Often when encountering a wooden S&S sloop in the 35’ range, we are tempted to think production boats from the 40’s and 50’s, inexpensively built from the limited resources available following WW2, simply finished, and not in the best condition.
CIRRUS is not one of these boats! Seldom are we fortunate enough to find a moderate sized boat with such a great pedigree in top condition.
CIRRUS was designed by Sparkman & Stephens (#280) and launched in 1939 as a custom yacht of the highest standard for Avard E. Fuller. She was built of the finest materials by the Nevins yard of City Island, NY – one of the finest yacht builders in the country at that time.
Her paneled Butternut interior, bronze lanterns, and real wood burning fireplace harken back to an era when life ran at a slower pace, and one can imagine themselves happily cruising among the islands along the coast of Maine or hunkered down with a good book in her cabin on a rainy afternoon.
Experienced boat owners understand that this kind of pedigree is pretty special, but from a value standpoint, the present condition of the boat is what really matters.
Fast forward to 1998, when CIRRUS arrived at Pease Boatyard in Chatham, MA and, under the ownership of yard owner Mike Pease, she received a major refit over ten years until her re-launch in 2008. The highlights of this restoration include the following:
- Ballast/keel, backbone all bolts (bronze) re-nutted and tightened as needed. New bolts at the horn-timber and stem.
- Approximately 11 plank sections of the outer layer of double planking were replaced from the aft deadwood seam to associated butt seams.
- One frame sectioned was replaced midship port, a floor timber installed aft, misc.repair to port main bulkhead from previous fresh water damage.
- Tankage (copper, riveted and braised) removed, inspected, tested and reinstalled with chafe gasketing……… 25Gal fuel tank, 2 x25 gal water tanks p/s
- New 14 gal. Waste holding tank plumbed for deck removal or overboard via macerator.
- Old teak deck removed, deck framing refastened as needed, pegged and painted. 2 quarter deck beams replace stbd. under cockpit seats
- Interior butternut joinery in galley, stateroom, main salon removed and rebuilt or replaced as needed, reinstalled. Refinished as needed.
- New deck of two layers of okume ply sheathed in Dynel, laid in epoxy and painted. Original 5/4 teak covering boards were kept intact.
- Fwd stateroom rebuilt with removable midsection to convert from original v-berth to queen and back.
- Reinstall entire cabin sole (several new beams) with new P/S ceiling.
- Build new companionway stairs.
- Repair as needed several old lead deck scupper drains and replace ceiling pieces as necessary.
- Build new platform and sole in engine room under bridge deck.
- Rebuild and modify engine beds for new engine.
- Rebuild head vanity and reinstall original sink.
- Reinstall all tankage and rebuild salon settee tops as necessary.
- Install several pairs of sister frames matching P/S. Fwd and aft in rudder post area.
- Two sections of bulwark p/s were replaced and all bulwark refasten as needed.
- New cockpit coamings
- All exterior bright-work of Mexican Mahogany redone.
- Mast new in 1978, hardware removed, spar stripped and recoated with three coats of Bristol clear two part and finished with six coats of varnish.
- All new wiring both DC and AC, shore power, battery charger, 6 gal water heater. All old wiring removed.
- New Westerbeke 35D, new 1” bronze shaft, new PYI 2 blade feathering prop installed.
- New mainsail, working jib, Genoa. New sail covers. All by Downs Sails, Danvers Ma.
- Since her re-launch in 2008 Mike Pease has continued to maintain CIRRUS and make upgrades at a level which can only be described as first class. Here are some of the highlights:
- Complete annual maintenance and upgrades incl., refinishing as needed.
- Small surface dutchmen to lower stem and keel heel.
- Conversion of all interior and nav. lighting to LED.
- Low voltage sleeping fans with timers.
- New hollow Sitka spruce mast built in 2017 with original Monel and bronze hardware.
- All new standing rigging fabricated by Joe Mello
- Original wire halyards and mast winches replaced with bronze Harkin self-tailing mast winches mounted p/s with braid halyard for jib and mainsail.
- Storage shelves in locker behind head,
- General refastening plank/frame over time (a couple hundred/ year)
- Refinishing misc. interior cabinets and replacing misc. cabinetry with original hardware.
