Evolved from a number of designs in this size range sailed at Boothbay Harbo ME during the 1930's.
Racing took place under a loose set of rules called the Boothbay Harbor Twenty-Foot Class.
THE BOOTHBAY HARBOR ONE DESIGN came about at the request of these interested in competing under true one design rule to improve the fairness of racing and reduce costs.
Gaard Handel, originally from Germany, but a Maine resident, was a highly thought of designer who had worked on a number of Americas Cup defenders and had previously drawn a number of successful 20 footers of this type.
A number of other designs or classes exist including: BOOTHBAY 20, CHRISTMAS COVE ONE DESIGN, GREAT LAKES 21, HODGDON 21, fall into a related but complex evolutionary path.
Builder of new boats as of (2005):
Chip Flanagan of Portland Maine
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