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1982 L. Francis Herreshoff Araminta Ketch

A$  151,613*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 207-819-8435
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Located In:
Rockport, ME
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Current Price:
US$ 117,000 (A$  151,613) 

Common Sense is a wood composite (cold-molded) L. Francis Herreshoff Araminta ketch built in 1982 at Lee's Boat Shop in Rockland, ME.  The original Araminta was commissioned by the owner of another L.F. Herreshoff cruising ketch Quiet Tune and is the smallest in his series of clipper bow ketch designs made famous by Ticonderoga.  Herreshoff's notes from his book "Sensible Cruising Designs" sum it up nicely. “This design approaches the ultimate for daysailing and short-range cruising. She is beautiful to look at, a very fast sailer, and an all-around delightful boat in which to spend days sailing on the coast of Maine."

Though Araminta was originally designed by L.F. Herreshoff for traditional plank on frame construction, Common Sense was built cold molded.  This method of construction makes for a very solid, lightweight, low maintenance hull.  The lack of frames and ceiling planking to cover them results in a very clean, uncluttered modern feeling interior.

At the bottom of the companionway is a simple galley to starboard and nav. station over an ice box to port.  The middle section of the interior serves as the salon with settee/berths to port and starboard.  Forward of the settees is a partial bulkhead and v-berth.   The deck and cabin house top are marine plywood sheathed with Dynel cloth saturated in epoxy.  Common Sense's spars are all built of Sitka spruce and the rigging is all modern.  She has less than 10 hrs on her Beta engine and is equipped with nice sails, rigging, deck gear and electronics.

The name comes from the title of L.F Hereshoffs book "Common Sense of Yacht Design" and she embodies his design philosophy perfectly.  Common Sense is a simple, versatile boat that's equally at home on the race course, camp cruising, and day sailing with the family; everything you need an nothing you don't.  She has been maintained since new at Rockport Marine and is offered for sale in excellent sailing and aesthetic condition.  Common Sense is currently in storage in Rockport, ME, ready for showings.

Please contact Rockport Marine at (207) 236-9651

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