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2003 Expedition three masted marconi rigged Schooner

Belfast, Maine

$340,000

HIGHLY REGARDED CRUISING VESSEL FOR UP TO THREE COUPLES AND/OR WELL KNOWN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH VESSEL ON THE GULF OF MAINE

 

PRICE REDUCED BY $110,000 

Vessel was freshly painted for 2018 season and awaits new adventures and research expeditions.  Please call us for your inspection.

 

 

ALCA i is one extraordinary vessel. The vessel was designed and built to serve as an oceanographic laboratory for the builder's (also owner and operator) research in sub-arctic waters. The vessel has been extremely well built and is very well suited to its intended purpose. This is the 9th vessel the owner has owned and operated for his marine research, and the attention to design and detail is the culmination of many years of knowledge and experience (every system has a backup). Well-suited and easily converted to long-range cruising for one to three couples. In addition to being built in accordance with the standards of ABYC, NFP A and applicable USCG requirements for recreational vessels, certain details of construction and equipment installations (for example fuel tanks and watertight bulkheads) have been carried out in conformance with USCG "T Boat" requirements, as covered in 46USC Part 175 and subsequently, to enhance possible future use of the vessel as a Coast Guard inspected small passenger vessel, or could easily be converted as a private Motorsailer with a three cabin, two head layout.  NOTE: WOODEN BOAT ARTICLE & ALSO OWNER'S DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

Basic Boat Info

Price: $340,000
Boat Name: ALCA i
Make: Expedition three masted
Model: marconi rigged Schooner
Year: 2003
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Bay Meadows Boatyard, Gloucester, VA
Designer: George Buehler, inspired by Colin Archer
Construction: Composite
Boat Hull ID: VAZ03002A303
Has Hull ID: Yes

Dimensions

Length: 64 ft
Length Overall: 64'1 ft
Length Of Deck: 63'11 ft
Waterline Length: 59'6 ft
Beam: 16'6 ft
Max Draft: 6 ft
Cabin Headroom: 6'1 ft
Ballast: 4,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: 6BT5.9M
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 180hp
  • Year: 2002

Other

Boat Class: Schooner

Contact

Annie Gray
Gray & Gray Yacht Brokers, Inc.

Office

Gray & Gray Yachts
36 York Street
York, Maine, US, 03909
Tel:207-363-7997


VESSEL DETAILS

HULL & DECK:

  • Heavily constructed strip plank on frame, epoxy-sealed and fiberglassed inside and out , with 4 layers of fiberglass at waterline.
  • Hull is 2" x 3" red oak strips covered in two layers of 1702 Knytex biaxial fiberglass, West-epoxy coated.
  • 2017 Hull, deck, house structures and bulwarks painted.
  • 2 7/8" x 5" white oak sawn frames on 36" centers.
  • 2 3/4" x 9" white oak floors.
  • Keel is 10" wide white oak keel, full length with cutaway forefoot, with bolted on steel I Beam shoe.
  • Steel rudder skeg from keel to rudder, protecting propeller.
  • S/S rudder with stiffeners.
  • Canoe style stern with self-bailing aft cockpit.
  • Stem is faced with 1/4" steel plate.
  • Two collision bulkheads; 7 watertight bulkheads with aluminum Freeman doors or hatches; bulkheads are two layers of 3/4" plywood, glassed both sides.
  • Both independent and central bilge pumping capabilities between bulkheads.
  • Fasteners are 3/4" Monel ballast bolts in keel.
  • In planking: 5" silicone bronze ring rails between strips and 4" #24 silicone bronze screws with frames.
  • In floors from frames: 7/16" 316 S/S bolts.
  • Decks are two layers of epoxy laminated 3/4" plywood covered with fiberglass top and bottom, with nonskid paint.
  • Housetop is two layers of epoxy laminated 1/2" plywood, new fiberglassed top and bottom.
  • Cabin sole is 1 layer of 3/4" plywood, glassed top and bottom.   
  • Deck beams are laminated white oak.
  • Pilothouse walls are 1 layer of 3/4" plywood, glassed inside and out, exterior faced with 3/4" mahogany tongue and grooved planking, epoxied and S/S nailed to plywood.
  • Pilothouse windows are fixed1/2" thick tempered glass in wood frames.
  • Topsides are finished with medium blue enamel paint.
  • White oak bulwarks; Douglas fir bowsprit.
  • Four Freeman sliding aluminum watertight doors, two in pilothouse, one to forecastle, one to aft cabin laboratory.
  • Three watertight aluminum interior doors from engine room to galley and laboratory, and one from master cabin to forecastle head.
  • Also, Bomar aluminum deck hatches.
  • 9 galvanized pipe stanchions per side with single 3/8" lifelines port and starboard midship gates.
  • 13 bronze portlights in trunk cabin.
  • 2 fixed bronze portlights in hull in master cabin.
  • Displacement: 50T (loaded).

