AREY’S POND BOAT YARD received a call out of the blue
from a Nova Scotia man in his 80s, looking for a small
boat he could single-hand down the East Coast to visit
family in Florida and then live on for the rest of his days.
The yard had the pleasure of launching Gracie Anne, a
customized 22-foot cruising catboat, for this gentleman. And he was off.
“He sings a different tune,” said Arey’s Pond owner Tony
Davis. “Ultimately, he wants to get to Cuba. I sailed with him,
and he’s got what it takes.”
Putting ease and safety foremost, the cold-molded
wooden pocket cruiser is based on a design popular on
Nantucket a century ago, with a sweeping sheer and wide
beam. It is set up with halyards and navigation equipment
accessible from the tiller. Accomplishing that meant shortening
the cockpit by a third, which also resulted in a larger
interior. The jiffy reefing system puts controls in the cockpit
as well, and the sail self-furls into the lazyjacks, so the
owner doesn’t have to go on deck. A carbon-fiber rig
shaves weight by a third. The interior is set up for comfortable
AREY’S POND BOAT YARD
45 Arey’s Lane, South Orleans, MA 02662
Excerpted from Boats of the Year 2016. Click here to read more stories from the latest edition.