In 1934, Francis Belknap and Frank Paine of Boston designed a
practical but striking 31-ft cruising sloop for Mooney of Medford.
MOONBEAM (design #365) was built and launched by Frank Jesse
of Plymouth, as noted in the November 1934 issue of "The
This lovely one-off design
was re-discovered by builder Dave Corcoran and Kurt Hasselbalch,
Curator of the MIT Hart Nautical Collections, while searching
for a unique and suitable cruising yacht to fit the criteria
of the owners, Nancy and David Moncton, who have enjoyed many
years of sailing in the Canadian Maritimes, particularly on
the Bras D'Or Lakes of Cape Breton. Corcoran built the hull
with cedar planking on white oak frames with a mahogany backbone
at Arundel, Maine in the fall of 2006, but tragically passed
away in early 2007.
E.M. Crosby Boatworks completed
this unique New England classic yacht in the spring of 2008.
AMANDA has an electric motor to regenerate power while under