S/V Mai Tai Two
The flagship of the fleet, this curvaceous ketch was built in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1976. With her bowsprit and boats davits, she measures over 50 feet long. Her wooden masts and spars, along with the clipper bow, teak decks, and broad quarterdeck allude to the classic lines of the great sailing ships, which made her the perfect "ketch" for Captain Lewis.
"I looked at many, many vessels. She was the first one I saw, and I was immediately drawn to her lines, with the long mahogany bowsprit and low-slung waist," said Lewis. "She's a canvas that's already been painted but in some ways never finished, and I'm always lofting new ideas for her rig, her spars, everything."
His long-term plans include re-rigging her with a gaffs'l main and re-designing the head rig. Don't bring it up if you don't want to hear about it!
S/V Mai Tai Two, before current refit
Originally sloop rigged, this blithe 1969 Morgan 34 was re-rigged in Seattle by Captain Peragine as a yawl, a traditional choice of classic racing yachts.
"I noticed the off-center backstay, checked the plans, and sure enough, Charlie Morgan allowed for her to be rigged as either a sloop or a yawl, so I added the mizzen myself," he said. "The other day, Charlie Morgan himself commented on a photo of her; said she was beautiful."
The _TrueLove_, named for the John Alden "Malarbar VII" in The Philadelphia Story, a 1940 Academy Award-winning film starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Deep cut? Yeah, we know.