Sunspot, a Fast Passage 39 Cutter
Specifications and Inventory

Links within this page:

General Specifications

LOA: 39' 6"     LWL: 33' 6"     Beam: 11' 10"     Draft: 5' 6"     Displacement: 21,000 lbs     Ballast: 7,500 lbs (lead)

Builder: Tollycraft, Kelso, WA     Model: Fast Passage 39     Year: 1982     Designer: William Garden

back to top

Accomodations and Layout

The boat has two private cabins with berths—one forward and one aft. The forward cabin (guest cabin) has a vee-berth with shelves, lockers, drawers, and storage compartments. The aft cabin (owner's cabin) has a double berth with shelves, drawers, and storage compartments.

The main cabin (saloon) has two settees with a centerline dropleaf table. There are numerous shelves and storage compartments. Aft of the main cabin, the U-shaped galley is to port and the head is to starboard. Further aft to starboard is the navigation station with chart table.

back to top

Hull and Deck

The hull is fiberglass, cored with closed-cell PVC foam. The keel is lead and is fully encapsulated in structural fiberglass (so there are no keel bolts). The deck is fiberglass, cored with end-grain balsa. Appropriate areas of the deck have molded-in nonskid pattern. There are substantial bulwarks all around, with a teak cap rail.

The cockpit is small-to-medium in size, with substantial coamings all around. The cockpit has three large lockers, one of which is used as the propane locker. There are two side cubbies for storing small items (like winch handles). There is a large dodger over the companionway with three removable window panels. The stainless steel dodger frame has extra bracing and grab-rails along each side. There is a removable bimini awning covering the remainder of the cockpit (from the dodger aft). The dodger/bimini canvas was new in 1998. The cockpit steering pedestal has a teak folding table and a teak drink holder.

The boat has three hatches: the companionway hatch plus two overhead Lewmar hatches. There are two Windscoops to increase wind flow through the hatches. There are eight opening portholes and one fixed portlight. All hatches and portholes have screens and curtains. There are storm shutters for the portholes and spare drop boards for the companionway hatch. There are two large chromed bronze dorades with a small locker between them on-deck.

The boat has sturdy bow and stern pulpits with double lifelines and sturdy stanchions. There is a lifeline gate on each side. There is a teak flagpole at the stern. The boat has a teak and stainless boom gallows to support the boom.

back to top

Engine and Propulsion

Engine: There is a Perkins 4-108 50-horsepower four-cylinder diesel engine. The engine is cooled by fresh water, and has a heat exchanger and oil cooler. The heat exchanger is cooled by raw water via a Perko raw water strainer with winterizing connection, an engine-driven raw water pump, and a wet exhaust system. Hoses and belts new 1998, injectors rebuilt 1998. There are various supplies and spares for the engine, including a spare raw water pump, a spare alternator, spare belts, spare hoses, various fluids and filters, etc. The engine instrument panel in the cockpit has a tachometer, engine hour meter, water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, voltmeter, plus visual and audible alarms for low oil pressure or high coolant temperature.

Propulsion system: There is a Borg-Warner Velvet Drive hydraulic transmission, a shaft coupling, a 1" stainless steel shaft, a stuffing box (easily accessible), a cutless bearing in the strut, and a 16" bronze three-blade feathering Max Prop. Max Prop rebuilt 1999. There are various supplies and spares, including a spare propeller (two-blade fixed prop), shaft packing, cutless bearing, Max Prop service kit, etc.

Fuel system: There is a single 53-gallon aluminum fuel tank under the vee-berth, with a deck plate on the foredeck and a vent on the bulwark. The tank has a sump with drains, and a shutoff valve at the tank and the engine. The fuel level is measured by a sounding rod inserted into the tank (the electrical gauge doesn't work). There is a Raycor primary filter and an engine-mounted Fram secondary filter. There is a supply of spare filters. All fuel hoses were replaced in 1998.

back to top

Steering System

The boat has wheel steering with an Edson pedestal and stainless steel wheel. The pedestal also has the throttle and transmission controls. Below-decks, there are Edson sheaves, two 7x19 stainless steel cables, and an Edson radial drive wheel on the rudder post. The rudder has a substantial skeg, with a bronze lower bearing. The rudder upper bearing has a fitting for an emergency steering tiller, which is stored in the cockpit locker. The steering system was rebuilt in 1998.

