PaPa 1 is a handsome, classic schooner built with time-proven Covey Island wood/epoxy techniques which marry traditional shipwright skills with contemporary materials. Her profile is reminiscent of the early Bristol Channel pilot cutters. She is fast, comfortable and easily handled by a crew of two. Her onboard systems are simple, well proven and easily serviced. Maintenance is similar to any modern vessel. PaPa 1 is equally comfortable leading the fleet around the buoys at the Antigua Classic or cruising around the world.
Nigel Irons drew the lines for PaPa1 with an acknowledgement to the aesthetics of the early Bristol Channel Cutters which were known for their speed and sea kindliness. Nigel Irons’ design portfolio includes numerous race winning / record setting designs and his ability to combine classic aesthetics with performance is legendary.
John Steele, founder of Covey Island Boatworks, is credited with the interior design and arrangement, drawing upon perspectives gained as a yachtbuilder with a portfolio of notable yachts. His experience in cruising thousands of sea miles further influenced his work.
The arrangement plan includes three double cabins each with their own lockers - plus a large saloon/library. The foc’sle can be used for three more berths if needed or as a workshop with a work bench and lockers for spares, supplies and tools - as well as a very efficient washer dryer.
Her cockpit, where most of the crew's time is spent, is safe, spacious and comfortable. It works well when cruising, racing or on anchor dining with company aboard and half a dozen or more around the cockpit table. It has sufficient storage for all her very large fenders, dock lines, life raft, snorkeling gear, barbecue and when she had them, two folding boat bikes. The bimini, quickly deployable, provides full shade for the cockpit.
The head compartment is spacious and, most importantly, well ventilated with a real cast iron bath tub and a simple
problem free toilet located so it can be used on either tack . Her pantry makes stores easy to access without having to dig under a berth.
PaPa's rig is traditional with a minimal amount of modern gear to make life easier - 4 winches and 4 rope clutches. Sailing PaPa is a rewarding experience which engages her crew and for those interested, quickly conveys a wealth of traditional skill and understanding of how the highly evolved traditional sailing vessels work. She can, and regularly has been, sailed by a crew of two on ocean passages or she can be raced with an experienced crew of 9 or 10.
Laminated, hollow Douglas Fir pole masts, booms, gaffs and solid laminated bowsprit Note: masts were laminated to 8 sided hollow spars, shaped to round above the hounds, then sheathed full length w/ 1 layer 10 oz. e-glass in epoxy, then below the hounds clad w/ a 1" thick Douglas Fir veneer from the hounds to deck, shaped to round and oiled finished.
Stainless steel mast fittings
Galvanized standing rigging, parceled & served full length w/ deadeyes
Double Braid running rigging
Black locust blocks / Delryn sheaves
Yankee jib on Furlex furler
Genoa jib on Profurl furler
Hull is built using the proven wood/epoxy methods that Covey Island Boatworks has used to build scores of off -shore sailing vessels since the 70’s. The centreline “backbone” from the stem to the stern post is a continuous laminated member of Douglas Fir / epoxy infused, and moulded to suit, generally 10 - 16 inches square. On this are ring frames, every 16”. Each ring has two frames, port and starboard, joined at the lower end by a floor and at the upper by a deck beam. Frames and deck beams are laminated Douglas Fir / epoxy.
Bulkheads are of 3/4" Douglas Fir plywood, most are sheathed both sides with 3/8" Ash tongue & groove, trimmed with 3/4" thick hardwoods. Over the frames is a hull skin of 2" thick Douglas Fir strip planking which is edge glued and nailed and glued and screw fastened to the frames. This skin is faired inside and out, saturated and sealed with epoxy, the outside of the hull is sheathed with 3 layers of 10 oz. e-glass in epoxy.
Decks: from below - 3/8" thick layer of Nova Scotian Ash beaded tongue & groove, a layer of 3/4” Douglas Fir marine plywood, a layer of 10 oz. e-glass in epoxy and finally a laid deck of 1" thick Douglas Fir, glue fastened only.
Hull is built from salvaged Douglas Fir that had stood as an aircraft hanger in Nova Scotia for at least 60 years. Large beams and truss members were resawn. Deck furniture and cockpit are built from aged Black Locust, mostly from Mill Village, Nova Scotia. Her interior is finished in a mix of ash, from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and "hardwood" ( a mix of oak, maple and birch ) from Scarsdale, Nova Scotia. Soles are clear pine, smuggled from the Halifax navy dockyards years ago and aged on Bush Island, Nova Scotia.
Of note, Covey Island has conducted careful epoxy adhesive testing of numerous woods and has found that Douglas Fir offers ideal, long-term adhesion for today’s epoxies, yielding an exceptional combination of strength and weight.
PaPa1 is an efficient marriage of modern technology and classic appearance. The “personal yachts”, built by those who build yachts for others are typically special and PaPa1 is a fine example of that distinction. As a schooner, she is both simple and elegant. I expect that her silhouette will make its way into those glossy, coffee table books that celebrate such designs while her next owner will meet similar celebrations in every port of call.