This beautiful ketch sailboat is for sale. She has a professionally installed Electric Yacht electric motor, and a tilt-up outboard motor in a sealed locker, which allows her to both have both reliable emergency power and great range without the smells, noise, and maintenance issues associated with a single inboard engine. We bought her two years ago, and enjoyed sailing her down to the Florida Keys and back, as well as many local trips on the Chesapeake Bay. We have made many improvements both in comfort and function, as we have lived aboard her. We have intentionally made all of her systems for sailing powered by hand, so that nothing will fail at a critical time.
As a boat, the Pearson 365 is the cruising model of the Pearson line. It was built for comfort, livability, and long term off-grid living. It includes features to reflect this, including an 8 foot long cockpit, a separate shower stall, 5 bunks (including a pilot berth), and 150 gallons of water storage. Her refrigerator is so gigantic that it was divided into three temperature zones (freezer, fridge, and a “cellar” space around 55°F). We found that we could comfortably be on the hook for 2-3 weeks at a time before returning for supplies.
Multiple projects have been completed recently:
She has an online article written about her propulsion, found here: https://atomvoyages.com/pearson-365-hybrid-gas-outboard-well-electric-inboard/
Note: James Baldwin was right, of course, and we did convert it to tilt up later. Meeting him in person was a real treat for me as that man is my hero.
We use the electric inboard for marina entry / exit and keep it in reserve for emergency use while entering inlets / channels. In this way, the batteries almost never go down below 90% charge and the solar brings them back over the next day. No need to run the generator to recharge like a pure electric inboard system would! The inboard has will get the boat to hull speed and muscle it around when needed.
We use the outboard for range and in particular it works fantastic for motor sailing with it set at just a tick over idle speed. Very quiet this way. 2020 Tohatsu "Sailpro" 6hp, approximately 500 hours on engine and runs great.
We have 2 completely separate motoring systems so very little chance of being stranded.
Custom self-steering system that uses an almost perfectly balanced spade rudder driven by a ST1000 autopilot. An engineer sized the components with a healthy safety margin.
This system carried us from Maryland to Florida and back and worked great.
You can steer the boat by this rudder with your pinky and we often used it instead of the main wheel as we like tillers.
Since the main rudder is not balanced (no skeg types are for the most part), driving the main rudder with an autopilot uses orders of magnitude more power and requires expensive built-in systems. We do not have to think about power usage for the autopilot like a system driving the main rudder would require us to.
Lovely Lady carries a spare autopilot that could be swapped out in a minute. (Autopilot names are “Mike” and “Ike”)
As a side benefit, we have 2 completely separate steering systems so very little chance of being stranded. Ketches can steer with the mizzen too so 3 if you count that!
400 watts of solar installed. 300W is dedicated to the house loads and 100W charges the electric inboard battery bank.
This has proven enough not to have to run the generator most days on the hook. The charge controller is a Bluetooth enabled Victron unit.
Traction battery bank is 48V x 200 amp hours of lead. This could be used for house loads with a DC-DC charger, but I didn’t find it to be needed.
12V House bank is 400 amp hours of lead and 200 amp hours of Lithium with selector switches to choose which is used / charged. We found we used about 75 amp-hours a day so the lithium was usually plenty. The lead bank will last a very long time this way as it’s just there for the odd cloudy week, but it’s there if you need it.
A 2-kilowatt gas generator is included for those cloudy weeks (or to run the AC or dehumidifier, etc.). Battery charging is quick and efficient with a 55Amp power converter. This is almost not needed at all now with the solar + lithium batteries, but it is good to have the option.
We redid the anchoring system entirely:
New Lofrans manual windlass,
275’ of 5/16” BBB chain with rope rode at the end,
Manson Supreme 45lb anchor,
and a new anchor roller.
This setup held us exactly in place during a 5 hour storm with winds gusting to 55knots!
We also glassed in a dedicated anchor locker with drain to bilge.
New VHF radio with AIS receiver
Settee and cockpit cushions
Custom spice rack
2 Caframo fans in the salon, 2 in the v-berth kept us cool on the hook.
Custom made over-hatch air conditioning unit for on-grid use
Projector with 6 foot wide movie screen
Removable ottoman with large storage inside
Water tanks redone with cleaning ports added.
This was a massive job over several weeks, where we doubled the thickness of all baffles and glassed them back in on all sides (far better than the factory originally did).
All new plumbing lines run from tanks to water pumps and sinks with selector valves.
NaturesHead Compost toilet.
Converted the dorade vent from passive unit to an active fan that draws air out from the head / shower. Our head smells good and showering moisture is removed quickly. This airflow also keeps the boat fresh when stored.
Installed an inverter to power laptops and run small kitchen appliances.
Tons of extras are included:
Walker-bay 10’ hard dingy, trolling motor + battery for dinghy
ZenStyle Mini Portable Single Tub Washing Machine
AC unit in custom hatch cover (can leave in for day sails)
Dehumidifier for those rainy days (can leave in place at all times)
Spares for systems (outboard, water pump, lights, shaft zincs, etc.)
Projector + screen for movies at night!
Previous owner had a tremendous amount of work professionally done, including:
New custom aluminum mast step
Both masts pulled, rewired, and rebuilt
New LED spreader, mast, anchor, steaming lights
Both booms rebuilt
New standing rigging built with custom 316 SS fittings and 1/19
16 new SS chain plates
New running rigging
New teak handrails built and installed
New prop shaft, cutlass bearing, and glands
Rebuilt rudder, shaft seals, and replaced all steering cables
New 12v and 120v electrical systems
Replaced original diesel with ElectricYacht 72v 15KW electric drive
Batteries can charge at the slip, via solar, or by regeneration while
Replaced original head and holding tank with Nature’s Head
Removed and rebedded all original portlights
Replaced all seacocks and through hulls with new Groco bronze
Replaced all hoses and hose clamps with double SS
Rebuilt binnacle with new NavPod with motor controls and
Maretron NMEA2000 display
New Airmar triducer and NMEA 2000 network installed
New Custom Dodger
New Jabsco foredeck washdown pump
All new sails built
New 130% roller furling Genoa on new Hood roller
New Main with 2 reefs
New Mizzen with 1 reef
Isotherm magnum SP refrigeration and water cooled fitting installed
New Gori 18” Bronze folding prop
New Custom Bimini, sail covers, and binnacle cover
The lifelines and stations were removed in order to repair some localized wet deck coring. Few boats from this era have perfectly dry decks, but this one is in good shape overall. We have a moisture meter and will show any potential buyer exactly how the decks are. They are solid under foot everywhere and in better than average shape for the age / price. We did keep the stanchions and lifelines so they could be reinstalled in ~4-6 hours if desired. We prefer the boat without them and always run jacklines down the center of the boat when away from shore.
Any time we removed deck hardware, we would “drill-fill-drill” to seal the core and reinstall with butyl tape.
We are happy to take more photos to share if there are specific requests, but the boat is best appreciated in person.
Lovely Lady is currently located south of Annapolis, Maryland. Please contact us to arrange a visit!