Yacht: Northern Lights

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‘Northern Lights’ design was developed by Ted Hood for his friend Bradley Noyes.   Two yachts were built from the design by Franz Maas in Holland.   The first completed in 1972 was ‘Northern Lights’ (originally named ‘Surprise’), ketch rigged, for David F. McCullough of NYYC.   Bradley Noyes waited for the second build completed in 1973, rigged as a sloop, and named ‘Tioga’.

‘Northern Lights’ (as ‘Surprise’) after a delivery sail across the North Atlantic, participated in the 1972 Newport/Bermuda Race.

Information courtesy of Robert L Rosbe Jr

Designer: Ted Hood
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Ketch
Year Built: 1972
Built By: Franz Maas
LOA m / ft: 18.1m / 59'6"
LOD m / ft: 18.1m / 59'6"
LWL m / ft: 14.7m / 48'4"
Beam m / ft: 5m / 16'4"
Draft m / ft: 1.7m / 5'6"
Yard No:
Sail Stats 1750 sq. ft.
Construction: "Fibreglass, airex cored hull with conventional wood deck, deckhouse, and interior. Teak deckhouse and interior. Substantial construction with displacement of 100,000 lbs. High aspect centerboard extends draft to 13' 6'. Large tankage (1400 gals. for water, fuel, etc.). Twin diesels with feathering props". (Robert L Rosbe Jr)

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