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All Ocean Aluminum Cutter
- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Annapolis, MD
- Hull Material:
- Last Listed Price:
- US$ 115,000
This Listing Broker in his other life was a design engineer. I always knew what form, fit and function in harmony does. What works and doesn't work. When it comes to boats; certain boats were meant to stay at the dock pretending to be something that they really aren't. Others were painted by some advertising company to do things that they really weren't meant to do. While still others really try hard to fill in the gaps and really really try to fulfill their owners wishes and demands. And then we have the others that just don't give a dam, sort like the deplorables. Those last boats mentioned are just all purpose, bare bones, strong, and no frills. Just ask Beth and Evans or Skip. All high latitude explorers sailing similar boats in sea conditions that most only read about. These types of boats only to do one thing, and that thing is to serve their owners and deliver on promises, through thick or thin. Bare aluminum, rock solid construction and design, all while not giving a dam about winning a beauty contest. If you want to go somewhere safely, fast, and comfortably without caring what the neighbors think; well here is your boat. There's a lot of sanity in Lunacy. So do yourself a favor, ease your confusion, remember that there is always some lunacy in everything one does. Adventure, change, risk, excitement, taking a chance always involves a bit of insanity. Getting aboard Lunacy and sailing away on her, all while living the dream is still a lot cheaper and beneficial than seeing some shrink for some ten years. Enjoy our listing/offering.
Lunacy’s first owners commissioned the boat’s construction and launched her in 1985. They cruised her extensively on the U.S. East Coast and in the Bahamas and also completed a circumnavigation. The bare hull was built by Kingston Aluminum Yachts in Ontario, Canada, and was finished in Rhode Island. The design is by Yves-Marie Tanton, a French emigrant who slaved with Bob Perry and Chuck Paine in Dick Carter’s office in Boston during the ‘70s before making a name for himself designing several successful custom IOR race boats.
Her current owner purchased her in 2006 and was sailed back and forth between New England and the Caribbean four times. She received all of the love, care and money that is needed to keep a proper boat in proper condition.
The boat’s hull form is lifted from an earlier 37 Tanton design that features a simple cat-ketch rig with freestanding masts. Lunacy’s hull, however, has a two-foot scoop tacked on to her transom. Though a number of the cat-ketches, dubbed “ocean-going Volkswagens” by Tanton, were built by Kingston Aluminum, Star Cruiser, as she was originally known, was the only cutter-rigged boat built.
Lunacy is typical of the many metal cruising boats that have been custom-built on the cheap to stock designs (primarily in Europe, but also to a lesser extent in the U.S.) since the 1970s. To simplify construction the boat’s hull is hard-chined (it is in fact triple-chined, though it seems double-chined, as the bottom chine is quite soft) and her deck is flush, save for a small cabin house just in front of the cockpit.
Construction is also robust. The hull skin is supported by T-shaped frames on 18-inch centers and is comprised of 5-mm plate down low, shifting to 4-mm plate in the topsides; the deck is also 4-mm plate. All of the structure above the waterline is insulated with blown foam. The topsides are unfinished, and the deck is painted white. Aside from keeping the deck paint up, there is no exterior cosmetic maintenance.
Lunacy’s hull form is reminiscent of older IOR designs in that she is quite beamy amidships with a pinched stern. Her underwater profile features a well-shaped long fin keel and a transom-hung rudder (turned with a tiller) mounted on a full-length high-aspect skeg. Because the boat is aluminum rather than steel, her displacement is moderate. The ballast is internal lead, encapsulated and insulated within the keel.
The boat’s rig is quite tall (62 feet from waterline to masthead) with a rather small high-aspect mainsail and a rather large fore triangle. The advantage of the large fore triangle is that even in moderate conditions the boat sails very well with a non-overlapping jib that is easily pulled around the inner forestay when tacking. The disadvantage of the small mainsail is that sailing under main alone is often out of the question, which sometimes makes it more difficult to maneuver under sail in close quarters.
One of Lunacy’s greatest virtues, is that she is very stiff, thanks primarily to her hard-chined hull, and has a very smooth motion in a seaway. She does not pound much beating into a steep chop and was kept near Portland, Maine, and made a name for herself for riding out fall nor’easters on her mooring without pitching or straining too much at her pennant. Her chainplates are well inboard so she is reasonably close-winded and can sail with the apparent wind well inside 45 degrees in flat water without scrubbing speed. She is also reasonably fast on all points of sail and is more easily driven than I expected. Her helm, however, does load up when she is driven hard, hence there is a tendency to reduce sail sooner than necessary once the wind starts building. It would be easier to sail the boat to its best potential if it had a wheel rather a tiller. Unfortunately, the cockpit is very small and retrofitting a wheel is out of the question.
