BYSTANDER
$2,100,000

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BYSTANDER was originally commissioned by Harold S. (Mike) Vanderbilt. Owner of Marble House, the opulant Newport, RI mansion.  Mr. Vanderbilt was the skipper of the defenders of the America’s Cup in 1930, 1934 and 1937. In 1930 he spent a lot of time thinking about how to set up a perfect defense team. One of the things he did was to commission the design and construction of Bystander. She was purposely built to act as a towboat, crew carrier and sail carrier for the J Class sloop Enterprise. Under the ownership of Mike Vanderbilt, Bystander went on to tow in four America’s Cups: for the J Class sloops Enterprise, Rainbow and Ranger; and for the 12 meter Vim. Vanderbilt sold Vim and Bystander to the Australians, who used Vim as a trial horse and Bystander as a towboat for two more America’s Cups – for the 12 metres Gretel and Dame Patti. So, Bystander was a tender for seven America’s Cups syndicates, three for J Boats and four for 12 metres.

BYSTANDER was built in 1929 at Greenport Basin & Construction Company.  In 2002 she underwent a keel up reconstruction at Narragansett shipwrights in Newport, RI. Completed in 2008 BYSTANDER has been restored to gleeming beauty and currently graces the waters of Camden harbor.

Bystander is now in perfect condition, meticulously restored to her 1930’s configuration and provided with updated systems and navigation equipment. Her historical value is obvious. She is also a beautiful, fast and practical towboat, committee boat, tender and cruising boat.

The 42-ft vessel was the towboat, tender and crew launch for six America’s Cups:

-1930 (Enterprise)

-1934 (Rainbow)

-1937 (Ranger)

-1958 (Vim)

-1962 (Gretel)

-1967 (Dame Pattie).

Layout and Design

Engine:
440hp Yanmar Turbo Diesel
 
Instruments:
B&G H3000
 
Cruising: 12-13 knots
Max Speed: 17 Knots
Radar: Raymarine RD218, 24 mile
Chart Plotter: Raymarine C-120
Cabin Heat: Espar diesel hot air
GPS: Furuno GP37
Hot Water: 40 gallons, Espar diesel
VHF: Furuno FL3000
Cold Water: 150 gallons
Satphone: Sailor Iridium voice/data
Fuel: 235 gallons
Computer: Panasonic CF-30 Toughbook
Autopilot: B&G H3000 Type 2
Software: Nobletec, UUPLUS, Weathernet

Designer Comments

Bystander: Inside the refit of the classic America’s Cup tender

14 July 2017 by Chris Jefferies  Boat International Magazine

In the long and storied history of the America’s Cup, the racing yachts have come and gone with only a handful managing to compete in more than one campaign. However, from 1930 to 1970 there was one (almost) unwavering constant, dutifully towing the Js and 12s, and following alongside, carrying mainsails and jibs.

When Harold S. Vanderbilt saw off Sir Thomas Lipton’s final challenge in 1930, Bystander was there. When the William Justice Strawbridge syndicate defeated Australian challenger Sir Frank Packer in 1970, Bystander was there. And at five of the six America’s Cups in the intervening years, she was present and playing a crucial support role.

No single sailing yacht in the history of the Auld Mug has more than two wins to her name — as the tender to Enterprise, Rainbow and Ranger, Bystander can lay claim to three.

This 12.8 metre motor boat was commissioned for the New York Yacht Club syndicate’s 1930 defense of the America’s Cup. Vanderbilt was immediately taken with Bystander, calling her “absolutely indispensable” and eventually buying her from the syndicate in 1935.

Built by the Greenport Basin and Construction Company, she was fitted with a 175hp Speedway engine that allowed her to tow Enterprise, Rainbow and Ranger at up to eight knots with unfalteringly consistent performance. What’s more, her deep sail lockers allowed the mother ship to unbend her large mainsail and change to a smaller one much faster than she could reef.

In the 1960s, Bystander passed into the hands of Packer, who had her moved from Newport to Australia after his second unsuccessful tilt at the Cup. There she remained for the next 30 years, gradually succumbing to the ravages of time.  This all changed in 2002, when serial yacht restorer Elizabeth Meyer of the Newport-based J Class Management bought Bystander and had her shipped back home.

After a thorough inspection it was decided that, although she was still intact and in commission, Bystander was in need of a full structural restoration. There was only one problem — the Greenport yard where she was built had long since burned to the ground, taking with it Bystander’s original drawings.

However, Meyer was undeterred and set about establishing this historic tender’s provenance. “I am virtually certain that W. Starling Burgess designed Bystander because she and Vara were built at the same yard at the same time for Mike Vanderbilt,” she told Boat International.  “He acknowledges that Burgess designed Vara but does not mention who designed Bystander. Bystander is much cooler and a better design than Vara, so who knows, maybe Walter McInnnes designed her.”

For want of a full set of blueprints, Meyer used the original Levick glass plate negatives from the Mariner’s Museum to establish exactly how Bystander looked in her heyday. High-resolution scans, processed with the help of yacht photographer Onne van der Wal, allowed Meyer to replicate key details like the mahogany bench, rub rails, name boards, and much more. With this foundation in place, the work could begin in earnest.

LOA: 42' 6
LWL: 41' 6
Beam: 11' 3
Draft: 4'
Displacement: 26.000 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 250 ga.
Water Capacity: 150 gal.
Designed By: W. Starling Burgess
Builder: Greenport Basin & Construction
Year: 1929
Construction: Plank on Frame
Hull Material: Wood
Configuration: Yacht Tender
Location: Camden, ME/Newport, RI
Boat Engine: Yanmar
Horsepower: 440 hp
Cruising Speed: 13 kts.
Top Speed: 17 kts

Total keel up histsorically accurate restoration from 2002-2008

For more information contact:

Tripp Estabrook
401-474-4322

BYSTANDER was built in 1929 at Greenport Basin & Construction Company.  In 2002 she underwent a keel up reconstruction at Narragansett shipwrights in Newport, RI. Completed in 2008 BYSTANDER has been restored to gleeming beauty and currently graces the waters of Camden harbor.

Bystander is now in perfect condition, meticulously restored to her 1930’s configuration and provided with updated systems and navigation equipment. Her historical value is obvious. She is also a beautiful, fast and practical towboat, committee boat, tender and cruising boat.

The 42-ft vessel was the towboat, tender and crew launch for six America’s Cups:

-1930 (Enterprise)

-1934 (Rainbow)

-1937 (Ranger)

-1958 (Vim)

-1962 (Gretel)

-1967 (Dame Pattie).

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