Historic Catboat to Sail Cape Cod Once More

Conjurer, the 1909 H. Manley Crosby-built catboat that Arey’s Pond Boat Yard has been restoring, floated without any issues at 3:30 p.m. on July 12 after four years out of the water. She seems very happy, taking on some water but not much. We had an intermittent sprinkler system on her for three weeks. We filled the centerboard trunk with sawdust, so time will tell there.

During her time at Arey’s Pond Boat Yard, this historic vessel has undergone a complete rebuild. Among the parts of Conjurer that the Arey’s Pond Boat Yard crew rebuilt were:
•Cockpit sole
•Centerboard trunk
•Cabin sides
•Cabin top
•Rails and trim

What remains original is 80 percent of her keel, port light glass, opening forward port hole when it goes in. Many planks and many frames. She still has some iron in her, but it is now sealed in epoxy.

After her ballast, bowsprit, and rig are in she should land right on her lines. Conjurer gets another life as she turns 105 years old!

For a gallery of restoration photos of Conjurer, click here.

To see more Arey’s Pond Boat Yard boats in action, make sure to attend the Arey’s Pond Boat Yard Cat Gathering, August 9-10.