"THISTLE" IS IN ABSOLUTELY BRISTOL CONDITION !
TOP QUALITY GEAR & READY FOR OFFSHORE
READ THE OWNER'S EXTENSIVE NOTES AND YOU WILL SEE HOW "THISTLE" HAS TO BE THE FINEST KENDALL 32 AVAILABLE
Designed by Atkin & Crealock and built by Larry Kendall, the Kendall 32 is a heavy duty offshore cutter -- an updated and improved fiberglass version of William Atkin's famous THISTLE (1934). In doing the conversion to fiberglass, William Crealock said that he kept the basic lines, while raising the sheer and redesigning the rig. "THISTLE" has just completed a multi-year total retrofit to better than new condition with many custom features and engineering upgrades. Just completed a regularly scheduled haul-out (June 2020) with general inspection, 2 coats of Micron CSC bottom paint (3 on the rudder), zinc change and Max Prop service. The hull, thru-hulls, prop, shaft, cutlass bearing, ground plate, rudder and bronze fittings all appeared perfect. Viewing by appointment.
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SV Thistle was initially built and launched in Costa Mesa California at the Kendall Shipyard by a master shipwright for his personal use. The same shipwright went on to become quality control manager for Pacific Seacraft and is a senior partner in a well-known yacht services company in Seattle.
Always well maintained she has nevertheless been transformed into a one of a kind, like new custom creation. This has entailed a multi-year refit, including two years in a shed undergoing meticulous work by a master craftsman. Thousands of hours of labor and tens of thousands of dollars have resulted in arguably the best Kendall in the world and perhaps the best world cruiser for a couple in this size and price range. She has to be seen. Everywhere she goes she attracts attention.
The owner, a very experienced sailor with a history of owning ocean sailing yachts up to 64 feet in length wanted to downsize to an outstanding vessel capable of sailing anywhere safely and comfortably, with the caveat that it had to be small enough for he and his wife to sail well into their 80’s, health permitting. Now age 75, the owner often sails her solo. Two years ago, he and his wife did a 930 mile shake down cruise around Vancouver Island in preparation for a trip to New Zealand. The boat performed marvelously but personal issues got in the way. Most recently the Covid-19 pandemic and increasing age has led to the difficult decision to offer her for sale at a fraction of her replacement cost.
Boat Name: Thistle
Designer: William Atkin, 1934, 32 foot Cutter Thistle / William Crealock ,1969, modified specs for construction in fiberglass with modern cutter rig.
Keel: Full keel with sloping cutaway forefoot, custom keel hung rudder and tiller.
Hull shape: Heavy displacement full keel, monohull, with canoe stern.
LOA: 39 feet LOD: 32 feet LWL: 27’6” Beam: 11 feet Draft: 5 feet
Displacement: 19,500 lbs Ballast: 7800 lbs (encapsulated lead) Cutter sail area: 735 sq. ft with Yankee. Genoa or spinnaker would increase area.
Engine: 2007 Yanmar 40 HP naturally aspirated diesel, 3JH4E
Engine hours: 1140 hours, service up to date. Engine looks and runs as new. The new engine instrument panel is under cover from elements at the navigation station but gauges can be viewed from the cockpit while underway. Audible alarms easily heard in cockpit.
Drive: Direct shaft drive through aft edge of keel into aperture. New PSS shaft seal and cutless bearing. Recent engine alignment.
Propeller: New 2018 3 blade 17-inch feathering Max prop with spare 18 inch fixed two blade prop. Props are right hand drive.
Tanks: Water: single Monel stainless tank: 45 gallons capacity. Extra 5-gallon emergency reserve and a rain water collection system.
Fuel tanks: two new poly – 60 gallons total. Also Sunbrella covered diesel jugs for attachment to stanchion rail boards giving total 950 mile range under power.
Holding tank: new 15 gallon poly with electric gauge monitor and both macerator over board and deck pump outs.
Accommodations: 2 double berths with lee cloths
1 adult size single berth with lee cloth
1 child size single berth with lee cloth (used mainly for storage)
Hull Construction: Solid fiberglass, no core. Never any blisters. Never any damage or repair. The glass hull layup was done by a superb crew to Crealock’s over built specs with 12 layers of mat, woven roving, and resin, with 14 layers for higher stress areas, and 24 layers for the encapsulated lead keel. Core samples are available.
New bronze thru hulls and sea cocks with mahogany marine ply backing plates.