- New cockpit dodger made by John Lamole at Gemini Canvas in Rockland.
Following, please find descriptions of CIRRUS’s accommodations and equipment:
The traditional “V” berth cabin forward with a filler piece to form a large double berth. There are lockers and drawer storage under the berths and additional lockers outboard. The bulkheads, lockers and bunk faces throughout the boat are bright finished butternut with bronze hardware, most of which is original. The sole is solid teak and the ceiling planks and inside of the hull are painted white. There is a hatch overhead and two opening ports in the mahogany cabin house sides. The head is next aft and with the original porcelain sink on a white vanity locker to starboard and the Wilcox head to port. Doors forward and aft close off this compartment from the rest of the boat. The main salon has settee berths port and starboard with bright finished butternut lockers behind. There is a wood/charcoal stove on the forward bulkhead. At the aft end on either side of the companionway stairs is the galley with Origo alcohol stove to port and sink to starboard. There are partial bulkheads P/S that fold down to form more counter space. There are bronze, opening ports in the mahogany cabin house.
- Original, tiled charcoal stove
- Origo no-pressurized alcohol stove
- Built in ice box with upper storage rack
- Rebuilt original Skipper Jr head
- Original interior dome lights
- LED reading lights on bulkheads
- Low draw cabin fans
- Deep galley sink with removable faucet head H/C
- Cockpit hand held shower H/C
Double planked Mahogany over cedar. Steam bent white oak frames. White oak stem, horn timber and keel. External lead ballast keel. Bronze fastened. Between 1998 and 2008, CIRRUS underwent a major refit, the details of which are listed above.
Spars and Rigging
- Mast new in 2017, hollow sitka spruce construction by First Light Boatworks
- Boom is solid sitka, original,
- Sitka spruce spinnaker pole, original
- 2010 all hardware removed, spar stripped and re coated with three coats of Bristol clear two part and finished with six coats of varnish
- Sails; main, jib and genoa new 2008 w/ sail covers. Skylight and hatch covers. Spare main, genoa, stormsail and two spinnakers.
- New rigging 2017
- new deck navigation lights w/ mast deck light/steaming.
- Original housing w/LED mast head/anchor light.
- Westerbeke 35D w/Hurth ZF 15M 2:1 transmission and aux. equipment, muffler, hoses, etc. installed
- Electrical panel and wiring replaced
- Two series27 AGM life line batteries.
- Manual bilge pump
- Automatic bilge pump,
- Pressure water
- 6 Gallon Hot water heater,engine/AC
- Racor fuel filter and raw water filter.
- 14”X28deg. 2-blade max prop.
- 14 gal. Waste holding tank plumbed for deck removal or overboard via macerator.
Deck and Gear
Comfortable cockpit aft with tiller steering. The original compass is at the forward end with GPS/Plotter below along with the engine and auto pilot controls. Double life lines with bronze stanchions. 3″ high bulwarks around deck edge. Two lazarette hatches aft and another locker at forward end of cockpit. Lift up hatch on cabin top over forward state room and butterfly hatch over main salon. All bright finished hatches have canvas covers. Halyard winches on mast, two speed sheet winches P/S in cockpit on new pads and 2 speed main sheet winch on cabin top.
- Two speed cockpit winches p/s
- Two speed main sheet winch on cabin top
- Running blocks are original Merriman bros
- Hand help shower in cockpit hot/cold
- Fisherman anchor, original
- Danforth anchor w/250’5/8”rode.
- Skylight and hatch covers.
- Full Fairclough custom cover and frame.
- Older but serviceable cockpit/coach-top awning.
- Raymarine GPS/Chart Plotter 90C in cockpit, removable
- Raymarine Smart Pilot tiller auto pilot
- Depth Sounder
- Fusion am/fm/I-pod stereo system
There are quite a few lovely wooden sloops, yawls, and ketches out there in the 40’ range, but I have honestly never encountered a boat under 34 feet that was this nice before – both from the standpoint of pedigree and original construction/details as well as current condition and upgrades. CIRRUS might feel a bit small for a family of 4, but for a couple or single-handing she is a close to perfect as they come.
2019 Survey available. CIRRUS is on a mooring in Rockland, Maine. Please call to schedule a personal inspection.