Custom Rou� Bird Class 47 1929 49 000,00 $ CAD *

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49 000,00 $ CAD *

Hawk Is More Than A Boat -- It's Living History.

Hawk is the only remaining functional "Bird Class" sloop, designed by famed Naval Architect William J Rou�, the man who drafted the iconic Bluenose.�

Built in 1929 by Kenneth MacAlpine as one of a fleet of 5 for the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Hawk won the Coronation Cup in 1934 and has a proven pedigree as a racing boat. Brought from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in 1946, she has been a staple of the Vancouver sailing community ever since. She's undergone an extensive and painstaking maintenance program by a shipwright.

Now she needs her next owner to complete her interior fully return her to her former racing glory.

�Available for viewing in Coal Harbour, Vancouver.

The History of Hawk

In 1927, Commodore R.T. McIlreith expressed his hope to members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron that "before long, a class of boats able to successfully race for our open cups may be added to our register."

A year later, this new class of yachts had been drafted by William Rou�. Rou� had just sold his father's business and become a full-time naval architect, renowned for the success of the Bluenose schooner.

Five yachts were commissioned, built by Kenneth MacAlpine ins Shelbourne, Nova Scotia. Collectively called the "Bird Class," there was the Gull, the Blue Heron, the Swallow, the Albatross and Hawk, first owned by A. Montgomerie.

Marconi rigged, they were 30 feet at the waterline and 47 feet overall with a beam of 10 feet. They were classified as Q-class yachts under the Universal Rule.

Competition was fierce, and during their ten years of racing in Halifax Harbour, one Bird yacht was able to win a cup in inter-club racing. The Coronation Cup was first offered in 1902 by the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club in 1902 for competition between Canadian clubs, and in 1934 Hawk was skippered to victory by George Brister.

With the arrival of the war, the harbour was closed to recreational sailing and the Bird yachts were sold. Jim MacPherson brought Hawk to Vancouver in 1946, where she quickly established herself as an admired and fast boat, a regular fixture in Swiftsure and other races.

Of the remaining Bird yachts, Gull was lost in 1940, driven onto the rocks off Cape Breton during a storm. Over the years, the other Bird boats have been lost, and now only Hawk remains.

Her current owner has undertaken upkeep and restorations with an attention to detail and quality befitting of a vessel of this pedigree. Hawk is now ready for her next owner to add to her storied history.

Aboard Hawk

The current owner, a professional shipwright, has put an enormous amout of resources, both time and financial, into the upkeep of Hawk. She can be sailed today, and would make an ideal competition racer.


Hawk's hull features a carvel plank construction, combining fir and mahogany planks on steam bent oak frames, each measuring about 2.25" x 2.25" and spaced roughly 12" apart. It's strengthened longitudinally with fir stringers and sheer clamps, approximately 2" x 5" and 2" x 6" in size, respectively. For structural support, the keelson, stem, and stern post are fashioned from fir and white oak.

Hawk boasts a full keel that seamlessly integrates into the hull.

A 1.25" stainless steel propeller shaft emerges from the hull through a dripless stuffing box, aided by a strut supported by a cutlass bearing. Hawk is equipped with a three-bladed bronze 16 x 12 RH Campbell Sailor propeller.

The through hull fittings are made of durable bronze material. Following extensive refurbishment, including the replacement of various components like through hull fittings, fastenings, propeller, and bearings.

The teak decks have been recaulked, and the raised trunk cabin top has been totally rebuilt.


Sloop rigged, Hawk's mast is made of laminated Fir, stepped through the deck onto a keel step. The mast has been recently varnished and the track has been replaced.

The standing rigging is stainless wire with stainless swaging, with open barrel rigging screws.


Hawk is powered by a new 40hp VW marine diesel engine, freshwater cooled, with a wet�exhaust. All components are new, as are the fuel lines and aluminum fuel tank.


Hawk has a wide variety of sails for a range of conditions.

Hawk currently requires interior finishing.

Exclusions and Disclaimer

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.


All personal property is excluded unless specifically identified and included in the sale agreement and listing specifications. Personal property refers to all items not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, furnishings, and recreational or entertainment items. Advertisements, marketing materials, and/or other photography may depict the vessel with personal property, however, such personal property is excluded unless otherwise specifically included as provided herein.

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