 

SPRING 2013 REFIT DONE BY LUNENBERG FOUNDRY IN LUNENBERG NOVA SCOTIA (after 10 years of use):

  • All running rigging replaced, except for blocks, which were rebuilt.
  • Standing rigging full examined and faulty elements replaced as required.
  • Fore and mizzen masts pulled, inspected, fittings repaired or replaced, sanded and painted. Mainmast reworked in place. Foremast halyard winch replaced.
  • Bulwarks reworked as necessary, sanded and painted.
  • Watertight aluminum doors on pilothouse removed, sandblasted and repainted. All exterior watertight doors resealed.
  • Deck repainted.
  • Emergency raft watermaker and air compressor sent to dealers for full servicing.
  • Forward head complex fully inspected and all valves replaced or rebuilt.
  • Main engine given full 1000 hour service with sea trials by certified Cummins mechanic.
  • New 17kw Onan generator installed (note: new 6kw night generator installed 2010).
  • House and 17kw and main engine glass-mat batteries replaced.
  • Anchor winch removed and new seals and bearings installed.
  • All rust areas on pulpit, anchor winch, A-frame, etc, de-rusted, primed and painted. New bottom paint applied.
  • Installed Thrane and Thrane Sailor 150 satellite phone communication system.

 

TANKAGE:

  • Fuel: 1360 gallons diesel in 10 aluminum 1/4" U.S. Coast Guard-inspected diesel tanks (fuel transfer system in engine room including port and starboard day tanks enabling transfer of fuel to any tanks via electric pump and fuel manifold. Provides 2000 nautical miles under power.
  • Water: 287 gallons plus Sea Recovery 8 gph water maker (2013 watermaker factory serviced); two Sears 120 fresh water pumps with accumulators - one pump with accumulator for salt water pressure pump.
  • Holding: total of 60 gallons in three 20 gallon tanks; y-valves on three Raritan manual heads.

 

ENGINE & MECHANICAL:

  • 2002 single Cummins 6BT5.9M diesel, 6 cylinder, 180 hp, FWC.
  • Approximately 2141 hours as seen on engine hour meter.
  • Cruising speed: 8.0 - 8.5 knots @ 1950 RPM @ 5 gph (power only with 17 kw genset).
  • Maximum speed: 9.5 knots @ 2400 RPM @ 8-9 gph (to 10.5 knots motor sailing @ 4-5 gph).
  • Twin Disc MG5061 3.0:1 reduction gear.
  • Stand-up spacious engine room with two work benches.
  • NYAD 10HD 25 hp hydraulic bow thruster.
  • 2" Aquamet 22 S/S shaft.
  • 32" x 25" 3 bladed bronze propeller (plus spare prop).
  • Dual Racor 500 fuel filters.
  • Bronze stuffing box.
  • Fiberglass waterlift muffler.
  • Bronze ball type seacocks.
  • Groco seawater bronze strainers.
  • Manual hydraulic steering with double ended cylinder rams - one for autopilot with switching valve.
  • Two Par bilge blowers.
  • 5 electric Rule bilge pumps plus central hydraulic-driven emergency bilge pump system with suctions in each compartment (two Vickers 27 gpm hydraulic pumps driven through Pitts electric clutches from main engine and/or 17kw generators).
  • 30 gallon hydraulic fluid tank.
  • Hydraulic pumps power the anchor windlass, stern winch, bow thruster and emergency bilge pump (the two pumps may be used independently or together).
  • Aft cockpit 3000 lb winch by Pull Master, hydraulically-driven.
  • Stern "A Frame" of 3" steel pipe, controlled by manual winch.
  • Dive compressor by Bauer.

