C. Raymond Hunt – The Lawley 225

THE “TWO-TWENTY-FIVE”

In 1936 Raymond Hunt along with engineers Bror Tamm and Gordon Munro decided to build a 36’0″ prototype at the Lawley Yard in Neponset, Masachusetts. Although there were doubts about her potential sailing abilities, she quickly proved doubters wrong. But, at the time, no one seemed to like the prototype, she was too peculiar, and slab-sided for her size.

 

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Lawley 225 – 1936 Prototype

 

After much thought and consideration the Raymond Hunt brain trust decided to scale down the 36′ prototype twelve feet. The new yacht was called at first the Lawley 110 then the National 110 and eventually the International 110, which became the forebearer to Raymond Hunt’s 10 series of Yachts.

 

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Lawley 225 – Egeria – 225/1

 

In 1939 The Corinthian Yacht Club members, of Marblehead, Massachusetts,  were looking for a spirited one-design  club boat for Massachusetts Bay, having searched for a low cost, low maintenance solution they decided on and sponsored the Lawley 225.  Further evolved and improved by C. Raymond Hunt and Frank C. Paine, “Egeria” was the first of the 225 class boats, known as 225/1.  “Egeria” proved to be very fast, beating most of the class boats in Marblehead except the 30-Square-Metres.

 

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Courtesy of: Bill Platt – 110/225 Brochure – Click once and twice for full screen view

 

In the early forties, when most yards were at capacity producing war effort ships, Lawley’s, decided  to enter into a sales contract with the Cape Cod Shipbuilding Company of Wareham, Massachusetts, whereby CCS purchased the entire building rights to the line of small sailboats developed prior to the start of World War II. This agreement allowed Lawley’s pre-war brand to be constructed without delay  The pre-war list included the Lawley 110, now known as the International 110, the Lawley 225, the Lawley 15′ sloop, and the Lawley 8′ pram.

 

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Hunt “Lawley 225″ Class Specifications:

LOA: 35’6″ / 10.85m * LOD: 35’6″ / 10.85m * LWL: 26′ 0” * Beam: 5’11 / 1.55m * Draft: 5′ 00 / 1.52m * Ballast: 1,000 lbs * Displacement: * Original Sail Area: 225 * Yard Number: Prototype * Hull material: Weldwood Construction * Rig: Sloop * Designer: C. Raymond Hunt * Built by: George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Massachusetts * Year First Built: 1936 * Contract Cost: $1,000

 

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Photo credit of Blake Jackson – MarbleheadStudios.com – Lawley 225 Class Dagger 2014 CCYR – click to enlarge pic

 

Past Ownership (Class) History:

1.) Lawley 225 Class – (Egeria) sail number 225/1

2.) Lawley 225 Class – (Briggs Cunningham- Top 6-metre sailor)

3.) Lawley 225 Class – (Brumby Tom Callahan) – (Brumby Museum of Yachting, Donated by Mr. Callahan) –  (Jaws  ?) –  (Dagger  Ted Boynton)

*Three class boats that we know about (so far)

Known Racing History:

2014 – MoY Classic Yacht Regatta Class Grand Prix Winner (Dagger), skippered by Ted Boynton
1993 – MoY Classic Yacht Regatta Class D Winner (Brumby), skippered by Tom Callahan

Known Restoration History:

Historical:

Dagger is the last remaining, in sailing form, Lawley 225 in existence. A second hull was reported to be in the Midwest and is currently being used as a flower box.

JawsDagger – Previous owner used a J-24 rig, current owner sails with an Etchell’s rig

Credit:

Photo credit of Blake Jackson – MarbleheadStudios.com
Photo credit: Ro Fenandez – Andesvision.com
Courtesy of: Bill Platt – 110/210 Brochure

 

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Photo credit Ro Fenandez – Andesvision.com – 2014 MoY Regatta

 

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10 comments

  1. Glenn F Higgins

    My dad, Milton F Higgins an acquaintence of Ray Hunt, purchased one of the 225’s from someone in Woods Hole Harbor in 1950. I was fifteen at the time and introduced my wife of now sixty years to sailing when she with her family moved to town that same year.
    The vessel, moored in Cohasset Harbor for the next seven or so years was a wonderful craft to sail in Massachusetts Bay. I am unaware of the successive owner or its present location.

  2. Peter Rice

    Glenn
    I think my dad may have bought your boat next. We should compare notes.
    Peter Rice
    Freeport Maine

  3. Peter Rice

    Does anyone know how many 225’s wee actually built?
    Peter Rice

    • admin

      Peter – We have only been able to identify 10 boats that were built for the Corinthian Yacht Club starting in sequence with 1156 – 1165 in 1939, although identified, we need to confirm, hopefully this Summer we may be able to do so

      • Peter Rice

        Glenn and Admin,
        This particular 225 was set up for cruising when my Dad bought it sometime between 1957 and 58. She had an inboard motor, which was defunct and promptly removed, a dodger and porthole, three forward of the mast and one aft of the helm, on each side. It was also equipped with a dodger and a center mounter genoa winch on a wood pedestal in the cockpit. It was named “Bandarilla” but I don’t know if it came with that name or not. My dad said there was another 225 in Scituate I think, named “Fancy Pants”. I have a few photos with sail number.
        Peter Rice

      • Peter Rice

        Admin,
        I have a couple of photos of our 225 that I can send along. Taken around 1960.
        How do I attach if possible?
        Peter

  4. How does the 225 perform with Etchells Sails.

    • Peter Sherman

      The 225 performs very well with the E22 rig. I was lucky enough to get invited for the IHYC classic regatta last year. The conditions were light to moderate. The boat was very balanced and lively in those conditions, I think the E22 rig is a perfect fi.

  5. Glenn Higgins

    Peter,
    Just saw your last communication on the 225’s today. Noticed your comment on “Fancy Pants” in Scituate. I believe this is inaccurate as this was the name of our boat moored in Cohasset in the fifties.. I would have known if the boat was only moved to Scituate when it was sold.

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