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Torresen Marine, Inc. - The Sailboat Specialists
Aramis was built by the Burbach Yacht Company in Grand Rapids and Ferrysburg, Michigan in 1935. She was christened Dor-Jac and was launched in Spring Lake, Michigan and sailed to Detroit for a year or two. She then sailed on to the Chicago Yacht Club for 24 years and had a name change to Aramis, where she spent years racing the Chicago Mackinac races. She lost her original mast in one of these early races in the 40's. Her rig was changed to mast head from fractional and a laminated bow sprit was added, for a large increase in sail area. Aramis was moved to Holland, Michigan about 1961 and spent about 19 years with her name changed to Daystar and then changed back to Aramis around 1980. She has been in Western Michigan for well over two thirds of her life and has never seen saltwater. The name Aramis means: (Educated To Take Holy Orders)
She was designed by Henry Gielow and Francis Swiesguth, who also designed the International Star, an Olympic Class of past years. Both marine architects worked in the John Alden office and therefore, her lines are all Alden, with a beautiful shear.
Aramis's second mast was built by Red Nimphius, in Wisconsin, well known for his quality of workmanship. It is a double spreader, sitka spruce hollow airfoil shape tapered mast with an octagon shape below in the cabin. A real work of art.
Aramis was built to heavy scantlings, using hot dipped galvanized steel clinch nails that have been inspected and appear to be like new. She is mahogany long planked, from stem to horn timber, over oak frames, with almost no butt joints. She has had a new deck, new diesel engine, replaced horn timber and rewired electrical system, all in the last ten years. The large inventory of sails were made by Joyce Sails (Bill Joyce from North Sails) around 1983 and have been very little used over this time period, as one of the past owners of 15 years loved to work on her, more than sail her.
This is a very fine lady and she deserves the best care, as she has had for most of her long life!.
This broker is a past owner of this wonderful sailboat and accomplished a major restoration in the early to mid 1980's.
The deck has been returned to their natural wood, which is Douglas Fir
Wheel steering by Yacht Specialties in 1984
Cast Iron keel with lead shoe
Stainless steel fuel tank custom built about 1981
Replaced deck in 2004
Replaced horn timber 2005
New three blade prop 2011, with spare two blade sailor prop
Replaced canvas on cabin top 2015 with dynel
Replaced some planks in 2019 near the starboard quarter below the WL
Fold down dining table on the port side of the main bulkhead
Toilet by Groco HF
Bronze opening ports (11)
Built in ice box with fiberglass and 3" foam insulation
New fresh water tank, has not been connected
Compass by Ritchie SP 5
Batteries: two Interstate
Battery charger: portable
Inverter: by Duralast
New electrical panel 2012
Winches by Maxwell 28 (two speed self tailing) for primaries 1984
Single speed on all other winches. They could all be original
The standing rigging was replaced in the early 1980's, with the exception of the lower and intermediate shrouds.
Steel Cradle is heavy duty
First Aid Kit
Summer - Sylvan Beach, Whitehall, Michigan
Winter - Crosswinds Marina, Whitehall, Michigan
Main by Joyce Sails (from North Sails in Pewakee, WI) 1983
150% genoa by Joyce Sails 1983
135% genoa by Joyce Sails 1984
110% Jib older, but in good usable condition
Storm Jib by Joyce Sails 1984
Genoa Staysail by Joyce Sails 1984
Working Staysail older, but in good usable condition
Spinnaker older, but in good usable condition