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Long Passages is set up for short-handed sailing so that two people can easily handle all of its systems for an afternoon on the bay or in a storm at sea.

[Bow Platform, Coachroof, Decks, Cockpit, Helm, Propane Locker]

Bow Platform

  • Two anchors are always ready to deploy:
    • 45# CQR; 175' chain and 100' nylon rode
    • 22# Danforth; 20' chain, 150' nylon rode
  • Reliable Sea Tiger 555 manual windlass can pull chain or rode
  • All headsails are on furlers to minimize need to go forward at sea.
  • Saltwater deck wash makes it easy to remove mud from chain and rode.
  • Stainless steel bow pulpit wraps around bow and extends onto the foredeck providing solid handholds and protection from waves.
  • Turning blocks are mounted on bow pulpit for boom preventer and reaching poles foreguys

Coachroof

  • Line Handling:
    • Essential lines run aft to cockpit via Schaefer line organizers keeping lines low with fair leads.
    • Staysail sheets lead to turning blocks and line organizers
    • Mainsheet traveler with 4:1 purchase
    • 4:1 boom vang/preventer from main boom to deck or mast.
  • Dorades:
    • Four teak dorade boxes with cowls provide excellent ventilation
    • Flexible cowls can be rotated to eliminate water intrusion
    • Internal baffles prevent water intake from a rogue wave.
    • Deck plates can be fitted in very rough conditions
  • Hatches:
    • Large one over main salon; smaller one over 'V' berth
    • Strong teak timber frames
    • White acrylic panels admit light while providing privacy.
    • Wood battens strengthen and provide traction in rough weather
  • 6-man Switlik liferaft is mounted in a dedicated cradle; ready to deploy.
  • Teak hand rails provide solid handhold at sea

Decks

  • Side decks are clear for safe movement under any conditions
  • 1 1/2" teak toe-rails provide solid support while heeling underway
  • 24" lifelines all around with gates on each side; bases are thru-bolted
  • Deck-mounted turning blocks for use with storm trysail
  • Deck-mounted cleats on bow, stern, and amidships make it easy to secure in all marinas
  • All deck cleats are thru-bolted with large backing plates for strength and smooth to be kind to lines and toes.
  • Smooth line guides around all cleats prevent chaffing of anchor rode and marina lines.
  • Pad-eyes and cleats provide secure anchor points for jacklines that extend from cockpit to bow

Cockpit

  • Instruments mounted on bulkhead for good visibility while at helm or in companionway (Wind, Depth, Speed, Electronic Compass, Autopilot)
  • Excellent protection:
    • Bimini covers helm and helm seat.
    • Canvas covers rest of cockpit from bimini to the dodger.
    • Weather clothes on lifelines protect occupants from spray and the odd rogue wave
  • Cockpit seats are level and comfortable for sitting as well as taking a snooze
  • Essential sail handling lines lead to cockpit:
    • Port coachroof: Staysail sheet, Main boom topping lift, 1st Mainsail reefing line; main traveler
    • Starboard coachroof: Staysail sheet, 2nd mainsail reefing line, Mainsail sheet, Mainsail halyard, main traveler
    • Port deck: Genoa sheet, Genoa furling line, staysail furling line
    • Starboard deck: Genoa sheet
    • Mizzen mast: Halyard, sheet, cunningham, topping lift, and reef lines for the mizzen.
  • Primary winches easy to reach and operate
  • Secondary winches for furling lines and/or light air sail
  • Inlet sockets for 110VAC and 220 VAC power plus TV and telephone cables
  • Solar panels mounted on Bimini frame; can be adjusted to maximize energy capture
  • Stainless brackets mounted on Bimini which hold stern lines for easy access while docking or Med-mooring.

Helm

  • Edson #400 steering pedestal with built-in wheel brake and:
    • Edson premium quality wooden wheel
    • 1" stainless steel Edson pedestal guard
    • Danforth Constellation compass with light
    • Raymarine autopilot
    • Highly varnished cockpit table folds out of the way yet comfortable for meals for two
  • Varnished helmsman seat
    • Modest hump on seat for comfort while heeling
    • Storage compartments on each side for flashlights or other gear
    • Contoured cushion protects seat and provides comfort while hand-steering
  • Easy access to Monitor windvane for adjusting it while under way

Propane Locker

  • Easy access via helmsman seat
  • Locker has sealed locking lid; drains overboard via dedicated thru-hull on stern.
  • Plumbed with propane regulator, cutoff solenoid, and single section of rubber hose running to galley stove
  • Storage for two 11# steel propane containers
   

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