The yacht¡¯s hull was fabricated from 1/8 inch thick cedar laminates. Each layer got epoxy glued 90 degrees to each other and wrapped around to include the deck, in essence creating a structure that is a continuous and seamless sheet of plywood. Strategic high load areas near the mast bulkhead and the keel are reinforced with carbon fiber between the laminates. There are 10 layers of veneer besides the 5/16 inch thick tongue and groove mold that is visible throughout the interior, including the extreme bow and stern, as well as every part of the bilge. The interior mold is epoxy saturated and Linear Polyurethane varnished throughout the ship.
All bulkheads are foam filled, plywood sided and finished with varnished epoxy coated tongue and groove cedar veneer.
The keel was fabricated in form of a steel jacket fastened over a welded internal structure that is 11-feet tall. The bottom of it was hot poured with 30,000 pounds of lead, and the upper portion of the keel foil serves as a fuel tank holding 200 gal. of diesel.
The cabin sole is constructed from scarfed and laminated oak beams. Individual panels of 1/2¡± inch plywood fit in between and are easily removed for instant access to all locations in the bilge.
The foot of the mast terminates in the forward shower. Any rain or green water that penetrates the structure through the halyard or sheave slots of the extrusion is being expelled through the shower sump.
Our galley is flanked by a horizontal freezer. Besides assuring fresh food, it is strategically located to keep the chef in the cooking area, when rough seas or heeling could command otherwise. The upright fridge and freezer is made by GE.
Below decks are 17 beds... 1⁄2 of them are wide enough to sleep 2 people. In addition, there is an owner¡¯s cabin with a large hanging locker, oversize queen bed, bathroom, shower, lots of storage, TV, CD player and surround sound. There are 2 additional bathrooms and a large shower, as well as a very sizable hanging locker and lots of storage space throughout the vessel.
WATER & POWER
Potable water is stored in 4 separate tanks, located under port and starboard bunks. The "Village Marine Tech" water maker is new and powered electrically.
A 250 HP Turbo charged Cummings Diesel Engine with a Borg Warner Transmission provides propulsion under power at 10 kts.
The transmission¡¯s output shaft connects to a Morse chain drive unit that terminates 3 ft below into the keel. >From that point, a 2" shaft drives a Martec folding propeller. The shaft is short and roller bearing supported on each end for vibration-free operation. The bearings and chain are lubricated via an oil sump, also in the keel and don¡¯t require any maintenance. Without any sails, just powered by the engine, the yacht cruises 10 kts at 2300 rpm using 7 gal. of fuel per hour, or 5 gal. per hour at 8 kts.
Sailing down-wind without any help from the engine, "Christine" has sailed faster than 26kts.
There are 4 additional fuel tanks located beneath the bunks for a total of 700 gal. fuel capacity.
SAILS AND RIGGING
The mast extends 130 ft. above the water line. It was fabricated from an aluminum extrusion and aircraft riveted the lengths of it. The boom has a fixed clew, and moves away from the mast hydraulically to flatten the sail.