Our Boat

Our boat is a Lapworth 36. The L-36 was designed  in 1953 by Bill Lapworth for a customer in Southern California. This customer wanted a boat that could race in the Transpac and also be used as a family cruising boat. If you are interested, you can read more about the history of the Lapworth 36 here

Nyon was built in  1958 at Taylor Boatworks in Vancouver. Yes, you read that right, 1958. She is hull #34. We weren't looking for a wooden sailboat. Although, Rick definitely loves wooden boats, as do I. (Okay, in my case, it's more of a love-hate relationship.) Our goal was to find a good bluewater sailboat. The Lapworth was built for that. The fact that she's an older wooden boat was a concern to be honest, but we made sure she was seaworthy before purchasing her. We have also done a lot of work on our vessel and home, preparing her for the journey south and beyond. Among the multitude of projects, we sheathed her hull with Xynole, (it's not unlike Dynel). You can begin to read about that process here. (It goes on for three posts.) It was a big job.

Are we crazy for having a wooden boat? Some would say yes. Hell, sometimes we think so too. We made our choice, and we hope that with diligent maintenance she'll take us to exotic places and continue to be the wonderful home she has been to us since 2007.


LOA................................36’
LWL................................29’
Beam............................9’6”
Draft.............................6'
Displ..................13,500 lbs
Ballast..................4500 lbs
Sail Area..............583 sq feet

Nyon under sail in the Northern
Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Nyon from afar (Mezteno, Isla Espiritu, Mexico)

Nyon sailing from Mexico to French Polynesia: 26 days at sea

Nyon at rest in Tonga (Vava'u)

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