Venture is an original "Class A" Friendship Sloop built and designed by Wilbur Morse in Friendship Maine in 1912. She is Sail No. 66 in the Friendship Sloop Society. Venture was initially a working lobster boat out of Boothbay and has been sailed for recreation since about 1944. In 1955 she was featured in the movie of the musical "Carousel." She was completely rebuilt in 1971 by Jarvis Newman and Ralph Stanley in Southwest Harbor. She was also illustrated in an article on Friendship Sloops in Nautical Quarterly #5, 1978, and in Wooden Boats by Joseph Gibbons, 1991. Venture's name has never been changed since being built. She is one of a handful of these original classics still sailing and represents great value to the sailor who desires to keep these beautiful sloops on the water.
Carvel planked white cedar over steamed oak frames. Oak keel and stem with locust shoe on keel. White cedar planked deck over oak deck beams and locked oak shear timbers. Deck wooded and seam compound replaced 2012. Silicone bronze fastened. Garboards, stem, and waterline refastened 2000-2008. 2000 lbs of inside lead ballast.
1976 Volvo MD6A 2-cyl. 10 HP diesel completely rebuilt 2010. Forward shaft with 2 universal joints connected at pillow block to 1" SS shaft swinging a 2-blade bronze prop. Engine is enclosed with removable boards and is located between quarter berths. Edson worm gear steering.
Solid spruce spars. Mast and topmast are varnished, boom and gaff are painted.
Sails: Main is vertically cut cotton by Nat Wilson; Jib and Staysail are Oceanous cloth by Roy Downs, Jib topsail and Main topsail by Nat Wilson. CDI roller furling for Jib.
Standing Rigging: 7x19 SS wire to deadeyes with 3-strand Dacron lanyards.
Running Rigging: 3-strand Dacron except jib sheets, which are braid.
Bronze deck hardware, Traditional Merriman Bros. lignum vitae blocks.
Fuel: 15-gallon Monel tank
Water: 15-gallon Monel tank
Two 12V batteries, circuit breaker panel, master switch 1-2-Both
In cabin aft of rope locker on port side are a forward bench/berth followed by a quarter berth. On starboard side forward is Galley with SS sink w/cold water and a 2-burner alcohol stove followed by the starboard quarter berth. Just aft of mast is an enclosure for a head.
7" Danforth Constellation Spherical Compass on bronze binnacle
Danforth Anchor, 30 lb. Fisherman Anchor, 150' of 5/8" nylon anchor line
2 Green Sunbrella canvas berth cushions, 2014, for fwd port & aft stb berths
Bronze Edson wheel with bronze worm gear
2 Rule automatic electric bilge pumps
Bronze Edson manual pump
Horn, Bronze Bell, Flare kit
Fitted canvas winter cover with metal frame assembled w/Kover Klamp system
254 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679