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1957 Concordia Yawl

Milford, Connecticut


Located  in  Milford Connecticut, currently under cover on the hard. Kiva (hull #55) is a fine, beautiful example of the classic highly regarded Concordia yawl. Well maintained by her owners through the years. The high degree of her comprehensive rebuild (from 2014-2017) by the boat builders of Back Narrows Boatyard, Maine has certainly produced one of the most structurally sound yachts in the Concordia fleet.

Descriptions of her extensive structural and other renovation work are in the full listing. Photographs of this thorough restoration are available, most are shown on the listing.

Kiva has been cared for and fully maintained by her current owner nearly 40 years. She has an impressive sail inventory, and features a Yanmar diesel (new 2003). Previously Kiva had a white painted hull however she now has varnished mahogany bright topsides.

Price reduced. Owner motivated to sell, this spring. Decommissioned under cover at her berth. Sails now in sail loft.

Photographs of Kiva under sail at the 2018 Concordia Rendezvous by Carol Hill, used by permission.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Kiva
Make: Concordia
Model: Yawl
Year: 1957
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Wood
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 39'10 ft
Length Overall: 39'10 ft
Waterline Length: 28'6 ft
Beam: 10'3 ft
Min Draft: 5'8 ft
Displacement: 18,000 lb


Heads Count: 1
Stock Number: #55
Boat Class: Antique and Classics, Yawl


Howard Taylor
Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales, LLC


Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales LLC
83 Windward Lane
Bristol, Rhode Island, US, 02809

Hull and construction

Kiva (#55) was built in 1957 at Abeking and Rasmussen shipyard, on the banks of the River Weser, Lemwerder, Germany. Extensive structural work was completed at Back Narrows Boatyard in Boothbay Maine from 2014-2017. The hull is fabricated with planked mahogany upon white oak stem, frame and beams with bronze fastenings. From bow to galley there are 65-70 new white oak frames, 28 new floor timbers. Most mahogany planking below the water line and some above (approximately 55-60) was replaced in the rebuild.

Kiva has a new Angelique heartwood mast step. This tropical hardwood is very hard and dense and is a distinct upgrade from the original oak step, in that now compression loads from the mast on the hull/frames will be decreased. The forefoot was also replaced in the recent rebuild. Photographs of the restoration in Maine are available.

Previous to the 2014-17 rebuild Kiva had structural work carried out at Concordia Company South Dartmouth Massachusetts. This included mahogany deadwood replacement and a new lead keel in 1986 replacing the original iron. This results in a slight resistance to heeling.  Kiva is therefore one of the few lead keeled Concordia yawls.The seacocks were renewed in 2015.

Decks are painted Dynel over wood stem to stern (2015-16)

The house sides are varnished mahogany, the cabin top painted canvas over wood.

The yacht is finish is now bright varnished (Fifteen coats applied) topsides since the extensive restoration of 2014-2017.


Kiva has bright and warm interior with comfortable berths for four. The forecastle has a sail bin and stowage forward, with two folding pipe berths with lockers beneath. The forward cabin has reading lights,and a mahogany overhead butterfly hatch providing ambient light and ventilation. There is a tinned copper water tank beneath starboard locker. Two round bronze opening ports forward. Abaft to port thru paneled locust door is the enclosed head with manual toilet with macerator for overboard discharge and new polyvinyl holding tank and plumbing (2017), vintage vanity, medicine cabinet, linen hamper, locker space and opening bronze portlight. To starboard across from the head are two hanging lockers. 

The main cabin is furnished with traditional and very comfortable Pullman/Concordia style berths port and starboard. These fold out of the way to provide back rests and leave comfortable settees for day use. The slings of all the berths are new Dacron sailcloth. The upholstery and  and cushions are in burgundy corduroy. The knotty pine paneling gives the Concordia a distinctive New England feel, the joiner work and trim is locust. There is a varnished locust fixed drop leaf table just port of centerline with fiddles. Water tanks are located beneath both main saloon settees.

A cast iron (currently non-functional) Concordia solid fuel cabin heater/stove is set forward and slightly to port in the main saloon which can vent via Charley Noble. Outboard of the berths are shelves and slatted lockers. Headroom is 6'3" in main saloon. Overhead is painted white throughout.  Interior 12 volt lamps The main saloon has an oversized varnished wood butterfly hatch/skylight just aft of mainmast.

