Jackie Parry – author

Our boats

Mariah II

Mariah II was a tough but pretty boat and she felt very homely within her timber cabin. She looked after us in bad weather and taught us a lot.

Mariah II: Double diagonal Kauri, cutter rigged sloop with a canoe stern:

Owned us from 1998 – 2006

Length Overall: 12 metres

Deck length: 10 metres

Beam: 3.4 metres

Draft: 1.5 metres

Specifications:

  • Designer: Baum
  • Year of manufacture: 1985
  • Similar to Colin Archer design
  • Builder: Henderson
  • Built in New Zealand
  • Deck material: ply-epoxy
  • Kauri cold moulded
  • Kauri & Rimu interior
  • Flush deck
  • Hard dodger
  • Full keel, cut away fore-foot
  • Displacement: 9.5 tonnes
  • S/Steel/lead keel

Engine:

  • Yanmar 40hp (fitted new 2000)
  • Model: 3JH3E
  • Diesel
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Flexi drive shaft coupling
  • 85W alternator on engine
  • Dual filter fuel system
  • Fresh water cooling
  • Max speed: 7 knots
  • Cruise speed 5.5 knots

Tanks:

  • Aluminium diesel tank (225 litres) with inspection hatch
  • 260 litre water tanks (three tanks: 2 fibreglass, 1 bladder)

Equipment

  • 80W solar panel
  • Electric auto-helm
  • Aries wind vane

Pyewacket II

Pyewacket II was our home for almost two and a half years. We bought her in San Francisco and sailed her back to Australia, allowing us to experience other parts of the Pacific Ocean.

Pyewacket II: Cutter rigged sloop, an Aleutian 51. She was built to incredibly high standards with no money saving tricks. We felt very safe on board. She sailed beautifully and went to wind better than we did! We achieved several 200+ mile days.

Owned us from 2009 – 2011

Length Overall: 15.5 metres

Water line: 13 metres

Beam: 4.2 metres

Draft: 2 metres

Specifications

  • Designer: S. Huntingford
  • Aleutian 51
  • Builder: John Nissen
  • Built in Canada
  • Deck/hull material: Fibreglass, Balsa cored above the waterline
  • Year of manufacture: 1980
  • Interior: Timber
  • Hard dodger, canvas enclosure
  • Three-quarter keel
  • Displacement: 15 tonnes
  • Encapsulated lead keel

Engine:

  • Chrysler Nissan
  • Model: M6336
  • Diesel
  • Cylinders: 6
  • 55 amp & 65 amp alternators
  • Duel filter fuel system
  • Fresh water cooling
  • Max speed: 9 knots
  • Cruise speed: 7 knots

Tanks:

  • 2 x fibreglass diesel tanks fore & aft (750 litres total).
  • 864 litres water (two separate, baffled tanks)
  • 60 litres holding tank

Equipment:

  • 2 x 120 Watt solar panels with Charge Controller for maximum amp output
  • 2 x Airex, 30 amp max, wind generators
  • Teleflex wheel, hydraulic steering
  • Wagner autopilot, Raymarine autopilot and Aries wind vane.
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