1985 Custom Steel Cutter
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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Port Townsend, WA
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 42,500
Bluewater is a proven, strong and capable 36-foot steel voyaging cutter designed by John Hutton and Bernard Moitessier, professionally built in Hawaii by Tern Marine in 1985. Her hull is designed with a raked stem, 3/4 keel, large barn door rudder with built-in self-steering trim tab and a semi-hard chine. She has 6’2” standing headroom, and very comfortably housed a tall couple and a dog for many years. Sleeping space exists for four adults, and a port quarter berth can be adapted as well.
The interior is smartly and functionally designed, finished in koa, Corian and newly recovered cushions. The layout belowdecks consists of a chain locker forward, followed by a generous v-berth and ample storage in six koa-framed lockers, with sail storage below. The port side of the main salon consists of a dinette/settee, then the galley with a deep sink, fresh and saltwater foot-pump-operated taps, deep cool box and storage, and a gimbaled three-burner stove and oven. Aft of the stove is more storage and the quarter berth and access to storage below the cockpit and lazarette. On the starboard side of the main salon there is a full-length berth/settee and upper full-length berth and two bookshelves. Farther aft is the Dickinson Lofoten diesel heater and enclosed head with a reach-through access panel to aft storage/ski rack. The engine and battery bank are both easily accessed and positioned on centerline under the companionway steps that lead to the cockpit.
Abovedeck Bluewater is all business with a secure cockpit and tiller steering, weather cloths, full dodger and awning with side curtains. The articulated cabin top and decks are surrounded by welded steel stanchions and stainless cable. There are also welded steel rails on the cabin-top and robust pulpit and cockpit rails.
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Please contact Sandy Bakken for additional information or to arrange viewing. Bluewater is conveniently located at SEA Marine, Port Townsend.
Office: 360-385-4000 Cell: 503-475-0619
Please contact Sandy Bakken at (360) 385-4000
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
LOA: 36 ft 8 in
Beam: 12 ft 2 in
Total Power: 28 HP
Engine Brand: Deutz
Year Built: 1985
Engine Model: FL511
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 2 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 28 HP
Number of heads: 1
- Builder Designer: Tern Marine: John Hutton & Bernard Moitessier
- Year / Location Built: 1985 / Hawaii
- LOA: 36' 8"
- Beam: 12' 2"
- Draft: 6’ 4”
- Material: Steel
- Aux Sail (Cutter)
- Tonnage: 14 Gross/12 Net
- Currently on the hard in Port Townsend, WA
- Self contained for up to 6-7 weeks extended cruising
Go simple, go now. A boat should deliver her crew to the far shore with safety, reliability and comfort. A voyaging boat is a rare thing these days. Bluewater is one such vessel. Like any object with a soul, there is a great story behind every detail.
John Hutton, Bluewater’s designer and builder, met Bernard Moitessier when Bernard arrived in Tahiti aboard Joshua, a 39-foot steel ketch, on June 21st, 1969, after his historic 12⁄3 (37,455 nautical miles in 10 months) times around the globe, mostly in the roaring forties—including the southern capes in the winter—after abandoning his lead position in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, the first, single-handed, round-the-world race. John, on his own circumnavigation aboard a “leaky wooden boat” was amazed by the fact that Joshua’s steel hull was bone dry inside. When John completed his circumnavigation, he took up welding and launched Tern Marine, building 36 to 42-foot sailboats that met his requirements for a bluewater voyager.
Fast forward to 1982, when a freak December storm drags 20+ boats including Joshua onto the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Unable to salvage Joshua, Bernard sells her where she sits in the sand and is boatless for the first time in his life. Meanwhile, John Hutton had left British Columbia and set up shop in California, and Tern Marine was producing strong, capable bluewater boats. Upon reading about the loss of Joshua on the beach in Mexico, John invited Bernard to California to help with his design and offered to build Bernard a boat. Bernard accepted and moved to California to work with the Tern Marine Team building bluewater voyaging boats.
