* IRVING AND ELECTA JOHNSON, THE MOST FAMOUS SAILING COUPLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY, COMPLETED 4 CIRCUMNAVIGATIONS IN LARGER SCHOONERS BEFORE BUILDING THIS VESSEL,THEIR THIRD YANKEE.
THIS TIME THE JOHNSONS WANTED A SMALLER BOAT THAT COULD BE HANDLED BY TWO WHEN NECESSARY AND STILL BE VERY COMFORTABLE TO IIVE ABOARD WITH PRIVACY FOR OWNERS AND GUESTS.
BUT THE JOHNSONS WANTED SOMETHING MORE:
A VESSEL THAT IN THEIR OWN WORDS COULD
"CROSS OCEANS, CLIMB MOUNTAINS AND SURVIVE SHIPWRECK."
Yankee was designed to travel the canals and rivers of Europe and to be capable of safe open ocean passages She has done both in her long career.
Built of low carbon Corten steel that has twice the tensile strength of normal steel and is very resistant to rust, she draws only 4.5 feet with boards up and 8 with them down.
The twin boards are aligned fore and aft and weigh 1000 lbs each. Her keel is plated with 1" steel and designed to take tremendous stress in grounding and, in fact, to allow for safe and upright intentional groundings as shown below. both boards are controlled from the cockpit and can be individually adjusted for different points of sail.
All tanks are welded and integral with the hull adding immense strength and a double bottom for almost the full length of the vessel. She carries 950 gals of water and 1000 gals of fuel giving her a cruising range under power of over 3000 miles.
In addition, the entire rig can be lowered to the deck and raised without a crain. This feature allowed for long passages in and out of canal systems without visits to shipyards.
CROSSING FROM GIBRALTAR TO TRINIDAD
IN THIS CASE AN INTENTIONAL GROUNDING (one of Johnson's favorite maneuvers )
On the Nile River near Luxor, Egypt 1964
FOOT HILLS OF THE ALPS
Rig folded down traversing an aqueduct in Europe circa 1964
The lowering strut shown here is designed to be carried on the aft quarter and also serve as gang plank particularly convenient for stearn landings.
As shown here, both spars are lowered together
They store neatly leaving full head room and good visibility from the cockpit and helm.
TWICE THE TENSILE STRENGTH OF COMMON SHIP STEEL AND FAR MORE RUST RESISTANT.
1000 lbs STEEL BOARDS ALLOW 4.5' TO 8 FT. DRAFT HOUSED WITHIN KEEL DESIGNED TO TAKE TREMENDOUS STRESS.
BOARDS ARE OPERATED FROM THE COCKPIT AND CAN BE ADJUSTED INDEPENDENTLY FOR DIFFERENT POINTS OF SAIL
WHAT'S A "CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION"?
Any vessel carrying more than 6 paying passengers in or between US ports must obtain a Certificate Of Inspection (COI) from the US Coast Guard,
In addition, if the vessel is built outside the US, It must first obtain a "Jones Act Waiver" from the US Congress before if can even apply for the COI.
The current owner purchased YANKEE in 1998. and felt a COI even if not used extensively would provide more opportunities for future use of the vessel.and would establish the highest standards for many anticipated changes and improvements.
In 2003 the Jones Act Waver was granted by the US Cngress and the work and inspections continued.The COI was issued in 2009.to carry 22 passengers and 3 crew. It was last renewed in Auigust 2018 thru august 2023.
Several areas of soft wood were found in the hollow sitka spruce spars. As all this bad wood was above the spreaders the spars were rebuilt from the bottom up.
Starting about 20 feet from the bottom, long overlaping splices of seasoned straight grain sitka spruce were put into place,
SPLICES MUST BE VERY ACCURATELY CUT OVER 10 TO 12 FEET AND CLAMPED WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PRESSURE TO ACHIEVE AN EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF GLUE FOR THE LENGTH OF THE SPLICE
Once adhesion was complete the pieces were plained into shape,
Over the years, incursion of water under the teak severely damaged the underlying plywood got into the steel shelf and in some places into deck beams.
All steel deck plating was cut out and removed by hand cutting grinders as opposed to torches to avoid severely damaging the below decks joinery.
where damaged deck beams and any other support structure was found damaged, it too was replaced.
The USCG inspectors not only tested the welds, they insured that the welder was appropriately experienced and certified.
All the new and bare steel is coated with three coats of two part epoxy 2300 primer plywood is then set in thick epoxy bedding then through bolted every four inches to the underlying steel and deck beams.
Plywood is stopped 6'" short of bulwark to prevent water encroachment. Life line stanchions welded to steel shelf. New polished SS cap rail welded continuously around deck
A BIGGER JOB THAN ONE MIGHT THINK
IT WENT ON FOR A WHILE
LATER WITH FRIENDS IN THE BAHAMA OUT ISLANDS 2016
As detailed above this vessel has been brought up to very high standards by the current owner. She has been used almost entirely for private pleasure sailing from as far north as Newfoundland, off shore to Bermuda and the Caribbean and several trips up and down the east coast both out side and via the intercostal waterway. Many years were spent sailing the North east coast from Connecticut to Nova Scotia with the vessel hauled out for the winter.
Sailing under her CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION (a C0I is required of all US vessels carrying more than 6 paying passengers) has been limited to infrequent back-up to the CONNECTICUT RIVER MSEUM'S primary sailing vessel and infrequent participation in museum related acitivities.
The COI is of obvious importance to prospective buyers interested in operating a business carrying more than 6 passengers, But for all prospective buyers the Certificate is of great value in that all the many changes, improvements and rebuilds have had to meet federal T Boat standards and pass close examination of the work by well trained USCG safety inspectors.
It should also be noted that Yankee is an extremely comfortable live aboard with central heating, a fully equiped galley, separate large fridge and freezer. micro wave, propane stove.etc. There are two separate heads one forward and one aft each with it's own shower.