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Helen Chien's FEATHER, Yankee Dolphin # 104, Holiday Harbor, San Pedro, California - updated September 8, 2022  

May 4, 2022 - Here is Helen's FEATHER check in report

FEATHER check-in
Wed, May 4, 2022 4:03 am

Hi Ron!

This is a very special spring for me. FEATHER is my very first independent boat purchase and she was delivered to me by a professional boat mover's trailer because she led life as a little girl's playhouse for the prior 3+ years. During that time she sustained some injuries and much equipment and accessories losses (to other boats, I presume.) Therefore her first stop was the boatyard, where we had an incredible heat wave coupled with a frantic first-experience of masthead surgery. FEATHER also got new anti-fouling before her mast was re-stepped. This left no time to prepare the boat for sailing.

Luckily, friends were ready to help tow us home.... fortunate too ... as I discovered a day later that the main bulkhead arch supporting her mast was cracked directly under her proud Dolphin plaque. My conclusion is that a combination of very tight wires and the 'opened up' bulkhead left inadequate support for the rig. I am now reinforcing that arch with the help of very deft and experienced hands. I am immensely enjoying learning about boat engineering and architecture, but will get sailing soon.

Thanks for keeping up with the owners' site. I've found it immensely useful already.


PS Question about the roster: would it be possible to sort by local to facilitate finding neighbors? WEBMASTER ANSWER - type in FEATHER's new home port in the seach engine box (upper left corner. Send me an email with any 'neighbor' contacts and I'll contact them requesting permission to give you their email addresses


April 3, 2022 - Helen Chien checked in as the new owner of FEATHER. She posted on the 24 Dolphin Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/dolphin24sailboats and has been in touch with our Technical Section http://dolphin24.org/technical_hardware_advise,html.html

We'll standby for a FEATHER report


September 6, 2022 - Here it is!

Good morning Ron!

How has your season been? Full of cruises and racing, I bet. I hope all is well with you and Marionette http://www.dolphin24.org/restorations_marionette.html

I've been occupied with family a lot, so it's taken a while to get FEATHER sailing. It's been nine months since I first saw FEATHER and 4 months since I brought her home to her slip in Holiday Harbor in San Pedro. Lots of small jobs, summer vacation, and then one big job later, she is now finally sailing ???!!

She does perform quite well and likes to just go go go. I'm beginning to see what everyone has been gushing about. She is engineless, so my challenge is learning to maneuver into her slip and stopping her.She has lots of essential new things: life lines, halyards, sheets, jib leads, topping lift, Windex, boom cover, and an anodized aluminum arch in the cabin to support the mast.

Small jobs will continue, but learning to handle her is top priority now. Having the main controls aft of the helm will take a bit of getting used to. It's been hot hot hot and super light winds the past week. I am surprised by how FEATHER just keeps moving, ever so slightly, in the lightest breezes. But the regular winds are filling back in so she is finally able to heel over a bit.

I'm very happy to finally see how she sails. I love the way she moves through the water, so smooth and steady, letting the water hug her; it's where she belongs ?. I am looking forward to my favorite fall/winter sailing season. Here are some job progress pictures. A few additional photos will come in a separate email. Thank you for managing the site. I've spent many hours intensely researching, as well as leisurely enjoying the photos and posts.




new lashing

lifeline lashing



the post

dry fit


her new dress

September 8, 2022 - 2 more....







This is the history we have on FEATHER up to this point in time

June 28, 2019 - We heard from the Yachtworld broker that Feather has been sold. We stand by for the new owner to check in


November 27, 2018 - PRICE REDUCED - click this link for Yachting World's latest ad


Current Price: US$ 12,499
Price Drop! Sellers Want Offers

FEATHER was designed by the world famous Sparkman & Stephens. Her hull number is 104 and was built in 1968. She has been restored from the top of her mast to the bottom of her keel. She has a newer Awlgriped aluminum Buzz Ballenger mast and boom. She has all newer 1x19 ss shrouds with bronze open bodied turnbuckles. She has (4) bronze Harken winches for halyards and sheets. Her decks and topsides have been sprayed with Awlgrip. All her teak has been stripped and sprayed with two part Awlgrip Awlbrite varnish. Her beautiful teak interior has been stripped and varnished. Her traveller and mainsheet system are newer from Harken. She has newer Ullman Dacron main, jib, and Nylon drifter.Call for details, this is a restoration that is 90% complete. You have the opportunity to finish the interior to your specifications.


Please contact Greg Weil at 805.350.0437


February 14, 2016. Feather is FOR SALE again - below is the link to the Yachtworld ad YW#: 14024-2846625 and lots of pictures further down the page.


And the following note from the broker, Stephen Millard

Seller would like to sell with slip but will now break up. Let me know

Stephen - 805 708 4011

Feather, 1968 Yankee Dolphin 24, Santa Barbara, California - $18,000

FEATHER is the most beautiful restored Yankee Dolphin that you will ever see. She is designed by the world famous Sparkman & Stephens. Her hull number is 104. She was built in 1968. She has been completely restored from the top of her mast to the bottom of her keel.

