This is a beautifully restored Classic Concordia Yawl easily balanced with jib and jigger or just the main. The very graceful lines of the C. Raymond Hunt Design were originally brought to life by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany. Health issues have made it necessary for the current owner to discontinue enjoying the pride of ownership and sense of accomplishment he has recently enjoyed knowing that "Swift" is now as good as she can be with many hours of work from quality craftsmen who removed and repaired or replaced anything that wasn't exactly right. Now, she is in "sail away" condition. This is a tremendous opportunity for you. All the hard work has been done and done right.
Please feel free to call me on the cell phone 410-310-3476, text, or email me at any time if you have any questions or there is anything else I can do for you.
David M. Cox, CPYB
Certified Professional Yacht Broker
The Concordia yawl was designed in 1938 by naval architect C. Raymond Hunt with input from Llewellyn and Waldo Howland, Clinton Crane, Fenwick Williams and Frank Paine. Earlier that year, the Colin Archer-designed Norwegian pilot cutter, Escape, belonging to Llewellyn Howland's family, was destroyed by the Great Hurricane of 1938. Howland subsequently commissioned the Concordia Company, which he had founded in 1926 and at the time was run by his son Waldo, to design and build a replacement. Howland wanted a sailboat that could be used for both cruising and racing and withstand the heavy wind and choppy waters of Buzzards Bay; thus the Concordia design number fourteen, a 39'10" yawl, was created.
There were 103 Concordias produced between 1938 and 1966, making the Concordia yawl class the largest class of large one-design wooden sailboats. The first four Concordias were produced in Massachusetts. Concordia commissioned the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard in Lemwerder, Germany to build the last 99 (26 of them as a 41' Model). 102 of the 103 Concordias are still in existence today.
Over the years the Concordia yawl has won numerous races including the prestigious Newport Bermuda Race (1954 & 1978), the Annapolis Race (1955), Cowes Week (1955) and the Marblehead-to-Halifax Race (1955 & 1997).
The Concordia yawls Arapaho, hull #85 and Irian, hull #70 (both 41' models), appeared in the movie Message in a Bottle.
New Quantum (2018)
Old Staysail (rarely used)
New Stack and jacklines for Main and Mizzen with zippers
New Tide Marine Slides for Main and Mizzen
All of the Standing and Running Rigging was replaced in 2018
Many of the Concordia Yawls were originally built with ribs that were "Steamed" to bend into position. That method has proven not be satisfactory in the long term and over the winter of 2018, New Laminated White Oak Ribs were installed along with replacing bad planks with mahogany planks and areas with dead wood were repaired.
The bottom was refastened with $5,000 worth of Bronze screws. The hull was the Re-wooded, re-caulked, and painted (2018)
Origo alcohol Stove
Wood Stove (removed from the cabin)
Miscellaneous other parts and loose gear removed from the boat for various reasons
New 4 man REVERE Commander coastal life raft in Valise
2 new Bronze self tailing Harken Jib winches, 2 new bronze self tailing Spinnaker winches, New Bronze self tailing Main Halyard / reefing winch, New clutch sheet stopper for main halyard and reefing system
New Muir electric windlass w/ 35# CQR anchor and New Concordia anchor roller and wash-down faucet
B&G Suite including Plotter/radar and instrument multi displays
New Simrad Auto Pilot w/ NEW Edson pedestal steering including plotter display engine controls, auto pilot remote, and wind display
New 4 to 1 Bronze traveler and new Bronze Main Sheet Block with cam cleat
New Electrical Distribution Panel
New icom VHF radios and remotes
From the C. Raymond Hunt plans of the Concordia Yawl came a wonderful sailing vessel which could easily be balanced to sail in all types of conditions. Now with the Roller furling Genoa it is even easier to balance the load for speed, steering, or comfort. The classic Jib and Jigger or just the main can be used for long passages with minimum strain on any equipment. The Concordia Yawls establish a high standard for comfortable cruising on a great sailing boat.
Hunt was not just focused on comfort however when he designed the Concordia Yawls. He also designed a boat capable of winning races and the records show how successful these boats were in many of the most challenging off-shore races.
"Swift" is hull # 68 built in1959 by Abeking & Rasmussen (#5452) in Lemwerder, Germany. She was originally named "Desperado" but was quickly re-named and owned by a new owner followed by 5 other owners including the present owner. She has been well cared for over the years and recently has had some major work done on the boat including strengthening the "Steam Bent" ribs which Concordia discovered over time were not as strong as they needed to be. In fact, the current owner has recently spent over $200,000 on the boat, because it needed to be done.
Today "Swift" is as strong as ever and with new equipment is ready to go sailing. The hull, rig, sails, engine, and equipment have all been totally inspected and any little detail has been addressed and corrected. The big investment has been done. Now is the time to enjoy the boat and just maintain her. "Swift" is definitely worth coming to see.