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Coecles Harbor Marina & Boatyard
The Buzzards Bay 14 is Francis Herreshoff's enlargement of his father's famous 12½ footer. These are waterline lengths, of course. The 12½ footer, also known as the Buzzards Bay Boy's Boat, the Buliseye, and the Dough Dish, was an extremely popular, able, and handsome small daysailer built by the dozens at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, Rhode Island, to the design and under the supervision of Nathanael Greene Herreshoff.
Llewellyn Howland, a great admirer of the Herreshoffs, father and son, and the man responsible for the creation of the Concordia yawl, wanted a slightly larger version of the 12½ footer for daysailing on his beloved Buzzards Bay. This design was the result with a waterline length of 14 feet and LOA of 17’3”. It distinguishes itself from the smaller 12½ by a cabin in the front that can comfortably store anchor, sail covers and gear. The full keel gives it astounding stability and agility.
The Buzzards Bay 14 is amazingly able in rough water. It was designed to cope with the hard sou'westers of the typical summer afternoon on Buzzards Bay and with the steep, cresting chop that inevitably results, especially when the tide is ebbing. The Buzzards Bay 14 sails comfortably under such conditions with six people aboard and full sail set. This is a true little yacht.