The Boat

Geraldine is a 46′ Maine Lobster boat built by Wilbur Yachts in 1985 on a Jarvis Newman solid glass hull and then rebuilt again by Wilbur in 2008. She was originally constructed as a research vessel for Walter Paine of Enfield, N.H. He had the boat built ruggedly but handsome to study environmental aspects of the ocean floor and mollusks in particular. She had a laboratory and hydraulic gantry/dredge aboard for obtaining and processing samples. Captain Paine ventured from Newfoundland to the Dry Tortugas in the boat named Mitra for 20 years. The hull is a built-down variety which gives an enhanced load carrying capacity, sea-kindly ride in almost any weather situation.

We purchased her in the fall of 2006 knowing she needed a face lift and some repairs to delaminated sections of the house. This turned out to be a bigger can of worms than we anticipated akin to the house remodel/money pit. Never-the-less after 21 months, Geraldine as she is now renamed emerged from a complete rebuild to a nearly new state and completely new in many ways.


The vessel is a 2 stateroom, 2 head, 3 shower boat with galley located down. We have converted the lab into a “service porch” with a freezer and washer/dryer. Systems added include a 400 gallon/day water maker, a 14 HP bow thruster, a 50K BTU furnace and defrost system and all new electronics. There are three driving stations (main helm, fly bridge and cockpit.) She carries 1000 gallons of fuel, has a range of 2000 miles and carries 200 gallons of fresh water.

Here is the layout of Geraldine:

Geraldine's Layout

Geraldine Olive Single, the boat’s namesake

Geraldine Single

4/1/1926 – 7/7/2003

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go — Genesis 28:15