Tiller. Easy single person sailing. All new seacocks and thru-hulls. Yanmar 30HP. Ready to sail. Lying Bequia. Named "Akemi". Formally known as "Duppy".
Like many Columbias built, she has a Crealock design built in California with all hand layup procedures and thus there has never been any blistering.
Enter from large 10' long bimini covered cockpit area. Engine under cockpit. Either side of engine is quarterbirth (8' long each site). Midships is galley and seating area (can become a double bed). Towards bow is head (new head fitted) and chart table. Forepeak containes a v-shapped bed which can sleep 2. Water tanks under forepeak and midships.
She has a very fuel efficent Yanmar 3GM30. Both deisel pannier tanks are overhauled. Each holds 25 Gallons. She has a 5 Gallon day tank which is gravity fed (stops air entering the system; a common problem with healing and pannier tanks).
ALL original plans and blueprints on board! Plus Yanmar service manuals.
2 Trojan T105's (6V each) power the house bank. LED lights are throughout which put a negligable drain of the house bank. Engine / house bank can be connected via a battery switch if need be. Electronic engine monitor and regulator working.
Garmin GPS, VHF and Raymarine ST40 (giving speed and depth) on board.
Rocna 33lb anchor. Best anchor I have ever owned!
Price includes Mercury 8 person (full glassfibre keel) dinghy and Mercury 2.5 outboard included. They are not in good condition, but work perfectly.
ALL new thru-hulls and seacocks. New cushions fitted throughout. Price excludes mooring.
I hernitated a disc in my back. This has lead to me not able to sail for another couple of years, hence a forced sale of a very boloved yacht. She is a dream to sail! She's either perfect for a weekend sailer or (as I did) as a live aboard.
I am happy to hear of offers, but you must have cash.
Bottom painted April 2012 with 3 coats of interlux
Yes folks, I'm selling Hermione and moving onto Akemi!
Builder: Marine Trader
Dimensions: LOA: 38 ft 0 in / Beam: 12 ft 10 in / Maximum Draft: 4 ft 0 in
Engine: Engine Brand: Lehman / Engine Model: Email for model / Cruising Speed: 8 mph / Maximum Speed: 11 mph / Engine Hours: Less than 500 / Total Power: 120
Dimensions: Displacement: 22,000
Tanks: Fuel: 300 / Fresh Water: 250 / Holding: yes
Solar: email for details
Genset: email for details
The Lehman engine only has 200 hours on her since a major overhaul. 2 GPH when pushing the boat along at 7-8 knots.
The woodwork needs attention. Wood under the windows needs replacement. The windows themselves are glass and would benefit from being replaced with tinted perspex.
There is a cut away section in the roof where the engine was dropped in. This needs glassing over.
The windlass does not work and I have attempted a fix. If I was to keep her I would simply replace it as it (although technically working) will dump oil all over the deck.
The stern log is leaking and will need replacing within the next 5 years (with a glass fibre tube). This is an easy enough job when hauling. It's probably not a bad idea to consider this when hauling for bottom painting.
The REALLY good news is that all decks are replaced. Marine Traders are known for having rotten decks. This is because they screwed teak decking down into a plywood sandwich flooring and the ply (of course) got wet and rotted. This was all cut away by myself and new marine ply glassed in using WEST systems glass (receipts and pictures available upon request).
In summary, she is a great boat, but needs woodwork attention and a bottom paint.
There are three entrance ways to Hermione; either the door (seen) next to the helm, or on the opposite side, or from a stern entrance into the master bedroom.
Included is sonar and VHF. Recommend that you optain battery monitoring and GPS.
Next to the helm is the switches and the stairs down to the forepeak cabin.
The forepeak has a twin v-bed configuration. Just to the left you see the entrance for the forepeak head.
The forepeak head is all working, but no shower fittings are in place. The head itself is old and eminates a bad smell. I would replace it immediately. This head sits on top of a blackwater tank. If I was to haul the vessel I would install Y-values and seacocks so that you can disharge directly to sea as supposed to pumping into the blackwater tank, then to sea.
Just behind the helm is the galley. It has a double sink, stove and plenty of storage space. The fridge does work, but does not remain adiquate temperature under solar panels. I was going to rip it out and build a cold box in the same place. There are 2 110v outlets in the galley for microwaves etc.
At the rear of the main room is the entrance to the stern master bedroom. The pieces of white wood stored are for the ceiling (see below).
The master bedroom has a large island bed with good quality matress. This sits atop the main water tank (125 Gallons) and a spare fuel tank (125 Gallons).
In front of the bed is the entrance to the master bedroom head.