There is an Alpha 3000 below-decks autopilot, with linear electric drive and a separate control arm attached to the rudder post. There is a heading control knob on the control unit (which is inside near the companionway), a fluxgate compass and signal processing box in a locker in the head, and an engage/disengage handle in the cockpit. The Alpha 3000 electronics were installed new in 2001 (not including the drive motor). There is a Monitor windvane mounted on the stern (new 1999). There is a spare parts kit for the Monitor windvane.

back to top

Ground Tackle

Anchor rodes: Primary rode: 60-lb CQR anchor with 150' of 3/8" BBB chain and 150' of 5/8" three-strand nylon rope. Secondary rode: Fortress FX-37 anchor with 100' of 3/8" BBB chain and 200' of 5/8" three-strand nylon rope. Primary and secondary chain and rope new in 1998. Additional rode: 22-lb Danforth anchor with 10' of 5/16" chain and 125' of 1/2" three-strand nylon rope. I also have a grappling hook for recovering snagged rodes.

Windlass: Lofrans Tigres electric windlass, new in 1998. It can operate in these modes: power-up, manual up (with removable handle), power-down, free-fall down. It has a chain gypsy and a rope drum. There are two remote-control electrical outlets (foredeck and cockpit) with three hand-held remote-control boxes (two plus a spare). There is a spare manual windlass handle (two total).

There are two heavy-duty bow rollers on the stem fitting. There are two anchor snubbers each with a chain hook and 20' of 1/2" three-strand nylon. There are six mooring cleats mounted on the bulwarks with chocks on the caprail (port/starboard bow, midships, and stern) plus a cleat on the windlass. There are eight 3/4" and 5/8" docklines available.

Washdown system: There is an anchor/chain washdown system consisting of a Perko raw water strainer, a ParMax4 on-demand raw water pump, and a spigot on the foredeck. There is a hose and nozzle connected to the spigot for washing the anchor/chain as it is raised (washdown system new in 1998).

back to top

Sails and Rigging

Spars: The mast is keel-stepped, with a height of about 56' (add a couple of feet for the antenna at the top for overall clearance). The mast and boom are heavy-duty aluminum extrusions by Spartek. The heavy-duty rotating/pivoting gooseneck is fabricated from aluminum and stainless steel. There is a single set of welded aluminum spreaders. There is a heavy-duty spinnaker pole, stored vertically along the mast. There is a track with car and appropriate rigging to raise and lower the spinnaker pole. The mast has Pace-Edwards aluminum mast steps (installed 2000). There is a teak and stainless steel boom gallows to support the boom.

Rigging: The boat is rigged as a cutter, with an inner forestay. The standing rigging (all new in 2000) consists of 1x19 stainless steel wire with swaged fittings, with chromed bronze turnbuckles and stainless steel and chromed bronze toggles.

The wire sizes are: 1/4" lower shrouds (fore and aft), 5/16" intermediate (runner) shrouds, 5/16" upper shrouds, 3/8" headstay, 5/16" inner forestay, 3/8" backstay. The backstay has two Norseman antenna insulators so it can be used as an antenna for the SSB or shortwave radio. The running rigging consists of halliards and sheets made from New England Rope Sta-Set (new 2000). There are new Schaefer sheaves installed at the masttop. There are on-deck tracks and cars for the jib sheets and staysail sheets. There is a topping lift with 4:1 tackle (new 1998). There is a Harken Big Boat traveler on the cabin top (new 1998) with a three-point mid-boom attachment.

