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Northstar Yacht Sales, LLC
"MOONRISE" is an updated rendition of the proven Chuck Paine-designed Intrepid 40' originally introduced in 1982. It's a low-profile, aft cockpit development of that center-cockpit cruiser, but it's also a great boat born of new promise in its own right. Originally built by Cape Dory Yachts in Massachusetts and custom outfitted by Robinhood Marine in Maine. Her current owners have lovingly cared for and outfitted her throughout the years to cruise in comfort and safety. Sailors interested in a no-nonsense long-distance cruising boat of superb design and construction will find much to admire in the Robinhood 40'.
History of S/V Moonrise: Cape Dory, Chuck Paine, & Robinhood:
Here is a brief owners summary of the interesting history behind Moonrise:
I should say that right after we purchased Moonrise in 2005, I had an opportunity to visit Robinhood Marine, where Dave Perry spent a good deal of time with me, giving me a detailed tour of the yard, as well as showing me the shed where our boat was built.
Originally named Felucca, Moonrise resulted from the convergence of two venerable boat builders and a well-known designer. The builders were Cape Dory (in East Taunton, MA) and Robinhood Marine (in Robinhood, ME). The designer was Chuck Paine, who has drafted many well-regarded boats, including Bowman Yachts and the Morris 40' of the same look and vintage as Moonrise.
The majority of Cape Dory's sea-kindly boats emerged from the drawing board of Carl Alberg and bear all the hallmarks of his designs, including full keel, attached rudder, and cut-away forefoot. When Cape Dory created the Intrepid 40', however, they were looking for a different design- and for that, they turned to Chuck Paine. As a result, Moonrise has a distinct pedigree, boasting a skeg-hung rudder, a long fin with an original Chuck Paine-designed keel (a cross between a wing and a bulb), a flattened bulb that adds significant stability and stiffness while minimizing draft and drag.
Intrepid 40's are still sailing the seas, but Moonrise resulted from yet another evolution in yacht design when the Cape Dory Intrepid 40' became the Robinhood 40'.( Andy Vavolotis, the owner of Cape Dory, acquired Robinhood Marine in 1981 and Cape Dory moved there in 1989). Here's where Chuck Paine's original hull design converged with the skill of Maine boat builders to create a semi-custom version, with significant modifications.
While the Intrepid 40' was a center cockpit sloop, the Robinhood 40' was designed with an aft cockpit. Working with Cape Dory's in-house designers and her original owner Dick Wolfe, who commissioned her construction, Chuck Paine raised the mast (adding more power) and moved the jib stay forward (reducing weather helm). The result was a more robust rig, an important enhancement for Wolfe, who planned to race the boat. Wolfe commissioned an in-depth analysis of sail performance by a well-known Annapolis firm, Design Systems & Services Inc, who projected speeds at varying wind velocities and points of sail, as well as the sloops righting moment. Testimonies from those who sailed her early on, including under spinnaker, conveyed the excitement of her lively performance. She points well and flies on a reach. At the same time, with the destroyer wheel and skeg-hung rudder, my wife and I have found the helm a joy to handle, even in a big blow.
In addition to her design as a spirited performance cruiser, Moonrise also benefited from the craftsmanship of the Maine boatbuilders who fashioned her. While the hull was laid up at the Cape Dory yard in East Taunton, MA, final construction took place at Robinhood, with fine teak joinery and top-flight installation of all plumbing and electrical systems, including bonded bronze sea-cocks, screened hatches and portlights, and many other details too numerous to list here. Apparently, because Wolfe, the original owner, was a very tall man, the cabin offers extra headroom. The result of Chuck Paine's design and Robinhood's craftsmanship is an open and airy cabin, something that sold us on the boat since we planned to live aboard and cruise extensively. I don't think it's hyperbole to place the Robinhood 40' in a class with Morris and Hinckley yachts, though much less expensive.
Hull: White (Awlcraft 2000™-2007)
Bootstripe: "Midnight Blue" Awlgrip
Bottom: Green (Interlux Micron Extra)
Hull is molded using IsoNpg gel coat, vinylester resins, high strength non-woven bi-axial fiberglass fabrics, and Airex core. Internal bulkheads are fiberglass bonded to the hull. "Paine" keel is full design- poured lead, with a flared foot bolted to the keel sump with (14) 3/4 inch stainless steel bolts. Skeg-hung rudder is supported by a solid bronze shoe. The prop is mounted in a skeg aperture. Raised bulwarks on deck with 28" high stanchions. Molded rub rail with a stainless striker. Varnished teak pulpit with stainless steel strut. Stainless steel bow and stern pulpits with double-through lifelines.
The interior of the Robinhood 40' provides a spacious and practical layout for the cruising couple with occasional guests. The owner's stateroom is forward and offers a generous berth (5ftW x 7ftL) to port with an abundance of storage and hanging locker space. The entire cabin can be closed off with private access to the head. The main cabin features a U-shaped dinette to port with a long settee to starboard. The navigation station is to starboard and has a large recessed area for electronics and gear. The aft-facing nav table is generous with drawers and storage below. The enclosed aft-cabin provides privacy and good storage areas with plenty of ventilation. Large L-shaped galley to port.
Original Sail Area= 822 ft