The challenge of weather planning....Offshore.

When we go for a sail, our first concern is which way is the wind blowing...and how hard? OK, maybe we look for a SUNNY, 80 degree day first-then worry about the wind. We might be on a power yacht...

When I plan an offshore passage of 8-10 days duration, I can generally anticipate the first 2-3 days with some confidence but after that, where do I turn?

The old rule back in the dark days of the early 90's when the trips were back and forth from the Caribbean to Annapolis or New England, we would look at the weather in Seattle and if the Jet Stream was going west to east, we could anticipate similar weather patterns for the mid-Atlantic in 5-6 days. The prognosis shifted with the Jet. Not very scientific I will admit, but weirdly, it seemed to work about 80% of the time.

Now we have such amazing sites as PASSAGEWEATHER.COM to give graphic predictions a full 7 days in advance. What say you?

Jeff Moorman



One of our all time favorite builds/designs is Tom Gilmer’s 35 Southern Cross Cutter. “Prudence”, has been cruising in the Bahamas this winter and has nestled right up close to the flats to allow for some world-class Bone fishing. Congrats to Mike Stone (Captain of Pru) and to Kirk the first mate and angler! Sailing photo is from a Chesapeake Bay shakedown sail w/ FHYS CPYB-brokers Bill Day and Scott Taylor.

Colin Archer ~ February Designer of the Month

Photo from the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Colin Archer is one of the most influential yacht designers of all time and February’s Designer of the Month. Born in Norway and raised in Australia, Archer was part of a family of sailors. Before beginning his career as a naval architect and shipbuilder, he explored the Fitzroy River in Australia with his brothers. When he began designing, he maintained the explorer mindset, finding ways to make his hulls as efficient as possible. Many of his designs became known for their safety and stability. The Fram, his most renowned design, survived historic expeditions to both the north and south poles with the famed polar explorer Roald Amundsen aboard.

Archer’s double-ender is one of the most imitated designs in history. Annapolis’ own Antalya is built as near to Colin Archer’s original 1898 design as can be imagined today. The only significant change was the transfer of the ballast from internal to external. Antalya has been meticulously maintained and was built to a standard seldom seen on yachts of any build.

Doug Zurn ~ Yacht Designer of the Month

This month’s designer is all about exciting and new yacht design. Doug Zurn, founder of Zurn Yacht Design in Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a contemporary yacht designer focusing on the cutting edge.

Zurn spent his youth sailing on Lake Erie. After graduating with honors from the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, he learnt the trade from such giants as Dieter Empacher and Chuck Paine. Zurn spent time as a designer at both Able Marine and Tartan Yachts before starting his own firm in the 1990’s. However, he still owes much of his success to Billy Joel for commissioning the design that launched Zurn’s career, the Shelter Island 38 Runabout.

The Shelter Island 38 is easily, FHY owner, Forbes Horton’s favorite powerboat due to, as Billy Joel describes, her “go fast but look good” design. Zurn worked with Joel and builder Peter Needham of Coecles Harbor Boatyard to create a design reminiscent of the narrow commuter yachts of the 1930’s and 40’s with an ability to cruise comfortably at high speeds. The resulting design has become a highly sought after interpretation of the classic down east powerboat. To create a strong but lightweight design, the hull was built of a Kevlar and E-glass hybrid using vinylester resin. With this lightweight hull build, even with cruising speeds at 46 knots and a top speed of 55 knots, the Shelter Island 38 maintains an incredibly smooth ride. “It’s like my father’s ‘56 Buick,” said Billy Joel when the yacht was completed, “They used to say those GM cars from the ‘40s and ‘50s ‘drove like a boat.’ Now I know what they meant.”

Zurn’s successes in motor yacht design have continued to today. Working, once more, with Billy Joel, he intends to launch a 57’ Fast Commuter Yacht. He is still creating cutting edge contemporary designs from 20’ to 70’ with his own Zurn Yacht Design and other design companies such as Vanquish Boats in Newport, RI. He is also currently the chief consultant for “Yachts & Yachting” with AXYS Productions.

New Arrival!

This jewel was hauled to dry storage this week here at Bert Jabin's Yacht Yard.  The architecture and lines of this yacht date back to 1914. For the history of this classic, give us a call over the winter!