 

ELECTRICAL:

  • 2013 17kw Cummins 4 cylinder generator (281 hours).
  • 2010 6kw Northern Lights generator in soundshield.
  • 12V DC and 110V AC systems with circuit breaker panels.
  • 2013 Four AGM batteries - two AGM for house; 1 AGM for main engine; 1 AGM for 17 kw generator.
  • True Charger 40 amp battery charger.
  • One 4D accessory battery for autopilot and electric sheet winches and one Group 24 for small generator.
  • Engine and generator batteries charged by engine alternator with True Charger as backup.
  • House batteries charged by 80 amp Mass charger.
  • Electrical heating system - heaters in each cabin.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • For six in three staterooms with three heads, two separate showers with three holding tanks, 20 gallons each.
  • Elegant interior joinerwork of black walnut in the galley and master cabin, and varnished Brazilian cherry in the wheelhouse.
  • There are port and starboard sliding watertight doors in the wheelhouse.
  • Next to port is a full sized chart table with full sized chart drawers below.
  • The helm is on the centerline with full nav instruments.
  • Aft in the wheelhouse is a companionway to aft cabin which houses a freezer, and full working laboratory with workbench, sink, a stand up door into the engine, and an enclosed head with shower to starboard.
  • Access to the cockpit is via another watertight door.
  • Forward of the wheelhouse and down several steps is the galley and dinette for six.
  • The galley includes an electric stove and oven, microwave, trash compactor, refrigerator to port, S/S sinks, and freezer to starboard. Storage lockers include storage under the sink and dinette.
  • Further forward is a spacious master cabin with double berth, a settee, a nav table to starboard with compass, nav instruments, two hanging lockers, and an ensuite head, sink and separate shower.
  • Next forward is a crew's head and then 4 upper and lower bunks for the crew. A watertight companionway hatch allows crew quick access to the foredeck.
  • On deck are high bulwarks with tall pipe stanchions and S/S lifelines ensuring for safe, wide walkways.
  • The three masts are ruggedly-built offering easily handled sails with various options for sail combinations depending on the wind conditions.

 

ELECTRONICS:

  • 2013 Sailor Thrane & Thrane Sat phone.
  • ICOM ICM127 VHF radio in pilothouse.
  • ICOM M-70 SSB radio with AT-120 tuner.
  • Uniden Solara VHF radio at nav station in master stateroom.
  • Furuno 1712 "steering" radar at helm.
  • 2003 Raymarine Pathfinder R70 radar.
  • West Marine 1000 AIS system.
  • 2010 Standard Horizon GPS-Plotter with chart chips - Canadian Arctic to Cape Hatteras.
  • Raymarine Raynav 300 GPS in pilothouse and 2nd one at nav table below.
  • Interphase Twinscope forward looking depthsounder.
  • Nexus 2000 speed, depth and windspeed and direction.
  • Robertson AP 35-9 autopilot.
  • Ritchie binnacle compass; Azimuth 1000R digital compass at nav table.
  • EXCLUDED: WEEMS & PLATH CLOCK AND BAROMETER.

 

SAILS & RIGGING:

  • Three masted Marconi Schooner Rig.
  • Mast height: 65'.
  • Sails: 1328 sq. ft. sail area.
  • 2004 Dacron mainsail with 2 sets of reef points by Michele Stevens Sailoft, Nova Scotia.
  • 2004 Dacron mizzen with 1 set of reef points.
  • 2004 Dacron foresail, dacron self-tending jib and staysail (flying jibs).
  • All sails are in good, serviceable condition.
  • Main, mizzen and jib sail covers.

