Bill Tripp, Jr.


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.  We are honored at SailLibra to be able to share the experience of offshore blue water sailing on a vessel, s/v Libra, Bill Tripp, Jr. himself put so much thought and time into.


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.


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