After that I sailed Lightnings at Nyack Boat Club for ten years. In 1994 we went to Friendship, Maine drawn by the legend of the Friendship sloop.
The next summer I saw a Herreshoff 12 1/2 bobbing at its mooring and fell in love. I stopped in Mystic on the way home and bought what to me looked like a 12 1/2. Actually I was cheated - it didn't come close to the measurements. But it looked close enough for me and I got half my money out when I sold North River in 1999. Then I bought my current boat - North River 2 - a Buzzards Bay 14. Designed by L. Francis Herreshoff, I call it a stretch 12 1/2 (17' LOA vs. 15'10" LOA). The original H 12 1/2 was designed by the legendary Nat Herreshoff who called it a Buzzards Bay Boys Boat.