Winches: The jib sheet winches are two-speed self-tailing Lewmar #48's, the staysail sheet winches are two-speed self-tailing Lewmar #40's, the mainsheet winch is a two-speed self-tailing Lewmar #40. The jib halliard winch is a two-speed Lewmar #42, the mainsail and staysail halliard winches are two-speed Lewmar #30's, the reefing winch is a two-speed Lewmar #16.

Sails: The working suit of sails consists of a high-cut yankee jib, staysail, and mainsail (all North Sails) with a combined sail area of about 960 square feet. The mainsail has two reef points (reefing requires a trip to the mast); the jib and staysail are reefed by partial furling (can be done from the cockpit). The sails are fairly old and well used, but they are still quite usable. There is a Schaefer 2100 furler for the yankee jib (new 2000), and a Profurl furler for the staysail (1990). There is a sail cover for the mainsail, and sun protection strips on the yankee jib and staysail. Extra sails: There is a cruising spinnaker with Chutescoop "sock" plus a storm jib and storm staysail. The storm sails are probably not very useful as-is, because they are set up for furlers and would be next to impossible to install in heavy weather.

Additional gear: The boat has a Windex at the masthead, a portable multipart tackle for boom vang/preventer, four winch handles, a sail repair kit, several rolls of sail repair tape, spare sailcloth, extra shackles, a Harken snatch block, a spare sheet, rope splicing fids, and two Davis sailing knives. The boat also has a Medof Marine bosun's chair, a Targa adjustable climbing harness, and two Petzl ascenders.

back to top

Main Cabin

The main cabin has two settees, although the port settee is completely full of tool boxes and tool bins. These are secured with lines and netting while underway. The starboard settee makes an excellent sea berth (it is equipped with a lee cloth). There is a very nice teak drop-leaf table in the center of the cabin, with a storage locker in the middle of the table. The main cabin has numerous shelves and storage compartments, as well as a footlocker. The main cabin has a bulkhead-mounted Force 10 Model FT 100 propane cabin heater. There is a stainless steel flue pipe going to a vent in the cabin top.

back to top


The U-shaped galley is aft of the saloon and to port, and has quite a lot of counter space compared to most boats. A cutout panel in the countertop allows access to a large pot locker. There are numerous drawers and lockers for storage of dishes, utensils, food, and other kitchen supplies. There is also a spice rack, a paper towel holder, a folding dish drying rack, two teak serving trays, and a kitchen waste basket.

Sink and fresh water system: The galley has a double stainless steel sink with pressure hot and cold water. There are also two manual foot pumps for fresh water or seawater. There is a ParMax4 on-demand water pump and a Raritan 10-gallon hot water heater (heating via AC power or using engine coolant). There is an Omni "whole boat" water filter, and a Teledyne F7 drinking water filter on the sink spigot. There is a "shore water" connection in the cockpit with a separate Jabsco pressure regulator. There is also a cold water spigot in the cockpit.

The boat has about 110 gallons of fresh water stored in three stainless steel tanks (including about 10 gallons in the hot water heater). There is a tank under each settee, plus a centerline tank in the bilge. There are two deck plates for filling the water tanks (port and starboard), although since all tanks are interconnected, you only have to use one (whichever is most convenient to the shore hose spigot). There are two 50-foot hoses for filling the tanks.

Stove and propane system: The galley has a Force 10 three-burner propane stove with oven and broiler. The stove has pushbutton piezoelectric ignition. There is a stainless steel grab rail in front of the stove. The propane system consists of four 5-lb tanks in a vapor-tight cockpit locker. The locker also contains a Trident pressure regulator and control solenoid plus an overboard vent. There are separate on/off valves for the stove and cabin heater. There is a Trident propane control panel in the galley and a propane vapor detector with alarm in the saloon. The propane system was completely replaced in 1998.

