June 5, 2014. Willie II has been sold and has moved from New Mexico to Toledo, Ohio, western Lake Erie. Mike O'Brien is checking in as the new owner. June 7 Note - we set up a new page for her - click here to go there.
Mike O’Brien in Toledo. We corresponded some months back when I was searching for a Dolphin. I have been meaning to update and let you know that I drove out to New Mexico last December, and bought Willy II from Andy. Quite a pull on the way back, but if I had any questions about the trailer, they have been answered. No problems leaving the mountains or anywhere else on the trip. The boat doesn’t need much work, but I have had a very busy spring, so it may be a little longer, then pretty soon hope to have it on Lake Erie. Thanks for the technical support, etc...
Welcome aboard, Mike!
July 16, 2013. Yankee #196 is again for sale. Better move fast - Andy has been known to change his mind! Here is the link to his Craigslist ad http://farmington.craigslist.org/boa/3898504782.html
24 foot sailboat / Yankee Dolphin/ trade? - $5200 (vallecito lake)
1971 Yankee Dolphin, Sparkman and Stephens design, full shoal keel with centerboard, very stable and fast cruiser, galley, v berth, and setee below, 3 sails, roller furler main, 2010 6 hp 4 stroke Tohatsu outboard in a well, single handed mast raising system, dual axle trailer with newer tires and tounge extention. It is ready to sail, good condition, a classic and beautiful sailboat, rare and very sought after, can also check out Dolphin 24 website, may trade for a 4x4 atv or ?.
July 26, 2013. This boat is now listed on Craigslist Denver - with larger photos
Here is the trail of #196 as we have it up to now. On May 30, 2011 we got good news! pictures, and more about Willy II's home waters. We have a couple of emails from Andy, consolidated and minor edits.
Hi Ron .
Thanks again for listing Willy ll on your for sale section. I feel lucky that everyone that was interested in her was too far away to make a deal. It gave me time to realize that i was making a mistake trying to sell her. I dont know what i was thinking! My wife and I have had a wonderfull time sailing and spending time on her. I have a lot more work I am going to do.
To start I am going to build a new companionway hatch out of teak . I will install a roller furler jib to go with the roller furler main and run the lines aft to make her more rough weather friendly. So far I have painted the deck and rebeded all deck fittings and woodwork in 3m 5200. I bought a new Tohatsu 4-stroke 6hp long shaft . I pulled all thru hull fittings and installed with new 3m 5200 and replaced all drain lines and the centerboard line tube. She has all new running rigging and centerboard line. I also replaced all pins in the standing rigging.The mast and boom has new paint and I sanded and painted the bottomside of the hull as well. I also made a tounge extension for the trailer.
Willy ll has been on Navajo lake for a summer and Lake Heron for a summer. Both lakes are in northern new mexico.
Navajo, above left, is a 15,000 acre lake at around 5,000 feet elevation. It is like a small Lake Powell with narrow canyons lots of rocks and lots of small sandy beaches. The sailing is challenging with shifting wind and the camping is good with lots of places to hide out. Lake Heron, above right, is a 6,000 acre lake at around 7,000 feet elevation. Heron is a mostly round lake with a few coves with great ancorages. Heron is a no wake lake so it is very quiet, no jet skis or water skiers, and only a few fishing boats.
There is a private yacht club with around 100 sailboats. They have a racing series with a race every 2 or 3 weeks. There are lots of great people there and it is very laid back and fun. Heron is a mountain lake and has incredible mountain views from anywhere on the lake. The picture with a double rainbow is on Heron and all the pictures of Willy ll is on Navajo .We are planning a trip to Lake Mead in a year or so . We might return to the Sea of Cortez soon too.
I will send new pics when I have some more. Thanks for the great website.
Andy & Willy Z.
ps I wanted to mention that Willy ll is missing the yankee hull # tag. She is titled as a 1972 but the sail # is 196 which I think would make her a 1971. The hull # on the transom is 37421 Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Andy Z
May 29, 2011. Good News! Andy sent in an email advising that he's changed his mind. Willie II is NOT for sale!
I have decided to keep my boat , Willy ll #196. Thanks for listing her for me. She is the best condition boat I have ever had and cannot stand to let her go anymore. I don't mind if you leave my info on the website but she is no longer for sale. I always look forward to new info and stories on your website.
The recent history of Willy II has been significantly about her being for sale. We will leave these old ads up as they remind us that we all can dodge bullets, and change our minds. We'll stand by for tales and pictures of Willy II's new adventures.
March 24, 2011. Andy Vwygart has an updated ad listed on Craigslist. Since buying #196 a couple of years ago he has put $2500 into the boat plus over 200 hours of work. He also advises Willie 2 has been sailing on the Navaho and Heron Reservoirs for the past 2 years.
The ad is below along with the contact info. Here is the direct link http://farmington.craigslist.org/boa/2283407208.html. Back on February 17, 2011 DFI Jonnie Walker (Yankee #227) told us of a boat being advertised on CraigsList in New Mexico. A quick phone call and we found the, up to now, missing #196!
1971 Yankee Dolphin 24 Sailboat - $6900 (Aztec)
Date: 2011-03-24, 7:21AM MDT
Reply to: see below
1971 Yankee Dolphin, Sparkman and Stephens design, very strong and fast sailboat, morc class, full shoal keel, sails beautifully, new motor, running rigging, battery, and new deck paint. Lots of teak. She is in great condition. Sails are original but are still in good condition. This boat had not been in the water for 20 years before I got it. I have had it in the water for the last 2 summers. The bottom is in great condition, no blisters. The interior is in good condition with all new cushions. Comes with a dual axel trailer with new tires. This is a rare opportunity to own a classic and beautiful sailboat in ready to sail condition.
Following is the trail #196 left for us to follow...
July 25, 2008 The following picture and email was sent in by DFI "SailinMike" to the Forum. Anyone having info please reply to Mike on the Forum
Does anyone have any information on a Dolphin that was sold on E-bay out of Dallas Texas approximately January of 2007? It's now for sale in New Mexico and before I buy it. I'm trying to learn as much of this boat's history as possible. The factory data plate is missing and the only ID numbers are a Texas State assigned HIN.