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Classic Irish Yacht Mavis Re-launched In Maine

21st July 2015
yawl mavis
Mavis afloat again for the first time in twenty years, with boatbuilder Ron Hawkins piloting the alongside outboard-driven inflatable to bring her safely to her berth. The restored John B Kearney yawl will settle more closely to her marks as she takes on the weight of her masts, rigging and trimming ballast, together with the other gear and equipment of a classic cruising yacht.
Classic Irish Yacht Mavis Re-launched In Maine

#mavisafloat – The renowned John B Kearney-designed-and-built 38ft yawl Mavis of 1925 vintage was launched in her restored form at Camden in Maine over the weekend writes W M Nixon. While the weather was not as summery as forecasters had predicted, conditions were gentle enough for Ron Hawkins and Denise Pukas and their friends to get the classic safely into the water, floating high and proud. It will take some time to get Mavis into full sailing trim, but for now the many enthusiasts for John Kearney designs have cause for celebration.

Scroll down for photos of the launching below

On the road at last from the workshop to the slipway, the unmistakable shape of a John Kearney hull could be seen for the first time in all its glory in many years

Magic moment – Denise and Ron with Mavis garlanded to launch


The waters of Camden Harbour waiting to receive one of Ireland's greatest yachts

Afloat again

Under way for the first time in decades. Even with auxiliary dinghy power and floating abnormally high, Mavis shows her class.

Read also: WM Nixon's blog on the restoration of JB Kearney's Mavis 

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