2017, Brooklin Boat Yard Spirit of Tradition Sloop, 49’
Asking Price: $995,000.00 | Location: Brooklin, ME
BLACKFISH is a variation on the theme of the boat DREADNOUGHT (Design #132) also built by Brooklin Boatyard and launched in 2014. Lively performance, handsome aesthetics, a comfortable cockpit, ample stability, long & graceful overhangs, sweeping sheer line, and small counter stern as on DREADNOUGHT all remain priorities for BLACKFISH and she is as equally seductive as her predecessor.
The difference between the two boats is that BLACKFISH would be raced more often, more aggressively, and in many more venues than DREADNOUGHT so in-order to suit that more competitive focus, her cabin house and interior are 2 feet shorter, her cockpit is shifted forward that same 2 feet, her keel is 6 inches deeper and her sail plan designed for extra horse-power.
The hull and deck of BLACKFISH are constructed with the cold molded wood/epoxy technique for which Brooklin Boatyard is justifiably famous. The hull features tongue and groove Alaskan cedar planking each side of diagonal western red cedar veneers, and the deck boasts a handsome and traditional teak overlay. The stem, keelson, and ring frames are of laminated Alaskan cedar. The keel loads are supported and distributed by a grid of laminated keel floors that are capped with unidirectional carbon fiber. Cold molded wood construction not only results in high strength and toughness relative to weight, but it also provides very impressive acoustic and thermal insulation. The interior has been finished in a classic ‘Herreshoff’ style, with off-white painted surfaces trimmed with brightwork highlights that are a Brooklin Boat Yard trademark.
BLACKFISH’s light-weight construction allows a high ballast/displacement ratio, which combined with an equally light-weight carbon rig, provides ample stability to support a generous sail plan. The boat will be day sailed and cruised with a slightly overlapping jib but raced most often with a genoa. Asymmetrical spinnakers and modern, sophisticated deck hardware (including an electric main halyard winch) allow both racing and cruising crews to handle sails with ease and confidence. Her push-button operated electric drive jib-furler and hydraulic backstay adjusting cylinder are both located below decks to keep the deck clear and the look clean.
Reflecting BLACKFISH’s principal use of near and in-shore racing her interior is focused on comfortable and attractive social spaces rather than on the cargo capacity required for passage making. However, BLACKFISH regularly moves to and from her winter storage home in Brooklin (Maine) making quick and easy passages across the Gulf of Maine. BLACKFISH is fully capable of open ocean sailing and has proven this with passages to and from the Caribbean where she raced and cruised during the winter of 2019. Her crew on these passages reported the deliveries to have been what all good delivery crews like, fast, comfortable, safe and uneventful.
Long sailing length and narrow beam give BLACKFISH a meter boat feel, with low drag and an especially comfortable motion in a seaway. Her low wetted area and large rig reflect her emphasis on rewarding performance in light-to-moderate air New England. Her deep, high aspect ratio appendages feature ample profile area to provide a user friendly ‘groove’ even when down-speed or in sloppy sea conditions. BLACKFISH’s striking combination of classic “Spirit of Tradition” style with contemporary performance sets her apart from (and usually far ahead of!) everything else on the water.
This would be the place in this description of BLACKFISH where this writer would attempt to impress you (the reader) with a long list of her accomplishments on the race courses at numerous regatta venues both in New England and the Caribbean. The list would be very long and highly repetitious. Suffice to say that according to her owner’s in every event BLACKFISH has entered since her launching in 2017 she has always been never less than “on the podium” at the end of the day. Nuff Said!!
For complete information on this boat, contact our broker John Maxwell by phone (207-359-2193) or by email (email@example.com).
Principle Dimensions and Information
Designer: Jim Taylor
Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard
Year Built / Launched: 2017
Displacement: 16,500 lbs.
Ballast: 6,830 lbs.
Sail Area: 973 sq. ft.
PHRF Rating: Non-spin: 69 / Spin: 47
CRF Rating: Non-spin: 62 / Spin: 42
Auxiliary Propulsion: Yanmar 4JH57 diesel with SD60 Sail Drive
Engine HP: 57 HP
Fuel Capacity: 28 Gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 62 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 17.5 Gallons
Location: Brookin, Maine