After the winter we Maine sailors have endured, we’ll take almost anything as a sign of spring. And the sight of a Herreshoff Araminta dangling in the straps over the water at Rockport Marine was just enough to make us swerve off the road and snap a few pictures. Never mind that there’s still a skim of ice on Rockport Harbor. Or that this particular 33-foot ketch wasn’t headed overboard anytime soon, but had actually just been off-loaded from a trailer after an overland journey from Washington state. Any boat, but especially one reported to be L. Francis Herreshoff’s favorite, this close to the water has got to be a harbinger of warmer weather and of the time when we can all see our own boats slipping into the water.
For an excellent article about the Araminta design, click here.