In 1914 N.G. Herreshoff designed and built the first of several hundred 16 foot long -12 1/2′ on the waterline- gaff rigged sloops. These capable boats were originally conceived as a teaching platform for younger sailors on Buzzards Bay, but the Herreshoff 12 ½ quickly became a favorite for all skill levels. This design has long since established itself as one of the foremost examples of yachting genius, for few other boats have acquired a more enduring popularity. The mere fact that, in more than 100 years, no significant modification has been made to the design, speaks to its excellence.
The Doughdish, a modern fiberglass reproduction of the H 12 1/2, is ideal for sail training, day sailing or for more traditional one-design racing. The stability and security of her full keel design combines excellent learning opportunities with forgiving handling. Her large and open cockpit is generous, compared to other designs of her size, and remains comfortable with 4 adults enjoying an afternoon sail. One-design competition is very active throughout New England, with five major clubs and numerous smaller fleets.
The traditional gaff rig can be substituted with a Marconi option and both sail plans can be outfitted with symmetrical spinnakers. This ability enables sailors to both grow into the sport and experience the excitement of more technical sailing, without sacrificing the simple pleasures of relaxed sailing when desired.
As intended by Herreshoff, the Doughdish is exceptionally seaworthy and capable in all kinds of weather. Easy to single-hand, the Doughdish can be confidently sailed by children or grandparents. True to tradition, she is distinctively charming with beautiful lines and first class construction.
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