“She Sails Like a Witch*.” Of Course I Had to Buy Her — 33′ LOA LFH Araminta

* — 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:

Deva ERR 2014(Photo courtesy I can’t remember)

Virginia, not long after launching, at an early Wooden Boat Show [sic]:





(Photo:  ditto)

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?

Thanks, Carl

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My Next Powerboat: Old Wharf’s Lumber Yard Skiff

Lumber Yard Skiff(Photo courtesy Old Wharf Dory Company, http://www.oldwharf.com)

I was talking to Walter Baron, proprietor of Old Wharf Dory, at the WoodenBoat Show a couple of few weeks ago.  I told him that, though I loved my current powerboat (a 24′ Whiticar), she was more than I wanted at the moment.

Whiticar AVELLAR:


(Photo courtesy Cannell Payne Page; http://www.cppyacht.com)

(I especially like the fighting chair in the cockpit.  Not that I’m a fisherman.)

Of more interest to me now — rather than fishing and going fast — is the ability to gunkhole.  If I hit a rock, it’s no big deal — except to the prop.  To go slow.  And to perhaps engage in some mussel aquaculture.

I also find that, somehow, many of my boats have grown larger for me during the past year.  Well, not the Whiticar in this case. But I do think I might do a general bit of fleet downsizing.  Read next week and perhaps I’ll have an update of interest.

At any rate, I love Old Wharf’s Lumber Yard Skiff.  The 16-footer perhaps?  From the website:

“The design for my work and fishing skiffs is based on the Brockway boats. Rugged, stable, and inexpensive, these flat-bottom boats are intended for use in along shore fisheries such as shellfishing, aquaculture, etc. I call these boats Lumber Yard Skiffs [LYS], because most of the materials are available from the local lumber yard.

There are three sizes, 12′, 16′ and 20′. You may purchase them a bare wood hulls, semi-finished or ready to launch with any custom features you would like.”

What do you think?  Please comment below.

And if you ever want to suggest a boat for me to cover, email me — carl@woodenboat.com

Thanks, Carl




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