Chuck Paine ~ Yacht Designer of the Month

“Yacht design is ART, and it’s only finished when it’s finished.” – Chuck Paine

Chuck Paine - Photo from

Born in 1944 on the island of Jamestown, Rhode Island, in the middle of Narragansett Bay, Chuck Paine has been making ART since he was a boy. Today, a world famous yacht designer and an oil painter, he started freehanding yacht profiles at the young age of ten. He was first inspired by the designs of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, a boat builder that we, at Forbes Horton Yachts, are especially fond of as well. Our company daysailer, Jamie, is a Herreshoff 12.5. These classic wooden designs by Herreshoff sparked Chuck’s creativity and eventually lead him to the founding of C.W. Paine Yacht Design.

Dennis Caprio explains how Chuck got his start in his summary of Chuck Paine’s book, “My Yacht Designs and The Lessons They Taught Me”.
            "Chuck majored in engineering at Brown University and his first job after graduation was drafting for a textile winding machinery manufacturer. Subsequently, designing propulsion for ships destined for the Navy at a consulting firm in Boston got him a step closer to what he really wanted to do. After two years in the Peace Corps he returned to America determined to become a yacht designer or starve in the attempt. In 1971 at his first interview he landed a job working for the famous yacht designer Dick Carter, in Nahant, Massachusetts. He’d selected Carter’s studio from the Yellow Pages and took a chance. Once again, luck intervened – Carter had recently lost an assistant and hired Cuck on the spot. Chuck readily admits the role good fortune – being in the right place at the right time – played in his success; and he counts his association and friendship with the late Tom Morris, founder of Morris Yachts, as one of his most significant strokes of luck. Tom’s relentless pursuit of perfection in construction and his personal integrity perfectly complimented Chuck’s relentless quest for perfection in design and his very own brand of integrity."
Chuck Paine has had an inspiring career, designing over 30 different yachts in less than 30 years. One of his more notable designs which we find particularly interesting is the Bowman 48, first introduced in 1981.

The 1992 Bowman 48, AMARA

Chuck was hired by Charles Maunder to design this exceptional vessel. Maunder saw the earlier Bowman 40’s becoming some of the fastest selling yachts in Britain and he thought it was time to introduce a larger version. One of the most interesting points of the Bowman 48 is how well designed she is for ocean cruising. Instead of designing the yacht for weekend puddle jumps and coastal cruising, Charles instructed Chuck to design this yacht with the full weight of heavy cruising equipment in mind. Because of this simple forethought, the Bowman 48 has the speed and handling of a much lighter yacht, despite the extra weight from the offshore gear. Further, they chose to include all of this extra gear from the factory, making the Bowman 48 ready for an ocean voyage at the time of purchase.

Concluding his brief summary of Chuck Paine, Dennis Caprio goes on to say,
            “Although luck played an important part in elevating Chuck to the role of one of the most respected yacht designers in the world, his natural charm, forthright approach to dealing with clients and artistry bear most of the responsibility. One need only to look at the ladies – Frances, Carol, Leigh, Annie, his well known Bermuda Series, the Morris Ocean Series, Firefly and Reindeer (built by Morris), the exquisite Spirit of Tradition yachts Erica, Gusto and Wings of Grace Built in wood by French and Webb, and his motoryachts Wolf, Firenze, Adagio – to witness his yachts as art forms.”
Chuck Paine is still designing yachts today and his portfolio continues to grow. He finds having an online presence to be very important to the growth of the industry as he says in his book, “You have to have a website. And you have to stay on the first page, above the fold.” He does just that on his popular blog at More information on all of Chuck Paine's designs can be found on

Happy New Boat Owners

A happy message from the new owners of "Free Spirit", a very nice Hunter 410 sold by broker, Scott Taylor, last month.
"We had a great first week on our new boat. We're very pleased and find the boat everything we wanted. It fits us perfectly and very comfortable, almost like we've owned it for years already. Only problem is the kids can't decide what is more fun......sailing, fast dingy rides, fishing, catching crabs, swimming off the boat or swimming at the marina pool."

Babe II ~ The New S&S 30

With summer just around the corner, S&S comes ever closer to the anticipated release of the reinvented S&S30, Babe II. Back in February, we were excited to tell you about this stunning yacht, originally built in 1935 from the design table of Olin Stephens and rethought for our generation by the same designer just before his death in 2008. We look forward to Babe II's launch and the innovative new design which has us rethinking the term, "modern classic".

