Venturer - Yawl


Venturer - Yawl

The Southwest Harbor Public Library owns a large collection of production, launching and sea trial photographs of "Venturer."

Hull - mahogany
Masts - 2
Rig - yawl
Designed by - Sparkman & Stephens
Build date - 1956
Built by - Henry R. Hinckley Co.
Built at - Manset, Maine
Built for - Harry G. Haskell Jr.
Gross tons - 43 tons
Length - 73' 3"
Beam - 15' 5"
Draught - 52' 6"
WLPower - 88 hp diesel
Capacity - sleeps 14

"The Henry R. Hinckley Co. of Southwest Harbor, is beginning the construction of one of the largest post-war pleasure craft, with the launching scheduled for late next spring.

"The yacht will be 73 feet 4 inches overall with a waterline of 52 feet and a beam of 15 feet 4 inches and is designed so that it meets the rules for racing of the Cruising Club of America. The owner is Harry G. Haskell, Jr., of Wilmington, Del. and Northeast Harbor. It will be the largest built since the war to meet the racing rules with a draft of 9 feet 6 inches and a displacement of 94,000 pounds.

"The yacht will be built entirely by the Hinckley yard, which is nationally yard known for yacht construction. The lead keel will be cast in the yard and the aluminum spars will be fabricated by local workmen. The main mast will be 88 feet.

"Luxurious accommodations will be provided for fourteen people and three crewmen. The frame will be of oak with double planking of mahogany and white cedar. Decks will be teak and deckhouse floors will have holly inlay. The trim will be butternut.

"Equipment will include hot and cold running water, refrigeration and the most modern navigation aids. A 80 hp diesel will furnish auxiliary power and the yacht will carry 2614 square feet of sail. Sparkman & Stephens of New York are the designers." (The Ellsworth American, April 27, 1955.).

"1956 - The [Hinckley] yard builds a 73-foot Sparkman & Stephens designed-yawl called "Venturer." It is the largest wooden sailboat ever built by The Hinckley Company and wins two Bermuda Races, as well as several other prestigious races. Renamed "Windigo," the boat is still sailing [in 2000]." - “The Hinckley Company History,” The Hinckley Company web site, 2000, Accessed online 11/20/2010;


“Venturer - Yawl,” Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive, accessed February 20, 2019, 13149