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. After many years based in Philadelphia, she now sails from her new home in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, in addition to private charters to the Chesapeake Bay. Her design is based on Colvin's Gazelle, his personal boat.
Year Built 1979
Hull Corten Steel
1/4" above waterline
3/10" below waterline
Engine Yanmar 55HP
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.
After several years of participating in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, we thought about why certain boats always seemed to do better than others. The staysail schooners, like Woodwind and Prom Queen, are consistently among the leaders. The staysail rig was designed to give better upwind performance and we always seem to be going upwind in the schooner race. That's the one point of sail the Junk rig doesn't want to do well, so we decided to try an experiment. With some old jibs, we re-rigged the boat as a staysail junk schooner and were pleasantly surprised by the improvement. Now we're working on new sails!
Thomas E. Colvin
6/27/1925 - 9/1/2014
Tom 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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