Commercial Business for sale. Established traditional schooner with a very fine reputation and strong customer base.Financials available to qualified very interested parties.Turn key operation located in the heart of Penobscot Bay.
Heritage is in remarkable good condition and kept up to the highest standards by Captains Douglas and Linda Lee.She is solidly built of the finest timbers and looks like a new boat when you pull her floorboards and look at her frames and planking and keel bolts.
She has been a fixture along the Maine coast for decades and represents one of the finest examples of traditional Maine shipbuilding available on the market today. The Heritage was a constructed as a commercial venture to be used as a cruise schooner in the Maine Windjammer Fleet. She boasts nearly 5000 sq. ft. of sail and weighs 165 long tons, including 20 long tons of outside lead ballast carried on the keel and another 13 tons of lead inside trim ballast. She comes equipped with a current COI, full electronics package, 2 pulling boats, full complement of sails, overnight accommodations for 30 and on deck accommodations for 60 day passengers.
A survey is available upon request.
The owners have just rebuilt TAMD31B Volvo Penta Marine Diesel installed and running in the yawl boat. This is a virtually new installation with a rebuilt Borg Warner transmission and a 3:1 reduction gear. New exhaust system, overhauled propeller as well as everything else. The engine is rated at 129 HP.
They have purchased 1020 meters of new Oceanus sail cloth for a new mainsail, foresail and fore staysail.
New Nat Wilson Oceanus Main,main topsail and jib top sail as well as new 3/4 " working anchor chain and 1' storm anchor chain,new polydacron running rigging.The owners continue to keep their standards way beyond the Coast Guard requirements.
We invite you to come and inspect her now or sail her in late spring.
Draft Board Up: 8'
Draft Board Down: 18'
Gross Tons: 89
The general hull characteristics include a clipper shaped bow with trail boards, full keel forefoot leading to a straight full length keel with centerboard, full round bilges midship with very little deadrise, sternpost hung rudder, and a counter stern with a tumblehome transom. There are no auxiliary propulsion engines as she is propelled by sail only with the aid of a yawl boat for close quarters maneuvering.
There are four watertight bulkheads forming five compartments that can handle up to 30 passengers and 8 crew in 14 double, and 2 single cabins including a large galley area. Each of the cabins is equipped with shelving and stowage under bunks, a small white porcelain sink with hot and cold water, overhead lights and reading lights as well as 110volt outlets in each cabin. Each of the hull compartments are very well ventilated and lit by deck skylights above.
From forward aft is the a forepeak for storage followed by a crash bulkhead, forward compartment with six double cabins located port and starboard. Two of which have their own private heads.The foremast is stepped on the centerline. This space is accessed by a centerline companion-way ladder leading from the forward deck house. Heat is supplied to this area via a bulkhead mounted heater/stove.
Next is a large midship compartment with a crews pilot berth located on the centerline against the bulkhead. This is then followed by four double berth cabins to starboard and two single cabins to port. There is a single crew pipe berth alongside the centerboard trunk. The companionway ladder for this section of the vessel is situated along the port side of the centerboard trunk and leads to the mid-ship coach house. The centerboard trunk runs nearly the entire length of this compartment but has integrated into the layout and design of the cabins in such a way as to give the maximum amount of space and comfort to guests.
Aft of the mid-ship compartment is "Heritage's" large galley that boasts a fantastic meal preparation area to port with a large classic shipmate stove (at the time of this listing the owners are upgrading to a newer custom wood stove), double sink, island type counter and storage cabinets. The messing area contains three large tables situated around the perimeter of this space with built-in bench style seating. Below the galley located on the centerline there are two firewood storage areas and a water tank that is accessed by lift out hatches. The companionway ladder is located at the forward end of the galley and is accessed on deck through the after coach house.
Aft of the galley is the Captains cabin which includes a double berth with a desk and built-in cabinetry to port against the forward bulkhead. Here you will also find two single berths with a settee to port and an enclosed head against the forward bulkhead. Access to the Captains cabin is from a companionway ladder located at the aft end of the after deckhouse.
