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By Chris Meredith Boat Name: Torea


Beam: 16.5 ft. Classics — Torea


Length: 58 ft. on deck, 67 ft. overall. Draft: 7 ft.


Year Built: 1968


The Back Story: Torea is a traditional ketch designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built of steel by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1968. Her unique design with a clipper bow, raised stern deck and transom win- dows echoes back to square rigger days. She is a development of Yankee IV, which was the last vessel built for Irving and Exy Johnson, a new England couple who sailed around the world seven times aboard the Brigantine Yankee. The Johnsons’ voyages became famous through a series of books and National Geographic articles.


What’s inside? With her lofty rig and unique “mule” staysail, Torea can pack a lot of sail, making her a good sailing boat even in light winds. Her full keel and rounded bilges make her a comfortable voyaging boat, fully capable of taking care of her crew in all weather. Torea’s large mid-ships cockpit provides good protection from the elements. Torea has hydraulic roller furling on all sails; allowing for setting and furling sails from the cockpit. She is powered by a single Gardner 6 LX diesel. Yachts of this type are known for their great cabins, which are aft in


the boat, and flooded by light from all the ports and skylights. Torea’s cabin is a captain’s retreat, comprising a writing desk, navigation table, a large head with a tub, and a raised double berth. The forward cabin features a real ship’s galley, dining area, double guest cabin to starboard with ensuite head, and a crew cabin forward.


Historic notes: On deck and below, Torea displays the best of tradition- al design and craftsmanship. For more than a century, the famous Abeking & Rasmussen yard has produced the finest yachts in the world. Today, the yard focuses on building yachts of 100 feet or larger.


Where Currently Berthed: Torea was owned by the same gentleman for 40 years until he donated her to the School of Sailing and Seamanship at Orange Coast


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College. Torea will be open for inspection at the Lido Boat Show Sept. 18-21. ☛


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