Little EQUINOX is for sale

We had a visit from Ralph Stanley at the ASA booth at the MBBS, and learned that he has re-acquired Equinox, the 28 ft centerboard schooner he designed and built with help from his son Richard in 1983. She is cedar-planked on oak frames, with a big open cockpit, cuddy cabin with four bunks, and Edson steering gear. Equinox has a Marconi main, gaff fore and a roller furling club-footed jib on a bowsprit, all dacron. Yamaha 9.9 HP outboard on a transom bracket.

Equinox was built for an aging Friendship sloop owner, evident in her beautiful classic shape. She is set up for easy single-handing, with shoal draft. Simple to maintain, with minimal brightwork. Someone will do themself a huge favor by getting this little schooner back in commission and putting Ralph's artistry on display. She would do mighty fine in Chesapeake Bay. Ralph Stanley can be reached at his shop in Southwest Harbor (207) 244-3795.

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EQUINOX for sale

I learned from Ralph Stanley at the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic that EQUINOX is still under his care -- and available at a bargain price.


Does anyone know if Equinox is still on the market?

Equinox for sale

She is stored at Ralph W. Stanley, Inc. in Southwest Harbor, ME. and I am told she is for sale. The owner is Dennis Kavanagh, 718 768 2413.


Very interesting boat with a great pedigree. If a sincere offer were made she could probably be purchased for a good price to both buyer and seller. I saw Ralph also but at the ERR. He thinks highly of the boat.

As a side note, although the Friendship Sloop Society would prefer to lay unfettered claim to Ralph, he made it known to me in 1994 that he was a schoonerman first. As a teenager he was the hired summer hand and later captain of Niliraga, an Alden 309. Since he was made a National Treasure we voted years back to make him an honory member of the ASA. We hoped that would create some dialogue with the FSS, but it went unnoticed. An article on his last boat launched, including the following exerp can be found at:

Stanley has been recognized as one of Maine’s living legends for his lifelong work in wooden boat building and design, and in the 1990s he was honored at the White House as a “national treasure” by former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Former Maine Gov. Angus King also named Stanley a Maine Boat Builder Laureate by official proclamation.

Ralph Stanley's schooners

QUINTESSENCE is another Ralph Stanley schooner rig on a Friendship hull. In the 2007 GCBSR she flew down the Chesapeake in a big breeze for a first place in Class C.

And speaking of Friendships - the designer and the builder of GREEN DRAGON were both well known in the FSS.