As you can see, this is one of the projects that needs completing. There was originally a small bath fitted. I ripped that out in favour of installing a water maker (not working and possibly pickled). I was then going to move the head to be in front of the water maker which would give me a much larger shower space).
The roof of the main room has a cut out section. This needs re-glassing and to have the internal woodwork re-fitted (all on board).
I've got a new boat ! And this one has a mast :) Her name is "Duppy" which is weird. I think it means "a spirit or ghost" in Jamaican. Can't say I am too enamored by the name, but she sails like a dream! She's been in Bequia for at least 20 years and I think she was manufactured in 1969. She's a Columbia 36.
As you can see, she is fully rigged and ready to sail. She's got a huge cockpit meaning that six people can day sail on her with no problems at all.
You step inside to see the seating area to the left (port side) and the gallery (kitchen) to the right (starboard side). As you can see, she is derelict inside... she won't be like that for long though!
The gallery needs a new top and a new oven (and a new sink).
You can see the head (toilet). There are two doors which swing out and block the corridor making it a huge bathroom and shower area. In front of that you see the bedroom.
The seating area is big, but needs a new table. The table is a hexagonal shape, but the original was rectangle, allowing it to drop down and make this area into a double bed.
This is the "under the sink" cupboard. The whole inside of the boat looked like this! Everything was covered in oil and grime - nasty stuff.
Amazing what some scrubbing and a coat of paint can do :)
So now you have met Duppy. I bought her to learn how to sail and she came with free lessons from the former owner. I've been out on her the last 3 Sundays and I'm loving every moment. She'll take me from Grenada to Dominica as I explore more of this wonderful part of our planet.
No Internet for the past three days so this is a bit of a catch up blog entry.
We motored down from Bequia to Charlestown Bay, Canouan. The bay has starfish all over the seabed. I started the day with trying to take a photo only to discover that my very expensive camera case had utterly failed and drenched the (now dead) camera.... so we are down to two cameras now - shame, but who cares - we're in paradise!
A quick stopover and we headed south to one of my favourite places on earth - Tobago Cays... a horseshoe reef surrounding several tiny uninhabited islands. We pick up up a mooring right in front of the turtle grass, jumped in an got right down to business - 2 hours of snorkelling whilst watching turtles (Emmy, you'd love this!).
There are no shops or bars in the Cays, so we sat back and watched the sun set over this beautiful little corner of our world.
The next day we piled into the dingy and headed for the reef. Imagine swimming in an aquarium full of coral swaying in the current and fish who swim all around you.. lobsters with a backdrop containing every colour under the sun... envious yet?
After two days of doing as little as possible Micke joined us as S/V Windward Star dropped anchor off our starboard bow. She looks more beautiful everyday!
After watching sun up we headed for Mayreau and Saltwhistle Bay. Yup, more paradise. The bay has a think white sandy beach splitting the sea and providing the ideal anchorage for us to drop anchor just meters from the beach. Micke took us to Roberts bar where we had great food and fantastic company (thanks Robert!).
We were joined by Sam, one of the taxi boats. Sam had a little too much strong rum that day. I guess that he has no idea that he met us, but he did want a million dollars for the photo - we have him a beer and he looked like he'd won the lottery.
Oscar and Nick got up early the next morning and went jogging whilst Patrick and I cracked open a beer and wondered what all that was about.
We reluctantly left Saltwhistle bay to head to Union Island and Chatham Bay... this place is dive mecka, but i'm not going to tell you why because I want to keep it as a secret. One thing though, I've seen more live coral in one dive that in every other dive put together that I've ever done! It was simply, a drift dive out of this world!
Chatham bay is deserted apart from a few small bars and trees and cliffs and, erm... well, that's about it to be honest. We went to the beach for sun downers then headed for the bar.
The next morning was a little busy. We were attempting to leave when a couple who are on a beautiful boat called Annie came over... followed by Jannica (who was on Jo) and Silvia who was on Camille (two of our companies catamarans)... Everyone loved the boat and decided that everyone should have at least one Swedish friend even if they are as white as cream.
We got away and motored for an hour to the other side of the island and Clifton (the town) where we picked up a mooring and rediscovered the Internet ;)
After a pretty crazy night out last night we crawled out of bed, fixed the boat, bought the last few food items and headed for Canouan... calm seas all the way...
With the waves still reaching three meters cruising was ruled out early in the day. We went to Sailors restaurant instead and had breakfast.... more breakfast and finally lunch. In between we did take a little walk up to the old British battery (little hill with old canons facing the bay).
