Preview: Fine Boat Designs: CARINA, a Cute Ketch by Aage Nielsen

April 30, 2015

Maynard Bray

Shortly after these drawings were published in the March, 1950 issue of The Rudder, I remember watching CARINA sweep past Rockland's Public Landing, tack, and head off toward open water. Although still in high school, I knew what a good boat looked like when I saw one, and this was a knockout!

Her trunk cabin came later and improved her looks even beyond what I'd seen.

In the 1960s, I discovered CARINA stored in Vinalhaven, and have followed her ever since. One of her owners took her to Massachusetts, but she returned before long (named LITTLE CRESCENT MOON)—back this time to Brooklin where each summer she hangs on a mooring close to our own in Center Harbor. Her owner,  Peter Soriano, invited me to try her out, and I did one day. CARINA sails as good as she looks, and for my money is one sweet boat in all respects.

The book Worthy of the Sea that Tom Jackson and I wrote about designer K. Aage Nielsen has more about CARINA and shows her with the trunk cabin which Nielsen drew later and which changed her from an elegant daysailer into a charming pocket cruiser.

CARINA from The Rudder, March, 1950.

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