SV Restless



Restless is a steel fifty-foot pilot-house cutter built by Bob Kingsland of Scituate, Massachusetts. Restless is a custom design done by Ted Brewer in 1979, and has been under construction ever since— 28 years from the day the keel was laid in May 1979 until first launched on June 16, 2007— and she's still not finished. She is, however, quite functional at this stage, and a joy to all who have been aboard.

I realized very quickly that I could either build a rough but operative boat, or build the best boat I could figure out how to make— and I chose the latter, no matter how long it took. One of my primary objectives was to see something that made me smile every place my eye came to rest. As a result, not a square corner exists anywhere in the boat, neither in the metal work nor woodwork.

Restless by the Numbers

50 feet overall

46.5 feet on deck

3.5 foot bowsprit

14 foot beam

6 foot draft

40,000 pounds (20 tons) displacement

1,150 square feet of sail

85 horsepower Perkins diesel engine

71 foot cutter rig

340 gallons storage space for water

240 gallons storage space for diesel fuel

28 years

15 stairs in the shop climbed dozens of times almost every day

100 man hours to complete companion-way hatch

100 man hours to complete pilot house handrail at deck edge

30 rolls of duct tape to mask off for installation of foam insulation

100 rolls of masking tape used to Awlgrip

60 man hours to unmask the deck after Awlgripping

3,250 linear feet (0.6 mile) of electrical wire

35 miles of welding wire

30 panels in overhead (excluding aft cabin)

75 individual pieces of teak in forward cabin overhead alone

9 coats of varnish on entire interior (using thousands of varnish brushes)

350 grinding disks (and countless sandpaper squares)

200 gallons of epoxy in the coach work

18 inlaid stars (5 in curved locking scarfs in the caprail on the port side, 5 in curved locking scarfs in the caprail on the starboard side, 5 in curved locking scarfs in the cockpit coamings, 3 in curved locking scarfs in the caprail on the bow)

38 louvers (14 in forward cabin, 8 in saloon (at the moment), 5 in galley (at the moment), 1 in head and 1 on door, 5 in pilot house, 8 in aft cabin)

35 cupboard doors

18 light fixtures onboard (at the moment)

15 pull-out drawers (6 in forward cabin, 4 in galley, 1 in pilot house,  4 in aft cabin)

14 electrical outlets onboard

15 portholes (12 in hull and 3 in pilot house)

10 ½-inch Lexan pilot house windows

6 bunks (6 people can sleep comfortably aboard, plus 2 on saloon seating)

5 circulatory localized fans

4 feature articles in the Boston Globe

3 drop boards

2 doors

2 quarts of Artic White for every 1 gallon of Stars and Stripes blue paint

2 comprehensive efforts for an ideal round hull shape

2 light switches in saloon and galley with brightening and dimming capabilities

2 diamond plate floorboards, lined with teak, in engine room

1 of a kind

0 square corners


This website attempts to chronicle a little bit of her history.