sleek and stylish gem will be restored at IYRS during the 2014 – 2015 academic year and available the summer 2015. The first eight boats of her class were delivered to Fisher’s Island during the spring of 1932. Her design is long and lean with a tight inboard rig, inspired by the European square meter boats.

We believe that Chance was built in 1934 and is hull #1274. This restoration will include saving some materials. When completed, she will be a head-turner everywhere with her long overhangs and striking hull. She displaces 5050 lbs; is 34’ LOA; 23’ LWL with a 7’ beam and draws 4’6”. White oak frames with tight seams of beautiful mahogany planking; canvas covered cedar deck.


For Sale: Herreshoff S-Class Sloop (Restored by Class of 2016)

$78,000
Herreshoff-S-Class-Sloop
More than 150 of these extraordinary yachts were built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Originally designed for class racing, the S-Class sloop is often seen up and down the New England coast as a day sailor too. She is a thoroughbred with gorgeous S lines. Quick out of a tack and beautiful to see under her large main sail and signature raked-back mast. These yachts are coveted by their owners and admired universally by boaters – whether cruisers or racers; young and old. These fast and handsome little yachts have experienced an extraordinary renaissance over the past decade. Many have been restored by some of the best restoration yards. They are increasingly becoming scarce as projects. Carvel planked on steam bent oak frames with a lovely sheerstrake. 27 1/2′ LOA. 7’2″ beam.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


For Sale: Whitehall Pulling Boat (Restored by Class of 2016)

$12,000

Whitehall-Pulling-BoatThis is a lapstrake planked reproduction built to the lines of the only known original Manhattan Whitehall from the Mystic Seaport Collection.
Whitehalls have a long and storied history as an integral part of 19th century maritime commerce. The boats were used as water taxis, supply boats and by the police to patrol the Harbors of New York and Boston. They are renowned for their rowing capabilities both in their tracking and speed. She is planked in eastern white cedar over white oak frames and includes two pairs of spoon blade spruce oars.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


For Sale: Beetle Cats

$12,500 (New)
Note: Several Used Beetle Cats are Available for Purchase — Inquire for Price

BeetleA number of fully restored Beetle Cats are available for delivery now at a great price, complete with sails, beautiful bronze hardware and in appropriate colors. The Beetle Company began building these charming catboats in 1921. In 1946, the Concordia Company purchased the molds from John Beetle and continued to build the boats. Today, Beetle, Inc. carries on building them in traditional wood construction. More than 3,000 have been launched. The Beetle Cat is the foundation of the first year of the IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration program. LOA: 12′ 4″; Beam: 6′.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


SOLD! Bandwagon, Dark Harbor 17 1/2 (Restored by Class of 2016)

$40,000

Dark-HarborCreated by venerable yacht designer B.B Crowninshield, the Dark Harbor 17 is 25 LOA, with a sweet shear. The class was originally designed in 1908. This one is believed to have been built in 1930 by the well regarded Rice Brothers in East Booth Bay Maine. She is gaff-rigged and comfortable for cruising or racing. According to Edwin Schoettle’s 1937 edition of “Sailing Craft,” these boats were primarily built for the New England coast. Though they excel in light air, they can hold their own, says Schoettle, in nearly any weather. LOA: 25’10”; LWL: 17’6; Beam: 6’3; Draft: 4’3.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


SOLD! IYRS Electric Launch (Restored by Class of 2016)

$15,000

Electric-LaunchFor his 1899 America’s Cup defender, Columbia, Nathanael Herreshoff introduced a new model tender that was a significant departure from its plum stem, straight keel predecessors. Referred to as the Columbia lifeboat or Columbia-model tender the original 14’ design spawned a 45 year succession of iterations as the builder manipulated the scale, length, and beam to suit the particular major vessel or purpose. More widely known for their rowing and sailing abilities, several models were supplied with gasoline engines and listed as launches in the building records.

The cedar on oak carvel planked hull of the 2016 IYRS launch is based on a 1913 gasoline powered Columbia model launch measuring 13’1 ¼” x 4’4”. Replacing the 2hp Brownie motor is a 24 volt electric motor powered by two 12 volt AGM batteries; a system designed by Budsin Wood Craft, a company with over twenty five years of electric boat building experience. Silent, simple, and wrapped in the time tested and exquisite Columbia model the combination should prove a delight on the water.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


SOLD! Herreshoff Columbia Sailing Tender (Restored by IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration Class of 2015)

$18,000

In 1899 Nathanael Herreshoff designed a 14’ lifeboat for the America’s Cup defender Columbia. The design represented a departure from his previous small boat designs with its spoon bow and sprung keel. The model proved so successful that it became the basis for most of the dinghies built by Herreshoff between 1899 and 1935. By changing the scale, frame spacing, sheer heights, or a combination of these elements the Columbia lifeboat derived tenders became the standard issue dinghy for Herreshoff built yachts; an exquisite accoutrement to the larger vessel.

