Building and restoring classic wooden sail, row and power boats in
Cummington, Massachusetts with the
finest boat building materials and craftsmanship.
SEA HARMONY - A 29 foot counter stern gaff yawl
A few years ago I became custodian of SEA HARMONY, the last of a series of
four boats built to Albert Strange's last design. The design developed from
the Suffling brothers desire for a boat in which they could cruise together.
The Sufflings had cruised extensively in smaller boats designed by the young
Harrison Butler but wanted a boat for comfortable cruising together. As
designed, VENTURE was a 29 foot counter stern gaff yawl. After building and
cruising in VENTURE, they had the slightly larger 33 foot CHARM built and then
an even larger CHARM at 40 feet. In 1937 they went back to the builder of the
CHARMs and had SEA HARMONY built, a near sister of the first CHARM. I think of
SEA HARMONY as the last of the Albert Strange yawls and the perfect two person
cruising boat - that was what the Sufflings were after and these four boats
still show how successful they were.
Having SEA HARMONY out of the water for the Winter (a good plan based
on the quantities of snow and ice this year) I undertook replacing her deck
canvas and her iron rudder. The canvas had many broken and rotten spots.
The rudder suffered from rust that made for problems steering as well as
removal for evaluation. I am working on a fuller
Thad Danielson Boats
Thad Danielson, builder, designer, consultant
42 French Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Land Line: (413) 634-5339
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