Boats in Film (1)
The Talented Mr. Ripley

Once in a great while you will see an interesting boat in a movie.  The start of a continuing series.

In The Talented Mr. Ripley (links: book, movie), Tom Ripley is a poor ‘nobody’ who wishes he were the rich and handsome Dickie Greenleaf.  Dickie’s father lives on Park Avenue, and owns a boatyard.  Frankly, I’d be happy just having Dickie’s boat, seen here.   The setting is Italy in the early ’50s, the boat could be an S&S design, except perhaps for the smallish transom.  Can anyone tell me?

Tom spies Dickie’s boat from the beach, through binoculars.
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Dickie and Marge swim from their mooring to the beach.ripley2.JPG

Two (too brief) scenes of daysailing.    
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The big skiff with the little, unruly outboard (a Seagull, perchance?) in which Dickie meets his undeserved end.
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9 Responses to “Boats in Film (1)
The Talented Mr. Ripley


  1. 1 christian

    Hi there, Knud Reimers build ships like this. Watch the link. The roof is not the same but maybe there are different models ( http://www.hugohein.com/classic.sail/reimers.43/specs.reimers.43.htm ). Also the Buchholz-Yard in Berlin build similar boats ( http://www.hugohein.com/classic.sail/carina/specs.carina.htm ). cheers chris

  2. 2 David

    Thanks Chirs for the pointers. Those are both beautiful, and affordible! It could be that the producers chartered a local European yacht for the film, though in the book it is implied that Dickie’s yacht comes from his father’s American yard.
    There is a similar wooden 40′ Hinckley for sale here in N. Cal for only $69,000 ( http://s189488021.onlinehome.us/me/ ). I saw her at a boat yard in Richmond, and she is also lovely, I wish I had the nerve to buy her!

  3. 3 TLH
  4. 4 RT

    The sailboat is a 39 ft Concordia Yawl Looks late 50″s early 60′s

  5. 5 J

    Where did you find the last pic of Dickie standing up in the little boat?

    Thanks!

  6. 6 ed

    It’s not a yawl it’s a sloop.. and it looks smaller than 39 feet

    Having said that it looks alot like those Concordias perhaps the aft mast has been removed.

  7. 7 nik

    hi guy,
    i need to know which boat is that! i wan’t it! it’s wonderful. Please
    anyone know how much a boat like that
    thanks
    i love that film

  8. 8 Charlie Wood

    The skiff where Dickie meets his end definitely had a 5hp British Seagull. I had the same engine and they all made that chuffing sound when they were shut off.

  9. 9 Steven Adams

    This is not a difficult boat to work out infact apart from looking at it’s design it also has a lot of info on it just online, it’s an SS 32.

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