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PRUDENCE is 36-foot clipper-bowed “NEREIA” ketch, designed by L. Francis Herreshoff and built in 1972 by Roger Kelsey of Branford, CT. This design is one in Herreshoff’s series of clipper-bowed, raked-masted ketches that include BOUNTY, MOHAWK, TIOGA, AND TICONDEROGA.
She sailed for 20 years as the builder’s personal yacht for annual trips between Long Island Sound and Nova Scotia. Her next owner maintained her with George Zacrone of Wickford, RI, where she continued to receive professional care and significant upgrades over the next 12 years.
In 2008-2009 PRUDENCE received an extensive refit that included construction of a new cabin house, interior, engine & systems, sails and rigging.
Currently she is based in New York, and each year makes the passage to and from Brooklin, Maine where she spends summers - often participating in classic yacht regattas along the way.
In late fall and early spring PRUDENCE earns her keep offering daysails in Raritan Bay and New York Harbors; and in summers she works for The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine - offering sailing courses and private charters.
Quick as her looks suggest, yet comfortable in a seaway - PRUDENCE is heavily built, dry, and a pleasure to sail. Her low aspect rig and 2:1 ballast ratio mean she seldom requires reefing.
Prudence is mahogany planked on oak frames, bronze fastened with a mahogany laid deck. Masts and spars are Sitka Spruce, sails are Dacron. Standing rigging is stainless steel with eye splices into bronze turnbuckles on the lower end. Running rigging is stainless wire rope and Dacron three strand. The engine is a Yanmar 32hp diesel that turns a three bladed reversing propeller. Rudder is outboard with tiller steering.
Below, Prudence sleeps six in five bunks, has a two-burner propane stove and a large icebox. The head includes a composting toilet and hand washing sink.
Length between perpendiculars: 36ft
Length of the waterline: 31 ft 9 in
Overall length including bowsprit: 43 ft
Draft: 5 ft 3 in
Sail area: 673 sq ft (plus jib tops’l and mizzen stays’l)
Displacement: 24,000 lbs (including 12,000 lbs outside lead ballast)
From “The Common Sense of Cruising Design”: “Nereia is a real little ship, one that can carry a figurehead gracefully…(she) is no chichi imitation of foreign yachts or a copy of those vessels which were developed to carry dead fish to market, but is a descendant of the purely American type of yacht that was developed for ladies and gentlemen to sail on before racing measurements spoiled the cruising yacht.”
Please call or email for more information including a 2018 survey.
2 Full length V-Berths forward.
Two port and starboard berths in main salon
Airhead composting toilet with sink and manual freshwater pump.
Centerline mahogany dropleaf table.
Planked with 1 1/4" thick Philipine Mahogany on 2x2" white oak frames. 2" oak floor timbers with 1/2" silicon bronze bolts. Keel and deadwood bolts are 5/8" silicon bronze with a lead ballast keel.
Deck is 1 1/4" mahogany.
Between 2008 and 2009 the yacht received a major refit.
The refit included a completely new cabin house built of 1 1/4" african mahogany. Cabin top beams are white oak, with fir and plywood covered, with 2 layers of dynel cloth and epoxy.
New hatches constructed and installed, along with twelve new bronze portholes with 5"openings.
Interior was totally stripped and refinished. The main cabin's interior was entirely rebuilt, with new galley, cabinets, and bunks.
New rigging was produced using 7x19 stainless steel wire, with spliced ends. Bronze turnbuckles are in excellent working condition.
2 Lewmar cockpit winches and 4 Merriman halyard winches are in good working order
New electrical panel and new cabin lights, along with all new wiring.
New Paul Luke model 3 LPG3 burner propane galley stove, with all new propane piping including all new shutoffs.
New 10 pound aluminum propane tank mounted on deck, with a second similar tank for switching out.
New water system, with bronze manual hand pump in the galley and in the head
New stainless steel 30 gallon water tank, with all new plumbing.
New ice box
New standard horizon mode GX300S VHF radio, with a new antennae
New 2008 Yanmar 3JH4-E 36 - diesel engine along with a new 30 gallon stainless steel fuel tank. Racor water filter, Yanmar water separator, -and new fuel lines & shut offs. All new controls included.
A newly built engine box has been insulated with 1" Soundown.
New 1 3/8" stainless steel propeller shaft and a new Paul Luke feathering propeller of 18 x 13" right hand, 3 blade.
New sails 2016 made by Gambel & Hunter in Camden ME.
Two mainsails - One with reef points.
Small jib roller furled
Light air jib
Loose footed staysail
Large jib roller furled (Quantum)
Custom sail covers
2 Drifters - Dacron 4.5 oz 19ft foot and Nylon 1.5 oz 24 ft foot.
Hand rails to cabin tops
Cockpit teak gratings
New running rigging 1/2" spun dacron by New England Ropes
Cabin soles were stripped and refinished.
2013 - 2016
New natural head composting toilet.
Traditional hand-powered windlass
Two new batteries and wired to a battery switch
All new cushions, cabin, foc'sle, quarter berth, cockpit
New Garmin model GPS MAP 1040XS radar and chart plotter and depth sounder
New Schaefer 1100 headstay furling system installed.
Rebuilt transom from cap rail down one full plank of transom and forward to include covering board and around to hull planking.
Replaced forward port and starboard Garboard planks.
Removed rudder and refastened all screws to pintle and gungeons, installed new bushings, reinstalled.
Removed, rebuilt and installed new sampson posts of white oak with bronze fastenings
Added 15 fathoms of stainless steel chain as rode for fisherman anchor.
Pulled, inspected, sanded and varnished both spars, booms and bowsprit.
Removed, built new and reinstalled cockpit.
Replaced hand bilge pump in lazarette with new whale pump.
Secured loose wires into tubing where it runs over engine hatch.
Replaced all four sitka spruce spreaders with new sitka spruce.
Rebuilt forward hatch
Replaced bilge pump and float switch with same size 5 year warranty rule pump.
Installed proper stern and masthead lights.
Single up outer jib halyard and added second outer Jib halyard.
Rebuilt and installed new scroll work (Port and Starboard) cap rails.
Secured bronze trucks and flag fairleads main and mizzen.
Constructed and flew new pig sticks and pennants.
Mahogany boadring/swim ladder
Hand held VHF and charger
Three fire extinguishers
Extra 12v 2000 gph bilge pump
Richie quarterpoint magnetic compass in bronze binnacle
35 lb plow anchor with 20 ft chain and 150ft 1" rode
40 lb Herreshoff Fisherman Anchor, 15 fathoms SS chain, 200ft 3/4 nylon rode
Joel White Shellback dingy available separately with sail rig and oars.