EMILY’S NEW BOAT: Enabling a Low-Budget Boat Flipper


March 30/2021:  So… this is what I did last Friday. Instead of writing the next installment of my Waterlines column for SAIL Magazine, as planned, I got in my car on a whim and drove two and a half hours to Belfast, Maine, and bought this boat, a 1969 Tripp 29 named Teal. A very cool boat, actually. The old Atomic 4 has been replaced with a custom electric motor. Has a Hydrovane windvane installed. Recent standing rigging and chainplates. Fresh roller-furling. Dutch built, solid glass in both the hull and the deck.

Sweet lines! A cut-away full keel and that trademark vertical Bill Tripp transom you see on other boats of his from this era, most notably the iconic Hinckley Bermuda 40. Waterline length is 20’6”. Beam about 9’. Displaces about 7,700 lbs, with just 3,000 lbs of lead ballast. 363 sq.ft. of sail area.

Of course I don’t need another boat… or even want one.

In this case I was merely acting as an agent for Emily Greenberg, SAIL’s proofreader (among other things), a young barebones liveaboard cruiser who maintains a very interesting blog at dinghydreams.

Emily, in spite of the fact she has almost no money, buys and sells sailboats at a prodigious rate. By my count this will be her fourth boat in five years. Her previous yachts were a Bristol 24, a Pearson Ariel 26, and a Great Dane 28. If you’re interested in purchasing the Great Dane, you should get in touch with her via her blog. She’s eager to sell.

At the rate she’s going, I expect she’ll be on a superyacht by the time she’s in her dotage.

Cockpit shot. Lots of bronze hardware on this boat, plus mismatched self-tailing winches. The solar panel is a custom 48V unit, to help power the 48V electric motor


Said motor, with two of the four batteries that power it


Galley gear. That old motorcycle cylinder head with a handle on it is a heating element. There’s a fixed kerosene stove burner under it. Also, as you can see, a single-burner gimbaled alcohol Origo stove


A nifty side table


The Previous Owner, next to a wood-burning stove he installed. The stove, alas, does not come with the boat


Emily, the new owner, on a previous boat… I forget which one

Emily is thrilled! If you sail on Penobscot Bay, keep an eye out for her this summer.

As for you Waterlines fans, don’t worry. I handed in my copy yesterday.

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  1. Well played, Emily! Looks like a great boat with many tasty custom touches (except the battery/motor area, which looks scary but may have cleaned up well). Also, I briefly met Milo when he was WoodenBoat School staff and would love to know more about his boat “flipping” exploits.

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