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JENNY IVES was built in Boothbay Harbor, ME 1981. She is a one-of-a-kind custom built traditional wooden gaff rigged ketch- a collaboration by Maine boatbuilder hall of famer Roy Blaney and naval architect Thomas C. Gillmer, of Annapolis, Maryland. Roy Blaney built boats in Boothbay Harbor for about 25 years before he got the chance to build a boat of his own. Jenny Ives is Roy Blaney’s 24th boat, all built alone. Blaney contacted designer TC Gillmer to ask about some modifications to the 37′ Calypso Ketch, originally drawn in 1945. JENNY IVES incorporates the same outward appearances of the 23′ flush deck Blue Moon Yawl designed by Gillmer and also includes a gaff rigged main with a marconi mizzen sail. JENNY IVES is slightly deeper, wider, longer, and heavier than the Calypso ketch, and has a modified steeper transom and more vertical stem, putting her dimensions at 37′ overall by 11’3″ wide by 5’8″ depth with a displacement of 24,000lbs. A raised flush deck makes a strongly constructed boat believed to eliminate common leaking associated with the cabin top joinery as well as adding 1/4 extra room for accommodation below deck. Blaney’s family planned to cruise south for a year upon completion of JENNY IVES and the cabin area includes a double berth starboard aft, two pilot berths midship and a single pipe berth forward in the focsle. JENNY IVES sleeps 5, and below decks are comfortable “Maine cabin style” with wood burning soapstone heat stove, 2 burner propane cookstove, ice box, oil lamps, drop down mahogany table, head, navigation table, and bosun locker in foc’sle. She carry’s 120 gallons of freshwater in Monel tanks and 80 gallons of diesel also in Monel tankage. JENNY IVES is equipped with a 46hp Westerbeke 4cyl efficient diesel engine. On deck she has traditional wheel steering and carries 7 sails – mizzen, main, stays’l, jib, jib tops’l, gaff tops’l and drifter. Sails are built by Nat Wilson, a friend of Blaney’s, and are all Egyptian cotton though there is an additional set made from modern off-white colored Dacron. The construction of JENNY IVES includes native white cedar planking on steam bent white oak frames. The keel, floor timbers, carlins, sheer clamps, deck beams, etc. are all White Oak. Her laid decks are cedar and cabin house is mahogany which is also used for cap rails toe rails and other accents. The 50′ mainmast is solid Douglass fir while the top mast, mizzen and four booms are all native spruce spars. Having a split rig (ketch) allows for many sail configurations and a balanced helm through the different points of sail. Since the current owners have been stewards of JENNY IVES (since June 2015) they have enjoyed cruising as far east as Acadia and as far south as Eleuthera, Bahamas. JENNY IVES is a wonderful traditional boat, she is simple, comfortable, strong and fair – built to take whatever Maine can throw at her and she has a knack of taking care of herself.
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