CHANTEY II is built to an original 1933 design of William Hand, Jr. who is often referred to as “the
grandfather of motorsailers”. This particular design was for the Wheeler Shipbuilding Company and meant to be used by owner, friends and hired hand for offshore sword fishing. A complete set of plans was obtained from the Hart Nautical Museum of MIT and rights to produce one vessel to these plans were negotiated.
The original drawings were followed as closely as possible (re: lines and scantlings) but as opposed to traditional plank on frame construction, modern cold-molded strip-planking materials and techniques were used throughout the hull construction and the interior layout was changed to reflect CHANTEY II’s use as a comfortable long range cruising vessel.
CHANTEY II’s owners stepped aboard for the first time in 1989. Since then, they have cruised extensively all along the US Eastern seaboard, The Canadian Maritimes and The Great Lakes with winters spent in the Bahamas and Florida’s East Coast.
In 2017 CHANTEY II’s owners move ashore to follow a different path in life but CHANTEY II was not
forgotten and has remained in the water under careful watch and regular maintenance provided by a
professional yacht captain and maintenance contractor.
Today CHANTEY II is now being offered for sale. It is the hope of her sellers that she will become the
property of yet another adventuresome couple who will continue her voyages.
CHANTEY II is of wood-epoxy strip-planking on laminated frame construction exclusively using WEST
System Epoxy throughout the hull construction. Planking, laminated frames and sheer clamps are of Douglas Fir with nominal dimensions as follows: Planking 2” x 2”, Frames 2” x 3”, Sheer Clamps 6” x 6”. Deck Beams are 3” x 3” laminated Pine. Scantlings are very close to the original design, however, the rigid, composite construction produces a much stronger, stiffer, tight and leak free hull.
The hull exterior is further protected from moisture intrusion and surface abrasion by a layer of fiberglass cloth set in epoxy and the hull interior is sealed with epoxy. Sub-Deck/Interior Overhead and cabin tops are of tongue and groove Cedar and further constructed with two layers of 3⁄4” marine plywood sheathed in fiberglass cloth set in epoxy with a painted smooth and non-skid exterior finish and a bright varnished interior finish. Trunk cabin and pilot house sides are of solid woods (teak and mahogany) along with marine plywood sheathed in fiberglass cloth with a painted exterior finish and painted/varnished interior finishes.
All deck hardware such as stanchions, Sampson post caps, etc. is of bronze construction provided by either ABI or custom-cast by Lunenburg Foundry.
Underwater configuration is that of a full keel with keel-hung rudder and propellor protected in an aperture at end of keel. External ballast is made up of 3 lead castings approximately 8’ x 6” x 1’ incorporated into the central section of the keel. Interior and trim ballast is of triangular lead castings approximately 4” x 4” x 3” set in the bilge and encapsulated in epoxy which also provides a flat unform bilge surface which is easy to clean up after any accidental (and inevitable) spills.
Chantey II is offered through Covey Island Boatworks. To schedule a viewing or obtain information, please call 902-640-3064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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