Herreshoff Marco Polo 56 Schooner

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Wood carvel

Underwater profile
Long keel


1 x Diesel 67hp, Detroit Diesel 71 (unknown year)

Washougal, WA

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Extra Details

Designer L. Francis Herreshoff
Builder Stan Bishoprick
Lying Washougal, WA
Fuel capacity 500.0 G Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 1,000.0 G Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 60.0 G Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 27/05/2014


Engine 1 x Diesel 67hp
Engine make and model Detroit Diesel 71 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.0 G /hour At Cruising Speed

The engine in this vessel appears to be original likely installed in the early 1950's. It appears clean and without any noticeable areas of corrosion. There is no hour meter. The seller reports it to be in good condition and that it ran well before it was stored. Certainly a mechanical inspection would be recommended upon purchase.


LOA 56'0"
LWL 48'0"
Beam 11'6"
Draft Max 6'7"
Airdraft 60'0"
Displacement 56,009.6lbs
Headroom 6'5"
Storage Dry storage


Schooner rigged Original construction team Wood spars (1956) with stainless steel standing rigging (1956)


Mainsail - Slab (1956) Fully Battened, 2 Reefs
Headsail - Hank on (1956)

The sail compliment on the vessel consists of a main, a newer stays'l, jib, spinnaker, #1-2 +3 Fisherman plus a "golly wobbler". Seller reports sails are 70% good with a couple in excellent condition. The rigging needs to have added to it a forestay and jib as the bow sprit was added in the 1996-2003 restoration but the boat has not left dry storage since that time.

Electrical Systems

32 volt,


Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

Displacement is estimated at approximately 28 tons. Seller reports keel is 15,000 LBS cast iron with a design 20% ballast to displacement ratio. LOA with bowsprit is approximately 65 feet.

Stanley Bishoprick Jr. and his son Stanley Bishoprick lll (later the founder of Legendary Yachts) built this vessel starting in 1946. Launched in 1956 it was built from L. Francis Herreshoff's design #85. Built from traditional mahogany plank-on-frame construction the seller reports Corten steel was used as framing instead of wood. In the late '90s and early 2000s a restoration and cabin re-configuration was done by the team at Legendary Yachts. The cabin top and decks were all replaced; several planks in the hull were also replaced. The tanks were moved and re-installed to accommodate an interior renovation. The cabin / house styling and much of the interior saloon was re-styled at that time. The vessel was never re-launched after this but maintained in dry storage.


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 5
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Entering the vessel from an aft cockpit you step down to the galley to port and a navigation station to starboard. The galley has both refrigeration and freezer, a double basin sink, plenty of counter space and a large diesel stove with oven. There is a pilot berth aft to the starboard side. Forward is the salon with surround seating to port and a settee to starboard. The companionway going forward is to the starboard side. First cabin on your port side is the master with a double berth. Forward of that same side is the first head with shower. Next cabin forward is entered in the center of the vessel. It is a bunk style room with two singles on each side. Ultimately forward is the second head again with a shower.

Each cabin has a wide variety of storage lockers, hanging lockers and drawers. Virtually everything inside the boat appears as new construction. All mattresses and seating cushions have been wrapped and placed in storage.

Throughout the boat the floors are teak and holly solid wood coupled with headliners that are open beam varnished surfaces. A large butterfly hatch compliments the salon as do the polished bronze opening port-lights throughout the boat.

0 burner Diesel cooker

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

2 anchors
300'0" of chain

Broker's Comments

Corten steel frames create the bones of this lovely L. Francis Herreshoff Marco Polo 56. Over these steel frames traditional mahogany plank-on-frame construction techniques have rendered a strong, ocean going, family cruiser. This vessel, shortly after completion sailed her family on the 1957 Trans-Pacific race, then known as the "Honolulu Race". The family reports they came in dead last as the matriarch aboard refused to allow the "boys" to have the sails up at night! Since that time she has sailed the Northwest waters until in 1996 she was hauled for a major remodel and design change of the cabin, decks and interior, all performed by Legendary Yachts in Washougal, WA. Dry stored since that time the sellers report she needs some rigging, both standing and running, navigation electronics plus some hull work. The president of Legendary Yachts thought about $50,000 would put her in excellent sea-worthy condition again. This is clearly a capable world cruising vessel.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Herreshoff Marco Polo 56 Schooner has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Tacoma. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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