CARMEN B is a wooden trawler yacht built in 1968 by American Marine, Hull No. 55 (1969 model year). Grand Banks “woodies” were exceptionally well built in Hong Kong from high quality timber, and many are still cruising today.
Construction is 1¼″ mahogany planked over yacal (“Chinese White Oak”) frames. The semi-displacement, long keel, hard-chined hull is powered by twin 120 hp Ford Lehman diesels (Model 2703E). She has a cruising speed of 8-10 knots at 3-4 gph. When not connected to shore power, a Cummins Onan diesel generator set installed in 2019 provides 120VDC service.
CARMEN B has a tri-cabin layout: two staterooms (one forward, one aft, each with its own head, shower, and spacious storage) and a deckhouse with galley. The boat may be operated from the main helm in the deckhouse or from the bridge. Upper and lower helm controls are Morse dual system.
CARMEN B has original teak cabinetry, dovetailed joinerwork, and generous drawers and bins throughout. There are also spacious closets and storage cabinets. The flooring in the deckhouse and main stateroom is teak parquet.
The boat has been refitted over the past five years by Tern Boatworks in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia.