Anyone familiar with the legends of wooden boatbuilding will recognize the names William and John Atkin, a father and son team who drew and sold plans for motor and sailboats from the 1930s to1950s. William, whose company tag line described his own design sensibility- Individualized Designs for Unregimented Yachtsmen – believed in simple elegance. His long, slim boats could be built of plywood or lapstrake.
Today, the Atkin website is run by John’s widow Pat, and still offers 300 of the original 873 designs. One of those early designs was a 22,000 pound, 39’ 4”yawl that was drawn in 1934 under the model name Meridian. In 1938, Joel Johnson of Fairfield, Connecticut built one named Destiny, which eventually made its way to Southern California and was then abandoned. Captain Jim Cash found her 70 years later in a boatyard and set about a complete, keel-up, refit that brought her back to life.
Destiny is 31 feet on deck and 10 feet on the beam. She has a five-foot draft, a yawl rig, and a long bowsprit. The hull is mahogany planks on oak frames with extensive use of teak trim.
Having been without care for so many years, Destiny was in rough shape when she was found. Fortunately, No expense was spared in her restoration over the next eighteen months. The interior was disassembled, painted white and put back together before the varnished brightwork began. She had some of her hull planking and all of her teak decking replaced. All the standing and running rigging was replaced, and her hull was painted a beautiful deep maroon. No detail was overlooked, down to the authentic bronze turnbuckles and a 1938 Standing Liberty half dollar under the mast.
The interior was originally designed for four, but Destiny’s interior was enhanced during the original build; she can sleep six. More than a pretty daysailer, she is a well-found weekend cruiser. She is powered by a 35 hp Gray Marine engine that was completely rebuilt, and she has a suit of ten sails.
Destiny is for sale in Marina Del Rey, CA, and listed on YachtWorld. Captain Cash’s detailed blog of the restoration will make you appreciate the effort and expense that went into bringing her back from the brink of extinction. After reading it, I imagine anyone interested in owning a piece of history will be quick to pull out their checkbook; this is truly a beautiful and turnkey boat that will also turn heads in any anchorage.