List and Description
carry two of each Main Sail, Mizzen Sail and Staysail. A 120% Genoa on a
All of the three working sails are set on slides or hanks. The staysails
both have one reef point. Main and Mizzen have three reefs each.
In addition we carry a Yankee jib that replaces the Genoa on the furler.
Light air sails:
1.5 ounce Spinnaker, a 1.5 ounce Drifter set Flying, Twin down-wind
sails set on their own poles and stays, Mizzen Staysail and a 2.5 ounce
Heavy weather sails:
One Spitfire storm jib set
with hanks. Trysail set on it's own track and has a separate halyard and
stowed at the base of the mainmast.
One Swedish cut Mizzen storm sail stowed at the base of the mizzen mast
on a separate track..
We also carry a 350 foot Series Drogue with 162 cones and a 125 foot
bridle. This stores in a bag in a custom locker atop the aft cabin ready to deploy. I have
installed two 3/8" x 2" x 36" tangs that are fiber-glassed and bolted into the
under side of the aft deck. The tangs pass thru the hull-to-deck joint
in the transom and project outside the transom for the bridle to
attach with shackles. This allows an attachment point with out any
possibility of chafe.
Our working anchor is a 60lb CQR on 400 feet of 3/8" BBB chain.
Second bow anchor is a 66lb Claw with 100 feet of 5/16" BBB chain and
300 feet of 5/8 nylon rode.
Stern anchor is a 35lb Danforth type on 60 feet of 5/16" chain and 250
feet of 1/2" nylon rode.
Spare anchor stowed in the aft deck box is a stainless 45lb CQR.
Storm anchor is an 80lb Hershoff that breaks down and stores in the
engine room entry.
A Fortress FX 23 as a backup stern anchor.
We carry 300 feet of 3/4: rode and two sets of 5/8" x 250 feet nylon.
We have a Plath electric windlass that can be controlled from the
foredeck or the helm. It runs in both directions.
is a permanent wash-down nozzle under the bow-sprit that is activated
from the helm and washes the chain and anchor as it is raised.
A two blade, 13hp electric Volvo bow-thruster is installed 2 1/2 feet
below the waterline near the bow.
Poles and deck:
There are two poles mounted one on each side of
the mainmast. These are pre-set to control the Twin Downwind sails.
The spinnaker/whisker pole is setup on the front of the mainmast with
the arrangement that the Pardey's call "The Instant Whisker Pole". One
person can launch or retrieve the pole without any danger from
man-handling a sixteen foot pole on deck, alone.
The Port side Twin Pole is setup to launch the inflatable Rib dinghy from the
This was built on top of the main cabin house and
provides two internal 5 inch dorades and the smoke stack for the wood
heating stove in the main cabin.
There is a set of rails in the center that are for tying down various
items such as sails or the awning.
The two large storage hatches are where we store everything that is
needed on deck, foreword of the main cabin. The roll stabilizers,
fenders, all dock lines, sail covers, snatch blocks, reef ties, winch
handles and misc. items needed on deck. This allows us to store
everything in an orderly fashion and the hatches have keyed lift handles
to prevent theft as much as possible.
This sort of duplicates
what was done on the main cabin.
One thing I cannot stand on most cruising boats is seeing an outboard
motor or half dozen jerry jugs of fuel hanging off the back of the boat.
So, what I have done here is made a place for our outboard motor to lay
down on the aft cabin top in it's own chocks and securely locked in
place. It protrudes upward a bit higher than the sea-hood so a Sunbrella
cover will be made to cover it. Or, maybe a hard hatch cover.
I use an all stainless Hoist for lifting the motor onboard or on to the
dingy and that hoist breaks down and stores right beside the motor.
The aft cabin slider hatch has a small canvas dodger and the hatch
disappears under the sea-hood. So just aft of the dodger is where the
life raft lives.
Behind that is a compartment similar to the ones on the main cabin. Here
I store dock lines, sail covers and whatever is used aft of the cockpit.
As far as the jerry jugs......I built-in a 27 gallon GAS tank that is
totally isolated from the engine room. A small hatch in the side of the
starboard coaming holds the hose, valve and pump switch for filling the
dinghy gas jug.
Aft deck Propane locker:
I made a pattern of the
aft section of the cabin and turned that into a combination propane
locker, spare anchor locker and a very comfortable lounge seat on the
aft deck. The lounge has a folding backrest that closes down on the
cushions and keeps them from the elements. It's the best seat in the
house when running downwind!
