Emily Hope Has Been Sold!

We closed the deal on Monday May 3rd. Congratulations to the new owner from Cohasset, MA!

NEW! See a video tour of this boat! Very entertaining. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xzHx8v82CY

I love this boat, but I’m retiring and it’s time for me to downsize. This is a double-ended yawl designed by Ted Brewer. Only about two dozen were built. Very traditional looks with a modern hull design. Emily Hope has a keel centerboard so she draws 2′ 10″ with the board up and 5′ 6″ with the board down.

I installed a Beta Marine 16hp engine in 2015 and it has around 120 hours. I replaced the fuel tank and hot water heater at the same time. The sails are like new. In addition to installing the new engine, I’ve done a bunch of projects (like replacing three through-hulls and rebuilding the skylight) and installed new parts (like a new jib furler and a new rudder). All of the exterior teak has been cleaned and oiled. FYI the mizzen mast is currently in storage, but can easily be stepped by one or two people.

Until very recently, I was sure this was my “forever” boat so I invested time and money accordingly. The boat currently is on the hard at Savin Hill YC. You could launch the boat here for free and sail it away!

Please note: this will be an in-person transaction. Do not contact me with your scams with wiring funds or bank checks etc.
LOA 30′
LWL 25’
Beam 9’4″
Draft 2’8″ Board Up, 5’6″ Board Down
Displacement approx. 8000 lbs.
Designer Ted Brewer
Sail Area 464 Sq Ft
Keel/centerboard w/200 lb. lead shoe
Beta Marine 16hp diesel (120 hrs.)


West Marine Stereo
Airhead composting head
(2) anchors – one with all chain rhode, the other with double-braid line
Simpson Lawrence Horizon 600 electric windlass
(1) starting battery and (1) battery for windlass (there is room for two more batteries in the engine room)
Pressure water (capable)
Hot water heater (engine or shore power)
Shower in head w/sump pump

Origo 6000 alcohol stove w/oven
Garmin 540s GPS

Life jackets
Swim ladder
Whale hand pump
Rule bilge pump
Dock lines
Spare engine parts

Mainsail cover
(2) Barient 17 and (2) Barient 21 two-speed bronze self tailing winches,
(7) bronze opening ports
(1) butterfly-style opening hatch over main saloon

(1) single and (1) double berth
Folding table in cabin

(all above in like-new condition)
Spinnaker and pole

36 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Thad Moore on July 11, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I have questions about the shower sump and the windless mount. Please contact me at thadscottmoore@yahoo.com


  2. Posted by Steve on January 7, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I assume she has sold?


  3. Posted by Heather Wolford on January 7, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    She is a beautiful boat. I really love the butterfly hatch on a 30 footer. You can tell you put a lot of hours into her and she is in great shape. I’m sure she won’t be on the market for long good luck.


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on January 8, 2021 at 12:41 am

      Thank you. It’s a tough time to sell a boat, but I’ve seen some renewed activity recently so we’ll see what happens.


  4. Posted by bream215 on January 8, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Hi, Mark. I hope you’ll post a comment if it sells. Pretty boat. I’m local, and a sailor, and sold my boat in November. Not sure I’m ready yet though, to do it again yet. But it’s the right style and size.


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on January 8, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Yes, I will be more than happy to change the post to indicate the boat is sold! You should come check out the boat – it doesn’t cost anything to look!


  5. Posted by Gene Roll on January 8, 2021 at 7:32 am

    I saw a mention of an autopilot on the review but I don’t see one listed on the inventory. Car you provide details?


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on January 8, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      The bracket for the autopilot was on the boat when I purchased her, along with a socket to power one. The boat inventory does not include an autopilot, but I’d be happy to help track one down for someone who is willing to buy the boat.


  6. Posted by Kraig Kupersmith on January 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Hello Mark,
    Where exactly is Savin Hill Yacht Club located?
    Please contact me! Thanks in advance!


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on January 8, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      If you Google Savin Hill Yacht Club you’ll find the address is 400 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester (Boston), MA.


  7. Posted by David on January 8, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    I’m interested. I can come up to see it in March. Keep me updated on its availability. Thanks


  8. Posted by Amy Rhoderick on January 8, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Im looking to start sailing.Yours is a good boat and a lot of nice features w/love & care. Im not ready to buy, I wish I was…timing is everything- but if I was, this would be one of my top 5 to go look at. fyi that I saw your boat on Captain Q so you might be getting some traffic from there 🙂


  9. Posted by Tjep on January 12, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    If it was in the Netherlands, I would be interested…. But it would have sold in a day at that price. Since Covid-19 boat prices have exploded over here.


  10. Posted by Seth Russell on January 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    I’m very interested in the boat . Please email me at skallywag1987@icloud.com.


  11. Posted by Peter helenius on January 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Hello, taking a good look at this.
    I see in the maintenance area that you had some issues bleeding the engine coolant.
    Did engine overheat enough for any damage to occur?



    • Posted by Mark Whipple on January 14, 2021 at 2:54 pm

      In a word, no. That was back in September of 2014 and I’ve successfully run the engine many hours since then. When I was first trouble shooting that problem I intentionally kept a close watch on the coolant temp to avoid any such issues.