The teak sole can be easily removed for access to the bilge. The galley is aft to starboard with gimballed paraffin/kerosene Taylor two burner stove and oven. The are lockers and shelving outboard. To port there is the icebox, storage and the stainless steel galley sink with hand pump.The Yanmar diesel engine (new 2003) is located partly under bridge deck and partly under cockpit deck and is readily reached by removing the  panels and covers. The engine box can serve as a galley station.  The galley benefits from the ambient light and ventilation provided from two opening portlights.

The companionway leads out to the self-bailing cockpit, that is finished in bare teak.  Mahogany coamings, folding locust slatted seat backs at aft end of cockpit. Green cockpit cushions. The 24 gallon fuel tank is located under the cockpit sole. Cockpit seats taper aft, sheets are easily handled from the helm.

Sails and Rigging

Mast-head rigged yawl with well constructed glued up varnished Sitka spruce spars. Main mast is keel stepped on Angelique heartwood (which is very stiff, hard and dense) which will retain superior load distribution (2016). Main mast was repaired and restored in 2015-16. New oak pads/bedding; main chain plates re-set. Extensive sail inventory. Self tacking foresail rig with hanked on foresails. Spars have three coats of varnish applied spring 2019.

  • Fully battened mainsail
  • Quantum 130 genoa
  • Mizzen sail
  • Yankee
  • Working jib
  • Mizzen staysail
  • Spinnaker
  • Drifter and drifter reacher
  • Spare mainsail
  • White main and mizzen sail covers.
  • Two bronze Barlow #24 winches mounted on mahogany bases (forward for foresail sheets).
  • Traditional wooden mainsheet blocks
  • Three Barient 8F halyard winches on main mast.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging (main chain plates rebedded with oak backing, 2016)
  • Genoa tracks
  • Note: 2 Barlow #24 (secondary) winches removed from bases, yet can be remounted as desired.
  • White canvas dodger
  • Four winch handles
Deck and sundry equipment
  • Decks are white painted canvas over wood.
  • Solid locust wood cleats
  • Bronze chocks, bronze stanchions and stanchion bases.
  • Double lifelines. Gate to starboard.
  • Bronze bow and stern pulpits.
  • 35lb Danforth anchor at bow with 15ft chain leader and 120ft nylon rode.
  • Kedge Fishermans anchor in forepeak with 120 ft nylon leader
  • Bronze dorade on house.
  • Fenders,
  • Lifejackets,
  • Life-sling
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Emergency tiller
  • Boat hooks.
  • Swim ladder
  • Whale gusher manual bilge pump
  • Stainless steel marine barbecue grill. 
  • Custom fitted canvas boat cover
Electronics and navigation
  • Raymarine ST40 Bidata (displays speed, depth, log and sea temperature)
  • Icom IC-M45 VHF radio
  • Ritchie compass



12 volt system, two 12 volt batteries in lined box outboard of engine, battery charger, circuit breaker panel, master switch, battery condition indicator, 12 volt interior lights, navigation lights, spreader lights. Wiring replaced where required (2017).

Engine and mechanical details
  • 2003 Yanmar 3GM30 diesel (providing 27 HP at 3,600 rpm) with approximately 150 hours running time. Engine renewed 2019: Replaced cables, hoses, thermostat, injector fuel line, cleaned and painted.
  • Racor filter
  • Wheel steering
  • Stainless steel shaft.
  • Two bladed propeller.
Additional comments

The Concordia yawl designed by C. Raymond Hunt over 70 years ago retains a simple timeless elegance, harmonious lines and superb sailing qualities. Kiva with her level of upkeep, maintenance and recent rebuild presents herself as a truly outstanding opportunity for purchase.

Summary of recent renovation and significant maintenance 2014-2019
  • Forefoot replaced (2014)
  • Floor timbers - 28 new floor timbers (2014-15)
  • New frames -- Approx. 65 new steam bent frames (2014-15)
  • New planks -- Approx. 55-60, mostly below the waterline (2014-16)
  • New deck “canvas” (Dynel) from stem to rudder post (2015-16)
  • Renewed seacocks (2015)
  • New mast step – Angelique hardwood (2016)
  • Chain plates -- New oak pads/bedding; main chain plates re-set (2016)
  • Main mast rebuilt / new wiring (2015-16) Spars freshly varnished for 2019.
  • Interior ceiling – all removed, renewed and varnished (2016-17)
  • Bright mahogany topsides (2015-17). Fresh varnish (2019)
  • New holding tank and all new plumbing for the head (2017)
  • New galley hand pump (2019)
  • Engine Renewal 2019 - replaced cables, hoses, thermostat, injector fuel line, cleaned and engine painted.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

Rudders and Moorings LLC, Stonington Office:

Howard Taylor  Varykino, Stonington, Connecticut 06378


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