smallest of this family is the SEA HERMIT at 36’. One of the last ones built
has been successfully cruising in the South Pacific for many years. During
this time, she has seen a great deal of heavy weather, and the owner stated
that she is a joy to be aboard at all times. This type of hull is related in
shape to that of the traditional Gloucester fishing schooners of the late 19th
century. The largest of these is 115’ on deck. The larger sizes have been
built in both wood and steel. Sometimes it is possible to use the ketch rig
instead of the traditional gaff schooner rig.
is MEROJA, which is 23.75 meters on deck. Originally designed as a staysail schooner, her owner changed his mind, and a slight
change in the underbody profile made her suitable as a ketch. She was built of
wood in Phuket, Thailand with double sawn frames and double planking. She is very swift under sail, being easily handled.
This vessel has hollow wooden spars over 100’ in length.
The plating model is of a 28.35 meter on deck
(101’6”) gaff schooner, which is being owner/built in steel in Barbados.
She displaces 96 tons in ballast.
family is not normally used for yachting purposes, mainly due to draft and the
fact that they enjoy their original gaff rig.