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Dry Weight 13,500
25 HP Westerbeke Diesel Direct Injection
This boat is in Petersburg, Alaska. We are currently traveling in Australia, and will do the best we can to answer questions that you may have. If you would like to visit her in Petersburg, we have people who can show you the boat.
Spindrift is ready for a new adventure! We rescued her from Harris Harbor three years ago, where she was sold to us in "running" condition. She was not, in fact, running. And we spent two months in Juneau rebuilding the head of her Westerbeke 25, rewiring literally every circuit on the boat, including the engine, mast, and headlights and giving her as thorough a cleaning as one can with a hose, bucket, and brush before we could even come home to Petersburg. So you don't have to do that! Our second summer on her we addressed the dampness she had. She was leaking through nearly the entire hull-to-deck joint, a really bad way to live in SE AK! We split the hull to deck joint, a few feet at a time, sanded and prepped with acetone before gluing and through bolting with 3M 5200. The toerails were bedded with Butyl and Sikaflex where needed and bolted back together. I don't believe it will ever leak again. So that's another thing you won't have to worry about doing!
We've spent the last year adding kit, cleaning, repairing and improving and thought of her as our "forever" boat. I've added diesel forced-air heat, A/C outlets for shore power, a 700W inverter, chartplotter, a marinized cell phone amplifier on the top spreaders, lots of USB ports, LED lighting, nice headlights, masthead lights, windvane (mechanical), fishing rod holders, bilge alarm, engine overheat alarm, Racor 500 fuel cleaner, pressurized filtered water, a saltwater wash down pump in the galley that reaches the cockpit, and replaced the bilge pump!
She is absolutely beautiful on the inside but there are a few spots of wood damage from the years of moisture. We haven't dealt with those yet.
What are our favorite things about her? She's rigged for racing and she has all the blocks and line everywhere you want them. She has two wenches on the mast, two on the cabin top, four on the combing, and those four are 2-stage and great for the oversized headsails this carries. We haven't even opened all the sails: there is at least a 183%, a 153%, a 135% (on now), and a couple more headsails I don't even know what they are. One spinnaker that looks to be fine, and an extra mainsail that also looks very good. She's loaded with a fixed whisker pole and 14.5' spinpole with proper topping lift. We store it up the mast when we're out and about. It's good for winching a dinghy onto the deck! She has a high ceiling for most people, and even for me at 6'3", we can live on her comfortably. For my wife, she can stand up fully everywhere, and never hits her head, she's 5'6". I have to shrink a little when I get past the mast going forward. Also, I've installed a great bracket that you can mount a 27" monitor on, that will swing into the navigation station for chartplotting or "working from home", and it swings over the table for watching movies. The nav station, I set up as a workstation for my computer, I'll show you how if you want. It just needs the monitor and arm (I took mine with me!). I just loved my workstation, anchored where there was cell signal, or in any harbor, I could comfortably do my job from the boat! All you need is a hotspot if you are out and about.
Why are we selling her? She doesn't motor fast enough: she can do 5.5kts in flat water, and she feels good at 4.5 knts. That just didn't work with our work schedules when we have to be able to make the tide 6.5-7kts to be able to get in and out of the Wrangell Narrows most of the day, it is just too much of a limiting factor and we weren't able to go out as much as we'd like. We got tired of it, accepted that she just isn't suitable for PSG Harbor and bought a faster boat.
What are the things that you are going to find out that might disappoint you?
The Westerbeke 25 shipped with a barely large enough heat ex-changer, they all were, and it took 10 years for the manufacturer to admit it (It was new in the 90s, it's not original). This means if the raw water screen gets plugged, or if some little seaweed or mussel gets caught in one of the raw water lines, your engine will overheat. I've added an engine overheat alarm on the head, that sounds like you are about to get torpedoed. The lines are easy to clean out, but it is annoying. Some people have suggested adding a screen on the outside, but I'm not sure that would be a net improvement. I've just accepted it, and deal with it as needed. You can't miss the overheat alarm. She could use bottom paint too, because we've just scraped manually twice a season ( I made a tool for this I will give you if you want it, can be done from the dock). She'd go faster with new pant.
The sounder for the chartplotter (little 5" screen that is on the steering pedestal) is hidden in the starboard lazarette and not properly installed. When I'm anchoring, I just sort of dangle it over the side of the hull! I figure it will get installed on the next haul-out.
Those are the only two things that I think you could be disappointed by, other than that, she's ready to go when you are. She starts very well, using the glo-plugs (Westerbeke 25s are notoriously "cold"), and fires right off. Just a little blue smoke until she heads up, so it's definitely not a new engine, but running fine and not consuming oil. I run Lucas stabilizer in it, and that basically prevents the blue smoke too, making a somewhat better seal around the pistons.
We mostly just want to see her in the hands of somebody who will love her and care for her like we did!