Dickerson Sailboat

Dickerson of the 80's

Much has happened since 1978. Ted wanted to maintain much of the tradition of Dickerson, but he also wanted to modernize the designs and boatbuilding techniques. He began by commissioning George Hazen, a naval architect intimately familiar with Dickerson, to design an new high performance cruiser. As a young man, George spent his summers cruising the Chesapeake Bay on his father's hard-chined Dickerson 35 and later on a newer, round-bottom, full keel Dickerson 35.

Studying naval architecture and marine engineering at Princeton, George won national acclaim for his honors thesis, "The Use of a Computer to Analyze Flow Patterns Around a Hull." After receiving his Master's degree in Naval Architecture from M.I.T. and serving as a full-term member of the H. Irving Pratt project which developed the MHS rule, George spent several years designing racing and cruising boats. He later opened his own naval architect's office in Annapolis and developed a computer-aided design program which virtually replaced tank testing.

Dickerson 37

The evolution of the modern Dickerson had begun, and in 1981, after three years of development, the first Dickerson 37 was launched. The familiar Dickerson full keel design was replaced by a moderate fin keel and skeg hung rudder that reduced wetted surface area and improved maneuverability while at the same time maintaining good tracking ability. End grain balsa cored fiberglass was used for the hull and deck because of its light weight and proven strength. Above the waterline, the traditional look of Dickerson remained.

In 1982 the first Dickerson 50 was presented at the Newport International Sailboat Show, and in 1983 the first Farr-designed 37' racing sloop was launched and began winning every race it entered.

Grand Opening Circa 1983
Grand Opening - Circa 1983
Ted Reed, Don Griffin with Easton Officials