The W Class Yacht Company
Whether sailing the shoal waters of Nantucket’s Inner Harbor or enjoying a warm South-Easterly in the Palm Beaches, Filly and Colt can take you there. These are the only two W-22s built to date but the plan is for a fleet of them.
The company’s goal is to return elegant yachts to competitive racing. To do so, it will develop a new one-design class that is reminiscent of the J-Class.
Founded by Donald Tofias
Donald Tofias started the W-Class Yacht Company to bring back one-design big-boat racing. He believed other owners shared his passion for the sport and would want a modern-day marvel that embraced the spirit of early 20th century racers.
Tofias’s first experience with the company was a visit to an antiques store in Palm Beach, Florida. There, he saw an old postcard showing Lake Worth Lagoon in the early 1900s. The picture depicted a fleet of gaff-rigged catboats being sailed by stylish sportsmen and women wearing modest sartorial styles.
White’s designs combine the elegance of classic yachts with a modern underbody and construction. Above the waterline, they look like New York 50s, M-Class or 12-Meter boats. These fast sloops have earned silverware in Sprit of Tradition races and design awards.
When Anna was hauled for her refit in 2014 at Newport Shipyard, she had full-thickness blisters the size of quarters on her bottom at various locations along the waterline. The blisters caused the removal of entire layers of rust-resistant paint, exposing bare rusted steel.
Designed by Joel White
The W-class yachts are modern classics that rekindled interest in one-design match racing. They’re built in Maine using innovative cold-molded wood construction techniques. They’re fast sloops with sleek lines reminiscent of the New York 50s and J-class racers.
White was a renowned designer of wooden sailboats, according to his obituary in the New York Times. He was also known for his Nutshell Pram, a fast sloop with a modern underwater shape.
Hoek Design specializes in sleek yachts that are easy to sail and offer a high degree of luxury. One of its most recent yachts, Antonisa, earned the 2009 award for Best Sailing Yacht in 38 meters and under from ShowBoats International, a sister publication of Robb Report.
The company is expanding its fleet to include 100′, 123′ and 135′ models. It will continue to build its yachts at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine. It is a collaboration with Rockport Marine of Rockport and Brooklin Boat Yard of Brooklin.
Built in Maine
In addition to its yacht construction division, Front Street Shipyard also provides maintenance and repair services for luxury sailing yachts. Its service technicians are experienced in a wide range of repairs and maintenance. The company uses the most advanced technologies and materials for all its work. Its coatings are designed to reduce corrosion and rust. Its marine team is able to perform routine maintenance without disrupting the yacht’s functionality or performance.
Designed by Joel White, the W-Class was first launched in 1998 with the intention of rekindling one-design match racing. Its lines are evocative of New York 50s and J-Class yachts. Its owner, Donald Tofias, campaigns two of the boats, Wild Horses and White Wings, throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Beauty is a performance day sailor built for competition in classic regattas like the Eggemoggin Reach and Les Voiles de St. Barth as well as occasional cruising. She features a spacious sailing cockpit and accommodations for up to 8 guests. All sailing functions are within arm’s reach of the helm allowing precision push button control.
Available for sale
The w class yacht company offers a range of vessels for sale, from 22 to 135 feet. The company is based in Newport, Rhode Island and employs around 50 people. The company is a privately owned corporation and is backed by a group of investors.
Donald Tofias founded the w-class yacht company to develop one-design big boat racing boats. His vision was to build a modern day marvel that embraced the spirit of early 20th century racers. The first two boats that w-class produced were Wild Horses and Havana Moon (ex White Wings), both 76 feet at the waterline. These were penned by Joel White, who also designed the w-46 and w-37.
The Brooklin Boat Yard designed Eggemoggin 47 Iris is also available for sale at this time. This boat is an all-around racer that features a woodcore hull with a composite construction of strip-planking cedar sandwiched between inner and outer carbon fiber skins. It has a deep fin/bulb keel and balanced spade carbon rudder.