This section is about the history and specifications of the Hermann Lazy Jack Schooner, and contains information about the e-mail based Skippers Share letter which preceded this web site. There is also information about the current web developer / editor. The above photo shows Ariel hull 2
The first LJ32 was built about 1973 by Ted Hermann in Southhold N.Y. The boat design was started by Dick Ketcham and completed by Ted Brewer.
Length On Deck: 31ft 7 inches Waterline length: 23ft 9 inches
Beam 10 ft 9.5 inches Draft (board up) 2 ft 10 inches
Displacement 12,500 lbs Sail Area 544 square ft
The share letter has kept owners in touch with each other for many years until about 4 years ago. The letter and skippers list was written by Jim Montgomery and was sent out by him periodically. He was very successful in his endeavors to provide information to LJ32 owners and to encourage those owners to communicate with each other. Thank you Jim Montgomery
This web site was put together by Jim Kerr. A little background may be in order.
I've been sailing for about 35 years, mostly in and around Barnegat Bay New Jersey. I've lived in Hernando beach, Florida for almost 8 years. I've built 10 small wooden boats of which 6 were of my own design. These boats included a melon seed, a classic style electric launch, a herreshoff columbia dinghy and several unique folding boats. I've also enjoyed building models over the last 20 or 30 years. That includes several schooners including two LJ32 models. As you can see, I'm a little hung up on schooners and other classic boats. I initiated a website for electric boats about 15 years ago. I still maintain that web site. My wife and I did extensive work on our LJ32 during the last 4 years.
I've worked mostly in the Pharmaceutical industry for about 34 years, as a technician, chemist, computer programmer, manager and quality manager. I've been retired for about 9 years.