An especially handsome cutter designed by Winthrop Warner in 1934, UNICORN was well and heavily built for a long-term yard operator by Gordon "Swifty" Swift of Kensington, New Hampshire in 1980.
Like the numerous other Warner-designed ketches, yawls, and cutters, UNICORN, has proven to be an able and comfortable cruiser.
In 1986, a first-class Maine yacht yard undertook and completed a major rebuild of the vessel and upgrades to equipment to include the following Ice chest was enlarged and reinsulated. New Shipmate propane stove New cherry countertops. New Mainsail New roller-furling Genoa New Harken roller-furling headstay New corduroy interior berth-cushion covers New suite of navigational electronics including Furuno LC90 Loran, Furuno radar, Garmin GPS and Navico autopilot New alternator New ground tackle
One of her former owners described UNICORN as a boat that "elegant and traditional," adding that she turns heads in every port," and "sails nicely and can be sailed single-handed or by a couple."
Designer: Winthrop Warner
Builder: Gordon Swift / Swift Custom Yachts
Year Built: 1980
LOA: 34’ 6”
Beam: 11’ 0”
Draft: 5’ 7”
Displacement: 22,000 lbs.
Ballast: 7,300 external lead
Auxiliary Propulsion: Westerbeke 40 diesel
Fuel Capacity: 45 gallon
Water Capacity: 60 gallon
V-berths in forward stateroom with stowage lockers beneath.
Enclosed head (rebuilt in 1997) is next aft to port with basin, water closet, 4-valve holding tank, and linen lockers (there is a shower in the cockpit).
Hanging locker with chest of drawers opposite to starboard.
The main cabin has a settee and pilot berth on each side
The port pilot berth converts to a double.
Spacious stowage lockers are beneath the pilot berths.
A nicely finished dining table (which incorporates a unique liquor/wine locker) folds down from the forward port bulkhead.
The galley (aft to port) contains a stainless sink with new faucet and bronze fresh-water hand pump and salt-water pump, icebox (with approx. 4"-6" foam insulation), nicely made dish racks, stowage lockers and cherry countertops
Shipmate propane stove with oven/broiler
Xintex propane system
Small icebox in the starboard lazarette for cold drinks, etc.
The interior is nicely finished in natural pine bulkheads and joiner work with satin varnished cherry trim and berth fronts.
White overhead and hull ceiling.
The natural wood finish makes for a warm and cozy feeling below, and UNICORN is well ventilated via 2 hatches, 2 bronze opening ports, 5 bronze ventilators, and an opening skylight.
Carvel cedar planking over white-oak frames and backbone.
Copper-rivet and bronze fastened.
Fiberglass-sheathed plywood deck and cabin roof.
Painted Iroko trunk, garboards, and first few broad strakes, sheer strake, and rails.
Painted locust caprails, moldings, and cedar hatches.
Reverse curve in after frames strapped with 1/8" bronze.
Edson worm-gear wheel steering system.
Lifelines with custom cast-bronze stanchions
4 bronze cowl-type ventilators mounted on dorade boxes,
Custom heavy bronze hardware
Heavy-duty main-boom gallows frame with custom cast-bronze fittings
Double-spreader, masthead-cutter configuration
Varnished Sitka spruce mast (new 2015), boom and staysail club
Dacron running rigging (new in 1997 and 1998)
Harken headsail furling system
Jiffy reefing on main boom with new reefing winch
ProFurl roller furling staysail rig (new in 1997).
Between 1997 and 1999, the owner added a new main boom and new back, bob, and boomkin stays.
Bronze Barlow #2 single-speed staysail halyard winch
Bronze Barlow, 2-speed main halyard winch,
Merriman reel-type winch for roller-furling jib/genoa,
2 Barient #27 self-tailing primary sheet winches
2 Lewmar bronze sheet winches. Wood shell blocks
Masthead "banner" wind indicator,
1995 full-batten mail,
1995 staysail, mainsail, staysail, Wilson & Silsby #2 furling genoa
Nat Wilson Dacron mainsail and genoa
Eastern Sails roller-furling Yankee.
Corduroy-covered foam berth cushions
Dodger (new 2017)
Hood / Questus gimbaled radar backstay mount
Garmin GPS Datamarine digital depth/alarm
Datamarine S-KL speed log
Navico autopilot Argonaut computer
Flat-screen TV with DVD player
Chelsea clock and barometer
Westerbeke 40, fresh water cooled, 4-cyl. 40-hp. Diesel
2:1 Hurth reverse/reduction gear
Single-lever engine controls
2-blade feathering propeller
Spare 3-blade bronze propeller.
Engine-temperature and oil-pressure alarm
Fuel tank, stainless steel, 45 gallons
Water tanks (2ea), stainless steel, 60 gals.
12-Volt ships system
Two (2ea) heavy-duty gel-cell marine batteries
Fused switch panel
Master selector switch
Digital battery-condition indicator.
Fresh water capacity: 60 Gallons
Stainless steel freshwater tanks (2ea)
Hot and cold pressure water
Stainless steel sink basins in galley and head
Ideal electric anchor windlass
Roller chocks on bowsprit
35-lb. Kedge anchor with 150’ chain
33-lb. Bruce anchor with 150’ chain
35-lb Plow type anchor with rode
Separate ventilated chain lockers
Adult PFD’s (6ea)
Flotation cushions (2ea)
Throwable MOB ring-buoy with line
Fire extinguishers (4ea, Type ABC)
Halon fire extinguisher
Navigation and spreader lights
Diaphragm-type bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
8 docking lines
Force 10 cabin heater