In Oregon, an insurance salesman and sailing enthusiast read that Bernard Moitessier was in California building boats with John Hutton. He drove there to meet the famed Bernard Moitessier and, upon meeting, it was as if they’d each found a long-lost brother.
Fast forward again, Tern Marine completed Bernard’s new boat and he christened it Tamata. Bernard, the insurance salesman and one other crew sailed Tamata from San Francisco to Honolulu. When they arrived, the salesman asked Hutton to build him a boat like Tamata only without a bowsprit. Hutton and Moitessier combined their expertise, John’s design and build team, Bernard and his vast experience in the southern ocean and thousands upon thousands of voyaging miles. This is how Bluewater was born.
- Hull, decks and cabin: welded 3/16” mild plate steel
- Stem: solid, 2” round bar
- Framing: ¼” x 3” steel flat bar on 22” centers
- Stringers: ¼” x 1½” steel flat bar on 18” center
Thru-hulls: Number Below Water Line: 3
- Raw Water: Bronze ¾” Ball Valve (Engine, Galley & Head)
- Galley Drain: Forespar Marelon 1½” Ball Valve
- Head Drain: Forespar Marelon 1½” Ball Valve
Number Above Water Line: 1
- Bilge Pump: Forespar Marelon 1½” Ball Valve
- Integrated 100 gallon Fuel Tank
- Integrated 100 gallon fresh water tank (Re-coated 2006)
- 9 Gallon gravity tank for Dickinson Heater (located in head)
- 3 Gallon Kerosene tank for galley stove
System Wiring: Sheathed, stranded, tinned copper
Overload Protection: Fuses and breakers
- 1500W West Marine Charger/Inverter with Digital Control Panel
- 55-Amp Alternator (2004)
- 75W Siemans Monocrystalline Solar Panel with ProStar-20 Morning Start PV Controller
- 30 Amp Gavanic Isolator
- 120 amp hour AGM Starting Battery (June 2015)
- (4) 100 amp hour AMG Interstate DSC 100L (2004)
- House batteries, while serviceable, should be replaced before any major voyaging
- Rule Automatic 3700 GPH with float switch and alarm
- Rule 500 GPH
Spars/ Rigging/ Winches/ Sails
- Standing Rigging: 5/16” 1x19 Stainless WIre with Norseman Terminals (New 2004)
Chainplates: 5/16” Welded Steel
Lefiell Aluminium Boom and Mast with new Mast Heel (stepped 2014)
Selden 7-foot Retractable Bowsprit with custom stainless steel outboard fitting integrated into bow roller cage.
Primary Sheet: Barient 23ST (2)
Secondary Sheet: Barient 21ST (2)
Main Halyard: Barient
Jib Halyard: Barient
Staysail Halyard: Barient
Port & Starboard Reefing: Barient
Lee Sails Main w/ 3 Reef Points (Fair)
Lee Sails Yankee #1 (Good)
Lee Sails Yankee #2 (Excellent)
Lee Sails Staysail w/ 2 Reef Points (Fair)
Lee Sails 150 Genoa (Fair)
Hasse & Pertric Storm Jib (Excellent)
North Sails Custom G3 Asymmetrical Gennaker with European Style Sock (Excellent-Like New)
Navigation and Steering
- Laminated white oak tiller with integrated trim tab windvane, throttle/shift controls
- Autopilot: Raymarine ST4000GP+ with remote. (New Drive Ram 2013)
- JRC 1800 Chart Plotter/Radar
- Electronic Charts for Mexico to Adak, Alaska
- 400’ ⅜ BBB all-chain rode
- Anchors: CQR, Danforth, Bruce
- MOB pole
- EPIRB (2)
- expired liferaft (2?)
- bag of extra life vests
- web brochure: svbluewater.com
- travel blog: adventurefreaks.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/AdventureFreaks.org
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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