Saturday, December 28, 2013

For the price an excellent long distance cruiser. Draws a little more than I would like, limits some anchorages found in atolls, but a nice boat. I would add a watermaker and AIS transponder. If the funds were there also install solar panel and a wind generator
260 NE Tomahawk Island Drive

Portland, OR 97217 United States
Toll-free 800-763-1445
Tel (503) 289-6306
Fax (503) 289-7507

photo of 45' FASTNET 45

45' FASTNET 45

  • Year: 1974
  • Current Price: US$ 74,900 (09/13)
  • Located in Portland , OR
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 77186-2644999

The LeComte Fastnet 45 was certainly built for blue-water adventures.  Lightheart has proven to be a blue-water cruiser as demonstrated by her sailing history to Mexico and Australia/New Zealand. She is very well equipped to resume enjoyable safe journeys with her new owners. She offers as well laid-out floor plan with a large aft cabin found in most Center Cockpit boats (this not being a center cockpit boat)  I really like the privacy afforded by the forward v-berth area and the aft cabin for long sailing legs in open sea. When you are looking for comfort, safety and affordability this is a well-regarded and proven boat.


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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Builder: LaComteDesigner: Bill Luders
LOA: 45 feetLWL: 32 feetBeam: 12.33 feet
Displacement: 27000 poundBridge Clearance: 57 feetBallast: 9000 pound
Engine(s) Total Power: 40 HP
Fuel: 80 gallonWater: 120 gallonHolding: 30 gallon

The Fastnet 45 is ideal for two cruising couples.  She offers a forward stateroom that features a large v-berth with filler, a larger hanging locker and drawers.  Just aft of this is the forward head with shower, sink and ample storage. 

Aft of the forward head is the main salon.  Here, you'll find a large u-shape table to port, a settee opposite to starboard.  The generous salon spans the full beam of the vessel thanks to the flush deck design. 

Aft of the Salon is a large u-shape galley that offers top loading refrigeration, three burner stove, storage and double s/s sink. 

The Large aft Owners stateroom is entered to port of the companionway.  It features a private head and shower, a double berth to port, a single berth to starboard, 6'3' Headroom, hanging locker and drawers.

Galley and Head
  • Single S/S Deep Sink
  • Pressurized Hot and Cold Water
  • 6 Gallon Hot water Heater
  • Large Top Loading Ice Box
  • Three Burner propane Stove w/Oven
  • FWD Head with direct discharge over board
  • AFT Head with Holding Tank and Macerater

Sails & Rigging
  • Mainsail (2010) with full battens and 3 reef points
  • Genoa (2010) 130%
  • Staysail (2008) with 1 reef point
  • Cruising Spinnaker (2008) with Sock
  • Storm Jib
  • Tri-Sail
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Pro Furl Furling System
  • 5/16 Stainless Steel Rigging
  • Norsemen Fittings Top and Bottom
  • Fore-stay, Back-stay, and Upper Shrouds Replaced 2008
  • Lowers Replaced 2010
  • 70' Spare 5/16 rigging wire and two Norsemen Fittings
  • 2 Spinnaker Poles
  • Keel Stepped Mast
  • Removable Inner Stay for Stay-sail
  • Rigid Boom Vang
  • 6 Winches
  • 2 Self Tailing Winches
  • Monitor Wind Vang (2012)

  • 550' 5/16 Hi-Test Chain
  • 75lb CQR
  • 45lb CQR Spare
  • 33lb Bruce for Stern Anchor w/5/15 Chain and 250' of 5/8 Rode
  • Plath A-6 Electric Windlass 12v
  • Single Speed Windlass on Stern

Electronics and Electrical
  • Shore-Power
  • 240 Volt Transformer for converting 240 to 110 volt
  • Raytheon 24 Mile Radar R-20
  • Signet Deoth
  • Sigent Wind
  • Signet Knot
  • APC energy Monitor for 12v System
  • Tank Tender for Fuel and Water
  • H-W Hydraulic Autopilot with Spare ram
  • 6-6Volt Batteries (2010)
  • 1-12v Starting Battery (2010)
  • Icom-IC-M502 VHF
  • Single Side Band Icom - 802

  • 2001 Yanmar 3-JH3E 40hp
  • 80 Amp Alternator
  • 2 Racor 500 Fuel Filters w/Switch over Valves
  • PYI Drip less Prop Shaft
  • 3 Blade Max Prop
  • Spare 2 Blade Prop
  • Spare Engine Freshwater Pump
  • Raw Water Pumped replaced (2010)
  • 2 Spare Injectors Nozzles
  • 55 amp Alternator Spare

Additional Information
  • Bottom Painted 2010
  • Hooka for Diving (three years old) for two up to 60'
  • Offshore 6 Person Life Raft 6
  • Drogue w/350' Line
  • Avon Dinghy
  • Mercury 15hp Outboard

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Last Revised: Sep 11, 2013

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Check out the now old school way of sailing as compared to the new high tech boats!

