Patrician was launched in 1988, and was the result of a client’s search for the perfect daysailer. He wanted her to invoke images of the fine sailing yachts of the past, displaying traditional lines and beauty, yet demonstrating the performance of a modern design. He also wanted a boat that could easily be sailed by one person.

To assure the required performance, Henry Scheel developed the lines and used his patented keel on her underbody. Van Dam Custom Boats was asked to build Patrician, giving Steve Van Dam the opportunity to demonstrate all the skills and craftsmanship he had developed in over twenty years of boat-building.

This cold-molded vessel, as in all Van Dam boats, displays the flawless joinery and finish for which Van Dam is well known. In use year round, she is a testament to the durability of Van Dam’s approach to wooden boat building. All the wood was hand-picked for its beauty and integrity. To satisfy the requirements of single-handed sailing, Van Dam engineered and constructed a complete electrical and hydraulic system so that one person could handle all systems from the helm.

Van Dam, as always, worked very closely with the owner to ensure that all the details that make a custom yacht special were exactly the right blend of aesthetics and function. Time has proven that approach was a success.

  • LOA: 55.4’
  • LWL: 40.8’
  • Beam: 13.4’
  • Draft: 4.6’
  • Displacement: 28,000 lbs
  • Main: 638 sq ft
  • 100% jib 596 sq ft