Built in 1947 for Kenneth Whittier, an editor for Rudder Magazine, and designed to follow Slocum’s Spray around the world, Starbound has safely delivered her several distinguished owners through thousands of blue water miles, including two trips around the globe.
From 1995 until 1999 Starbound underwent a massive overhaul, during which time she was replanked with reclaimed old-growth longleaf yellow pine, laid over sawn oak frames. Her entire transom and aft deck were replaced, as were the teak decking and cabin top. She is in fantastic shape, in the water in Bucks Harbor, ME.
Starbound appears in two books: Starbound and Deep water cruising, by Former owners Gordon and Nina Stuermer.
We have a recent survey of the boat available for reading.
Let’s start aft with the Quarterdeck: Here you will find the perfect blend of tradition and comfort. A cushioned bench follows the contours of the taffrail to provide comfortable seating, as well as stowage. The helm has a traditional wood and bronze helm attached to a beautiful teak post with a Ritchie compass encased in a beautiful bronze glass and teak binnacle. The entire cockpit is covered by a stainless framed Bimini cover.
With over seventeen feet of beam, there is plenty of room to work, play, and relax on the house, decks, and foredeck.
Her galley is huge and perfectly set up to cook and entertain, even in a heavy sea. Amenities include a gimbaled force 10 four burner stove with oven, top loading Sea Frost fridge and freezer, with side access, a huge sink, and tons of well thought out stowage.
Directly to port is the nav station, with a pilot cabin and berth aft of the nav station.
The focus of the main salon is the settee with a fold out table. There is room for six to eight people at the table. The skylight above creates rich ambient light. The beautiful hand carved panel above the settee was carved by a young master in Bali during one the yacht’s circumnavigations. It depicts a scene from the Balinese interpretation of the epic Ramayana, showing Rama rescuing his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.
Access to the huge quarter lazarette is just inboard and aft of the settee. In the lazarette is easy access to the rudder post and tackle as well as a sail locker, safety gear, etc.
Heading forward to port you will find the large head that includes a separate standup shower. Forward of the head is the master’s cabin with a double bunk and lots stowage, and plenty of room to stretch.
Across from the master cabin is the engine room/workshop. Access to all systems is easy from this uniquely spacious engine room.
Forward of the engine room on the starboard side is the guest cabin with two single bunks and a good amount of stowage.
Head further forward to find a well stocked bookshelf on your way to the huge forecastle. There are four bunks in the Forecastle as well as stowage bins.
Sails & Rigging:
Starbound has a Gaff rigged main, a Marconi Mizzen, A roller furling Genny, and a hank on inner jib, loaded on a self tacking jib boom. She also has a free footed square that hangs from a 40 foot long yard. All sails are tanbark and in good shape. All of her standing and running rigging is in great shape, with many recent improvements as recent as 2009.
Yanmar 4LH-DTE #23610. New in 1997
Transmission new in 2009
12V DC and 110 AC
Batteries: Six 8D storage and three #31 for engine and generator
Circuit protection: 30 switch DC panel and 8-switch AC
Also panel with inverter controls, windlass switch, Fyrewatch switch and monitor.
running lights, spreader lights, port and starboard main electric bilge pump switches
Battery charging system: Engine alternator, Kohler generator with new in 2009 dual Racor fuel filter system
ProSine 2.0 inverter/charger (#B124560110)
Compass: Ritchie in large traditional bronze, teak and glass binnacle in cockpit
VHF: Icom M504with repeater mic at helm.
SSB: IC M802 with SP24 speaker – new in 2009
Fathometer/Knotmeter: Raymarine ST60+ wind, depth and speed displays
Autopilot: Raymarine Autohelm SmartPilot in cockpit – new in 2009
Stereo with interior and exterior speakers
Some extra equipment:
Winslow canister 4-man 604L0 – inspection good to November 2011
Two large Fisherman anchors mounted outboard on cat-heads extending through
Two spare 40-50 lb Danforth anchors
Chain and line
Hydraulic bronze Ideal windlass with chain gypsy and rope drum as well as rope drum on
Fyrwatch halon system in engine room
She is currently in sail away condition.