  12. Posted by Mike on January 21, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I just popped over from watching the YT video and had to commend you such a beautiful boat. The care and detail in Emily Hope is far above average. If I didn’t already own a 26′ trailerable sailboat, I would swoop this up in an instant. Maybe I should sell mine (I keep it in the water anyway and never trailer the thing) and buy yours 🙂


  13. Posted by Mark Whipple on January 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Emily Hope is still for sale! The potential buyer from New Mexico found the logistics during COVID to be too challenging. Accepting offers!


  14. Posted by Brian Sweeney on January 31, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Good Day
    How much does the fuel, and water tanks hold ???
    Grew up in east Boston. Can almost see santarpios !!
    Many thanks
    Brian Sweeney


  15. Posted by Nigel A Mcmurtrie on February 2, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Is the Emily Hope still for sale? Can you sail this boat without the second mast? I am looking at sailing from Boston To Saint John Canada . Do you think the boat is in good enough condition to complete this journey in its present condition?
    Nigel McMurtrie


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on February 2, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Nigel,

      You can definitely sail the boat without the mizzen, but it’s pretty easy to step that mast. Two people can do it without much fuss. It’s like the size of a daysailer mast.

      I am not a boat surveyor and I recommend anyone buying a boat consult an expert. That said, I personally would not have a problem sailing the boat to St. John. While the cruising I planned to do never really materialized, I did sail by myself from Boston to Scituate and with my daughter from Boston to Salem.

      The only reason I didn’t launch the boat in 2019 is I was working on getting a new rudder (now installed) and in 2020 the boat was for sale so I decided not to launch it.

      Let me know if you have other questions.



  16. How do you drop the center board?? I’m assuming it is cable and pulleys.


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on February 11, 2021 at 12:18 am

      It is done with line (rope) and blocks (pulleys). There is a line attached to the centerboard that runs forward towards the mast, comes out through the top of the cabin and then is routed back to the cockpit. There’s a self-tailing bronze winch on each side of the cockpit roof near the cockpit. You raise the CB using the winch since the CB is heavy. I replaced the CB pennant (line) a few years back


  17. Posted by Gene Roll on February 11, 2021 at 6:00 am

    can you tell me about reef points on the main and jib? are you able to trim the mizzen to make emily self steer?


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on February 11, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      The main has at least two reef points. Can’t recall if the mizzen has any, but they would not be practical. You’d have to lean out over the stern to put them in. It would be simpler just to drop the mizzen, or if it’s windy, drop the main and sail with the jib and mizzen. I have not tried to get the boat to self-steer, but I suspect you’d have to rig a connection between the mizzen and the tiller to make that happen.


  18. Can you comment on the condition of the centerboard pivot? Is the axle it swings on made of stainless steel? Also, is there any way to lock the centerboard into the down position?


    • Posted by Mark Whipple on February 17, 2021 at 3:54 am

      All I can tell you is that the CB was replaced back in the 1990’s. It’s pretty heavy – I need to use a winch to raise it. It doesn’t have a lock (I don’t think it needs one) but I’m not sure I’d want one. There are people who consider their centerboard to be a poor man’s depth sounder.


      • I asked about locking the centerboard down because in heavy rolling seas I’ve heard a swing keel can flop around. Glad to know it was replaced in the 1990’s. It’s likely a stainless pivot was installed at that time, if it wasn’t stainless to begin with.

        My sailing conditions in Costa Rica make the shoal draft (with centerboard up) very important.

        Do you have any information on the angle off the wind she can achieve when beating to windward, with the centerboard down? Shallow draft boats like my Com-pac 23 can’t do better than about 55 degrees, I think. The retractable centerboard of the Emily Hope should improve performance to windward.

        I sent you an email yesterday. I forgot to include my phone number: (USA) 631-402-1171. This is a USA number, however, via VOIP technology it rings for me in Costa Rica.

  19. Posted by Mark Whipple on February 17, 2021 at 3:59 am

    I have answered many interesting questions about this boat here. Some that never would have occurred to me to ask. Still, there’s one question I’m still waiting to hear. “Can I come take a look at your boat?” Or maybe “I’d like to offer you $XX,XXX for your boat. Will you accept?”


    • Posted by Gene Roll on February 17, 2021 at 5:21 am

      travel right now is pretty iffy. Putting the boat in the water for sea trials is also something that doesn’t seem wise just at the moment. You’ll get an offer for sure, just be a little patient.


  20. Posted by Mark Whipple on February 18, 2021 at 1:20 am

    We definitely don’t do sea trials in New England in February. That said, it is very possible to run the engine while on the hard. Not all sales are contingent on a sea trial.

    It just wears you down to answer detailed questions from people who have no real intention of moving forward with a sale. The boat has been on the market for quite some time and I’ve been very patient and answered every question. I’ve had offers that fell through. Now I understand why people pay brokers.


  21. Posted by Lloyd Standish on February 20, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Mark, I sent you a followup email. Regards, Lloyd.


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