Jester is a 34′ yawl designed by the great K. Aage Nielsen. Built in 1954, she underwent a significant restoration from 2003-2008 at French & Webb in Maine. That work included rebuilding the bottom, re-configuring the interior, replacing the deck and modifying the cockpit.
All updates appear to honor the design integrity and in no way take from her original simplicity. Built by Paul Luke, her topsides are constructed of Carvel planked Mahogany, her bottom of Wana, her frames of steam bent Oak, and her floor timbers of Angelique. She has a full keel with lead ballast and cast bronze deck hardware. She has a mid-90’s Yanmar diesel.
K. Aage Nielsen’s designs have inspired many of the great naval architects that came after him, and his imprint is very much visible today. Born and raised in Denmark, and classically trained in that country’s apprenticeship system, Nielsen immigrated to the United States at age 21. Despite having done significant work for two prominent American design firms—the John G. Alden Company and Sparkman & Stephens Inc.—prior to setting up a successful practice of his own, Nielsen never achieved widespread name recognition during his lifetime. Nielsen did, however, develop a devoted following.
Interestingly, Nielsen, before his death, prohibited the posthumous use of his plans for the construction of any boats. In his later years, according to Rockport Marine’s website, Nielsen became convinced “that it would no longer be possible to obtain the kind of high-quality, aesthetically pleasing construction that he had carefully specified for his designs during his career.”
Further evidence that they don’t make ’em like they used to. Given that this beauty is now ready for several more decades of sailing pleasure, for the fortunate new owners won’t need to worry about that. Jester lies in Brooklin, Maine and is listed by Rockport Marine Brokerage for $70,000 USD.