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A Handsome Joel White Designed Cruising Cutter:

Length on Deck: 32’-0” LWL: 28’8” Beam 10’ -2” Draft: 5’-0” Headroom: 6’-2” Launched: 1991

Designer: Joel White (In collaboration with Robert H. Baker) Builders: Hull and Deck Frame by Gordon Swift of Swift Custom Boats, Kensington, N.H.; All other work by Bill Page – then of Page Boatbuilding and Repair, Inc., Camden, ME.


Eastern White Cedar carvel planking over steam bent Oak Frames; Copper Rivet fastened. Oak Backbone, Clamps and Shelves, Carlins, and Deck Beams. Oak and locust floor timbers. 1-1/8" Laid Cedar Deck with Bridge Deck, and 1" Trunk Roof – both w/Vee Groove underside and Edge Glued – using a milled Glue Joint – (double tongue & groove), and covered w/two layers Dynel set in Epoxy Resin. Painted Locust Bulwarks, Rub Rails, and Hatch Risers, etc.. – All wood surfaces above deck were first sealed with a thin “sealing epoxy” which makes a wonderful base for the paint and greatly cuts down on maintenance.
Teak Grab Rails on cabin roof. Self-bailing Cockpit, Fiberglass sheathed, over vertically staved cedar, which is beautifully finished in Satin Varnish on the inside of boat. 6000 lb. Lead Ballast Keel and approx. 1500 lbs inside lead Ballast. Edson Bronze Rack & Pinion wheel steering.


Westerbeke 33A – 33 HP. FWC thru Heat Exchanger. In 1998 the Engine was removed and completely gone over by Westerbeke, and their new type Manifold / Expansion Tank / Heat Exchanger was installed. 3325 Total hrs. as of Fall. 09 – Engine in Excellent Condition. Hurth 1.9:1 Reduction Gear; 16”X11” 3 Blade Propeller. Kobelt Bronze Engine Controls.


Approx. 45 Gallon Monel Fuel Tank – beneath Cockpit Sole. Approx. 75 Gallons water in 3 Stainless tanks. 15 Gallon Plastic Holding Tank – All tanks custom built to fit.


12 Volt: Separate Starting and House Systems – Each with Prevailer Gel type batteries. Two H.D. House Batteries (new 2005), with 100 Amp Dual Output Alternator; One Starting Battery (new 2004), with 55 Amp Alternator. Custom Circuit Breaker Panel; Newmar Battery Charger/Inverter with Shore Power Hook-Up & Polarity Indicator. Chain Plates Grounded to Keel Bolts.


MIMI ROSE has a very spacious and “open” layout: (see Bill Mayher/Maynard Bray/Benjamin Mendlowitz’s book – Joel White, Boatbuilder/Designer/Sailor pg. 114-117). The Focs’le area reminds one of that in a Condordia Yawl. There is a Head with Fold-Down Sink & Locust Fiddled Pine Stowage Shelves to Stb’d; a modest sized SS Frame Pipe Berth is to Port, and a large “Vee” shaped locker fw’d w/Pine “Flat” at sitting height, w/lift out sections for stowage of gear beneath.

The Main Cabin has a Settee with Concordia style Berth each side; Book and Stowage Shelves Outboard; a Hanging Locker and nice chest of drawers fw’d to Stb’d; a Taylor Kerosene drip-feed Heater mounted on the fw’d/port bulkhead; and a Locust drop-leaf dining table just off center to stb’d, with a long Silverware Drawer. An opening Skylight is overhead. The Galley is next aft: to stb’d is a Locust counter w/SS sink and large bronze Hand Pump, as well as a Saltwater pump, SS top-opening Rerigerator/Freezer w/Adler-Barbour Compressor, and dish racks and stowage shelf outboard. Opposite to port is a Luke-Heritage 2 Burner Gimbaled Propane Stove w/oven, and Stowage Shelves outboard. Stowage Lockers/Bins are beneath on each side. Aft of the Galley is a spacious Quarter berth on each side – these berths are open to the Lazarette (with only a mid-height bulkhead in between) – this provides excellent ventilation and, a feeling of great spaciousness – especially for a boat of these dimensions. The interior is beautifully finished in satin Varnished Pine Bulkheads and Joiner Work with Cherry and Locust Trim. Off-white cabin trunk and overhead; oiled teak cabin sole. All Bronze Elliptical ports are opening, and together with the forward and aft hatches, and midships butterfly skylight, all w/screens, excellent ventilation is provided.

