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Scandinavia in Portlandia
- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Located In:
- Portland, OR
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- Current Price:
- US$ 179,000
Knowledgeable blue water sailors glimpsing Irie will immediately identify her as an all-ocean voyager. The windvane, hard dodger, mast steps, preventer system, solent headsails, solar panels, wind generator, and oversized deck hardware reveal a yacht meant to go places well beyond the shores and protected harbors of North America. Closer inspection of construction materials and details of this classically Scandinavian-built cruiser leave no doubt of her strength and seaworthiness. An invitation below decks to her warm and inviting interior lets the observer know her crew will not suffer for lack of warmth or well-prepared meals.
Irie’s original Scandinavian owners thoughtfully outfitted her for extended passages into remote areas. They voyaged far and wide including Alaska and Antarctica with many exotic places between. As recognition of their achievements, they were awarded the highest reward of honor from Swedish cruising association SXK. A blog of their voyage including many technical details for Lindisfarne (her original name) can be found at www.sailaround.info .
The current owner purchased Irie two years ago in Friday Harbor and cruised the Pacific Northwest. Recent change of plans requiring his Portland presence leave little time for voyaging beyond the Columbia river. This turn-key and capable yacht deserves to be crossing oceans and exploring far flung destinations. A new adventurer is sought who will load provisions, cruising guides and dreams of sailing over the horizon on a capable blue water cruiser priced and sized for those with mid-tax bracket financial means.
The Forgus 37 is a solid blue water cruiser built by Forgus Yachts on the island of Orust, an hour’s drive north of Gothenburg. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the other yards from this area: Hallberg-Rassy, Malo, Najad, Vindo, and Sweden Yachts. This small-scale builder slowly and meticulously hand crafted each of these boats. In northern Europe, the Forgus 37 has a cult-like following as a capable offshore cruiser. 37’ is a size that will keep one’s cruising budget in tact will while still having the payload, speed, space, and comfort most couples require to stay happily married when living aboard year-round. After all, it’s about the journey and destination, not replicating the bed, kitchen, and bath you had in your large flat(home).
- Deep, comfortable center cockpit protected by windshield and hard dodger with an array of canvas protection for tropics and high latitudes.
- Two diesel heating systems: Forced air Webasto and hydronic Refleks drip stove with water circulating to radiators and domestic hot water heater. This can also be heated with the engine when motoring.
- Three means of power generation: wind, solar, and engine alternator.
- Windpilot servo-pendulum steering vane for reliable, energy free steering.
- An easily managed sail plan with control lines led aft to the cockpit; including in-mast furling mainsail, genoa, self-tacking jib, and storm jib on removable inner forestay.
- Optimal layout with large “L”-shaped galley to port and head immediately to starboard of the companionway.
- Extremely clean, well-maintained, and accessible Volvo engine with Aquadrive shaft coupling system.
- Reverse transom with scoop stern and integral swimstep for easy boarding from water, dock, or tender.
- High capacity, engine-driven watermaker from the respected folks at Echotec in Trinidad.
- Bow thruster to make challenging docking situations stress free and easy.
Please contact Swiftsure Yachts at (206)378-1110
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
LOA: 37 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 5 in
LWL: 31 ft 5 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 1 in
Fresh Water Tanks: Stainless steel (48 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: Stainless steel (87 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (23 Gallons)
The interior spaces are accessed via the well-protected companionway. A fiberglass sliding hatch with wood trim can be locked by a stainless steel bar and padlock during times of maximum security. Stepping over the 7” high teak threshold one descends the four step companionway ladder. Two removable washboards close the companionway. Stainless steel grab bars outside, teak grab bars inside, and four handholds on the companionway ladder provide the utmost in offshore safety. Natural teak treads on the companionway ladder make for positive footing. Once below, a warm, elegant and functional interior contrasts the harsh environment this boat can comfortably navigate.
