07/01/2015, New Bern
Kathleen and I have set sail for the last time together. It is now time for us each to head in a new and very different direction. Kathleen will be pursuing her dream to be a musician somewhere west of the Mississippi and I will be moving to Reno to be close to my daughters.
I have been working on our catamaran Sprout for over a year to get her ready for very comfortable cruising, and she is now ready and for sale. I am happy that I was able to have a great cruise on her from Tampa to New Bern and Kathleen and I went on a few fun cruises in our local waters of NC. Somebody will be very lucky and happy to take her far over the horizon.
Here are the details:
2003 Wildcat 350
LOA is about 40' with sprit, 35 with it retracted
Bridge clearance: 55'
Yanmar 2GM20's with SD 20 saildrives serviced with new seals in May and running perfectly. Able to motor at 5 knots on a single engine at 2800 rpm. Average fuel consumption running both motors is about .75 gal/hr total at 6 kts. Racor diesel fuel filtration. Easily retractable or removable bow sprit with screecher on a roller furling - excellent for light wind sailing. 12 volt and 110 volt electrical system. 4 x 140 watt Kyocera solar panels and dual Blue Sky MPPT controllers. Air X wind generator with stop switch. 2 Balmar 70 amp alternators with controllers, centerfielder and starting battery controllers. Dimmable overhead lights in salon and galley, and LED lighting throughout. LED anchor/tridata and navigation lighting. Fans and lights in all cabins. Beautiful 2 drawer refrigerator. Custom drawers in the wrap-around galley-up. 125 gallons of fresh water. 75 gallons of fuel. Seagull Iv filtered water in galley. Water heater and accumulator tank. 55 lb Spade anchor with 100' HT 5/16" chain plus rode. FX-23 with rode. Anchor windlass with foot switches and helm switches. 2 burner propane stove and oven. Fresh compound, wax and Trinidad SR bottom paint May/2015. Xantrex 2000 watt pure sine inverter with remote. Epirb. 16,000 btu Cruiseair heat and air like new. Galvanic isolator. Splendide combo vented washer and dryer! Dual Xantrex 40 amp Truecharge battery chargers with remote. All shore power cords for 30 or 50 amp service with dual Smart Plug connectors. New sunbrella bimini, and 3 sail covers. 2 x 4D (400 amps) of AGM house batteries plus 2 AGM Lifeline starting batteries. Furuno radar. One electric and one manual toilet. Custom wrap-around shower curtains in each head. 2 x 15 gallon holding tanks with macerator pump-outs. Raymarine ST5000 plus hydraulic autopilot with wireless remote control, tridata and new wind instrument and transducer. 4 queen beds in private cabins. Excellent swim platforms with easy swim ladder. Heavy duty dinghy davits. Bug screens for all hatches, port lights and sliding salon doors. Mesh covers for the salon windows and all hatch covers plus heavy duty solar reflective shades for hot climate cruising. Roll down cockpit privacy/sun shades for all three sides. Fully battened, square-top main in great condition with new stack pack. All sail controls at the cockpit. Very easy boat to sail and operate single-handed. The bottom is in excellent condition without any blisters, damage or water intrusion - verified by moisture meter and infrared video camera by surveyor. This catamaran has the room of a much larger cat and is in turn-key condition. The solar and wind power generation provides more than enough energy for living away from the dock long-term.
Loaded with additional cruising gear, spares and 2015 cruising guides from FL to Maine.
I can email additional pictures and info upon requested.
Located in New Bern, NC $179,000
Working at the top of the mast
05/05/2015, Bridgeton Boatworks, NC
I have used the ATN climber to go up to the top of the mast a couple times but I wasn't able to get quite high enough to work on the anchor light so the yard lifted me up with the same crane that pulled Sprout out of the water.
The crane made the trip up very easy and fast. I had already replaced the Raymarine wind transducer and was going to check the wiring to the anchor light that has never worked. I removed the anchor light and checked for 12 volts at the wire ends while my helper turned the light switches on. I was very happy to discover that the anchor and tri-color wiring was good, so I ordered a new LED anchor/Tri-color light that I will install in a few days.
Busy at the boatyard
05/01/2015, Bridgeton Boatworks, NC
I have been working on Sprout most days to get her ready for our cruise to Maine. I brought in some professional fiberglass guys to pretty up all the Gel coat and fix some cracks. I am focusing on the bottom paint, saildrive seals and zinc painting, engine maintenance, bow sprit stays, galley upgrades, electrical work, etc. I am hoping to launch the week of May 11th and we may be able to get underway around May 20th.
Sprout was pulled out of the water by this military crane and custom made catamaran trailer. It was only the 3rd time the yard used this contraption, so it was a tense operation - it went well.
Preparing to cruise again!
04/06/2015, New Bern, NC
We are preparing ourselves and our catamaran - Sprout for a summer cruise to Maine. We hope to leave around early June and head up the ICW to Norfolk and then outside up the NJ coast with stops in Cape May and Atlantic City. We will stop in NYC if we can get a mooring and then continue up the Long Island Sound.
We plan to attend the SSCA Gam in Essex, CT starting on June 19th.
We will be filming for a new video and making daily posts to this blog.
11/18/2013, Tahiti Beach
Kathleen brought the best sun screen!
Not the South Pacific
11/18/2013, Tahiti Beach
We sailed a short way south to Tahiti beach yesterday and have been enjoying the very peaceful conditions.
Not for sale!
11/18/2013, Man o War Cay
This peaceful, little home is sitting at the end of the harbor with crystal clear water, a deep water dock and great storm protection all around. Definetely a fixer-upper, but a perfect spot to swim laps right from your dock year-round and have easy access to fantastic fishing and splendid sailing!
Exploring on foot and in the dinghy
11/18/2013, Man o War Cay
We have taken a few different self guided tours of Man O War and it is another Abacos Gem. We had to anchor outside of the very protected harbor because this big cat will not fit, so we have had a few fun dinghy trips into this amazing spot that looks a lot like Maine!
11/14/2013, Hope Town
The Hope Town light house.
Windy NE 20-30 kts
11/14/2013, Marsh Harbor
Kathleen, Tia and I have parked our catamaran Mozzie in St Augustine for a few weeks and jumped aboard Galene - a new Prout 63 catamaran for a Bahamas trip with the president of Prout, America and his wife Sandy. We had another couple join us for the crossing - Stu and Doree - which was a big help with the night watches.
The catamaran has to be out of the US for a couple of weeks and we are happy to help out.
The crossing was rough, but this big cat handled it well. We are currently waiting for a NE blow to move out, so that we can explore more of the Abacos. The issue at the moment is that our draft of 5'6" is limiting the anchorages that we can get into.
We took a ferry over to Hope Town for lunch and exploring... what a beautiful place - we will return.
We plan to return to St Augustine late November and will continue our cruise to the Florida Keys on Mozzie.