Midnight Lace Yachts

A fine cutwater

She is the best known and recognized of example of the commuter style of yachting done since the 1930s; Long and narrow. Light and speedy and a LOOKER!

While this is but one of several styles of a series of fine yachts called Midnight Lace, this one shows the lines and curves that that define the name. A sharp clipper bow and with the deck structure set well back in the boat. She is what one far-sighted yacht designer drew to bring a commuter yacht back into the boating scene post 1975 and up to today.

Note the hull widening at the chine

Now, what was a “commuter yacht”? If one worked on Wall Street or was a Captain of Industry before the 1929 crash, the family estate was out on Long Island with your office in Manhattan. In this time in the US history, a fast, go-to-work boat was the cat’s pajamas to commute from home to office daily, thus the name “commuter”. She was used as a go-to-work vessel, not as a cruiser, nor as much of a over-nighter. These boats were sleek, long, and narrow beamed high powered day boats and had more style put into their design than practical ness. Style ruled the design board with a commuter yacht.

Deckhouse and helm are well aft sitting on the hull

The first size in the Midnight Lace designs built was a 44’ with an 11’ beam, which was based from a 50’ by 13’ fully, developed set of hull lines and profile look. It is said that 45 of these Midnight Laces were built. Think about it – – – today most 33’ cruisers sport an 11’ beam.

another view looking forward

This 44’ model is not in my photos, here. Other sizes were built, and this is a one of those other sizes, sitting in a yacht yard  along the mid-Atlantic coast for some spring touch up work.  Boats, both, full-custom (one only) and semi-custom (several made of limited offering of a given yacht hull) were made. I believe that a 36’, 40’, 52’ and 65’ yachts were drawn by Tom Fexas.

As an aside, I sea trialed a 44’ as a pre-cursor to my buying a used yacht. That boat with her twin 210 Hp Renault diesels was too slanted towards good fuel economy at the expense of a sprightly cruising speed, and I did not buy that boat.

Some of the new-wider hull Midnight Lace yachts are powered with 1,400 Hp and speed along nicely in high style. If you fall in love with a Midnight Lace, please check out her speed before buy. Do not worry about the ride, they are Top Shelf merchandize in that department.

note the bottom shape

2 Responses to “Midnight Lace Yachts”

  • Interested in finding a special Midnight Lace yacht. I chartered a Midnight Lace in the early 80’s from ‘Capt. Carl’ based in Marina Del Rey and have lost his contact information.

    Please forward any information to me via email.

    Thank you.
    Dan

  • I also have been on the ocean in one example.

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