Refrigerator: There is a large Technicold refrigerator with freezer, using a dual set of holding plates. One set is connected to the engine-driven compressor, the other set is connected to a 120V shore-power-driven compressor. Note: The refrigerator/freezer doesn't work, and I don't have any current plans to fix it (too costly and complicated). It's possible to use it as an icebox, but due to its large size, it uses up ice quickly. I currently use the large refrigerator cabinet for dry storage of soda, bottled water, and canned goods. I have a separate small portable cooler for perishable items.

back to top


The head is to starboard, across from the galley, and has a cultured marble vanity top and sink with pressure hot and cold water. There is a fiberglass shower pan with drain and a removable wrap-around shower curtain with a hand-held or wall-mounted shower nozzle. Head gray water drains into a sump in the bilge which is automatically pumped overboard using a Rule 800 pump (which also can act as a backup bilge pump).

Waste system: There is a Wilcox-Crittenden Imperial-51 toilet, a lockable Jabsco Y-valve (for overboard discharge or holding tank), a 20-gallon holding tank with "tank full" sensor and LED indicator, and a deck plate for pumpout. The waste system was completely rebuilt in 1998.

The head has a mirror, a light, a fan, and an AC electrical outlet. The head also has several hanging hooks, several large storage lockers, and an opening porthole.

back to top

Electrical System

DC electrical system: The DC electrical system consists of a house bank and a starting bank. The house bank consists of four West Marine Sea Gel Group 27 gel cell batteries in parallel, with 86 amp-hours each for a total of 344 amp-hours (new 1999). There is a 400A fuse in the battery circuit, for circuit protection. Charging comes from two sources. The first source is a 60A alternator controlled by an Ample Power Next Step "smart" three-stage regulator (new 1999). There is a spare alternator available. The second source is an Ample Power 55A "smart" three-stage shore power charger (new 1999) which can be powered from dockside power or the Coleman generator (see AC electrical system, below). Charging sources are protected by a 100A fuse, and charging current is displayed on an analog panel meter. DC electrical consumption and house bank state-of-charge is indicated by a sophisticated Ample Power EMON energy monitor (new 1999). The starting bank consists of one West Marine Sea Gel Group 27 gel cell battery, with 86 amp-hours (new 1999). The starting bank is charged by an Ample Power Eliminator DC-to-DC charger that operates when the house bank is being charged (new 1999). Starting bank charging current is displayed on an analog panel meter, and voltage is displayed by the EMON energy monitor. There is a Power Station portable gel cell battery for powering portable electronic gear. The DC electrical system wiring was replaced in 1999.

DC fixtures and devices:

Interior lights: There are six Alpenglow high-efficiency fluorescent light fixtures (new 1998) located throughout the interior. All six have a high/low intensity switch, and five also have red LED nightlights with a separate high/low intensity switch. An additional light in the head is a different Alpenglow high-efficiency fluorescent light fixture without intensity switch or nightlight. There are four incandescent reading lamps. There are spare bulbs for all fixtures.

Interior fans: There are eight Hella Turbo two-speed fans located throughout the interior. There is a portable AC-powered fan.

Navigation lights: The boat has pulpit-mounted running lights, a masthead-mounted tricolor light (only legal when sailing), a mast-mounted "steaming lamp" (used when motoring), a masthead-mounted anchor light, and a mast-mounted foredeck floodlight. There is a separate portable pole-mounted anchor light that I normally use because it is very efficient.

Cockpit lights: There are two removable cockpit lights—one fairly dim but very efficient, the other brighter but less efficient. There are two portable high-power spotlights, a Guest Model 220 and a Guest Model 234. There are two special 12V outlets in the cockpit for the spotlights. The binnacle compass has a low-intensity red light.

Bilge pumps: There is a Rule 2000 electric bilge pump with float switch or manual control, plus a bilge pump cycle counter that counts how many times the pump has been operated. The Rule 800 sump pump for the head gray water can also act as a bilge pump with float switch control if bilge water should overflow into the sump. There is a Whale Titan manual bilge pump operable from the cockpit, and a separate Whale Titan emergency manual bilge pump operable from inside the main cabin. There is a bilge high-water float switch with a very loud audible alarm. There are wooden plugs located near each through-hull.