The propane locker also holds all the tools that might be needed to rig
anchors, change propane bottles and more. This is also where the spare
45lb CQR is stored.
The stern anchor stows on the stern pulpit and the chain/rode goes thru
a hause pipe to a locker under the bed in the aft cabin.
Flying Cloud also sports two 18 foot outriggers for serious fishing!
In sailing days this was called the "poop deck" for obvious reasons.
Ours is the poop deck for Shortry, our Penbrook Welch Corgi mate.
These boats have huge
main cabins and we discovered at sea that it could be a little dangerous
when the going gets rough. With all that space, you could take a pretty
nasty ride across that big cabin.
To solve this I built a custom "Galley Island" that converted the galley
into a "U" shape. It adds more space and gives a great place to hold
onto when going forward.
In the island is a tilt-out trash bin that will also accept a trash
compacter if I ever decide to do that. The island allowed for a
refrigerator and a pull-out cutlery rack. In the bottom is a huge
storage area accessible from the galley side.
The main galley has a one piece all stainless counter with twin sinks.
The stove is a "Force 10" three burner stove with oven. The
only propane item on the boat.
In the forward section where the factory refrigerator was, I have
converted into a counter top, spice rack, cutting board and underneath
is a separate freezer. The cutting board fits the stove top or this
counter space perfectly. All dishes have a special, built-in drying rack
and storage area. Wash the dishes, place them in the rack and rinse with
The galley sink has a manual salt water tap, a manual fresh water tap, a
pressure hot/cold fresh water faucet and a special pressure tap that
re-filters the water for drinking purposes.
There are two separate
Engle 12 volt refrigeration units. One is insulated with 5 inches of
extra insulation and is used as a freezer. The other has 2 inches of
extra insulation and is used as the refrigerator.
If we run both we use around 4.8 amps or using a single unit it drops to
The forward cabin has a
very large v-berth with 4 inch memory foam mattress.
Above is a single bunk that we use as a spare berth or storage area,
depending on the situation.
The overhead bunk has an air mattress and is generally used for one or
When not used as a bunk, we place folding milk crates above and lash
them down. These are used for keeping fruit and other provisions for
passage making. We sometimes carry two folding bikes up there too.
Under the v-berth gives access to the bow thruster and the 60 gallon
water tank. In addition is a large area where we flake back about 200
feet of the anchor chain to move some weight aft.
On top of the anchor chain area is a shelf where we store most of our
light weather sails.
The forward head has an
electric head, a shower and a holding tank.
The sink was made from a stainless salad mixing bowl.
The salon is basically
stock with a few exceptions. I have made access to the seat lockers
easier with some teak doors in the face of the lockers.
There is a solid fuel heating stove in a stainless alcove and a coal
storage locker under. This heats the forward section of the boat pretty
well on those cold nights.
The major addition to the salon/galley is the overhead storage area. I
lowered the ceiling seven inches (still have 6"3' head room) and created
a place to carry all the hatch boards, companion way doors, bug screen
doors in a safe and secure area.
All the factory windows were replaced with larger, 3/8 inch Lexan and
thru-bolted into the cabin sides. No need for storm covers now.
The old salon floor was removed and that gave access to the water and
fuel tank. I repaired the water tank and a new fuel tank was installed.
When the new Bamboo floor was installed I made seven floor hatches for
much needed storage. ALL hatches are held down with heavy twist lock
lifting handles. ALL cabinet doors in the boat are secured with storm
latches to prevent stuff from flying around in a situation we don't want
to talk about.
Passage way to aft cabin:
washer/dryer lives in the aft section while the forward locker was
converted to a large food pantry. I installed a 5" x 12'" opening
port-light in this area.
Under the large double
bed are 7 AGM batteries, the stern anchor locker and under the memory
foam mattress is a hinged platform for the mattress. Extra paper charts
for the region we are cruising are stored in sectioned compartments
The three drawers in the front of the bed pedestal are converted to
carry two sewing machines in custom boxes along with all sewing supplies
and marlin spike supplies. A custom foot board goes across the front of
these doors that serves to secure the sewing machines and is a handy
step for getting in and out of bed.
In the center is a Shipmate solid fuel heater for warming the aft cabin.
Under the stove is a storage locker for wood or coal to be burned in the
Under this locker is a clear hatch made of Lexan. This along with the
built-in light gives an instant view of the shaft log and stuffing box.
The two corner seats have been enclosed and are used for storage of
shoes and other items.
