Featured on the PBS program “Outdoor Wisconsin” and in two nationally distributed sailing magazines, Panache was also given the prestigious “Best in Class” award at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This Sea Sprite 30 fractional rig sloop was designed by the acclaimed marine architect A. E. (Bill) Luders and built by C. E. Ryder in Bristol, RI. She is one of only 18 such vessels built and at this time maybe the only one sailing the Great Lakes.
Originally built in 1984, Panache was decommissioned and re-launched in 2007 after a six-year keel up restoration. Panache has been repowered and an all-new electrical system installed. She has the latest in amenities like refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven, air-conditioning, two heating systems, entertainment system, mood lighting, soft leather seating in the cabin and even a bow thruster to make the backing of this full keel vessel a dream. She backs easily into a slip with even a direct x-wind which makes the passengers exit from the vessel cockpit possible without having to walk the length of the finger pier. This is know as stern to docking. Her hull and deck were completely refinished and a significant amount of teak has been added to give the vessel the charm of a classic yacht with all of todays modern amenities and safety items. This includes a hydraulic powered autopilot, the latest in GPS navigation, and a self -leveling radar system.