Foggy, Brooklin Boat Yard builds an artful automated sloop

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

17 Responses

  1. Laurent (crazy french...) says:

    Thank you for that beautiful boat, with one like this I might go back to monohulls 😉
    Best regards

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The four fastest boats entered in the Transatlantic 2015 race just started today but Comanche — launched by Hodgdon Yachts last year — is already calculated to take line honors. Meanwhile a 100-year old schooner is in the actual lead, and more than halfway across! It’s a wonderfully mixed fleet well covered and YB tracked here:
    Note that the Class 40 fleet includes the Aklaria RC3 named Amhas, which was finished out at the Maine Yacht Center:
    Also note that the free (Android and iOS) YB Races app is great for following TR 2015.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good to hear from you, Laurent! A funny thing about Foggy is that a lot folks around traditional-boat-loving Brooklin are not crazy about her looks.
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say.
    But Foggy does promise to be wicked light and fast (if all the systems work) and I notice that the French-built Mod 70 trimaran Phaedo has taken over as predicted TR 2015 line honors winner:

  4. Tom Young says:

    I think that is a very cool boat. It’s quite spare compared to the norm(traditional-even contemporary boats). It looks well designed and executed for the use the owner has in mind and it’s added an artistic side I haven’t seen.
    It will tick more than a few old salts, off. Oh well.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I was mostly joking about possible difficulties with Foggy’s automated sail controls, but darned if the superyacht Nomad IV didn’t lose all hydraulics half way across the Atlantic and apparently would be fairly crippled if there weren’t an army of crew aboard:
    Meanwhile the really fast big boats fell in a hole and Nomad may be 2nd over the line in style:

  6. Anonymous says:

    Re that overhead deck light scheme…what’s going to happen with the boat rolling in daylight with someone inside who is on the edge of seasick? Or someone outside at night? Love to know if someone has studied or addressed this.

  7. AT says:

    WOW. Foggy just went by. Stunning.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Now Foggy seems to be in Newport and sporting wild new steering wheels, binnacles and bowsprit thingy:
    Please come back to Maine, Foggy!

  9. Chris L-S s/v/ Pelican says:

    Yeah.. we’re here in Newport right now, cruising through, and have enjoyed seeing Foggy go in and out the past several days. Today, however, it appears as if her boom furling main broke as there was a guy riding her boom as she re-entered the harbor, tying a bunched up sail to it. Very unique boat. Can’t figure out if I like her yet or not.

  10. Sue from Narragansett Bay says:

    My husband and I were putt-putting around Newport harbor July 29th when we cast our eyes upon this masterpiece of a boat FOGGY just pulling into a slip. I knew immediately I had to find out about this work of art and couldn’t wait to get home and search the internet. Ben, thanks so much for the detail and pics. AWESOME!! Thrilled to have been up close and personal with it (well, sort of).

  11. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks for writing, Sue! I just found some photos of Foggy sailing. Jet black sails with red trim that matches the spar color. Damn!

  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Cool! I just found out a whole more about Foggy’s electronics and they look fascinating. See the new PS above.

  13. thomas says:

    Beautiful yacht. There are tons more pictures of the boat electronics in the installer’s gallery.
    Start here and click to the left:

  14. Anonymous says:

    She won the Opera House Cup in Nantucket this weekend.
    She looked very strange going out through the Rainbow Fleet (Beetle cats and replicas) and certainly stretches the definition of “wooden boat” as usually conceived, but she came in first overall and first corrected.
    She looked to me from 150m away like something from an aquatic “Mad Max” — cool but very strange. Your closeups show her better than she looks from a distance, but then I suppose Donald MacKaye’s first clippers looked just as strange in their day.

  15. Sue Reid says:

    Are there any pictures of the inside of Foggy? I was the seamstress for the sheep skin cushions for the main salon and the bedding. I would love to see how it all looks.

  16. That beauty is now in Key West

  17. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Cool. BBY has put up some photos of Foggy finished (Sue, your fine cushions are shown):
    And Charlie Doane found some more new Foggy pics, besides offering a chance to vote on the goofiest sailboat of 2015:,-sailing-yacht-a,-surfari-44

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