The Concordia Yawl is very well known as one of the most beautifully proportioned vessels of all time. They also have earned a place in yachting history for their racing achievements in the Newport Bermuda race and most other offshore events on the East Coast. Except for the first few, all of the Concordias were constructed in Germany by Abeking & Rasmussen to the very high standards of the Concordia Company in So. Dartmouth MA. It is a testament to the design that, of the 103 Concordias built, 102 are still in existence today.
HORIZON, a Concordia 41 Yawl, is the 54th Concordia built, completed in 1957. She was shipped directly to the West Coast where she had two owners who sailed her there until 1988. A re-fit was performed at The Concordia Company in 1989, at which time the Yanmar diesel was installed, and additional work was perormed there in 1994, readying her for her next adventures. The current owners purchased HORIZON in 1995 and enjoyed her in Lake Michigan before moving to Maine in the early 2000's.
Always concerned about giving HORIZON the best of care, the owners were fortunate to find Larson Marine in Waukekan, IL still having craftsmen able to care properly for a pedigree wooden vessel. However, after HORIZON made her way to Maine, Benjamin River Marine in Brooksville began a continuing process of keeping her in the best of condition, and performing major projects detailed in this listing.
HORIZON is unique to the Concordia class in that she is one of only a few that were built with lead ballast and bronze keel bolts in lieu of the standard iron ballast. As well, she also had a taller, two spreader, masthead rig. The owner states that he has never dipped the lee rail, no matter the conditions or sails set! HORIZON'S layout is slightly different than other Concodias in that she was built with 5 bunks rather than the traditional 4 by way of a pilot berth to port and a pull out settee underneath. The headroom may also have been modified, as the owner who is 6'3 has full headroom throughout. She has been kept "traditional Concordia" in every way. She retains the original cabin heater, the galley hand pump faucet, porcelain sink in the head, and the original oil lamp on the port bulkhead.
HORIZON is in excellent condition, and was varnished, painted, and fully commissioned for the 2015 sailing season. She is now stored inside for the off season, and easy to inspect.
"Horizon"s" interior appointments have been kept "as built" as much as possible through her numerous ownerships. Of note is that her layout is slightly different from other Concordia Yawls in that she was built to accommodate 5 in stead of normally 4. This is described below. The Concordia 41 has an extra feeling of spaciousness over the Concordia 39, much of which might be from the increased headroom. The current owner of "Horizon is 6'3", and has standing room throughout the vessel.
Starting forward, the bow is fully exposed and accommodates the anchor rode and gear such as extra sails. Just aft are lockers port, starboard and in the center, outboard of which pipe berths hinge down over. Shelves are outboard of the berths. Above is a unique Concordia hatch with a canvas cover.
Aft of the forward cabin, to port, is the head. The area is painted off white, and includes a porcelean sink with a manual water pump forward, a clothes hamper outboard of the sink, and a Wilcox Crittenden Skipper marine toilet. An opening port provides ventilation, and the stack for the Concordia heater in the main cabin provides heat in the head area when in use.
Across the passageway from the head is a large hanging locker and additional storage lockers.
The main cabin has raised panel Pine bulkheads port and starboard. all other joinery is butternut and pine, and the cabin sole is solid teak, finished natural. To port is a comfortable pilot berth and a settee inboard. The settee slides inboard to form a berth. To starboard is another settee and on this side a "Concordia berth" creates a backrest and hinges down to form a most comfortable berth. Lockers and book shelves, unique to Concordia's, are outboard of the starboard berth. Water tanks are located under. A floor mounted dining table is midships, and has two folding leafs and drawers for cutlery. The original Paul Luke Soapstone wood / coal brass heater is mounted on the port bulkhead, low, for best heat distribution. Also, an original oil lamp is mounted on the port bulkhead. A wonderful traditional Concordia feature is the Butterfly hatch over the main cabin. This provides good light below, and opens for ventilation even in foul weather. Settee cushions are covered in olive green corduroy, the traditional Concordia fabric.
Aft of the main cabin and surrounding the companionway, is the galley. To port, forward, is a single stainless steel sink, set into a S.S. countertop. The manual water pump is original Concordia. Next aft is a large stainless steel lined ice box. Outboard of the ice box and sink are lockers for dishes and cookware. Aft are two opening ports under the bridge deck, to the cockpit, for extra ventilation. To starboard of the companionway is a Taylor 2 burner kerosene stove with an oven, set into a ss lined alcove. This is followed aft by a varnished top locker for food storage and utensils. As to port, there are lockers outboard of the ice box/ galley counter.
Behind the companionway ladder is the engine. The box covering the engine is well insulated for noise reduction, and is completely removable for great access when servicing the auxiliary.
"Horizon" is the first Concordia 41 to be rigged with a tall, double spreader masthead rig. She could easily handle the extra sail area due to having lead ballast rather than the standard iron. The owner reports never having dipped the leeward rail, no matter the conditions.
The main and mizzen spars are box construction Sitka Spruce. The mainmast was rebuilt in 2009 by Benjamin River Marine, and all spars are beautifully finished in gloss varnish.
It has been the desire of the owners of "Horizon" over the years to install very few electronic devices on the vessel, and to preserve her original woodwork. Thus the only instrument mounted in her cabin bulkhead is the depthsounder / knotmeter combined instrument. The Chartplotter is mounted on a swing-out bracket at the companionway fashioned by Benjamin Marine.
"Horizon" was built in 1957 by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany for the Concordia Company of Padanaram, MA. Her Topsides and bottom are of carvel planked African Mahogany. Frames are of steam bent Oak, and some sister frames have been added. Floor timbers are Oak as is the stem. The deck, originally Teak, is now 2 layes of plywood with Dynel & epoxy over, painted gray. The cabin house sides, cockpit coamings and hatches are Mahogany, and the toe rails are Locust. Interior bulkheads are of Pine. The cabin sole is solid Teak.
Over the years "Horizon" has received excellent care provided by numerous owners. She was originally shipped directly to the West Coast where she sailed for many years. In 1989, "Horizon" arrived at the Concordia Company, where she received re-fit work including a new Yanmar diesel. Either at that time, or by 1994, the following re-it work was performed at Concordia:
The current owners purchased her soon after, and sailed her in the Chicago area for many years before having her transported to Maine.
From 2004 to 2013 "Horizon" was stored in the off season at Benjamin River Marine where she received the best of maintenance and numerous re-fit projects. These projects were as follows:
"Horizon" is in the very best of condition and is easily viewed, as she is stored inside. Surveys have been performed on a continuing basis by G.W.Full & Associates ( Paul Haley) for the current owners between 1995 and 2012; the latest being available for review as desired. She is a documented vessel.