Swift Refit


We took control of the Oliver C Wyant Thanksgiving weekend 2020 sailing her back from her original home port, East Boothbay. It was a thrill to sail this Hermaphrodite Brig with all ten sails flying but that part of the adventure was short. Immediately after arrival mid-day Sunday we down rigged all the sails and stored them at the shop. Next was the removal of all the spars, slightly more than our simple schooners. In addition to booms and gaffs there were the topmasts and three yards to carry the square sails.

Once the rigging was all removed and secured, we began to gut the interior as the original layout was not suitable for charter work. At the same time, we removed the ancient and defunct huge engine which we replaced with a new, much smaller but more powerful Yanmar diesel.


We removed the settees, cabinetry and Pullman style berthing in the massive main salon. It was refreshing to start with the large empty hull which had full headroom below decks as we considered the possibilities for the new layout.


The skylight was removed and a hatch was installed to access the soon to be three passenger cabins.


Cardboard or cheap plywood mock-ups were used to visualize the most efficient use of the space. The two mid-ship cabins mirror each other with large double beds, plenty of shelving and available storage. Each cabin will be appointed with an enclosed private electric flush head and sink. The forward cabin which we are calling the family cabin sleeps three or four on a pull out double and has a large private enclosed head.


The original galley was removed, and the space converted to a comfortable dining salon. Using patterns, a table was built off site and is ready to install after cabinetry and systems are in place. The only original head on board was expanded to include a freshwater shower. This day head, as we are calling it, is conveniently located off the main salon.

Much of the space gained by reduction of the engine compartment is being used in conjunction with the aft cabin to make a comfortable and efficient galley. We’ve recently begun working on the crew space. Two berths are being constructed in the fo’c’sle and captain’s quarters back aft.



This has been an exciting project for me, and we hope you’ll join us this summer to see the final project!