L.F. Herreshoff Ketch “Araminta”

Herreshoff “Araminta” Specifications

LOD: 33′ 0″
LWL: 28′ 3″
Beam: 8′ 6″
Draft: 5′ 0″
Ballast: 5950 lbs
Sail Area: 582
Design Number: 89
Yard Number:
Rig: Ketch
Designer: L.F. Herreshoff
Built by: Norman Hodgdon of Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Year Built: 1948
Restored By:
Current Name: Araminta
Current Owner: Mystic Seaport Museum
Original Owner Edwin M. Hill


“Araminta” the successor to “Quiet Tune” for the same owner Edwin M. Hill was designed for daysailing and short range cruising in Maine waters. Three feet three inches longer with a clipper bow and with a more generous sail plan than “Quiet Tune” Beautiful to look at a very fast sailer, with the interior kept spartan.

This original 33-foot auxiliary ketch designed by L. Francis Herreshoff and built in 1954 by Norman Hodgdon of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is available for day charters in Fishers Island Sound from the Mystic Seaport Museum. This is exhilarating sailing in a yacht designed for comfortable day sails. Araminta can be chartered during working hours from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Licensed skipper provided. Up to four agile crew members maximum.

Mystic Seaport Museum Member rate is $350, non-member rate is $375. Call Mystic Seaport 860.572.0711 for details.

Boathouse charters do not require Museum admission.
Website: Mystic Seaport

Boat Plans:

ARAMINTA: Auxiliary ketch, Design #89

Mystic Seaport
Ships Plans
Plans set
Herreshoff, L. Francis
1948-11-05; 1952-09

26 sheets of plans for 33 ft. auxiliary ketch, ARAMINTA (built 1954), design #89 by L. Francis Herreshoff. Dates on plans range from 11-05-1948 to 09-1952. 14 sheets are duplicates. Plans available for CATALOG # 38.143:
Plan # Description of Plan, Scale, (LFH sheet #) Paper Date
1 Lines & offsets, 1”=1’ (sh 2) i/trc —
2 Outboard profile, sail plan, rigging section, 1/2”=1’ (sh 1) i/trc Nov 1948
3 Outboard profile, sail & rigging plan, 1/2”=1’ i&p/trc —
written notation: “changed sail plan” (sh 1)
4 Spinnaker, 1/2”=1’ i/trp —
5 Rigging & block lists i/trp —
7 Construction, 1”=1’ (sh 3) i/trp —
9 Spars, 1”=1’ & full size i/hyp —
10 Main & mizzen lower shroud attachments, full size (sh 5) i/trp —
11 Main & mizzen heads, also attachments of forestay, i&p/trp —
jib halyard, spinnaker & upper shrouds, also
span stay struts & the bowsprit end, full size (sh 6)
12 Roller reefing gear, 1”=1’ (sh7) i/trp —
13 Rudder area, propeller shaft bearing, (sh 9) i&p/hyp —
15 Trail boards, full size i/vel —

Key: i = ink, p = pencil
hyp = heavy yellow paper, trp = tracing paper, trc = tracing cloth, vel = vellum

Reproduction, publication, exhibition, or use of plans for commercial construction is strictly prohibited without first executing a license agreement. Permission to reproduce and/or distribute any prints from the Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Collection is prohibited without prior written permission from the Rights & Reproductions division at Mystic Seaport.


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