"Sprite" An L. Francis Herreshoff 'Rozinante' Canoe Yawl Design.
Simple Sailing Values - From 'The Compleat Cruiser' by L. Francis Herreshoff
"Goddard was the only other one who had read Don Quixote, so much of this explanation went over the heads of the Rozinante's visitors, just as much of the wit in Cervantes' book goes over the heads of the average modern reader.
Goddard remarked; "I think Rozinante is a splendid name for a boat whose owner has an appreciation of romance, for I am sorry to say romance is a rare thing today and some people even laugh at it, whereas it used to be the incentive that carried one through fog, calm and tempest. It even seemed to make one enjoy the hardships which occur in cruising. But the modern cruiser has to have a vessel so cluttered up with mechanical gadgets and electrical devices that the cabin no longer is fit to live in and the boat has to be served by a mechanic, whereas a sailorman in the old days could take care of everything if he had a spark of romance in him. I suppose most modern cruisers are so unromantic in looks that all romance is killed as you board them..........
........... Miss Prim then spoke up: "Pa, just what do you mean by a boat or object being romantic?"
"Why, Prim," he replied, " when a thing is out of the usual and pleasing to contemplate it is romantic. When an object is nicely proportioned and has retained some well proven ancient quality, it is romantic looking. I suppose to a sailor a romantic vessel is one that looks like a good sea boat, one which has a good sheer and nicely proportioned ends; in short, a vessel that he falls in love with at first sight, as we all did when we saw the Rozinante."