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Coronet is a 133’ LOD schooner yacht recognized as America’s most historic yacht. Designed and built in 1885 to the pinnacle of elegance of the Victorian era, it has a spared length of over 190’ and weighs over 230 tons. In 2008 we started the complete reconstruction of this vessel in order to re-create its voyage around Cape Horn and around the world.
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Gesture is a 57’ Sparkman & Stephens Sloop built in 1940.

Double planked: mahogany over mahogany on bent white oak frames and white oak backbone, Monel ring frames in way of mast, Teak deck.

Together with her equally illustrious cousin BARUNA, the 57 ft sloop GESTURE was commissioned by Howard Fuller of the Fuller Brush Company. She was described by Olin J Stephens in his autobiography as one of “the two most handsome boats that came out of our office.” Moreover he went on to say that yachts built by Quincy Adams were “among the handsomest of their time.”

GESTURE is fast too: sailing against famous names including BARUNA, HIGHLAND LIGHT, ESCAPADE, LATIFA and BRILLIANT, she won the first post-war Bermuda Race in 1946 after the period of slumber enforced by her launching into the year the USA joined the Second World War - 1941. During Fuller’s ownership she became not only one of the internationally best known ocean racers of her day (fourth in Class I, 1953 Fastnet Race; missing out winning the RORC’s prestigious Britannia Trophy by three seconds on corrected time), but also one of the most modern. She is one of the first ocean racing yachts to be fitted with a ‘coffee grinder’ style sheet winch and she is the very first yacht to be fitted with an extruded aluminum mast, made jointly by Fuller Brush Company and ALCOA Aluminum Company in the 1940s.
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Ex Joan II, Viveka was designed by Frank C. Paine of Paine, Belknap & Skene and built by Fred Lawley in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1929 and 1930. She was designed for J.P. Morgan who wanted a fast cruiser, putting special emphasis on speed. For this reason Frank Paine designed her to rate at the top class G, a 38 rating, and at the same time under the universal rules in the 12-meter class. Viveka can thus be considered one of the very few schooners that rated in the 12-meter class.

Viveka has sailed 1.5 times around the world with Merl Petersen at the helm. She was purchased from Merl by an owner who wants everything to be done to perfection so she was brought to Rutherford’s boat shop for a complete restoration.

The boat was double planked of cedar and mahogany on oak frames. She was designed with a deck length of 72’9”, Water line of 48’, a beam of 14’ and a draft of 9’1”

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