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|Model||Bruce Bingham Andromeda 48|
Eager Dreamer is a rare find. This stunning vessel is a head-turner in anchorages, as well as a proven live-aboard and offshore cruiser, which has sailed the Pacific Northwest from Washington to Alaska, south to California & Mexico, through the Panama Canal into the Caribbean and Bahamas and up the East Coast of the US to the Chesapeake Bay.
Designed by Bruce Bingham and built by Gary & Lana Wiles as a full-time live-aboard, capable of extensive cruising, this beautiful ferro-cement vessel was designed and built to exacting standards, with a lot of thought given to details, and has proven its capabilities over decades. The hull is ferro-cement over multiple layers of square welded steel mesh and 1/8" steel rod. The interior of the hull is insulated with 3/4" of Insulite closed cell foam, which prevents condensation. The deck is fibreglass over 6 layers of 1/4" plywood, laminated and epoxy coated. The deck and all bulkheads are tapered to fit, all drawers are custom fit, as are the cabin soles. The keel is 14000 lbs of encapsulated iron, toerails are teak.
Eager Dreamer has just (2021-2) undergone a full exterior refurb and is looking better than ever. Her current owners had a fixed bimini installed over the cockpit, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is practical too. The structure makes excellent handholds and allows for a full enclosure, that makes the cockpit an extension of the interior (which has excellent heating systems) and enables the crew to sail year round.
Wide side decks allow for easy movement. All rigging leads to the cockpit makes for easy single or short-handed sailing. The deep cockpit allows for safe cruising as crew are dry and protected from the elements by high freeboard and full enclosure.
The interior is well ventilated, from the exterior, thanks to hatches and dorades and there is airflow , through vents and aeration holes, throughout the interior into cabinets, below bunks and into the bilges. The builder, Gary Wiles, stated 'a mouse could find its way from bow to stern through the ventilation holes, without anyone knowing of its existence!'. With 8' head clearance in the salon, even the tallest family members can stand! The diesel and wood stoves and the insulated hull, keep the boat (and cockpit) cozy & warm in all climes.
For more information (and photos) on the build & the history of this intriguing vessel, call the listing brokers, Anne & Jonathan Hutchings.
This vessel has 2 cabins, 1 head and sleeps 7. Access to the interior of the boat is down the companionway ladder at the forward end of the cockpit. One is immediately struck by the sheer volume of the salon, which takes advantage of the full 14'6" beam as well as the high freeboard of the boat, which allows 8' headroom.
There is extensive storage; a 3-seat settee to port, has storage below, behind and above as well as at the forward and aft ends; 4-seat settee to starboard also has storage behind and below and a pilot berth above, which can double as a storage area. The settees make excellent sea-berths and are 6' plus in length.
The salon table is central and has 2 large leaves that fold up and extend the width of the salon, so diners can sit comfortably on the settees. On the forward bulkheads are the cabin heaters - one diesel and one wood-burning. Fiberglass water (4) and diesel (2) tanks are below the floor of the salon.
The forward cabin has storage along the port hull and bunks along the starboard hull. Access to a stand-up sail locker is through the forward bulkhead and from there the chain locker can be reached. There are hatches above both the sail locker and the forward cabin.
Back in the salon, a door to port of the companionway leads to the head. The head compartment is spacious and has a vanity with basin, upper cabinet and mirror, shower and freshwater Vacu-Flush toilet with teak grating on the floor. There is access to the engine room amidships and in the salon, behind the companionway
The aft-facing nav station is tucked away to starboard, between the settee and the galley.
The galley is accessed from the salon. It is well appointed with and easy walk-through to the aft cabin and deep, double S/S sink, counter space, with drawers below and microwave/storage above on the midships side. Access to the engine compartment is through a removable panel below the drawers. On the outboard side is the stove and top-loading fridge/freezer with nifty pot-hangers on the bulkheads.
The aft cabin has, a queen-sized, pullman-style berth to port with custom mattress, storage drawers beneath and hanging locker forward; a seat, drawers and a pantry locker to starboard; a 'utility locker' aft and access to the engine room, forward.
ICOM VHF (w/AIS receiver)
Dual Electronics radio / CD player(Bose speakers in cabin and cockpit)
Dual Electronics radio/CD player in master cabin
All deck hardware was removed in 2021, the hull, deck & non-skid painted and hardware re-bedded. Teak toe rails and hatch surrounds re-finished 2021.
Hull below the waterline was stripped, barrier coated with epoxy and bottom painted (2021/2)
|Engine Make||Ford Lehman|
|Max Bridge Clearance||18.29m|
|Length at Waterline||13.11m|
|Fresh Water Tank||1362.75 l (GRP)|
|Fuel Tank||1097.77 l (GRP)|
|Holding Tank||94.64 l ()|