This is a full description of equipment/systems onboard Flying Cloud.

I believe in redundancy. But if ALL the electrical systems failed we are very capable of completing a voyage without any of them.

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 Equipment List  and Description



Working Sails:

We carry two of each Main Sail, Mizzen Sail and Staysail. A 120% Genoa on a Spin-Tech furler.
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:

Full 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 Mule.

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.

Ground Tackle:

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.

There 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.

Bow Thruster:
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 foredeck.


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.

Aft Sea-hood:

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 sprayer.
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 2.5 amps.


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 two children.
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:

A Spledide 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.

Aft cabin:

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 here.
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 stove.
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.

Nav Station:

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.

Engine Room:

I love the engine room on these boats. So I arranged everything to be as convenient as possible.
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 engine room.
There are two batteries for starting the engine or genset.
Engine has a 200 amp alternator controlled by a
 Bomar Smart Regulator

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 day.


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 galley.
Smaller 5 lb bottle for BBQ is stored in aft locker.

7 gallon hot water heater. 110 volt and heat exchanger from motor.

Cockpit/Pilot House

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 ventilation.
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.

Additional drop-down 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 cockpit.

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 together.

2 -12 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 feet.

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 salon.

The 12 volt nav display in the aft cabin is also used for TV, DVD, CD, and Blue-Ray entertainment.



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 port-light.
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 on deck.

There are numerous Soccoro 12 volt fans thru-out the boat

Aft cabin.. 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.

Electrical Power

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.

AquaGen wind/water 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.



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