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1902 Herreshoff Gaff Cutter

East Blue Hill, Maine


Launched by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in November of 1902, NELLIE falls in the sweet spot of classic sailing yachts… not too big, not too small.  She can be sailed by two for a sunset cruise or raced competitively with a crew of ten.  This combined with the intrinsic beauty of her classic Herreshoff sheer and cutter gaff rig have contributed to her remarkable longevity. 

In 1902 and 03, the Herreshoff Mfg Co built three virtually identical full-keel yachts to the 35 foot waterline racer/cruiser class: AZOR for Malcolm Forbes, TRIVIA for Harold Vanderbilt, and NELLIE for Morton Plant (NELLIE was named after Plant’s wife, Nellie Capron.)  In his biography of his father, L. Francis Herreshoff wrote of the trio of 35 ft waterline sloops, “These three were among the nicest all-around sail boats of their size ever built.”

From 2007 to 2010 NELLIE underwent a carefully researched, museum quality, keel-up restoration, and today is in “better than new” condition.  This restoration was featured in the 2010 Classic Yacht Symposium at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI and is available in digital format for those who would like to see it.   

NELLIE’s classical well-appointed interior provides a level of luxurious comfort not seen on pure racing yachts, and her spacious cockpit is equally suited to silver service dining as it is to sailing.   I could go on, but the photos speak for themselves.

NELLIE is ready for immediate delivery.  To learn more please visit NELLIE's website at syNELLIE dot com or call to schedule a showing.




Stonington Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Artisan Boatworks Inc..

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: NELLIE
Make: Herreshoff
Model: Gaff Cutter
Year: 1902
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Herreshoff Manufacturing Co.
Designer: N.G. Herreshoff
Construction: Wood
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 46 ft / 14.02 m
Length Overall: 46'7 ft / 14.20 m
Waterline Length: 34'5 ft / 10.49 m
Beam: 12'2 ft / 3.71 m
Max Draft: 7'7 ft / 2.31 m
Dry Weight: 25,920 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 55hp
  • Propeller Type: Bronze, Folding


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Antique and Classics
More Info :

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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