Classic Crosby Wianno Senior in excellent condition. Just launched for the 2018 season SALTWORKS is ready to go to her next owners
A successful one-design racing class needs a boat that’s well-suited to the local waters, easily built and not overly expensive. Most of all, the boat needs to be fun to sail, exciting to race and competitive in a range of conditions, from light air to heavy weather. The fact that the Wianno Senior is all of these things — and graceful as a swan — is one reason the 104-year-old gaff-rigged sloop is among the longest-lived one design sailboats in the annals of American yachting. She has an overall length of 25 feet and is just under 18 feet on the waterline. The long keel hides a centerboard, giving the boat a draft from less than 3 feet to almost 6. This and 1,200 pounds of ballast help offset her 366 square feet of sail. The cockpit has room for a crew of four, there’s a cabin below for sail stowage, and the 4,100-pound-displacement hull was designed to handle a variety of conditions. It’s just what members of Wianno Yacht Club wanted in 1913 when they commissioned catboat builder Horace Manley Crosby to design a “fine gentleman’s platform” for racing on the shoal-ridden south shore of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Crosby Yacht Yard was a good choice. Founded in 1798 by Daniel and Jesse Crosby Jr., who began building boats in Osterville, Massachusetts, the company gained fame in 1850 when brothers Horace and C. Worthington Crosby launched Little Eva, the first of the Crosby catboats. In the century-plus since, more than 180 Wianno Seniors were built, and it’s believed that more than 140 survive. The Wianno Senior remains an active racing class with several fleets located on the south shore of Cape Cod. Some boats found their way to other sailing grounds as is the case with SALTWORKS that can be frequently sighted sailing on the Eggemoggin Reach in Maine.
Designer: H. Manley Crosby
Builder: Crosby Yacht Building and Storage Company
Year Built: 1933
Hull Number: 101A
Sail Number: (25)
Draft Minimum: 2.50’
Draft Maximum: 5.5’
Displacement: 4,100 lbs.
Ballast: 1,200 lbs
SA: 366 sg. ft..
Cedar planking over steam bent oak frames
White oak stem, backbone, deadwood and transom knee
Floor timbers are of white oak
Decks are Cedar planking over white oak deck beams with painted canvas over lay
House sides and cockpit coamings are varnished oak
House top is cedar planking over white oak beams with painted canvas over lay
Varnished oak toe rails, companionway sliding hatch and cockpit trim
Bronze rubbing strake at sheer
Cast bronze hardware including stem iron, bow chocks, bow Samson post, jib tracks and cars, jib leads and cam cleats, spinnaker turning blocks and main sheet block.
Cabin top, decks cockpit seats and cockpit sole are painted pale buff color
Companionway slides, after cabin bulkhead and cockpit sides are painted pale green Topsides and transom are painted white with black boot stripe.
Bottom, rudder and centerboard are painted with red anti-fouling paint.
Varnished Sitka Spruce mast, boom, gaff and spinnaker pole
Stranded stainless steel wire standing rigging with spliced eyes at upper and lower ends of head stay and shrouds.
Upper shroud and head stay ends rest on rigging shoulders while lower ends have bronze turnbuckle adjusters connecting the rigging to chain plates and stem iron.
Running rigging (halyards, sheets, running backstay tails) are of Dacron 3-strand line Halyard and main sheet blocks are traditional varnished wood shell with bronze sheave type.
Harken running backstay blocks with lower block being ratcheting type with integral cam cleat.
Bronze South Coast halyard winches, ( 2 ea on cabin top) single speed, top action type
Sails by Maine Sailing Partners
Wheems and Plath ships clock
Wheems and Plath barometer
Bronze cabin ventilators
Anchor with chain and rode