All new chain plates and custom horizontal chain plates for series drogue.
All deck fittings removed and re-bedded.
Flush Deck: ¾ inch highest marine grade mahogany plywood glassed over with ¼ inch fiberglass laid on top of transverse laminated mahogany and ash deck beams on 12-inch centers. The deck has a new nonskid pattern and both the hull and deck have been painted with Interlux Perfection two-part LPU in Platinum Gray and Matterhorn White. Unlike Awlgrip, Interlux Perfection is easy to work with and repair. It is very hard and scratch resistant, shines like glass, and makes the boat appear as near new.
Bulkheads: Painted highest marine grade ¾ and I inch plywood with broad strong fiberglass bonding to hull. No twisting and flexing in this boat!
Deck hatches: custom heavy duty offshore hatches with Dorade boxes and polished stainless Dorade vents with offshore caps. Bug screens for each hatch and companionway. Clamshell covers for port lights in case of breakage.
Cockpit: Custom, offshore size in design with a sloping sole allowing fast drainage from two large drains. The sloping sole is made level with a heavy-duty custom Port Orford Cedar platform grate that keeps your feet dry. The cockpit has a custom removeable seat that also serves as a large storage box, big enough to store a Honda 2000 generator or what have you. Behind the cockpit is the lazarette hatch. The cockpit sole can be removed if necessary to replace the engine or fuel tanks but access to the engine is superb from below so removal of the sole will be a rare occurrence.
All sail controls are easily reached by one person from the cockpit. There is also a saltwater wash down down hose bib in the cockpit for use in the cockpit or with a hose attachment to the bow for washing ground tackle.
Steering: Custom heavy duty keel hung rudder and tiller with massive bronze gudgeons, pintles and lower main bearing with a bronze keel mounted protection plate for lower bearing. Rudder has positive floatation for a light feel. Self-steering from the Monitor wind vane can be adjusted from the companionway as can the Autohelm 2000 electric autopilot. There is also an adaptor to attach the Autohelm to the monitor to reduce load on the Autohelm.
Dodger: Custom hard dodger with acrylic windows is ultra strong but detachable. It contains day/night lighting, and DC socket for a floodlight and for the autopilot. Teak handholds are on the sides and a custom 316 stainless grab rail goes over the top that could also serve as a makeshift gallows.
Companionway: The companionway has a bridge deck entry to prevent water ingress in a breaking following sea with only one small heavy-duty solid teak hatch board that has a tie down storage location in the cockpit. The companionway hatch can be locked from the inside. A through bolted pad-eye is right at the companionway for a harness attachment.
Engine room: There is excellent engine access all the way from the shaft seal aft to the front of the engine and routine engine checks are quick and easy. The engine space appears spotless with all new everything. Engine room lighting is excellent making servicing a pleasure. The engine appears as near new and all service is up to date including valve lash adjustment. Only 1140 hours. There is over $2000 in engine spares including starter, raw water pump, fuel lift pump, injector, thermostats, impellors, belts, filters, and gaskets.
As you descend the companionway, to port is the galley with a tremendous amount of space for dishes and food storage with adequate counter space. The sink is single basin stainless with a manual fresh water pump but no salt water on purpose to avoid corrosion. Salt water if needed can be obtained in a bucket from the outlet in the cockpit. The stove is an as new lo gimbaled propane 2 burner Force 10 with oven. The fridge freezer is a top loading Engel unit in an enclosure, very quiet and very energy efficient. It can act as either a pure freezer or a fridge depending on setting.
To starboard is the navigation station with a chart table large enough for a half folded full size chart. There are full size chart drawers. All drawers and cabinets in the boat have locking mechanisms. The Navigation station houses the Navigation electronics, AIS unit and alarm speaker, the engine control panel, the New Blue Seas DC panel, the new Blue Seas AC panel, an atomic clock, brass clock and barometer and holding tank gauge.
Your impression as you look around is that this is a really big 32-foot boat and that it is no production boat! The woods are solid from the laminated ash and mahogany beams to the solid mahogany trim with white painted New England style bulkheads and Port Orford cedar out board staving. The cabin sole is new, built with thick solid oak over marine grade plywood, the bilge access boards are securable for offshore. Your overall impression is one of strength, quality and traditional beauty. No production veneer here!
Port side in the salon is a wood dinette table that seats four next to shelving with radio electronics included SSB with Pactor Modem, DSC VHF, Furuno GPS, and a Grundig Shortwave AM FM radio along with an overhead book shelf and storage cabinets and shelves for ships papers and manuals. There is an area under the dinette table to secure the Viking 4 man liferaft in a valise, keeping it out of the elements and only a short distance to the companionway.
