September 14th 2013. By Zuzana Prochazka.

Emily Marshall: A Yawl for all Ages

This classic 1946 Crocker yawl is even more ready to cruise today than she was seventy years ago.

Some boats get lucky. They have a long life due to meticulous owners, or they get a new lease on life from restorers who recognize the shape of a classic hull and put in the time to bring a boat back to original condition. In 2002, Emily Marshall, Samuel Crocker’s design #234, was given such an opportunity, and now she’s sailing again in all her splendor, after a year-long restoration which arguably made her better than new.


A 1946 gaff-rigged yawl, the Emily Marshall was rebuilt by Brion Reiff Boat Builders in 2002.

The 36-foot Emily Marshall is a gaff-rigged yawl built in the George Gulliford yard in Saugus, Massachusetts. She was commissioned for rear admiral and author Samuel Elliot Morrison who enjoyed her for many years along the coast of New England, mostly in Maine. Ten years ago, she was made better than new by Brion Reiff Boat Builders of Brooklin, Maine and is now looking for her next owner.

With a full keel, clipper bow and round bilges, Emily Marshall is built of fir planking over steam-bent frames. Her varnished cabintop and cockpit is mahogany and she has a main and mizzen mast of fir and spruce booms. Her Gambell & Hunter mainsail, mizzen and jib were all new in 2005 but the real story is the 150-percent genoa that dates back to 1960 and is still in serviceable condition. Under power, Emily Marshall is pushed by a 2002 30 hp Westerbeke and carries 50 gallons of diesel.

Emily Marshall’s interior was significantly modified in the restoration. The forward berth was enlarged and cabinetry was added to the main saloon. Today, she also has a two-burner propane stove with oven and a top-loading ice box. The central feature of the interior is the Lunenburg Foundry Fisherman Number One cast iron wood-burning stove. This bit of traditional hardware adds to the ambience below decks.

Ready to cruise again, Emily Marshall does deliver excellent sailing characteristics and for anyone with an eye toward classic lines, she will not disappoint. She has even graced the Wooden Boats calendar in two separate years.

And for those long winter evenings, Emily Marshall’s new owner will be able to pore over her inventory of old charts from the ’60s and ’70s. For wooden boat enthusiasts and nautical memorabilia fanatics, Emily Marshall may be the cruising yacht that satisfies.

For more information, visit the Emily Marshall listing.

Designer: Samuel Crocker
Builder: George Gulliford
LOA: 36’ 6”
LWL: 28’ 0”
Beam: 10’ 11”
Draft: 5’ 6”
Displacement: 18,900 lbs
Sail Area: 763 sq ft
Fuel: 50 Gallons
Water: 40 Gallons

Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,