* — I honestly can’t remember the source of “She sails like a witch,” nor the inference, which I think is positive. Where is Uncle Peter Spectre when I need him? He would know… Hopefully you do as well.
And not just ANY Araminta — Virginia, from the very talented hands and brains of Nick and John England, 1985.
(Photo courtesy I know not whom.)
She’s about 20-25% smaller than beloved Deva, which is ideal for me. Something happened in the past 10 years: I used to be able to single-hand Deva with aplomb.. but she’s grown bigger. Check out these two photos in terms of relative freeboards:
Deva, with old genoa, just after we finished ERR 2014:
Virginia, not long after launching, at an early Wooden Boat Show [sic]:
Here are some spec comparisons, approximately:
LOD: Deva — 36′6″; Virginia — 30′ (with approximately 3′ bowsprit)
Disp: Deva — 16,300 pounds; Virginia — 12,800
Sail Area: Deva — 720 sq ft; Virginia — 582
Of course it hurts me to the quick to be saying goodbye to Deva, after 10 years (?) of ownership. We’ll be parting from each other after this weekend’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. But I know her next steward will be taking on a sailboat with unmatched qualities (see the feature article about her in WB No. 157).
Meanwhile, I’ll be sailing aboard one of L. Francis’ beautiful Aramintas, described in Roger Taylor’s and L. Francis Herreshoff’s book for International Marine in 1973, Sensible Cruising Design, thusly: “This design approaches the ultimate for daysailing and short-range cruising. She is beautiful to look at, and an all-around delightful boat in which to spend days sailing on the coast of Maine.”
Sounds like me, doesn’t I? (Well, not the beauty part.)
What do you think?