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ANDREW WYETH’s 100th BIRTHDAY

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

We are all celebrating what would have been Andrew Wyeth’s hundredth birthday here on the coast of Maine. The boat depicted here was designed by Mark Fitzgerald at Paine Yacht Design as an 80th birthday present from his wife Betsy. He used Home Free to commute from the mainland to his studio out on Benner Island until his death at aged 90.

Once you get a FRANCES going, they’re hard to slow down.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Tom Thumb punching her way into a lot of wind.

The world’s best boat design

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

PETUNIA is afloat for her 78th year. Here we are stepping the mast. Come for a sail!

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Progress on Frenchwebb SADIE

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The crew at French & Webb are making good progress laying up the custom Herreshoff Sadie with our custom fixed keel replacing the original centerboard. As everyone knows I have been a lifelong admirer of Nat Herreshoff’s designs, and was honored to be able to contribute to this version of his design from 100 years ago. It will be a lot more stable and quicker to tack.

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IT WORKS!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Amelia with her newly fitted Paine DVT

Yesterday I tried out my invention- the “Paine DVT”, for the first time. They work splendidly! They consist of long fiberglass battens that extend all the way from the leech to the foot of the jib. Just as predicted, they prevent the jib-boom lifting and spilling wind from the upper parts of the jib. When you let the jibsheet out, the jib goes OUT, not UP as is the case without the DVT.

 

 

 

REMEMBER THE PAINE DVT?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
The PAINE DVT are those parallel stripes in the jib.

The PAINE DVT are those parallel stripes in the jib.

A few years ago I invented the Paine DVT for use on my PAINE 26.  (Stands for Dang Vang Thangs). The idea is to find an alternative to the  Hoyt Jib Boom for jib vanging. Especially with boomed jibs, when you let the sheet out, the jib does not go out, but up- with the result that the whole top of the jib becomes ineffective. The Hoyt boom works beautifully, but is expensive, ugly, and a huge impediment to being on the foredeck, even when the jib is furled.  My DVT are a series of stiff battens that run parallel to the headstay. Their top ends act as battens to flatten the leech of the jib. But it is my hope and expectation that they will effectively prevent the clew of the jib rising up as the sheet is eased. Well, I’m now into the experimental stage, and am fitting the company PAINE 14 demonstrator with the DVT, and will let you know in one week how they work out.  Fingers crossed!

 

HERRESHOFF 12 1/2 AND PISCES AT PLAY

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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PETUNIA and PISCES 21

Here are PETUNIA, my 77-year old Herreshoff 12 1/2, and PISCES, my interpretation of the Herreshoff FISH built by Classic Boat Works, at the Maine Boats and Harbors Show in Rockland.

SHORT STORY

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

My genius brother sat down and dreamed up 170 titles for novels he might write, every one intriguing. I took one of his titles and wrote a short story. Take heart- it’s a REALLY short, short story. The title I chose was THE TRIP WIRE.

THE TRIP WIRE

I never really knew my Dad. By the time I was three he was gone.

 My mother passed away twenty years ago. A few times after it happened she would gather us kids together and show us the wire.

 SUE

I WANT TO GO UP THERE AGAIN   STOP   TELL THE KIDS I’LL BE BACK BY THE WEEKEND   STOP

 I LOVE YOU, SAM   STOP

 My father was an adventurer- what now they call a survivalist. He was an ex – marine, and tough. He loved the deep woods, the silence, the self-reliance. He even loved that these wilderness valleys might present some danger, for lesser men. He left in early November. They found him in the Spring.

Sam got deep into the mountains of West Virginia, where no human had been but a few Shawnee and the odd hillbilly jacking deer. He’d camped three days in lean-tos he hacked out of dry-leaved saplings. Out here there was nothing but the wind in the trees and the bird calls, he was free. He thought about Sue, of course, and the kids, how they all depended on him. He even thought about giving it up―what if something should happen?

 But it wouldn’t. He had his skills, his knife, and the instincts he’d acquired in that truly risky business- war. After combat, if you were good, you just knew. Which was what was bothering him now. He had this creepy feeling, this thought that wouldn’t go away, that he was not alone.

 He looked down, just for an instant, and his boot caught the wire.

PAINE 14 CHOSEN BEST BOAT IN 2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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The PAINE 14 was chosen Best Boat of 2014 in SAIL Magazine’s “Daysailor” category. Come sail it and you’ll know why.

NEW CLASSIC DAYSAILOR

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
YORK 18 SAIL PLAN

YORK 18 SAIL PLAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have just been commissioned to design another classic sailing yacht based upon, but larger than, our PAINE 14. The YORK 18 will have a fiberglass hull and decks, but will be trimmed out in teak to look exactly like the PAINE 14. This yacht will be fast, elegant, valuable (meaning far from cheap), safe (unsinkable), trailerable, and just the right size to bring home for winter storage. Like French & Webb’s 14-footer her mast will be of carbon fiber, unstayed, and light enough for a single person to easily put into place. With her hull speed of over five knots she’s fast enough to do a lot of coastal touring, and at 1600 pounds she could be towed anyplace in the country behind a reasonably large passenger vehicle.

Here is her hull lines plan:

YORK 18 HULL LINES PLAN

YORK 18 HULL LINES PLAN