The Early History of Pacific Dolphin Hull #271 "Het Loo"
My wife Cathy and I attended the Newport, Rhode Island sailboat show in the fall of 1977. It was there we ordered a Pacific Dolphin from Oceanside, California thru a yacht broker in Wickford Cove, Rhode Island.
Pacific Dolphin Show boat at 1977 Newport Boat Show
Hull #271 was delivered to Wickford Cove in the spring of 1978 and christened "Het Loo", the name of William of Orange's hunting lodge in Holland. She had a "hank-on" 110% jib and main with 2 sets of reef points. Power was a Mercury 71/2 hp 2 stroke electric start O.B.
#271 just launched, June, 1978, Wickford Cove, Rhode Island - L/R Cathy, Stu, Pheiffer
In early June, 1978, my father, his friend and I, left Wickford Cove to bring Het Loo to her new home in Leesburg, NJ. We "motor sailed" every day.
Day 1 - Wickford Cove to Stonington, CT. Clear skies and a good breeze from the NW. Dinner at a dockside seafood restaurant. In 1978 Stonington was a lovely town before the condos came.
Day 2 - Stonington, CT to Bridgeport, CT. Clear skies and a nice breeze from the NNW. Docked at the Pequannock Yacht Club (apparently club has now moved to New Haven). Nice bunch of sailors. Didn't charge us for the slip. No food at the bar, so we got a taxi to go out and eat.
Day 3 - Bridgeport, CT to City Island, NY. Clear skies and NW winds. I can't remember where we docked. Either the name has changed or it's gone altogether. We walked only a couple blocks to a great selection of restaurants. City Island is unique in that there is only one bridge on and off the island, so all traffic is "local".
Day 4 - City Island, NY to Atlantic City, NJ. Clear skies and "fresh" NW winds. An early start at 0430 hours gave us fair tide through Hell's Gate all the way to Sandy Hook, NJ. We caught the change to flood tide at Sandy Hook and carried it all the way to Atlantic City. Docked at the Farley State Marina just before Midnight. A sailboat "freebee", as we left the next day before the marina opened. As "Het Loo" had no knot meter or GPS, we had no way of knowing our speed thru the water or over ground. As the wind (estimated at 15kts) was NW off the Jersey shore, there was almost no wave action in the ocean. On our chart, Sandy Hook Lighthouse to Absecon Inlet was around 90 miles. We figured we averaged better than 6 kts for the day
Top - approaching the Battery, East River
Bottom - off Staten Island. Is Miss MCGill aboard?
Top - East River
Bottom - Brooklyn Bridge
Day 5 - Atlantic City, New Jersey to Leesburg, NJ (on the Maurice River in Cumberland County).
Another sunny day, but light winds. An advantage, as the "short chop" on the Delaware Bay can be nasty when the tide is opposite the wind.
Right: Het Loo arrived at her new home in Leesburg early in the afternoon Tuesday, June 19th, 1978.
Het Loo sailed out of Leesburg in 1978, Greenwich New Jersey in 1979 & 80 and Georgetown, Maryland in 1981. She returned to Greenwich, New Jersey in the fall of 1981 for winter storage ashore.
In June of 1982, we sold Het Loo to Mr. Corey Hammond of Greenwich, Connecticut. He liked and retained the name. He and his wife sailed her on Long Island Sound for several years before moving to the Finger Lakes region of New York where they sailed her for several more.
#271 at Greenwich, New Jersey ready to lauch and sail to Greenwich, Connecticut to her new owner, Cory Hammond, April, 1982
Hull #271 renamed "Tuuli" is now owned by Mike Yates of Skaneateles, New York.