Own a piece of history! SEAL is the first Block Island 40 ever built and she has enjoyed a complete refit at the Pendleton Yard on Isleboro, Maine in 2004. Every system has been removed as well as most of the interior joiner work all being replaced new, along with the engine, many of the winches, tanks, wiring, etc. Literally, she is a new boat in her original 1957 hull as all that was left in the refit was the solid glass hull and deck and some interior joiner work. Available only on an attractive 3 year charter with purchase option.
Located in Yarmouth ME.
Spirol was designed by the late and legendary Ted Hood. In 1960 Hood designed a forty footer named Robin, the Tor 40 (drawing shown above) which was similar to a previous vessel which had been very successful on the racing circuit. Spirol is a 36 foot version of this famous design rigged as a yawl and with centerboard. Though used primarily as a cruising sailboat Spirol has been very successful on the racing circuit. Her sister ship, Rambler, has made four transatlantic crossings – attesting to the seaworthiness of the design and construction of these vessels. Spirol has been well-cared for by her previous owner, and professionally stored every winter. She had a refit in 2005 at which time she received:
New sails, new electrical system, roller furler, furuno radar/gps. Her 40 hsp westebeke is currently being rebuilt (2014).
Although this is a pleasure boat, it has been built strictly along the lines of a lobster boat
of the 1950’s and is aesthetically pleasing and a reasonably well-fitted-out cruiser.
Cedar on oak – routine maintenance required if being commissioned for launch
Oak – 2” x 7/8” on 11” centers– sound where observable
Oak 1 ¼” x 3” – bolted to carlines with bronze rods and bronze bolts – sound where
Oak – 3” x 1 ½” – sound where observable
Appear to be copper boat nails
Bronze bolts at sheer clamp
Canvas-covered plank in transom deck, side decks and foredeck and painted plywood in
main deck with hatches cut in having SS strapping all around edges – soundings
performed with good results – some lifting of canvas on transom deck – not critical at this
Oak – 1 ½” x 1”-2”
Wood quarter guards with bronze cap – in good condition and secure
Wood with bronze cap – good condition and secure
RAILINGS & PULPITS
Aluminum bow rail - secure
BULKHEADS & CEILINGS
Tongue-in-groove or shiplapped ceiling in good condition where observable
Plywood bulkheads – one forward of cabin trunk, one amidship of trunk and one aft of
cabin trunk – good condition with no signs of distortion or fracturing
Door in forward bulkhead accesses new SS water tank with hook-up – not yet plumbed to
Two settees with deep shelves over and storage under
Head compartment to starboard with Wilcox Crittenden head with Lectra San disposal
system and folding door on bronze piano hinge
Galley to port with Formica counter with SS sink with cold pressure water (not plumbed
to new tank yet)
Lockers under with brass handles, old-fashioned stove with two burners (propane?),
drawers under with brass handles
Storage locker in counter outboard of stove and lockers outboard over and cup holder
Companionway door of varnished ply with bronze hardware
Electric cooler on mounting pad amidship aft against head compartment wall
Located in Portland ME.
This C & C has been used for family cruising. Spade rudder with stainless steel rudder stock. Solid fiberglass hull with balsa- cored decks and a non-skid finish molded into the decks and cabin roof. Newer engine and sails!
Full-size head, galley and sleeping accommodations for six. L-shaped galley down.
Fin Keel profile.
Anodized aluminum perforated toerail.
Aluminum bow and stern cleats; hawsehole and deck filler caps.
1” stainless steel continuous welded bow rail and stern rails.
1” stainless steel vertical stanchions with through bolted bases.
Stainless steel double lifelines.
Padded leaning bolsters on the port and starboard aft cockpit lifelines.
Port & starboard boarding gates.
(4) fixed-pane windows.
(1) opening porthole.
(2) PVC vents aft for bilge ventilation.
Emergency escape hatch forward.
Teak safety grab rails on the cabin roof.
Molded fiberglass headliner.
Fabric-covered interior upholstery.
Teak cabinetry and joinerwork; teak bulkheads.
Forward V-berth with filler cushion.
Teak and mica salon table.
Navstation down to port with chart table and seat.
Salon settees convert to berths.
Pressurized hot and cold on demand.
Seaward S1100 (11-gallon) updated electric hot water heater also exchanged off the engine.
Galley down to starboard with a single bay sink; hot and cold faucets.
Origo-4000 two-burner alcohol galley stove.
