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1978 Cape Horn Yachts Great Crusing Boat

A$  81,298*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 361-596-8034
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Corpus Christi, TX
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 59,900 (A$  81,298) 

Wandering Star is an extremely strong cruiser, safe, comfortable, and sturdy, with an interior as roomy, or roomier than a Morgan OI-41, and she is eager to go cruising again. She is currently located in Ingleside on the Bay, TX.

Wandering Star was owned by author Stephen J. Pavlidis as IV Play, during which time he sailed the waters of the Bahamas and Caribbean and wrote numerous cruising guides to those waters. She is one of eight Cape Horn 40s built in Miami in 1978, two of which have
made trans-Atlantic crossings. Her current owner has overseen extensive renovations and improvements which have been made by professional craftsmen under his direct supervision. Her comfortable, well-appointed interior, featuring numerous updates, a large aft cabin with adjacent aft head, a completely redesigned galley, and the spacious main cabin will make her an excellent choice for a couple who wish to live aboard or sail the seven seas.

NAME: Wandering Star

TYPE: Cape Horn 40-cruising sailboat

LOA: 39' 7"

LWL: 31' 4"

BEAM: 12' 6"

DRAFT: 4' 6"

DESIGNER: Jorge Garcia, Miami

RIG: sloop

DISP: 19,000 lb.

BUILDER: Garcia & Beauchamp
BALLAST: 8,000 lb.
ENGINE: Perkins M-60 Diesel (59 hp) - installed new in Sept. 1998

SAIL AREA: Main - 282 S.F. Jib - 310 S.F.
TANKAGE: Water - 100 gals. Fuel - 80 gal. No holding tank
RANGE UNDER POWER: 400-800 miles depending on engine RPM and sea conditions          HULL SPEED: 7.51 knots
BID ratio: 42.1%

CONSTRUCTION: Built-in Miami in 1978, Wandering Star is constructed of hand-laid fiberglass with a cored deck (3/4" U.S.A. marine plywood). She has a full keel drawing 4' 6" with attached rudder and three-bladed prop in an aperture. Hull, deck, and cabin top were repainted in June 2020 with 2-part polyurethane enamel. The bottom was repainted with 3 coats of Pettit Trinidad 75 antifouling bottom paint in June 2020. The prop was coated with 2 coats of Pettit Prop Coat antifouling paint in July 2020. The area below the waterline had an epoxy barrier coat applied in 1994.

ENGINE: Auxiliary power is supplied by a 59 hp Perkins M-60 naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder diesel engine. It is fresh-water cooled with a wet exhaust system ( Verna Lift). The engine is located beneath the cockpit sole with excellent access from three sides. The engine fuel is fed through two Racor filters that are easy to access and change An inline external 12-v fuel pump makes priming the fuel system easy. The 114'' stainless steel prop shaft has a flexible coupling and turns a fixed three-bladed prop installed new in Sept. 1998. New cutlass bearing in September 1998. The prop shaft passes through housing that is cooled by seawater fed from its own through-hull. Spares include oil and fuel filters and a spare prop.

STEERING: Steering is Edson-chain/cable. Rudder removed in June 2001, rebuilt, and reinstalled. The wheel is encased in a spiral rope-work. There is an emergency tiller.

ANCHORS: 35# plow, 35# Danforth. 25' of 3/8" chain with 200' of l" rode and 250' of 5/16" chain for a secondary anchor. At the bow are two anchor rollers and two hawse pipes that lead to separate anchor lockers. Lewmar Pro l 000 electric primary windlass plus backup manual windlass (needs drive chain replacement).

