Hull #8 Jet Stream

Hull #8 (sold by Ted Jones)
City Island Yacht Club Picture
Picture of Jet Stream hanging in the City Island Yacht Club, Where William Heine was Commodore

Peter Barlow's Picture of Jet Stream
Peter Barlow's Photo of Jet Stream

Miscellaneous Pictures of Jet Stream
Miscellaneous Pictures of Jet Stream

Hull #8 "Jet Stream" was one of the first Javelins to arrive in 1961. She was shipped aboard the Holland-Amerika Lijn Steamer "Kerkedijk" on June 2, 1961, from Rotterdam, and was consigned to Tripp & Campbell in New York. She was likely picked up by Ted Jones in New York, and motored to the City Island Yacht Club on City Island, New York - to be her home for many years. William A. Heine, her new owner did all of the commissioning himself. Bill was very competent at the commissioning as he had built a Herreshoff H-28 in the late 40's and raced her through about 1959-60. He registered Jet Stream with Lloyds Registry of American Yachts, and we first see her as entry #4075 in 1964. Her builder is mistakenly identified as A. LeCompte Co., in Jutphaas. This error is corrected in the 1966 listing.

Jet Stream was delivered with Ratsey sails and didn't have the entire inventory that Bill Heine wanted. When he decided to get some additional sails made, he went to see Ulmer Sails on City Island. Ulmer Sails is now managed by Charles (Butch) Ulmer, whose father started the business in 1946. The business is now UK Sailmakers with several lofts and service facilities all over the world. Butch crewed in several races aboard Jet Stream and remembers watching Bill Heine install the needed extra ballast as a mixture of lead shot and either polyester or epoxy in Jet Stream's water tank just aft of the external lead ballast. Butch says that it nearly blistered her keel paint when the resin kicked. (I've since examined her gel coat in this area and see that there was no heat damage to the fiberglass.) Bill's son William A. Heine, Jr. and Butch were in the Naval Academy together and crewed whenever they were home. Bill's other son, Fred W. Heine and a friend Geoff Ewenson were his most constant crew.

Ted Jones remembers Jet Stream this way:
"I believe I picked up Jet Stream from the ship in New York Harbor as I did for all of the boats we imported. I would have taken her to City Island, but I don't recall the trip. Bill Heine was happy to get his boat and, being very capable of fitting her out, did most of the commissioning. As far as I know, Bill never complained about anything and was a happy owner for many years. I raced with Bill at least once and probably twice. She was a dream to sail, especially swift in light air."

Bill originally purchased the boat to race in the Newport - Bermuda Race, but was never able to enter Jet Stream. The rules changed a fair number of times with the first difficulty being that the race changed to a "By Invitation Only" in the early '60s. In the 1970 race, Souffle' was able to get a high enough rating to enter the race because W.D. Teague actually removed her propeller and faired the prop opening in the rudder and keel to boost her rating enough to be an entry. Bill Heine didn't get a high enough rating with Jet Stream and thus couldn't race her. Bill chartered a Morgan sailboat in 1970 and competed with his crew on that boat. I don't know why he never raced in the Marion - Bermuda Race that is held in the odd years.

Bill sailed the boat a lot until 1976. From 1976 through 1978 or 9, he didn't sail much and sometime around 1979 or 80, he sold Jet Stream on an agreement for delayed payment. After that, he became very ill and finally died in June of 1985. When one of the relatives went to Jamestown to see Jet Stream after Bill's death, there was a large yard storage bill owed and Jet Stream was not in good condition. Sometime around 1981, a sophisticated Type I MSD (Marine Sanitation Device) was installed in Jet Stream. A type I device treats waste on board so that it can be discharged overboard with coliform bacteria counts of less than 1000 parts per 100 milliliters. Up until recently, these systems could be used almost anywhere. Also, some time between 1981 and 1984, Jet Stream broke from her mooring in the Jamestown Dumplings and went aground on the rocks. Her bow and stern pulpits were damaged and a hole was ground into her keel in the sump tank area. The family apparently tried to sell Jet Stream to recover the storage bill and provide a small amount of cash to the estate. However, when Jet Stream was surveyed by local surveyor Paul Coble, the potential buyer backed out and the family elected to sell Jet Stream to Jono Billings, one of the yard owners, in settlement of the bill.

Jono recognized Jet Stream's thoroughbred nature and intended to rebuild her. In all the jostling on the rocks and her racing career, much of the tabbing that connects the minor bulkheads (partial bulkheads) and furniture to the hull, had come loose. Jono removed the interior furniture in the main salon with the intention of doing some hull stiffening and then redoing the tabbing and/or changing the interior layout. He stored the interior parts in some containers on the boatyard property. After he had the interior removed, the business was booming and he just never got back to it. In 1999 or 2000, a local guy thought he might tackle the project and the yard needed the storage area of the containers anyway, so the interior was loaded (actually just dumped) back into Jet Stream. Some of the cabinetry was lost in the shuffle and turned up in strange locations. The man that had been interested, dropped out when he discovered a Columbia 40 (also a Tripp design) that needed less work.

In 2001, while on one of my summer jogs, I noticed Jet Stream way in the back of the boat yard with a tattered tarp cover. Even in her bad state of repair, her lines were lovely. At first, I thought she was a Carl Alberg design and only inquired at the boat yard to satisfy my curiosity of what she was. Jono said he would sell her but the price was more than I thought she was worth for her condition. I began to do some research about Bill Tripp and the Javelin class but didn't find very much. Finally, in October of 2001, I was in touch with a college professor in Charleston, SC who mailed me a xeroxed copy of a sales brochure from 1961 that described the Javelin. When I saw her picture under spinnaker in the sales brochure, I immediately called Jono and we worked out a price that worked for both of us. It was now late in the year though, and Jet Stream ended up getting "parked in" until the boats were launched for the 2002 season. When we finally pulled her out of the back in June of 2002, it was interesting to see how many heads she could turn even in her state of disrepair.

Here she is peeking out between the stored boats

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