We are pleased to offer one of the most beautiful working style sailing ships in the world today, the BILL OF RIGHTS for World Wide Sale! This 2-Masted Gaff Topsail Schooner was designed by McCurdy, Rhodes, & Bates. She was constructed in South Bristol, Maine at a famous old school New England Yard established back in 1850. The yard formally known as Bristol Yacht Building is well respected for having produced US Navy Minesweepers in the 40's and such ships as Hero (NOAA's 135'Antarctic Research Ship), 131' Harvey Gamage, 106' Clearwater, and dozens of others. She was designed for carrying both sailing crews and passengers out of Newport, Rhode Island. The BILL OF RIGHTS was acquired by her present owner and sailed some 5700 nautical miles from Norfolk, Virginia to her new home in Los Angeles, California in March of 1998.
The BILL OF RIGHTS is 136 feet long overall, has a beam of 23 feet, and a draft of 10 feet. Her sail area is 6300sqft and her main mast stands 100+ft above the deck. A single 210hp Caterpillar 3208 engine powers her. She sleeps 26 in multiple staterooms.
After a considerable restoration by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in 2005 and 2007, The BILL OF RIGHTS is a fully certified passenger vessel under USCG Subchapter T. She carries (30) guests and (8) crew in open waters. As many as (83) on voyages of less then 12 hours. Her COI is current for Limited Coastwise Route.
This classic wooden schooner and all her breathtaking beauty is seriously for sale. The sellers have recently required a new 100' Brigantine Tall Ship that is more suitable to their needs. Her modest initial offering at $850,000 USD has now been reduced to a mere $700,000 USD. If you find this a value and opportunity not to be missed.
CURRENTLY INSPECTED AND CERTIFIED FOR 52 PASSENGERS AS OF 2009.
The seller offers major price reduction of $200,000usd! Hurry and bring all offers to listing broker! Seller wants her sold!!!
Beginning in the bow there is a divided chain locker fed via iron hawse pipes from the deck. This area is accessed from the water tight manhole and has a water tight bulkhead aft. Next aft is the Forecastle with port and starboard upper berths. This area is accessed from a deck hatch with raised combings to prevent it shipping water. At the aft end of this compartment is a second water tight bulkhead. Next aft is "A" compartment. This compartment sleeps 15 persons with 4 double tiers along the port and starboard sides. Aft there are one head and one shower followed by a water tight bulkhead and a water tight door that leads to the "B" compartment. This compartment has upper and lower berth forward to starboard followed by a double stateroom. Opposite to port there is a double stateroom forward followed by two tiers of upper and lower berths. Along the forward bulkhead are the refrigerator and freezer, aft there is a water tight bulkhead with a head against it. In the starboard side of the water tight bulkhead there is a water tight door that leads to the galley and the main salon. The galley is to starboard with a sink forward, counter along the starboard side and a large LPG stove with oven aft. Opposite to port of the galley is the engine room accessed through a door in the salon and a cabin top hatch. In the engine room the main engine and the generator with the 120-volt distribution panel and battery charges. The main salon is next aft. This area has port and starboard long gimbaled dining tables. Aft to port is a single stateroom and aft to starboard is a single stateroom with the companionway up to the deck aft. Inboard of the port stateroom is the navigation station. At the aft end of this compartment is water tight bulkhead. Next aft is the Captain's cabin, which is accessed through the port companionway. Forward to port is a hanging locker and to starboard is a double berth. Inboard and forward is an open head and wash basin. Aft is a desk with this area followed by void spaces which is used for storage.
The vessel is a Classic working style schooner wit a clipper bow, round bilge with full keel, attached rudder and transom stern. The construction of this vessel is typical of a large American schooner. Her frames are what are called double sawn in that the oak timbers are sawn to shape and then doubled with the joints overlapping and then bolted. The frames are molded 7" x *" on 17" centers. These are set upon an oak keel timber and that setting on top of the lower section of the frames futtocks running length of the center bilge is a keelson timber, which ties the whole back bone of the vessel together. In this vessel the framing and majority of the other structural timbers are of red oak. The vessel is planked with Western Fir with the lower most streaks being oak and fastened with 6" round galvanized spikes. The vessels deck is caulked and laid Eastern pine over red oak deck beams. The planks are secured with galvanized nails. There is one main trunk cabin aft and three hatch scuttles.
