We could look at this boat all day. In fact, we have been looking at this boat all day. Gygax is one of the finer Pilot’s to hit the market in some time, and she’s the very last Pilot 35 built (hull #125).
Gygax has had only three owners. She was purchased by a knowledgeable German yachtsman in 1996 and was totally refit (including being repowered with a new Yanmar diesel, and an all new Speedwave rig) at the Hinckley yard in Maine before being shipped to Europe where she spent the next 20 years being sailed on Lake Constance. She was hauled every fall and spent winters indoors while being professionally maintained year round.
She returned to the United States in 2016 and, needless to say, shows beautifully inside and out.
Most remarkable for her beauty, this balanced, traditional-looking boat with a deeply curved sheer and plenty of overhang fore and aft has had a full life. Cruising widely, racing seriously, weekending and daysailing in most of the planet’s best sailing grounds, she embodies that “wholesome, dual purpose ideal” that many sailors put at the heart of the sport.
Designed by Sparkman & Stephens when the firm was at its most dominant, the Pilot was the state of the boatbuilding art at the beginnings of the fiberglass era. It’s tempting to think of her as dated and a litmus of how far we’ve come, but many sailors still see her as the sum and substance of what a boat should be.
Priced at $95K in Alameda, California.