Because her cockpit is so tight, Lunacy is easy to manage singlehanded. All sheets and control lines, with the exception of the traveler controls, which are forward of the dodger, are just a short reach from the helm. But with more than two people in it the cockpit does feel overcrowded when there is serious work to be done. Fortunately, the boat’s flush deck and stiff ride normally make it easy for idle crew and guests to hang out forward of the cabin house.
The accommodation plan is straightforward and works very well. The center of the boat, housing the saloon, galley, and nav station, feels enormous, thanks to the beamy midship sections. In spite of the flush deck, there is standing headroom to about 6’2”. Up forward there’s a Pullman double berth in the owner’s cabin, plus there’s another smaller double aft in a segregated alcove under the cockpit to port. The straight settees in the saloon, either side of the fixed centerline table with folding leaves, are the best berths in a seaway, as the motion in the middle of the boat is smooth and noise from the cockpit is not intrusive, as it tends to be in the aft berth.
In sailing Lunacy, ventilation is also very good. There are seven large Dorade vents to pump air below when things are wet and wild outside, plus five deck hatches that can be popped open when conditions are calm.
Just last month, she was surveyed and she did pass her audio-gauge hull survey with flying colors.
Recent survey is available to serious buyer.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
LOA: 39 ft 6 in
Beam: 13 ft 0 in
LWL: 33 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 35 ft 6 in
Minimum Draft: 5 ft 10 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 10 in
Displacement: 21000 lbs
Ballast: 8500 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 62 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 2 in
Total Power: 44 HP
Engine Brand: Westerbeke
Year Built: 2009
Engine Model: 44B
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 1230
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 44 HP
Cruising Speed: 6 knots @ 2500 RPM
Maximum Speed: 7 knots
Fresh Water Tanks: Aluminum (130 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: Aluminum (80 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: Plastic (30 Gallons)
- The master stateroom is forward with a Pullman double berth to port with storage under. There is a hanging locker, cabinets, and a dressing table to starboard.
- Aft of the forward cabin is the main saloon with full-length port and starboard settees with lee cloths. Between the settees is a large centerline table (seats eight) with folding leaves.
- Next aft there is a large galley to port with a propane-fired four-burner Magic Chef stove and oven. There is also a large top-loading fridge box with a 12-volt Adler-Barbour ColdMachine refrigeration system. There are two deep stainless steel sinks, a marble counter top, much storage space, and pressure water and also a freshwater foot pump.
- Opposite the galley to starboard there is a large nav station with a full-size chart table with storage under. There is an excellent chart storage nook directly behind the nav seat.
- Behind the nav station there is a head with Lavac toilet and a vanity with a showerhead. Directly behind the head is a large systems/storage area.
- Behind the galley there is a partitioned-off double quarterberth with storage under and a hanging locker.
- The interior of the boat is extremely well ventilated, with seven dorade vents and five deck hatches. There are six Caframo Sirocco fans (large, but quiet w/automatic timers). There is also a large vented propane-fired Force 10 cabin heater.
