Serafina is a Cape George Cutter, 36 feet on deck, with another five feet added by the bowsprit and rudder overhang. She’s a very heavily built boat, based on a 1920s design by William Atkins, full-keel, with a massive amount of ballast – roughly half her total weight. Birgit and I have been very impressed by how well she sails, even in relatively light air – ok, 10 knots of wind is nice to get her going. Her hull is inch-thick fiberglass, laid up by Cape George Marine Works in 1985, and she was launched in 1990, after the creation of a beautiful interior, composed largely of teak and Alaska yellow cedar. After buying her in 2010, we began a series of updates, including electrical work and batteries, a new engine, new sails and new standing rigging, replacing the wood in the bulwarks with solid fiberglass, and adding radar and other new electronics for navigation and communications.