A spirited descendent of the swiftest boats of the early 20th Century, the W-76 racing yacht was conceived to pay homage to the legendary New York 50s, the thundering J-Class boats, and the nimble 12-Meters. The W-76 was the last of more than fifty distinctive designs from the drawing board of the late Joel White, the naval architect acclaimed for so beautifully reincarnating traditional wooden vessels using the most modern construction techniques. The W-76 is handcrafted in Maine. These award-winning, record-setting Spirit of Tradition racing yachts are fast, race-proven sloops with a bundle of trophies from wins in New England, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.
"Joel carefully shaped the bow and stern for beauty, the underbody for speed, and the rig for both as well as ease of handling."
Maynard Bray, WoodenBoat
300 years of tradition and skill inherent in Maine boatbuilders goes into every W-Class yacht. "Wild Horses" was built at Steve White's Brooklin Boat Yard. Her identical sister ship, "White Wings" was built at Rockport Marine. Employing a construction technique known as cold-molding, the two-inch-thick hull is comprised of five layers of epoxy-saturated strips of western red cedar and Douglas fir, which are laid up over the boat's internal frame and vacuum bagged to seal the bonds. The hull of the W-76 is formed from cold-molded wood to achieve a remarkable combination of strength and lightness. In addition, the W-76 is fitted with the latest equipment and hardware to optimize speed and safety. Just like her forebears, this remarkable design has been created with a devotion to esthetics as well as performance.
"The meticulous craftsmanship evidenced by her many details is there because that is how proper yachts are built."
Alessandro Vitelli, Boat International USA
The W-76 evokes the long, low profiles and overhangs of traditional racing vessels while using the latest in construction techniques. The W-Class hull is cold-molded, epoxy saturated strips of wood making it extremely light and very strong.
|Designed by Joel White, N.A. Built in Maine of Cold-Molded Wood|
|Length overall||76 feet 4 inches|
|Length on waterline||53 feet 11 inches|
|Beam||16 feet 1 inch|
|Sail area||2,239 square feet|
|Carbon Fiber Spar||95 feet|
Half of the 52,900 pound displacement is accounted for by the lead ballast bulb. The result is a yacht with a very low center of gravity, which combined with heart-shaped sections, generates sufficient stability to stand up to the 2,239 square foot sail plan. These sleek classic looks, combined with the power of modern day deck gear, carbon spars and Kevlar sails provide a lucky owner and crew with top class sailing and competitive racing.
"W-Class sloops are lovely to be aboard; their integrity of design and construction is apparent to the core."
Maynard Bray, WoodenBoat