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Stu Polhamus' Equinox, Yankee # 237, Rappahannock River Yacht Club (RRYC) in Irvington, Virginia, (updated February 20, 2017)  

July 9, 2016. Stu Polhamus checking in as the new owner of Yankee #237. Stu is not new to the Dolphin game. He bought Pacific Dolphin #271 as a new boat in 1977, and is the current owner of Yankee #228. We have had several emails - here they are consolidated with minor edits.


We can make it official - I now own Equinox, hull #237. After "sitting" for almost four years, there were some things that needed fixing.

Upon settlement on Equinox, former owner Mr. Baier had given the broker a wonderful collection (book - edition #2) of Dolphin info, apparently put together by you, which in turn the broker gave to me. (Webmaster Note: This is the Dolphin24 Website Book). I just got around to looking thru it. It appears that many ideas Mr. Baier had in working with George Prosser at 1st Mate Yacht Services came from the book.

Equinox hasn't yet reached Rappahannock River Yacht Club (RRYC) in Irvington, Virginia. The "brand new" 2012 Tohatsu suffered from four years of sitting with the original gas in the tank/fuel line/carburetor. She is now sitting at my friend's dock on Mill Creek off the Great Wicomico River in Wicomico Church. I heard from the mechanic today, and hopefully the motor will be reinstalled Sunday afternoon. If all goes well, I'll move the boat down next week.

I promise good photos once there. Also, I'll be sending some shots of hull #271 when it was new plus info to fill in her history, and an update on hull #228.



Standing by, and once again - Welcome Aboard Stu!


September 23, 2016. We got the following short update on #237 from Stu - more to come, (emails minor edits and consolidated)


I have not fallen off the face of the earth. We've been away over 5 weeks this summer.

After "Equinox", #237, finally made it to Rappahannock River Yacht Club in Irvington, we had days and days of 90 degrees plus with no wind (typical of July/August on the Chesapeake).

Equinox is racing 10/1 & 10/2 in the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta on the Rappahannock River. More to follow.

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I would like to MAIL you some photos of hull #271 to go with the narrative. For some reason, I can no longer "scan" from my printer to my computer. Just need an address for you. DONE

When I visited the Dolphin site last night, I noted that #271 has a new owner. Had a great chat with Mike Yates and am sending him copies of the original Pacific Dolphin brochure & price list from 1977 (would be happy to send to you also). Told Mike that old #271 looks great. Mike said Tim McNally did a lot of good things to the boat.

More to come.....Best,


ps Will get photos of 271 to you A.S.A.P.

Webmaster Note: Click here to go to Tuuli, Mike Yates' Pacific Dolphin #271, and click here for Stu's report on Het Loo, Pacific Dolphin #271


October 23, 2016. We've made an effort to incorporate some of the regatta brochure material into this report from Stu. Dolphin webmasters are not well known for their technology know how. Patience required.....Content on this report came in by phone, emails, notes and photos over the past 3 weeks - Stu's email below is consolidated and edited.


Except for the trip bringing the boat from Annapolis to Irvington, this was only the 2nd & 3rd days that I have sailed the boat (five weeks away at 3 weddings this summer plus 90 degree + days with no wind). Boat performed very well, it was the skipper and his little buddy who didn't.

Racing was held on the Rappahannock River between the Robert O. Norris Bridge and Towles Point. There was good air for the Sat. race (7-9kts). Bad start. We were 3 minutes late at the line! That plus a bad move at the 3rd mark (covered by 2 big boats and had to make an extra tack). After all that, we lost to the Sailmaster by ONE SECOND on corrected time.

Sunday the air was light and flakey (4-6kts at start). Some wind shifts up to 90 degrees. We started 2 seconds after our line time in the pursuit race (slower boats start earlier, faster ones later). The problem was we started on the pin end of the line. A wind shift allowed the larger boats to catch and blanket us down the 1st leg. A little better wind later in the 5 mile race. Still did O.K. all things considered.

