Black Velvet II by Ted Brewer
I moved to Maine in '67 and designed a couple of fiberglass production sloops and a number of larger custom wood yachts including, amongst others, the 64-foot Traveller II, (her ending is a story in itself!). Bob Wallstrom joined me in Maine in '69 and we were doing fairly well with custom work. Then, in the spring of '71, I was approached by a Quebec client, Fred Chevrier, to design a modern 43 footer for use on Lake Champlain with occasional trips down the Hudson River to the sea and points south. Fred stressed that the boat had to be weatherly since, when sailing on Lake Champlain, the winds always seemed to be on the nose; no matter if you were heading north or heading south, the wind was against you.
|Black Velvet II line drawings|
|Black Velvet II|
|Black Velvet II motoring on Lake Champlain|
|Cape North 43 in aft-cockpit ketch-rig guise|
|Cape North 43 model as displayed by CN at the|
London, England Boat Show in the mid '70's
For more perspective from Ted Brewer, check out his book: Understanding Boat Design.