C17 Muriel

Sail Number C17
Location of Boat Sorrento
Owner’s Name Tim Phillips
Built Year 1917
Builder Mitch Lacco


Muriel C17 May 2010Muriel was a product of the turn of the century engineless era and is very deep and beautifully balanced.

Designed and built by Mitchie Lacco, she was launched in 1917. Her original owner, Gus Johnson, sailed her for only eighteen months before passing her on.

The second owner, Andy Johansen renamed the boat “Muriel” after his sister who loaned him the money to buy her.

“Muriel” stayed with Andy until the 1980’s, a period of over sixty years. In her working life, “Muriel” wore out twenty-eight mainsails and she has sailed well in excess of 300,000 miles – not bad for a boat that measures just 26′ by 10′ by 33″.

Like most of her type, “Muriel” is gaff sloop rigged with a loose footed mainsail. Her wooden mast is 5″ in diameter, tall and stayed by a cap and lower stay. There is no running backstay. The jib is set on flying on a long bowsprit.

When Tim Phillips bought “Muriel” from Andy Johansen, her hull, typically planked in full length New Zealand Kauri, was in good condition but there was still three months work to bring her back to original condition.


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Race Record



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Boat Measurement in Detail

C17 Muriel
Hull LOA
FWD (Fwd Mastface Fwd Stem)
AFT (Aft Mast Aft Transom)
BOBSTAY to waterline
Sails LP (Luff perpendicular)
JIB 225.6
Ballast Ballast Weight
Engine Yanmar