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1996 Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 25

Year: 1996
Length: 32′
Engine/Fuel Type: Single / diesel
Hull Material: Wood
Located In: Connecticut, United States
Current Price: US$ 159,000 
SAY WHEN One of five Buzzards Bay 25s built by Brooklin Boat Yard in the 1990s based on the original Herreshoff drawings from 1914.

In immaculate condition; lightly used by two multi-boat owners; stored indoors in the off-season and constantly maintained and upgraded since new.


Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name

Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard
Designer: N. G. Herreshoff
Flag of Registry: United States
Keel: Full

LOA: 32 ft 3 in
Beam: 8 ft 9 in
LWL: 25 ft 4 in
Minimum Draft: 3 ft 1 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 0 in
Dry Weight: 7500 lbs

Total Power: 9 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 1996
Engine Model: 1GM
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 9 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: 1 Plastic (3 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Stainless steel (4 Gallons)


Cold-molded, wood-epoxy construction using WEST Systems epoxies for adhesion and coatings.
Hull laminate schedule as follows (interior to exterior)

1)      Longitudinal ¾” White cedar strip planking
2)      1/8” Meranti veneer at 45 degrees
3)      1/8” Meranti veneer at 135 degrees

Decks and cabin top are marine plywood over-laid with Dynel cloth set in epoxy.

House sides, aft house bulkhead, cabin doors, companionway hatch slide, toe rails, cockpit coamings & deck trim are of varnished mahogany


• Nat Wilson Gaff Main & Jib in excellent condition, lightly used
• “Toast” tan Sunbrella sailcovers
• Lewmar ball-bearing air-blocks for all halyards, sheets, and runners
• Harken mainsheet ratchet block and cam-cleat
• Custom Reineck bronze turning blocks and collar at mast for halyards
• Correct Herreshoff-style bronze cleats
• Amsteel lazy-jacks


• Two 12-volt batteries with rotary on-off-both switch
• Two electric bilge pumps, each with float switch and on-off-auto switch
• Manual “Guzzler” bilge pump


• “Tack-tick” depth, speed, GPS, and wind sensors and four wireless (solar-powered) Tack-Tick displays
• Garmin 545 GPS-plotter discretely wired, stored in cabin locker, with custom bronze cockpit bracket
• Two large Ritchie constellation bulkhead compasses, rebuilt 2010      


Spartan but comfortable cabin:
• V-berth with triangular filler, with space below for a porta-potty
• Two seats outboard, P & SB, facing centerline
• SS sink to port outboard of engine box, with bronze hand-pump faucet, connected to 6-gallon freshwater bladder
• Ice chest to SB


One of five BB-25s built by Joel White in the 1990s to the 1914 HMCo design, based on the original Herreshoff Mfg. Co. drawings at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections. Brooklin Boat Yard wood construction and coldmolded epoxy technology achieved great strength, rigidity, and stability with low maintenance.

Beautiful, hugely powerful, impeccable and completely up-to-date; mint condition, needs nothing, everything works perfectly; ready for “Spirit of Tradition” Classics racing and fabulous day-sailing and overnight cruising. In immaculate condition: lightly used by two multi-boat owners; stored indoors in the off-season and constantly maintained and upgraded by Bruce Avery at Noank since new.

Fresh paint in and out (including cabin ceiling, lockers, bilges, and engine box) and varnish detailing (including spars) yearly. All new canvas, 2009: new cabin-cushion foam, dark green Sunbrella cushion covers, and padded storage bags for two cabin doors. Sail-away equipped with 8 life preservers, 2 fenders with new (2011) dark green fleece fender covers and matching green braid dock lines, heavy anchor with chain and rope rode, lunch hook with rode, boat hook.

Designer’s Comments

L. Francis Herreshoff noted that the Buzzards Bay 25 was his father’s favorite design. Noted more for his engineering than his art, Captain Nat made a fine showing on both fronts with the BB25. Not only is she stunning to look at with the refined sheer and hollow bow, but she embodies every bit of the engineering genius NGH was famous for.

The Buzzards Bay 25 was designed in 1914. In vogue at the time were lightly built boats with long overhangs. Boats were raced hard every season, and they had a tendency to “hog” and leak. Like the famous 12-1/2 footers, the BB25 was designed for the choppy, shallow waters of Buzzards Bay. It had a hollow bow, higher freeboard, and shorter overhangs than many of its predecessors. The hollow bow helps keep the boat dry, and the shorter overhangs provide improved durability.

The BB25 is quite fast, and they have always done well in sailing regattas. The boat is a “compromise sloop”, meaning it has both a ballast keel and centerboard, to accommodate shoal water. It is one of the largest open cockpit boats built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. and has an enormous gaff rig with nearly 550 square feet of sail.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Alec Brainerd at (207) 542-0372.