1954 Nielsen Yawl
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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Sargentville, ME
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 59,000
JESTER is a 34′ coastal cruising yawl designed by Aage Nielsen and built by the Paul Luke boatyard in 1954. Her design (#251) was based on the hugely successful Hinckley Pilot, which Nielsen designed while working for Sparkman & Stephens. JESTER and her three sisters were drawn with 8” more bow overhang then the Pilot, an elongated house, and a yawl rig. All four of these boats are still sailing, including CARINA II, HARVEST, and NAVIGATRIX.
JESTER underwent a significant restoration from 2003-2008 at French & Webb in Maine. According to 2009 survey by Paul Haley, that work included replacement of the keel timber, stern post, horn timber, and forefoot. The floor timbers were replaced, new frame ends scarfed in, and the majority of bottom planking replaced. Haley says in his report, “this work was done to higher standards than when the boat was built. This will make the under body of the vessel strong and tight. The new materials that were used are much more rot resistant and the boat will be around for many years to come.”
Further to the structural work on the bottom, JESTER'S rebuild at French & Webb also included and entirely new and re-configured interior, new plywood/Dynel decks and a new modified cockpit. The Yanmar Diesel engine was rebuilt, and all plumbing and electrical systems were replaced. The spars were stripped and re-varnished and new standing and running rigging was installed.
Essentially JESTER was a new boat in 2009.
All updates appear to honor the design integrity and in no way take from her original simplicity. Topsides are carvel planked Mahogany, bottom planking is Wana, frames are steam bent Oak, and floor timbers are Angelique. The ballast keel is lead and all hardware and fasteners are bronze.
Sails are in good condition.
Jester is stored indoors in Brooklin, Maine.
Please contact Alec Brainerd for more information. 207-542-0372
Please contact Alec Brainerd at 207- 236-4231
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Paul E. Luke
Designer: K. Aage Nielsen
LOA: 33 ft 7 in
Beam: 9 ft 6 in
LWL: 24 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 4 ft 9 in
Total Power: 38 HP
Engine Brand: Universal
Year Built: 2001
Engine Model: M35-B
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 937
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 38 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: 2 Stainless steel (24 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Aluminum (30 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 Plastic (9 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 3
Number of double berths: 1
Number of cabins: 1
Number of heads: 1
Wind speed and direction
Electric bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
Double-planked hull, mahogany over white cedar on white oak frames, structural keel, and backbone; bronze and oak floor timbers; Everdur bronze screw fastened. Bronze maststep floor centerboard trunk assembly, bronze centerboard, bronze strapping. Merriman centerboard winch. Fiberglass over marine plywood deck (new 1983) and fiberglassed coach roof. Bright mahogany trunk, toe rails (replaced 1983), coamings, and exterior trim. Tiller steering in self-bailing cockpit with mahogany coamings and teak sole. Lead exterior ballast, small pigs for trim ballast. White topsides with green boottop, red bottom, and buff decks. NOTE: In 1997, MAGIC's bottom was completely refastened below the waterline. The owner reports that MAGIC is in "excellent condition, structurally and cosmetically."
Note: Horn timber deadwood and much of the stern section rebuilt by Wayne Shibley in 2012. Also full refastening below the waterline.
Cosmetic facelift by Artisan Boatworks in 2017
Engine M35-B Universal 38-hp, 4-cyl, fresh water-cooled (via heat exchanger) diesel with custom bronze controls, engine-hour meter (937 total hours). NOTE: installed new in 2001. The yard performed the 500-hour service on MAGIC in 2007, and the owner reports that the engine is in excellent condition. Fixed 3-blade bronze propeller.
Tanks 30 gal. fuel in aluminum tank, 48 gal. water in two stainless steel tanks, 9.5-gal. plastic holding tank.
Electrical 12V lighting and starting systems with two 12V batteries, fused and circuit-breaker electrical panels, Blue Sea 3-way master switch, voltage meter installed 2007. The vessel is bonded and grounded.
Accommodations Sleeps 5. Rode locker right forward with V-berth next aft with stowage outboard and below. The enclosed head is next aft to port with WC, vanity with sink, and stowage outboard. A hanging locker and dresser with stowage outboard are opposite to starboard. The main cabin is next with berths port and starboard (the starboard berth pulls out to a double). There is stowage outboard and above and a drop-leaf table on the centerline. A wood/coal-burning stove is fitted to the port forward bulkhead. The galley is aft with a gimbaled Luke 2-burner alcohol stove to port, stainless sink with Fynspray bronze hand pump, and a stainless steel-lined icebox to starboard. Interior finish is white painted bulkheads and overhead with bright house sides, bright mahogany trim, and raw teak cabin sole. MAGIC is ventilated with 2 hatches/slides, 2 opening ports, and 5 ventilators, with screens.
Sails & Rigging Masthead yawl rig with approx. 581 sq. ft. of working sail area. Stainless steel standing rigging (all new in 2009) to swaged terminals and bronze turnbuckles, Jiffy reefing. Bright hollow Sitka spruce keel-stepped spars, some spinnaker gear, bronze genoa tracks, snatch blocks. Wire main halyard, wire-and-rope jib halyard. 1 Barient (jib) and 2 Merriman (main and spinnaker) halyard winches: sheet winches all new Lewmars--2 no. 44s and 2 no. 8s. Sail Inventory: 2004 Mack Sails: main, mizzen, 130% roller genoa with Harken roller furler; 1994 North Cruising spinnaker; original mizzen staysail, spinnaker staysail.
Ground Tackle 35-lb. Fisherman, 20-lb. high-tensile Danforth, and 25-lb. CQR anchors, 3 combination chain-and-nylon rodes, custom bronze bow roller (2004).
Equipment CO2 extinguishing system; Rule 2,000-g.p.h. electric and Guzzler manual bilge pumps, 2 dry-chemical and 1 CO2 fire extinguishers, emergency tiller, aerosol-can horn, Olin flares, 6 Type I PFDs, 2 horseshoe rings, masthead strobe/anchor light, ACR 566 M.O.B. light, 4 fenders, boathook, docking lines, 2 sail covers, original stainless steel bow and stern rails, dodger, 7' Puffin dinghy, berth cushions (re-covered 2007).
Electronics & Navigation Seth Thomas clock and barometer, 6" White compass in elegant pedestal binnacle, ICOM IC-M80 VHF radio, 1999 Furuno GP 30 GPS, Horizon depth sounder, DMI LX 3600 apparent wind-speed indicator, 1999 Furuno radar, Horizon SL 45 speed/log.
- 2017 Paint, varnish, rig inspection, and commissioning
- 2009 DMI apparent wind-speed indicator rebuilt, all new standing rigging
- 2008 Compass service by Viking Instruments--new pivot, jewel, O-ring; compensated
- 2005 New sheet winches
- 2004 New sails and Harken furler, new custom anchor roller
- 2003 Five new P.E. Luke bronze cowl vents
- 2001 New Universal diesel engine, shaft-tube rebuilt, drip-less cutlass bearing
- 1997 Entirely refastened below waterline upon surveyor's recommendation, new cockpit coamings, new dorade boxes and handrails, rebuilt hatches
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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