STAR FOR SALE: Unique Three-Masted Herreshoff Marco Polo Schooner Available in West Indies


March 3/2020: This is such a cool boat! I have seen and admired her for many years, crossing paths with her both in Bermuda and in Nevis, and last spring at last had a chance to spend some quality time with her owners, Steve and Irene Macek. Now comes word that the famous schooner Star is for sale. Steve and Irene have been trekking back and forth aboard Star between a home in Nevis and a summer base in Falmouth, Massachusetts, for many years. During the winter they run day charters on the boat in Nevis. Previously they sailed her around the world.

Designed by L. Frances Herreshoff during the 1940s as the “ultimate” world cruiser, these 50-foot schooners are quite intriguing. They combine narrow beam for low resistance and speed, immense load-carrying ability (Star, for example, carries 600 gallons of fuel!), and a very segmented rig, for versatility and ease of sail-handling.

As drawn by L. Frances

As photographed by me in Bermuda last spring

Interior shot of saloon, looking forward from the companionway

Steve and Irene are itching to become full-time cruisers again, so are looking to downsize to a smaller boat. You can learn a bit about Star (including some of the famous people who have sailed aboard her) and see an asking price ($110K) at this site here, but you’ll note it is sadly lacking in particulars. I have been aboard and can tell you the boat is very well maintained. If you think you might be interested in her, I recommend you contact Steve and Irene at and pester them directly for more details.

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