EXUMA BOAT SERIES consists of eight cruising or working sailboats from
68’, designed for the vast shallow waters that make up the best
grounds in America and the Caribbean.
The Exuma hulls have full-bodied arc-bottoms, a subtle chine and
flaring topsides. They are fast,
seaworthy, very strong and economical to build. The
evolved from American working craft on the
Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere, and from the yacht designs of Commodore
Munroe and N.G. Herreschoff. The hull
bottoms are of triple-laminate construction—double-diagonal plywood
over fore-and-aft tongue-and-groove lumber.
Topsides, decks and coachroofs are two layers of plywood. The designs can be built in fiberglass, or
adapted to metal construction. The
Exumas are marconi-rigged with the exception of a gaff-ketch option for
36-footer and gaff-schooner option for the 27-footer.
44 is the second I designed for the series, in 1985. PARKER MARINE
built the prototype in our boatyard in Islamorada that same year. I
named her TERESA, and owned
her for three years, during which I lived on board much of the time,
and sailed her over 8,000 miles, from Key West to New England and the
Bahamas, several times. I found her to be a fantastic cruising home,
and ideally suited to island hopping in the tropics.
44 is powered with twin 4-cycle outboards in wells, with the option of
an inboard diesel under the bridge deck. With outboards, the motors are
tilted up and plugs dropped into the apertures, providing a clean
underbody with no drag. In this configuration, TERESA was capable of speeds over
ten knots on a slightly broad reach.
standing rigging, the sails can be let out forward of the beam,
enabling uncommon performance running wing and wing. TERESA could steer herself by just
dropping the tiller into a comb even sailing dead downwind in ten-foot
seas and 20-knot trade winds. I have never heard of any other vessel
having this capability.