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Gannon and Benjamin Classic Wooden Schooner 2001 - Sold


REBECCA of Vineyard Haven

Gannon and Benjamin Classic Wooden Schooner 2001

Designer Gannon & Benjamin
Builder Nat Benjamin
Date 2001
Length overall 75 ft 6 in / 23 m
Length deck 60 ft 0 in / 18.3 m
Length waterline 44 ft 11 in / 13.7 m
Beam 14 ft 9 in / 4.5 m
Draft 8 ft 6 in / 2.6 m
Displacement 34 Tonnes
Construction Angelique and silver Bali on white oak
Engine Yanmar 178 HP Diesel
Location East Coast USA
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



In the decade since her 2001 launch, REBECCA OF VINEYARD HAVEN has superbly lived up to all expectations from the very beginning when, Nat Benjamin of Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway in Martha’s Vineyard was challenged by her commissioner to design the ‘yacht of his dreams’. He set out to encompass all the attributes of a thoroughbred schooner – and true to the sailing heritage of the East Coast of the USA. What he achieved is a yacht that not only looks beautiful but is sea kindly, sails well, turns heads wherever she goes and combines the honesty of a traditional design and build with the novelty of being ‘new’. Her great strengths lie in the purity of design and the attention to detail in her construction – achieved through Nat, his partner Ross Gannon and their dedicated workforce, bringing to her their combined talents and lifetimes’ knowledge, experience and love for traditional wooden boats.

Under her owners’ careful stewardship, REBECCA has cruised extensively in Maine, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, both with family and friends or hosting charter guests. She has participated in classic yacht regattas on both sides of the Atlantic and has made two Atlantic crossings, most recently completing the 2000 + miles in 13 days from Cape Verde to St Lucia in December 2010. She made the long voyage from the English south coast back to her home port to celebrate her tenth anniversary with all those who conceived and built her thereby fulfilling the owners’ dream to return to Martha’s Vineyard in REBECCA under sail and share with them, stories of their many wonderful adventures together.

Still maintained and cared for to a very high standard, Rebecca is one of a very small elite group of yachts which have been aptly classified by the British Classic Yacht Club after considerable deliberation, as ‘New Classics’. She is destined to carrying her future owners across the seven seas in comfort and safety for many decades to come.



Since REBECCA was launched and commissioned in Martha’s Vineyard in 2001 she has been maintained to a very high standard. Over the years, a number of minor modifications have been made to her original specification, principally in obtaining her full European chartering status and she now carries an extensive range of high specification safety equipment.

In her ten seasons at sea, REBECCA has cruised in Massachusetts and Maine; extensively in the Caribbean; has crossed the Atlantic and cruised in Ireland, the west coast of France and Portugal, then into the Mediterranean in 2005 to enjoy three seasons there with a couple of winters in the UK.

She has taken part in a handful of regattas to date, winning the Sweethearts Regatta in the BVI and the Classics Class in Antigua Classics, 2002. More recently she won the Concourse d’Elegance at both Antigua Classic and the Mystic Seaport Wooden Boat Show. She has a CIM rating for participating in the Mediterranean Regatta circuit. She has proved not only versatile and sea kindly for long distance cruising but also wonderfully balanced with that extra special turn of speed which comes when a yacht has truly classic lines.



- Traditional plank on frame
- Angelique backbone
- Angelique and white oak framing
- White oak deck beams
- Angelique and silver bali planking
- Laid silver bali deck
- Angelique caprail
- Teak deck furniture
- Bronze fastenings and keel bolts
- Custom cast bronze hardware


Accommodation and domestic equipment

The Finely crafted accommodation is for 8 in four cabins

Cockpit and stowage
- Lazarette hatch in after deck
- Bosun’s shelf and access to huge lockers under cockpit seats both sides
- Self-draining cockpit
- Bridge deck and companion ladder

- Double berths to port and starboard, with batteries under starboard
- Fresh water maker, water heater and ship’s tools etc under port berth
- Chart table
- Oilskin locker
Owner’s Cabin
- Double berth to port with drawers beneath
- Three drawer fitted chest with hanging locker behind
- Seat
- Head to starboard, stainless steel shower cubicle, WC and ceramic washbasin and lockers
- Dorade ventilators with lifting glass lights to port and starboard
- Offset bifold door to starboard

- 3 burner gimballed gas cooker
- Refrigerator
- stainless steel sink
- Salt water tap operated by foot pump
- Ample storage for utensils, crockery etc and provisions

Main Cabin, saloon
- Door starboard to forward head with WC and ceramic washbasin, lockers behind.
- Dorade ventilator.
- To port, full length hanging locker with shelves
- Glass fronted locker with sideboard below with locker under.
- 2 x Settee berths
- 2 x Pilot berths
- Table with bottle storage beneath and butterfly hatch above
- Bookshelves and ample further locker space
- Large hanging / linen locker
- Companion ladder leading to forward deck house hatch

Fore Cabin
- 2 x Single berths with drawers and lockers beneath
- Small seat between
- Deck prisms to port and starboard
- Hatch to foredeck

- Chain lockers,
- Sail and life raft stowage


Rig spars & sails

- Hollow Sitka spruce main and foremast
- Pitch pine main boom and spars with cast bronze fittings
- Bronze gaff saddle by Harry Spencer of Cowes
- Rig and leather work installed by Dominic Zacchorne of Wickford Marine, Rhode Island
- Bronze turnbuckles
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Dacron running rigging

Sails by North 2001

- Bermudan mainsail
- Gaff foresail
- Staysail
- Genoa
- Yankee
- Blade
- Fisherman topsail
- Trisail

Sails by Incidence of Cannes 2006
- Main, fore, staysail and ballooner jib (with chute)


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- 2 x CQR anchors, 75 lb and 60 lb with two lengths of galvanised chain
- 120 lb Fishermans storm anchor
- Ideal model H-51 12 V windlass on foredeck powered by dedicated battery
- Bronze Lewmar sheet and halyard winches
- Inflatable dinghy with outboard
- Wooden dinghy with oars
- Mercury 8 HP outboard 2006
- Teak swim ladder.
- Full compliment of blocks, warps, fenders, lines etc.
- Mediterranean awnings and winter covers


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Engine beneath doghouse sole with additional access from the owner’s cabin
- Yanmar turbocharged 178 HP Diesel with alternator (serviced by Yanmar agent)
- Fixed mounting with flexible coupling to the shaft and Maxi propeller
- Racor 75 / 100 dual fuel water separator
- Wheel steering with Edson storm gear
- AC shore connection and onboard 110 V by Heart interface inverter
- 120 gallon fuel tank
- 120 gallon fresh water tank
- 60 gallon fresh water tank
- PUR Powersurvivor 40E water maker
- Fresh water pumped by Paragon Groco PSR water pressure system
- Water heated by engine calorifier and shore power heater
- Grey water tank with automatic pump
- Black water holding tank with electric pump out


Navigation equipment

- Furono 821 radar
- Furono GP-1850D colour
- GPS with plotter
- VHF radio
- Depth sounder
- Chronometer and barometer



- 1 x 6 man life raft
- Automatic bilge pump
- Whale 30 gusher pump


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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