– Our Story –
[ A Love affair with THE SEA ]
Valora is a 43’ schooner completed in 2018, designed and built by Nathaniel and David Stimson at their yard in Boothbay, Maine. Her “crew” is a collection of friends and family that first coalesced around Valora’s predecessor in 2006 and everyone you will meet – on or around the boat – is grateful for the opportunity to share the joy that is Valora.
Her design was inspired by the designs of Commodore Ralph Monroe who lived, designed and built boats in Coconut Grove, Florida in the late 18 – early 1900’s – so while Valora is a new boat – she is of traditional design and construction and could have just as easily been built a hundred years ago. There is a wonderful book; The Good Little Ship by Vincent Gilpin that describes the attributes of Monroe’s designs – highlighted by shallow draft and big centerboards – a wonderful combination for the coastal sailing we like to do – yet thoroughly seaworthy for offshore work. Valora evidences an easy motion and we hope you’ll soon get to enjoy a sail with us as we launch our charter business in 2019!