The deck layout includes a windlass forward followed by two chain boxes, a centerline skylight, foremast, and a donkey engine located to port with hydraulic controls mounted on the forward house. The forward deck house includes eight compartments that house the following; power fire/bilge pump and tool room, three enclosed heads one with a hot fresh water shower, emergency companionway, forward compartment companionway, generator room, and battery trays in a separate compartment. Just aft of the forward house is the midship coach house with the companionway to the midship compartment and a large butterfly style skylight/hatch just forward of the mainmast.
The after, or main house, is approximately 25' in length and includes the galley coach house with a companionway forward.Ta very large centerline four section butterfly style skylight. Aft of the house is the large helm station with a steering box mounted on the centerline. There is also a companion way at the port side aft end of the house that leads to the captain's quarters.
The deck is perimetered with 24" high main and lograils topped with heavy wide caps and short stanchions with lifelines. There are eighteen round flush mounted decklight prisims located along the main and quarterdeck areas to provide natural light in the cabins and common areas below.
In keeping with 19th century coasting schooners it is only natural that she is constructed of double sawn frame and built to very heavy scantlings by today's standards. A major consideration during the construction of Heritage was to ensure her longevity by incorporating better ventilation of the hull and the untilization of thorough treatment of all accessible timbers using high quality preservatives.
The backbone including stem, keel, keelson and sternpost are all made of winter cut red oak and bolted with both galvinized and stainless bolts. The stem is molded at approximately 10" sided 12" and runs the full length of the vessel to a conventional sternpost. The forefoot area includes heavy knees that run aft for nearly five bays. She is equipped with external lead ballast that is bolted to the keel in approximately ten scarphed sections with 1" diameter stainless bolts that run up through the keelson. There is a 2" red oak keel shoe below that which is lagged to the lead. The rudder is constructed of oak planks that are bolted together and hung on a custom fabricated stainless steel heel fitting.
The double sawn oak frames land on 24" centers and are approximately 5" thick with the futtocks side fastened with 1 1/4" oak tunnels. Limber holes are cut into each frame just outboard of the keel for drainage. The transom is framed out with oak vertical frames including a transverse strongback and shaped cheek pieces.
Heritage is framed with red oak planking that runs approximately 4" thick at the garboards, 3" thick at the lower board strakes and tapers down to 2 1/2" into the outer bilge turns. The hull planking is fastened 3/8" x 6" galvanized boat spikes. The entire hull interior is sealed for additional logitudinal strength with 2 1/2" thick planks of douglas fir that are spiked to the frame faces. The water tight bulkheads are constructed of 2" vertical pine that is splined with reinforced oak horizontal framing. Her deckhouses are bolted in place vertically and are rodded in horizontally to lock the structures in place. They are constructed of oak framing and pine planking.
The spars consist of 19" diameter solid pressure treated Douglas Fir masts stepped to the keelson and supported at the decks by heavy cross bolted solid oak partners. The bowsprit is also constructed of douglas fir and painted out white. The booms and gaffs are tapered pressure treated Douglas Fir as well as the top masts. The standing rigging consists of galvinized plow steel wire with conventional wood deadeyes set up with poly three strand lanyards. There are ratlines installed on the shrouds for access aloft by crew members for maintenance, setting sail and necessary inspections of the rig. The running rigging is a mix of three strand poly-dacron halyards, sheets etc. The owners are in the process of replacing nearly 2000' of the existing running rigging with new line for the unpcoming season.
The Heritage is equipped with two large kedge style anchors of 500 and 600 pounds respectively with all chain rodes of 1" and 3/4" housed in deck chain boxes with direct leads to a large double cat-headed windlass with rocking arm pawls. The windlass has been converted from a manual operating system to a hydraulic system. The system is powered by the on deck petrol fired donkey engine that runs the primary hydraulic pump.
