A delightful little schooner, 'Shearwater' is a wonderful specimen of a boat-type which is sadly lacking in much of American waters; a reasonably-sized, truly comfortable and stylish traditionally styled yacht. A special blending of the innovative designs of Phil Bolger, plus the rock-solid schooner building experience of the A.D. Story Shipyard of Essex, MA (Builder of a large proportion of the Gloucester Grand Banks Schooner Fleet of story and song!),'Shearwater' represents what so many have longed for; a ship with all the gaff-rigged saltiness that a schooner provides, but in a size that is easily manageable by the modern family. In excellent condition, and now tucked up for the Winter at the famous Crocker Shipyard in Manchester, 'Shearwater' awaits your inspection! Please have a look at the attached photos and full specifications, and see if you are ready to join the ranks of the true mariners of the New England Coast!
Builder: A.D. Story Shipyard Designer: Phil Bolger
LOA: 39' 5"' LWL: 37' Beam: 10'
Displacement: 14 Tons Draft: 3' 9"
Engine(s): Yanmar Engine(s) HP: 27HP Engine Model: 3GM
Cruising Speed: 6.5 Kts Max Speed: 7.5 Kts
Fuel: 30 Gal Water: 30 Gal Holding: Yes
From Forward: Forepeak with V-berth for two, plus athwartships pipecot for one (especially good for keeping an eye on a youngster at night) with it's own hatch to the foredeck for ventilation and headroom. Main salon with two settee berths, plus one pipecot on the starboard side. Navstation is positioned fwd of the portside settee. Aft of the salon area is a separate galley area immediately below the companionway with full standing headroom, with the enclosed head (also with full standing headroom) on the starboard side. The galley area is ideal for getting off that wet foul-weather gear without soaking the salon and berthing areas!
Origo two-burner alcohol stove, plus Shipmate solid fuel stove for heating, baking and general comfort. Again, when coming below in the soaking rain, it is really nice to have the Shipmate going to dry off your foul weather gear, heat a cup of tea, bake the biscuits and generally keep the ship dry and wholesome below! Single SS sink with footpump fpr freshwater, icebox and plenty of storage for dishes, dry-goods, etc.
Furuno GP31 GPS, Raytheon R20X Radar, Uniden VHF, Standard horizon depthsounder, handheld Garmin 176C Chartplotter, Danforth Constellation Compass, Brass clock & Barometer.
2 x 12 Volt battery ship system with battery isolator
Bronze-fastened mahogany planks on double-sawn oak frames, floors and deadwood; marine ply deck with fibergass over (from new), mahogany cockpit coamings, cabin sole in planked fir. Cockpit with bridge deck, wheel steering (worm gear), lazarette and cockpit lockers. Cockpit sole lifts up for full engine access. Cabin porlights of lexan, using the traditional angled clamping design for full ventilation even in rain. Traditional butterfly hatch over the salon area, plus separate hatch for forepeak. Seawolf manual windlass w/chain/rope gypsy. Anchors: folding yachtsman, 22 Lbs Danforth, 200' chain, 200' rope rodes. 2 electric bilge pumps, one whale gusher manual pump, lazy jacks (both masts), canopy and dodger (2000), sail covers. Ring & Horseshoe buoys, flares, and man overboard pole. 10' Inflatable dinghy and Nissan 5HP 4-stroke OB.
SAILS: fore, main and drifter 2004 by Roy Dowes, Jib on Furlex roller furler (1998). Original main, fore, and storm jib by Yardarm. Boom gallows for main boom.
SPARS: Masts of hollow/glued construction, boom and gaffbooms also hollow/glued spruce.
RIG: 'Bald-headed' gaff schooner rig (no topmasts). Gaff-rigged fore and main, single jib with provision for stormsail/staysail on removable babystay. Both main and fore equipped with lazy jacks. All rigging in stainless steel wire, with hull-bolted bronze chainplates. No backstays running or fixed.
Phil Bolger design with sail plan by Ratsey. Two owners with current owners since 1997, have sailed from Maine to Cape Cod. While this is a shoal-drafted hull, the hollow bows allow the boat to point very high (riding its' own bow-wave). Very fast off the wind, 'Shearwater' has beaten many a larger schooner in the Gloucester schooner races. An ideal design for the Chesapeake! Please go to www.yachtworld.com/aib for more information plus photos!