Hull #048 - Jura

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Sailboat’s History

This boat was built for Capt. Ed Rohrer in 1965.  He took delivery in Bristol, RI and sailed her to his home port of Gloucester, MA.  His first voyage was to Myrtle Beach, SC, to get married in the cabin by candle light; then he and his bride sailed to Florida.

He had the boat trucked back to Gloucester.  For the next 20 years, they cruised the coast from Buzzard’s Bay to away Down East.  4 owners later, I got her for the same price he paid in 1965. I will post pics of the cabin – a bit different than later models.

This was the first hull built with an inboard – a Graymarine SeaScout 25hp.  Runs like a dream, but it’s hell finding parts, and custom machining isn’t cheap.  But she sails so well, I hardly use the motor – twice all summer, in fact.

In July 2019, Jura passed ownership from Clay Commons to Elizabeth & David Middleton.

Owner Comments

July 21, 2019 – We just bought Jura, hull number 48, a few days ago. Needless to say, we are quite excited! We are going to be bringing her here to our house in Little Compton, RI to work on her in the off-season, and will hopefully have her shipshape and ready to sail in June. We would really like to be able to add to Clay’s posts on the already existing Jura page.

October 3, 2018 – We were sailing into Bullock Cove Sunday afternoon, last sail of the season, nice broad reach but a very narrow channel with plenty of powerboat traffic, when the tiller failed. Attached are pictures of the failure point. Vise grips on the rudder head, and teamwork, got us back to the dock.  Here’s an image of the break:

August 3, 2011 – We went out last night, my son and I, and got caught in a squall off Black Point in the Sakonnet.  Roller furling is great, but the sail shape when partly furled is terrible, as you know.  Still did five knots, with one reef and just a bit of jib showing.  We had a second reef point sewn into the main two years ago; only used it once so far.  Over the years, someone took a lot of hardware off the boom, so I’m having to re-rig the outhaul gear.

Also did a bottom job this year, right down to bare gelcoat; 4 barrier coats and a lot of pinholes filled.  She really needs topside and deck jobs, but my pockets only support one thing at a time!


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13 Responses to Hull #048 – Jura

  1. Hi My name is Paul Silvia, I was the 3rd owner. I reserched and found Ed ( the original owner ). I hope you will keep the connection going and keep up on her history. I have pictures of Tora being built if you are interested as well as some early pics. I now have a Bristol 22 that I sail in Mt hope bay. Where is Jura now?? I got stuck in a real blow with my son and Tora got us home and w even kinda enjoyed it!
    Paul 774 488 0316

    Submitted by: Paul Silvia on August 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    • If you head South through the Tiverton basin, head toward the two water tanks on the Portsmouth side. JURA is moored about a half-mile North of McCorrie Point, right across from the Channel 6 tower in Tiverton. We sail through Mt Hope Bay every Spring and Fall, on our way to her winter home in Bullock Cove.

      Submitted by: Clay Commons on August 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      • Clay, So glad to hear the boat is now in good hands. The guys I sold it to kinda let her degrade a bit. I would see her sitting filthy at the mooring and shake my head.
        Just for your info if you have the box of documents that have followed the boat, there is a place in NJ that has parts for the gray marine.Paperwork form my purchases should be in there. Hopefully you have the extra carb I purchased for a spare. The alternator, generator is from a fire engine and was adapted to fit. It really cranks out the juice. I also put rings in it about 6 years ago just before I sold it. Very easy engine to work on. Two guys pulled it out in our arms. I also installed new tiller seals. If you notice the boat has a slight tilt to it when sitting. Ed pulled out some of the ballast so he could add more weight to it for a long sea voyage and never replaced it.
        I removed the head and installed the porta potty. I still have it if you would like it.
        Well, enjoy the boat and hope to see you out there. My boat is hull number 268 and her name is Morning Star ( Bristol 22)

        Happy seas,
        Capt, Paul

        Submitted by: Paul Silvia on August 4, 2011 at 5:14 am

        • Thanks, but I don’t need a marine head! Glad to be rid of it. The carb and fuel pump came in mighty handy though. I bought a new coupling for the alternator, and had to have a new shaft custom-made (ouch!) but engine runs like a dream now.

          I’ll watch out for you, and monitor 16!

          Submitted by: Clay Commons on August 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

  2. Also clapped on leather spreader boots. Can’t stand those rubber things!

    Submitted by: Clay Commons on August 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

  3. Hull #48

    Submitted by: Clay Commons on August 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  4. Home Port: Portsmouth, RI

    Ed Rohrer just sent me some wonderfully detailed pics from 1985. What happened to the shroud rollers?

    Submitted by: Clay Commons on August 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  5. Weathered Irene just fine.

    Submitted by: Clay Commons on September 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  6. Upgrades for 2012: cleaned toe rail, 4 coats of teak oil. Installed cheek blocks and strap eyes for furling gear on boom. Replaced companion ladder with built-in steps.

    Splashed May 13, a month earlier than usual!

    Submitted by: Clay Commons on June 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

  7. I have Hull 338 moored in Wickford. Are you still in Newport?

    Submitted by: Aaron on June 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    • Hi Aaron,
      Yes, I’m still here on the Sakonnet, but JURA will float later than usual due to shoulder surgery, not until late July.
      I’d love to see a later model to know what changes were made. I think the interiors were upgraded significantly; JURA’s is mighty spare.
      Sails beautifully though, don’t they? Have you ventured far?
      Fair winds,

      Submitted by: Clay Commons on June 5, 2019 at 4:45 am

      • Furthest trip so far was from Block Island to Wickford last October when I bought it. I don’t have much to compare it to, but it sails wonderfully as far as I am concerned. My boat is in Wickford Cove, about 200 yards off the beach, about 400 yards NNE from Gardner’s Seafood. My tender is a canoe.
        Email me at when you would like to come see it.

        Submitted by: Aaron on June 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm

  8. WOW, not often do you see the full history of a boat!

    Submitted by: Eric Berger on November 2, 2019 at 2:52 am


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