As noted above there is a large petrol fired donkey engine that is installed forward to port of the foremast and used primarily to run the hydraulics and the 1 1/4" Jabsco centrifugal wash down or fire pump. In addition there is a Pacer 2" portable petrol driven fire and emergency bilge pump mounted in the forward house tool compartment. This system is coupled to a manifold that through hard piping is connected to each of the staterooms. Additional onboard pumps include various 12 volt pumps for handling grey water transfer and discharge from the holding tanks as well as operation of the cabin toilets. There are several 12 volt pressure domestic water pumps set up to service all of the passenger cabins and the demands of the galley.
-9 Deep Cycle 8D Batteries
-Power Surge multi-volt Dedicated Charger
-Honda 2000 Watt Portable Gasoline Generator Unit
-3000 Watt Cobra Solid State Inverter Unit
Heritage has a 16' planked wood heavily constructed yawl boat that is equipped with an inboard gasoline engine for power. Planked in cedar over bent oak frames this is an open boat with an engine mounted midships under a protective lift up box. The yawl boat is propelled by a Volvo Penta marine diesel engine that is coupled to a Borg-Warner "Velvet Drive" transmission. Forward of the engine box is a stainless steel 30 gallon fuel tank.
"The schooner Heritage is an exceptional vessel and has been since her conception and build. Unlike the rest of the fleet which generally consists of resurrecting old tire commercial fishing and cargo carrying hulls, this vessel was a dream and business plan that was literally sawn and harvested from the local forests. The Heritage was hand built to specifications gleaned from historic research and then tailored to suit the needs and wants of the passenger trade in Maine. Since she was launched her owners have maintained her to a degree that this office (which has surveyed her since 1990) finds exceptional in almost every category. It is the opinion of the undersigned that the schooner Heritage is the queen of the fleet."
William Rick Farris
Owner’s Comment Section: History
To us there was no other choice of vessel other than the New England coasting schooner. We are from New England and the Coast of Maine. I grew up with a great interest in Maritime History. In fact the schooners are some of my earliest memories, and I was never was very interested racing, yachting, or fishing. It was working commercial sail that has held my lifelong interest.
With a mechanical engineering degree behind me and Linda beside me, after we had both become licensed captains, we decided to enter the Maine cruise schooner business by purchasing an old run down traditional coasting schooner hull to completely rebuild from the keel up, and then sail as a business, along the coast of Maine. We did this, doing the work ourselves and starting in 1973 operated the 65 ft. 1886 Isaac H. Evans. We were an immediate success. People liked us and we liked them; as well as the thrill of sailing a large traditional coasting schooner, made a perfect arrangement.
As time went on we set up our own marine railway and shipyard facilities, initially to repair and maintain our vessel as well as others. Along the way we picked up the skills to do our own maintenance and reconstruction. It was in the late 1970’s that we realized that we were in a perfect position to design and build our own new and larger schooner. We had learned a lot about coasting schooner design. The New England centerboard coaster’s hull shape has evolved over the last two centuries to function well. It is the ideal form of vessel to operate in these waters, with good sailing qualities, plenty of deck room, as well as room below for accommodations.
We purposely designed the Heritage to be heavily constructed with longevity in mind and to also be able to carry the traditional topsail rig. We were very particular about the quality of the timber used and insistent that we use lots of wood preservative that was readily available at the time. We had seen the results of neglect and time on wooden vessels and wanted to minimize the chance of any possible wood decay. Our choices proved successful, since as of this date we have never had to replace any hull planking or even recaulk the vessel.
The Heritage was never intended to be a replica. We incorporated a number of design changes that adapt the vessel to today’s needs. We are proud to say that the Heritage is the next generation of historic Maine Coasting Schooner and as such has more than lived up to our expectations.
Captain Douglas K. Lee
P.O. Box 203
1 Main St.
Rockport, ME 04856