A Lateener for the Channel Islands


This is just a teaser for a project that’s beginning to come together, a 24′ lateener that will be sailed in the waters around Southern California’s Channel Islands.

This little yawl will be trailer-sailed. This leads to her construction in wood/composite with laminated “sawn frames.” Also, to keep trailer weight low and give a large boat feel underway she’ll have considerable water ballast. Auxiliary power, beyond sweeps, will be provided by a Torqeedo electric motor head mounted on a bracket on the side of the rudder. The batteries and controllers stowed in lockers under the stern deck.

The cabin is under a raised deck. This provides the most usable space in a small boat like this. There will be generous seated headroom. A double bunk forward and a comfortable seat to starboard, a la L. Francis Herreshoff’s Rozinante interior.

With 3′-3″ draft, fully loaded, she will have enough lateral plane to do without centerboard or lee boards or bilge-keels. The combination of a long straight keel with a modest “shark-bite” cutaway deadwood and a pivoting rudder blade should combine good trailering manners with the kind of long lateral plane this rigs needs. The pivoting rudder also makes dealing with kelp a bit easier.

24′ Lateener Project






7 thoughts on “A Lateener for the Channel Islands

  1. Very nice work indeed! I understand this is a collaboration with my brother, California designer John Petersen.
    I’d heard about this project but never actually seen it. We grew up sailing with our father on Great South Bay, in Eastern Long Island, in a 19 foot centerboard racing sloop called a Diaper Class. It had an open diaper pin design by Hervey Garrett Smith on its mainsail, haha, and was a fast little boat! At the time of his death, our father was working on restoring a beautiful Gil Smith catboat, which was then sold. Alas.
    I look forward to seeing this boat when you guys are done!


    1. Nando,

      Thanks for your interest!

      The concept is “fleshed out.” What needs to happen is to find someone with a specific need and then adapting from this beginning to meet it. For instance, I’d like to see this concept carried out in traditional construction and with inside ballast. For someone else, it might proceed as a strip/composite boat to be trailered. In which case we would go a bit shallower and lighter.

      A new design should meet its prospective people half-way. The biggest advantage of a new design is having your particular needs met.



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