The Celebrity Class Centerboard Sloop is a handsome, handy, able, dry and fast little centerboard Daysailer. Long a favorite of shallow water sailors who appreciate classic lines able performance, the boat had not been in production for nearly 10 years. Southport Island Marine Owner, Doug Goldhirsch, owned one of these boats for many years early in his sailing life.
This beautiful Centerboard Daysailer has been in production in the U.S. since the 1950’s, and there are fleets scattered across the nation. The boats are fast and responsive. They are roomy and comfortable to sail. The rig is set up for easy stepping and un stepping. All fiberglass construction is easy to maintain. Flotation is provided to make the boat unsinkable.
Complete package comes ready to sail.
Trailer, Auxilliary Power (electric or gas), roller furling jib, Sunbrella Boom Tent.
Celebrity Association member Hank Baer:
….I then saw one of the moulded ply Celebrities a little later on - I had to have one!! - I went to Evanson’s shop and ordered a new one around 1974 - I asked him to make it all white, both hull and decks – That made it an illegal class boat at that time as the rules said they had to have blue decks – I bought the boat because it was beautiful and was a wonderful, stable sailer – I sailed that boat everywhere from Lake George, NY to Virginia Beach, VA. I love this boat for its “yacht like” appearance and it’s stiff, relaxing sailing qualities – It’s in a class all of its own.
Length Overall 19 foot 9 inches
Beam 6 foot 4 inches
Displacement 800 lbs
Sail Area 172 sq. ft.
Mast Height 25 feet
Celebrity Sloop Particulars
The Celebrity (A brief historical sketch)
The Celebrity is based upon a design indigenous to the Friesland area of Northern Holland which dates back to the 1920’s. The original boats (Called Dutch G and Berggneer) were gaff-rigged Catboats. They were subsequently changed to gaff sloops, with the mast stepped in a tabernacle to permit easy lowering to pass through the many canal bridges in Holland. During WWII more than one young Dutchman avoided the Nazis by hiding out in a low slung Celebrity, mast down, in the Dutch Canals. To this day, the largest indigenous one-design fleet in Holland is the 16m2 fleet a gaff-rigged sloop with a hull very similar to the Celebrity.
In 1951, while traveling to Holland, Stan Evanson was impressed by the sleek hull design of these Dutch boats and decided to incorporate the hull lines in
the design of a new sloop-rigged boat for the U.S. Evanson, in cooperation with Johann Wester, designed a similar boat, naming it the “Celebrity”.
The first hulls were constructed in Holland and imported to the states by the P. Evanson Boat Company of Riverside, New Jersey. Construction was stip-planked mahogany with sitka spruce spars. Both centerboard and keel models were offered, utilizing outboard rudders with the tiller in the same position as today’s design.
Over the years several design changes have been made to the Celebrity. In the 1950’s, the rudder design was modified to an inboard rudder placed at the end of the skeg, improving handling capability. The hull construction was changed to molded plywood to reduce costs and a Genoa jib was added as an option to the sail plan, quickly replacing the traditional working jib. Dacron sails were also first introduced.
Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s design improvements continued. The first fiberglass Celebrity hulls were imported from Holland; however, wooden decks, Centerboard trunks and cockpit trim were retained. In 1972, Evanson decided to construct the hulls in the US. Molds were produced in the states and production averaged 35 boats per year. The first completely glassed boat was finished in June of 1972, and was number C720. Stan Evanson sold the yard in the mid 1980’s, and by the fall of 1986, the Celebrity molds were in the hands of Fred Scopinich, Owner of the Hampton Shipyard in East Quogue, NY. Fred is a former Star Class Champion, and was a four time Celebrity National Champion in the mid 1980’s. Fred redesigned the cockpit as a one-piece fiberglass insert, and added watertight bulkheads fore and aft. Fred Scopinich sold the molds to Tom Jones who as an avid Celebrity Sailer hoped to revive the class. As his business activities precluded this revival, Tom Jones in 2008 sold the molds to Douglas Goldhirsch of Southport Island Marine in Southport ME. Doug had owned Celebrities (first a fiberglass model and later a wooden molded ply version) from 1979 until nearly 1990. Southport Island Marine is now offering the boats for sale.