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Sparkman & Stephens, LLC
This sweet cruiser/racer was designed by Sparkman & Stephens for a Long Island Sound sailor and built by Paul Luke in East Boothbay, Maine in 1964. A fast, roomy cruising boat, she is competitive on the Classic race course. Her last two owners have lavished her with rebuilding, new sails, gleaming brass, bright work and many upgrades. She is in commission and ready for her next owner.
Entering down the centerline companionway from the cockpit, there is a quarterberth to port with a beautifully varnished, forward facing chart table extending out from the hull over the end of the bunk and a chest of drawers. Duster was built for ocean racing and this arrangement ensured that the navigator was always close at hand. Opposite to port is the U shaped ocean racing galley with good ventilation and copious amounts of storage and beautiful stainless steel counter tops. The top loading refrigerator (SeaFrost) is on the aft side, a Luke 3 burner propane stove is outboard and twin sinks are forward close to the centerline to allow for good drainage underway. The main salon has upper and lower berths on either side. The walls and overhead are painted white while the doors, drawer fronts and ceiling strip are varnished mahogany with a beautiful grain not found in modern lumber. Under the upper bunks is a double row of three drawers for storage of gear and equipment offshore. There is a row of three lockers under the lower berths. The water tanks are under the floorboards, the fuel tank is aft. In the passage forward there a liquor cabinet labeled with code flag on the centerline next to the mast. Outboard to starboard is a low chest of drawers with a varnished counter top and a locker behind. Forward of this are two hanging lockers. On the port side is the head which has not only what you would expect of an ocean racing boat of this era, with an oval stainless sink set in a varnished countertop, Groco head (2018) , a locker for towels and small set of drawers for individual crew toiletries, and a separate SHOWER STALL. Even premier boats like Swans built 20 years later did not have this luxury. Next forward is the V berth cabin with a drawer and locker under each berth.
Double planked mahogany over cedar, frames, stem and keelson are white oak. Deck is plywood sheathed with fiberglass.
When the former owner , a shipwright, purchased ODYSSEY, the hull was in good shape and only needed one plank and some refastening, but the deck had been leaking badly for years. He removed the entire deck and replaced most of the the spruce deck beams and the upper hull frame ends before laying down a new plywood deck with fiberglass sheathing. The entire cockpit was replaced using teak over the plywood instead of the painted finish which is elsewhere and replaced the teak cockpit coaming. He lifted the cabin house off the old deck, refurbished it and replaced the roof with fiberglass sheathed plywood. The oak stem and mahogany sheer plank were replaced along with the teak toe rails. He rebuilt the galley and navigation areas below and refurbished and refinished the entire interior. The hull was taken down to bare wood, refaired and refinished. This stripped the hull and splines the upper five plank seams. He also redid the nonskid on the deck and repainted the cabintop.
On deck navigation screen in custom box to starboard under dodger
Raymarine chart plotter 2016
12 Volt AC / 110 Volt AC