William H. Tripp Jr.

1920 - 1971


A native of Long Island, New York, Bill Tripp began as designer in the office of Phillip Rhodes.
After service during World War II, he joined Sparkman & Stevens. In 1952 he started his own practice. In 1957, Tripp’s 'Touche', a 48-foot flush-deck sloop, built by Abeking and Rasmussen in Germany, compiled a good race record and gave its young designer a boost in stature. His boats were then built of wood, but the allure of fiberglass soon drew his attention. Tripp conducted his own experiments with the new material and ultimately became a pioneer designer of the era.
Among his many successful designs for production yachts are the Block Island 40, and the Hinckley Bermuda 40.

Sailboats Designed By William H. Tripp Jr.

Model LOA First Built
CORONADO 32 31.92 ft / 9.73 m 1973
CORONADO 34 34.65 ft / 10.56 m 1966
CORONADO 35 35.25 ft / 10.74 m 1971
CORONADO 35 MS 35.25 ft / 10.74 m 1971
CORONADO 41 40.50 ft / 12.34 m 1972
CORONADO 45 45.25 ft / 13.79 m 1974
GALAXY 32 31.58 ft / 9.63 m 1957
GALAXY 32-3 31.42 ft / 9.58 m 1970
GRAMPIAN 46 46.00 ft / 14.02 m 1969
HINCKLEY 48 48.25 ft / 14.71 m 1965
HUGHES 36 35.25 ft / 10.74 m 1971
HUGHES-COLUMBIA 36 35.83 ft / 10.92 m 1979
INVICTA (TRIPP) 37.75 ft / 11.51 m 1960
INVICTA II (TRIPP) 37.67 ft / 11.48 m 1964
JAVELIN 38 (TRIPP) 37.83 ft / 11.53 m 1960
LE COMTE 52 51.83 ft / 15.80 m 1965
MEDALIST 33 MKI (LE COMTE) 32.67 ft / 9.96 m 1962
MEDALIST 33 MKII/III (LE COMTE) 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1965
MERCER 44 44.00 ft / 13.41 m 1959
NORTHEAST 38-1 38.25 ft / 11.66 m 1962
NORTHEAST 38-2 38.25 ft / 11.66 m 1966
NORTHEAST 38-3 38.25 ft / 11.66 m 1969
OCEAN RACER 52 (LE COMTE) 52.00 ft / 15.85 m 1968
OCEANIC 48 (TRIPP) 48.16 ft / 14.68 m 1962
PACESHIP 32 (TRIPP) 31.83 ft / 9.70 m 1968

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