About SS Class Association
The SS Class Association was founded in 1937 by a group of sailboat owners who came together to race these classic wooden boats, named an SS (Small Sloop). Since many boats had been built already in the 1930’s, the original members felt it necessary to maintain the status of these Small Sloops as a one-design racing class, by insuring that all SS boats (or yachts purporting to be SS boats) would be built only from the official designs and molds. A class of this magnitude, increasing year by year, warranted organization and reasonable central control for the sole purpose of maintaining the original design and standards. At the present time, over 150+ SS sailboats have been built, since the original design was constructed by Benjamin Hallock in 1908. Of that number, less than half are still around, and only a few dozen are still launched for sailing and racing.
Boats Produced: 155
Class boat builder(s):
Benjamin Hallock, Oliver Howell, Lewis Howell, Sam Newey, Fred Scopinich
Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 70
Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:
South shore bays of Long Island, NY. Typically in Shinnecock Bay and Moriches Bay.
Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? Yes
Ideal combined weight of range of crew: 300 lbs
Boat Designed in 1908
Beam: 4′ 9″
Weight of rigged boat without sails: 500 lbs
Mast Height: 14′