The Boat "Dragonlady"
A Blue Water Pilothouse Sailboat from Finland
Dragon Lady is a 40- foot Sparkman & Stephens-designed pilothouse sailboat built by Nauticat Yachts Oy in Riihikoski, Finland. The company has been building yachts since the late ‘50’s. Nauticats are sturdy boats built for ocean crossings, but they embody the traditional feel of a bygone era of seamanship with their cozy teak interiors and safe, warm pilothouses.
Dragon Lady is a ketch-rigged sailboat carrying four sails: the jib, staysail, mainsail, and mizzen. She was built in 1989 and sailed across the Atlantic from Sweden to the US. For the next fourteen years she was sailed back-and-forth from Maine to the Chesapeake. We bought her in Annapolis in 2003 and have sailed her extensively off the coast and through the sounds of North Carolina.
The pilothouse of our Nauticat offers excellent all around visibility of the boat’s surroundings even while guests are seated at the lovely teak dining table in the pilothouse cabin. This allows for elegant dining while still communing with nature. Our whisper-soft generator allows guests to relax in heated or air-conditioned comfort through all the seasons of the year, even when the weather turns inhospitable.
The pilothouse steering station
The pilothouse dining area
The downstairs salon
The rear cabin
The rear cabin desk area
The forward berth
Dragonlady is the boat used on all of our couples retreats.