ELECTRICAL: Bank #1- (I) marine starting battery flooded cell. Bank #2- house bank- (3) 12- volt sealed 98 amp-hour deep-cycle batteries. 11OV shore power with outlets located throughout the boat, protected with GFI breakers. A heavy-duty diode battery isolator allows charging both battery banks simultaneously; charging by engine alternator, wind generator, and solar panels. Separate charge controllers control the charge rate of the wind generator and solar panels, respectively. A Xantrex Linkpro battery monitor provides voltage readings for both battery banks and monitors amperage, amps, amp-hours, and remaining charge for the house bank. The electrical system and mast are bonded to two Dyna Plates. Stat Power 40-amp battery charger (with equalizing circuit). Lights: six 12-V Alpenglow fluorescent teak-framed overhead cabin lights with red LED night-lighting and 4 12-V Alpenglow LED reading lights with LED red night­ lighting. Air Conditioning: Ocean Breeze 18,500 120-volt Marine air conditioner with high output fan; air registers in the aft, main, and forward cabins; new 2009. Fans: 4 12-V Califramo Model 757 fans. A Windbugger wind generator, new in June 2001, is mounted on a pole at the stem. New 12V and l20v  electrical panels are mounted on a hinged panel for easy rear access. Atop the masthead is the VHF antenna and anchor light. On the forward part of the mast is the steaming light. The stem light is mounted on the stem rail.

ELECTRONICS AND NAVIGATION: Ritchie compass, GPS, depth meter, and remote multimeter (mounted in cabin), AIS receiver and antenna (not connected), Northstar VHF radio, Simrad WP30 wheel pilot. !com 718 ham/marine SSB transceiver radio (includes manual and automatic tuners). Note: a Raytheon 24-mile radar radome is mounted on the mast. This unit is a radome ONLY, and the status is unknown. It is disconnected and there is no display unit or other accompanying electronics aboard.

SAILS AND RIGGING: Wandering Star is sloop-rigged with all sheets and furling lines led to the cockpit for ease of handling. Both working sails (main and genoa) can be unfurled, trimmed, reefed, and furled without leaving the cockpit. Main-Pro. furl mainsail furler installed in 1998 with a new sail built by JS!. 120% genoa was built in 1998 and is mounted on a Pro. furl P-40. Removable stay for cutter rig installed in June 2001 (mounts at the bow with pelican hook); without roller furling or other deck hardware. Two staysails with sheets, blocks, and downhaul. Additional sails: spare 140% genoa and a red, double-headsail rig adapted for the Pro. furl. A spinnaker pole is mounted on the front of the aluminum, keel-stepped mast. All standing and running rigging new in June, 200 I including turnbuckles. The backstay is insulated for use as a ham/SSB radio antenna. There are two genoa sheet winches, one on each side of the cockpit, two halyard winches on the mast, and one mainsheet winch and mainsheet traveler just aft of the helm. The sacrificial strips on the main and genny are dark green. Aluminum mast steps were installed in 2009.

DECK AND COCKPIT: center-cockpit with cushions, fixed bimini, dodger, and all furling lines and Sheets led to cockpit. Boom sets into a very strong boom gallows. Chart plotter mounts adjacent to the helm. The cockpit has non-skid and two large drains that lead overboard. Gas barbecue.

DECK HARDWARE: New Garhauer 30" stanchions and double lifelines installed in Jan. 2012. SS bow and stem pulpits. Cabin-top handrails. Lewmar Pro 1000 electric primary windlass, plus Goit manual anchor windlass, with covers. On-deck fills for water and fuel. Stainless steel boarding ladder, several fenders. Custom professionally-built fiberglass propane locker at the base of the mast, holding 2 20-lb. fiberglass propane tanks with remote shut-off valve.

INTERIOR: Interior has been professionally refinished with beautiful Central American teak cabinetry and cabin sole. Cabinets and cabinet doors are solid teak framed with wicker inserts for ventilation. All interior visible fiberglass and flat paneled surfaces have been refinished with bright white 2-part polyurethane marine enamel, sprayed and sanded between each coat. All teak surfaces have been sealed with a polyurethane sealer, followed by multiple coats of sprayed 2-part polyurethane varnish, and finished with hand sanding and polishing. There is abundant storage throughout. All ceilings above the living space have been insulated and covered with air-cored off­ white plastic paneling, providing a bright and cool interior. There are 11 opening ports and 4 overhead hatches, plus the companionway, for ventilation.

