Sidney Herreshoff “Arion” Specifications:
LOA: 42′ 0″ * LOD: 42′ 0″ * LWL: 37′ 11″ * Beam: 8′ 1″ * Draft: 5′ 6″ * Ballast: * Displacement: 10,500 lbs * Sail Area: 562 sq. ft. * Yard Number: * Hull material: Fiberglass * Rig: Ketch * Class: * Designer: Sidney DeWolfe Herreshoff * Built by: Anchorage Plastics Corp. * Year Built: 1951 * Restored By: Damian McLaughlin Boats * Current Name: Arion * Original Owner: Commodore Verner Reed, IDA Lewis Yacht Club * Current Owner: * Sail Number:
Known Racing History:
Known Restoration History:
Damian McLaughlin, North Falmouth, Massachusetts. The entire interior and exterior were stripped and ground and sandblasted, and rebuilt. On June 2001 the re-launching took place on her 50th birthday from her first launching. Further information on her rebuild can be found on Damian McLaughlin Boats’ website
In 1950, Sidney Herreshoff, son of the famous Nathaniel, designed a boat that was built using what was then an innovative new material – plastic resin reinforced with glass fibers – Fiberglass. ARION, at 42′ was to be the first large sailboat ever attempted in this material. Many were skeptical about the suitability of this material in large craft. In order to reduce the loads and strains that were to challenge this vessel, Mr. Herreshoff elected to minimize the hull resistance so that she could be driven with a small rig.