Wilcox Crittenden “Headmate” manual head with USCG approved MSD.
Single bay vanity sink with brass faucets.
Two-bladed Michigan Sailor bronze prop.
1” stainless steel shaft.
Cast bronze shaft strut with cutless bearing.
Visual and audible engine alarms (Temp, Oil, Volts).
Edson elevated steering pedestal with stainless steel destroyer type helm-wheel.
Throttle and gear shift controls.
Updated NAPA, 12VDC fuel pump.
20-gallon welded fuel tank.
30-gallon water tank.
(2) deep cycle updated marine batteries in molded poly-boxes.
Signet 1500 wind speed.
Signet 1000 depth.
Bulkhead mounted Ritchie compass.
Updated Perko 3-way battery switch.
Updated West Marine 12VDC instrumentation fuse panels.
12VDC electric bilge pump with high water alarm.
Uniden SOLARA marine VHF radio.
Sun Force 12VDC battery charger-solar trickle system.
Seth Thomas ship’s barometer.
Fixed and adjustable cabin lights.
New masthead wind anometer.
Masthead VHF antenna.
Updated Racor R15T fuel water separator filter.
USCG flare kit #Alert-Locate.
(2) 10-B:C fire extinguishers.
Aluminum boarding ladder.
USCG first aid kit.
Full inventory of USCG approved PFD’s.
(1) type IV throwable device.
Anodized aluminum mast and boom.
Weather boot around the mast entry.
Single mast spreaders with boots.
Stainless steel chainplates secured to structural members below.
(1) new Doyle Main’sl.
(1) new Doyle R/R genoa with sunshield.
Harken #1-186 series roller reefing with drum halyard lead aft to starboard through fairlead blocks.
Anodized aluminum reaching strut.
Inboard mounted genoa tracks with Merriman fairlead blocks on slide cars.
Schaefer block & tackle assembly main sheeting with tag line on a Schaefer traveler.
NAVTEC stainless steel rod rigging.
Double lower shrouds.
Sing upper shrouds.
Running back with manual backstay ratchet-adjuster.
Boom topping lift.
Schaefer turning blocks.
(2) Barient-27 S/T primary winches.
(2) Barient-26 stainless steel winches.
(4) Barient #10 winches.
(2) Barient #10H winches.
This yacht has been professionally maintained with receipts and log reported. Very minimal coring delamination and stress cracks on deck.
These boats were very well constructed using a heavy laminate schedule by todays standards. Designed by Ray Wall, they were built in a run of just over sixty boats on a semi-custom basis by Halmatic Yachts. This example is in very good condition for her age with lots of recent improvements. Warwick RI.
PVC deck vents.
1” stainless steel continuous welded bow & stern rails.
1” stainless steel vertical stanchions.
Vinyl-coated stainless steel lifelines.
Port & starboard boarding gates.
Updated cockpit cushions.
Updated interior cushions with fabric over foam interior cushions.
Teak & holly cabin sole.
(4) opening portholes.
(4) fixed-pane windows.
Fore and aft aluminum deck cleats.
Teak interior and exterior grab rails.
Molded fiberglass perimeter rub rail with stainless steel striker cap.
Raised teak perimeter toerails.
Molded fiberglass aft lazarette hatch.
Escape hatch forward.
Molded fiberglass slide-open companionway access hatch with teak weatherboards to fit.
Updated cockpit dodge with eisenglass curtains and 7/7” stainless steel support-rod/frame.
Starboard Settee in the salon converts to a berth.
Forward V-berth with filler.
Privacy curtains on windows and ports.
Teak bulkhead-mounted drop-down dinette table.
Molded fiberglass headliner and hull liner.
Teak cabinetry and joinerwork.
Wilcox Crittenden “Headmate” manual head with holding tank/MSD.
Two-burner Kenyon #219 alcohol stove.
Single bay galley and head vanity sinks with manual cold water.
Navstation to port with chart table.
(2) 18-gallon water tanks with a 12VDC diaphragm type pump.
(1) cross-linked molded polyethylene fuel tank.
Edson elevated steering pedestal with stainless steel destroyer-type helm wheel and Elkhide perimeter grip.
Throttle and gear shift controls.
Full engine instrumentation with RPM, Oil, Temp gauges.
Visual and audible engine alarms.
