1970, Scale Replica Gaff-Rigged Scow Schooner, 29’

Asking Price: $15,000 / Location: USA

WIND LASS was built in the early 1970s in collaboration with naval architect and curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian Institute, Howard I. Chappell, who provided drawings and plans to help create this scaled down replica of the Texas Gulf Coast Scow Schooners to be built as a daysailer.

Scow Schooners with their relatively flat bottoms, wide beam dimensions and ability to be pulled right up to shorelines were the 1800’s version of today’s 18-wheeler trucks and carried all manner of cargoes along the coasts and well inland up shallow estuaries that were otherwise prohibitive of travel to deeper draft vessels.

WIND LASS was built by Frank Ross who while not being a professional boat builder was a talented and meticulous machinist and his skill level at working with metal easily transferred to working with wood as can be seen in the level of detail, fit and finish of this unique vessel.

WIND LASS’s present owners have enjoyed her immensely and have shared this joy with others by regularly taking her to classic boat shows and traditional sailing events. WIND LASS is easily single-handed for solo sailing but can just as easily carry up to 6 people making for lots of fun sails with family and friends. 

Principle Dimensions and Information

Designer Unknown
Builder Frank Ross
Year Built Early 1970s
LOA 29’ 0”
LOD 19’ 0”
Beam 6'5"
Draft Minimum 0’ 13”
Draft Maximum 4’ 0”
Displacement 1500 lbs.
Sail Area 250 Sq. Ft.



  • White Oak framing
  • Spanish Cedar topsides and bottom planking
  • Varnished Douglass Fir decks
  • Mahogany centerboard
  • Varnished Mahogany centerboard trunk and athwartships bench seat
  • Topsides, transom, bow, bow sprit, bow Samson post, cockpit coamings and cockpit settees are painted White with Green sheer / rub rail and Green boot stripe
  • Bottom is coated with Red anti-fouling paint

Spars and Rigging

  • Varnished Fir spars (masts) with mast tops painted White
  • Booms, gaffs and bow sprit are Fir painted White
  • Bronze exterior mounted chain plates
  • Bronze turnbuckle adjusters for Inner and Outer Forestay(s)
  • Traditional Deadeye and Lanyard shroud tensioners for Main mast and Fore mast
  • Masts can be stepped by hand without the use of cranes or other equipment.

Sails and Canvas

  • Jongkind   1970
  • Main Sail
  • Fore Sail
  • Inner Jib
  • Outer Jib
  • Sail covers for Main Sail, Fore Sail, Inner Jib and Outer Jib
  • Full boat cover with felt lining for complete protection while trailering

Additional Equipment

  • Navy style anchor with (approx.) 3’ of chain and 100’ of nylon rode
  • 6 Life Jacket type PFD’s, 3 Seat Cushion type (throwable) PFD’s
  • Docklines (6ea) and
  • Fenders (2ea)
  • EZ Loader single axle trailer with new tires and spare wheel