The interior is constructed and built in the traditional “Orust method.” All furniture is glassed and tabbed to the hull and deck. The cabin sole is fitted last, after the furniture so it can be removed for access to every bilge area; and any water finding its way to the cabin sole drains to the bilge. Joinery is African Mahogany and satin varnished. Mahogany stave “ceilings” cover hull sides. Overheads are finished with padded white vinyl over marine plywood and fore and aft mahogany staving. No sharp corners are to be found. Partial bulkheads and door frames are trimmed with bent/curved solid wood. Handholds abound. Bookshelves and countertops are fiddled. Abundant opening ports and overhead hatches ventilate and provide natural light. Insect screens are available for all hatches and ports. Cabinet doors are positively closed with brass elbow latches inside finger holes. The cabin sole is teak and holy plywood and screwed securely down. Headroom measures 6’ 2” through most of the interior.
Starting forward is a guest stateroom. Entrance is through an oval-shaped opening in the main bulkhead. The “V” berth measures 6’ 6” long by 6’ 2” aft and 12” forward. A board with cushion infill’s the “V” for small children or romantic couples. Four lockers with hinged doors take advantage of space up high and outboard, under the deck edge. Hanging lockers are located aft to port and starboard. Four hinged-door lockers are found beneath the berth aft. The bow thruster and the “extra” fuel tank are forward beneath the berth. A Refleks diesel hot water heater is located aft to port just forward of the main bulkhead. reading lights, a cabin fan, an overhead hatch with roller blind, and storage net complete this cabin.
The centrally located salon is well configured for offshore passage sleeping or in port entertaining. A centerline drop leaf table measures 43” long by 36” wide and has top accessible bottle storage in the center portion. The starboard settee measures 71” long by 32” wide aft by 20” wide forward. A removable back board lifts and stows for sleeping and nests into the top slat/backrest. The “L”-shaped port settee measures 6’ 3” long by 33” wide aft by 20” wide forward. Leecloths are fitted to both settees. A 21” long by 4-1/2” deep bookshelf is mounted on the main bulkhead. Outboard and above the settees on each side, two lockers with hinged doors flank and open bookshelf. Four reading lights, and overhead dome light, and cabin fan complete this space.
The navigation station is aft facing and to starboard with seating on the settee. The chart table measures 31” by 35” and a 5” deep drawer beneath a hinged lid. A beaker/switch panel is outboard beneath an open bookshelf. Additional bookshelves, the radar, Icom radio and VHF radio are aft above the chart table. Three drawers are located aft, beneath the chart table.
Located to starboard of the companionway the head is entered through a locking privacy door. A white-gel coated fiberglass molding comprises the lower head for water resistance, and ease of maintenance/cleaning. An oval sink/vanity is integral with this molding. A single lever faucet with pull out shower nozzle and hose and a soap dispenser are fitted at the sink. The head compartment’s upper half is fabricated with varnished mahogany. Cabinet doors and drawers in the lower half are also of wood. A removable, unfinished teak grating covers the sole pan for showering. A medicine cabinet is concealed behind sliding mirrored doors. Additional storage is in two drawers beneath the vanity and in a hinged door cabinet under the sink. Behind this door is a trash bin and toilet paper holder. A Raritan manual pump head is aft and oriented fore and aft for use when heeled.
The “L” shaped galley is to port of the companionway with amazing storage space and counter top area for a 37’ blue water cruising sailboat. Countertops are white Corian and surrounded by 1” high white integral fiddles. A fold down wood countertop is located inboard of the sink. Underhung stainless steel sinks measure 12” x 12” x 6” deep and 9” x 12” x 6” deep. A single lever faucet and soap dispenser serve the sink. Outboard, beneath the galley counter is a top-loading, stainless steel lined 20” x 14” x 17” fridge/freezer. The gimballed SMEV stove/oven is outboard and protected by a stainless-steel safety bar. A hinged door beneath the stove covers a nice storage locker for pots and pans. Outboard and above the stove, upper and lower sliding door lockers house dishes in dedicated storage racks along with pantry storage. Aft of the stove, beneath the counter are four drawers, two pull out cutting boards, and a hinged door cabinet. Cleaning supplies are found in a large cabinet beneath the sink.