AC electrical system: AC comes from three sources. There is a 30A shore power connector on the side of the cabin top, with a Marinco shore power cord and various socket adapters to connect to dockside AC power. There is a Coleman Powermate 1850W gasoline generator (stored in the cockpit) that can provide "shore power" when away from the dock (new 1999). There is a Heart Model HF-12 600W inverter that can produce AC from the boat's DC system. There are AC outlets located throughout the interior of the boat. There is a transfer switch behind the electrical panel to select the power source for the AC outlets (either shore power or inverter). All AC outlets are protected by a GFCI located behind the electrical panel. There is also a portable GFCI for use on extension cords when working outside from dock power. The boat has four extension cords of various lengths and capacities.

AC fixtures and devices: There is a portable fan, a small portable electric heater, a Sears fluorescent work light, a Sears canister vacuum cleaner, several power tools, and a few other miscellaneous AC-operated devices.

Miscellaneous electrical devices:

Flashlights: There are several flashlights, including three Princeton-Tec individual headlamps. There are spare bulbs and batteries for all flashlights.

back to top


GPS: The boat has three GPS units. There are two identical Magellan 315 handheld battery-operated GPS units (main and backup, new 1999). The main GPS is installed in a holder mounted on the steering pedestal. The GPS is connected to the boat's DC power system using an adaptor cable, so it can be left on without draining its internal batteries. There is a second adaptor cable available, which also includes a PC interface. The third GPS is an old Magellan NAV-5000 handheld GPS that serves as the backup to the backup. This GPS is also powered from the boat's DC system using an adaptor cable from a Magellan DC-to-DC converter.

Main VHF radio: There is an ICOM IC-M58 full-featured VHF, mounted next to the chart table. There is an inside speaker by the chart table and an outside speaker in the cockpit, with a switch to select either speaker or both speakers. There is a Metz VHF antenna at the masthead. The boat has an FCC license for all radios aboard.

Handheld VHF radios: There are two handheld VHF radios. There is a full-featured Standard Communications HX-350S waterproof/submersible VHF (new 1999), plus an AC charger, a DC charger, and an alkaline battery pack (it normally runs off the Ni-Cad battery pack). There is an old Midland 78-202 VHF with five VHF channels and three weather channels, plus a dry-bag and AC charger.

SSB: There is an ICOM IC-M700 single sideband HF radiotelephone. This radio can receive any frequency from 1.6 MHz to 24 MHz, and can transmit on the marine bands and ham bands. The radio is connected to an ICOM AT-120 automatic antenna tuner. The boat has an insulated backstay as the antenna. There is an antenna switch so the backstay antenna can be connected to the ICOM SSB or to the Radio Shack shortwave radio.

RDF: There is an Aqua Guide Model 702 Digital Radio Direction Finder. The system is portable, and is only hooked up when needed.

Shortwave radio: There is a portable Radio Shack DX440 synthesized shortwave receiver (covers AM and FM, too). There is a DC adaptor so it can be operated from an external DC supply, or it can be operated from internal batteries.

Weather radio: There is a portable battery-operated Radio Shack 12-246 weather radio. The main VHF and the handheld VHF's can also receive the weather frequencies.

Stereo: There is a Jensen MDC9645W marine AM/FM stereo receiver in the main cabin (new 1998). The stereo has a built-in CD player, a built-in cassette tape player, and a built-in digital graphic equalizer. There is a pair of Infinity 2000.2 bookshelf speaker systems in the main cabin, and a pair of Polyplanar 9060 waterproof speakers in the cockpit (all items new 1998). The stereo has separate equalizer settings for each set of speakers. There is a Dantronics UFO-III amplified antenna for FM/TV reception mounted on the mast (new 1999). I have a large collection of CDs.

