The Avalon, a Sundeer 60 design by Steve Dashew, was constructed with serious cruising in mind. The interior is laid out to rapidly cross oceans in comfort and safety. When in port, the feeling is open, spacious and airy. Designed for a sailing couple, spacious enough for a family or small group, the boat’s current owner has sailed single-handed from the Panama Canal to Hawai'i and from Hawai'i to California and back.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
LOA: 60 ft 0 in
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
The area features a secure area, with all sailing controls close at hand. The watch-stander has easy access to electronics, and all engine controls. The comfortable seats work well with the boat upright or heeling; the permanent dog house provides excellent protection from the hot tropical sun and rain squalls.
In rough weather, the Sundeer is well laid out for safety. The lifelines are extra high (32 inches), the stainless stanchions extra strong, the nonskid superb. The aft pipe frame pulpit wraps all the way around the cockpit. This enables a safe climb out to the deck while at sea. The deck Dorades are protected by strong handrails which provide security when moving fore and aft at sea.
Lines and Winches
The cockpit area is very well designed, set up so that one person can easily work the boat. All lines are led aft. There are five winches arrayed around the helm station. The 3 main winches are push-button electric. The work stations are well spaced and do not interfere with one another, and no one winch handles more lines than is convenient. The wheel is a reasonable size, and there is plenty of room for one person to step quickly around it while moving from winch to winch, or for two people to work together standing on either side of the cockpit.
Avalon has a permanent hard dog house that covers the whole forward end of the cockpit. Where the port and starboard high-backed settees are not only long enough to lie down on, but are very comfortable for sitting both to leeward and windward. Thus, it is easy for the watch to stay dry, out of the weather and to keep a good lookout. This permanent dog house provides an essential shaded area from the tropic sun and still allows the watch-stander full visibility.
2 Mainsails (good) •2 Jibs (good) •Roller furling jibs •5 Lewmar winches (3 electric) •Main furls into boom •Reacher flies on a Bamar roller furling rig
Upon entering the interior of the boat, the immediate impression is one of space, air and light, which is achieved by having no furniture or fixtures above waist level. The interior sides of the hull contain multiple fixed windows. Ventilation is outstanding, thanks to three enormous overhead hatches, a few choicely placed opening ports, and 10 Dorade vents. These features, along with the ease of mobility in the working end of the accommodation, made the Sundeer's interior exceptionally livable when cruising.
The Sundeer's interior living space is entirely separated from mechanical systems and from areas where gear is stowed which eliminates unpleasant odors in the living spaces. The boat is divided into three sections separated by watertight bulkheads. The forward compartment is a very large forepeak, accessible by ladder through a large deck hatch, in which sails, lines, fenders, and other equipment is stowed.
The midsection of the boat is devoted to an open, comfortable living space. Forward, there is a large owner's stateroom with a queen berth, abundant amounts of personal storage space, and a private head and shower. Midships is the saloon, with a dinette to port and long, straight settees on either side. Aft of the saloon is the galley to port, with the navigation-station across from the galley. Continuing aft on the starboard side is a second head, shower and washing machine, and with a small guest or owners sea cabin to port.
Sea-berths: The premise behind the layout is that the forward cabin is to be occupied when the boat is in port or at anchor. While under way the crew can live in the mid and aft sections of the boat where the motion is most comfortable. Consistent with the design philosophy of comfortable cruising, there are two good sea-berths located in the cabin aft, with two settees in the saloon midships.
The aft cabin, which can also be thought of as the "sea cabin" can be occupied by a couple at sea together, each with their personal secure sea-berth. Also, the long cockpit seats sheltered by the fixed doghouse make good berths and are handy in situations where the off-watch crew can remain on immediate call.
The galley is quite large, laid out in an open C-shape facing aft which works well at sea with good support on either side. The counter-tops are high, with deep fiddles and plenty of horizontal space to work on. A large pantry provides lots of storage space that is safely accessible while standing in the galley area. The fridge and freezer boxes each have six inches of polyurethane foam insulation respectively. The top-loading freezer door has double gaskets, and the fridge has an additional side-loading door. The double sinks are on the center line, provides drainage on either tack.
Comfortable to use, it is easy to brace into the seat with a leg out to port against the galley peninsula when the boat heels on starboard tack. The well-equipped Nav-station consists of a chart table with storage underneath for charts and other supplies. Conveniently located under the seat are the emergency pyrotechniques. Within easy reach are the master auto-pilot control, a single side-band radio, satellite navigation display, the electronic switchboard, a master panel for wind, depth and speed indicators, an electronic barometer, and electrical systems panel.
VHF radio •Wind speed •Wind direction •Speed log •GPS •Depth sounder •Radar (48 mile) •High efficiency radar reflector •Air conditioner •TV •Washing machine •Stereo system
Force 10Propane stove with 3 burners •Oven •Microwave •Reefer system runs 220V or 12Volt •Double center-line sinks •Pressurized water •20 Gallons of hot water •400 Gallon fresh water storage
Yanmar 88 hp diesel engine with 2477 hours •Holds 390 gallons of fuel in two aluminum tanks •Dual / Racor fuel filters •Salt water to fresh water cooling system •Wheel, chain/cable steering •W-H Autopilot (Dual System) w/ 20 year guarantee
4 Batteries (1 engine, 1 generator, 2-450 amp house batteries in the bilge) •Charger •Northern lights generator •Wind generator •Solar panel •Galvanic isolator/isolation transformer •110V AC/12V DC/220V AC systems
Steering and Sail Handling: What struck one most about the Sundeer is that under sail she does not feel at all like a 60-foot boat. From behind the wheel, the impression is of an easily managed 45-footer. Only when one starts moving forward along the deck toward the bow and notices the trip takes longer than expected is the boat's true size made apparent.
The rig, is extremely efficient. The fully battened main both propels the boat easily and is easy to handle and furl in the Furl Boom. The small working jib is likewise easy to tack and furl. The loads involved in raising, trimming, and reefing sails are quite moderate, and although we appreciated the convenience of having 3 electric winches to help with the heavy stuff, it is not a necessity.
The steering is exceedingly light and precise, and the boat, with a fin keel and a spade rudder, tracks very well. If anything, the steering can sometimes be a bit too light. The boat can often be trimmed out so the helm is nearly neutral, which makes the autopilot's power consumption minimal.
Speed and Motion: When sailing in favorable conditions, it is easy to make over 200 miles a day. On one occasion while sailing in the NE trades the boat made about 210 miles per day for eight days. The current owners’ Panama voyage took 36 days to arrive home in Hawai'i. But the most remarkable aspect of the boat's speed is how effortless it can seem. On several occasions in moderate conditions, when it feels as though the boat was just lazing along, the boat was making approximately 9knots.
Given her narrow beam, one would expect this boat to heel a great deal, but thanks to well-placed ballast and the rig's low center of effort, she is fairly stiff. Given her design, you can reach a maximum speed at 15 degrees of heel.
One may be tempted to dismiss the concept of a 60-foot boat that can be easily sailed by one or two people as oxymoronic, but, in fact, it is not. The deck and interior are very comfortable and easy to move around in a seaway. The systems are well thought out, easy to access and maintain. The boat is exceedingly safe, and its watertight compartments, both fore and aft, will give the crew a sense of security and safety. The boat exceeds the design philosophy: fast, safe and comfortable at sea, convenient and comfortable at anchor. And finally, she is a really fun sail.
So if you are dreaming about a owning and sailing in a full-sized blue water cruising boat, it is hard to imagine how you can go wrong in a Sundeer 60. The Avalon is superbly conceived, designed and constructed and will give years of pleasure, challenge, and adventure.