Celeste, our current boat, and Heretic, the primitive boat, would look like twins in an anchorage, both classic cutters with mahogany cabins. Celeste is a 40-foot Sparkman & Stephens design with a fin keel, built in 1986. Heretic was designed and built by Dave Westphal in 1968 — 20 years earlier — a sleek 38-footer with a full keel. But what really makes one primitive and the other comfortable (in our minds luxurious, after Heretic) are the systems.
Heretic had no refrigeration, pressure water, hot water, watermaker, heat, electric anchor windlass, autopilot, chart plotter or generator, and certainly nothing like air conditioning. Her radar worked once or twice in 32,000 miles. For three out of four years our communications were limited to our radio. We lit the cabin solely with kerosene for over a year. Showers were buckets over the side. We both had a great time. I honestly couldn't imagine a more rewarding circumnavigation, and I was devastated when we had to sell Heretic at the end. So I was equally excited to buy Celeste in 2013. She'd be another Heretic, another home on which to sail to all the world's most wonderful places. I didn't realize that she was also remarkably comfortable.