This particular dinghy, built by IYRS students during the 2014-15 school year, is a replica of a 1905 Columbia dinghy located in the Mystic Seaport collection and the subject of former Seaport staff member Barry Thomas’s book, “Building the Herreshoff Dinghy”. At 11’6”, it is a 10/12 scale version of the Columbia model; a size that combines an ease of handling and transport with ample carrying capacity and a fine turn of speed under oar and sail. By carefully adhering to the details illustrated in the Thomas book and through research of other extant models the students achieved their own exquisite example of both boat and method in this rendition of a proven and time honored design.

Principal dimensions: Length 11’6 ½” Beam 4’0” Depth 17”

Materials and Equipment: Lapstrake cedar planking over white oak frames. Mahogany sheer strakes, seats, transom, dagger board, rudder, and steering yoke. Spars: Sitka spruce Sails: Nathaniel Wilson 2015 Oars: Shaw and Tenney Bronze and copper fastenings throughout.

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SOLD! 1945 Quincy Adams 17 (LWL), PLUM (Restored by IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration Class of 2014)

$50,000

Sale-PlumDesigned by Fred Goeller, the Quincy Adams 17 was chosen by the Fisher’s Island Yacht Club for its first post-war class boat. They are wonderful on the race course and as weekend cruisers. In the 60s and 70s, a small fleet of these little yachts were also raced at the Thames Yacht Club. Their part in history is stamped at the New York Yacht Club with a half-model in the club’s trophy room. An avid sailor wrote, “They sail great, would easily beat an Ensign, even on corrected PHRF time and are not much slower than the venerable Shields class.” The Quincy Adams 17 was a lovely antidote to the “Clorox bottle” that began to sell widely in the early 60s. A beautiful head-turner in any harbor! 26 ½ ‘ LOA. 6’ beam. 4 ½ ‘ draft.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


SOLD! 1936 Herreshoff S-Class Sloop, MISTY (Restored by IYRS Boatbuilding & Restoration Class of 2014)

$90,000

Sale-S-Class-MistyMore than 150 of these extraordinary yachts were built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing company. Originally designed for class racing, the S-Class sloop is often seen up and down the New England coast as a day sailor too. She is a thoroughbred. Quick out of a tac and beautiful to see under her large main sail and signature raked-back mast. The S lines are as beautiful as any yacht that has come off Nat Herreshoff’s drafting table. These yachts are coveted by their owners and admired universally by boaters—whether cruisers or racers; young and old. These fast and handsome little yachts have experienced an extraordinary renaissance over the past decade. Many have been restored by some of the best restoration yards. They are increasingly becoming scarce as projects. Carvel planked on steam bent oak frames with a lovely sheerstrake. 27 ½ ‘ LOA. 7’2” beam. Hull #1385


SOLD! 1885 GEM Herreshoff Rowing Dinghy (Restored by IYRS Class of 2014)

$18,000

GEM
An Herreshoff Rowing Dinghy
LOA 12′; 3’9″ beam

Sale-GemFew boats produce the genuine breath-taking response that GEM does. Her lines and materials are extraordinary. Each year, IYRS replicates an historic little yacht of this pedigree. This year, it is the 1885 GEM, originally built for John Brown Herreshoff who at the time was president of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. He presented the dinghy to his daughter Katie for her fifteenth birthday, and Katie used GEM to row around and photograph both the company and nearby interests. The boat will be finished in keeping with her history, including with bright mahogany seats, knees, rails and transom. The replica of GEM will be ready for delivery in early June.

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


SOLD! Historic Herreshoff Launch

$98,000

Sale-Herreshoff-LaunchPart of the extraordinary collection of classics owned by Bob Douglas on Martha’s Vineyard, this launch was believed to be from the Herreshoff 330 series hull form. Although found in extremely deteriorated condition and missing much of her hardware, she sports a unique version of the classic Herreshoff molded sheer strake as depicted in early Herreshoff plans. Her lines are spectacular, including transom, classic Herreshoff flared bow, and her pretty scantlings throughout. The hull is double planked mahogany over cedar; the transom is double planked teak over cedar; and the framework is white oak. The launch has the beautiful and classic double open cockpit arrangement with a forward steering station. She is powered with a 40 horsepower Yanmar 3JH4E engine. She is of the magnificent status and elegant form often associated with such vessels as the Corsair launch owned and operated in the Newport area.

LOA: 25’11”

Beam: 6’ 6″

Inquiries should be directed to Terry Nathan at (401) 848-5777, ext. 211.


SOLD! Restored Maine Lobster Boat

$49,000

Sale-Maine-Lobster-BoatSally has all the lines and style of a traditional Maine-style, open lobster boat. Her white hull, varnished trim, bright transom, and finish make her a handsome little yacht. She is very functional too, for work or play. Built in the late forties by the Hodgdon Brothers, East Boothbay, Maine, Sally was partially rebuilt in 1993 to her open launch configuration and used as a work boat. She was totally rebuilt at IYRS to like new condition in 2012. She is 27′ and powered by a Yanmar 4JH3 125hp diesel engine.