A passageway to the aft cabin is up one step and aft of the galley. Upper/lower storage cabinets are forward and outboard in this passageway. Proceeding aft, a 7’ long by 13” wide bench upholstered seat runs along the hull side terminating in a wide dressing seat adjacent the bunk. The bunk measures 6’ 5” long by 56” wide forward and 40” wide aft. Beneath the bunk is a huge, open storage bin with access to the steering quadrant and autopilot aft. A tall hanging locker is forward and outboard to starboard. Additional lockers and shelves are located behind the dressing seat and forward on centerline. An overhead dome light, two reading lights, stereo remote control, 12V outlet, two speakers, two opening ports, and overhead hatch with roller blind complete this stateroom.
DECK & HULL:
Irie has a white gel coast hull with molded-in rub rail capped with a brass strip to protect her sides. Her bottom is painted with black antifouling and a 4” high sheer stripe accents her graceful sheer line on each side. The bow has moderate overhang and flare to keep her cockpit and deck dry when beating or motoring into head seas. The reverse transom has a scoop stern with integral swim platform.
An aluminum toe rail with oval holes is fastened to the deck edge where mooring cleats, chocks, and stanchions are mounted. 24” high double, uncoated wire lifelines run from the Swedish-style bow pulpit aft to the boarding gates and extended stern pushpit rails. Stainless tubing handrails from the cockpit aft, replace lifelines for better security and also mount “swing-up” solar panels on each side. A transom gate opens to allow stern access. Teak and rubber overlay the fiberglass side decks and cabin top.
The scoop stern is an import design feature for any cruising sailor to provide safe and easy access to dinghy, dock, or water. A hinged stainless-steel swim ladder can be deployed from the water. Solid, natural teak boards sit atop the swim step. A mount for the Windpilot steering vane is on centerline. A stainless steel “A” frame, hinged stern anchor roller, stern anchor electric windlass and stern anchor roller are well configured for “bow into the rocks” Scandinavian moorages. A hot/cold deck shower is located at the stern. Stainless steel poles on each quarter are topped with wind generator to port, radar and other antennas to starboard and bridged by a solar panel. This arch-like assembly also holds a stern spotlight, and outboard motor lift.
Deck lockers are numerous as would befit a world cruising sailboat. A top opening anchor locker is all the way forward and drains overboard. The anchor windlass motor and gear box are aft of the anchor locker bulkhead, inside the forward cabin where they’ll stay dry and corrosion free. A locker in the port quarter holds the cooking gas bottle and stern anchor rode with some storage space left for fishing and cleaning gear. A very large locker is located below the starboard cockpit settee.
The well-protected center cockpit is low, deep, and optimized for sailing and lounging with superb ergonomic details. 12” Wide coamings allow comfortable sitting or stepping on. Seats and sole are overlaid with teak and rubber. A raised, curved helm seat is aft of the wheel. Cockpit seats measure 6’ long and 16” wide with nicely angled 16” high backs. Drain channels are molded outboard of the cockpit seats to keep butts dry in the rare event spray makes its way into this extremely well-protected area. The engine panel is recess-mounted outboard of the helm to starboard and protected with an acrylic cover.
Cockpit protection is nothing short of spectacular for a 37’ sailboat. One can understand why they prior owners were able to comfortably voyage to Antarctica on Irie. An aluminum-frame safety glass windshield is topped with a custom fiberglass hard dodger top. Three manual windshield wipers allow for all-weather visibility through the forward glass panels. An opening forward facing hatch in the hard dodger lets air flow into the cockpit for ventilation. Two LED overhead lights illuminate this forward cockpit area. Stainless steel grab rails are everywhere including: hard dodger sides (inside and outside), hard dodger aft edge, and around the companionway hatch. An array of cockpit canvas allows the area under the hard dodger to be enclosed like a pilot house. Additional canvas encloses the entire cockpit. Mesh shades for tropical weather attach to bimini sides for shading. Sailing instruments are mounted over the companionway sliding hatch and visible from anywhere in the cockpit. A removable wood seat slips perfectly into the companionway grab rails; a nice piloting/watch standing location in wet/cold weather.