HULL AND DECK
- New KiwiGrip deck paint with new Treadmaster installed in cockpit and on the bow (2016)
- New cockpit speakers (2016)
- Rudder-skeg joint redesigned and re-welded (2014)
- Cockpit dodger (2014)
- Viking 6-man liferaft (2012) last serviced 2016
- MOM8-A man-overboard module (2012)
- Ultrasonic Antifouling system (2010)
- Rudder heel replaced (2008)
- Bottom blasted down to bare metal and new barrier coat applied (2008)
- Lofrans Tigres electric windlass
- Three anchors (45-lb. CQR, 35-lb. CQR, plus one Fortress kedge)
- 230-feet of 5/16 high-tensile chain spliced to 230-feet of ¾” nylon rope rode
- Enormous vented propane locker aft with 50-pounds of propane stored in three aluminum bottles
- Wash-down hose connection at bow (saltwater for rinsing the anchor and rode, freshwater for bathing)
- Outboard brackets both on aft pushpit for storage and down low on transom skirt for emergency propulsion
- Foam insulation on hull to waterline
- Tiller steering with transom-mounted rudder
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL
- Westerbeke 44B diesel engine w/1230 hours w/100-amp alternator
- New PSS shaft-seal and propeller shaft (2015)
- Feathering three-blade MaxProp propeller (serviced 2016)
- 4 Trojan T145 6-volt wet-cell golf-cart batteries wired as two 12-volt house banks, 400AH total capacity (2011)
- G31DT Deka AGM 12-volt engine-cranking battery (2016)
- Airbreeze wind generator (2008)
- 2 70-watt BP solar panels (2008)
- Mastervolt BTM-111 battery monitor (2011)
- 2000-watt Heart Interface inverter/50-amp battery charger
- New masthead LED tricolor and anchor lights (2016)
- Raw-water strainer and sea-chest replaced 2011
- Shurflo 2000 and Shurflo 700 electric bilge pumps (2011)
- Edson 30gpm manual diaphragm pump
- Total fuel tanks 1 x 50 gallon; 1 x 30 gallon reserve TOTAL 80
- Total water tanks 2 x 50 gallons plus 1 x 35 gallon TOTAL 135
- Total holding tank 30 gallons
SAILS AND RIG
- New mainsail (three reefs), staysail, and working jib (2014)
- Bowsprit added to support new screecher (Code Zero-type) sail (2011)
- 2 spare mainsails
- 2 spare working jibs
- 2 spare staysails
- 1 140% genoa (very good condition)
- 1 asymmetric cruising spinnaker (good condition)
- Storm jib and storm trysail (good condition) (separate trysail track on mast)
- Selden Furlex furlers on the jib and staysail (jib furler replaced 2011)
- Selden continuous-line furler for the screecher (2011)
- 2 Lewmar 30 halyard winches on mast and 1 Lewmar 16 reefing winch under boom (2011)
- Selden R40 2-speed reversible winch for mainsheet (2012)
- 2 Andersen 52 self-tailing winches for headsails
- 2 3-speed Lewmar 55 winches for headsails
- All standing rigging and turnbuckles replaced 2007
- Aluminum whisker pole
- Twin backstays
- Mast-steps to masthead
- New mainsail cover (2014)
- The Aries servo-pendulum can be controlled with either a conventional windvane or with a Raymarine EV-100 tiller-pilot ram (new in 2016). With the vane up the Aries gear steers to the wind; with the pilot ram up it steers to a compass course. The tiller-pilot draws little power, as the servo oar does the work of actually steering the boat. The Raymarine tiller-pilot is NMEA-2000 compatible, can be interfaced with other instruments if desired, and can be operated via a wireless remote control (not included).
- Alternatively, there is a much larger Autohelm tiller pilot that connects directly to the tiller. It can steer the boat in light wind or when motoring. This means in all there are three different self-steering systems to use with the boat.
- Raymarine A65 charplotter (2007) w/charts for U.S. and Caribbean
- Vesper Marine WatchMate AIS receiver (2012), upgraded to a transceiver (2016)
- Furuno 841 radar
- Standard Intrepid VHF radio with remote command microphone in companionway
- Furuno DFAX dedicated weather-fax receiver
- Tacktick electronic compass
- Nexus multi displays in cockpit and at nav station
- Nexus wind display in cockpit
- ACR RLB-35 EPIRB
Having tired of chasing deck leaks and varnishing wood trim on my fiberglass cruising boats I decided 13 years ago to try a boat with an aluminum hull. I haunted YachtWorld every day for two years before finally finding this boat, then Star Cruiser, now Lunacy. It was a turning point in my life: I would now never think of owning a boat that wasn’t aluminum (or one without a transom scoop).
I have long believed that one does not own a boat, one cares for it, like a trustee. Accordingly, I have never stinted on maintenance. Lunacy’s hull below the waterline has been taken down to bare metal and built up again with a fresh epoxy barrier coat. I have replaced all the standing rigging, all the running rigging, the engine, and the sails. I have added a strong bowsprit to enhance the boat’s sailplan. I have attended to the one structural issue that arose during my tenure and have had the root of the rudder skeg redesigned and completely rewelded. Study the listing and you’ll see much of the gear aboard is of recent vintage.
I love this boat! She is fast, stiff, with an easy motion, and is very easy to sail singlehanded. Working her deck at sea is a joy, as it is so secure with so much solid stuff to hang on to. Her interior, in spite of the flush deck, is spacious, light, and airy. She’s the perfect boat for a singlehander or couple who wants to wander far and wide. The only reason I’m selling her is to get a larger boat (aluminum, of course!) that can accommodate my now teenage girls and their retinue of friends. I would dearly love to pass her on to a new trustee who will appreciate her as much as I have.
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.