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We have a document written by Roderick Stephens, Jr. entitled History of the Pilot 35 Design. Best to let him tell the story.
The Sparkman & Stephens Pilot, our design #539, was one of our first yacht designs prepared after the conclusion of World War II. The first boats were constructed in wood by Fisher Boatworks in Detroit, Michigan. When Fisher Boatworks terminated their operation, the project was taken up by Thomas Knutson Shipbuilding Co. in Huntington, Long Island, New York.
In 1955, at the request of Henry R. Hinckley, a "new Pilot" was the subject of our design #1219. Henry R. Hinckley built 8 of these Pilots, then known as the Pilot 35 (or Hinckley Pilot 35), in wood. Most of these were sloops, only one a yawl.
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