“Libra” is a custom, Bill Tripp Jr designed, 60′ fiberglass, center cockpit Ketch. The construction was completed in Germany, in 1969. This was one of his last custom design-builds before his death in 1971.
William H. Tripp Jr Design 1967-1969 | Originally Designed for Gerald W Holden
Year Constructed: 1967-1969
Buider: Abeking and Rasmussen, Bremen, Germany
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Displacement: 36 Tons (72,000 lbs)
Overall Length: 60 feet
Lenght at waterline: 48 feet
Draft: 6 feet board up 16 feet board down
Number of Centerboards: 2
Centerboard Material: Aft – Bronze | Main – Stainless Steel
Fuel Holding: 540 Gallons in 5 tanks
Water Holding: 450 Gallons in 4 tanks
Spar Material: Aluminum
Air Draft: 69.5 feet
Anchoring: 1200 feet 3/8 chain on 2 80lb danforth
Accomodations: sleeps 12 – 3 private staterooms, salon, pilot birth
Rig: Cutter / Ketch
Propulsion: Yanmar 175 HP Turbo Diesel
Generator: 12kw Kubota
Electrical: 12/32 dc | 110/220 ac
William (“Bill”) H. Tripp, Jr. had a knack for building beautiful boats that were faster than their ratings. Classic lines, simple beauty and efficiency of design were Bill Tripp’s key criteria in building the perfect boat. As one of America’s most successful yacht designers in the 1950’s and 60’s, drawing custom ocean racers for a distinguished clientele and smaller boats for production builders like Seafarer and Columbia Yachts, Tripp’s talents were highly sought-after and well-renowned.
Sadly, Tripp died suddenly, in a car crash at just 51 years of age. He was included in Bill Robinson’s The Great American Yacht Designers (1974) and the more recent collection (2005) by Lucia del Sol Knight and Daniel MacNaughton, The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers and will be forever remembered as an innovative, elegant yacht designer.
We are honored at SailLibra to be able to share the experience of offshore blue water sailing on a vessel Bill Tripp, Jr. himself put so much thought and time into.