Designed by: John Alden, drawn by Fenwick Williams
Hull Design: #253A
Type: Full keel schooner
No. Built: 1
Built by: T.H. Soule in Freeport, Maine, 1925
Restoration:  Paul Rollins, Maine, 1980
Refit: Matthew Hobart, 2014

LOD 43’
LOA 53’
LWL 32’
Beam 11’6”
Draft 6’4″
15 Tons

Fuel 70 gallons diesel
Water 100 gallons
Waste 10 gallons

43 hp Westerbeke
Feathering max prop

The hull is planked with oroko on white oak frames and fastened with copper rivets and bronze bolts. The decks are narrow laid oroko on oak beams. House sides are oroko with canvas cabin tops. Hatches, handrails and cap rail are made of locust.
Masts, booms and gaffs are made of douglas fir (new mainmast 2012). Bowsprit is made of long leaf yellow pine. Standing rigging (new in 2013) is hand spliced grade 316 stainless steel with bronze turnbuckles and chain plates bolted to the hull. Ballast is iron.

Main, Fore, Staysail (Downs, 2007), furling Jib (re-cut 2014), Topsail, Fisherman’s staysail

Sleeps 5 in 2 cabins: Forward cabin: 2 pilot berths; Aft cabin: 1 double (Queen), 1 quarter berth. Galley sink with fresh and salt water manual pumps, refrigerated ice box, 3 burner stove with oven. Navigation station with desk, one head, one hanging locker and heating.


  1. Thank you for the pics she’s a beauty. What a boat! No wonder she’s been cared for with love.
    Aptly named as we know. Do I remember Mr. Stickney saying she had a flag with a heart on it? I remember he told me boats had a flag they would put up when they we going ashore. Others would then bring their letters to it to be mailed. I live on the north shore of Boston. If she’s sailing anywhere north of NYC I’d like to see her. Off shore or in port. I’ll show my son the pictures. Thanks again. Be well. – Jeannie

    1. Hi there, the topsail that came with Heart’s Desire when we bought it has a heart on it – it is shown in some of the photos. We aren’t sure who made or when that sail was acquired on the boat as it is in very good shape, but is flown rarely so could be older than others and just less used. As to a flag for going ashore, I’m sure there are some old conventions that don’t really apply much these days. I personally do not know what flag is flown to indicate a crew or member is ashore, however when entering a foreign port or returning from a foreign port you typically fly a Q flag, which is all yellow, for “quarantine.” This is done until you clear customs.
      Heart’s Desire is still sailing strong! Hopefully will be for many years to come!

  2. Hi Hearts Desire your former bow sprit just left David Stckney’s hands to Spencer Mewherter’s and is at his mom’s house for the time being in Newburyport Ma. Looking at it now. Warm sailing to you.

    1. Hi sorry it has taken so long to reply but the message somehow escaped us! What are the plans for the old bowsprit? We didn’t get time to meet with Mr. Stickney but perhaps next time! Cheers!

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