Town class sailboats are 16 1/2 ft long (5.0 m) lap strake one-design dories, constructed in either wood or fiberglass. The Town Class was designed as an affordable boat for the townspeople, hence its name.
The first Town Class sailboat was designed and built (in wood only) in 1932 by Marcus C. Lowell in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Marcus’ son, Percival M. “Pert” Lowell, later took over the business and relocated to Newbury Massachusetts. In 1936, the Town Class sailboat was adopted as a one-design class boat, and quickly became a popular racing boat from Maine to Florida. In the late 1960s, fiberglass models became available. Currently, more than two thousand wood and fiberglass “Townies” have been built to date. The Pert Lowell Company, which is now operated by “Pert” Lowell’s son-in-law, Ralph Johnson, continues to construct these boats today.
The National Town Class Association was formed in 1962, also marking the first year of the Town Class National Regatta (an annual two-day racing event) which took place in Nahant, Massachusetts. The Town Class Nationals have also been held in Marblehead, Wakefield, Sharon, and Newburyport, Massachusetts; as well as Touisett Point, Rhode Island and Spofford Lake, New Hampshire
ABOUT ANNAPOLIS RIGGING
Annapolis Rigging specializes in Yacht Rigging services for cruising and racing sailboats. Right now many of our customers are sailing around the world. For 40 plus years, we have set up boats to do this and the boats have performed trouble free, all of them. Base in Annapolis heart of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and located in Jabins Yacht Yard the largest marina in the area.
75 years plus combined workforce experience in sailboat rigging. 90 years plus sailing experience.
How do we achieve this success?
Because we have been there, we have done the sailing and we know what boats will be put through.
Where do our customers come from?
Word of Mouth. Besides the boat show, Annapolis Rigging does not do any advertising. It has been this way since the start. Our competitors advertise several times a month. Some people might say that word of mouth advertising is the hardest, but we think it is the easiest.
What can we do?
Annapolis Rigging is a complete mast and rigging shop. We can fabricate anything out of metal, wood or plastic. We build an average of 7 mast per year and repair or refurbish many more. The hardest systems to install, hydraulic and wind vane steering systems, Annapolis Rigging specializes in.
Our customers are our best advertisement. Chances are you have already talked to one of our customers. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us, so we can help you.
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