- Windpilot Pacific self-steering vane
- Plastimo lifesling
- Plastimo safety ladder
- Stainless steel swim ladder on transom
- Lofrans Project X2 1000 watt anchor windlass with line gypsy and chain wildcat (new 2011)
- (2) Stainless steel anchor rollers welded to stem head with anchor retainer pins
- Stainless Steel Delta 23 kg anchor
- Mason Supreme 45 lb stainless-steel anchor
- 80 meters of stainless steel 8mm high strength anchor chain
- I2V- Power 1000 watt stern windlass
- (4) Large folding “D” rings on foredeck for lashing down dinghy
- (3) Large folding “D” rings on aft deck
- (8) 9.5” long aluminum mooring cleats mounted on aluminum toe rail
- (4) Closed mooring chocks fore and aft
- (3) 20” x 20” Lewmar Ocean Series overhead hatches
- Lewmar 10” x 10” low profile hatch over galley
- Lewmar 8” x 13” low profile hatch over nav station
- (4) 15” x 5” Lewmar opening cabin side ports
- (4) 12” x 5” Lewmar opening cabin side ports
- (2) Port visors on opening ports in galley and head
- Insect screens for most overhead hatches and ports
- (2) Vetus cowl vents with stainless mushroom closures just forward of windshield
- Stainless steel binnacle guard on pedestal with mounts for waterproof switches anchor up/down and stern anchor up/down) and autopilot control head
- Drink holder for (2) cups on steering pedestal
- (3) Wichard folding “D” rings in cockpit for tethers
- Aquapro 2.6 meter RIB (new 2009)
- Outboard motor lifting crane with 4:1 block and tackle on starboard quarter pole
- Outboard motor storage bracket on stern pushpit
- Teak flag staff and US flag
- Newton sea anchor
SAILS & RIGGING:
Irie is fully outfitted and set up for extended blue water cruising. Sail controls are led aft to the cockpit where powerful self-tailing winches make sure work of sail handling. The top of the mast is painted international orange making Irie visible from ships in heavy seas.
- Selden anodized aluminum, keel stepped mast with double spreaders (new 2005)
- Continuous 1 x 19 continuous wire shrouds and stays with Selden turnbuckle covers and shrouds
- Fore and aft lower shrouds
- (28) fixed steps from deck to masthead
- Masthead Windex and VHF antenna
- Insulated backstay for HF radio antenna
- Selden manual backstay adjuster
- Mast-mounted telescoping Selden whisker pole with butt and topping lifts
- Spinnaker halyard
- Rutgerson line stoppers on mast for mainsail, genoa, and jib halyards
- (2) Anderson 16 two speed mast-mounted winches for halyards
- Selden manual in-mast furling with continuous loop furling line and outhaul led aft to cockpit
- Selden anodized aluminum boom
- Mainsail gybe preventer system with lines and blocks and stoppers on each side with boom pennants for cockpit control of preventer system
- 6:1 Mainsheet at end of boom to Rutgerson traveler aft of cockpit with 2:1 control lines
- Boom topping lift
- Solent rigged headsails with genoa and jib on Furled 300S and Furled 200S fullers with furling lines led aft to the cockpit through line stoppers for reefing
- Removable storm jib stay with Hasslers adjustable pelican tensioner and large “D” ring mounted on anchor locker aft bulkhead
- Selden Rodkicker rigid boom vang with lifting gas spring and 10:1 line tackle
- Doyle In-mast furling 30 square meter mainsail with four vertical partial battens (new 2009)
- Doyle Dacron 38 square meter genoa (new 2009)
- 10’ Long 1.25” Rutgerson “T” track with (4) Rutgerson pin adjustable genoa sheet lead cars
- Doyle Dacron 20 square meter self-tacking jib (new 2009)
- Curved Rutgerson self-tacking jib traveler track and ball bearing car with 2:1 jib sheet led aft to cockpit
- Doyle Dacron 4 square meter storm jib (new 2011)
- Doyle Dacron 4 square meter anchor sail (new 2009)
- (2) Anderson 52 ST primary winches on cockpit coaming
- (2) Anderson 28 ST secondary winches on cockpit coaming
- Anderson 28 ST winches at companionway
- Stoppers to starboard of companionway for mainsail furling lines, outhaul and boom vang
ELECTRONICS & NAVIGATION:
- Autohelm ST50 Log, sounder, and GPS
