The idea behind GRACE, the first boat of Joel White’s “Center Harbor” series, was to update L. Francis Herreshoff’s QUIET TUNE to improve her performance and make use of Brooklin Boat Yard’s skill at cold-molded construction. She’d have the same short-ended hull with low freeboard and low trunk cabin, but a fin keel and spade rudder would give her modern performance and handling.

GRACE’s owner requested a ketch rig similar in sail area to QUIET TUNE, but after Joel White made some stability studies he concluded that this new design could handle a good deal more sail area. The final design of GRACE is a little larger than QUIET TUNE all around, being about two feet longer overall and a little wider as well. Her cockpit is deep with comfortable seating and down below there are basic cruising accommodations.

Since GRACE’s launching in 1996, Brooklin Boat Yard has launched six more Center Harbor 31s. The owners of each of these boats chose a sloop rig instead of the original ketch rig. A wide variety of keels have been designed for these boats, ranging in draft from 4 feet to 6 feet 8 inches.

In 2015 Brooklin Boatyard took a chainsaw to CH-3 and replaced the deep keel with a modified shoal draft version. She was also changed from the standard tiller steering to a wheel.

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Center Harbor 31 specifications
Hull Construction: Cold Molded
LOA:   31' 1"
Beam:  8' 5"
LWL:   25' 2"
Draft:   4' to 6' 8"
Displacement:  7900 lbs
Sail Area: 440-575 sq ft
SA/D Radio: 20
D/L Ratio: 220
Propulsion:  Westerbeke 12hp Diesel