33′ L. Francis Herreshoff Araminta Ketch - ID: 41699


Launched 1982
LOA 33' 0"
LWL 28' 3"
Beam 8' 6"
Draft 5' 0"
Gross Tons 7
Net Tons 6
Ballast External Lead

33′ L. Francis Herreshoff Araminta Ketch


Common Sense is a wood composite (cold-molded) L. Francis Herreshoff Araminta ketch built in 1982 at Lee’s Boat Shop in Rockland, ME.  The original Araminta was commissioned by the owner of another L.F. Herreshoff cruising ketch Quiet Tune and is the smallest in his series of clipper bow ketch designs made famous by Ticonderoga.  Herreshoff’s notes from his book “Sensible Cruising Designs” sum it up nicely. “This design approaches the ultimate for daysailing and short-range cruising. She is beautiful to look at, a very fast sailer, and an all-around delightful boat in which to spend days sailing on the coast of Maine.”

Though Araminta was originally designed by L.F. Herreshoff for traditional plank on frame construction, Common Sense was built cold molded.  This method of construction makes for a very solid, lightweight, low maintenance hull.  The lack of frames and ceiling planking to cover them results in a very clean, uncluttered modern feeling interior.

At the bottom of the companionway is a simple galley to starboard and nav. station over an ice box to port.  The middle section of the interior serves as the salon with settee/berths to port and starboard.  Forward of the settees is a partial bulkhead and v-berth.   The deck and cabin house top are marine plywood sheathed with Dynel cloth saturated in epoxy.  Common Sense’s spars are all built of Sitka spruce and the rigging is all modern.  She has less than 10 hrs on her Beta engine and is equipped with nice sails, rigging, deck gear and electronics.

The name comes from the title of L.F Hereshoffs book “Common Sense of Yacht Design” and she embodies his design philosophy perfectly.  Common Sense is a simple, versatile boat that’s equally at home on the race course, camp cruising, and day sailing with the family; everything you need an nothing you don’t.  She has been maintained since new at Rockport Marine and is offered for sale in excellent sailing and aesthetic condition.  Common Sense is currently in storage in Rockport, ME, ready for showings.



Topsides: Cold Molded Mahogany

Bottom: Cold Molded Mahogany

Stem: Clipper Bow with Laminated Mahogany Stem

Stern: Transom Stern of Mahogany

Frames: 1 1/8″ x 1 1/2″ Laminated Oak on bottom only

Floor Timbers: 1 1/8″ and 1 1/2″ oak sided

Fasteners: Cold molded with limited fastenings

Deck Beams: 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ Laminated Mahogany & Ash on 11″ Centers

Decks: Plywood with Dynel over

Keel: Full Laminated Heel with Lead Ballast

Superstructure: Low profile trunk cabin of mahogany

Bulkheads: Plywood Partitions



Deck Harware: Cast Bronze

Steering Gear: Tiller

Ground Tackle: Danforth 1300, Chain Lead – 200′ 1/2 Nylon 3 Strand

Winches: Deck: 2 Barboas 32 STBNZ; Mast: 2 Barient #10BNZ



Radio: Icom IC-M55 VHF

Compass: 12-V Raymarine ST60+Compass

Depth Finder: Raymarine ST60+ Digital Depth

Speed/Distance: Raymarine ST60+ Boat Speed and Wind

Running Lights: 12-V DC

Anchor Light: 12-V DC



Diesel Engine

Westerbeke 12D-Two

No. Cyls: 2

RPM: 3000


Year 2013

Approx Speed: 5 KT

Engine Bed: Oak

Reduct. Gear: ZF Marine Gear

Engine Cooling: Closed Fresh Water

Ventilation: Atmosphere

Fuel Pump: 12V

Bowls: Metallic

Filters: Racor

Exhaust Silencer: In Line Pot Water Lift

Cooled: Raw Water

Exhaust Line: Wet Exhaust Rated Hose

Engine Alternator: 12-V 30 amp

Controls: Single Lever

Shaft Logs, Type: BNZ

Stuffing Box: Flax

Propeller Shafts: Stainless Steel

Struts: Single Arm Bronze

Bearings: Cutlass – Rubber

Rudder: Keel Hung Wood


Pumps/Through Hulls:

Bilge Pumps: 12-V Rule 2000 Auto, Manual Diaphragm

Pumps: Manual Galley FW, 12-V Galley Sink Drain, 12-V Cockpit Sump

Through Hull Fittings: Bronze Seacocks



Fuel: Diesel – 1 20 GL Rectangle

Material: Stainless Steel with Welded Tabs

Location: Below Bridge Deck

Filling Lines & Vents: USCG Type A Fill Hose; USCG Type B Vent Hose

Valves: Pet Cock; In line

Fuel Lines and Connections: USCG Type B Hose

Additional Fuel: Alcohol for Cooking


Water Tanks: 1 – 25 GL fit to hull in the bow

Material: Aluminum


Mast & Rigging:

Mast: Main and Mizzen laminated  Sitka Spruce

Booms: Main and Mizzen solid Sitka Spruce

Standing Rigging: 1 x 19 Stainless Steel wire with spliced ends

Running Rigging: Dacron Braid



Stove: 2 Burner gimbaled alcohol

Individual Burner Controls

Stainless Sink

Refrigeration: Top Loading Icebox



Batteries: 2 – 12-V

Lighting: 12-V DC

Wiring: Multi-Stranded PVC Jacketed Copper Wire

Switchboard: 12-V DC Circuit Breaker Panel fed via MVP switch

Circuit Breaker: 12-V DC


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