This is a terrific opportunity to purchase a stunning N.G. Herreshoff classic at a great price. The Watch Hill 15 is the ultimate daysailer, known for sparkling sailing performance and beautiful lines that will turn heads in every harbor.
There were 3 variations of the “15-Footer” built, and all were keel-centerboard sloops with cedar planking on bent oak frames. The original design, the Buzzards Bay 15, has a 15 foot waterline, 24’6” LOA, a 2’3” draft with the board up, and a gaff rig. The second design, the Newport 15 only varies in its draft, which is 6” deeper. And in 1923, 11 Watch Hill 15’s were delivered to the Watch Hill Yacht Club. These boats were marconi rigged, drew 2’3”, and had a few minor modifications to the trim and freeboard. Additionally, there were a few special boats built with full keels.
The hull was designed under the Length and Sail Area Rule, which tended to produce graceful, narrow hulls with long overhangs. When heeled over, the waterline length increases, and the boat picks up speed. Of the 91 originally built, 32 are currently known to exist. Of these, it is believed that only 20 are still sailing. The others are either in museums or are awaiting restoration.
These boats are thrilling sailors. They are fast, stiff, and responsive. The hull is slippery, and even at speed such little turbulence is created that the boat leaves virtually no wake. Even at 100+ years old, a 15-foot water line can give a modern go-fast machine a run for its money.
NIBBET is something of an unusual Herreshoff vessel in that she was built in the 1950’s by Alan Vaitse of Mattapoisett MA to the N.G. Herreshoff Watch Hill 15 design. Interestingly, Mr. Vaitse was himself a shipwright at the Herreshoff Mfg. Co..
The boat was donated to the International Yacht Restoration School in 2008 and became a restoration project.
The original boat when donated was in significant decline, and the decision was made to undertake a complete and full keel-up restoration – there is no wood left from the original. All of the hardware is new and to Herreshoff specifications. The rig, wires, splices and all other standing and running gear are new and all to beautiful original specifications.
IYRS is world renown as a classic small yacht restoration school and their talent is fully evidenced in their work on Nibbet. The attention to detail --from lumber selection to exacting joinery—has produced a breathtaking classic day sailer.
NIBBET is essentially a brand new Watch Hill 15 with the restoration having been completed in 2012, and extremely light use since. She comes complete with a new custom fitted trailer, a new suit of sails, new mast and rigging, mooring cover and an electric Torquedo motor and mount. She is not only beautiful, NIBBET is also a thrilling sailer.
Comes with a Electric Torquedo outboard with mount
Includes a new custom-fitted Triad trailer
Stored indoors under cover