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Caledonian - Replica Schooner

In the foreground. It's FOR SALE!

A scaled-down replica of a colonial schooner of the 1790s, CALEDONIAN was designed by Howard Chapelle, who was the Smithsonian's transportation curator for many years and famous for his extensive work documenting and producing plans for traditional American sailing craft as well as for his books on boatbuilding and boat design. He was also known for his scaled-down replica designs of traditional American craft. CALEDONIAN was patiently and carefully built in a traditional manner by her previous owner with further work done by Rockport Marine in Rockport, Maine. The work and finish on CALEDONIAN was done in a plain, simple fashion appropriate to her style and executed in a workmanlike manner. The happy result is a vessel both visually romantic and practical to maintain. Down below, CALEDONIAN's interior is cozy, finished in the same simple style as on deck.


An article on CALEDONIAN appeared in Maine Boats & Harbors, no. 73, p. 60.


CALEDONIAN can be recommended for anyone desiring a traditional, historic-style schooner with all the accompanying romance but in a practical size.



Mahogany and white-pine planks on oak frames, structural keel, backbone, and deadwood; oak and bronze floor timbers; bronze and stainless steel fastening; cedar deck with painted pine trim. 5' 6"-x-4' painted pine self-bailing cockpit with bridge deck and tiller steering. 7,000 lb. exterior lead ballast. Black and yellow hull with red bottom and clear, traditional deck.


2000 Yanmar 27-hp 3-cyl. fresh-water-cooled diesel engine, reported to be in excellent condition. 12" bronze propeller on 1" stainless shaft. Cruising speed 6-7 kn.


18-gal. plastic fuel tank, 150-gal. collapsible plastic water tank, 15-gal. polyethylene holding tank.


12V DC lighting system, two 12V batteries, circuit-breaker panel, and master switch.


Sleeps 4 in single berths. Headroom: 5'7" to 6' 3". 1 head. Galley equipped with sink and Origo 2-burner alcohol stove. Folding dining table. Interior finish is white paint with cherry joinerwork/trim and varnished pine cabin sole. Ventilation is provided by 2 hatches/slides, 2 ventilators, dorades, and a skylight (some screens).

Sails & Rigging

Gaff schooner rig with varnished hollow laminated spruce keel-stepped mast, stainless standing rigging to oak deadeyes, manila-colored Dacron halyards and sheets. Sail Inventory: All by synthetic and natural canvas color with sew grommets, by Hunter & Gambel of Camden (from approx. 2000): main, fore, jib.

Ground Tackle

15-lb. CQR, 50-lb. Luke, and 12.5-lb. Danforth anchors, bow roller, 5/16" galvanized anchor chain, three 200' 3-strand 3/4" nylon rodes.


Rule automatic electric bilge pump, Whale manual bulkhead bilge pump, 2 dry-chemical fire extinguishers, bugle, flares, 5 Type III PFDs, horseshoe ring, 2 strobe lights, searchlight, docking lines, boathook, fenders, boarding ladder, sail covers, cockpit cushions, Dyer dinghy, Avon inflatable, berth cushions, blankets, pillows, dishes, cooking utensils, glassware, flatware, some tools.

Electronics & Navigation

Barometer, clock/chronometer, compass, VHF radiotelephone, GPS, depth sounder, some charts.


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Taken on June 29, 2012