The Concordia Yawl is very well known as one of the most
beautifully proportioned vessels of all time. They also have earned
a place in yachting history for their racing achievements in the
Newport Bermuda race and most other offshore events on the East
Coast. Except for the first few, all of the Concordias were
constructed in Germany by Abeking & Rasmussen to the very high
standards of the Concordia Company in So. Dartmouth MA. It is a
testament to the design that, of the 103 Concordias built, 102 are
still in existence today.
HORIZON, a Concordia 41 Yawl, is the 54th Concordia built,
completed in 1957. She was shipped directly to the West Coast
where she had two owners who sailed her there until 1988. A
re-fit was performed at The Concordia Company in 1989, at which
time the Yanmar diesel was installed, and additional work was
perormed there in 1994, readying her for her next adventures. The
current owners purchased HORIZON in 1995 and enjoyed her in Lake
Michigan before moving to Maine in the early 2000's.
Always concerned about giving HORIZON the best of care, the
owners were fortunate to find Larson Marine in Waukekan, IL still
having craftsmen able to care properly for a pedigree wooden
vessel. However, after HORIZON made her way to Maine, Benjamin
River Marine in Brooksville began a continuing process of keeping
her in the best of condition, and performing major projects
detailed in this listing.
HORIZONis unique to the Concordia class in that she is one of
only a few that were built with lead ballast and bronze keel bolts
in lieu of the standard iron ballast. As well, she also had a
taller, two spreader, masthead rig. The owner states that he has
never dipped the lee rail, no matter the conditions or sails set!
HORIZON'S layout is slightly different than other Concodias in
that she was built with 5 bunks rather than the traditional 4 by
way of a pilot berth to port and a pull out settee
underneath. The headroom may also have been modified, as the
owner who is 6'3 has full headroom throughout. She has been kept
"traditional Concordia" in every way. She retains the
original cabin heater, the galley hand pump faucet, porcelain sink
in the head, and the original oil lamp on the port bulkhead.
HORIZON is in excellent condition, and was varnished, painted,
and fully commissioned for the 2015 sailing season. She is now
stored inside for the off season, and easy to inspect.