Miss Nina

Miss Nina is one of those rare yachts that was designed for the kind of cruising most of us really want to do. While providing the comfort, motion, and secure feeling only attainable in a boat of her size, her shoal draft of only 2’8” allows her to enter anchorages normally barred to boats larger than a small gunkholer, enabling one to get up close and personal with the incredible shorelines and wildlife of Penobscot Bay, and find the most lovely of peaceful anchorages.

Those who appreciate a clean and beautifully maintained vessel will love Miss Nina. She looks like a brand new boat throughout, with beautifully maintained varnish and top quality paint finishes everywhere you look. Upholstery, paint schemes, and equipment have all been carefully chosen by her very experienced owners, and the result is a yacht that shows well in any company.

Miss Nina was specifically designed for entertaining, and she will easily sleep, seat, and feed six people in real comfort. For day sailing, a much larger group can find comfort in the cockpit and pilothouse and on the foredeck.

The gracious and roomy pilothouse allows operation of the vessel in comfort and provides a comfortable seating area for six, good for relaxing with friends and watching the world go by. Its large windows make a fine place to enjoy one’s surroundings, whatever the weather is doing. Excellent instrumentation, all-around visibility, and convenient controls make the inside steering station a pleasure to use.

Deck space is extraordinary. The wide cockpit sole is at the same level as the pilothouse sole and side decks, and features waist-high bulwarks all around, for the ultimate in security. A large, U-shaped settee with cushions and back rests follows the curve of the graceful fantail stern. A convenient outside steering station features a large wheel you can stand beside, to steer.

The wide, flush foredeck, with tall lifelines all around, is ideal for sunbathing and working the ship. The forwardmost portion of the foredeck is recessed for security when handling the anchor or mooring. There is a Simpson Lawrence electric windlass with foot switches, serving a 75 lb CQR plow anchor on an all-chain rode and a 35 lb. CQR on a mixed rope and chain rode.  There are also windlass controls in the pilothouse, so the anchor can be set or raised, and scope adjusted, without going forward to do it. A Danforth kedge anchor and rode are stored in one of the cockpit lockers.

Down below, MISS NINA has about the ultimate in elbow room, light, and ventilation. Large windows in the topsides offer wide views of ones surroundings and are a unique feature that transforms the interior into something really different from a darker, more confined traditional yacht cabin. As such she is ideal for long periods aboard, and families with children will find that there is lots more “running around” room than on most other boats.

From forward, the interior arrangement is as follows:  chain locker (with a heavy storm anchor stowed under the sole); large head compartment with hot and cold running water, overhead hatch, marine toilet with holding tank, basin, and storage; forward cabin with a single berth to port and a double berth to starboard, and with large windows over the berths, an overhead skylight hatch, storage over and under the berths, and a 120V outlet; galley to starboard with Force 10 three burner propane stove with oven, 120V and 12V outlets, a large top-loading ice box with mechanical refrigeration, and a large sink with hot and cold running water. To port of the galley is a Paul Luke soapstone and bronze solid fuel heating stove, and a short settee making a good berth for a small child. Also in this area is a flat screen TV, audio center, fan, clock and barometer. Aft of the galley is a large dining area seating six and converting to a comfortable double berth if desired. To port of the dining area is another head compartment with shower and an overhead ventilation hatch.  Next aft is the pilothouse, which has an L-shaped settee and table with a bench and a portable seat (the settee is good as a single berth), large windows all around, and walk-out access to the cockpit and side decks through three sliding doors. The main helm area, in the pilothouse, features a Garmin 4208 chartplotter/radar, a Datamarine CD400 depth meter, a Datamarine CS100 speed indicator, a Moor relative wind indicator, a Standard Horizon CMP347W VHF radio, and a Fusion MS-AV700i audio system. There is a search light with pilothouse control. An overhead skylight a few steps back from the helm allows a view of the sails.  The sliding doors port and starboard provide walk out access to the side decks, which are sheltered behind tall bulwarks, and on the aft end of the pilothouse is a sliding door providing walk-out access to the cockpit. The cockpit has walk-around space right across the ship at the forward end and surrounding the centerline helm and instrument box amidships. A curved settee with cushions and upholstered backrest follows the shape of the fantail stern, and can seat ten people. There is a shower with hot and cold running water in the cockpit. While none are provided, the cockpit has room for a couple of deck chairs, if desired.

The engine compartment is accessible through hatches in the pilothouse sole and contains two 75 Horsepower Cummins diesels and a Northern Lights generator. The generator powers 110V outlets and the water heater.  An Espar diesel furnace heats the interior and is controlled by a thermostat in the main salon.

Miss Nina carries 225 gallons of diesel in two tanks, 80 gallons of water, and two 20-pound propane tanks. Waste tanks are 28 gallons and 56 gallons.

Miss Nina was designed by the highly regarded Phil Bolger and partially built by the famous Storey yard in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She was completed to top yacht standards by her professional second owner. She is maintained by the boat yard which he owns and may be accurately described as “immaculate” throughout.

Miss Nina features roller furling on the main, mizzen, and jib. The boomed forestaysail does not have a roller furler. With her excellent deck space, hardware, and ergonomics she can be handled by a very small crew and is most efficient when sailed relatively upright. Timid sailors will really appreciate this, along with the security of the deep cockpit and the comfortable pilothouse.

 

 

Miss Nina is a motorsailer, and while she sails fast and well on all other points of sailing, she needs to have one of the engines running (typically the leeward one) to go to windward, and the owners usually power on that point of sail. While she has twin screws, they are relatively close together, so she maneuvers more like a single screw vessel in close quarters. The bow thruster helps in these circumstances, but charterers should remember that Miss Nina is a large boat and should only be brought into docks and tight spaces under favorable conditions and with ample crew attending. Typically, she lives on a mooring or her own ground tackle, with shore access by dinghy. A 12-foot AB hard bottom inflatable with a 20 HP Yamaha 4-stroke outboard is provided.