Designer: John Alden
Length Overall: 72 ft
Length on Deck: 72 ft
Beam: 15 ft 8 in
Draft: 7 ft 10 in
Displacement: 72,000 lbs
Known for their speed and seaworthiness, the east coast fishing schooners of the 1920's were the pinnacle of sailing elegance and purposeful design - and were famously raced and worked to and from the Grand Banks.
Designed on the same lines as those famous fishing schooners like the Bluenose and Gertrude L. Thebaud , the Dirigo continues that heritage and pedigree.
Dirigo II is a gaff-rigged topsail schooner. She was designed by John Alden and built in 1939 at the Goudy and Stevens Boatyard in East Boothbay, Maine. She was specifically designed for circumnavigation, which she accomplished twice throughout her storied past. Dirigo II has recently undergone a complete restoration, is operated with loving care by her captain and crew, and is ready to take you on your next adventure!
Built out of mahogany and fir planking over white oak frames, she is stiff and strong. Her curved teak deck planks, mahogany and glass butterfly hatches, solid bright-finished fir masts, and the sweep of her long cap rail are elegant and traditional.
Accommodations are for up to 6 guests. There are 2 private staterooms with over-under berths and two pullman berths in the main salon. She has a fully equipped galley, a shared head for guests with hot water shower, and a spacious salon for lounging, reading, playing music, and relaxing.
Relax in the spacious cockpit, chat navigation with the captain, or take your turn at the helm. Help the crew hoist and trim sail from the mid-deck, climb the ratlines to the top of the mainmast, or venture out on to the bowsprit as the Dirigo pulls you to a new destination.
Tenders and Other Equipment
We tow one hard bottomed inflatable dinghy with a 25 hp outboard. This is the main tender used for shore trips and exploring the coastline, estuaries, and beaches. A second rigid hull tender is stowed on dory davits off the starboard beam, as well as 2 inflatable kayaks, which are perfect if you prefer to explore by paddle or oar.