The Schooner Mystic Whaler was designed by Chubb Crocket
and built by George Sutton in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She was
launched on January 19, 1967. She had a major overhaul in Providence,
Rhode Island in 1993. She is a reproduction of a nineteenth century
coastal cargo schooner and was specifically designed for passenger trade.
The Whaler is 83’ on deck and spar length is 110’. Her
beam is 25’. She draws 7.5’ with the centerboard up and 12.5’ with the
board down. Air draft is 90’. She displaces 107 tons and her gross
tonnage is 97. Her USCG Certificate of Inspection allows for 60
persons onboard while underway and she must remain within twenty miles
of safe harbor of refuge while carrying passengers for hire.
The Mystic Whaler features 15 cabins providing overnight
accommodations for 36 guests. Three cabins include en suite head with
shower. There are three additional heads (with showers) on board.
The hull of the vessel is 5/16” steel plate from the
lower chine down and ¼” steel plate from the lower chine up. Masts are
steel with 14” diameter. Spars are Douglas Fir. Sails include a main,
fore, staysail and jib. The decks are clear Douglas Fir with the
quarter deck having been replaced in 2016.
Power is provided by a 1967 Detroit 6-71. It was rebuilt
in 1982. Electrical power is provided by a 1985 Northern Lights 30KW
generator. Both the Detriot 6-71 and the generator are regularly
serviced and are in excellent working order. The boat is equipped with
Electronics include a Raymarine C90 with integrated
GPS/Chartplotter, radar and AIS. There is an additional Garmin 440 GPS
onboard. Additional electronic equipment includes a depth sounder and
two VHF radios with DSC.
Ground tackle includes two 500 pound Fisherman anchors,
each with 300’ of 5/8” galvanized chain. The windlass is an Ideal HDA
single phase 220 volt.
Two tenders are included. One is a 14’ pea pod. The other
is a 16’ Amesbury skiff powered by a 20HP outboard.
Galley equipment includes a Dickinson Beaufort diesel
fired cook-stove, a 55 cubic foot refrigerator with cold plate
refrigeration and a 5 cubic foot freezer.
Tankage includes five holding tanks with a combined
capacity of 900 gallons. The boat carries 900 gallons of water. It
holds a total of 850 gallons of fuel in two tanks. The hot water
heater holds 55 gallons and was installed new in February 2016.
The Mystic Whaler has been owned by the seller for 23
years. The Whaler is well known in the Tall Ships community and enjoys
an outstanding reputation for sea worthiness and for being maintained
in excellent condition. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of
America’s maritime heritage.
Over the years, the Mystic Whaler has successfully
participated in a number of endeavors and has been financially
self-sustaining. The owner has never relied upon or taken public
money, unlike many vessels in the Tall Ships community. The mainstay
of the business has been passenger day sails; two, three and five day
overnight cruises throughout southern New England and Chesapeake Bay;
as well as lobster dinner, Sunday brunch and luncheon cruises. The
Mystic Whaler has been a frequent participant and/or sponsor in the
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous,
New London’s Annual Sailfest, and various Tall Ships America and
The Mystic Whaler has consistently demonstrated a
leadership role in providing educational opportunities to a number of
constituencies. Most notable among these achievements has been the
Whaler’s participation in the Hudson River each Spring with the Sloop
Clearwater. The environmental educational programs offered by these
Tall Ships has been described as a “model for on-board education
programs.” The Mystic Whaler has also provided on-board training to
diverse groups such as at-risk inner city youth, high school and
college students, women sailors and Officer Candidates of NOAA. Most
recently the Mystic Whaler has been chartered for a Maritime Studies
course at the University of Connecticut.
The new owner of the Mystic Whaler will be walking onto a
schooner that has been meticulously maintained. The vessel has served
current ownership and the extended community of sailors who love her
admirably. Whether continuing in the passenger trade, providing
educational programs, operating as a pirate ship or serving as a
private yacht, the Mystic Whaler will continue to be well respected as
a result of a decades old commitment to excellence.