Yacht: Serenade

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Serenade was commissioned by the famous Lithuanian violinist Jascha Heifetz and built for the 1938 Trans-Pac Race (Los Angeles -Honolulu). Her designer, Nicholas Potter, was known as the Herreshoff of the west coast.


‘My stepfather was one of the owners.   Not sure of purchase dates, but Hart Isaacs was my stepfather.   We lived in Beverly Hills, and the boat was kept in San Pedro.   We had a mooring in Cherry Cove, Catalina, where we sailed every weekend in the summers from 1966-1968.   My Stepfather died, and his son, Hart Isaacs jr. kept the boat for a short while and then sold it to Phillipe Cousteau’

Information courtesy of Tricia Burlingham


‘Serenade ….. was on the Great Lakes, sailing out of St. Joseph, Michigan. At the time she was owned by a woodshop teacher/football coach, Dave Topping. Dave chartered her for many years and was an avid wooden boat enthusiast.

In 1989, my wife and I were married on Serenade’s decks. It was a very special memory for us as the boat’s history continues to live on. I have had the pleasure to sail on her, and the history of the past owners could be felt as one would be lifted along with the breeze. Serenade felt steady and smooth as she sliced through the water.’

Information courtesy of Capt. Christopher Dubach


‘In 1999/2000, Serenade underwent a restoration by William Cannell Boatbuilding (Camden, ME).   Particular attention was paid to retaining all original hardware, butternut interior paneling, the spiral staircase, brass fireplace, Herreshoff windlass and compass binnacle’.

Information courtesy of Glenn Kim

Designer: Nicholas S Potter
Type of Boat: N Class
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Year Built: 1938
Built By: Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, California, USA
LOA m / ft: 18.62m / 61' 11''
LOD m / ft: 18.62m / 61' 11'
LWL m / ft: 12.19m / 40'
Beam m / ft: 4.08m / 13' 4''
Draft m / ft: 2.56m / 8' 4''
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Sail Stats Sail Area: 1,510 sq ft Sail No: N - 11
Construction: 'Double-planked mahogany over southern cedar; white-oak frames, structural keel, backbone (with mahogany stem), deadwood, and floor timbers; bronze diagonal strapping and bronze-screw fastened'.

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