A Dark Harbor 17 is a pure sailing machine of great beauty; easily single-handed and offering comfort and safety with a small cuddy cabin and self-bailing cockpit. The lovely, slender shape, with long overhangs, deep draft and large rig provide wonderfully sweet “feel” in this powerful, fast, responsive and handy boat.
The round-front oak cabin trunk forms a cozy cabin that is just big enough for two narrow berths. Although headroom is minimal, the cockpit well will sleep two in fair comfort under a boom ten. Mostly the cuddy serves as storage space, shelter in a rain squall, and a bit of privacy if desired.
There are larger boats of similar character, but a “Seventeen” is probably the smallest design that offers such a fine and elegant sailing experience.
STARGAZER was completely rebuilt by the Rockland Apprenticeshop in 2006 and is in structurally very good condition with no broken frames and copper riveted plank fasteners. Cosmetically she does require some work, but the crew at Artisan Boatworks are standing by to assist.
For daysailing, racing, and the occasional overnight, STARGAZER would be the perfect vessel to spark a lifelong passion for classic yachting.