The Sakonnet was originally designed in 1937 for the Sakonnet Yacht Club, located in Little Compton, Rhode Island. It was created for use as a "one design" racer for the yacht club. The practice of having a specific boat designed for a club to be used in racing was very popular in the 30's. In fact, John Alden owned and raced this design during his illustnous career. There was even some controversy concerning Mr. Alden's personal boat, as he won so many races with it during the 1939 racing season, competitors accused him of running a custom boat To resolve the controversy, he exchanged boats with another club skipper who had been having less than good results and proceeded to win using the other boat.
As pretty to look at as she was to sail, the Sakonnet features a heavy displacement hull with a deep keel for additional stability, high freeboard for a dry rtde, modest sail area, and a spacious open cockpit area. This cockpit area is protected by high coarnings and watertight bulkheads fore and aft, providing a very safe daysailer. The modem marconi rig round out the overall look of this classic sailboat.