CD player: There is a Sanyo portable CD player (runs off of batteries, AC adapter, or DC adaptor to run off boat's DC), plus a pair of Sony headphones.

Tape recorder: There is a Sony M-530V microcassette tape recorder (runs off of batteries or DC adaptor).

Instruments: There is a Datamarine S100KL knotmeter in the cockpit with an "odometer" log near the chart table. There is a Standard Communications DS45 depth sounder with alarm (new 1999). There is a Humminbird 100SX portable depth sounder (new 1999).

Thermometer: There is an electronic indoor/outdoor thermometer that also records minimum/maximum temperature, plus a separate mercury thermometer.

back to top

Navigation Equipment

Compasses: The boat has a Danforth Constellation 5" compass mounted in a stainless steel binnacle on the steering pedestal. There is a Plastimo Iris 100 hand bearing compass with night light, and a West Marine Accusight hand bearing compass with night light.

Binoculars: There are three binoculars on the boat: Fujinon Mariner 7 x 50 waterproof binoculars with compass and night light, Celestron 8 x 56 night glasses (not waterproof, used mostly for stargazing), Celestron 7 x 35 wide-angle binoculars (used mostly for bird-watching since they are very portable).

Charts: There are several Maptech ChartKits (New York, Chesapeake, ICW, Florida/East, Florida/West), plus some separate paper charts. There is a separate small ICW chartkit. I will get other chartkits and charts as needed. There are two plastic waterproof chart cases, so you can use the charts in the cockpit in inclement weather. There is an assortment of chart plotting tools. I also have some DeLorme state map books, plus the PC has some map programs.

Reference books: Bowditch, Reed's Almanac, Chapman's Piloting and Seamanship, Annapolis Book of Seamanship, several U.S. Coast Pilots, several Waterway Guides, Skipper Bob guidebooks to marinas and anchorages, Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay, various other sailing and cruising reference books. There are also numerous boating catalogs and brochures, as well as electronics and computer catalogs.

Instruments: The boat has a Weems-Plath chronometer and a Weems-Plath barometer. The boat has a Davis Mark 25 plastic sextant. I need to get a current almanac plus a good book on how to do celestial navigation.

back to top

Safety Features and Gear

Propane alarm: The Trident propane control panel in the galley also has a propane sniffer in the main cabin that operates continuously. If propane gas is detected, it sounds an audible alarm and automatically shuts off the propane solenoid to turn off the stove and/or heater.

Carbon monoxide detector: There is a Xintex CMD-2M carbon monoxide detector (with audible and visual alarm) located in the main cabin.

Smoke alarms: There is a battery-powered smoke alarm in each cabin (forward, aft, main).

Fire extinguishers: There are five fire extinguishers on the boat (forward cabin, two in galley, aft cabin, and cockpit locker).

Handholds: There are handholds in the cockpit on the pedestal grabrail, on each side of the dodger, along each side of the cabin top, on the dorade grabrail, and throughout the interior.

Lee cloths: There are lee cloths for both settees (although only one settee is usuable), plus a lee board for the aft berth.

Flotation aids: The boat has a Lifesling mounted on the stern pulpit, plus a separate Lifesling lifting tackle in the cockpit locker (to hoist someone aboard). There is a throwable horseshoe buoy mounted on the stern pulpit plus three throwable cushions in the cockpit. There are four type-III vest PFDs plus several type-II PFDs.

Jacklines and harnesses: There are two Lirakis harnesses plus one Forespar adjustable harness, each with two tethers (three-foot and six-foot). There are two nylon webbing jacklines (new 1998) that can be securely rigged the full length of the boat (port and starboard), plus two additional padeyes in the cockpit for clipping-in a harness tether.

Liferaft: The boat has an Avon four-person canister liferaft mounted on the cabin top. The inspection is out-of-date by several years, so the liferaft might not work. I plan to get the liferaft recertified before leaving on an ocean passage.