Starboard side in the salon is a bench seat that can slide out to serve as a single offshore berth with lee cloths. Above the bench seat is another single berth that can be pulled out and locked to make a double berth with lee cloths. In between the berths are three very large lockable pull out drawers and there is also storage below the drawers for other stores. There is a large cabinet enclosure separating the salon berths and the navigation station and this contains the electrical wiring panel, battery switches and inverter. All the wiring in the boat is new.
Forward of the salon is the head to port with Blake-Lavac manual head, a sink and vanity and good storage. There is no shower. Showers are taken in the cockpit with heated water from the stove or the sun in a sun shower attached to the boom. Fortunately the cockpit has Sunbrella spray cloths and solar panels that protect the modest from voyeurism.
Starboard are three hanging lockers and drawers with a shelf and cabinet above. The boat has an abundance of storage for her size – going along with her displacement.
The forepeak contains a double berth to port with drawers and cabinets below and a small child size berth to starboard that is usually used to store the folding cockpit cushion seats or what have you. This smaller berth area also provides access to the most aft chain locker designed to keep the 330 feet of all chain rode as far aft as possible. All these areas have lee cloths to help keep items and people in place. In the bow are louvered doors to the bow chain locker also containing sheets, tackle, tow-lines and other items. The interior of the chain locker looks like that of a new boat.
Cutter rigged with a heavy-duty black anodized aluminum tapered mast and boom. Single spreader. All new standing rigging with Norseman fittings and a compete set of spare shrouds and stays also with Norseman fittings.
Profurl furlers, for the headsail and staysail that are easily furled without a winch.
New stainless chain plates. Spinnaker pole on the mast. Numerous rigging spares including bronze turnbuckles and spare goose neck. Folding steps at the mast head for work aloft with a 5-part climbing tackle system with bosuns chair.
Running rigging near new and in very good condition with numerous spare lines and shackles. Rope clutches for main sheet and staysail sheets
New Dynema lazy jacks on the boom and Dynema running backstays for mast support in extreme storm conditions when flying the staysail alone.
Brand new 2018 Strong Tides mast track with batten slides gives effortless raising and lowering and reefing the main sail at the mast.
Separate storm trysail track.
Like new, offshore quality, Dacron full batten UK Sails main built in May 2018 with three reef points.
Like new offshore quality, Dacron UK furling Yankee with foam luff and UV protection edging built in May 2018.
Like new, offshore quality, 2018, Dacron furling staysail with foam luff and UV strip.
Two spare main sails, one cream and one tan bark, both in very good condition.
One spare tanbark Yankee in good condition.
One spare staysail in good condition.
One 110% Genoa headsail in very good condition. Separate inboard genoa track on deck.
One storm staysail in very good condition.
One storm jib in very good condition.
One storm trysail – unused.
One cruising asymmetric spinnaker in dousing sock in very good condition.
Two sails for the dinghy.
All wiring in the boat is new including new DC and AC panels, smart battery charger, and galvanic isolator with 30-amp shore power service.
Four new 2018 Trojan 105 amp 6-volt batteries in easily accessed secure enclosures for a total of 420 amps.
Five solar panels for a total of 450 watts with 30-amp regulator and new spare regulator.
Wiring for wind generator in place with regulator switch but so far there has been no need for the extra power. In fact, the boat is seldom plugged into shore power even if the fridge freezer is on 24/7. The exception is in the winter to run a heater dryer.
Autohelm 2000 tiller autopilot with wind vane attachment.
New Raymarine wireless wind speed direction indicator.
Garmin 24-mile radar.
Garmin 740S GPS Chart Plotter at the Nav station but moveable to a companionway mount to be easily viewed when steering. However, the Plotter can also be seen at the Nav station from the companionway.
ICOM M424 G DSC VHF with external speaker to the cockpit.
STD Horizon HX500S rechargeable handheld VHF with DC charging station.
Furuno LS6100 scanning depth sounder.
Furuno GP32 WAAS 6” GPS receiver.
Furuno Navtex NX300 S&R Receiver.
ICOM M700Pro SSB radio with Pactor Modem, ICOM antenna tuner and copper ground plate and isolated antenna.
Vesper Marine AIS with separate alarm speaker.
