Noctiluca in one of only a few Pilot 33's known to exist. She was designed and marketed by Sparkman & Stephens, and was built by the Fisher Body Company in Detroit MI in 1946.
The current owners have continued with an ongoing restoration of the vessel. Replacement of the engine in 2015 with a Westerbeke 30C, and a Roller furling system and a bronze anchor windlass is 2016, compliment the extensive construction work in previous years.
Located at Derecktor Robinhood Yacht Yard, and easily viewed.
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Fisher Boat Works
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Flag of Registry: United States
LOA: 32 ft 11 in
Beam: 9 ft 6 in
LWL: 24 ft 0 in
Length of Deck: 32 ft 11 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 9 in
Ballast: 4465 lbs
Total Power: 30 HP
Engine Brand: Westerbeke
Year Built: 2015
Engine Model: 30C
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 50
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 30 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (40 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Aluminum (20 Gallons)
The cabin of Noctiluca is warm and inviting, in a very traditional layout. She has berths for 4, and the cabin was considered spacious at the time she was designed and built.
Starting aft, the galley counters surround the companionway. New countertops were recently added. There is storage outboard of the counter tops, and underneath. The stove is a Kenyon pressurized Alcohol 2 burner unit., located to port. There is an icebox with cover resessed into the countertop. Sink with manual water pump is located to starboard.
There are port and starboard berths in the main cabin with storage above and outboard. Water tanks are located underneath.
The head area is forward and to port, with hanging lockers to starboard.
The forward cabin includes v-berths port and starboard.
Sails and rigging
- Mainsail - 2008 - North
- 100% Jib - altered for roller furling
- Storm Jib
- Alado Roller Furling System
- Standing rigging replaced in last 10 years
- Wire / rope halyards
- 2 Merriman halyard winches on mast (rebuilt 2009)
- 2 Merriman Jib sheet winches (rebuilt 2009)
- Sitka Spruce mast, keel stepped
- Sitka Spruce Boom
- Cockpit Awning - 2008
- 12 volt ships electrical system
- Dual battery bank selector switch
- Fused electrical panel
- 2 Group 27 Batteries
- Cabin lights
- Navigation lights
- 2 Rule 750 electric bilge pumps
- Standard Horizon GPS / Plotter / Depth (2008)
- VHF Radio
- Handheld GPS
- Tranducer for Depth sounder (2008)
- North Star 12 KG Plow anchor
- 15' - 3/8" chain; 175' - 5/8" Nylon rode
- Wilcox Crittenden Folding Fluke anchor
- 150' - 1/2" rode
- Danforth anchor
- Double rollers on bow sprit
- Bronze anchor windlass (2015)
- Single Lifelines (replaced 2014)
- SS Bow Rail
- SS Stern Rail
- Cockpit Awning (2008)
- Horseshoe Ring
- 4 Fenders
- 4 Dock lines
- 6 Life Vests
- Flare kit
- 2 Fire extinguishers
The current owners of Noctiluca purchased her in 2006 while she was in Rockland Maine. They sailed her confidently in every year, and each off season, engaged in many major areas of rebuilding.
A chronology of such projects in the past 10 years:
- 2006 - Rebuilt the Mahogany cabin bulkhead and cabin corner posts.
- 2007 - Rebuilt the aft cockpit deck beam with White Oak, and replaced the Mahogany cockpit coamings.
- 2008 - Sanded the hull, repainted below the waterline with red lead, repaired the cockpit storage locker framing, and added new locker covers.
- 2009 - Rebuilt the cockpit sole with Spanish Cedar, and relined the cockpit sides with Mahogany. Rebuilt the winches.
- 2010 - Major stem repair, including scarfing in a new White Oak section.
- 2011 - Added an anchor platform and roller.
- 2012 - Rebuilt the forward hatch, including new Mahogany framework and all new Mahogany hatch cover
- 2014 - Rebuilt the sternpost, including scarfing in a new White Oak replacement piece. 5 new planks were installed in the stern section f the hull.
- 2015 - Repowered with a new Westerbeke 30C Diesel engine. Installation included new Stainless Steel shaft, Bronze prop, Aluminum fuel tank, waterlock muffler and all new hoses.
- 2016- New stop waters added to stem and the scarf joint tightened. Added a Bronze anchor windlass, and a Roller Furling system.
The Pilot Class Auxiliary was designed after WW II as a roomy cruising and racing vessel by Sparkman & Stephens. The licensed several builders to construct the boats, and Fisher Boat Works was the builder for the Great Lakes.
The hull of Noctiluca is carvel planked mahogany over 1 1/2" X 1 3/4" steam bent oak frames set at 9" centers. The stem, keelson, floor timbers, stern post, and horn timber are all sawn oak. She s bronze fastened.
The deck is fiberglass over marine plywood, with 1 1/4" X 1 3/4" sawn oak beams.
The keel is solid lead bolted through each floor timber with two 1/2" bronze bolts.
Mahogany rudder with tiller steering.
Noctiluca has a white hull, with blue boot stripe and red bottom. The cabin house sides and cockpit coamings are mahogany, and beautifully varnished, as are the toe rails. The decks are painted light tan. All hardware, except stanchions and rails, are bronze. The spars are varnished as well.
A survey performed in 2008 in which fasteners were removed and inspected noted the vessel to be in sound condition, with recommendations being mostly of a plumbing nature, all of which were corrected.
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.