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35' Race Committee Power Boat

Comments from Yachting Magazine:

"When the Eastern Yacht Club needed a new race-committee boat, they decided to do it right. The Marblehead, MA, club commissioned a local firm to draw the 'perfect race-committee boat.' Dieter Empacher came up with a 35' design similar to a Maine Coaster 35, but with a fiberglass hull and aluminum superstructure. They designed the yacht to work for a race committee but to be comfortable, as well. Some things they took into consideration: chart table with stowage nooks and a Plexiglas lift-up top, opening Lexan panels around the work station, fold-up seating, course tree with a built-in ladder; and below, a pipe berth, separate head, hanging locker and plenty of stowage space."


Dieter Empacher was commissioned by Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead to design a race committee boat. This was interesting and challenging work since little has been written or said about race committee boat design. Our office looked for comments from experienced yachtsmen such as Thomas Young of Riverside, Connecticut, Ms. Hastings from the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, and Pem Pleasants and John Koopman, members of the Eastern Yacht Club.

The aim was to achieve a race committee boat that was a stable working platform with a practical layout, low maintenance and good visibility. For the hull form we decided on a design of a beamy, hard chine boat which we found in the Maine Coaster 35', built by Henriques Boat Works. While the hull material is fiberglass, the superstructure is aluminum for greater weight saving to keep the center of gravity as low as possible to achieve the sea-kindly motion. The traditional profile of the superstructure is a look seldom seen anymore on the waters, and therefore, easily recognizable as the race committee marker at the finish line.

While this has certainly been different work than designing sailing yachts, it has been an interesting project and should provide years of pleasurable service to the Eastern Yacht Club.

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