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The Vintage Marblehead Wampum II... My Next Resurrected Boat Design?

I still have a ways to go yet until I finish the resurrection of the High-Flyer "Sun Wind" RC sailboat, but I'm already giving some thought to my next boat. I'm leaning toward the "Wampum II" from 1933. It has very classic full-keel lines, and would be stunningly gorgeous in strip cedar. It would fall under the "Traditional" Marblehead division.

Here is what the Wampum II looks like...

Wampum II Marblehead Sailboat

According to Earl Boebert, an expert historian in these matters, "... There were two Wampums (Wampi?) by [James A.] Potter, Wampum (1932) and Wampum II (1933)". Earl was kind enough to send me lines for both, and I am really liking the Wampum II. It looks very much like the Mapcap from the same era, but as suggested by Earl, the US Vintage Model Yacht Group has full-size plans for the Madcap, so several people have made it. Therefore he suggested, it might be better if I focused on the Wampum II and helped to make it more accessible to home builders. That way, perhaps people can have access to the laser-cut frames and the construction manual, and may build more Wampum II's too.

I'm really hoping that other builders can help save some of these fine designs. They are beautiful and can be home-built using wood, epoxy and fiberglass. They are also much cheaper than trying to stay current with the modern Marblehead's or IOM's.

And here are the two Wampum's compared...

 Anyway, I'm still a long way from starting in on it, but am really intrigued. Thoughts? Suggestions?



  1. My Dad has had a Wanpum II since he was a kid. He's going to be sending it to me soon. I'm ecided to have a piece of this history. He even had new sails made recently for it.


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