The 1930 John Alden Schooner
{No. 458}
D a u n t l e s s

       Dauntless is design #458 in the John Alden Design Book. She was launched at the Dauntless Shipyard in Essex, Connecticut on the 16th of June, 1930. In that same year she participated in the Newport to Bermuda Race alongside the schooners; Rose of Sharon, Curlew and Teragram - all of which she still sails against, with the exception of Teragram.

        She is 61’ on deck with a LOA of 70’. Her beam is 13’ 3” , draft of 9’3” with a lead keel. Her hull is double planked, the inner plank is Cedar, and her outer plank is Mahogany. Her sail complement includes a high-cut jib, a 110% genoa, forestaysail, main staysail, a main of approximately 950 square feet, fisherman, golly wobbler and an asymmetrical spinnaker, for a total sail area of 2,200 square feet.

       The power plant is a John Deer 135 HP diesel engine that was installed in 2010. In flat water she burns 1.25 gal per hour @ 1,200 RPM while traveling at 8 knots. She employs a 21- inch feathering maxie prop. An all-new electrical system was installed in 2010. The system includes a Protech 4 charger, monitored by a Link 20 system, and a 110V shore power system. In addition to the 100 amps alternator on her engine, she has a belt driven 130 amp alternator.

       There is a separate 8D battery for starting, and one 8D house batteries. She is equipped with a Horizon VHF radio and an Icom M700 single side band with tuner.

       Dauntless carries 70 gallons of fuel in two tanks, and 240 gallons of water in four stainless steel tanks. She also has a 40 gallon grey water tank. She has an Edsen worm gear steering system. Her auto pilot is a Robertson and has proven quite adequate in 25 knots of breeze with eight foot seas. The winches have been upgraded to Barrent 28s and 35s.

       She carries a 60-pound CQR with 350’ of chain, supported by a 12v Nielson windlass, and a 80 pound Danforth back-up anchor. Dauntless is capabable of sleeping six in three staterooms. Her main salon measures 13 x 11 feet. There are two heads; one forward, and one aft off the skipper’s stateroom. She is equipped with a 3-burner propane stove and oven. A 1930 potbelly stove burns propane in the main Salon for heat.

       The galley’s refrigerator and freezer are powered by a 12v system installed in 2010. Paul Plotts has owned, and meticulously maintained the Schooner Dauntless for over thirty-five years. Dauntless has been featured in several covers of Sailing magazine, and publications include Wooden Boat magazine, Nautical Quarterly, the Santana, and numerous articles in Latitude 38. Dauntless competitive record includes two races from San Diego to Hawaii. Since 2002, she has participated in the Master Mariners Regatta on San Francisco Bay, where she holds the “Fastest Around the Course” title.

       On her latest transit from San Francisco to San Diego she logged two 24-hour periods of 213, and 190 miles. Dauntless is one of the few classic schooners left that is in as good a shape as she was when launched in 1930.


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