Classic Sail Yacht
Schooner Rosemary Ruth
LOA: 40 ft
Draft: 5.5 feet (1.67m)
Designer: Tom Colvin
Builder: McConnell Marine
Rig: Gaff Schooner
Hull, deck and cabin sides/ends: Welded steel, 10gauge (3.5mm) plate
Cabintops: plywood with glass laminate
Masts: hollow spruce, varnished, with galvanized caps
Rosemary Ruth is a rugged,
beautiful, classic-looking 40' (12.3metre) hard-chine steel
schooner. Professionally built to very high standards by McConnell
Marine to Tom Colvin's Yin Yang design, she was launched in 1981.
She has been featured in the book Yacht Style, by Dan Spurr.
She turns heads everywhere she goes.
The present owner
owned Rosemary Ruth for three years. In that time, he completed a
refit, and sailed her about 4,000 miles. The boat was up for
singlehanded sailing and bluewater cruising.
A significant advantage of the
gaff-rigged schooner is that the sails are broken up into smaller,
more easily handled sizes. Handling a smaller sail is physically
easier, an important point when the wind really kicks up. While the
rig looks more complicated, in reality it makes single-handed sail
handling easier, because the sail sizes are more manageable and you
have more options to choose from. Sailing a gaff-rigged schooner is
never dull, the wide variety of sail combinations allows a lot of
room for experimenting.
The yacht has
done a lot of daysails, evening sails and weekends in and around
harbor, year round. She has also sailed to Virginia and back three
times (700 mile trips), participating each time in the annual Great
Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (Rosemary Ruth is not a racing boat,
but schooner races are much more events than races).
The boat is complete as listed,
and ready to go to sea, or to move aboard.
Delivery is available anywhere in the North Atlantic.
Schooner sailing instructions are also available.
Rosemary Ruth is in great
condition and is a really fun boat to sail and to hang out on.
bought a bigger boat (another steel
schooner), and can't afford two boats, so Rosemary Ruth is now
looking for a new owner.
Asking price is
Booms, gaffs, bowsprit: spruce, varnished, galvanized
Stays and Shrouds: 1x19 stainless
Turnbuckles: open type, chrome plated bronze
Wire end fittings: Sta-Lok
Running Rigging: 3-strand, pre-stretched, New England Ropes
polyester (Dacron), 7/16" and 1/2" diameter
Sails: All polyester (Dacron), in good or like-new
Mainsail with two sets of reef points
Storm jib (like new condition), made by Jasper & Bailey (for
Rosemary Ruth), very heavy-duty, designed for sustained
winds to 50knots.
There is also an ORC-type storm jib (not shown).
Storm trysail (like new condition), made by Jasper & Bailey,
very heavy-duty, designed for sustained winds to 50 knots.
Storm Trysail can be set on either mainmast or foremast.
The chart table and navigation equipment is in the aft
cabin, so the on-watch person can make whatever noise they
need to (ie use the VHF) without disturbing the off-watch,
who sleep in the forward cabin when underway. At anchor or
at the dock, the aft cabin berth slides out to become a
double bed. This mattress is stuffed with a combination of
regular foam and memory foam and is very comfortable.
Engine: Reliable Volvo-Penta MD3B, 36HP diesel, electric
start, dual fuel-filters/water-separators
Propeller: 2-blade bronze
Great anchoring system includes Windlass: Muir Hercules,
two-speed chain & rope manual windlass.
Anchors: 2 x 45lb (20kg) genuine CQR anchors, on hefty
rollers on bowsprit platform.
Primary Rode: 220' (67m) 3/8" BBB chain (in chain locker)
plus up to 600' 5/8" 3-strand polyester (Dacron) rope on a
spool in forepeak.
Secondary Rode: about 80' 3/8" chain and about 150' 3/4"
nylon rope stowed belowdecks, just forward of chain locker.
Extra chain: about 180' of 3/8" BBB chain, currently stored
in an SS tank in forepeak. I intended to cut this into two
lengths of chain, and stow it in the bilge, but it could be
left as one piece, either where it is, or moved elsewhere.
6man Viking SOLAS-grade valise liferaft, manufactured
Sept/2007. Box for this liferaft is under construction
Lifesling throwable flotation device.
Many lifejackets (PFDs)
Hillerange 3 burner kerosene (paraffin) stove with oven.
Fuel tank is in engine room.
Two built-in iceboxes, insulated with 4" of insulation.
Lockers with cane wicking for ventilation.
Galley footpump for freshwater. Ametek drinking water filter
with many spare cartridges.
Galley footpump for saltwater.
LED running lights
LED and fluorescent interior lights
LED compass light
Two group-27 Delco Voyager deep-cycle batteries,
well-protected in plywood battery boxes. Additional two
battery boxes so there can be a total of 4 group 27
Engine has an alternator, not sure of the size.
Garmin GPS 152 built-in GPS with external antenna.
Furuno NX 300 NAVTEX receiver
Raymarine Radar/Chartplotter, connected to GPS, with
Heads-up display, mini-ARPA collision avoidance, guard
zones, power-saving modes, chart overlays.
Radar reflector (Davis) hung in rigging.
Uniden UM525 VHF radio with fog signals, DSC, loudhailer
Professional Mariner 20/25 110VAC builtin battery charger
Isolation Transformer for shore power 1200 watt 110VAC
Steering compass with LED light, guarded by stainless steel
Some of the miscellaneous equipment included:
• Hand Bearing Compass
• Shore power cord
• 200 watt inverter
• Safety harnesses
• First Aid kit
• several charts and books
• lots of spare rope
• pots, pans, etc
All information mentioned here believed to be correct but not guaranteed
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mais non garanties
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