Design # 73 by L. Francis Herreshoff
A magnificent example of a Herreshoff copy, authorized by Herreshoff and the original owners of Mistral, built to the highest standards by Legendary Yachts in Seattle, using WEST System epoxy saturation method and modern materials. Carbon fiber masts, electric winches, bow thruster, along with generator and air-conditioning are but a few of her features.
Mistral is another clipper-bowed vessel of what has become known as the Ticonderoga model. She is a little fuller bodied than her ketch sister, but none-the-less a very fast, comfortable boat at sea. Her 6' 3" draft allows her access to many waters otherwise lost to a boat of her size. A complete cruiser.
Whenever L. Francis Herreshoff was allowed free reign over the conceptual development of a commissioned design, he invariably fell back to what has become known as the Ticonderoga model. Mistral is a spectacular embodiement of this model, which first emerged during L. Francis' apprenticeship with Burgess, Swasey & Paine. It was design No. 257, known as Joann. When speaking of his passion for this general model he said:
"Now if you takea model like America, cut away her deep forefoot, give her a fuller deck line forward, put her ballast all outside, give her a smooth bottom, light spars and cross-cut sails, she will leave our modern racing freaks of the same sail area hull down in a few hours...But best of all, you will have a vessel easy in a sea...You will have room to accommodate the crew necessary to handle the sails. She will be practical and economical to drive under power at a useful speed and will maintain that speed in a head sea. Last but not least, you will have something which is handsome, and 'handsome is as handsome does'. You will almost have a thing of beauty and a joy forever, for this model can be made to last a very long time. Dear reader, you may think I am overenthusiastic about this model. Well, maybe I am..."
It was these endearing qualities which influenced the choice Mistral as a yacht which would provide her owner with a vessel which would enrich his soul. She was L. Francis' 73rd design, drawn in 1937. To some boats are not just a utilitarian object of transportation and sport. Rather they are much more. They express and cultivate one's sense of well being, much like a well sculpted object of art. It is with an extreme debt of gratitude, that Legendary Yachts, Inc has been given the privilege to provide such a joy for one such individual, George H. McEvoy. We thank you!
The interior of Mistral is traditional, yet light and open with mahogany raised and white beaded paneling combined with suede upholstery and gold plated hardware.
Epifanes glass and satin spar varnish. Two private staterooms & crew berth quarters (berth for sea). Suede upholstery. Raised mahogany panels. Bead and cove yellow cedar, spruce, and red cedar paneling. Gold Plated fixtures. Two heads, Jacuzzi bath tub. Granite galley and head counter tops. Entertainment center with TV & Stereo system. Navigation Center with computer navigation system.
Starting aft of the chain locker is a crew cabin with two teak berths, two large spacious staterooms for the owner's party, and two berths for crew. A collision bulkhead with watertight door separates this area from the rest of the vessel. Deck access is thru the foredeck hatch.
The spacious owners cabin is next aft with an athwartship full queen berth, large dresser, nightstand and full desk. An ensuite private head with shower is adjacent.
The salon features a U-shaped dining table to port with settee opposite to starboard. This settee converts to a full double berth.
A large head with classic wooden framed tub is aft to port of the salon opposite the navigation station.
A guest stateroom is located aft of the salon and head, to port with a full double berth, chest of drawers and hanging locker.
The galley is located on the forward end of the salon and is well equipped with a generous pantry.
A navigation center is just aft to starboard with full size nav desk and storage.
Mistral is built with the West System epoxy saturation method, sheathed composite construction. Cold molded mahogany and cedar are set in epoxy on galvanized frames. 1 1/4" cedar planking is in the traditional fore and aft direction covered by 3 layers of ¼" mahogany in alternate diagonal directions all set in epoxy. The 2" thick hull is a light, yet very strong type of construction used in much larger yachts. The floors, frames, backbone and stem are hot dipped galvanized steel painted with Awlgrip.
Legendary Yachts, Inc has incorporated it's highly successful composite construction technique in the building of Mistral. Combining structural steel and wood, her hull has been fashioned to withstand the rigors of the most demanding conditions found at sea. The steel provides a strong, light weight structure over which a wooden skin is applied. In Mistral's case this wooden skin is composed of a single 1 1/4" layer of Western Red Cedar over hich is laid three 1/4" layers of Honduras Mahogany. The whole is fastened with bolts (galvanized fin heads, which were inserted prior to the last layer of mahogany), screws (stainless steel, which were driven into the Cedar thru pre-punched holes in the steel framework), and epoxy to the galvanized frames.
In addition, the cedar planks were edge glued (epoxy) and fastened (stainless ring nails). When taken as a whole, we have provided a single monococque hull, which combined with it's outer epoxy impregnated cloth surface and inner epoxy impregnated surface is impervious to water, allowing for a dry bilge. This construction is intended to provided minimum maintenance obligations, a stiff hull, weight savings and increased interior volume. The topside paint is manufactured by PPG and is an acrylic urethane, color number 2058.
Mistral is a gaff schooner with top masts.
The subdeck is comprised of 2 layers of 1/2" marine plywood, which are through bolted to galvanized steel deck beams. The bottom of the subdeck is epoxy coated, while the top surface area is covered with epoxy saturated boat cloth. A 7/8" thich teak deck is bedded in 3M 5200 and fastened with #10 Stainless Steel screws over the subdeck. Black Teak Decking Systems caulk over cotton seam tape are in the deck seams. Cabins are AwlGrip non-skid paint, color Moondusk.
629 Northeast Third Street
Royale Palm Marina Dania Beach
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33004