The Dark Harbor 20, design No. 68 by Sparkman & Stephens, has been a fixture of midcoast Maine since the 1930s. Twenty-one sailboats were originally built from 1935-1942. Of those, 19 still sail today, the majority seen in the summers racing around the waters of Gilkey Harbor and Islesboro, Maine.
At Pendleton Yacht Yard, we are reviving this iconic One-Design racing class with a modern twist. Traditional carvel-planked hulls are now being built in fiberglass and gelcoat for a durable and low-maintenance finish.
We recently built fiberglass hull No. 5, named New Wave, and in keeping with tradition, we are using original 1935 parts from wooden hull No. 10. From salvaging the mahogany-trimmed cabintop to restoring bronze hardware, we have made New Wave both beautiful and functional. Like other Dark Harbor 20s, she is nimble and exciting to sail, yet well-balanced in her ability to meet varying weather conditions. This fiberglass hulls have been engineered by Sparkman and Stevens to compete on an equal basis with the existing wooden fleet.
At Pendleton Yacht Yard, we maintain the largest fleet of Dark Harbor 20 sailboats, and are committed to preserving the authenticity of this special racing class. We have secured hull No. 6 and she is available for restoration or refit with a fiberglass hull.