(2) updated marine deep cycle batteries.
Marinetics Corporation 12VDC electrical panel.
Standard Horizon digital speed.
Uniden QT206 digital depth.
Rule-Aquameter bulkhead mounted compass.
12VDC electric bilge pump.
Regency Polaris marine VHF radio.
12VDC cabin lights.
Marine VHF and GPS antennas.
(1) new 2010 Halsey main‟sl.
(1) new main‟sl cover.
(1) updated roller-reefing genoa.
Painted anodized aluminum extrusion mast & boom.
Updated end boom sheeting assembly with ball bearing slide car; Harken block & tackle gear.
Outboard mounted genoa tracks with slide cars and fairlead blocks.
Updated Hood-510 „Sea Furl” series roller reefing with drum halyard lead aft to port through fairlead blocks.
(2) Lewmar 2-speed primary winches on the aft cockpit islands.
Lewmar single-speed #7 mast halyard winches.
Single aluminum pipe-spreaders with boots.
1 x 19 stainless steel single upper shrouds.
1 x 19 stainless steel double lower shrouds.
Chrome-plated bronze open barrel turnbuckles.
Stainless steel chainplates.
Boom topping lift.
Updated braided halyards and braided sheets.
12‟ anchor chain and 200‟ rode.
Full inventory of USCG safety gear.
This vessel is in surprisingly good condition considering the vintage. The owner has taken good care in the upkeep and has made many custom repairs and modifications over the past 10 years of ownership.
Powered by a Chrysler 360 HP inboard. The transmission is a velvet drive with new stainless steel shaft and new prop. The interior was updated approximately four years ago with new carpet and counter tops. The bridge has a new full enclosure made of sunbrella fabric the enclosure is also four years old and is stored in doors during the winter. Transom door installed by a professional three years ago. New fuel system and freshwater flush head. The boat also has a wash down system. There are other features such as outriggers, Furuno GPS etc. The boat is in very good condition and has been well taken care of and maintained.
Engine is cooled by fresh water - last tuned 3 years ago. Oil changed, heat exchanger taken apart and cleaned. Recent fuel tank replacement 2 years ago - tanks are polyethylene on port and starboard, double securing clamps and properly grounded. Fuel is filtered with 10 micron filters (due to be changed). Electric trim tabs that automatically return to neutral position.
The interior has a spacious clean feeling - all furnishings are practically new. Nicely varnished oak panels and trim work. New vinyl cousins, newly carpeted floor and inside cabinets. To port there is seating with a table in center. Forward of this is a nav station. A large v-birth creates the forward cabin as a fabric divider is secured to overhead structure. The head has a Jabsco toilet that flushes with fresh water. There is a small vanity cabinet with sink and mirror. All lighting and electrical were found to be in good working order.
The aft deck is large for plenty of chair seating. A swim platform spans the width of the vessel. The fly bridge has a full enclosure that is in excellent condition. The fore deck was covered and no inspection was made of that area.
EQUIPMENT Wash down pump for decks, 110 volt refrigerator, fresh water connection for city water at dockside, new anchor line, Furuno GPS, Gamin Color Depth Sounder, rod holders on interior, 6 rod holders cockpit, 2 bilge pumps, cockpit lighting, 50’ - 30 Amp shore power cord.
Located in RI.
One of our crew had the pleasure of bringing this boat up Narragansett Bay in Late October, in a brisk breeze. She sailed beautifully, and is perfectly rigged for shorthanded sailing. She is fast and well balanced. Her sails are in great shape for cruising. We found her to be in very good shape overall. The H boat class is one of the largest one design classes in Europe. With her blend of performance, style, and comfort, we understand why. Located in Warwick RI.
More about the class: http://www.h-boat-class.org/
She has a simple, sporty cockpit with most controls easily reached from the helm, making her a great single/shorthanded sailing machine. Decks are functional, and easy to get around.
Below there is far more room than one would expect- with two berths aft affording room for people over 6’. A good sized v berth forward sleeps two comfortably. Shelves and cupboards provide ample stowage for racing gear, tools, as well as space for a long weekend’s worth of supplies. A pull out cooler bellow the companionway makes for a great place to store easy grab beverages.
