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Friday, January 20, 2012

Gil Knudsen's Hinkley 38, "Tigress"

Original oil on canvas painting by Scott Kennedy. This is a very large (approximately 36" by 48") painting of Gil Knudsen's 38 foot sloop "Tigress" approaching the oil platforms off Huntington beach in full racing trim. The painting was a gift to Gil from his wife who commissioned Scott Kennedy to do the painting. Scott's fee for the painting was $6500.00. Gil Knudson owned the "Tigress" and berthed it in Newport Beach for over ten years. He raced it extensively and once won the Governor's Cup (1st overall trophy for the 500 boat Newport to Ensenada, Mexico) in the Ensenada race. When Gil passed on the "Tigress" was purchased by another Newport Beach skipper and was berthed on Lido Isle. "Tigress" is a Hinkley 38 and when in Newport was always maintained in mint condition. I recently saw "Tigress" in Santa Barbara and was saddened when I saw the state of horrible neglect she had fallen into. This painting was purchased by us from Knudsen family members and is offered for sale at the modest price of $2500.00.


  1. Very sad to hear that Tigress has not been kept up. I have sailed many times on her.
    With the fridge always full of Miller Lite.
    One of Gils favorite beers.
    Miss you Gil.
    Ken Corwin
    Owner of Moonlite Marine

  2. I too had a few opportunities to sail on the Tigress. Sorry to hear she is aging poorly. I was privilaged to perform maintenance on her from time to time in Newport under Gil's strict supervision. Back then, it was Olympia beer.
    " Man in the galley" You taught me well Gil.
    Ted Hutchinson