The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

The first annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is just around the corner. Next weekend, April 27th through the 29th, City Dock in Annapolis will host sailors and sailboats from all over the world. We will be featuring our very own Windalier and Helena in the show, a classic and a modern classic, built 47 years apart.

Windalier is a 1962 58' Sparkman and Stephens yawl built by Abeking and Rassmussen of Germany. Her rich history is still being uncovered with a recent blog post from Sparkman and Stephens revealing some original photos of Windalier's launch in 1962. You can see the photos on the Sparkman and Stephens blog.

Helena, on the other hand, was not launched until 2009. Designed by Berret/Racoupeau with Nauta Design, she wears the Beneteau name with pride. The high performance 54 Oceanis incorporates the comfort and reliability that Beneteau is known for with an aesthetic that combines gracefulness and efficiency.

Come enjoy the show and see both of these stunning yachts at City Dock in Annapolis next weekend, April 27th through the 29th. You wont be disappointed!

To read more about Windalier and Helena, visit the featured page of our website,

Spring is in Full Swing

It's the first day of Spring and it seems like we have put the cold weather behind us for good. As the temperature continues to rise, the yacht sales spring season has already begun. FHY has already closed two boat sales this month with two more due to close before April begins.
Broker, Scott Taylor, recently negotiated the sale of a beautiful Hans Christian 33T named Starlight to a couple who flew in from Turkey to close on the boat. Starlight was the second Hans Christian that the sellers had the pleasure of owning. Likewise, she will be the second Hans Christian the buyers have called their own. Since the sale, the new owners plan to return to Turkey with newly christened Phoenix.
Around the same time as the Starlight closing, Forbes Horton, company owner and broker, closed on the sale of a Bristol 41.1 named Cygnus. While she was for sale in Newport, Cygnus started her life on the Chesapeake. Her new owners, she a docter, are excited to become live aboards and happy to bring her back home.
With more sales to come before the month ends and new listings flowing in, we are excited to kick off a very busy and exciting Spring season!

Hospice Cup XXXI Selects 2012 Artist for Annual Poster

Annapolis' annual Hospice Cup is returning in September and the board has just chosen the lucky artist whose painting will serve as the silhouette for the famed charity regatta. Below is the press release from the Hospice Cup:
Annapolis, MD – The painting, “Spinnaker Finish,” by Kathyrn Leonard was selected to be represented at the Hospice Cup XXXI – America's largest charity regatta. The event will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. Ms. Leonard’s painting can be viewed at

Community members selected Ms. Leonard’s painting during a reception at The Circle Gallery in Annapolis on February 10, 2012.  Ms. Leonard, a native of Annapolis, is a full-time artist who also teaches art classes to adults and children at Studio 7.  Her artwork is recognizable for her distinctive use of textures, colors and patterns. When she is not painting, Ms. Leonard is a part-time chef, cooking for sailing teams and occasionally travels with them overseas.

“My mother was cared for by hospice so I feel especially proud to be a part of this wonderful fundraiser. Hospice really helped my family so contributing this painting is my way of giving back,” said Ms. Leonard. The limited edition autographed artwork will be available for $35 at various Hospice Cup, Inc. events or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Entering its 31st year of racing on the Chesapeake Bay, to date the Hospice Cup has raised more than $8 million to support Hospice programs in local communities around the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

About Hospice Cup
Hospice Cup funds help to pay the expenses not covered by Medicare or private insurance. These dollars enable the hospices to provide skilled compassionate care, comfort and dignity to the terminally ill, their families and friends, regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice enables patients to carry on alert, pain-controlled lives so their last days may be spent in comfort, at home or in home-like settings. Hospice care concentrates on care, not cure. Bereavement counseling and support groups are part of hospice services after the loss of a loved one.
The annual Hospice Cup regatta is a cooperative effort. It is organized by the all-volunteer Hospice Cup, Inc. (HCI) Board of Directors, an Executive Director, participating area hospices and hundreds of volunteers. The race is managed by Shearwater Sailing Club and assisted by Storm Trysail Club Chesapeake Station.
The 2012 participating nonprofit hospices include: Hospice of the Chesapeake, Capital Hospice and Montgomery Hospice. Each participating hospice must meet the standards of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

The Hospice Cup race is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) and counts for CBYRA season-long High Point competition. Hospice Cup, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia for the purposes of conducting a benefit yacht race and related events. Hospice Cup, Inc. is also a proud member of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance.
Additional information about the race can be found online at the official Hospice Cup web site

BABE II ~ Sparkman & Stephens 30’

We are proud to represent one of the newest designs from a renowned design firm.  The Sparkman & Stephens 30 was originated in 1935 by Olin Stephens with a design called Babe. She went on to win several off-shore and on-shore races.  In 2005, Olin Stephens was asked which design he would like to see rebuilt and reintroduced using today's state of the art manufacturing methods and construction. Olin stated that Babe was one of his favorites.  After several revisions, the S&S 30 was recreated and is now offered for summer of 2012 launch.