For 10 years I was ½ owner of Albatross, a CD 30. We sailed in the Turkey Shoot every year beginning in 2006. We finished 2nd in class twice and won our class last year! Albatross was 4th in class (Division 6) this year. On Saturday, her corrected time and ours was exactly the same. Love the Dolphin, but it has some problems (fixable) that I'm working on.

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I'm getting some photos from the race on Saturday and will send ASAP, plus some info on the history of the Turkey Shoot. My wife volunteers for our local branch, taking supplies and visiting non-medical patients.

Took off the sails and had the boat hauled yesterday "just in case" the storm (Hurricane Matthew) comes our way. One more race at RRYC on Saturday Oct. 22nd.



2016 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta
Final Cumulative Results
- Fleet B Division 7 (non spinnaker)

Webmaster Note - the winning boat was a Sailmaster 22 - we know about this class of boat, also an S&S designed boat (#1743) - one of our Dolphin owners, Robert du Gast, sailed these same waters in one before he bought his Dolphin. Click here to go there.

Equinox heading out for the start on Saturday ("better hurry, we're late!!")

Left - Equinox on the reaching leg of the triangle course

Above - rounding the gybe mark (note the jib sheet positions - we'll hear more about this....)

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Stay Tuned



February 20, 2017. Stu is planning to come to Maine this summer for the 'Dolphin 24 New England Championships" being held as part of the Camden Classic Cup regatta July 27-29. Sadly, Equinox will not be making this trip but Stu has important work to do for this event! Click this link to go to our webpage for this event http://dolphin24.org/ccc2017.html





Here is the history we had on Equinox up to when Stu bought her.

June 15, 2016. We have a report that Equinox has been sold. Standing by for more information.


January 23, 2016. We just learned that Equinox has been listed FOR SALE on Sailboat Listings. Here is the link to the ad http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/51231, and below is a copy. There's a number of pictures on the ad, including one we already had - we'll move it up here because its such a great photo and worth a second look

Equipment: The Yankee 24 was designed by S&S (design #1497) to be a offshore capable racer cruiser and she has proven to be just that. When designed she was called a "Junior Ocean Racer" and much of the history of the boat can be found on the dolphin24.org website and the S&S website. A few internet searches will quickly show the cult status of the boat and why she is so dearly beloved by all who take the tiller.

EQUINOX has had a full refit from stem to stern and shows like no other. Her condition is excellent

Here are a list of just a few of her upgrades.

Harken Roller Furller, Harken Winches, New Centerboard New 4 stroke outboard, Propane stove, New running rigging, Awlgripped hull, deck and mast, Custom teak interior, Garmin chartplotter, Raymarine Instruments

Location: ANNAPOLIS, Maryland
Contact Seller 410-268-2337




This is what we had on Equinox up to this point. On November 22, 2010 - We learned that Lowell Baier has bought Mo-Dean, Yankee #237, and that she will be under going a professional restoration by First Mate Yacht Services in Annapolis, Maryland. She will be renamed Equinox. Click here to go to Mo-Dean.

Webmaster Note August 21, 2012. In order to avoid unnecessary suspense we'll insert an 'after' photo right here, then go back to our normal chronological posting.

A Keeper


February 3, 2012. We have been in touch with George Prosser of First Mate Yacht Services in past months as this restoration project slowly progressed. We had lost track on the current status and will follow up. Here's a picture that he sent us back in June, 2011 - just after some painting work.

Stay Tune

August 18, 2012. We have the following update and pictures from George Prosser of First Mate Yacht Services.


Here are some pictures of Mr. Lowell Baier's Dolphin 24 "Equinox". We are down to the last few bits of work and doing a sea-trial later today. She is a little beauty!


Diane for George First Mate Yacht Services, Inc. 410-267-7782

This is a new, stainless steel centerboard - more info coming


Webmaster Note August 21, 2012. The 'blue box' next to the the motor in the photo above left is a Seaward LPG Locker kit.

To find out more about these kits click here

That's a Tohatsu 9.8hp outboard in the well.

Stay tuned

August 21, 2012. Equinox was launched for her sea trials. Looking good, I'd say

Nice work - I'll bet she sails well too!

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