New Boat: Marblehead 22. And She’s a Beauty


I was in the middle of writing my promised rant about the Opti, Laser, and 420 today — when the below arrived in my inbox, from old friends Doug Zurn (Zurn Yacht Design) and Matthew Sledge (Samoset Boatworks).  This one is so new it’s not even on Doug’s or Matthew’s websites yet.  They previously worked together on the gorgeous Samoset 30.

And I’ve also been meaning to cover the wonderful new W-37, from Stephens, Waring & White/Brooklin Boat Yard/W-Class Yachts.  A soon as I can track down some photography…  In the meantime, you can read about her HERE.

Check out the Marblehead 22:

Marblehead 22

Marblehead 22

What a great design, and fun-looking boat.  Now to quote baldly from the press release:

“Discriminating sailors desire a perfect medley of old and new; seeking a boat that is ahead of its time in build quality yet timeless in appearance. The Marblehead 22 is proposed as a moderately built, high performance daysailer. She was designed and built utilizing 3-D computer modeling and the latest advancements in cold-molded construction techniques. She bears the classic lines and charm of a traditional wooden boat but without the upkeep.

Above the waterline, the Marblehead 22 appears as a true classic: a narrow beamed hull accented by a plumb stem, sweeping sheer, counter transom and varnished coaming boards. Below the water she’s all performance. A fine entry gracefully transitions to a powerful mid section that finishes with just enough rocker to bring the sea back together effortlessly. A cast lead bulb keel combines to provide the needed lift and low center of gravity to allow the Marblehead 22 to climb to weather with the best of them. A balanced spade will do its share in moving her bow where ever desired. ”

Here are her specs:

LOA 22’ – 9”

LWL 18’ – 8”

Beam 6’ – 10”

Draft 3’ – 5 ½”

Displacement 2,300 lbs

Sail Area 261 ft2

And her plan view:

Marblehead 22 Plan

Marblehead 22 Plan

A boat to love…..  Order yours today.

So many great boats; too few weeks in the year.  I’m off to the WoodenBoat Show tomorrow, and hope to see many of you there.

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