CMAP charts for the entire world on a dedicated PC laptop with dedicated GPS, computer mouse. Chart Index in a bookshelf binder.
Digital atomic clock.
Brass clock and barometer.
Two Danforth Corsair compasses one in cockpit and one mounted in the salon.
LED mast head tri-color light, anchor light and strobe.
New LED running lights.
Xantrex 1500-watt inverter.
406 EPIRB – needs new battery.
Grundig Satellite 800 Shortwave, AM, FM world receiver.
12 volt IPOD music docking station with stereo speakers.
HEATING: Sig Marine 120 diesel fireplace furnace – gravity fed from main fuel tanks with separate Racor fuel filter and two in line shut off valves. This produces sufficient heat for the boat in the snow of winter and it is free of downdraft when sailing or motoring. There is a quiet low amp computer fan for heat circulation if needed.
Ceramic AC heater can be used when plugged to shore power.
The boat is well insulated. There is never any condensation.
COOLING: Three main cabin two speed low amp fans.
Near new Lofrans 1000 electric windless with Sunbrella cover and deck mounted co up and down switches. Manual back-up with the use of a winch handle.
Twin bow rollers on custom stainless bow sprit.
Primary anchor is 44 lb Rocna Vulcan which is self launching and connected to 330 feet of 5/16 HT chain with 75 additional feet of 5/8 nylon rode led to a more aft chain locker accessed in forward cabin.
Backup bow anchor is 45 lb CQR with 50 feet of 5/16 chain with 320 feet of 12 strand nylon rode in bow chain locker.
Stern anchor is 20 lb Danforth with 30 feet of 5/16 chain and 293 feet of nylon rode.
Collapsing dinghy anchor.
600 feet of ½ inch floating polyprop line on custom reel mounted on stern radar mast with Sunbrella protective cover.
200 feet of 1 inch floating woven polypropylene tow line.
Viking 4-person offshore life raft in Valise. Should be re-certified before going offshore but always kept indoors and appears externally as new.
Weems and Plath SOS LED distress light which is a modern legal night flare substitute.
Man over board pole and life ring.
Three fire extinguishers.
Lightening diversion system with submersible copper plates kept in Sunbrella pouches that are attached to shrouds. They are now removed and in storage.
10-foot book hook with shroud storage.
Three SOSpenders inflatable lifejacket/harnesses come with boat.
Deck jack lines included.
Chest high Dynema life lines for offshore use. These are rigged above the normal stainless lifelines that are too low for offshore safety. ie. double lifelines.
5-part mast climbing tackle with bosun’s chair.
Brand new Jordan Series drogue with bridle and custom horizontal chain plates near stern for bridle attachment.
Through bolted cockpit harness attachment ring.
8’6” Fatty Knees fiberglass dinghy with sail rig with custom bow chocks and hold down straps. Dinghy custom painted with Interlux Perfection to match main vessel and oars are beautiful with leather oarlock coverings.
Motor lifting crane at stern.
Stainless boarding ladder with port and starboard attachment points near stern.
Like-new stainless Monitor Wind Vane easily adjusted from companionway.
Custom stainless main sail traveller with Harken tackle.
Custom stainless bow sprit and bow platform with stainless bob stay with Norseman fitting but also a back-up secondary Dynema bob stay that is even stronger in case of hitting something like a submerged container at sea. There is a third Dynema bobstay as a spare in the forepeak.
Small and large Sunbrella bimini covers. Boom tarp. Rain collection tarp with fitting.
Bug screens for all hatches and companionway.
Eight 5-gallon jugs for fuel storage with Sunbrella covers with tie downs to secure Port Orford cedar rail boards.
Galley equipment including basic cutlery, plates and cups and acrylic glasses included.
Deck mounted horizontal 10 lb Aluminum propane tanks with reinforced Sunbrella cover.
Numerous spare lines and fenders.
Baha filter and fuel siphoning line.
"Thistle" is arguably one of the finest vessels of her size in existence. She is strong, she is comfortable and she will surprise many people with her sailing ability, despite her heavy displacement.
Sir Robin Knox- Johnson was the first person to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation and the only one to finish the Golden Globe race in 1969. His boat Suhaili, was a William Atkin designed 32 foot Ketch. Thistle was inspired by her but built in fiberglass as a flush deck Cutter with a modern rig.
Sir Robin still loves spending time on Suhaili. He owes his life to her. It’s probable that he would look upon Thistle as the ultimate expression of what can be done when seeking perfection.
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