CURRENTLY CRUISING UP US EAST COAST TO MAINE FOR SUMMER! SHE CAN BE DELIVERED TO YOU!
Imagine anchoring in just over three feet of water in parts of the Bahamas where most people can't reach...then imagine sailing from island to island with the performance of a centerboard. Imagine catching and cleaning fresh mahi for dinner in a cockpit that was designed just for that...or motoring at 11 knots if there's no wind. Imagine being aboard a boat that is unlike any other boat in the harbor...a true one-off! Renowned designer/builder/author Reuel Parker created this as his personal home, but circumstances have forced him to list her for sale AT BUILD COST.
She was designed specifically to cruise the Bahamas in the winter and Maine during the summer, with the proper mast height and draft to cruise the waterways and anchor in isolated locations that nobody else can reach, WITH the ability with the use of her centerboard to voyage offshore.
This boat is special. She's a one-off ketch with ROBUST cold-molded construction (see the photo of plugs taken from various sections of the hull and deck), built in the designer's personal shop in Fort Pierce, FL. After her initial launch, she cruised the Bahamas for a season. She's less than 2 years old so her mechanical and electrical systems and electronics are virtually new. With her centerboard up, she draws 3 feet.
She is fully self-sufficient, with 12-volt systems that require very little power to charge. Her solar bank is all that is needed. She's also simple and easy to sail. She's a cutter-rigged ketch with self-tacking staysail boom and a roller furling jib. She can be single-handed but has enough living space for 6 to be comfortable on an extended voyage. Her rugged build is reminiscent of a workboat, and you can see the influence of New England fishing boats and cargo carriers as well as traditional interisland trading vessels. She was designed with ease of maintenance in mind.
She is a true cruising boat. She is not "yacht finished" but is rather finished in a style that combines function with traditional beauty. Her saloon and aft stateroom are connected by a center cockpit with hard top with a recessed head that is both private and separated from living quarters (a design that Mr. Parker decided upon after years of looking for the perfect head location to avoid smell and proximity to primary living spaces. Her forward cabin is separated by a cargo hold from the saloon and features a vanity for convenience. Her saloon has a well-appointed galley, and large seating area which also doubles as bunks, and a large navigation station.
One unique feature is her aft cockpit, which is designed to be a fishing platform and even features a built-in fish cleaning table. She also has two sets of davits so you can be fully ready to explore and dive in different small craft of your choosing.
She would make a wonderful family cruiser, singlehander, or a charter boat. She is perfect for diving charters or eco-tours, with her separate cabins and ample deck space.
Mr. Parker is a well known designer and builder in the wooden boat community, and is author of many books, an avid cruiser, and contributor to Wooden Boat magazine and others. View the link to his bio at the end of this listing. She is being offered at build-cost--to have a similar boat custom built would cost roughly three times the asking price.
View photos of the build process as well as the finished vessel. She is fully finished, but we have included the build photos to give you an idea of her construction quality.
Melanie Sunshine Neale
Sunshine Cruising Yachts strives to educate and empower both buyers and sellers of fine seagoing sailing and power yachts, combining integrity and passion in order to give our clients a memorable and positive experience.
Cold molded wood/epoxy/fabric:
Bottom -- Full-sheet 1" marine plywood planking.
Sides -- Full-sheet 3/4" marine ply.
Decks -- 1/2" marine ply over sawn beams.
Coachroofs -- plywood/polystyrene foam composite with internal sawn beams.
Covering system - epoxy impregnated Xynole - polyester cloth finished with linear polyurethane paint systems.
Spars -- Tabernacle mast(s) hollow laminated Douglas fir/epoxy, booms solid Douglas fir. Interior -- painted ply trimmed with varnished hardwoods.