Patience is the first boat to be built in the new shop. She is our interpretation of a classic design which we think is the perfect daysailer. She is shaped for speed, with a generous sail plan to keep her moving in light air, with external lead ballast to keep her on her feet when it starts to blow. Her roomy cockpit will comfortably accommodate several adults on two long benches, with coamings that provide a backrest at just the right height as well as protection from a dollop of spray. All sheets are within easy reach of the helmsman, and her self-tending jib helps to make her a joy to singlehand. A small cuddy cabin with two bench seats provides a convenient place to stow gear while underway, or shelter for the crew in the event of a summer shower.
She is built to very high standards of fit and finish, using techniques that ensure her a long and trouble-free life. Her backbone and frames are select white oak, planking is atlantic white cedar, excepting her garboards (cypress) and sheer strakes (Honduran mahogany). Coamings, toe rails, sole, transom and rudder are teak. Spars are Douglas fir, the deck is tongue and grooved cedar, canvas covered. Each species of wood is carefully selected by the properties which make it suitable for the job it must do in the overall structure of the boat. All fastenings are silicon bronze, as is the hardware.
LOA: 21’ 6” Beam: 7’
LWL: 16’ 3” Draft: 3’
Sail Area approx.: 300 sq.ft.
"That's the nicest Fish boat anybody ever built, and I'm including the original manufacturers [The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company] in that statement!"
-Ed McClave, on seeing Patience completed