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1956 Concordia Fractional Rig Yawl

  • 39 ft
  • Yawl
  • Manchester, MA, US

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 Having been generously donated to a non-profit, this exceptional Condordia 39 is available  only on an attractive lease with option to purchase contract.

A timeless Concordia built in 1956 and on just her 3rd long term and loving owner, RAKA has been both extensively cruised and day sailed, once again proving the quality and versatility of these exquisite vessels.

Under current ownership she has been completely rebuilt with new plank keel, new deadwood, new stern post, all new laminated frames through the mid-body, new keel bolts, mostly new floor timbers, new cockpit, new teak decks.

Please read the full specs for details. All of this work has been carefully documented before, during and after the work by well known surveyor Paul Haley who is particularly respected for his wood boat surveys.


Basic Information

Fractional Rig Yawl
Manchester, MA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Deep Vee
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Dimensions & Weight

39 ft - 11.89 meter
39 ft 10 in - 12.14 meter
10 ft 2 in - 3.1 meter
Draft - max:
5 ft 8 in - 1.73 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:
19000 lbs


Cruise Speed:
7 MPH - 6.08 KTS
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Sail Drive
Fuel Type:
30 (Individual), 30 (combined)
Max Speed:
8 MPH - 6.95 KTS

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
23 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
30 gallons - 3 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
9 gallons - 1 tank(s)




The Concordias are known for their simple elegance (above and below decks). Finished with raised panel varnished pine bulkheads and doors and varnished Locust trim, raw teak sole, 2 large opening hatches, the one in the main cabin being the beautifully detailed "butterfly" type, 4 opening ports and 6 fixed ports. All opening ports and hatches are equipped with screens. On cooler or foggy days, a Concordia Charcoal or Wood burning stove will warm the vessel to comfortable terperatures.

Starting forward is the forepeak with room for sail storage followed by two Concordia style berths. There is room for storage outboard of the berths and on full length shelves above. Next aft to starboard is a generous hanging locker, while across to port is the Head, fitted with manual W.C. plumbed via a Y valve to the holding tank, stainless steel sink with manual fresh water and storage.

Continuing aft is the main cabin with settees P&S. Concordia pipe berths with green cordouroy cushions fold down for comfortable sleeping; outboard of which there is storage and above which there is storage in lockers and shelves. There is a centerline varnished cherry drop leaf table with 4 drawers for storage.

Next aft is the galley split P&S around the companionway and engine box. To starboard is a 2 burner Luke gimballed propane stove with oven and storage, while to port is the sink with manual fresh water and the stainless line "icebox" fitted with a reconditioned Seafrost holding plate refrigeration. Ice box rebuilt in 2010. Good storage in lockers and shelves. The counter tops in the galley and other "flat wood work" received new teak veneers and were refinished in 2000.

• Brass tide clock • Brass oil lamp • Brass Clinometer • Sony AM/FM/CD stereo 2010 • Xintex propane detector and alarm 2010 • 4 12 volt turbo fans 2010 • Carbon monoxide detector

Spars & Rigging

Fractional rigged yawl with keel stepped Sitka Spruce spars. The main mast had all glue joints opened up in 05' and re-glued and then the spar was re-finished. The mast step was re-built by Concordia with the stainless beam and tie rods added and as part of the 2010 - 2016 re-build her mast step was extended to better spread compression loads.

• Bronze Lewmar #46ST 2 spd. ST primaries • Bronze Lewmar #40ST 2 speed secondaries 2010 • Merriman Southcoast secondaries • 2 Merriman Southcoast halyard winches • Lazy jacks  • All new running rigging 2010 • Schaeffer 2100 Roller Furl • Auxillary headstay • Clubfoot jib boom • Spinnaker pole • 2 booms for twin headsails • Fully Battened Mainsail by Sperry 2011 • 150% RF Genoa by Sperry 2011 • Mizzen by Sperry 2011 • Club Foot Jib by Sperry 2011 • Reaching Genoa (older but good) • "Running Jibs" (double headsails) and booms • 3/4 oz. Spinnaker by Sperry 2011 • Mizzen staysail by Sperry 2011 • Old Main • Storm (working) Jib • Storm Mizzen • Some older sails • Windex • Masthead tricolor • Spreader lights • New Sperry sail covers for Main, Mizzen and Club Jib 2011


Primarily wired for 12 Volt DC Service. There is some limited 110 Volt service. The entire yacht was re-wired in 2010 including all distribution wiring

12 Volt DC • Switch panel with breaker 2010 • Amp & Volt meters 2010 • 55 amp alternator 2010 • 1 Grp 27 lead acid batteries 2016' • 2 Grp 24 lead acid battery 2016' •110 Volt • 30 amp shore power connection • 50' 30 amp shore power cord • 110 Volt outlet • Guest 6 amp battery charger Electronics • Raymarine C-90 Wide color Radar/Plotter 2008 • Raymarine ST60+ Wind Point & Speed 2008 • Raymarine ST60+ Depth 2008 • Raymarine ST60+ Speed/Log 2008' • Standard Horizon GX200 2008 with DSC and also with AIS capability but not connected • Raymarine ST5000+ below decks autopilot 01' • Danforth 6" Constellation Compass • Hand Held 12V spot light


Yanmar diesel, fresh water cooled, installed 92' turns a three bladed Max Prop on a bronze shaft through a 2:0 to 1 Hurth reduction gear. As part of the rebuild the engine was removed from the boat, cleaned, painted, in general "gone over" given new hoses etc. There is no hour meter; based on use it was estimated to have 750 hours on it when purchased by the current owner with less than 500 additional hours since. New engine beds were installed in 2015 as part of the rebuild.

