Sailboats 21-30 feet

Clean lines and a balanced sail plan make the 28-foot Stuart Knockabout daysailer a pleasure to sail.

A Herreshoff Legacy Lives On

Count the Stuart Knockabout among the few to hold its value.

It took some time for the Stuart Knockabout, an L. Francis Herreshoff design, to take root and finally flourish. The 28-foot day boat first appeared in 1932 as line drawing number 53 in the L. Francis annals, and only one boat was built. In 1933, Ben My Chree (a Galic term of endearment), was launched and wound up nestled away in Casco Bay, Maine, at the island home of owner Willoughby Stuart. With its own small marine railway and boat shed, Ben My Chree remained in the family for nearly 40 years. In the mid-1980s, it was discovered in a Massachusetts boat shed by Bill Harding, a sailor known for his deft hand on the tiller and the builder of the popular Herreshoff 12½ replica—affectionately known as the Doughdish. Harding fell for the lines of daysailer he had discovered, and he researched the boat’s lineage. After getting a feel for what it had to offer under sail, he decided that this was another slice of sailing history that deserved being resurrected.

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