A traditional design by L Francis Herreshoff

Francis Sailboat Plans

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

22' 9" 26' 6" 19' 9" 3' 0" 33' 10"

1GM inboard Yanmar 24%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

L. Francis Herreshoff Middleton Marine 1982-present 315 sq. ft. 12 gal. 20 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 9,800 lbs.

Since the 1980s, Middleton Marine of LaCrosse, FL, has been producing (to order) four different L. Francis Herreshoff designs in fiberglass: two sloops, the 23-foot Prudence and the 28-foot H28, and two ketches, the 36-foot Nereia, and the 37-foot Diddikai. All four of their offerings are available in various stages of kit assembly from hull-only, to ballast, bulkheads, and deck installed, to engine installed. The company also will produce finished yachts to order. Best features: The traditionalist will enjoy the design, originated in 1937. (The drawings—of the boat's wooden version—appear in the book, Sensible Cruising Designs by L. Francis Herreshoff, published in 1973 by International Marine Publishing.) As with any of her comps, the Prudence will satisfy the cruiser's need to explore distant places in relative comfort regardless of weather (short of a gale). Worst features: The headroom falls short of her comps by 14" or more—but if the galley were moved aft under the companionway, a dodger could be installed to provide reasonable standing headroom at the galley while preparing meals.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20

20' 0"

8' 0"

3' 3"

5,500

1,800

Bluejacket 23

23' 0"

10' 0"

2' 3"

6,000

700

Herreshoff Prudence 23

22' 9"

8' 0"

3' 0"

6,800

1,600

Falmouth Cutter (22)

22' 0"

8' 0"

3' 6"

7,400

2,500

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

12.9

410

288

5.7

26.6

443

3 or 4

5' 11"

9.5

300

NA

6.1

20.0

403

2

6' 2"

16.4

394

NA

6.0

31.7

408

2

4' 9"

15.0

365

NA

6.1

30.0

651

3

5' 11"

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