Marsh Hen Shoal Draft Lobster Picnic Boat for sale


1914, George Lawley & Sons, Northeast Harbor A-Class Sloop, 27.5’
Asking Price: $7,000 / Location: Hancock ME

Designed by Edwin a. Boardman the Northeast Harbor A-Class sloops were originally designed and built for members of the Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, MA) and were known as the Eastern Yacht Club 17’s.By the 1920’s almost all of the original Marblehead boats (about 25 boats) had been sold to members of the Northeast Harbor Fleet (Mount Desert, ME) and raced under the moniker of the Northeast Harbor A-Class sloops. Over the years about 25 more boats were built by Rice Brothers of Boothbay Harbor.

This was a very active fleet racing in the Great Harbor of Mount Island for several decades after WW1 until the introduction of 30 square meter boats and later International One Designs. Many of the A-Class sloops continued to sail as a class alongside the newer one design fleets but eventually the A-Boats (as they were called) mostly were used for day sailing or they moved away to various locations in nearby harbors.

ARIEL is one of the original Marblehead boats and after coming to Maine was very competitive for many years until finally moving away from the Northeast Harbor Fleet to a new home off Hancock Point off Frenchman’s Bay just north of Bar Harbor.

ARIEL is in very good condition and has been actively sailed every year of her existence and mostly by generations of the current ownership.

Those looking for a classic gaff-rigged knock-about style sloop should give ARIEL serious consideration as she will provide her next family with all the pride and fun she’s given to all her owners over the years.

For complete information on this boat, contact our broker John Maxwell by phone (207-359-2193) or by email (

Principle Dimensions and Information

Designer: Edwin A. Boardman
Builder: George Lawley & Sons
Year Built: 1914
LOA: 27.5’
LWL: 17.0’
Beam: 7.25’
Draft: 4.0’
Displacement: 3,100 lbs.
Sail Area: 368 sq. ft.
Asking Price: $7,500.00
Location: Hancock, Maine


Marsh Hen Shoal Draft Lobster Picnic Boat for sale