After lunch we went for a snorkel at Devils Table; a little reef off the north point of Admiralty bay... wonderful coral formations - you'll have to trust me because I don't a photo :)
Off to Frangi tonight... it's jump up with the steel band.
Wednesday morning and we are going to motor down from St Vincent to Bequia. The day started of with high winds through Blue Lagoon and that means high seas between the islands. Hermione, my 38\' Marine trader is kinda made with cancels and calm lakes in mind. Three meter high waves were not part of the design spec! We headed out and within 30 minutes we had a routing... we zig-zagged the whole way... with Hermione performing perfectly.
The weather was overcast which was good for the crew.. too much Sun today would have burnt us up seeing as we were out at sea for 2.5 hours (exactly one hour more than it took me to go to St Vincent from Bequia on Monday.
After we got here I showed Oscar, Nik and Patric Port Elizabeth, then we went for a quick snorkel (saw Eagle ray, moral eel, stone fish amongst others). Now it's out on deck for sun-downers...
More tomorrow plus pictures.
I woke up to see what I thought was a white submarine on the horizon. Over coffee I was pondering on whether the UN had submarines as the vessel turned towards our port. Bequias Naval defenses consist of a dozen water taxis and a fort with a cannon last fired over a hundred years ago - I knew we were screwed.
I finished my coffee and was debating whether to hoist a white flag or scupper my boat when she came alongside. Submarine - No... this was the mother of all Gigayachts - named `A`. I wonder how many people have said to the owner `what?`after they have said `A` as their boat name.
I've been reading up a bit on her and luxuryproperty blog says she's over a million USD to fill the tanks. Never again will I moan about my fuel consumption!
Designed by Phillie Starck `A` is 118 meters long and cost a cool 150 million Euros to build. I can't help feeling he designed the thing , then got drunk, held the drawings upside down and proceeded to draw windows into the keel.
One thing I will say for her, when she dropped anchor a small flotilla of yachties got in their dinghies to go and have a closer look - this is a vessel that attracts attention and divides people with opinion.
What do you think?
Here are some more pictures from other blogs/videos:luxuryproperty blog - Malta Daily Photo blog - Video - Video - New Luxury items blog (picture proof that you can judge a mans taste by the tie he wears).
The night before the Bequia Easter Regatta Karl; a captain who was in Bequia at the time, asked me if I wanted to help him crew a sail boat called "Carrie" for the "Round Bequia" race the following day. I jumped at the chance. Within a couple of hours we had a motley crew.
The following morning; 11th April 2009, was race morning and we were packed with enthusiasm for race day! The starting horn went and we had no idea what was going on so we were last off the line, however non of us minded at all - we were racing!
The Seas were wonderful that day as we tacked back and forth around Bequia head. Out of nowhere a pod of dolphins joined us . They swam so close to the boat that I touched one of them with my toes. The way they played with the boat was thrilling to see.
We finished the race second to last, but we did not care. We'd raced and we'd won in our minds. We'd been carried through the Seas by dolphins and we didn't need a guy waving a flag to tell us who the victors were!
We stepped ashore high on adrenalin. Sandra, who works with me, broke the news - my friend, Peter Cox had died in a tragic accident. Peter was swimming with his son off a beach in Ilha Grande, Brazil when a wave swept him under. He did not resurface.
Peter was one of the big motivational reasons for me to come here. I had wanted to work with him since I first met him way back in 2003. He was a man full of energy, enthusiasm, drive and love for life and family. He was also a director of the company and a very strong force in driving the company forward.
The first project I did with him was the website. I felt like we were two kids playing - we bounced ideas, words and thoughts around, laughing along the way. It was probably the easiest website I'd ever made.
After that came the newsletter which again was a pure laugh - I could not really believe I was working with Peter. He listened to my ideas and really considered everything, brought his own to the table and we just bonded around a common set of goals. I learnt a lot from him.
Peter was a man of many talents, however, the one overriding thing that I will always remember him for was the love he had for his family.
The seas took a great friend that day. I wonder if those dolphins knew that as they swam alongside.
I want to thank Kenmore Henville who took the photos above of us racing. Thankfully, for me, he captured a day I'll never forget.
I woke up this morning and opened my stern doors to look out from Admiralty Bay (Port Elizabeth, Bequia). I was greeted with this....
It is said that the Irish leprechaun's secret hiding place for his pot of gold at end of the rainbow. Until now it has also been said that this place is impossible to reach, because the rainbow is an optical effect which depends on the location of the viewer - when walking towards the end of a rainbow, it will move further away.
... However, this rainbow definitely touches down on the French restaurant in Hamilton. I'm off to find gold tonight ;)
Tom Calthrop, Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines