You can own a beautiful piece of history.This is one of the beautiful 32 foot water line 45 foot overall Sparkman Stephens designed racing sailboats built in 1936 to be a competitive racing class for the New York Yacht Club. Still an actively racing class there is a lot of history and passion for the fleet today. "Mustang" for many years was owned and raced by Rod Stephens in many races and was Winner in Class, Second Over-All in the 1952 Newport to Bermuda Race. In 1982, the decks were encapsulated the deck with fiberglass and epoxy resin. In 1993 the exterior was sheathed with a triple cold molded mahogany veneer skin overlaid with biaxial combi-mat applied in epoxy in many layers. Over-all condition of the boat is really solid and strong.
Outfitted to be a perfect live-aboard the most recent owners lived on the boat and cruised until heath issues forced them to leave the boat. Now available in the Annapolis, Md. area it is on the hard waiting to get back on the water. Not only is she a piece of history. She still is a beautiful yacht capable of sailing/racing/cruising all over the world. Truly a beautiful yacht.
See Olin Stephens' comments in the detail section.....
(Much of the history and information was made available from the archives and collections kept by the New York 32 Organization. Special thanks and credit goes to Debbie Rogers, Class Historian)
Please note: The boat currently is on the Hard outside of Annapolis, Md.
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David M. Cox, CPYB
Certified Professional Yacht Broker
Much of the following information on the New York 32's and specifically "Mustang" was made available by Debbie Rogers who has been collecting information and documents on the NY 32's and seems to be the one to go to in the New York 32 Organization website. Thanks to her for all her assistance.
Some of the pictures provided in the listing were taken in 2000 and 2001. The boat is currently in the water in Annapolis and is available for viewing with and appointment at a private residence.
In Olin Stephens' Autobiography All things and Sailing Too writing about his Brother Rod's ownership of "Mustang" he wrote:
I sailed with Rod on Mustang, the NYYC thirty two he had bought from Harvey Conover for whom we designed a centerboarder of about the same size. Racing Mustang in that Bermuda Race, Rod insisted that I was the skipper and one bad tack I called cost us first place in Class B.
....he (Rod) had found for sale an excellent piano accordion well-adjusted to the marine environment. He considered it an improvement over the one he had played happily in the early Dorade and Ranger days. He bought this instrument and played it for years after. On Mustang, his NYYC thirty-two, he carried it in a special stowage spot. Rod loved Mustang, sailed her often out of the American Yacht Club, and made her a pattern for many good details carried in his inspection visits in drawings and photographs. He cruised and raced with family and friends until he felt the burden of his own success......
Mustang ... was Rod's NYYC thirty two. He first owned her about 1950 and kept her for nearly 20 years. Early on he used her a lot, racing and cruising, usually with Marge and Betsi, wife and daughter. Later on work interfered, and after she spent several summers lying on a mooring he had to let her go. He was happy to be busy but he missed Mustang a lot.
There is a lot of history associated with "Mustang" and even more that comes with the New York 32's. Originally commissioned by the members of the New York Yacht Club to be a one design class. The design was by Sparkman & Stephens and there were to be a class of 20 boats built at Nevin's Boatyard. "Mustang" is hull number 17. She was originally named "Revonoc" which was the last name of the original owner spelled backward.
Due to circumstances, the boat ended up with Rod Stephens in 1945 who raced and cruised the boat for 20 some years and won many races. Perhaps the most recognized accomplishment was in 1952 when the boat was First in Class and Second Over-All in the Newport to Bermuda Race.
In his "Cruising Under Sail" article in Sports Illustrated (1962) Rod wrote about what he was looking for in a boat when he bought Mustang
"I wanted a boat a family could live on comfortably, whether out for a weekend off Larchmont or on an extended cruise along the coast of Maine. I also needed a boat which, with family ashore and a crew of ocean racers aboard, could beat across the Gulf Stream to Bermuda. The measurement rule for the Bermuda race and most other blue-water events sets a practical minimum of about 35 feet in overall length. But since the bulk of the heavy chores on a family cruise would normally fall on me, I felt the boat should not be over 45 feet so I could handle it myself if need be. In the 17 pleasurable years that I've been cruising and racing Mustang I've never regretted that decision. There is much to be said in favor of a compact cruising boat." (p36)
In 1969 she was sold to W Mahlon Dickerson who died while aboard the boat from a massive heart attack.
Eventually in 1973, she was bought by new owners and move to Maryland for cruising on the Chesapeake and eventual total overhaul. Some time around 1981 the decks were completely overhauled with everything removed from the deck and a completely new fiberglass job. Then after a nine month cruise, serious work was done on the boat with the objective that this yacht would become their retirement home. A new engine was installed. a new aluminum mast and boom were purchased. Doing most of the work themselves, the owners refastened or repaired all the original planking, applied cold molded cross directional sheathing, and fiberglassed the entire hull.