Her decks are in great shape, and are solid to bounce around on. We have not sounded her hull, but it seems to be in excellent shape. Her Gel-coat looks great over all. There is one area of non-skid to outboard of the mast on the starboard side that is peeling (see photos). All areas with hardware/stanchions etc. are all solid.
Sails & Rigging:
She has North Sails main, roller furling Genoa, and spinnaker.
Her spinnaker pole is stored forward below.
All standing rigging looks to be in great shape.
She has a Harken roller furler, Harken Main sail track and cars, and Harken traveler, and main sheet tackle.
All chain plates, stem and stern plates all look good an are well bedded.
She has a simple electrical system that is not hooked up. We have not checked any equipment. Wires run form a battery bank in the port side cupboard to the DC panel. No lights were tested.
Datamarine Depth sounder
Some extra equipment:
Stainless swim ladder
Saturn 6” compass mounted on wood to fit companionway
8 lb. Danforth anchor and tackle
Removable tiller extension
Hand held bilge pump
Interior cushions are wearing a bit thin.
Fire extinguisher needs to be replaced.
Her outboard engine has not been run in a few years. It has been stored inside, having been winterized. It is reportedly in fine shape. The boat just sails too well to bother with an engine.
Interior wood could be re finished, particularly around port lights.
Located in Portland ME.
Construction and Interior
Sail Details & Rigging
- Main topsail
- Jib topsail
- Water sail
- Boom tent
- Round glued fir mast & topmast
- Fir booms & gaff
- Galvanized plow steel standing rigging
- Dacron 3-strand running rigging
- Ground Tackle
- Custom stainless steel yachtsman
- Mooring lines
- chain lead
- 200′ 3/8″ fortress fx16
- (2) Andersen winches
- Forward seeking depth sounder
- 3 blade prop
- Spare 2 blade prop
- Navigation and Safety Equipment
- Garmin hand-held GPS
- Hand-held VHF radio
- 3″ Ritchie spherical compass
- Interphase probe forward looking depth finder
- Hand-held Freon horn
- 12-V DC running lights
- (6) USCG Type II PFDs
- (1) 2 1/2# dry chemical fire extinguisher
- Perkins diesel KB30294 (serial #117817) new in 2007 located in cockpit.
- 3 cylinder
- 3600 RPMs
- Oak engine bed
- Hurth reduction gear
- Closed fresh water cooling
- Keel hung wood rudder
- 12 V Rule 2200 GPH bilge pump
- Atmosphere ventilation
- Mechanical fuel pump
- Dahl filters
- Raw water cooled exhast
- Wet exhaust rated exhaust line
- 12 V engine alternator
- Mechanical linkage
- F/G tube
- Flex flax stuffing box
- Fixed 3-blade propeller (SS)
- Fixed 2-blade spare propeller (SS)
- Bronze seacocks
- Storage batteries: (2) 12 V G24 deep gel lead acid
- Lighting system: 12 V DC ships service
- Circuit breaker: 12 V DC
- Ground: negative
- Wiring: multi-stranded PVC jacketed copper wire
- Switchboard: 12 V DC circuit breaker panel fed via MVP switch
- Battery charger: engine alternator
This lovely little boat is marine mahogany plywood sheathed with Dynel and epoxy. She has a small cabin with 2 screened opening ports, single burner butane canister stove, porta potty. Electrical system includes panel, 12 volt battery, running lights & cabin lights.
The mast is carbon fiber with aluminum boom, lazy jacks, jiffy reefing system, and mast raising system.
The single-axle trailer is in good condition. 3HP Mercury outboard included with internal fuel tank.
Located in Portland ME.
This is a traditional gaff cutter with more modern underbody which was designed by Antonio Dias and built by Brion Reiff in Brooklin, ME. Her cold molded construction offers strength and simpler maintenance, and her versatile sail plan and underbody provide excellent performance.
Zephyr is a 22 ft Sharpie. She has an angelique backbone, cedar planking, old growth douglas fir bottom,
white oak frames and old growth douglas fir masts. She comes with a tandem axle trailer with 4 new tires and a 2 ½ hpTohatsu 4 stroke outboard. Built in 2005 at Gannon & Benjamin. Asking price $30,000 but any reasonable offer considered.
Proceeds will benefit Boston Family Boatbuilding - for more information see www.bostonfamilyboatbuilding.org
Contact: John Rowse, 617-595-8557, email@example.com