The hatch above the bed is a butterfly hatch that will open in four
directions in order to catch any breeze.
The transom was beefed up with four layers of glass roving and 1/2 inch
ply. The old
windows were removed and six, 7" x 14" opening ports were installed.
Four in the transom and one each at the head and foot of the bed.
I left this pretty much
stock with the exception of lining the hanging locker with cedar and
modifying the forward hanging locker to keep anything and everything
related to navigating the boat.
The drawers under the nav table now house all the computer systems.
Some of the electronics are installed here as well. More on that in the
electronics section of this document.
I love the engine room
on these boats. So I arranged everything to be as convenient as
When we repowered the boat I spent weeks removing old wires, hoses and
abandoned equipment. Then I sound-proofed the entire engine room and
painted everything white.
I removed the old hot water tank and battery storage and made a very nice
top loading compartment for storage.
All tools, parts and supplies are stored in the engine room. When I enter the engine room I don't have to leave to go find
parts to complete any job I do. There is a dedicated set of tools that
never leave that room.
There are two deep cycle batteries here for starting the engine or genset.
Engines and Machinery:
In 2009 we repowered
the boat with a six cylinder, Chrysler-Nissan diesel engine. While we
were at it, the transmission was rebuilt, the coupler replaced a
ShaftLoK installed on a new shaft. New cutlass bearing. The new 12" pitch x 24"
Diameter spare prop was
installed along with a drip-less shaft seal. Spare prop stows in the
There are two batteries for starting the engine or genset.
Engine has a 200 amp alternator controlled by a Bomar Smart
I am considering
switching the prop to a feathering prop.
The genset was custom made
as a modular unit. It has a 13 hp, two cylinder Caterpillar/Perkins
diesel that drives a 5KW 1800 rpm ST Generator via twin V-Belts. The
engine has its own 30 amp alternator, waterlift muffler and Jabsco raw
water pump. Main Engine and Genset have dedicated raw water intakes and
filters as well as dual Racor fuel filters that can be switched while
the engine is running.
The genset has a engine driven 1000 gallon a minute bilge pump with 2
1/2 inch outlet overboard.
It also runs an oil less air compressor that is plumbed to the main mast
and aft deck locker. This is used for inflating the dinghy and for
diving with a 50 foot hose and regulator to clean the bottom, etc.
Watermaker is a Village Marine "Little Wonder" and does 150 gallons per
Water = 200 gallons in
main tank. 60 Gallons in forward auxiliary tank.
Diesel = 200 gallons in
main tank. 50 gallons in auxiliary tank.
Gasoline : 27
gallons in an isolated tank, (Used for dinghy)
Two 3 gallon dinghy tanks. Stored in
aft sea-hood and ventilated.
Kerosene = 5 gallons in
built-in gravity feed tank. (for oil lamps, paint brush cleaning and
starter for wood stoves)
Propane = Two 20 lb,
horizontal tanks in aft deck locker. Electric emergency shut off in
Smaller 5 lb bottle for BBQ is stored in aft locker.
7 gallon hot water
heater. 110 volt and heat exchanger from motor.
The hard dodger/Pilot
House was designed to match the existing main cabin design as much as
possible. The three front windows are set at the same spacing and angle
as the front of the main cabin. All windows are tempered
type glass, are hinged to open. The two outside windows have electric wipers on both.
The side windows Port and Starboard are also Tempered glass and are removable for
In addition there are sliding doors with matching windows that can be
left open in good weather or closed to keep the weather out. All windows
have bug screens. When removed the windows all store overhead in the
pilot house top.
The top of the pilot house extends back to just in front of the helm.
There is a full sliding hatch or matching top that slides all the way
back and attaches to the boom gallows. The aft section of the cockpit
has a small dodger top for the aft cabin hatch and a full canvas
enclosure with windows and bug screens.
In the ceiling of the pilot house, just in front of the helm is a
"drop-down" 10 inch touch-screen display that is linked to all the systems in the
boat. Charting, AIS, Navigation, GPS, cameras and much more.
panels have switches for operating deck lights, forward KC Lites, Aft KC
Lites, navigation lights, anchor up/down, Thruster, compass light,
courtesy lights (red/blue/white), wash down pump, windshield wipers
(port/starboard), windshield defrosters.
Stay sail, main sheet, jib sheets and mizzen sheets all lead into the
Electronics and Entertainment:
Three Garmin GPS chart plotters. One in Nav area, One at the helm and
one drop-down above the aft cabin bed.
