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
POLARIS 26 (TRIPP) 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1960
RESOLUTE 27.58 ft / 8.41 m 1955
SAILCRAFTER 32 31.92 ft / 9.73 m 1977
SAILCRAFTER 50 50.00 ft / 15.24 m 1971
SAILMASTER 26 26.00 ft / 7.92 m 1963
SANTANDER 30 (TRIPP) 30.33 ft / 9.24 m 1966
SEAFARER 31 MKI 31.16 ft / 9.50 m 1968
SEAFARER 31 MKI YAWL 31.16 ft / 9.50 m 1968
SEAMAN 30 30.42 ft / 9.27 m 1955
TRIPP 30 (SEAFARER) 30.33 ft / 9.24 m 1963
TRIPP LENTSCH 29 28.90 ft / 8.81 m 1963
US 41 41.92 ft / 12.78 m 1963
US 46 46.00 ft / 14.02 m 1968
WATKINS 32 32.50 ft / 9.91 m 1982
WATKINS 36 36.00 ft / 10.97 m 1981
WATKINS 36C 36.00 ft / 10.97 m 1981

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