I present to you the 1958 Bounty II sloop Vashti. She is a racing cruiser designed by Phillip Rhodes, and built by Fred Coleman and the Aeromarine Plastics Company in San Rafael, California. At over 40’ long, Bounty II’s were the largest fiberglass boats built at the time. Vashti was the first Bounty II to join the Detroit racing fleet.
In September 1958, she was delivered to John Detweiler, then commodore of the Grosse Pointe Club, and has spent the 60 years since virtually conquering the Great Lakes. She’s won countless races and regattas. Not only did she win her class of the Port Huron to Mackinac race three times, in 1993 she won overall and set a course record.
Designed and built in the Bay Area, she is destined for much more. We hope to be the first of Vashti's stewards to introduce her to the oceans was meant to sail.
The only problem is we don’t know how to sail. Yet.