Condition: Like New
Boat Name: “Orion”
Located in Mattapoisett, MA
Fiberglass Deck and Hull
Designer: L. Francis Herreshoff
Copies of original drawings purchased from Mystic Seaport in 2007.
Builder: Brinkley Boats
Greg Hudson & Company, Huntington, Long Island, New York
Beam: 8′ 8″ Draft: 3′ 5″
Engine: Single Diesel
Volvo [separate specification sheet available]
Fuel: 15 gal
Water: 70 gal
Orion sleeps four. The main cabin sleeps two in single bunks on either side. The v-berth forward sleeps two. Galley storage and custom spacious ice-box is located aft. The head is a securely covered cedar bucket. The woodwork is teak and holly sole with pine ceilings.
All exterior varnished surfaces were stripped to bare wood, stained and revarnished with six coats by professional boat painter in 2018
Deck is white non-skid
Topsides are black [Awlgripped in 2012]
Bottom was soda-blasted and sanded to bare fiberglass and professionally coated with 6 layers of paint; top-coats are Interlux micron CSC Green
Cabin top is 1″ varnished teak with bronze oval opening window ports with screens
Toe rail and cockpit seats/backs are varnished teak
Mast and boom and jib foot are sitka spruce [professionally stripped and layered with 4
coats of varnish in 2010]
All deck hardware is bronze
Lifeline stanchions and bases are bronze
Lifelines are parcelled and seized with traditional tarred seizing
Cockpit sole is custom built teak floor boards
Cockpit seats are varnished teak locker covers with varnished seat backs in teak
Floor is varnished teak and holly
Side trim and bulkheads are varnished pine and teak
Ice box was custom built into space designed for a wood stove and is finished in varnished teak with bi-fold top that serves as a chart table
Storage locker opposite also custom built into boat with varnished teak bi-fold top and very spacious shelving
Stainless sink with foot pump for single spigot; All plumbing replaced in 2012
Two shelved storage lockers; large hull locker and book shelf along each cabin berth
Newly installed bulkhead sconces above each berth for reading
Ceiling lamp in v-berth and two in main cabin for night time lighting
Custom built and matching berth pillows and bumpers in traditional marine fabric and pattern.
Sloop Rig with mast step on deck. All hardware for mizzen mast available (if desired) with step for mizzen in place; all running rigging, mizzen boom and mizzen sail with cover to match main and jib
Professionally modified self tending custom jib [Roller Furling and Forestay Foil available in separate inventory if desired]
Dacron Mainsail in good condition; professionally cleaned and repaired every season
Three reef points on main
Custom built [Sperry Sails] self- tending jib new in 2010
Matching sail covers in traditional buff Sunbrella fabric
All running rigging is traditional white 3-strand line appropriately sized
Two cockpit winches one on each side mounted outboard of the seat coaming
All wiring was replaced and new breaker panel in 2007
VHF; Speed; Knot Log/Depth
Furano Chart Plotter
Tiller Mate [Raymarine]
Custom Electric Windlass installed 2007
Interior Cabin lights
12 volt (DC), 2 batteries. New engine panel in 2004
All interior cabin/berth cushions and cockpit were custom fabricated [new] in 2007
Covering for sails is buff Sunbrella
Three anchors available; Traditional Danforth installed on cabin top;
Custom bronze windlass designed and manufactured for Orion by Ideal Windlass in East Greenwich, CT with electric controls at the helm and foot switch forward next to the windlass;
300 feet of 3/8 inch chain in chain locker fed through custom chain pipe with cover; bronze chain stopper and custom bronze bow roller
Plow Anchor, Fisherman’s Anchor
Wintercover: Fairclough Sailmakers Custom frame (the sail-cover is now retired).
Boat Stands: Five Brownell Stands sized for Orion’s winter storage [Sold separately]
Orion has been professionally maintained for more than two decades by two local boatyards [Parkers in Cataumet AND Wooden Tangent in Mattapoisett]
All Coast Guard required safety equipment has been acquired and has been put aboard the vessel including new and updated PFD’s; new anchor and attendant rode [chain and line]; man-overboard rescue system. Also, a flare kit; a first aid kit; portable Freon horns; a rechargeable and direct wired search lights and new fire extinguishers.
“Orion” was built to the original L. Francis Herreshoff plans [which are with the vessel]
with one gratifying change. Orion has a fibreglass hull which opens up the cabin to full standing room and no hull maintenance. [See specifications]
The vessel has been meticulously maintained in the water and out. Any serious buyer will appreciate Orion upon a personal viewing. Whenever visiting a new port Orion invariably gets admiring comments.
Orion currently sails as a sloop but is built to also carry a mizzen mast as a traditional L. Francis ketch. All the aft mast standing rigging and sails are with the vessel to be rigged as a ketch if desired. All the deck hardware is bronze.
When the wind is up and no one is on Buzzards Bay, Orion comfortably sails at her best. She is an unusually dry boat under sail in a seaway. I have sailed her in 45 knot wind, an exhilarating wild ride without any concern that the boat could perform; and did!
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