In September of 2013 we handed over a check to Richard, he handed me the keys and said, “ You don’t own this boat. You’re her caretakers.”
We have never forgotten that.
It is rare to find a boat like Temma. Built in 1928, In Boothbay, Maine, she has touched the lives of many. We hope to continue this tradition and ensure she makes it to her hundredth birthday with style, elegance and in Bristol condition.
Temma is a “what you put in you get out“ situation. The more you love and use the boat, the more you get out.
This has proven itself time and time again with her being the corner stone of our thriving business. It takes, money, time, sweat, a little blood, and a few tears… BUT its always worth it.
Six month after Alana and I (Antique Yacht Collections founders) had our first baby girl, Alana found a lump in her breast. We found out it was cancer as COVID started to shut down the country. What followed was a tough year. Allot was learnt and decisions about our future in a post pandemic and cancer free world were made.
The biggest decision being the sale of Temma and taking the business in a more manageable direction, that allows for more time off with family in the winter, and the potential of one day not being anchored to the northeast winter.
Before the baby, life followed a predictable path of working hard running charters in the summer, taking a little time to breath in the fall and then working hard again to get Temma and the business ready for the next season. It was fun and fulfilling, but now there is more to life than just the business and maintaining an old wooden boat.
In 2018 AYC acquired an aluminum landing craft, which we did a refit on and put though the Coast Guard documentation process. It has proven to be an easy to maintain, popular, party, day charter boat. Antique Yacht Collection will move more in this direction once Temma is sold.
Temma was built in 1928, at Rands Boat Shop in Boothbay Maine. We speculate that her lines were modified from the forms and frames of a previous yacht done in 1926 by the name of Sumjoy, a Crocker design. Sumjoy was a raised deck cruiser and smaller. I suspect Benjamin Rand spaced the frames out further, faired out the raised deck section, replaced it with a trunk cabin, but kept the same interior layout.
She is a one-off custom yacht. The likes of which are rare. (All the more reason to find the right fit on the next chapter of caretakers)
They say, Temma was built for the Teel family of Boston. We have photos of her launch day with the name Priscilla.
There is a binder of all her bills of sale and history and many awards over the years, which is included in the sale.
For a time she was kept at Billings diesel, and was even featured in the adds in Woodenboat magazine for the yard. Her name then was Mariana S.
She got her name Temma from a lady owner who kept her in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Temma was the name of her Grandmother.
I love the name Temma, and would look kindly toward it not being changed.
Along the way the Lowerys’ of Annapolis came upon her. They owned her for five years and helped greatly by loving her and giving her a new bright transom, and a few other big repairs. They had the benefit of wealth and she was well taken care of by the craftsmen of Spa Creek.
We found her in 2013. We sailed her on her own bottom from Annapolis to Newport. A fun voyage, with a few adventures.
In the winter of 2013/14 we set about doing a cosmetic, structural and mechanical refit. Her refit never ended, But seasons started and ended.
She made her debut as a day charter boat in Newport RI in the summer of 2014, and proved to be a hit. We survived our first summer with a small profit, a bunch of lessons, some superb memories, a collection of new friends and clients AND an even longer “TO DO LIST”
In short: Excellent.
We encourage all potential buyers who are serious to get a good survey and surveyor that knows wooden boats (few and far between, happy to make a few suggestions), and would look more kindly to those that do. We want the next caretaker to know what they are getting into. No surprises.
In recent years a few big projects have been tackled, and I can honestly say she is in the best shape now, then she has ever been under my care.
This winter and last as examples:
The engine was taken out, rebuilt both engine and transmission, with new paint; Bilges were painted with red lead; a bunch of soft frame ends were scarfed and repaired; a few new floors went in; a few new butt blocks went in; a bunch of new silicone bronze keel bolts were replaced along with a large section of keel; a new depth sounder was installed; bilge drainage was re done with ember and wax; a new propeller shaft installed, reconditioned all running gear associated with drive train, including replacing stuffing box packing on shaft and rudder stock, better anode protection installed, new bilge pump system and alarms…
The list goes on and on and on…
I could chat about it all day and am happy to put you in touch with my shipwright Chet if you are really serious.
Temma represents a HUGE opportunity to continue running her as a business. Temma did over 500 charters in the year of 2020, a pandemic year with a late start in July.
If Temma were to run as a business we would be happy to include in her sale (upon negotiation): the website www.newportboattemma.com and copies of media collected over the years.
Please be aware that we are not selling the Company: Antique Yacht Collection INC. We are only selling the asset Motor Vessel Temma and potentially (negotiations pending) Temma specific web and media assets.
This paragraph is entirely dependent on the buyer, who they are and their needs. Antique Yacht Would be happy to provide various services to the new business if the need arose.
Starting forward at the V-berth: V berth with sunbrella covers. Storage lockers below.
One hanging locker. Door to head. Door to salon. Butterfly hatch for ventilation along with 3 other hatches.
The head has a head (Wilcox Crittenden Skipper), a sink and one port hole. All equipment for maintaining head in locker in head. Also includes a medicine and cosmetics cabinet.
The Salon has storage for cutlery, glassware and wine. All seat can be used as berths and port has storage under it. Salon has a salon table that has drop leaf sections.
Salon leads into the gally.
Galley has a sink, two ice boxes, plenty of storage, knife rack, cutting board, propane stove with two burners, and a cutlery draw.
Starboard side of the gally is storage for tools and galley equipment.
This leads up to the pilot house which has wrap around seating, a small day bed and seating for the captain.
To find a boat like Temma, at almost a 100 years old and never having had a complete “restoration” is unique and unusual. The reason for this has been the professional management of her maintenance over the years, with each steward doing their part to ensure the boat was kept in good running order and a cosmetic standard that would be considered higher than average, especially in this day in age of plastic boats that all look the same.
This trend continued under the ownership of AYC. In our first year of ownership, we under took a refit that include much cosmetic and small structural repairs. Over the seasons this trend was repeated ever year, with projects that became more and more significant over the years as I grew into new skills and confidence to take on projects.
The most significant work done in the last few years was the removal of a five foot section of the keel where steel keelboats (only in that section of the vessel, rest were all silicone bronze) had corroded through and left damage to the keel and floors which they were bolted through. We removed the floors which were most affected, patterned and replaced them; cut a section of keel out, patterned and replaced it and though bolted it all together with silicone bronze keel bolts and 5200.
During this work I noticed that the frame ends were a little punky. These were cut out this winter, new frames were scarfed in with 5200 and silicone bronze #10 screws holding them together.
I also hauled the engine out and gave it a mini rebuild, and rebuilt the transmission, and painted it all with a 2-part engine paint. I replaced the shaft and packing and re-bedded the stuffing box assembly to the keel.
Bilge and bilge pumps were reconfigured so as to ensure a dry bilge as often as possible.
4 years ago, I noticed at one of the butt ends on her planking that one plank near the garboard had a little check in it, wasn’t leaking, but decided to put a tingle (copper plate, bedded with roofing tar and held with small ring nails.) over it just in case. It’s a about 3 inches wide and 12 inches long.
Her topsides and bottom have been painted ever year since our ownership. The hull topsides are so fair most think she is glassed over, which she is not.
The Boat works for a living, this has led to her being well kept and will not disappoint. I could write a novel on the work we have done to her over the years. Please ask if you have any questions.