Volvo Ocean Race

A Special Christmas Gift from Volvo Ocean Race HQ! Now you can watch the first ever Whitbread Round the World Race in high definition for the first time! See the 1973-74 Whitbread like it's never been seen before - and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!
SV THIRD DAY at Anchor in Morro Bay, CA photo IMG_0123.jpg

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Anyone even stopping by here? Think I'll give a couple of more weeks and see what happens.

So back to the question of a bug out boat. If you keep your electronics protected from lightning or EMP wihile it is tied to the dock or mooring, have 30 to 60 days for food on board, water, ditto, you should be all set, right? Not unless you have the skills and will power to stay 30 plus days at sea. Here is a short test to see if you can make it. Find a very remote camp site, one with no other folks, and go stay there for a solid week without leaving and no outside interaction with anyone. This is especially true if you plan to solo it. This is not directed at blue water cruisers but to those who have only day tripped or lake sailed.
Good luck!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

From Craig's List via
Could be a good Mexico cruiser and a way to learn by sailing out to the islands. Needs electronics and a few upgrades but not so good for a family of 5! Too small for that. Me, I'd drop about 5k on upgrades, another 2k on provisions and head out to latitude 140 and turn south! Go to Google Earth to find out why. [?]

27' Sailboat - Ocean view and other benefits - $5000 (Marina Del Rey)

What does captian kurt, popeye, captain hook and tommy lee have in common? They are all bad ass people. Why? Because they were all in command of ships. You should be in command of a ship. You should buy my boat.

I can offer you the opportunity to be in command of this Catalina 27 sailing ship for about the cost of a lot of the stupid stuff you bought, buy or are thinking about buying. I present the following:

Malls & Nipple Milk
I can tell you this; the boat I am selling is less than the cost of that couch you bought at Pottery Barn* after spending 3 weeks researching it on Google**. I don't care if your favorite mall doesn't have a roof on it and has a theme. You should be ashamed of half of the mall things you spent hard earned cash money and time on. None of it will take you across oceans and it will not get you a buffaloes milk at Two Harbors (or a nimby cup). Not even close. Do you want your only source of alcohol laden milk to be your pregnant girlfriends nipple because I guarantee it doesn't have 8 types of rum and 4 types of artificial sweetener in it. If it does muchacho then you should be hanging out with jcvd on a regular basis and won't be needing this said boat. Back to your mall things.. If you add up the cost of your bed frame, mattress, headboard, box spring, stupid fancy pillows from Target, decorative duvet cover with a cool pattern from ikea and your designer pajamas it probably costs as much as I'm asking and you can have a f*$king BOAT of which can sleep 5 people and will guarantee you more bidness. You won't find that guarantee in the bedding department at Macy's. Note: your lame duvet made from rare dead birds is always on sale, you did not hit the Macy's Bed Bath and Beyond jackpot and score a 300 feather count for 35% off, everyone did and just because you laughed at some actor making fun of Bed, Bath and Beyond doesn't give you a pass for going there or not going there. And are you really spending your miniscule amount of free time on Earth counting feathers or laughing at jokes about retail stores? And by the way, if you are the type of person who covers your bed with any amount of (especially more than two) decorative pillows, please do not call about my Boat. I am not interested in selling this to a decorative pillow type which is too bad because you my friend are the type that needs this boat more than anyone.

Recreation, Drinking and Sea Monkeys
I understand you have many options on how to spend your free time. How you choose to recreate says a lot about a human being. What I am offering you is the open Pacific Ocean, fishing, going to islands, breathing salty air at sea, breathing atomic four gas powered exhaust fumes, drinking rum, drinking whiskey, drinking cheap beer, drinking expensive beer, drinking the dead sea monkeys floating in the drink that your friend backwashed, spear fishing anything that moves, endless supply of gold colored fish to make into tacos, trapping crabs, getting crabs, free membership to hbyc, a money pit, a fist pumping teeth grinding laser eating dance platform, a new kitchen, a boom that might hit you in the head, a $270 slip fee, the ability to t-bone a stand up paddle boarder, the ability to bbq a t-bone steak, the ability to bone in the v-birth, the chance to see whales, the improved chance to bring a whale out of najas and tying knots. These are fine things. These are gentlemanly things. They certainly beat sitting in car traffic towing your sand rail or three wheeler past a bunch of meth labs to glamis or driving a boat in circles in the std filled cess pool commonly referred to as "the river" or any other so called lake. Does a real man or woman want to recreate in a standing pool of "fresh water" or in a hot desert with a bunch of drunk yahoos with engines strapped to their backs?

Fast Transport
This boat travels as fast as your Audi on the 405. 6 knots at best. And you spent over $30K. Way more than a domestic car just because of the cool logo, neat ads and foreignness of it. Not to mention the way it makes you feel when you look at it after you park it. You could have got a Ford, a 3 wheeler, a sand rail and this boats for the same price. Enough said.

