Hermie Louise was launched in 1984 as Jay Hawk, for then owner Bill Koch. She began construction as a Little Harbor 75. However midway into the build under Ted Fontaine’s supervision, the main saloon floor was lowered, the pilot house removed and the stern extended six feet.
Later in life, a ten foot boomkin was added along with a bow sprit bringing her LOA to 89’. Hermie Louise has two centerboards, drawing between seven feet board up to seventeen feet board down. The aft bronze trailing board is an effective steering aid off the wind particularly in quartering seas. The boat has circumnavigated three times.
Hermie Louise hails from Palm Beach and summers in Newport. Jay and Leah Harris have owned the boat for three years. They enjoy cruising in the Bahamas and New England along with their four boys, wives and friends.
In February, Hermie Louise participated in the Pineapple Cup sailing from Miami to Montego Bay, Cuba winning class and achieving a top speed of 17 knots in classic Jamaica sleigh ride conditions. A cruise to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland is planned for the summer. A bachelorette party is also in the works – a second for HL!