Miss Janet

by Chris Mills
(Reedville, Va.)

cruising Cockrell Creek

cruising Cockrell Creek

Chesapeake Bay Deadrise
I purchased Miss Janet January 29 this year.

She is a 1979,26 foot 9'beam Chesapeake Bay deadrise.

Built by Fred Ajootian in Ocran, Va.

Although I started looking for a more classic workboat in the 40 ft range, small "booby" cabin, this short version with more cabin space will better suit me.

No restoration needed but have a few ideas to suit the local cruising and crabbing I'll do.

Rear steering post, a fridge for cocktail cruises for our B&B guests, and light cosmetic work is all that's needed for our first summer.

Powered by a 50 hp Perkins, she is slow but steady...and economical.

Survey and sea trial went well so she's home at our dock in Reedville, Va.

Planning to show her off in vintage boat show here in September.

Chris Mills
Grandview B&B
Reedville, Va.

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Aug 31, 2020
Purchased boat from Patrick Forbus
by: David Forbes

Hi all! I bought this boat from Patrick Forbus (similar name but no relation) in June of 2020.

The boat is still in good condition, although I may have some improvements and upkeep done.

I'm also looking into potential engines to do a re-power...she's steady but too slow for me.

If anyone knows anything interesting about this boat please feel free to reach out.

I have been in contact with Chris Mills and he has been very helpful.

David Forbes

Jul 11, 2019
Historic Boat Show St Michael’s
by: Patrick Forbus

I just took Miss Janet (Now Ajootian) to the St Michael’s Historic Boat Show and gave the boat a fresh sanding and Paint.

Mr Ajootian built a great boat and it is in great shape after 40 years.


Mar 06, 2011
by: Dotty

I can't wait to cruise with you Dad!!!

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