The Summer Wind

Welcome aboard our happy ship! The Summer Wind is a steel-hulled, Junk-rigged ocean cruising schooner designed by noted naval architect Thomas E. Colvin. She sails regularly along the Delaware River at Philadelphia in addition to private charters to the Chesapeake Bay. Her design is based on Colvin's Gazelle, his personal boat.

chinese junk rig
LOA 48'
LOD 42'8"
Beam 11'6"
Draft 4.5'
Displacement 28,000
Year Built 1979
Built in
Deltaville, VA
Hull Corten Steel
1/4" above waterline
3/10" below waterline
Engine Yanmar 55HP
USCG #609063

The Chinese Junk rig is extremely versatile. With its fully battened sails, it can be easily reefed for different wind conditions. The sails can be set to any size and at any point on the masts the crew wishes, making it very easy to handle in rough weather at sea. The ship can be single-handed, although we never sail with less than 2 crew. The forward cabin contains the Saloon, the Galley, the Head and the Forward Bunks. The aft cabin is reserved for the Captain and is off-limits to passengers. These cabins are separated by the Engine Room. On deck there is seating for 20 with padded seats on the cabintops on the main deck and the quarterdeck.

junk-rigged schooner summer wind

Thomas E. Colvin

tom colvin gazelleTom Colvin has long been recognized as one of the leading designers of steel boats and his books on steel boatbuilding are required reading for anyone interested in the use of steel in naval architecture. His boats have long been known for their rugged seaworthiness. He's also been a longtime proponent of the lug or Chinese Junk rig and its application in western boats.

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