The next steps to finishing their improvements for living aboard and cruising were interior changes. They removed the main cabin pilot berth and put lockers and book racks in their place, making the salon more like the original accommodation plan of the design. They repainted and varnished. They turned the forepeak area into a "library /study" with computer and more bookcases and replace the forward hatch with full Lexan panel. All the electrical systems were upgraded for refrigeration, microwave and new electronics. The engine replacement was a VW/ Pathfinder diesel. The main cabin still had her 'Mustang' table among the redecorated interior. New aluminum spars were made by Hall Spars to match the original mast and boom at a cost of about $14,000. With the aluminum mast came a new mast step.
. All of the through hull fittings were replaced in the hull, the keel bolts tightened (after the drying) and many coats of "acetone-diluted epoxy" were spread in the bilge to seal the interior. The yard painters applied the final Awlgrip topcoat plus an ultra-violet resistant clear coat. Mustang was then launched.
Due to an illness and passing of one of the owners, the boat has returned to the Chesapeake Bay and is now available for sale.
Recently the son of thee owner has returned the boat to Annapolis where he has done some routine maintenance to preserve the boat in good condition. The aft propane box has been removed and the epoxy dodger has been removed to help restore the boat to her original lines. "Mustang" can become the boat of your dreams. She can be a wonderful cruising boat or race in classic boat races. There is a lot of history and a lot more years left in her for you to enjoy.
Starting in the bow, Mustang has a stainless bow pulpit, harken roller furler, double anchor brackets, large chocks, and navigation lights. There is a manually operated windlass and forepeak ventilator. Just aft of the windlass, an inner forestay can be attached for extra mast support or a staysail. There are two large cleats just in front of the Lexan Hatch which was replaced with the renovations prior to 1994.
Just forward of the mast is a ventilator box which is over the galley below. Also next to the mast is a spare emergency anchor. The mast and boom are made by Hall Spars and Lewmar winches. The mast is double spreader with a Jumper and approximate 7/8th rig. There is a Quick Vang attached to the boom and mast. The Storm Tri-sail has a separate track on the mast. There is a varnished handrail along the cabin top on both starboard and port.
In the center of the cabin top is a large double opening butterfly hatch which has a canvas cover, but can open on either side starboard or port or both for extra ventilation.
Access below to the main cabin is through a companionway on the starboard side of the cabin top just forward of the cockpit. The companionway has its own folding canvas dodger. There is also a small storage box for winch handles and other small tools and equipment.
The cockpit dodger starts on the cabin top just aft of the companionway. The owner is reputed to have taken a canvas dodger. Soaked it with epoxy, and then after several coatings, created a semi-hard dodger with window inserts (possibly eisenglass). Under the dodger are the engine gauges, controls for the auto helm, speed and log, and the primary compass for the helmsman. (Just forward of the compass is an access hatch to provide access to the engine room below). Hanging in the center of the cockpit dodger aft facing the cockpit are Furuno GPS, Furuno radar, and Standard Horizon VHF Radio. All very accessible and protected.There are primary and secondary Barient winches on either side of the cockpit and the tiller can be locked into the auto helm for short handed sailing or cruising.
Aft of the cockpit is a large storage locker for the Propane. The aft pulpit had a high stainless frame designed to help hold a dinghy, but that is no longer available. The back stay tension can be adjusted.
Access to the main cabin is through the off-set companionway on the starboard side of the main cabin top just forward of the cockpit dodger, so once you go below, you enter the main cabin with large comfortable couches on starboard and port. A centerline table with fold down sides can be opened for seating 8 people or folded down to allow easy movement forward and aft. Beautifully varnished wood trim, high ceilings, around clean white walls with attractive green cushions with book shelves, lighting, and decorations give the room a very comfortable feel. Overhead the main hatch allows plenty of natural light and of course can be opened to allow great ventilation. Another source of light below is provided by the deck prisms on both starboard and port sides.
Moving forward on starboard is a small countertop area with drawers that suggests a wet bar or storage and can be used as a stand up desk, nav station or what ever is appropriate for your individual purpose. Across to Port is the head. Currently the head is manual there are adequate storage lockers, counter space, mirror, good head room, and the sink has a pull out showerhead.
Forward of the head is the mast and again on port just forward of the mast is the galley with a 3 burner stove/oven, microwave, open countertop, cabinet space, and the galley sink comes out from the port side out to the center of the boat. Additional counter space is provided by a fold down countertop which can be locked up or folded down out of the way. On the starboard side is the top load refrigerator/freezer with more cabinet space for dry goods storage. Overhead is the galley vent which can be opened to let all the heat from the stove/oven escape rather than heat up the entire boat.
The forward cabin has been converted into an office area with a fold up desk top and wired for a computer and accessories. Sitting basically in the center of the boat facing port the owner was able to keep in touch with the rest of the world and manage his records on the computer.
Going back to the main cabin facing aft, the companionway is on the starboard side. Access to the aft cabin is on the port. directly across from the companionway is a hanging locker. There are twin berths on port and starboard which are full size and comfortable. Between the berths is the main cabin bureau, bureau top, and mirror. Just forward of the starboard berth is the nav station located behind the companionway stairs which has a panel that can be opened into the main cabin. Natural light is provided by a small hatch that is protected under the dodger overhead. Behind the Bureau is the engine room with access to both sides of the engine from either starboard or port as well as from above under the cockpit dodger. All the way aft behind the bunks is additional storage areas.