On every sailors “someday list” – the Herreshoff Watch Hill 15. This one is especially sweet – built by the late Dave Corcoran of Bull House Boatworks in Arundel, Maine and professionally maintained by Artisan Boatworks – she remains in perfect condition. Orphan was Dave Corcoran’s personal boat, who was known to sail her at full speed and tack within inches of the dock, close enough to hand out business cards to the stunned onlookers.
She is traditional plank on frame construction over a laminated mahogany backbone and with a canvas covered plywood deck. The Marconi mast is varnished sitka spruce, and all deck varnish is teak.
These boats are thrilling sailors, and to our minds one of the most beautiful objects of any sort. They are well known to be fast, stiff, and responsive. The hull is slippery, and even at speed such little turbulence is created that the boat leaves virtually no wake. The original Buzzards Bay 15’s were designed by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1898, and with their gaff-rigs known as the E-Class at the Beverly Yacht Club. In 1922 Sidney Herreshoff designed a marconi-rigged version of the same hull known as the Watch Hill 15.
Orphan has had all her seasonal maintenance performed for this year, is on a trailer, and ready to launch. She also features a Mastervolt electric “pod” drive for auxiliary propulsion.