Flares and strobes: The boat has an assortment of handheld and meteor flares stored in an orange waterproof box in the cockpit locker. There is an additional flare kit for the dinghy. There are four battery-powered personal strobe lights with velcro straps. There is a separate larger portable strobe light for the boat.

Sound-producing devices: There are two freon air horns with spare freon cartridges. There is a manual (lung-powered) horn. The boat has a regulation bell mounted in the cockpit. There are several personal safety whistles.

EPIRBs: There is a Guest 952-02 Category II EPIRB (the fancy satellite kind, with manual activation), with fresh battery and current COSPAS-SARSAT registration (new 1998). There is an ACR Mini-B2 Class B EPIRB (the simpler, cheaper kind), with fresh battery (it doesn't have to be registered).

Radar reflector: The boat has a Firdell Blipper radar reflector mounted on the mast.

Lightning protector: The boat has a stainless steel static discharge brush mounted on top of the mast.

Emergency water: There are two gallon jugs of water stored below, and two 6-gal jugs of water lashed on deck, all for emergency use.

Watermaker: There is a PUR Survivor-06 emergency manual watermaker stored in the abandon-ship kit (new 1998).

First-aid kit: There is a first-aid kit and medical reference guide. I might get a fancier medical kit that contains some prescription drugs.

back to top

Other Features and Gear

Dinghies: There are two dinghies. The first is a 1990 Avon Rover 280 inflatable dinghy with 9' length. The dinghy has a three-section plywood floor, an inflatable keel, a seat, a set of oars (it doesn't row very well), a towing harness, a lifting sling, a security cable and lock, an anchor with anchor rope, a flare kit, a bailer cup, a battery-powered white light for night operation, a foot pump for inflation, and a repair kit. The Avon dinghy is stored rolled-up on the cabin top next to the main cabin hatch. The accessories are stored in the aft cockpit locker. The second dinghy is a 10' Portabote folding semi-rigid plastic boat (new in 2000). The dinghy has three plastic bench seats, a plywood transom with motor mounting block, a good set of oars/oarlocks (the Portabote is easy and fast to row), plus the Portabote can use a lot of the accessories for the Avon dinghy. The Portabote is stored folded-up against the starboard lifelines. The seats and transom are stored in the forward cabin, the accessories in the aft cockpit locker. Both dinghies have Maryland registrations as powerboats. Either dinghy can use the Nissan 3.5 HP outboard motor (new 1999). The motor has an internal gas tank, a motor security lock, a canvas cover, a spare propeller, spare shear pins, spare spark plugs, a spare water pump, and spare zincs. The motor is stored on the stern pulpit. There is a small gas jug for mixed fuel plus 2-cycle oil (to take in the dinghy), plus two six-gallon gasoline jugs secured along the side decks of the big boat (gasoline for the outboard or generator). The main boat also has a removable folding aluminum boarding ladder that can be installed at the lifeline gate on either side, to get in and out of the dinghy. There are two small fenders to keep the dinghy from rubbing against the sailboat if moored alongside.

Kayak: The boat has a 16' Klepper Aerius-2000 folding kayak, plus the Klepper rudder assemblies, a Klepper boat cart, a Werner Camano take-apart paddle, and a Klepper take-apart wooden paddle, plus the official repair kit for the Klepper kayak. There are numerous kayaking accessories, including several dry bags, gloves, a mooring rope, bilge pump, bailer cup, water bottles, paddle leash, etc.

Bicycle: There is a Caribike MTB folding bicycle (new 1999). It is a mountain bike with 21 speeds. The bicycle is equipped with fenders, front and rear lights, odometer/speedometer, bell, mirror, water bottle, air pump, tire repair kit, back rack, two panniers, and security cable with lock.

