Boat on land
  • Designer: CR Holman

  • Rig: Yawl

  • Launched: 1963

  • Built by: Berthon boat Company, Lymington, EnglandLength overall: 53’9”

  • Draft: 7’5”

  • Construction: copper riveted Burmese teak on acacia and English elm framing

  • Displacement: 25.6 tons

 

Launched in 1963,  Saudade was constructed to the highest standards of the day.   In many ways she represents one of the last of her kind, within a few years the classic wooden ocean racing yawl pioneered by Olin Stevens in 1929 would give way to more modern hull shapes made of fiberglass.   Saudade’s name- Portugues for a "profound sense of nostalgia or longing," was given to her on launching.  She spent her early days in England and then in Lisbon where her first owner's mistress resided.  She spent 70s and 80s in the Mediterranean, finally making her way across the Atlantic to Carribean and New England. When I found Saudade in 2017 she was on her way to dereliction in one of Key West’s grungier boat yards. She has been on an almost non-stop restoration program since.