It can be said that BUTTERFLY began her first life in 1925 on the drawing board of W. Starling Burgess as the R-Boat ELLEN that was built George S. Lawley Sons. ELLEN was actively and successfully raced out of Marblehead, MA before being sold to her next owner who renamed her COTTON BLOSSOM. Under that name this Burgess / Lawley collaboration had enjoyed a very successful racing career first in Long Island sound and then (under yet another owner) Lake Erie where she finished out her days. Before passing to that big boat yard in the sky ELLEN / COTTON BLOSSOM made one final contribution to yachting history by being selected as the fastest R-Boat in the Cleveland fleet and used as the plug to create a mold for a new generation of R-Boats built in fiberglass.
Using this mold of ELLEN / COTTON BLOSSOM, boat builders Verba and Malm of Rocky River (Cleveland), Ohio created BUTTERFLY and five other R-Boats that continued the legacy of ELLEN / COTTON BLOSSOM with winning performances in the highly competitive Great Lakes R-Boat fleets.
BUTTERFLY made her way east from the Great Lakes and now sails out of Center Harbor (Brooklin) Maine almost every day from early spring to late in the fall. She has been restored and transformed by her current owner into a slightly more domesticated version of the R-Boat with her emphasis now being to provide her current and future owners with a spirited (yet easy to handle) day sailor / cruiser with just enough in the way of accommodations to allow for the occasional night or two aboard.
|Principle Dimensions and Information|
|Designer||Burgess Swansey and Paine|
|Builder||George S. Lawley and Sons (1925) / Verba and Malm (1966)|
|Year Built||1925 /1966|
|Sail Area||591 sq. ft. Approx.|
Solid FRP hull construction with cored FRP deck
Cut away fore-foot full keel with keel hung rudder underwater configuration
Encapsulated (interior) lead ballast
Topsides are White with Blue boot stripe
Decks are White with Light Blue non-skid pattern
Hull interior painted White
Cockpit Layout and Equipment
Deep cockpit with raised cockpit coaming
Interior and cap of cockpit coaming varnished mahogany
Cockpit sole / floorboards varnished mahogany
Furthest aft are varnished mahogany helm seats with fitted backrest and seat cushions port and starboard outboard of varnished laminated ash tiller.
Main sheet winch is to starboard just forward of the helm seats
GPS chart plotter located under starboard deck just forward of helm seat.
Running backstay winches and control wheels are next forward (port and starboard)
Next forward are Genoa / Jib sheet winches mounted on raised pads port and starboard just outboard of cockpit coamings.
Winch handles (2ea) and holders (2ea) are mounted to the cockpit interior on the starboard side just below the location of the Genoa / Jib winches
Just aft of the main bulkhead / aft end of cabin are (port and starboard) seats / steps of unfinished mahogany.
Furthest forward in the cockpit is the main bulkhead / aft end of cabin with depth sounder mounted to port and helm compass mounted to starboard
an opening in the main bulkead / aft end of cabin allows for access to the interior spaces
Interior Layout and Equipment
Below decks BUTTERFLY has interior accommodations completely capable as to allow for overnight, weekend of longer cruising for two persons or more in relative comfort.
Hull and cabin interiors surfaces are painted White. Joinery is finished in the Herreshoff style of painted White surfaces with varnished mahogany trim. Cabin sole is of varnished mahogany
Full length settees port and starboard with cushions and back cushions provide sitting and sleeping accommodations for two. A raised platform forward of the settees could be used as a V-berth style sleeping platform. The space is well lit during the day by fixed ports in the cabin sides (2 per side) and overhead dome lights are used after dark.
Working Deck Hardware
Stainless steel backstay, shroud and headstay chain plates
Bronze padeyes port and starboard at stern quarters
Bronze stern docking cleat
Bronze thru-deck access forward for cabin ventilation
Stainless steel bow Samson post
Stainless steel bow chocks
Stainless steel bow stem iron
Sailing Deck Hardware and Winches
Main sheet traveler with control lines (port and starboard) leading forward to cockpit
Multi-part Harken block main sheet arrangement leading to main sheet winch (starboard aft cockpit coaming cockpit).
Main sheet winch: Lewmar #7 single-speed winch mounted on raised pad outboard of starboard cockpit coaming.
Bronze Genoa / Jib tracks and cars
Varnished wood Genoa blocks (1 pr.)
Rubber coated Snatch blocks (1 pr.)
Running backstay winches mounted under side decks port and starboard in cockpit. Make of winches not seen but believed to be Barient, single-speed, captured reel wire winch.
Primary (Genoa / Jib) winches: Barient #22, 2-speed winches mounted on raised pads outboard of port and starboard cockpit coamings
Bronze Genoa / Jib sheet cleats
Secondary (Halyard) winches: Merriman Brothers #2A lever action, single speed winches mounted outboard port and starboard on cabin top.
Bronze cleats for Genoa / Jib, Spinnaker and Main halyards
Bronze cam cleats mounted on cabin top for Cunningham, Outhaul and Boom Topping Lift
Spars and Rigging
Single spreader aluminum mast with diamond shrouds (jumpers) adding support to upper mast.
Stainless steel wire standing rigging with bronze turnbuckle adjusters.
Sitka Spruce boom is of box section construction painted White with stainless steel hardware.
Standing rigging consists of headstay; diamond shrouds (jumpers), upper shrouds, lower shrouds (fore and aft), permanent backstay and running backstays.
All wire running backstays run under deck to locking reel winches mounted port and starboard.
Running backstays fitted with retrieve lines to pull lazy runner forward and clear of mainsail,
Rope (3-strand Dacron) to wire spliced Main Halyard
Rope (3-strand Dacron) to wire Genoa Halyard
Rope (3-strand Dacron) Spinnaker Halyard
Yachtbraid Lazy Jacks
Yacht braid Cunningham, Outhaul and Boom Topping Lift
Yacht braid Main Sheet & Genoa Sheets
Sails and Canvas
Sobstad Mainsail (2010)
Elvstrom #1 Genoa (2010)
Elvstrom # 2 Genoa (2010)
Boom / Cockpit Cover
Electronics and Navigation
Ritchie bulkhead mounted helm compass
Navico DS 160 depth sounder
Standard Horizon GPS Chart 155 C chart plotter
12-Volt ships system
12-Volt marine battery stored in secured battery box below main cabin sole
Perko main battery switch (on-off)
Sea Dog fused circuit panel with 6 circuits
Individual circuits for instruments, running lights, compass light, interior (dome) lights and 2 auxiliary (spare) circuits.
Danforth anchor and rode
CQR plow anchor and rode
Safety and USCG Required Equipment
Adult PFD’s (4ea)
Child PFD (1)
Kiddie fire extinguishers (2ea)
High capacity Edson manual bilge pump (under cockpit sole)
“No Oil Discharge” plaque
“Trash Disposal” plaque
Port, Starboard and Stern navigation lights
Dock lines and fenders
Ensign, ensign staff and socket
Aluminum boat hook
Aluminum boarding ladder
Removable aluminum outboard bracket (starboard side mount)