Mystic Traveler

Mystic Traveler Pamela Caudill and Mike Turner Fairhope, AL Designer: Ted Brewer Design: Lazyjack 32 schooner Type: Auxiliary Centerboard Schooner Rig: Jib-headed main, gaff foresail, roller furler genoa Particulars: LOD: 32' LOA: 39' LWL: 23'9" Beam: 10'10" Draft 2'10" (board up); 6'6" (down) Displacement: 12,500 lbs. Sail area (designed): 544 sq ft Auxiliary: Perkins 4.108 diesel (45hp)

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Builder: Ted Hermann Boat Shop, Long Island, NY
Build Date: 1978/9


Hull/Deck: Fiberglass
Spars: Masts: Aluminum; Bowsprit/boomkin: teak
Rigging: SS wire

Sail Plan:

Marconi mainsail with two reef points
Gaff foresail with two reef points
Roller-furling 130% genoa
Sail area (designed): 544 sq feet

Accomodation Plan:

Quarterberths aft port and starboard. Galley midships starboard, head compartment forward starboard. Hanging lockers, settee and saloon table to port. Owner's cabin with starboard/port berths in forepeak. Chain locker forward. Engine aft under cockpit sole.

Rig changes:

Main boom has been raised about 6" to accomodate bimini.

Original boomed working jib replaced with roller furling genoa.


Mystic Traveler, ex Mary 'Lis, is a Ted Brewer-designed Lazyjack schooner laid down by the Ted Hermann Boat Shop in 1978 and finished in 1979.

Somewhere between 32-35 Lazyjacks were built by the Hermann yard in the late '70s and early '80s. All were rigged as a schooner save one rigged as a cutter. Approximately half were yard-finished with the remainder being owner-finished. Mystic Traveler, hull #19, was yard finished.

The early history of our boat is sketchy. She was built for Roger H Simon, Mary Alice Simon and Phillip H Simon and christened Mary 'Lis, which we take to be a variation of the name Mary Alice. The original home port is unknown but is believed to be in the Northeast. Originally documented with the Coast Guard, the vessel documentation was allowed to lapse in 1984.

In early 1987, Mary Alice Simon, signing as administrator of Roger Simon's estate, transferred ownership to Phillip H Simon and Raoul H Simon. They, in turn, sold the boat in late 1991 to Lee C. Miller. The home port is believed to have been in Florida. Coast Guard documentation was renewed in 1992.

The third owner, Wallace R. "Bob" Strauss bought the boat in 1994 and sailed her to his home in Hudson, Florida on the Gulf Coast. He sailed the boat for many years throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and Bahamas.

We became the fourth owners in late 2009 and sailed the boat to her current home port of Fairhope, Alabama on Mobile Bay in April/May 2010. Since that time we have cruised her on Mobile Bay and environs, with plans for longer cruising in the future. Mystic Traveler was christened with her current name in ceremonies at the Fairhope Yacht Club in December 2011.