Happy President's Day!

Happy President's Day from all of us at FHY! President's Day is intended to honor the presidents of the US, however, we find it to be an excellent opportunity to appreciate the beauty of a couple of ex-presidential yachts.


The 104 ft long, wooden hulled, USS Sequoia was privately built in 1925 for $200,000. Designed by John Trumpy Sr., she unofficially replaced the Mayflower as the presidential yacht so that Herbert Hoover, who did not  support prohibition, had a yacht to go out fishing and drinking. Sequoia was used all the way into Jimmy Carter's presendency, who sold her in 1977. Her accomodations included a presidential stateroom, several guest bedrooms, a galley and dining room. She was refitted with an elevator to accomodate FDR but Johnson later had it replaced with a liquor bar.


A 62' cutter rigged yawl, Manitou was commissioned by James R Lowe in 1937 to win the Chicago Mac race.  Designed by Olin Stephens and built by the Davis Brothers of Maryland, she had no trouble winning the race. However, she did not become nationally famed until 1961, when John F. Kennedy renamed her Honey Fitz and she became the presidential yacht for his and LBJ's terms. Manitou was sold at auction in 1968 to the Harry Lundeburg School of Seamanship and remained a teaching tool for the next three decades, despite several attempts at purchase. In 1999, she was finally sold back into to the Lowe family, who had originally commissioned her build. After a major refit, she is now on display at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons Island. Laura Kilbourne, the granddaughter of James Lowe, is currently offering her for sale once more.

Our friend and artist!

We are fortunate to have a brightwork genius, Glenroy, home based across the creek from Forbes Horton Yachts. He is from the island of Bequi and is currently taking excellent care of several of the finest yachts on the East Coast.

Call us if we can make an introduction!

Matt Rutherford's Epic Journey

Everyone in Annapolis seems to be getting very excited about the return of Matt Rutherford from his amazing non-stop solo sail around the Americas. He is currently working his way up the coast of Brazil. Word is that he is due back in mid-April after departing last June in an Albin Vega 27 that he can't even stand up in. Just for some perspective, here's an accommodations layout of the Albin Vega 27 that Matt has spent the last 7 months aboard.

I doubt many people thought this tiny boat would make it from Annapolis to Bermuda, let alone around the Americas. But Matt certainly has everyone believing now. His story was recently featured in the Washington Post and rumor has it that the Navy band will greet him upon his return.

Read Matt's blog:
Read the Washington Post article:

Real Sailors Don't Need Shoes

Lloyd Cooper, FHY broker, at the helm of Windalier sailing head on into the winter winds from St. Mary's back to Annapolis. The head winds were so strong that our speed over ground was nearly zero when we wern't moving backwards. We were forced to tie up at Solomon's Island and drive the rest of the way home. Despite the icy winds, Lloyd's concentration seemed to keep him warm, even without shoes!

See more about Windalier

Sabre 40 Late Model

Sabre Yachts has been offering some great boats of the Downeast Genre, especially of late. Their purchase of a tooling company has allowed them flexibility and latitude to meet the expectations of their devoted client base.

Last year while selling a new 38, we had the opportunity to closely inspect this 40 that has only two seasons of use and shows very close to new boat condition. She is offered for sale to make room in the slip for a larger (guess what?) Sabre!

Call us to see this remarkable offering before spring arrives and she is history…..

We Love Boats.

Forbes Horton Yachts is more than just a yacht brokerage.

25 years of yacht sales experience and two generations in the marine industry, make us experts.  Our shared love of boating makes us exceptional. Our brokers are boaters first, giving them a unique insight into the industry that only comes with experience.

We love boats and we talk about them 24 hours a day. So, we thought we'd share some of the more interesting insights, stories, and experiences that we run into on a daily basis.