“OM” is a Leopard 4300 catamaran sailboat – a true blue-water cruiser featuring a full-batten, self-stacking mainsail, 120 percent roller-furling genoa, and twin 40 hp diesel engines. Come sail on Charleston Harbor on this beautiful catamaran sailboat.Unlike a monohull, a catamaran won’t heel, providing a stable platform and a tremendous amount of space on deck and below. The cockpit has 360 degrees of visibility from the double helm seat and a hardtop bimini provides shade. In addition, the cockpit has walk-through access to the swim platforms, a large drop leaf table, and lots of seating. A wide door opens to the luxurious saloon. “OM” was named after the sound that is said to be the cosmic eraser of a troubled mind. It literally means everything and nothing at all. OM has been said to be the sound you would hear if you could settle your mind enough to tune into the vibrations of the universe.
The sailing schooner ARGIA is a US Coast Guard Inspected vessel, which must meet the highest requirements of a commercial passenger vessel. Her Captain is also licensed by the USCG.
ARGIA has seating for all of her 49 passengers, as well as plenty of room to move around during a trip. She has a lovely little Main Salon, down below, so a handful of guests at a time can step out of the sun. There is also a modern flush head (or toilet).
ARGIA is built of Honduran Mahogany on White Oak frames. Her masts are of Douglas Fir and her bowsprit of Cyprus. Her bottom is the Chesapeake Bay dead-rise planking of Long-leaf Yellow Pine. ARGIA’s rig is that of a 19th Century East Coast trading or packet, schooner and is most properly described as that of a Two-Masted Gaff Topsail Schooner.
ARGIA sails out of Steamboat Wharf in charming downtown Mystic CT from May 1st to mid-October.
The Violet sails out of Stonington, CT. The 45-foot Scots Zulu was built in 1911 in Fraserburgh, Scotland, and named after the first owner’s newborn niece. Roger Lancaster, her current owner, is pleased to be working with Valiant Voyages and looks forward to hosting children and their families as part of the non-profit’s educational, self-affirming program.
Violet was used as a fishing vessel until the 1930s and stayed in the original owner’s family until 1975 when the vessel came to America. After four years of being rebuilt in Vineyard Haven, MA, she was relaunched in 1991 by her new owners. She sailed the Caribbean, Panama, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, Hawaii, British Columbia, and Alaska. In 2013, Roger took over ownership of the classic ketch, spending that summer sailing her in southern New England before shipment to Chicago, where he sailed Violet on the Great Lakes. In August 2016, he navigated her through the Lakes, the Erie Canal, and the Hudson River to where she now sails out of Stonington.