It’s always great to hear from sailing enthusiasts who are part of the fairly small community of Minuet owners or past owners. I received the following message from Bob and Ricki who have fond memories of their Minuet and are wondering where she may have ended up!
The first photo is Mugwump out on Lake Ontario. You can’t see Toronto, so the camera must have been north of us and we’re eastbound. The lake is unbelievably flat and there appears to be little wind, so I’m guessing this was really early in the day, say 8am. You can see the accursed motor back there. You had to climb across the aft deck to raise it or lower it or pour in a quart of gas when it ran out – every day. It had no gears – to back up you climbed back on the aft deck and turned it 180 degrees while you backed out of the dock without hitting anyone. Try doing all that with a 1-man crew.
“Mugwump” was, I would have to say, sort of turquoise in colour. She had mid-brown coloured decking. There was a silver line down both sides of the boat, and a white stripe above the black anti-fouling paint. The silver strips were peeling so we replaced them with black ones. She had been made by the original McVay Yachts in Mahone Bay. We never figured why, although we tried, but you had to pump her a little bit before every sail if it had been raining. There were a couple/three circular vents which we always opened to try and dry her out.
The previous owner had little kids so, regrettably, he had installed a bow pulpit and a furling fore sail – somewhere between a jib and a genoa, striped blue and white. Just for fun we installed a knot meter. It got surprising readings for such a little boat. The boat did not come with winches, just fair leads – we had two winches installed. We also installed a tie-down for Muffy the Sea Dog – our pup who loved boats.