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Leeward Celebrates Robert H. Perry

As long time fans of yacht designer Robert H. Perry, we were thrilled to receive a few pictures from "Flannel Bob" sporting a few of our shirts while he works his magic in the design shop.

Bob had some good things to say about his Leeward gear:

"Here I am in my office having worked all Sunday, wearing my brand new Leeward Apparel shirt.  I like it and it kind of says, 'Hey you!  I'm a sailor,' and I like that."

If you're not already familiar with Bob Perry or his work and influence on the sailing and cruising world with his track record of designing some of the most iconic, practical, seaworthy, and stunningly beautiful sailboats ever, then here is just a short list of his contributions to the dreams of sailors who have since voyaged to nearly every corner of the globe:

Robert Perry Designs:

NAME/ TYPE, LOA, First Built, English / Metric

VALIANT 40-1 (101-199) 39.92' / 12.17m 1973
ISLANDER FREEPORT 41 41.00' / 12.50m 1974
HANS CHRISTIAN 34 34.00' / 10.36m 1974
PH 41 41.00' / 12.50m 1975
ISLANDER 28 27.92' / 8.51m 1975
BYSTEDT 30 30.00' / 9.14m 1975
CT-54 54.00' / 16.46m 1975
CT-37 36.67' / 11.18m 1976
TAYANA 37 36.67' / 11.18m 1976
BABA 30 30.00' / 9.14m 1976
ISLANDER 32-2 31.96' / 9.74m 1976
ISLANDER BAHAMA 26 26.00' / 7.92m 1976
ISLANDER 26 25.83' / 7.87m 1976
MIRAGE 26 (PERRY) 26.17' / 7.98m 1976
VALIANT 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1976
ISLANDER FREEPORT 36 35.75' / 10.90m 1976
YACHTCRAFT 32 31.92' / 9.73m 1976
ALOHA 27 26.50' / 8.08m 1976
SUN 838 27.50' / 8.38m 1977
ESPRIT 37 37.00' / 11.28m 1977
ISLANDER 32-3 31.96' / 9.74m 1977
SUN 27 27.50' / 8.38m 1977
SUN 28 28.00' / 8.53m 1977
UNION 36 36.67' / 11.18m 1977
VALIANT 37 37.00' / 11.28m 1977
VALIANT ESPRIT 37 37.00' / 11.28m 1978
VALIANT 40-1 (200-235) 39.92' / 12.17m 1978
LAFITTE 44 44.33' / 13.51m 1978
EO 36 36.00' / 10.97m 1978
CHEOY LEE 35 34.83' / 10.62m
1979 WESTSAIL 39 38.83' / 11.84m 1979
BABA 35 34.83' / 10.62m 1979
ALOHA 26 26.50' / 8.08m 1979
CHEOY LEE 44 43.80' / 13.35m 1979
POLARIS 43 42.67' / 13.01m 1979
WHITE WING 35/36 35.93' / 10.95m 1980
CHEOY LEE 48 47.83' / 14.58m 1980
NORSEMAN 447 44.58' / 13.59m 1980
NORDIC 44 43.83' / 13.36m 1980
PASSPORT 40 40.67' / 12.40m 1980
ALOHA 8.2 26.50' / 8.08m 1980
BABA 40 PH 39.83' / 12.14m 1980
BABA 40 39.83' / 12.14m 1980
VALIANT 40-2 39.82' / 12.14m 1981
RELIANCE 37 37.00' / 11.28m 1981
ISLANDER BAHAMA 28 27.92' / 8.51m 1981
MARINER 39 (PERRY) 38.83' / 11.84m 1981
GOLDEN WAVE 42 42.00' / 12.80m 1981
VALIANT 47 47.00' / 14.33m 1981
ALOHA 41/PERRY 41 40.83' / 12.44m 1981
CHEOY LEE 43 MS 42.78' / 13.04m 1981
VALIANT 40 PH 39.82' / 12.14m 1981
MIRAGE 25 (PERRY) 25.17' / 7.67m 1982
NORDIC 40 39.70' / 12.10m 1982
SEAMASTER 46 46.00' / 14.02m 1982
SCORPIO 72 65.00' / 19.81m 1982
MIRAGE 33 33.50' / 10.21m 1982
MIRAGE 27 (PERRY) 27.92' / 8.51m 1982
ALOHA 271 26.75' / 8.15m 1983
ISLANDER 38 C 38.00' / 11.58m 1983
MIRAGE 30 30.00' / 9.14m 1983
ISLANDER 34-2 34.33' / 10.46m 1983
TATOOSH 51 50.58' / 15.42m 1983
ISLANDER FREEPORT 38 38.00' / 11.58m
1983 MIRAGE 35 35.50' / 10.82m 1983
CT-65 / SCORPIO 72 64.83' / 19.76m 1983
PANDA 40 39.91' / 12.16m 1983
TAYANA 52 52.42' / 15.98m 1983
PASSPORT 47 46.58' / 14.20m 1983
TATOOSH 42 41.83' / 12.75m 1984
NASSAU 45 45.92' / 14.00m 1984
TASHIBA 40 39.87' / 12.15m 1984
PASSPORT 37 37.00' / 11.28m 1984
NORDIC 34 34.33' / 10.46m 1985
TASHIBA 31 31.19' / 9.51m 1986
TASHIBA 36 36.00' / 10.97m 1986
TASHIBA 36 PH 36.00' / 10.97m 1986
CT-56 55.50' / 16.92m 1986
PASSPORT 41 41.33' / 12.60m 1987
MIRAGE 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1987
SOUTH PACIFIC 42 41.92' / 12.78m 1988
NORDIC 45 RS 45.33' / 13.82m 1988
TAYANA 47 CC 47.00' / 14.33m 1991
TAYANA 47 DS 47.00' / 14.33m 1991
VALIANT 42 42.00' / 12.80m 1992
PASSPORT 50 50.00' / 15.24m 1994
VALIANT 39 39.33' / 11.99m 1995
NORSTAR 40 39.67' / 12.09m 1995
PASSPORT 44 45.50' / 13.87m 1995
NORSTAR 44 43.83' / 13.36m 1995
PASSPORT 456 45.50' / 13.87m 1995
SAGA 43 43.25' / 13.18m 1996
VALIANT 50 50.67' / 15.44m 1997
PASSPORT 470 AC 47.00' / 14.33m 1997
SAGA 35 36.50' / 11.13m 2000
SAGA 48 52.30' / 15.94m 2003
FLYING TIGER 10M 32.66' / 9.95m 2005

And that's just the production designs. The list of custom designs for Bob's clients is just as long.  What an amazing legacy!  And while he doesn't think of himself in this way, he is definitely a yachtsman worth celebrating.

Thanks Bob, for supporting Leeward and American Made sailing products!

 - Ben Ward - Founder of Leeward Apparel


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