Sails & Rigging:

Double Headsail rig w/Profurl Roller Furling System (1993) for Genoa. Self-tending Staysail. Tapered oval-sectioned Awl-Grip finished mast by Hall Spars – the mast steps in a custom keel/stepped tabernacle, which is Awl-Grip finished SS and spruce above deck to match the mast, and the hollow spruce section below decks is varnished. (Most people think MIMI ROSE has a wood mast all the way, but this system has greatly cut down on maintenance without deterring in any way from her traditional appearance). 7X7 SS standing rigging w/spliced ends, Merriman Bronze turnbuckles. Braided Dacron Running rigging. Awl-Grip finished hollow spruce boom and whisker pole. Boom Vang; Bronze Genoa T-tracks; Lewmar Bronze self-tailing main Halyard Winch; Lewmar Bronze staysail and genoa Halyard Winches; Lewmar # 40 Bronze Self-tailing Genoa Sheet Winches; two fully rigged "Jiffy" reefing systems with Merriman bottom action winch on boom; Handsomely made Bronze Main Gallows Frame.
Sails: Main and Roller Furling Genoa - Bohndell Sails - 2001. These are of cream colored Richard Heward sail cloth - imported through Performance Sailcloth. The main 8:5 oz, and the genoa 6:5 oz. The staysail is of cream colored “Egyptian Dacron” cloth and made by Down’s sails 1994. Sail Covers new 2005.


42 lb. and 35 lb. (re-galvanized 2001) Yachtsman’s Anchors – in Roller Chocks on Bow Sprit; 75 lb. Yachtsman’s Anchor in chocks on foredeck; 15 lb. Northill Stern Anchor – chocks within Boomkin; Anchor Rodes w/chain leads; #6 Merriman Geared Anchor Capstan; Edson Bronze Bilge Pump; 3-Fire Extinguishers; Emergency Tiller; Horn; Flares; 6 – PFDs; Horseshoe Life Ring; Strobe Light; Fenders; Dock Lines; Man-Overboard Pole; Custom made teak boarding ladder; Sail Covers (new Fall 2005 - not used); Braided Dacron Life Lines; Cockpit Awning (new 2004); well made Companionway Dodger (new 2003); Fitted Cockpit Cushions (new 2001); 2 Pillows; Dishes; Cooking Utensils; Glassware;Flatware; Clock and Barometer; Danforth Constellation compass in Bronze Binnacle w/traditional Point & Quarter points, and Bronze Guard/hand-grip over compass; overhead "Skippers Watch" compass below (new 2001); ICOM VHF; Navico Auto-Pilot; Garmin - GPS/Chart plotter/ "Map 230" (new Aug. 2000); Depth Sounder; AM/FM/Cassette player; some Charts etc.


It is hard for me to comment about what was our own personal boat that Gordon Swift and I built. BUT – when it comes to "salty", "able and wholesome", "traditional", "comfortable" cruising auxiliaries of this general type and size range, MIMI ROSE is the best I know.
We have sailed her to the Bahamas twice – over two separate winters – and always well "Down East" each summer. She is widely admired wherever she goes, and has proven to be an excellent sailor and a very able vessel as well. With her nearly plumb stem, outboard rudder, springy sheer, raking mast – she has a "jaunty" appearance – as Maynard Bray comments in the book, Joel White; Boatbuilder/Designer/Sailor – pg. 114. She is also shown in The Guide To Wooden Boats by Benjamin Mendlowitz and Maynard Bray. (Please note that photos in both publications were taken shortly after launching in ’91, before Grab-Rails and other final details were completed. Also, new Cream Colored Sails have replaced those shown) The interior is beautifully finished in satin varnished pine, locust, and cherry, and provides a very a warm feeling when stepping below. We built her with a rather “open” layout below with much symmetry - the arrangement has worked out very well, and gives one a feeling of much spaciousness. There are many well-thought-out details, and considerable elegant custom made bronze hardware and fittings.

Please feel free to call Bill Page at 207-354-8111 for further details.

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