This cold molded wood- epoxy boat was meticulous built over 6 Years by one experienced craftsman in Northwest USA.
Materials include Alaskan cedar for hull covered with 8 ounce cloth and epoxy, Sitka spruce for masts, teak for decks, red cedar for pilot house and birch and mahogany for interior. All exterior wood is covered with fiberglass and epoxy and never needed repainting in 11 years of use.
All ribs and keel member are laminated hard wood and ribs extend across keel and into bulwarks. A method of building was used to have every component of interior make intimate contact with hull and carry some load, accomplished by building the boat from the inside out (applying hull very last).
All wood was treated with penetrating epoxy to make the wood resist rot and give it a much harder surface. Bulk heads , deck house and floor boards are made of ¾” 7 plywood, deck has 2 layers of ½ “ marine plywood covered with epoxy and cloth and ¼” thick teak glued to it.
Pros and Cons of an A- Frame Mast-System
Analyzing the compression loads on a mast, you will find that an A- Frame Mast will only see half the compressive load compared to a single mast. That allowed us to build lighter masts than a single wooden mast, which would weigh about 600 lbs. - ours being only 200 lbs. each. The extra windage is greatly reduced by foil shaping the mast. An A-Frame with the genoa overlapping the mast, has an another benefit: we can sheet in the genoa closer than on a conventional rig where the protruding spreader usually prevents it. The A-Frame mast rather conforms to the angle of the sail. The ease of unfurling both sails made us take advantage of almost every puff of wind. Even when motoring the mainsail is controlled by a light weight wishbone boom that is completely out of the way. The only disadvantage may be, that you can not control sail shape with as many adjustments as on a conventional mast. You can tighten the stay by hand wheel right below the Harken Furler for flattening the sail or tighten the outhaul via a double Pulley tackle from the clue to the end of the Boom. No other adjustments needed. The 2 short whisker poles can be pre-rigged in special chokes on the bow Pulpit so that you can even single hand a spinnaker with Sock or fly 2 same size genoas.
Design and special features:
The concept of design was to eliminate as many problems as possible from common boat designs. The special items include:
- All wood is treated with penetrating epoxy for a long life.
- Two watertight bulkheads.
- Boat has full floatation with urethane foam distributed throughout which includes 2” to 4” thick insulation.
- All ports can be covered with extra Lexan windows for safety or insulation.
- Full pilot house with all instruments inside plus oversized chart table and 360 degrees visibility.
- Mercedes Diesel Engine (55 HP) has dry exhaust, closed circuit cooling with keel cooler, double set of fuel filter- water separator changed over by valves. 2x140 AMP large body alternators regulated by smart type 3 step voltage regulators.
- Windless and auto helm are heavy duty hydraulics.
- A-Frame Mast system that is lighter but stronger than single masts due to the wider base, also this version of masts will give room for a roller furling main sail via a wishbone boom.
- Twin whisker poles for running safely downwind with 2 Genoas.
- Wind vane steering build into boat, not attached.
- Fluid dampened flux gate compass for auto helm.
- Wired with isolation transformer and 220 volt ready by one switch.
- Extra strong lifeline stanchions project into solid wood in bulwarks by 8”.
- The hull has a modern underwater body with winged steel keel and skeg hung rudder, also of steel.
- Propeller has cord nozzle for full protection.
- Sailing is accomplished at small angle of heel with moderate form stability and all lead ballast in wing of keel.
- Most sail handling is done from the cockpit.
- Very safe cockpit and side decks, provided with jack lines.
- Outside and inside steering and engine controls.
- Storm sails ready bagged and attached.
- Dinghy boarding thru transom platform.
- Deep companion way ladder eliminated by stepping first into pilothouse.
- Separate aft cabin with Queen Size berth underneath area of pilothouse chart table.
- There are 6 extra large cleats with roller chokes and a Samson post.
- Ladies will like the bright but homely appearance of the interior, done in varnished birch and yellow cedar with mahogany trim.
- The pilothouse has an engine heated wet locker and one radiator is under the double bench seat for the pilot station.
- Opposite a large chart table, bookshelves and chart storage under table.
- Only 3 steps down will take you into the main cabin.
- To port is the entrance to the aft cabin with Queen size double berth, seat, vanity with washbasin and hanging locker.
- Going forward there is the large raised U- shaped dinette. She affords a good view outside and extra storage drawers down low for heavy goods.
- The booth like side gussets will prevent anybody from sliding out of their seat. The dinette also makes into a good single sea berth.
- A cozy diesel fireplace will keep you warm and there is a designated area for an entertainment center.
- The galley is full length opposite the dinette, with quarter berth next to it.
- Following to starboard you will find a head with shower and bathtub in one.
- Forward there is another Queen size berth to one side with seat and vanity and extra large hanging locker.
- In the bow there is double chain locker and sail storage.