Sitex, dual station DSC VHF with AIS receive. One station is at the
helm, the second station is in the nav area.
Standard VHF in the main cabin.
Icom VHF walkie talkie.
Icom 710 Single Side Band with Pactor 3 modem and weather -fax receive.
With antenna tuner.
Sitex Single side band receiver.
All systems are networked
volt computer systems handle two separate digital charting programs and
have all charts for the world. They also handle the Video cameras that
are mounted at the main mast head, bow, underwater bow, stern and
cockpit. There are two touch-screen displays, one drops down from the
ceiling of the pilot house in front of the helm, the other is mounted in
the nav station.
The computers handle all our entertainment, video editing, grib weather
files, email, weather-fax, etc. They have additional external
hard-drives for automatic back-ups.
At the helm is an
Interphase Twin-Scope forward scanning sonar. (Like under water radar).
This scans forward in vertical mode or horizontal mode. Range is 1250
A standard Hummingbird
depth sounder with side scan capabilities is mounted at the helm.
JRC 16 mile
radar with display at the helm.
12 volt TV, DVD and additional computer display is mounted in the main
volt nav display in the aft cabin is also used for TV, DVD, CD, and
Windvane is a Monitor
and does an excellent job even in light air.
A Raypilot 65 with
remote is linked to a 12 volt linear actuator mounted on the windvane.
This makes the windvane and electronic autopilot.
Simrad Wheel Pilot with
remote. A great pilot for motoring or sailing in light conditions. It
also has a wind sensor and will follow wind shifts.
The Raypilot 65 can
also be switched to a large electro/hydraulic linera actuater that is
mounted on the rudder quadrant. In the event a steering cable were to
break or something go wrong with the wheel steering, the boat could be
controlled with the remote control from this unit.
this autopilot will handle any conditions one might encounter.
All 3 electric autopilots are networked to the nav system and will steer
by heading, route or sail by wind sensor.
In addition to the
above the rudder has an emergency tiller for hand steering.
We replaced all the
hull windows with 7" x 14" opening port-lights with bug screens.
In the aft cabin passage way I installed one 5 inch by 12 inch opening
On the main cabin I built two 12 inch by 24 inch opening hatches.
On top of the cabin are two 5 inch stainless cowl vents. These are set
on concealed Dorade style boxes. In rainy weather, this allows air to
come in thru the cowls while keeping rain out.
Forehatch. This is a very large and heavy hatch which opens forward to
let air in. Since the Rib Inflatable dinghy is stored in chocks on top
of this hatch, there are two smaller hatches installed in this large
hatch. They open "Gull-wing style and can be used even with the dinghy
There are numerous
Soccoro 12 volt fans thru-out the boat
there are four opening port-lights in the transom and two additional,
port/starboard all around the double bed.
Above the bed is a 24" x 24" butterfly hatch. This hatch is hinged to
open forward or aft. The two butterfly lids allow air from port or
starboard. Basically it is a four way hatch.
An internal, 10,000 BTU
ac unit supplies cold air to the aft cabin and to the salon area. It is
raw water cooled and operates on 110 Volts AC.
The main salon has a
"Tiny Tot" solid fuel heater. The aft cabin has it's own solid fuel
heater and is a "Shipmate" mounted near the bed.
Both heaters burn wood, coal, charcoal or whatever will burn. Both have
fuel storage cabinets under the platforms they are mounted on. Bulk fuel
storage is in the engine room.
Seven 140 amp AGM
batteries stored under aft cabin berth.
Three more in engine room.
Can be switched to have a number of combinations available for house
use, engine or genset.
110 volt shore power
cord that is hard wired into the system. The cord has a locker in the
starboard coaming where it can be pulled out for use or stuffed back in
when not needed. 30 amp service.
Two Xantrex 2000
inverter chargers. Switch selectable. With Link panel for control and
monitoring of AC and DC power.
5kw modular genset with
a 13 hp Caterpiller/Perkins diesel. Has it's own battery and alternator.
Two 125 watt solar
panels mounted on stern pulpit, port and starboard.
Rutland wind generator
permanently mounted on mizzen mast.
generator. This system allows us to tow a prop behind the boat and
charge batteries while sailing. At anchor it converts to our second wind
generator and hoists into the fore triangle above the foredeck.
NOTE: We did go a
little bit overboard with modifications and some of the equipment. But
if it all fails, we will carry on without it.