21` Gannon & Benjamin Bella Class sloop,"Isabella"
"Isabella" is Hull # 4 of the very handsome Bella Class sloops built to high standards on Martha’s Vineyard. Gannon & Benjamin have earned an international reputation for designing and building attractive, capable and robust sailing yachts using fine and rot resistant tropical hardwoods sustainably harvested from South America and elsewhere. She has been maintained at the builder’s yard since new and is in excellent condition throughout.
The Bella Class have proven to be very able in all weather, while offering spirited performance, a comfortable adult sized cockpit and a useful cuddy cabin to keep gear dry or to accommodate the occasional sleep aboard.
"Isabella" is highly recommended to those who seek a recently built, lovely traditional day-sailor in turnkey condition.
-Main & jib by Downs Sails c,2002.
-anchor with rode.
21’ Bella Class w Gaff Sloop
The 21’ Bella Class is a popular open boat daysailer with a small cuddy cabin with two berths, and room for a picnic. It is a sailor’s boat—no engine, electronics or other gadgets—a pure and simple traditional watercraft for all ages to enjoy.
At 21’ on deck, 16’LWL, 7’2”beam and 39” of draft, the Bella is capable of handling the choppy waters off Martha’s Vineyard. Her moderate displacement of 3,400 pounds, external lead ballast keel and firm bilge sections provide good stability in this well-balanced and nimble little vessel.
Nat Benjamin designed Bella #1 in 1997 for a seasonal visitor in Vineyard Haven.
The goal was to create a boat with classic good looks, easily single-handed, simplicity of rig, quick and responsive in the tight quarters of the mooring field, and safe and comfortable in the outer reaches of Vineyard Haven Harbor.
The roomy cockpit is comfortable for four to five adults with cockpit seats set below desk level with steam bent white oak coamings easily supporting the lower back. The round cabin trunk with two oval port lights and cambered cabin top are pleasing to the eye and allow for useful space below. Her strong sheer, spoon bow and counter stern set off a timeless profile.
"Isabella" is Bella #4, launched in 1999, all maintenance, launching and decommissioning has been performed by Gannon & Benjamin, Vineyard Haven, MA.
New sails by Downs Sails were bought 5 years ago.