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CHARM was originally designed to be a personal yacht for Mr. Ackerman and he built and finished her to very high standards. When the current owners purchased CHARM in 2016 they began the process to have her certified to carry passengers for hire. CHARM’s COI is allows her to carry 34 passengers with a Captain and 2 crew. CHARM retains all of her amenities below and can be operated as either a private yacht or commercial vessel. Charm has two heads
CHARM is currently operating as a commercial vessel taking guests on 2 hour cruises around upper Penobscot Bay in Maine.
The vessel is designed to resemble a traditional pilot schooner with a clipper bow, round bilge, full keel and transom stern. Her hull is planked with carvel planked 2 ¼” and 1 ¾” white oak. The framing in the vessel is 4 ¾” x 5 3/8” white oak laminated in six layers with resorcinol glue. The frames are wide at the lower ends and then taper as the get to the clamp.
The vessel has a white oak keel and then a keelson running through the center of the vessel that is 8 ½” x 9 ½” oak of one piece. The keel bolts are Titanium. The floor timbers in the vessel are 2 ¾” oak sided and at the engine beds there are 5 ¾” oak sided. The interior ceiling in the vessel is 1 5/8” thick and is in various widths. The sheer clamp in the vessel is 2 ¾” x 8 3/8” oak. The shelf is made up of two sections with one timber vertical and one timber horizontal for a finished dimension of 3 ¼” x 5 ½”. The covering boards are 3” Alaska Yellow Cedar. The deck is planked with 2 ½” square white pine over oak deck beams. The full deck beams are 4 ½” x 6 ¾” oak with the half deck beams being 2 ½” x 4” oak. The vessel has two deckhouses. The hull fastenings are all Monel. The lower 1 ¾” white oak planks are fastened by 4” x 24 Monel screws and the top four planks which are 2 ¼” are fastened by 4 ½” x 24 Monel screws. The deck plank fastenings are 4” x 24 bronze screws and the ceiling fastenings are 3” x 18 bronze screws. The keel is fastened with 16 titanium bolts and the floor timber bolts are bronze. The ballast keel is 9,000 pounds of iron. On the inside of the bilge there are 15, 530 lb lead pigs and castings between the floor timbers set in cement. The keel bolts pass through the internal ballast.
CHARM is powered by a four cylinder Kelvin diesel engine. The engine (ModelR4,serialnumber3823) is rated at 60hp@1200rpm. There is a Kelvin transmission with a ratio of 2:1 and a serial number of 38238.
The engine drives a Luke 30D x 26P three blade feathering propeller on a 2” shaft through an Evolution Corp. oil bath stern tube and thrust bearing. The engine room is between the aft main cabin and the galley area. Also in this space are the fuel tanks and the generator which is a Kohler diesel model number 6E0D with a serial number of 2233740. It is rated at 6 kW@1800rpm and produces120/240volt AC.
Starting forward there is a watertight collision compartment accessed through a 24”x24” square inspection plate; moving aft is the forepeak area is accessed through a deck scuttle and through a watertight door from the galley. The forepeak is general gear storage area with port and starboard bunks. Below the berths is general storage. Aft to port is a small, enclosed head w/ hand held shower and aft to starboard is gear storage. This area is followed by another watertight bulkhead with a watertight door.
Next aft is the galley. Forward to port in this area is the “U” shaped galley area with a diesel stove forward and double stainless steel sinks aft. Forward to starboard is the double top loading refrigeration. Aft to starboard is a wood settee with an outboard berth. Aft to port is a dinette with a berth outboard. Aft of this is a bulkhead with a door leading into the engine room.
The engine room is well planned for maximum accessibility. The engine is centered forward in the space. To port of the engine are the batteries along with the generator. To starboard of the engine are the tanks along with the water maker and the electrical distribution panel. At the aft end of the engine room is a bulkhead with a door that leads into the main cabin.
The aft cabin has a full enclosed head w/ shower forward to port followed by a settee with a berth outboard. Forward to starboard is a locker followed by a pull out double. Aft to starboard is a storage area. Aft to port is the navigation station with a berth outboard. The nav table has a seat and an area where one can stand and work at the table. Aft is the companionway up to the deck followed by the lazarette.
Garmin GPSMAP 4212 with radar
Garmin GPSMAP 4208 chartplotter
Garmin AIS transmitter/reciever
Tacktick wind direction
Tacktick wind speed
Tacktick knot meter with distance
Tacktick depth sounder
ICOM ICM802 VHF
ICOM ICM604 SSB
Ritchie BN 202 bulkheadmounted compass
Dirigo 6" flat top compass
(3) 106 gal black iron diesel
(1) 95 gal black iron diesel
(1) 20 gal black iron diesel (day tank)
(2) 90 gal stainless steel fresh water
(1) 68 gal polyvinyl black water
(1) 29 gal polyvinyl black water
(1) 20 gal polyvinyl gray water
CHARM's electrical system is comprised of both DC and AC systems. On the DC side the vessel has both 12volt DC and 24volt DC. The majority of the vessel is 24volt DC with only a few items that require 12volt DC. On the house side the 24volts is provided by 2 12volt G31 AGM batteries. The engine starting has 2 12volt G31 AGM batteries in series for 24 volts. For the 12volt side there are 2 12volt G31 AGM batteries. For the AC side the vessel is designed with shore power access when the vessel is dock side. The vessel also has a Kohler 6KW diesel generator that produces 120volt and 220volt AC power. The generator is located aft to port in the engine room.
CHARM is a traditional schooner rig. The foremast and main mast are built of laminated fir and are stepped through the deck landing on a mast step atop the keelson. Her standing rigging is parceled and served galvanized wires running to dead eyes with lanyards. The running rigging is 5/8” and ½” spun Dacron.
All sails were constructed by Nathaniel Wilson Sailmakers of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Jib top (not used under COI)
Jumbo Fisherman (not used under COI)
Gaff topsail (not used under COI)
Dickerson Newport diesel cabin heater
Dickerson Adriatic cook stove
Force 10 120volt AC cook top
Spectra Catalina 300 water maker
2,500 lb line pull ideal capstan
Electric hot water heater
(2) Isotherm refrigeration systems
60 pound fisherman
FE 241 auto and manual fire suppression system in the engine room
#10 Lunenburg anchor windlass
The rig is traditional gaff schooner with plenty of purchase in the tackles. There are also jig tackles on the standing ends of the halyards for sweating up the last little bit and easy adjustments when it's blowing. All sheets and halyards which might require heavy hauling are 5/8" spun polyester, not for strength per se, but for easy grip. If winches for sail management are desired, they can easily be added since wires are already run below deck to the bases of the masts. There are spare switches on the breaker board for them.
The windlass is an old fashioned manual "fisherman's rocker windlass" from Lunenburg Foundry. There is also an electric windlass (mounted on the base of the bowsprit) with an eccentric on the clutched end to operate the Lunenburg.