RIGGING:

  • Three keel-stepped Douglas fir round, tapered hollow masts - 8 piece Noble system with epoxy laminate.
  • Booms are rectangular section Douglas fir with S/S fittings - including self-tending staysail boom.
  • S/S travelers for fore, main, and staysail mounted on housetop.
  • S/S standing rigging, checked and renewed as needed 2013.
  • Triatic stays between mast tops.
  • 1 x 19 S/S wire with Norseman terminals on fore & main masts.
  • All new running rigging in 2013.
  • Two masts were pulled and check and repainted 2013.
  • Two electric Lewmar 50 S.T. sheet winches.
  • 6 Lewmar S.T. halyard winches. 
  • All sails are easily handled with a short-handed crew.
  • Chainplates are galvanized steel straps mounted externally and thru-bolted to hull.
  • All reconditioned 2013 varnished ash blocks with bronze sheaves.

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • Zodiac 6 man liferaft (may need recertification).
  • Fenderboard.
  • Spares for every system.
  • Liferings.
  • MOB poles.
  • Radar reflector.
  • Maxwell 3500 hydraulic horizontal dual action windlass, reconditioned in 2013.
  • 105 lb CQR plow anchor.
  • 55 lb Delta fast set anchor.
  • Fortress FX 125 lb anchor on stern deck.
  • 200' 1/2" HT chain on CQR; 10' HT chain and 500' 1" nylon rode on Delta.
  • 5 docklines; two 4" bronze butts; two 4" white oak bitts on foredeck.
  • Four 14" cleats.
  • 2003 15' Bombardier Explorer RIB dinghy with 25 hp Mercury.
  • 11' West Marine roll-up inflatable with 5 hp Mercury.
  • Electric wipers on two pilothouse windows.
  • Fenders, 5 fire extinguishers.
  • Full nav lights and spreader lights.
  • Safety lines and vests.
  • Two bronze chocks on bow.
  • Two immersion suits; 2 Scuba wet suits and two dry suits.
  • Ensign in rigging.
  • 3boathooks, bell.
  • Full set of linens.
  • Wind scoops and dorade ventilators.
  • Set of signal flags.
  • Three handheld 12V DC (house batteries) searchlights.
  • EXCLUSIONS: CARVED GLASS WINDOW IN DINETTE; BLACK CHERRY GRATE BELOW HELM.                                   

 

OWNER'S COMMENTS: R/V Alca i. is a 50 ton, 20m (LOD) and 5.2m beam, double-ended, three-masted schooner; completed in 2003, it was designed by George Buehler on a basic Colin Archer plan and built by Bay Meadows Boatyard. The R/V Alca i was built specifically for algal research in the Atlantic Subarctic and the Arctic. The hull of Alca i. is plank-on-frame, heavy construction, with keel, frames and floors of epoxy-laminated and glassed white oak backed up with bronze, monel or 316 stainless fastenings. Of 2m draft, for negotiating shallow, poorly-charted waters, the keel is long and straight and bears a 2000 kg, steel I-beam shoe with 4000 kg of lead ballast.

The hull is strip-planked of 6 cm red oak, using bronze, grip- fast nails and epoxy, with bronze screws to frames, and is double sheathed, inside and out with epoxy saturated glass mat (four layers at the water line) to provide additional strength for Arctic work. All fastener holes were epoxy lined before fasteners were driven, and each wood member epoxy sealed before placement; Alca i is a true oak-epoxy composite. The hull is also provided with eight water tight bulkheads, including a double collision bulkhead, with both independent and central bilge-pumping capabilities, for safety in remote operations. Watertight bulkhead and external doors and hatches are Freeman aluminum construction.

The Alca i. powered by a 180 hp. Cummins diesel, cruises at 8.5 knots, and has a range under power of 2000 nm. The 5200 liters of diesel fuel is distributed in 10 bilge tanks for safety, has dual transfer pumps and auxiliary filter systems. Electrical power is provided by 6kw and 17kw generators; cooking and heating are electrical. The vessel has a 25 lph water maker and 5000 l fresh water storage. Both main engine and 17 KW generator drive a hydraulic system that powers deck winches, a 25 hp. bow thruster and a central, emergency bilge pump system that reaches all compartments. Each compartment has independent electrical bilge pumps.

