L. Francis Herreshoff was partial to the advantages of comparatively shallow draft designs. He compensated for this factor by employing longer waterlines, easily driven body plans and sensible, moderate-sized rigs and sail plans.
The Stuart Knockabout is a splendid example of these basic design principles. She is exceptionally fast and, therefore, a joy to sail. She also has surprising power and is not slowed perceptibly by an oncoming sea. She is comfortable and forgiving, and with every unnecessary piece of complicated gear absent, what is left is an uncluttered, simple, easily handled thoroughbred.
In building each Stuart Knockabout, we have endeavored to preserve the essence of the original wooden boat and advance the comfort and sailing performance in a more forgiving and easier to maintain version. The foam cored fiberglass hull construction is also lighter and permits the addition of 400 pounds of keel ballast, bringing the completed boat to her designed displacement, thereby increasing her capability to carry sail into a good breeze.
Stuart Knockabouts are used in PHRF racing and there are a few class races popping up on the East Coast. These easy and wonderful sloops have even been placed on large vessels and mega yachts for a fun daysailing option when at port.
New boats are made in Massachusetts, and can be shipped all over the world. We are currently taking orders for the upcoming sailing season.
If you are interested in seeing a Stuart Knockabout you are welcome to come to our shop on Cape Cod. If you are interested in test sailing, we are happy to take you out on beautiful Buzzards Bay weather permitting.
To make an appointment please contact Amy at (508)-563-2800.
More information on the Stuart Knockabout can be found on our website: www.StuartKnockaboutLLC.com.
1104 Route 28A
PO Box 457
Cataumet, MA 02534-0457