French & Webb was commissioned to build a reproduction of this 1926 design originally named Gee Whiz. She is a slight enlargement of NG Herreshoff’s last personal yacht Pleasure. The original 34 foot yacht is still sailing under the name of Aida.
Construction followed the 1926 drawing using traditional steam-bent frames and double planking. The yacht also has a centerboard, its engine mounted off center to starboard.
Gotham is a 30′ cold-molded daysailer/racer designed in the “Spirit of Tradition,” blending modern sailing characteristics with an aesthetic influenced by yachts designed to the Universal, International, and CCA rules by Martin S. Silverman of Washington. Construction started in January 2007, and the boat was launched in July 2007 in time for the boat show season.
Hull construction is double diagonal cedar veneers vacuum bagged over fore and aft fir strip planking. Fiberglass sheaths the outside, and the inside hull is sealed with epoxy. The hull frame is laminated sapele ring frames and stem with a laminated fir backbone.