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Carter Ott's Duckling, Yankee # 84, Coyote Point Marina, San Mateo, California - page updated June 28, 2023  

December 14, 2020. Carter Ott checking in as the new owner of Duckling


I hope you are well. I am the new owner of Yankee Dolphin 24, Hull 84 “Duckling.” Jim was nice enough to tow Duckling, by trailer, to a boat yard in Richmond for some repairs and upgrades on November 10. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to work on the boat on the hard at my house or at any local yards.

Repairs and upgrades included new standing and running rigging, new lifelines, replacing the centerboard pin, new cockpit winches, bottom paint, etc. I took delivery from the yard and singlehanded her from Point Richmond to Coyote Point Marina yesterday. Unfortunately, the wind was light and the contrary currents strong (it took about 6 hours dock-to-dock).

It being my first sail on the boat, I also made a number of rigging mistakes, which I had to correct on the water. I look forward to learning more about the boats from the website. Thank you, by the way, for your lunch video at the St. Francis YC. It was a real inspiration.

Attached are a few photos of Duckling and some shots I took of the San Francisco Bay on my way yesterday




Lets start the show with a 'chart' so we know where Duckling is sailing


Click on these photos for larger images


April 16, 2021. Carter sent in the following update

Thank you for asking about Duckling. She’s doing well. I’m not able to restore her out of the water locally, so she’s in the water at a marina
only about a 5 minute drive from my house. As a result, my family (my wife and our two young girls) regularly visit her, and walk the marina, including a lengthy jetty which visitors can walk over via a paved walkway.

To date, we have not taken her out for a sail. Instead, we’ve been focusing on taking “baby steps” in helping our kids feel comfortable on the boat. Mostly, this involves visiting Duckling and eating snacks in the cockpit after taking a walk around the marina. We plan on taking her out with the whole family aboard next weekend, which is Opening Day weekend here.

Since I last email you in mid December, I have focused on restoring Duckling’s interior. Per advice from Don Casey’s book, “This Old Boat,” I sanded and painted the fiberglass with exterior house paint; I sanded and painted the cabin sole with Bilgekote; and I’m close to done in refinishing the teak and mahogany with Cetol Natural Teak varnish. The result is a significant improvement in the feel of the cabin and the morale of my crew.

On the electronic side, I wired an automatic bilge pump to a new 12 volt Lithium battery, which is recharged by a solar panel wired to the battery. The old bilge pump was a hand pump (not unlike the Naples Sabot I sailed in elementary school), and the output tubing was cracked.

In the Bay Area, we receive nearly all of our rain between October and March. So now that the rainy season is nearly over, I plan on moving to refinishing the deck (fiiberglass and teak) and focusing on the rigging. In particular, Duckling came with a jib boom and has a traveler just forward of the mast. I plan on trying to decipher how that was intended to be rigged (I’ve been looking at photos of how jib booms are rigged on the J/100 and Alerion Express).

Included are several recent photos of Duckling, including a “before” and “after” of the cabin teak.



Look close - see the solar panel?


After - Stay tuned


March 15, 2022 - We have the following update and photos from Senior DFI Carter -


Here’s a quick update from last year. As the weather warmed, our restoration worked moved to the exterior -



1. Topside teak - During the summer and early fall, I scrubbed, cleaned and brightened, sanded, and varnished (using Cetol Natural Teak) nearly all of the topside teak.

2. Topside decks - As you can see from the photos from my last update, Duckling’s decks featured a number of large black spots, which appeared to be where paint had stripped from the fiberglass. This was probably due to prior overuse of a pressure washer. I applied a few coats of marine primer to nearly all of the deck and cockpit, focusing on the black spots.

3. Canvas covers - Duckling’s canvas mainsail and tiller covers had become threadbare and were different colors. We replaced them and purchased covers for the winches, as a set from Lee Sail Covers (LeeSailCovers.com). It took them about three weeks to make the covers, and the prices were modest. The material is WeatherMax, and the color is Mist. I also replaced the fenders and added canvas covers to those.

4. Tiller - I planned to sand and Cetol the tiller. But when I detached the tiller from the rudder post, I noticed that in some areas the layers of teak that constitute the tiller were no longer joined, and I was concerned about its structural integrity. So I replaced the tiller with a prefabricated model, made of ash and mahogany, from West Marine (Model E). I will ultimately sand and Cetol the original tiller and keep it onboard as an emergency tiller.

5. Headsail furler - Last but not least, we replaced the headstay with a Harken furler. I’ll provide an update on headsails in our next update.

PS Despite the photo image the tiller is nearly identical in length and width to the original tiller.  I actually picked it because the dimensions matched




This is the history we have on Yankee #84 - updated April 21, 2023


September 22, 2020. Jim confirmed Duckling is still for sale and he updated his email contact info. Here's a link to his current Latitude 38 magazine ad https://www.latitude38.com/advert/24-ft-yankee-dolphin-1968/.


November 13, 2017. Jim has advised Duckling is FOR SALE. Below is a copy of his ad and his contact info.


On trailer in El Grenada $6000

Two axle trailer, radios, many sails and accessories included. Deteriorating eyesight provokes sale. Classic S&S design, stable and sea-kindly in SF Bay. Shoal draft, swing centerboard, club-foot jib for easy tacking, Bruce & Danforth anchors, custom step and rigging for safe single-handed mast handling. 6hp Sailmaster OB on transom, solid-fuel heater, kero two-burner stove, portable-potti. Hull clean, no blisters, needs bottom paint.

jimsutro@icloud.com (updated September 22, 2020)
(650) 867-5018



Duckling was one of the boats that appeared in Dyke Williams' article in Good Old Boat and this is the picture of Duckling Dyke used. Jim is busy restoring a 1959 Shasta Trailer in preparation for a motoring cruise across the US! Webmaster Note: I wonder if they have these kinds of websites too? Jim says Duckling got her name based upon the way she smoothly bobs along in rough water. Her former name under a previous owner was Pecas II

The following are quotes from Jim that appeared in the Good Old Boat article

Click here to see the full GOB article


On September 28, 2008, Jim responded to our request to help locate Dick Loomis (Yankee # 212) that happens to be sitting on Jim's Dolphin trailer. Jim's been involved with restoring land cruisers recently and sent in the following email:

We've gotten wildly sidetracked by "Land Yachts" these days.     My wife just isn't too keen on sailing, mostly I think because the arrival time is so unpredictable. So we're playing with an Airstream trailer these days. Retirement is just a few months away, so there should be more time for playing with toys. Many of my retired friends say that's a myth. I should check in with your great web-site now and then. So many toys, so little time. . ..



A shot of Old School, Yankee #212 - like that solar powered/rechargeable ss vent


April 21, 2023 - Jim's trailer is FOR SALE. SOLD!!! updated June 28, 2023 He sent in the following description and pic

Dual Axle, reported 7000# capacity, new surge brakes and lights (never been submerged), for safe delivery of sold sailboat, unfortunately purchaser didn’t want the trailer.

Trailer was professionally converted from power to sailboat. Axle set can easily be adjusted for best weight balance.

Boat launched and retrieved by turning spare tire 90 degrees to support tongue, blocking tires, and connecting TV to trailer with web or chain. Backing down allows trailer to submerge with TV well out of the water. Upon retrieval, guide poles assure floating boat aligns with bunks.

Presently located in El Grenada CA, about 25 miles south of San Francisco. The price will be right, and delivery can be negotiated.

Please contact Jim Sutro, 650-867-5018, <jimsutro@icloud.com>

























































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