- Raymarine ST60 wind (new 2008)
- Autohelm multi display at chart table
- Raymarine ST6000+ with gyro, ST80 compass, and 300 computer with Type II long linear drive
- Simrad Arritsu radar on starboard quarter pole with manual leveling
- Raymarine GPS (new 2011)
- True Heading class B AIS transponder (new 2008)
- Standard Horizon GX1600 VHF with cockpit RAM microphone (new 2015)
- Icom 706 MKII HF/VHF/UHF radio (new 2005)
- Pactor SCS PTC-IIex modem
- Ritchie 4.5” card Powerdamp compass on steering pedestal
- Aube digital thermometer
- Brass ship’s clock and barometer on main bulkhead
- Mast mounted Firdell Blipper radar reflector
- Samsung Synchmaster 19” TV on main bulkhead
- Sony CDX-GT660US 52W x 4 CD changer stereo
- Grundig model 1320 6” stereo speakers on main bulkhead
- Stereo speaker and stereo remote control in aft cabin
- Fortum NAPS 61 watt solar panel (new 2001) on stern tower
- (2) BP 80 watt solar panels (new 2009) on hinge up mount port and starboard aft railings
- Steca solar 30 amp charge controller
- Air Breeze wind generator (new 2009)
- 12V starting battery
- (4) Dyno 245 ah 6V deep cycle house batteries totaling 490 12V amp hours
- Oldelco Battmeter
- VDO analog voltmeter for service battery bank
- 60 amp 12V alternator with Balmar MC- 612 smart regulator
- Spare alternator and spare starting motor
- Newmar Phase Three PT-25W smart battery charger (new 2014)
- 12V to 220V 300 watt sine wave inverter
- Mascot 12V to 220V 50 hz 1000 watt inverter
- Victron 3600 watt 115V/230V isolation transformer (new 2012)
- Emergency disconnect pushbuttons in cockpit for bow thruster and autopilot
- Shorepower inlet and international adapter plugs and pigtails
- Foredeck, and aft deck floodlights switchable from cockpit
MECHANICAL & PLUMBING SYSTEMS:
The engine space is located beneath the center cockpit. Removing the companionway ladder allows the 2’ x 3’ forward engine compartment door to swing open and lift off the hinge pins if desired for front engine access. A 28” x 19” port side door can also be removed from the aft stateroom passage to access the back of the engine space. A dome light is fitted to the overhead. The Volvo engine has high hours but is amazing clean, well-maintained and showing no signs if demise. Overall systems design, component selection, access and capability is what one would expect of a world cruising yacht.
- Volvo MD22L 55 hp naturally aspirated diesel engine with 6060 hours
- Volvo MS2A-E marine gear
- Aquadrive shaft coupling system
- Shaft grounding brush
- Varifold three blade folding propeller (new 2011)
- Three blade spare propeller
- PSS shaft seal (new 2012)
- Sidepower SP75 bow thruster with control button on engine shifter
- Racor and CAV cartridge primary fuel filters in parallel
- Engine room blower
- Leather covered 36” diameter stainless-steel wheel on Solimar pedestal
- Emergency tiller
- Volvo single lever throttle/shift with “trim tab” button to control bow thruster (one hand can operate thruster and engine control) on steering pedestal
- Webasto Airtop 3900 forced air diesel heating system (new 2014)
- Refleks model 71/66/62M diesel 1.4 kw hot water heating system (new 2004) with radiators around boat
- Stackrobber fan on Refleks heater
- Stainless steel day tank for Refleks heater
- ECHOTec BSM 500 70 liter per hour belt driven watermaker (new 2005)
- Isotherm fridge with ASU speed control and Isotherm through hull heat exchanger
- Truma propane solenoid switch for cooking gas
- Salt and freshwater washdown outlet in cockpit with hose and nozzle
- Manual bilge pump in cockpit
- 12V diaphragm bilge pump
- 20 gallon stainless steel hot water heater (engine, shorepower, Refleks heater)
- VDO water and fuel tank gages at nav station
- Jabsco Parmax 3 water pressure pump and accumulator tank
- Whale Gulper 220 shower drain pump
- Johnson WD5 salt water/freshwater washdown pump
- Saltwater foot pump at galley sink
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.
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