USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


S/V JAKAB is typical of the “12-Meter” racing sloops and cutters designed in 1907 to serve in Olympics competition from 1908 through World War II and thereafter in America’s Cup competition from 1958 to 1987. These vessels are sleek — aesthetically beautiful with long hull overhangs and flush deck — and are exceptionally seaworthy and fast. Notably, these vessels served the highest level of sailing competition over a span of eighty years — a feat unchallenged by any other racing technology be it auto, aircraft or motorcycle — where newer designs soon replace older, less efficient designs. The 12-Meter racing yachts were built to heel more than modern-day sailboats, as their effective waterline would increases as the vessels heel. Jakab’s waterline would increase from 36 to 50 feet — significantly increasing her hull speed (from 8 knots to 9.4 knots). We have sailed her at speeds up to 11 knots. JAKAB is efficient even in light air as she sails at 70 percent of wind speed up to her maximum hull speed.

JAKAB was built in Costa Mesa, California. Her sisterships include former Senator Teddy Kennedy’s “Curragh (formerly “Charisma”), the Beach Boys’ “Toujours Ete” (with a portable recording studio aboard), and “Eros” which twice circumnavigated the planet. JAKAB’S mast, built by Proctor of England in the 1960’s, belonged to former a former Prime Minister of England, Sir Edward Heath who was a noted racing sailor.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Masthead Cutter
Homeport: Port Washington, WI
Sparred Length: 55
LOA: 55
LOD: 55
LWL: 36
Draft: 6
Beam: 14
Rig height: 75
Sail Area: 1,184
Tons: 19
Hull: FRP


Who Sails? Youth, Adults
Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Private Charters
Normal cruising waters: Great Lakes
Season: May through October
Built: 1974
Crew: 2
Tel: 312-469-0233
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