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.

Dickie and Marge swim from their mooring to the beach.ripley2.JPG

Two (too brief) scenes of daysailing.    



The big skiff with the little, unruly outboard (a Seagull, perchance?) in which Dickie meets his undeserved end.

21 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 ( ). Also the Buchholz-Yard in Berlin build similar boats ( ). 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 ( ). 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?


  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
    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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  14. 14 Javarama

    Its a Concordis sloop.

  15. 15 javarama

    Ooops. Thats Concordia , not Concordis.

  16. 16 Mark

    Hi – I’m currently in SW Turkey in Kas Marina. We are berthed beside her – she is called Santander of Wight and she is a 42 foot Bermudan sloop built in the late 50s. I have spent a happy hour talking to her current owner – she has been in his family for the last 50 years. He said that she is the boat from the film and I can confirm she is. She is beautiful…and apparently up for sale! Very tempted!!

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  18. 18 mike

    I too, am a fan of the film Mr Talented Ripley…
    I am not sure that the yacht ‘Santander of Wight” is the one used in the film? How do you explain the low watermark in the film yet the ‘Santander’ has a higher displacement? I checked the sale of the boat and there is no mention of it being used in the film??

  19. 19 posey & john nelson

    We’ve just watched the movie, it is fantastic. Watching the director’s commentary now…cannot get enough of that boat. All of our inspection leads us to believe it’s our old boat, the Oyster, which we purchased in 1998 in Miami, where she had been restored by a shipwright who lived at Richenbacker Marina. She was a 1956 Franz Maas designed & built in Holland. 32″, her hull was teak & she had a 5’6″ draft. From careful viewing of the film, many parts of the boat appear to be exactly like the Oyster: the portholes, the two hatch covers, the tiller & cockpit layout, even the stanchions. We are positive it’s the Oyster. Unfortunately, we only owned the Oyster for a few years, 1999-2001 or 2002. We can hardly digest the fact that we sold that gorgeous piece of art for the pathetic sum of $3000, but that’s what happened.

    We didn’t have the money to maintain & dock her. Tragedy to lose her, but she certainly was fun while we owned her!

  20. 20 Caravino

    Yes, in the film the yacht is the “Santander of Wight” a Bermudian sloop classic Rhodes! A friend owns her and we were very pleased to see her in the film. Sadly the sloop is now for sale.There is a fascinating history of the Santander in the link below.

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