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Herreshoff 65 ft New York 40 Bermudan Cutter 1916 - Sold



Herreshoff 65 ft New York 40 Bermudan Cutter 1916

Designer Nathanael G Herreshoff
Builder Herreshoff Manufacturing Co
Date 1916
Length overall 65 ft 7 in / 20 m
Length deck 59 ft 1 in / 18 m
Length waterline 40 ft 4 in / 12.3 m
Beam 14 ft 1 in / 4.3 m
Draft 7 ft 10 in / 2.4 m
Displacement 27 Tonnes
Construction Pine planking on white oak frames
Engine 100 HP Yanmar 4JH2-UTE
Location France
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



Who doesn't know ROWDY? Who doesn't remember having been passed by ROWDY? Who didn't one day watch ROWDY with a lot of curiosity, admiration and even envy for her beautiful flowing lines? Fine tuned by her current owner, ROWDY’s authenticity is impressive and her condition hard to fault. Under his aegis this yacht has indeed dominated her class at classic regattas making her probably the most successful classic race winner on the Mediterranean Circuit ever. Never forget, however, her versatility and capacity for cruising - a true all rounder. If the New York Yacht Club’s intention in 1916 was for a yacht that could cruise comfortably with a small crew – with racing almost a secondary consideration, Herreshoff’s genius nevertheless created a yacht so tough and seaworthy the class was to win two Bermuda Races in short order – enough to earn the Class soubriquet “The Fighting Forties”. A classic piece of Americana - and coming up to her centenary - ROWDY is one of only five remaining examples of this stunning class; one of very few as capable from any era.


Recent race history

Rowdy has raced in the classic yacht races in the Mediterranean from 2007 onwards and her principal results summarised below

3 times Overall winner of Vintage class in the Panerai Series, Trophée Panerai
Twice Winner of Rolex Trophy at Les Voiles de St Tropez
(plus one time tied for first but lost the draw out of a hat!)
Twice Overall winner of Bailli de Suffren race (long distance, St Tropez to Malta)

Individual Regattas - Epoque Marconi class:
3 times Winner, Cannes Regates Royales – Trophée Panerai
4 times Winner, Les Voiles de St Tropez
3 times Winner, Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai
3 times Winner, Les Régates Imperiales, Ajaccio
3 times Winner, Les Voiles Du Vieux Port, Marseille
Twice Winner, Copa Del Rey, Mahon – Trophée Panerai
Twice Winner, Porto Rotondo – Trophée Panerai
Winner, Argentario Sailing Week – Trophée Panerai
Winner, Vele d’Epoca di Imperia – Trophée Panerai
Winner, Monaco Classic Week
Winner, Nice classic regatta
4 times Winner, Cannes to St Tropez race
Winner, Ajaccio to Antibes race
Winner, Mahon to Imperia race



The Class born just one year before the United States entered WW I, the first twelve including ROWDY raced hard before such sailing was temporarily curtailed. They were to be joined later by two more; RUGOSA and MARILEE and judging by how cruising racing yacht designs were to develop, these were well ahead of their time.

Her former owner Holland Duell, lawyer, distinguished WWI veteran, and New York State Senator, was to race ROWDY extensively in Long Island Sound – with many wins in the 1920s - to the end of his sailing career. Subsequently owned by a series of other lawyers, she was domiciled on the Great Lakes before moving far west to California in houseboat mode, subsequently to be rescued by Chris Madsen and restored.

Come the 2000 Millenium, while in California Graham Walker had learned of the yacht having been restored and determined to see her. “Blown away” by her scale and beauty, he was to buy her and notwithstanding the work already done, rendered her race fit with a Marconi rig more in line with Herreshoff’s own later design of 1927. These and other changes equipped her well for her notable second racing career. Rowdy is the only of the original NYYC 40s never to have her name changed. The boat is extremely well documented by the New York Times, New York Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Herreshoff, MIT, Mystic Seaport, and Rosenfeld Collection.



- Carvel 1 3/8th inch Douglas fir planking, bronze fastened to white oak frames and double planked above turn of the bilge.
- ¾ inch Burmese teak deck planking over ½ inch Okume ply over ¾ inch fir T&G on white oak deck beams
- Superstructure of Honduran mahogany
- Teak and white oak cabin sole


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Accommodation summary total 9 berths including crew
- T&G deckhead painted Herreshoff white
- Soft furnishings of Burgundy simulated leather Chesterfield
- Owner’s double berth cabin with en-suite head
- Original Wilcox and Crittenden WC modified for electric operating
- Main Saloon with 4 single berths
- Day head with similar antique WC modified to electric pump
- Crew cabin fwd with 1 single berth
- Captains double berth aft
- Galley
- Navigation station


Rig, spars and sails

Marconi 3 spreader rig
- Canadian spruce mast and boom
- Rig beam at spreaders 4.2 m
- Continuous rigging
- Stainless 1 x 19 wire standing rigging
- Maffioli running rigging
- Maffioli ropes

Sail Area Upwind 241 sq m. Downwind 421 sq m
- Sails Hood Sailmakers, Vallauris
- Main Sail Hood 101 sq m 2010
- 2 x 10 Staysail Hood 55 sq m 2007 + 2010
- Genoa Hood 140 sq m 2007
- Yankee Hood 60 sq m 2007
- Jib Top Hood 35 sq m 2010
- Asymmetric Hood 320 sq m and 280 sq m 2009


Deck equipment and ground tackle

All bronze custom deck hardware

Winches Lewmar bronze custom
- 2 x 68, 3 speed ST
- 2 x 54, 2 speed ST
- 4 x 48, 2 speed ST
- 1 x 50 kg Bruce anchor
- 1 x 45 kg Fisherman anchor
- 1 x 35 kg Fisherman anchor
- 1 x 25 kg Kedge anchor
- 18 m chain and 200 m warp
- Wooden custom made passarelle
- 1 x Inflatable tender with 2.2hp outboard engine 2007


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Yanmar 4JH2-UTE 100 HP diesel engine
- Wurth gearbox
- 35 mm stainless steel shaft with deep sea seal
- 22 inch Gori 3 blade folding propeller
- Max speed 9 knots
- Cruising speed 7 knots
- Fuel consumption 5 litres / hour @ 2,000 rpm
- Range140 nm

- 12 V to 220 V, 300W inverter
- 220 V 16 A shore power
- 2 x 175 AH domestic batteries
- 1 x 60 AH engine start battery
- Mastervolt charger
- 100 litre / 26.4 US gallon fuel
- 100 Litre / 26.4 US gallons fresh water
- 55 Litre / 14.5 US gallon grey water
- 70 Litre / 18.5 US gallon black water


Navigation communications and electronics

- 1 x Ritchie SS1000 magnetic compass
- Tacktick wireless gyro compass
- Tacktick wireless echo sounder
- Garmin GPS map 3010 (2010)
- Digital and paper charts covering western med
- Tacktick wireless log
- Tacktick wireless wind instruments
- 12 V portable 1 million candela searchlight
- Icom IC-M402 DSC (2004)
- Handheld Icom VHF
- Acer Aspire Revo R3610 Computer (2010)



- 8 x Plastimo automatic lifejackets with harness
- 12 x Adult buoyancy aids
- 1 x 2 kg ABC Powder fire extinguisher
- 1 x 6 kg ABC Powder fire extinguisher
- 1 x 2 kg Halon engine compartment extinguisher
- MOM automatic MOB device
- Offshore flare pack


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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