It’s been a hectic week! After sailing in the DelMarVa rally, our list of refit items got longer and longer. I don’t even have enough time to sufficiently tell the whole story here (Mia is loading the boat with provisions as I type), but suffice it to say we’ve been busy. Some of the major items included:
- Installing a new fridge (thanks Nate Horton!).
- Replacing the UV cover on the genoa (thanks Chesapeake Sailmakers!).
- Replacing the forward head (thanks Dad!).
- Building new lee boards for the vee berth (thanks Micah & Mia!).
- Installing a new boom vang (thanks Colligo!).
- Buying charts
- Setting up the sat phone email
- …and countless other small projects.
But now we’re ready, and tomorrow we shove off! Check out the gallery below for some photos of the work we’ve been doing.
Big thanks to my good friend Rory Finneran who will be managing the website during our passage. We’ll be sending in blogs from at-sea, and Rory will be making sure they are properly ‘tagged’ and categorized so they show up on the ‘Passage Logs’ page on our website.
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Just heard recently from Jay Paris, N.A., who has been SAIL magazine’s technical advisor since before time began. He sent drawings and details of an intriguing upscaled version of the 32-foot centerboard yawl he designed and built for himself. (For details on that boat be sure to check this post here.) He calls this new design the Green 37, as he claims it “reduc[es] the environmental impact of construction and operation in terms of accommodation, payload and performance.” I’m scratching my head over that a bit, but in all other respects I find this a fascinating concept and would love to see one of these built someday. Knowing Jay, there are all sorts of clever details in here that won’t be readily apparent until they are fully realized in three dimensions.
Jay’s fundamental idea for these boats–a narrow, very carefully shaped hull that maximizes the efficiency of a low-aspect centerboard, combined with maximum accommodations–I think will work better in a somewhat larger hull like this one. Construction is either cold-molded or foam-cored with a Dynel-sheathed foam-cored plywood deck.
One question to ask: is this really a yawl? Lots of people believe a yawl has to have its mizzen stepped behind the rudder post. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jay believes something else, and I am sure he could tell you why at some length.
Draft is 3’9″ board up, 6’9″ board down. Waterline length is 32’6″. The beam is 9’9″. Displacement is 12,696 lbs. lightship with 5,600 lbs. of ballast. There are watertight bulkheads fore and aft, plus, as you can see, there’s room aft to stash a hard dinghy on deck. Don’t ask me about the boarding well. Jay hasn’t explained that to me yet.
The accommodations feature an aft saloon table behind the companionway with narrow settees and pilot berths outboard on either side. The table, when not needed, can be slid aft under the cockpit. There’s a full-size nav station, a galley with a ventilating hood over the stove, plus a full head with an aft-facing toilet and a separate shower stall. One very nice Jay-like feature is the wet locker right by the companionway (marked OL on the plan) with a changing seat (CS) right in front of it that has storage for sea boots directly beneath it.
Having sailed the smaller version of the boat, I can tell you the hull is extremely slippery and very easily driven. The smaller boat is also very closewinded with a very clean wake.
Jay also sent me this a photo of the clever system he devised for running the engine on his 32-foot boat when it’s out of the water. The sheetrock bucket below the exhaust catches the exhaust water, which is then plumbed via a garden hose to the raw-water inlet, which is tapped with threads to receive the hose.
Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about Jay’s design and I’ll put you in touch with him.