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1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch
designer Bill Crealock
boat was built by Bill Clark Boats of San Diego, CA.
Documentaion No. 596269
LOA 39' 9"
LWL 28' 6"
Beam 10' 9"
Draft 4' 9"
6500 lbs fixed lead ballast
hull speed 6.67kts
Volvo MD3B 36hp
professional rebuilt by Porter Marine (Volvo factory trained) in Tucson, AZ
engine hours 7
roller furling high cut Yankee jib; genoa is cut for furling
club footed staysail with reef points
main with slab reefing in two rows and 3rd row tie in reef points
mizzen with 1 row reef points
storm trysail--never used
riding sail for mizzen while at anchor
Teak decks redone in 1999
Norsemen fittings on new rigging in 1998
ABI bronze manual windlass
45# CQR mounted on bow roller
20# Danforth mounted on workbench in forepeak
13# Danforth stern anchor in rear lazarette
200' 3/8 BBB chain
150' 5/8 braided nylon
300' 1/2" 3-strand nylon
Wilcox-Crittendon Skipper type 8 head with 3 way system and holding tank
4-24 gal hard plastic water tanks with large fill/inspection plates located under settees
100 gal fuel in two 50 gal tanks located port and starboard with appropriate fuel delivery system
automatic bilge pump; manual Whale gusher bilge pump
ShipMate propane 2 burner stove with oven, gimballed; 2 aluminum propane tanks in dedicated, vented storage lazarette
Icebox is large; accomodates 50 lbs of ice
port/starboard running lights, masthead tri-color, steaming light, and oil backup running lights; portable anchor lights
55watt solar panel
cockpit compass easily removed for storage
tiller steering; large aft hung rudder; tiller master
wind vane self steering is with the boat, but not now installed.
Fatty Knees rowing/sailing dinghy with sail rig is mounted on cabin top
3 hp Yamaha outboard is mounted in custom box under the dinghy
Depth sounder--internal installation in custom, sealed mounting so there is no thru-hull, paddle wheel, etc., to develop problems.
2- #40 winches 2 speed
6-#8 single speed winches located on masts
Last survey done in Newport Beach CA in 1999; Mexico, where the boat has been since then does not require surveys for insurance.
New barrier coat--photos available
new chain plate bolts, new rudder attachment bolt system--photos available
areas needing attention: cabin top needs repainting; minor cosmetics such as Cetol on the wood; ceramic bowl of head needs to be replaced as there is a crack in the base; workbench countertop in forepeak needs to be replaced; sail covers are being replaced as well as foredeck covers and lee cloths.
This boat has simple systems, nothing fancy, but nothing ever breaks either. She is dry, in the cabin, in the bilge and generally while sailing. Large cockpit drains and deck scuppers. She is safe, stoutly built and has a comfortable motion in a sea; easily handled, sailed; behaves at anchor and doesn't wander all over the place.
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