360 Degree Ocean View and the Mexican Navy
Always wanted an ocean view? See above description of how lucky you are. This boat comes with an ocean view of your damn choosing! Imagine a house that could do that. Those creepy realtor types would be drooling all the way to the bank. (Please no inquiries if your picture is on your business card). For the price of a ocean front strand house you could buy a boat like this every month of the year. In fact for $3,000,000 (reasonable price for a strand house) you could buy 600 boats like this. That's more than the entire navy of Mexico. What would you do with that many boats? You could tie them together end to end and stretch them from Manhattan Beach pier to Hermosa Beach pier 1.7 times. Toss in a few more and you could have a two way sailboat highway spanning the two piers. This would be enough to move the annual 6 man party to sea and save the fun in a town loosing its charm faster than antartica is loosing glacial ice. Everyone would be happy because the kids could again dress up, beam each other with volleyballs and drink booze in the open sun on a WEEKEND. You would be the damn Kevin Bacon of the beach area. People would make movies of how you returned the joy to such an under privileged area of LA. (Math: 1.8 miles between piers = 9504' / 27' boat length = 352 boats required for a one way span.)

Screen World or Water World?
Each day the average person spends ?? hours staring at a computer screen, ?? watching a television screen, and ?? hours looking at a smart phone screen. (You do the math). The hope is that eventually there will be enough devices "invented" whereby 24 hours of your day is spent looking at a radiation emitting electronic display screens. These devices with clever names starting with i will range in size to span every increment of that Home Depot tape measure you never use. This will be toped by the inevitable invention of a gigantic screen that allows up to three people to be imbedded in, is only 2 microns thick, is named after a fruit and hurtles through outer space endlessly. I have good news for you my screen collecting swollen eyeball friend. This boat comes with an lcd tv screen and there is cell service all the way to Catalina Island! So you don't have to skip the pirate dress up wine mixer because you are worried about missing all those great things happening on social media and on dvd.

Boat Includes
-- 4 sails
-- Atomic four engine
-- Mast
-- Boom
-- Hull
-- Rudder
-- Tiller
-- The book sailing for Dummies (You must have an IQ of at least 30 to learn how to sail)
-- A bow with no arrows
-- A bunch of life vests

Attention Doomsday Preppers
If you are a doomsday prepper then you have just hit the powerball lottery scratch off confetti falls out of the sky jackpot. Feel free to go into one of those evangelist religious on stage convulsions right now because when shit hits the fan in L.A. (and it will) do you want to be on the roof of your liqour store with a high powered riffle or in the open ocean reading moby dick with a milky rum drink in your skilled knot tieing hands?

In Summary
This boat is cheap, it gives you access to buffaloes milk, it is more fun than your current hobbies, it is fast enough, it has an ocean view, it comes with a TV, comes with everything you need and it might be helpful in case of a disaster. Most importantly it puts you in command of a ship. Go ahead break a bottle of Champagne over the bow, leave your mall things on land and grab the tiller.

$5,000 OBO / trade offers accepted


** Google = Best slot machine ever invented. Insert letters instead of coins. Output hyperlinks instead of cash. Google is paid by 3rd party XYZ business for the participants pleasure of playing this terrible slot machine for "free". But participants pay end up paying in dead brain cells instead of cash and XYZ business trades cash for a snowflakes chance in hell of converting a mouse click to a sale. Only benefit of all this is it finally puts bad newspapers out of business.

*** If you happened to buy a mattress from that old white guy who shrieks "if you find a mattress for a lower price your mattress is free!!!" please, please, please, please don't f$@king contact me. Did you really think that A-Hole is going to give away a free mattress if you found one for a lower price? Have you heard of anyone getting a free mattress from that damn place? How can our government allow such a thing. I will not give you my boat for free if you find one for less. In fact you will probably be more likely to sink would be my guess. And if you are the type that needs the government to protect you or wastes time complaining about the government also don't contact me.
  • Location: Marina Del Rey
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers
Posting ID: 4234040827

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This was the view from Huahine looking towards Raiatea/Tahaa with Bora Bora to the far right last January. Also show why you need to invest in good anchors with chain, line will fray and leave you on the beach. We were hit with 45 to 53 knot winds that day. This was a delivery I did last January to Oahu on a Beneteau 393. I sat here for 6 weeks waiting on the weather.
Working on setting this blog up little by little.

While searching and or thinking about what kind of BOB, bail out boat, to get, check out some of the sites to the right. In choosing a boat, think where you would want to go if and when things fall apart as that will help in picking the right boat. No Martha, a power boat won't do unless you have a mil or 2 laying around! :)

At the city dock, Raiatea

Friday, November 15, 2013

Been some talk of having a bail out boat lately. Fine idea for the open sea but the 1st question you need to ask yourself, " Do I have the sailing experience and know how to safely sail the seas? Can I find the right boat? Do I have the funds to equip a boat for a 3 to 4 week sail? and Where do I start?".

Last question 1st. Finding a sail boat that fits your budget is the hardest part as even a sweet deal will still set you back a few thousand in outfitting cost, but look in the back of any sailing magazine for yacht broker's websites, Craig's List, don't laugh! there are some killer deals to be found there, Latitude 38, and so on. For sale by owner CAN be a deal if the owner has health issues, just be careful and don't overlook the Mexican yacht brokers.
More later.