Trade Wind was designed by Ralph Winslow while he was employed at the John Alden shop. She was launched in 1938 as a one off for a coal manatee who wanted a tender to his sailing fleet for the Newport/Bermuda race. Later she spent a few decades as a radar and sonar demonstration platform and then went back to into private hands.
She was the first private vessel to be tank tested, and the designer got the hull shape just right. Trade Wind is the epitome of a stable cruising motor sailer. Her two 1956 Detroit 671 Diesels were restored as was the whole ship. She has been cruising the East Coast since launching in 2011 and was taken to the Great Lakes in 2018. The rig was redesigned to fit under the 65′ bridges along the ICW and her draft is only 6’3″ so she does well in the Bahamas, too.
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