Computer: I have a Compaq Presario 1690 laptop (14.1" TFT screen, 64M memory, 6.4G hard drive, DVD drive, floppy drive, touch-pad mouse), a waterproof Pelican case for the computer, a Port 100 acoustic coupler modem adapter, HP 712C color inkjet printer (with spare ink cartridges), external Iomega Zip drive for backups, external Iomega CD-RW drive, Epson 2450 Perfection 2400 dpi scanner, and an external Logitech trackball. There is a Statpower Portawattz 300W inverter to run the computer off the boat's DC, via a cigarette lighter outlet. I have some software (Microsoft Word, Works, Visual Basic, Encarta 2000 DVD, Britannica 2000 DVD, DeLorme Street Atlas, DeLorme Topographic Maps, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft PictureIt!), plus several DVD movies.

Telescope: I have a Celestron 5" Schmitt-Cassegrain telescope, with tripod and numerous accessories. The scope can be used as a telescope or a daytime spotting scope. I also have a few astronomy books and guides.

Fishing gear: I have three fishing poles of various types, plus a case containing reels, lures, and various accessories. I don't have a fishing license for Chesapeake Bay, so I don't currently use the fishing gear.

Snorkling gear: I have a mask with snorkel, and a set of fins.

Camping gear: I have a backpack, an L.L.Bean tent, two sleeping bags, a bivvy sack, inflatable pad, backpacker stove with fuel bottle, a folding camp chair, cookware set, plus various accessories.

Rain gear: The boat has three sets of medium-duty rain gear (jacket/hood plus pants), plus I have a nice set of sailing foul-weather gear (jacket/hood plus bib pants) for cooler weather. I have two sets of boots.

Luggage cart: The boat has a folding heavy-duty luggage cart with plywood "floor" for transporting jerry jugs or other heavy items on shore. There is also a collapsible plastic "crate" for transporting small items.

Boat poles: There is a collapsible boat pole in the cockpit and a fixed-length boat pole on the cabin top.

Tools: I have loads and loads of tools: a toolbox with basic hand tools, a toolbox with woodworking tools, a toolbox with all kinds of bits and accessories, a toolbox with mechanic's tools (sockets and wrenches), a toolbox with electrical tools and crimp terminals, a toolbox with a zillion fasteners (stainless steel, brass, bronze, pop rivets, etc.), a toolbin with power tools, a toolbin with miscellaneous tools, another toolbin with more power tools. The entire port settee in the saloon is covered with toolboxes and toolbins. These are the power tools I have: Milwaukee drill, Milwaukee Sawzall, Bosch jigsaw, Craftsman router with router table, Porter-Cable random-orbit sander with dust collector, DeWalt palm sander with dust collector, Makita buffer, Dremel tool and accessories. I also have two Hirsch sawhorses, a portable alloy multipurpose bench vise, some electronic "tools" (two digital multimeters, one analog multimeter, a Weller 8200 soldering gun, and a Weller WCC100 Electronic Soldering Station).

Spares and supplies: I have loads of spares for all the major boat systems. Major spares include an alternator, engine raw water pump, fresh water pump, bilge pumps and float switches, toilet rebuild kit, bulbs/fuses, etc. I have all kinds of supplies, too: epoxy supplies, painting supplies and paint, sanding, caulking, all kinds of tape, lots of light line, rigging parts and supplies, engine supplies, electrical wire/parts/supplies including a million wire ties, plumbing parts and supplies, miscellaneous hardware, miscellaneous teak and other wood, sheet plastic, aluminum angle/bar, stainless tubing, all kinds of lubricants (engine oil, transmission fluid, waterproof wheel bearing grease, SuperLube synthetic grease, Lubriplate waterproof grease, outboard lower unit oil, WD-40, PB-Blaster, generator oil, honing oil, household oil, graphite, teflon spray, silicone spray), etc.

Books: I have a bunch of books: sailing and cruising reference books, cruising guides for various areas, field guides for birds, trees, flowers, rocks/minerals, fish, etc., some books on astronomy and geology, a few computer and electronics books, some reference books, etc. I don't have too many casual books just to read—for these, I rely on the book exchanges you typically find at marinas frequented by cruisers.

back to top

Internet Links

back to top

Sailboat Page   Home Page