Beginning at the forward end of the vessel and directly aft of the bowsprit is a double capstan manually operated, to port and slightly forward of the captain is a water tight manhole for access to the chain locker. Aft of the capstan is a raised sliding hatch companionway to the forecastle. This hatch is followed by a raised ventilation and emergency hatch for the "A" accommodations cabin. To port of these hatches is an Edson #1 deck mounted manual bilge pump. Next aft is the location of the foremast with its attendant pinrails followed next aft by a large deck box with top opening covers. It contains a single cylinder Lister diesel engine for the Jabsco bilge/fire pump and generates 32 volt DC. The bilge pump is manifolded to all compartments. The 32 bolt batteries are also located in this compartment. Next aft is the companionway down to the "A" accommodations compartment. OT starboard of this companionway is a 20 man Goodrich life raft and to port is the paint locker. Two dorade vets along with a 20 man Elliot life raft follow this area. Outboard and to port of the raft is an Edson manual #1 bilge pump. The companionway down to the "B" compartment is next aft with deck boxes on either side. To port there are two dorades and to starboard there is one. At the point the main deck steps up to the after deck at the forward end of which is the main mast with its attendant pin rails. To starboard of the mast is an Edson #1 manual bilge pump and outboard is a deck box for the LPG storage tank. OT port of the mast is a salt-water wash down pump. Aft of the main mast is a large trunk cabin fitted with two companionways, a large mid-ship skylight, an escape hatch over the engine room and a hatch over the galley. Between the two hatches a large deck box for life jacket storage. Last aft is the steering wheel box
Sails and Rigging
The vessel is topsail schooner rigged with the main and foremast being 14" x 15" diameter solid fir with 7/8", 5/8", and 7/16" plow steel all wrapped and slopped. The chain plates are bolted to the side of the hull through the internal frames. The masts are new (2005) and the booms were replaced a few years ago.
Mainsail - (new 2005)
Fore sail - (new 2005)
Main Topsail For Topsail
Jumbo - (new 2005)
Engine /Mechanical Equipment
The vessel is fitted with a Caterpillar 3208 naturally aspirated diesel engine, which was installed in 1987. At the present time the engine has over 6,000 hours as the vessel has had a lot of service in the last ten years. This engine is mounted to port of the main mast and the shaft exits to port of the keel with a three blade Luke feathering propeller. Also in the engine room is the 9 KW Kohler diesel generator for the 120-volt system. This is mounted outboard of the main engine to port. There is a 25 gph Village Marine Tec water maker in the engine room
The vessel is fitted with three electrical systems. It has 12 and 32 volt DC and 120 volt AC. Three 12-volt 8-D lead acid batteries located in the engine room provide the 12-volt DC. This is used for engine starting and the electronics. The 32-volt DC is supplied by an alternator attached to the Listen diesel on deck and by 8 - 4-volt batteries. This is used for all pumps and lighting systems. The 120-volt AC is provided by the onboard Kohler generator and from shore power. Pumps:
32 Volt Rule Heavy Duty Automatic Bilge
Engine-driven Jabsco Bilge/Fire
Lister-driven Jabsco Bilge/Fire
4 Edson #1 Diaphragm Pumps
Whale Diaphragm Galley Sink Drain Pump
32-Volt Refrigeration Cooling Pump
Oil Crank Case Reversible Pump
32-Volt Fresh Water Pump
Manual Fresh Water Pump
Captain's Cabin Fresh Water Pump
Electronics and Navigational Equipment
Furuno GPS Navigator GP 50 Mark 2
2 Raytheon Ray 201 VHF
Standard HX 250 Hand Held VHF
ICOM IC M600 SSB
ACR/RLB 17 Class C EPIRB
Humming Bird Wide Protrate Video Depth
Standard SLT 50 Digital Boat Speed
ACR 406 ACR/RLB-27 Category 1/Class 2 EPIRB
Furuno Dfax Weather Fax
12" Wilfred White Spherical Compass
5" Boston Clock
5" Boston Barometer
Safety and Fire Protection
(90) USCG Type 1 PFD's (adult)
(10) Child USCG Type 1 PFD's
Elliot 20 MAN Inflatable Life Raft
Elliot 25 man Inflatable Life Raft
Life Saver 20-man Inflatable Life Raft
6 lb. Dry Chemical B-1 Fire Extinguishers
(6) 10 lb. Dry Chemical B-II Fire Extinguishers
2 1/2 lb. Dry Chemical b-1 Fire Extinguishers
Halon 1301 Automatic in Engine Room
Kedge Iron Anchors with 3/4 Chain Rode
Bruce Anchor with 3/4 chain rode Spare Kedge Anchor
Fire stations with 11/2" hose and nozzle
(2) 24" Ring Buoy with line
Hard Bottom Inflatable with Evinrude Outboard
"BILL OF RIGHTS" is a perfect target for similar operations. She carries (30) guests and (8) crew in open waters. As many as 83 on voyages of less than 12 hours. She has current United States Coast Guard Certificates of Inspection limited coastwise route and is aggressively for sale.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.