She has a new Awlgriped aluminum Buzz Ballenger mast and boom. She has all new 1x19 ss shrouds with bronze open bodied turn buckles. She has (4) new bronze Harken winches for halyards and sheets. Her traveller and mainsheet system are new from Harken.

Her decks and topsides have been sprayed with Awlgrip. All her teak has been stripped and sprayed with two part Awlgrip Awlbrite varnish. Her beautiful teak interior has been stripped and varnished. All her interior cushions are new.

She has a new Ullman Dacron main, jib, and Nylon drifter. FEATHER is in absolute pristine condition both on deck and down below.


Detail specifications

Designer: Sparkman & Stephens; Keel: Centerboard

Dimensions LOA: 24 ft 0 in; Beam: 7 ft 8 in; LWL: 19 ft 0 in; Maximum Draft: 5 ft 2 in; Displacement: 4250 lbs Dry Load

Engine Honda 2.5 HP Engine, Built: 2010; Outboard 4S

FEATHER has a very nice interior layout with a v berth forward that sleeps (2) and a convertable dinette table that drops down making a nice double that sleeps another (2) persons. All her cushions are new and never slept on. Her nice teak interior has been stripped and varnished. Where not varnished she has been repainted with an off-white satin marine enamel.

Sails & Rigging
New) Custom Ullman Dacron Main Sail With One Reef; (New) Ullman Dacron Jib; (New) Ullman Drifter

All brightwork has been sprayed with Awlgrip Awlbrite two part varnish. Her deck cleats, chocks, winches, and forward cabin opening port are bronze. Feather has been completely restored by a boat yard in Santa Barbara that specializes in yacht restoration. Any filler used to fair boat before painting is made by West System and is epoxy. Even her center board has been faired to a smooth finish.


> Ballenger Awlgriped Aluminum Mast And Boom; (1) Main Halyard; (1) Jib Halyard; (1) Spinnaker Halyard
> Tides Marine Main Sail Luff Track System With Cars; Reef Hardware For (1) Single Main Sail Reef
> All New SS 1x19 Shrouds With Bronze Open Bodied Turn Buckles
> Harken Main Traveller With 4 To 1 Mainsheet System
> (2) New Bronze Harken Primary Winches; (2) New Bronze Halyard Winches On Mast; Lazy Jacks
> Sunbrella Acrilon Deck Cover (Deck is covered from back of cockpit to mast)(covers all brightwork)
> Bronze Opening Port At Front Of Cabin (for nice ventilation)
> Varnished Teak Hand Rails; Varnished Teak Bow Hatch; Teak Cap Rails; Varnished Teak And Holly Tiller
> SS Bow Pulpit; SS Stanchions
> (4) Bronze Dock Cleats(4) Bronze Dock Chocks
> 3 To 1 Boom Vang; Boom Topping Lift With Cleat
> Stern Lazerette; Built In Cockpit Ice Box (in seat of cockpit); Hand Bilge Pump
> Windex Masthead Wind Direction Finder

Additional - Boat Hook; New Centerboard Lifting Pendant
> Custom Varnished Wood Sculling Oar (system designed by the famous cruiser Larry Pardey)
> Coast Gaurd Approved Life Jackets; New boat cover 2015

Please call Stephen Millard, listing broker, with any questions regarding this beautifully restored Yankee Dolphin
Cell: 805-708-4011


October 7, 2016. Steven Fruth, Melia, Yankee #158, sent in the following pictures

Click on the photos for a larger image




January 23, 2008. Field Investigator Mike Zint first alerted us to this boat, sent in this photo back on July 23, 2008, and the following email (edited)

Identify This Boat (we did, and the girl too, but we're not telling!!)

I found your web site last night and was surprised to not see FEATHER on the Roster. Any information about this boat would be appreciated. We found FEATHER just coming out of refit in the harbor marine boat yard in Santa Barbara last summer and have been smitten ever since. I ’m searching for a west coast boat for sale. (Mike finally found his Dolphin - Click here to go to Grand Finale)

Mike Zint


We have since found out a lot about FEATHER and she is for sale. Her owner spent a small fortune having her professionally restored. FEATHER'S particulars are listed at YachtWorld.com and can go directly there by clicking the link above

There are a lot of pictures and a nice write up. Here a few of the Yachtworld gallery of photos

Ghosting along - a Dolphin in her element

This hurts - I used to think my varnish work looked pretty good

Traditional power


Looking forward


January 24, 2010 FEATHER was offered at $19900 The following photos are from the gallery at Yachtworld's ad, where they can be better seen.


February 3, 2013. We have a sighting report - Feather is still in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Back on April 30, 2010 Stephen Millard at Chandlery Yacht Sales in Santa Barbara advised us Feather was sold. We have been standing by since for the new owner to check in.

Just wanted to let you know that FEATHER has been sold to a new owner who understands what a magnificent boat she is. She will stay in Santa Barbara, CA.

Stephen Millard,  Chandlery Yacht Sales




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