Shearwater (boat)

It’s simple – because I like the wind in my face.

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Shearwater is a 1998 J/120 that was finished in France by J Composites.  Her interior is a bit different from some of the US-finished boats we have seen, as there are pilot berths over both settees and more wood (varnished cherry) below than most of the US boats have.  In addition, both of the large ports on either side of the cabintop do not open.  She has had two owners prior to us: one from Britain and the other from the states.  Her most recent owner raced her extensively, and she has won many regattas, including Key West Race week.  When she was raced, her PHRF rating was 54.

  • Length Overall (LOA) = 40.2 ft (12.25 m)
  • Length Waterline (LWL) = 35.0 ft (10.67 m)
  • Beam = 12.0 ft (3.66 m)
  • Draft = 7.0 ft (2.13 m)
  • Mast (Bridge Clearance) = 57 ft (17.37 m)
  • Displacement = 13,900 lbs (6,305 kg) – weighed empty in 2014 – 15,600 lbs
  • Ballast = 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg)
  • 100% Sail Area = 780 ft² (72.46 m²)
  • Fuel Tank (diesel) = 27 gal (102 L)
  • Fresh Water Tank = 37.5 gal (284 L)
  • Displacement / Length Ratio = 145
  • Sail Area / Displacement Ratio = 22
Original Equipment

We purchased Shearwater in the fall of 2011.  Her interior was pretty minimal and had likely been used primarily for sail storage and chute packing (and surely beer storage to celebrate the victories!).  Because of her history, there were 16 sails at the sail loft for us to inspect and decide which to keep.  The list of major equipment included the following, with strikethroughs indicating ongoing or planned changes:

  • Engine: 38 hp Yanmar 3JH2E
  • Dodger
  • Pressure water system
  • Stainless steel Plastimo 2-burner propane stove with oven
  • Icebox with refrigeration
  • Fortress anchor: 25 lbs (11.34 kg)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Fenders and lines
  • Swim ladder
  • Lifesling
  • Radar reflector
  • Bilge pump
  • Martec folding prop
  • Raymarine linear drive Autopilot
  • Raymarine RC530 GPS with Cmap reader/chartplotter
  • ICOM M59 VHF radio
  • Raytheon ST 80 electronics (speed/log, depth, wind speed and wind direction)
  • 2 Maxiview removable displays for instruments at mast
  • 12-volt DC electrical system
  • 110-volt AC electical system
  • Hall spars aluminum 57’9″ mast (2005)
  • Navtec rod rigging
  • Sailtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Carbon fiber retractable bowsprit
  • Harken twin groove headstay furling system (2005)
  • 3 main sails
  • 6 head sails
  • 4 spinnakers
  • Gennaker
  • Storm jib
  • Trisail

The above list is pretty sparse when compared to most other cruising boats, and additionally, many of the existing pieces of equipment are in need of overhaul or replacement.  We are quite happy to have the opportunity to have a nearly blank canvas to work with – we’re carefully considering everything that we want aboard before moving onto available options.  During the past ten years of being off the water, our values, needs and wants have changed a bit – as have marine technologies!

The old adage, “getting there is half the fun,” has always been true for us, as we have always loved the preparation stage as much as the journey and destination.

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