There’s nothing like the beauty of wood. We recently discovered that PICYA Staff Commodore Winston Bumpus had teamed up with friends to acquire the beautiful 30-ft mahogany ketch Arua. We were curious, so we asked Winston for some more background on the boat.
He sent a few photos and replied, “The boat is a modified L. Francis Herreshoff 28 design ketch that is just under 30-ft. It was built in 1962 by Far East Yachts in Japan. The hull and interior are mahogany made with quality Japanese joinery. As I understand, it was first purchased by someone in Southern California. Afterward it spent 30 years in Sausalito with a family who regularly sailed together and she eventually became more of a weekend getaway for them in Sausalito. They then did a major renovation on the boat around 2010 before putting it on the market shortly after.
The warmth of wood.”It was purchased in 2010, by a great guy and racer from the Sequoia Yacht Club who brought it to the Port of Redwood City Municipal Marina. He had the Atomic 4 replaced with a new Yanmar diesel in 2012 and raced the boat. He had a painting business, so maintaining the brightwork was something he knew how to do. He has now retired and needed someone to take it on that not only could appreciate it, but could maintain it.”
“So I put together a partnership of two dear friends and myself. One of [them] is a retired woodworker, who worked on wooden ships at Mystic Seaport and also helped build the scale model used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie among other things. The other lives part-time on the West Coast and part-time in Martha’s Vineyard. He previously had a Herreshoff 12 1/2 and has spent summers at the Wooden Boat School in Maine.”
“So we are excited to take this beauty on and know there is varnish in our future. We look forward to taking it out on the water soon.”
There’s something about the warmth of wood that grabs a sailor’s soul. It’s always a pleasure to see a beautiful boat in the hands of sailors with the skill and appreciation for its heritage.