The forward compartment features a V-berth with a new 7" foam/memory foam topper mattress (2015), hanging lockers, shelves, fans, LED reading lights, overhead combination red/white Alpenglow fluorescent light, an overhead 20"x20" hatch, and access to chain lockers. Between the forward compartment and main cabin are ample storage compartments topped by tiled counters, without a bulkhead to the ceiling. Visually, this gives the entire interior an open, roomy appearance.

The main salon has a U-shaped settee to port with a table and a small settee to starboard. Sole is 3/8" thick teak and "holly" (lighter colored local Central American hardwood) strips (NOT veneer) laminated to a plywood base which is in tum laminated to the original fiberglass sole. The main salon has two fans (shared with the forward cabin) and combination red/white Alpenglow fluorescent lights. 

The galley is to starboard at the base of the companionway stairs with a 2-burner Force-10 propane stove and broiler (no oven); built-in microwave oven; built-in separate refrigerator and freezer boxes with holding plates ( 11SV A.C. and engine-driven compressor powered); pots, pans, and kitchen utensils; overhead Aspenglow lighting; opening hatch over the stove for ventilation; and extensive storage. Two fiberglass 20lb. propane tanks are mounted in an oval custom-built fiberglass box on the starboard cabin top by the mast and have a shut-off solenoid with a galley­ mounted on/off switch.

Companionway provides access to the main compartment via a unique L-shaped stairway that makes possible added galley counter space, increased storage, and exceptional access to batteries and the forward end of the engine compartment. A 2-step ladder descends from the companionway to a cabinet-top above the battery compartment. Built-in steps in the port side of the cabinet then descend to the cabin sole. The entire cabinet is hinged and swings aside into the galley space to produce unabated access to the battery compartment below and the front end of the engine compartment aft of the batteries.

Walk-through is to the port of the engine room and provides access between the main and aft cabins with generous width and headroom. On the inboard wall, there is a large panel that provides excellent engine room access. The electrical breaker panels and monitors are mounted on two hinged teak doors above the engine room access panel. Outboard of the walk-through, from forward to aft respectively, is a radio station with a small desk and cushioned seat. The air conditioning locker topped by a counter, and a hanging locker and enclosed shelves serving the aft cabin

The aft cabin features a very large V-berth with 7" foam/memory foam cushions; cabinets along the full length of both sides of the berth; 6 drawers below the berths; additional storage below the berths accessible from above; 2 LED reading lights; overhead combination red/white Alpenglow fluorescent light; an overhead 20"x20" hatch; 2 fans; large access panel to transmission, water heater, and 115V refrigeration condenser unit; and access to the head. Head has a vanity with sink, Raritan 12V electrical marine toilet, shower, and storage cabinets. NEW HOLDING TANK.

PLUMBING: 12V-pressure water supply in galley and head. There are two electric bilge pumps (main bilge pump underneath engine - a 3700 gph Rule and a mast-step bilge-2000 gph Rule). There is a 6-gallon hot water tank heated by 115-volt AC power or by the circulating internal engine coolant. Most water hoses (feed and pressure lines) were replaced during the refit. The potable water intake line is filtered, and pressure water is additionally filtered x2. On the aft deck is a deck fill that can be used to siphon rainwater below. There are two raw water intake through-hulls in the bilge aft; one feeds the engine and the other feeds the air conditioner heat exchanger and the propeller shaft housing. An additional thru-hull located under the bathroom vanity supplies raw water to the refrigeration heat exchangers and the toilet.

MISCELLANEOUS: Life raft, (needs servicing), 1000-watt portable electric generator; fire extinguishers; flares (need updating); horn; miscellaneous lines and gear; manuals for systems.

DINGHY/OUTBOARD: 8' West Marine inflatable dinghy and a 2-hp gasoline outboard engine, both in poor to fair condition

Note: This sale includes all items and equipment described above at the time of writing. There may be items aboard, including but not limited to clothing and other personal items, books, tools, equipment, instruments, hardware, fasteners, etc., which are not listed above and are not included in this sale. It is also possible that miscellaneous items listed above may have been inadvertently misplaced or removed from the vessel during recent maintenance. It is incumbent upon the buyer to make a full inventory of all equipment before purchase to assure that everything listed is present and in proper working order.























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