Despite 30 years in the making, Petrel was mostly a 32’ hull and deck with a forward and aft bulkhead and miscellaneous pieces and parts when she arrived at Lyman-Morse. She arrived by truck from the owner’s home in West Bath and settled in for a winter-long work list to get her completed and ready to sail the following spring.
The owner, Jay Paris, is an experienced yachtsmen who designed the boat himself. Jay's basic brief to himself was for a small ocean-capable shoal-draft cruising boat with narrow beam and a long waterline. Her hull, built by Walter Greene back in 1983, is wood-epoxy over an Airex core. He served as project manager for the project, ensuring that everything was to his exacting standards.
While she did have an engine, time had taken its toll, requiring that it be rebuilt. Lyman-Morse also installed the systems. We installed the galley, and shelving in the forward berth. We installed a portion of the cabin sole and completed the companionway. We built the centerboard and she received a new Selden carbon fiber mast. She received new varnish, her name and hail were refinished, and she made her debut at the Rockland Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in August 2012.
For some more photos and details about the boat, visit Sail Magazine’s blog. Charlie Doane visited Jay Paris for an afternoon sail aboard Petrel.
A maxi trailersailer suitable for coastal cruising and offshore passage.
Modern interpretations of a traditional keel/centerboarder
Useful volume of contemporary 28-30’ boats, albeit with 8’ beam
Narrow easily driven hull; seakindly, directionally stable and tolerant of overloading
Deck and House
Trunk cabin with inset forward cockpit
Hull and Deck Fittings
Custom fabrications include CuNi centerboard trunk and multifunction bowsprit
Innovative low windage fractional rig with permanently bend carbon mast having unstayed upper panel, sweptback diamond shrouds and single lowers
Speed over 5.5 knots with 10hp diesel. Space for optional 20hp diesel.
Systems arrange for serviceability
Narrow beam; relatively high, long narrow house and low VCG yield outstanding self-righting capacity.