CIRRUS is a fast Fishers Island 31 racing sloop in remarkably good condition. Her red hull still sends hearts aflutter as she slides easily and gracefully through the water. When she was built, Sid Herreshoff indicated the origins of her class were derived from the Newport 29 design and years of careful study to develop a model which is sturdy, seaworthy and dry in rough going. This design can be pushed hard around the classic regatta circuit yet with her generous cockpit and comfortable interior she will take the family on a cruise with probably less fuss than many a modern boat.
CIRRUS has a long history of expert care and upkeep. Designed by Nathanael G. and Sidney DeWolff Herreshoff, she was built by Herreshoff Mfg Co. in 1930. She has stirred the soul of many during her 89 years, including Alan Bemis who bought her in 1935 and owned her for nearly 50 years. He gave her the signature red topsides that she still carries to this day. He made improvements in the rig, making her faster and in 1954 engaged Joel White to make her a yawl. The Yawl rig made her easier to handle, even single-hand, and still she won races. In 1985 her worn decks were overlaid with marine grade plywood and dynel. In 2004 she had major structural work done: her timber keel, frames and floor timbers were replaced.
Herreshoff Mfg Co. built only 14 of these Fisher Island 31's, which have been widely recognized as among the greatest ever all-round yacht designs.