Beautiful traditional Round Stern Chesapeake Bay Deadrise built in 1986. Heart Pine hull. Always kept in covered slip. Always maintained! Only used for pleasure. This is not an "old workboat"!
New 85 hp Perkins Diesel installed in 2015 with only 100 hours.
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Jennie May was built in 1986 by David Rollins of Back River Boats. She was built for pleasure, but following the design of the working deadrise fishing boats of the Chesapeake Bay.
Jennie May is constructed in the traditional way, entirely of heart longleaf southern pine, fastened with galvanized ringshank nails. The exceptions are the cabin and deck, where plywood was used, covered with fiberglass. In the spring of 2014 the bottom and topsides down to bare wood. Years of annual bottom painting using a hard paint had built up a thick layer of old paint that was flaking off. No rot whatsoever was found. The bottom has since been painted with an ablative paint (Pettit’s Hydracoat. He then coated the topsides with six coats of West Systen epoxy resin followed by several coats of Interlux topside paint. The wood/fiberglass above the rubrail has received routine painting as needed. The brightwork is coated with Bristol Finish, an epoxy varnish, again, recoated as needed. The running gear is painted with PropSpeed in an attempt to reduce growth of barnacles.
Jennie May has always been kept in a covered slip. This has been important in maintaining her excellent condition. Fresh water is the prime cause of rot and sunshine is the prime cause of fading brightwork and paint.
In early 2015 an 85 hp Perkins 4.125 diesel engine was installed. The propeller was also replaced. The hull speed is ~ 7.5 kts and the Perkins achieves that nicely at 2300 rpm, using only ~ 3 gph. Fuel capacity is 70 gal. The engine box is lined with Soundown for noise reduction. The engine is very reliable, requires no electrical power once started, and starts quickly from twin batteries. It has approximately 100 hours of use now.
Jennie May has two control stations: in the cabin with a wheel and in the cockpit with a Guinea Stick. Speed and transmission Morse controls are at both stations, but all other engine controls are at the cockpit station only. Driving in the cabin can be done standing or seated in a captain’s chair that is removable. There is a padded plank to sit on at the cockpit station.
There is a GPS with depth sounder at the cockpit station. The cabin has a GPS and a separate depth sounder. Cabin electronics also includes a radar, VHF radio, and AM/FM radio. The compass is in the cabin. There is an USB power outlet for charging cell phones. Twin bilge pumps are controlled from the cabin. These are hard-wired to the batteries for automatic operation when the boat is unattended. A floodlight is mounted on the cabin top. There is a washdown pump and hose in the cockpit that provides seawater for rinsing the cockpit floor boards and supplying seawater for the bilge. Seawater prevents rot.
Safety equipment includes: life jackets, flares, a portable horn, a throwable life ring, a throwable rope, and a ladder for re-boarding from the water. A Danforth anchor is stored in the cabin.
Current owners have only used Jennie May for short day cruises and the occasional overnight. There is a rug and four foldup chairs for the cockpit. The V-berth in the cabin has mattress pads.
The cockpit canopy is removable. A beam can be mounted at the stern which holds four fishing rods for trolling.
Jennie May is a very sturdy vessel that can ride out rough weather. While generally she does not go out in seas heavier than 2-3 foot waves, she has been caught in squalls with 4+ foot waves and handled them nicely. The high V-bow cuts the waves when headed into the wind.
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