Make TEWES BOAT YARD/Wayne Ettel
Hull Double Planked Over Double-Sawn Frames Centerboard
Model ALDEN SCHOONER #365-B- Restored
City CORONA DEL MAR
Owners STACEY & BEAU VROLYK
Built in Belize, Honduras, and launched in 1947, Mayan was jointly built by Paul Allen and Richard Tewes. Allen had served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, he convinced his father to join him in building a John G. Alden schooner that could cruise the Intercoastal Waterway and Caribbean. Alden provided a customized second version of his 1928 design number 365. Allen and Tewes built Mayan without the pilothouse drawn for the 365-B design by Alden, retaining the original trunk cabin, which Mayan carries today from the original 1928 design. In 1948, Mayan was sailed from Belize to New York City by Allen and his thirteen-year-old nephew, who continues to sail on the Chesapeake Bay to this day.
After many years of cruising the East Coast of the U.S. and the Caribbean Sea, Mayan was purchased in 1968 by David Crosby, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a founding member of the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby sailed Mayan throughout the Caribbean, to the South Pacific islands of Tahiti, Hiva Oa and various atolls in the Tuamotus. He also sailed her to Hawaii multiple times during the 46 years he owned her. Crosby wrote many of his most popular songs aboard Mayan, including “Wooden Ships”, “8 Miles High”, and “Guinevere.” He also hosted a number of his fellow performers aboard, including Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, and Chris Hillman.
In 2005 Wayne Ettel, the noted shipwright from Wilmington, completely rebuilt the hull and deck. All planking, over 70% of her frames, all her floor frames, many deck beams and her entire deck was replaced. Mayan is now double-planked in luan, a tropical mahogany, below the water and western red cedar above. Her frames are double-sawn purple heart and her floor frames are 316L stainless, replacing the original iron frames. All iron fasteners have been removed and replaces with bronze. In early 2014 Stacey and Beau Vrolyk took over as caretakers for the illustrious Mayan.