Jenny Ives was built in Boothbay Harbor, ME 1981. She is a one-of-a-kind custom built traditional wooden gaff rigged ketch- a collaboration by Maine boatbuilder hall of famer Roy Blaney and naval architect Thomas C Gillmer, of Annapolis, Maryland. Roy Blaney built boats in Boothbay Harbor for about 25 years before he got the chance to build a boat of his own. Jenny Ives is Roy Blaney’s 24th boat, all built alone. Blaney contacted designer TC Gillmer to ask about some modifications to the 37′ Calypso Ketch, originally drawn in 1945.  Jenny Ives incorporates the same outward appearances of the 23′ flush deck Blue Moon Yawl designed by Gillmer and also includes a gaff rigged main with a marconi mizzen sail. Jenny Ives is slightly deeper, wider, longer, and heavier than the Calypso ketch, and has a modified steeper transom and more vertical stem, putting Jenny’s dimensions at 37′ overall by 11’3″ wide by 5’8″ depth with a displacement of 24,000lbs. A raised flush deck makes a strongly constructed boat believed to eliminate common leaking associated with the cabin top joinery as well as adding 1/4 extra room for accommodation below deck. Blaney’s family planned to cruise south for a year upon completion of Jenny Ives and the cabin area includes a double berth starboard aft, two pilot berths midship and a single pipe berth forward in the focsle. We say Jenny Ives sleeps 5. Below decks are comfortable “Maine cabin style” complete with wood burning soapstone heat stove, 2 burner propane cookstove, ice box, oil lamps, drop down mahogany table, head, navigation table, and bosun locker in foc’sle. We carry 120 gallons of freshwater in Monel tanks and 80 gallons of diesel also in Monel tankage. Jenny Ives is equipped with a 46hp Westerbeke 4cyl efficient diesel engine. On deck we have traditional wheel steering and carry a total of 7 sails – mizzen, main, stays’l, jib, jib tops’l, gaff tops’l and drifter. Our sails are built by Nat Wilson, a friend of Blaney’s, and are all Egyptian cotton though we have an additional set made from modern off-white colored dacron. We still prefer to sail with the original cotton sails. The construction of Jenny Ives includes native white cedar planking on steam bent white oak frames. There is all white oak timber for keel, floor timbers, carlings, sheer clamps, deck beams, etc. Her laid decks are cedar and cabin house is mahogany which is also used for cap rails toe rails and other accents. The 50′ mainmast is solid Douglass fir while the top mast, mizzen and four booms are all native spruce spars. Having a split rig (ketch) allows for many sail configurations and a balanced helm through the different points of sail. Since we have been stewards of Jenny Ives since June 2015, we have enjoyed cruising as far east as Acadia and as far south as Eleuthera, Bahamas. Jenny Ives is a wonderful traditional boat, she is simple, comfortable, strong and fair – built to take whatever Maine can throw at her and she has a knack of taking care of herself as we continue to explore and keep sailing.


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