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“Real sailing on a real, classic sailing machine”
— Jeff Spranger, SAIL Magazine, February 1979
History of Sailing Vessel Libra
“Libra” is a custom, Bill Tripp Jr designed, 60′ fiberglass, center cockpit Ketch. Construction was completed in Germany in 1969. This was one of his last custom design-builds before his death in 1971. Read more about Bill Tripp Jr. HERE.
Ryan Rayfield, of Orange Beach, Alabama, acquired “Libra” in 2014. Over the next 20 months he took Libra through a complete refit, replacing all systems aboard, restoring one of the most wonderfully designed vessels of the era.
From redoing the Fuel Systems and Water Systems, Ryan took a “no cutting corner route” on the way to bringing Libra back to life. New sail handling systems and a complete refit on the Mahogany Interior are just a few of the things completed. It truly is a work of art, a classic sailing yacht that can now be enjoyed for many more years to come.
William H. Tripp Jr Design 1967-1969 | Originally Designed for Gerald W Holden
Year Constructed: 1967-1969
Constructed: 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
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