Alca i has a central electrical control panel that supports independent 12V DC and 120V AC systems. Main engine, generator and house battery systems are placed beneath the main panel, and the house system consists of two large glass mat batteries capable of 12 hour independent electronic operation.

The Alca i. is provided with double or triple redundancy in standard navigational electronics, including a Robertson Auto Pilot, and carries both satellite and single-side-band communications. The satellite phone is an Immarsat, Thrane and Thrane Fleet Broad-Band Sailor 150. The vessel carries a standard crew of six, plus two for short term exchange cycles. The very large master cabin is currently amidships forward of a spacious galley. The aft-most cabin is a 12 sq. m. wet and dry laboratory that is easily converted to a master cabin or lounge. It has a large stern cockpit bearing a 3000 lb. oceanographic winch and A-frame. With two inflatables, an air compressor and dry suit dive gear, the vessel was designed principally to support marine studies using SCUBA.

The Alca i has a stand-up engine room with two heavy duty work benches outboard, mechanical on the starboard side and electrical/plumbing on the port side. The vessel is outfitted with an extensive tool set allowing wide range of repairs at sea, when necessary, and carries an extensive spare parts kits for all major components.

The Alca i has operated in North Atlantic waters from Cape Hatteras to northern Labrador since 2003. The ship’s crew of 6-7 has typically included a dedicated cook and a first mate/engineer. Captain and dive/sailing crew have been co-scientific staff allowing maximum operational efficiency. The laboratory facilities for on site preliminary study allows a very flexible operating pattern to interact with both weather patterns, site selection and scientific discovery. Typically, research cruises consist of 3-5 days on station interspersed with single passage days.

The Alca i is a three masted marconi-rigged schooner and individual sails are small and easily handled by a small crew. The sails increase working range, allow comfortable passages and provide a measure of safety, as power back up, in remote situations. Since secure, inshore anchoring in tight passages and coves, and sometimes exposed coastal situations are essential for efficient operation, the vessel carries two anchors in the bow, a heavy duty plow with 220 feet of heavy chain for normal operation, and a light weight high tensile Danforth type with a 500 foot nylon rode for short term anchoring. These are easily handled with the hydraulic anchor winch. In the stern, a very large high tensile Danforth type serves as an emergency and kedge anchor handled by the oceanographic winch. Diving activities are normally carried out from a hard bottom inflatable carried on the fore deck and launched using the fore mast boom. Two outboards are carried in the stern cockpit.

Alca i has operated largely in New England and the Canadian Maritimes since her launch. Before her 2013 northern Labrador cruise, Alca i underwent a major 10-year re-fit, including all new running rigging and 17 KW generator.

 

COMMENTS: ALCA i is one extraordinary vessel. The vessel was designed and built to serve as an oceanographic laboratory for the builder's (also owner and operator) research in sub-arctic waters. The vessel has been extremely well built and appears very well suited to its intended purpose. This is the 9th vessel the owner has owned and operated for his marine research, and the attention to design and detail is the culmination of many years of knowledge and experience (every system has a backup). Well-suited and easily converted to long-range cruising for one to three couples.In addition to being built in accordance with the standards of ABYC, NFP A and applicable USCG requirements for recreational vessels, certain details of construction and equipment installations (for example fuel tanks and watertight bulkheads) have been carried out in conformance with USCG "T Boat" requirements, as covered in 46USC Part 175 and subsequently, to enhance possible future use of the vessel as a Coast Guard inspected small passenger vessel, or could easily be converted as a private Motorsailer with a three cabin, two head layout.  NOTE: WOODEN BOAT ARTICLE & ALSO OWNER'S DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

 

Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.

Additional Contact Information

Annie Gray is a longstanding YBAA member, offering 45 years of experience in assisting clients in the purchase or sale of high quality yachts of distinction.

Please call Annie at 207-363-7997 or on her cell at 603-498-3450.


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