• Racor fuel filter 2010 • 1 electric bilge pumps 2010 • 1 Whaler manual bilge pump 2010 • Manual waste tank pump and deck pump out connection

Hull & Deck

African mahogany planking on white oak frames on 10" centers structural timbers and deadwood are also of white oak and fastenings are bronze. Topside are painted off white with a black boot top and cove. The bottom is painted in an ablative red finish and is very fair with little or no build up. Decks are teak and were new in 2010. 

Going back many years the hull has had periodic refitting including 1983 when most of the deadwood was replaced along with the 1st 5 strakes of planking P&S, Stem bolts were renewed in 91'; in 98' the deadwood in way of the shaft log and rudder was replaced along with all of the keelbolts (new keel bolts are stainless), 4 floor timbers and bottom planking strakes #6 thru 10 but the serious rebuild started when the current owner purchased her in 2007.

RAKA has been given significant upgrades and overhauls: 1983: purchased by her prior owner; Re-fit by David Nutt including most deadwood, overhaul of main mast and boom and replaced first six strakes of planking P&S Installed new larger stainless steel fuel tank, New table

1991/92 Installed new engine 1995 New stem bolts 1997 Luke stove and propane system installed 1998 New deadwood in way of shaft log and rudder, new keel bolts, addtional 5 planks/side renewed #6-10, 4 new floor timbers, stainless mast support; above work by Concordia 2000 Seafrost refrigeration, rebuilt engine enclosure, re-varnished galley and relaminated counter tops as necessary, 2001 Installed Raymarine below decks autopilot 2002 New primary winches 2004 New batteries 2005 Kerf sawed all glue lines apart in mainmast, re-glued and re-finished .

Starting in 2008, under current ownership, each winter a section of the boat was re-built starting midships. The interior joiner was removed in the mid-body, athwartship bulkheads and all floor timbers that had not been previously done were replaced (white oak) then all frames were replaced with new laminated frames in white oak. New chain plate knees were installed; also a new longer mast step was fabricated and installed to better spread mast compression loads.

The yacht was also completely re-wired including a new switch panel and all wiring from the engine/batteries to the panel and then from the panle all distribution wiring. All electronics were also replaced in 2008.

In 2009 the forebody was done again removing interior and replacing floor timbers where necessary and replacing all frames with new laminated frames. All running rigging was replaced save one recently replaced halyard and most of the standing rigging was replaced.

In 2010 the after body of the boat was opened new floor timbers as necessary and mostly all new laminated frames. The cockpit was removed and replaced with the exception on the cockpit sole which had been re-done several years earlier and was re-used as it was in excellent condition. All of the side decks were removed, new deck beams installed as needed and all new marine plywood underdeck installed with 1/2" teak deck overlaid.

In 2013 a refresher survey was done and it was determined that the following work should be completed which was done in stages each winter from 2013 through 2016: the ballast keel was removed, new plank keel and all deadwood between the plank keel and hull and the plank keel was replaced. the stern post was removed and replaced and the engine beds were removed and replaced with all floor timbers underneath the engine bed being replaced as well.

In short we feel is safe to describe this very fortunate Concordia as COMPLETELY REBUILT. 

Wide side decks with railing with double lifelines on bronze stanchions and with bronze bow and stern rails.

• Fortress FX-23 secondary anchor with rode • 35 lb. Delta Plow anchor with chain & rode • Dodger • Hatch covers • Sunbrella cockpit cushions • Bronze Boom Crutch • Tiller steering (fitted with below decks autopilot) 01' • 8 Type II PFDs • Horn • Flare Kit • 4 fenders • 4 dock lines • (3) 2.5 lb dry chem. extinguishers • Bell • Horseshoe life-ring • Lifesling • Boarding ladder • 4.5 lb propane tank with vented Seaward 93268 locker kit new 2010


Originally built for Reggie Saunders who planned cruising her as far as the South Pacific she has in fact been primarily a North East boat cruised and daysailed extensively. Mr. Saunders owned her for 27 years before RAKA was likewise cruised and daysailed out of Boothbay harbor, ME by her second owner of 24 years prior to purchase by her current owner in 2007.

All of the owners have maintained an ownership history which includes details on any substantive work and goes back to origins with copies of letters between Reggie Saunders and Lewellyn Howland amongst many other notes and photos of interest which of course will convey with the yacht.

• Dyer midget sailing tender completely rigged for sailing or rowing. Oars. New factory flotation. New sail. Chocks on house top for stowing on board.

Disclaimer The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. Concordia



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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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