1985 Herreshoff Araminta Ketch
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We are personally familiar with VIRGINIA, and know her to be a particularly well built and well cared for example of an “Araminta” ketch, which many feel is one of L. Francis Herreshoff’s finest designs. In the words of her original owner, “VIRGINIA is a super day sailer with limited cruising accommodations. Built with the best of materials and workmanship to a superior design, she is a top-flight performer and she will outsail most boats her size, both new and old. AND, she is beautiful to look at.”
The original owner sold VIRGINIA in the mid-1990s, and since then she has been based in Rockport, Maine, and maintained to excellent standards by Rockport Marine. We feel that VIRGINA can be highly recommended and a 2013 G.W. Full & Associates, Inc. survey is available on request.
- Araminta Ketch
- Brooklin, ME, US
- Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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- L. Francis Herreshoff
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Dimensions & Weight
- 33 ft - 10.06 meter
- 8 ft 6 in - 2.59 meter
- Draft - max:
- 5 ft - 1.52 meter
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We are personally familiar with VIRGINIA, and know her to be a particularly well built and well cared for example of an “Araminta” ketch, which many feel is one of L. Francis Herreshoff’s finest designs. In the words of her original owner, “VIRGINIA is a super day sailer with limited cruising accommodations. Built by a master boat builder and his father with the best of materials and workmanship to a superior design, she is a top-flight performer and she will outsail most boats her size, both new and old. AND, she is beautiful to look at.”
The original owner sold VIRGINIA in the mid-1990s, and since then she has been based in Maine, and maintained to excellent standards by first classed boatyards specializing in wood boats. We feel that VIRGINA can be highly recommended she has been recently surveyed
Double-planked Honduran mahogany over Atlantic white cedar, bronze screw fastened to laminated oak and mahogany frames, and laminated Honduran mahogany backbone and 6,000 lb. lead ballast keel. Decks are 5/8” teak over 3/8” mahogany marine plywood with Honduran Mahogany trunk cabin and cockpit coaming and cold-molded cedar and epoxy cabin roof. Hatches, toerails and handrails are varnished teak. Tiller steering and self-bailing cockpit with built-in deck boxes port and starboard, and watertight hatch for access to rear of the engine stuffing box, etc. Cockpit coamings are fitted with custom contoured removable tilting backrests in the helmsman area. Red bottom withblue boottop, white topsides and beige housetop.
1985Westerbeke 2-cylinder fresh water cooled 13.5 HP diesel. 2:1 Hurth reduction gear, 7/8” Aquamet stainless steel shaft, and 14 x 10 3-blade Luke feathering propeller. Dual lever Morse engine controls. Groco raw water filter, Racor fuel filter, Hydra Hush muffler. Speed: cruising 5 knots, maximum 7.2 knots.
22 gallons of water in stainless steel tank. 22 gallons of fuel in stainless steel tank. Tanks are located beneath port and starboard cockpit boxes, are shaped to fit the hull and secured in place with ample ventilation between tanks and hull.
12 volt system, two 85-amp 12 volt batteries with Perko battery selector switch. Fused circuit panel with interior lights in forepeak, galley port and starboard and over drop-leaf table.
Sleeps 4. Rode locker right forward with 6’6” V berth next aft with stowage beneath and WC between on centerline just aft of the mainmast. A seat with fitted cushion covers the WC and this can be used while working in the galley, which is next aft to port and starboard with gimbaled Shipmate 2-burner kerosene stove, stainless steel sink (with Whale manual pump) and dish rack to port; opposite to starboard is a teak countertop which doubles as a chart table and storage bins, and will accommodate a 48-quart cooler. 6’4” settee berths are next aft port and starboard with 4” foam cushions, and a removable teak drop-leaf table between. The cabin sole is in two pieces made of teak with spruce accent strips, and is varnished like the rest of the interior. At the aft end of the cabin there is an oiled teak companionway ladder which can be removed for engine access, and the engine sits in under the bridge deck. The area beneath the side decks extending aft from the cabin is open providing stowage space for longer items, such as awning, fishing poles, etc. Interior joinerwork is mahogany with white painted bulkheads, with the exception of teak as mentioned above. Ventilation below is provided by 3 dorade vents, 6 bronze oval opening ports with screens (3 on each side of the house), forward hatch in deck, butterfly skylight hatch in housetop, and main companionway. There is also a mushroom ventilator in the hatch on the after deck. A good deal of thought was given to VIRGINIA’s interior, and the overall effect is one of a cozy and very well executed cabin.
Sails and Rigging
7/8 ketch rig. Full batten Dacron main and mizzen, Dacron jib (app 110%) – all NEW in 2016 by Pope Sails of Rockland, Maine. Sail covers. Stainless steel standing rigging to bronze turnbuckles and custom bronze hardware. Dacron braid halyard and sheets, jib roller furling system. Keel-stepped masts are hollow Sitka spruce, varnished; booms and bowsprit are solid varnished spruce. All mast tangs, goosenecks, chocks, etc., made of bronze to Herreshoff’s specifications. 2 Lewmar #8 single-speed Halyard winches and 2 Lewmar #40 self-tailing 2-speed winches with 3 Lewmar locking handles.
Fortress FX-16 with chain and 25 lb. plow anchor. Anchor rode 5/8” nylon, 200 feet.
Bell, handheld horn, flares, 6 life preservers, docking lines, boathook, 6 fenders, spreader lights, 5 fitted cockpit cushions, dishes, cooking utensils, glassware and flatware.
Electronics and Navigation
2 Ritchie compasses, Intrepid standard horizon VHF, Datamarine S400 DL depth sounder, masthead wind indicator, Datamarine S100 KL speed/log.