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WANDERING PUFFIN is an Islander Freeport 41 – a ketch rigged, center cockpit vessel, 41 feet on deck. She was built in Santa Ana, California in1978, has a 13.5 ft beam and draws slightly less than 6 ft.
The center cockpit serves as the control station for the vessel when underway. In addition to the large stainless wheel and engine controls, a pedestal holds a radar display, a fish-finder/depth sounder, autopilot controls, wind indicator and multifunction display for other information. Directly in front of the helm are a chart plotter, vhf radio, and engine instruments. The cockpit is protected by a canvas dodger.
Both aluminum masts have climbing steps to the top. Standing rigging was replaced in 2003 and upgraded by one wire size. A port shroud on the mainmast is insulated to also serve as an antenna for the single sideband/ham radio. The main mast has an added car for spinnaker halyards; the mizzen mast has a radar antenna on a self-leveling mount and a wind generator. Wiring from the masts enters the boat thru goosenecks to prevent water intrusion.
Two anchors are carried on the bow; the port anchor, a CQR, has a rode consisting of about 40ft of 3/8 inch chain and 650 feet of 5/8 inch three strand nylon; the starboard anchor, generic Bruce style, has 300ft of 3/8 in high test chain. There is a horizontal electric windlass with both a rope drum and a chain gypsy. Aft of the windlass is a substantial stainless Samson post.
Sails include a mainsail, a staysail, a genoa on roller furling, and a mizzen. The main and mizzen include reefing points. There are sheet travellers for both the main and the mizzen, with the mainsheet traveller mounted on a stainless arch at the rear of the cockpit. An extension was added to the bowsprit for ease in flying an asymmetrical spinnaker. There is sail track on both sides to aid in control of all sails. Each side of the cockpit holds a large, two-speed self-tailing winch, with the sheets fed to the winches thru rope clutches.
All of the windows (too large to be called portlights) were upgraded from plastic framed ¼ inch plexiglass to 3/8 inch lexan overlapped on the fiberglass house. The opening portlights were likewise upgraded from plastic frames to aluminum. The large hatches on the foredeck and aft cabin were changed from fiberglass framed to aluminum 21 inch hatches. There are also aluminum framed hatches in both heads, with two others in the main salon and one more in the aft cabin.
An additional lazarette was added on the stern deck to hold two 20-lb propane tanks and the stern anchor rode (short chain and 250 ft of 3-strand nylon). There is a liferaft cradle on the top of the aft cabin. A fold up stainless boarding ladder is mounted on the starboard transom, and substantial dinghy davits on the stern are topped with solar panels.
Belowdecks includes three cabins: forward cabin with two berths, center main salon and galley, and aft cabin with athwartship queen size bed and aft head. All interior lighting has been converted to leds.
The forward cabin has been converted from a traditional v-berth, to a berth on each side with the port higher and overlapping the foot of the starboard. Ahead of the beds is a rope locker for the port rope anchor rode, and below the berths is a locker for the chain rode. Multiple storage lockers occupy additional space.
Between the forward cabin and the main salon, there are a hanging locker to port and the forward head to starboard. The head includes an electric toilet (with a manual pump available for easy conversion), a lavatory with granite countertop, and a drain pan for a shower. The antenna tuner for the sideband/ham radio is mounted in the hanging locker, with a sintered bronze ground plate below on the hull. Below the hanging locker there are two refrigeration compressors for the refrigerator and freezer.
The main salon consists of settees along the forward bulkhead and the starboard side, with storage underneath. It is surrounded by large windows about 16 inches high. The aft bulkhead has shelving for an entertainment center with a swivel mounted flat panel tv. Above the entertainment center is a large window to the cockpit. This window is easily replaced by a window air conditioner (included with the vessel).
The galley occupies the port side of the main salon. From back to front there are: short granite countertop shelf, four-burner gimballed propane stove, additional short shelf, deep double sink, short shelf, top-opening freezer (about 2 cu ft) and refrigerator (about 6 cu ft). Below the window there is a cup shelf about 7 ft long, and above the refrigerator and freezer there are spice shelves.
A short passageway separates the salon from the aft cabin. Along the port side there are storage cupboards, a shelf for a microwave, and a clothes locker which can be easily converted to a hanging locker. The engine room occupies the starboard side, with the electric panels facing into the passageway. The electric panels contain 32 DC breakers and 12 AC breakers providing most electrical devices with separate circuits. There is a 2500 watt sine wave inverter.
On the port side of the aft cabin, a lavatory set in a granite countertop has shelves above and storage below. The forward section of the aft cabin consists of the aft head just to port of center, and the navigation desk to starboard. The aft head has an electric toilet and a shower with electric pump drainage. It is closed by a glass door. Above the nav dec are the main radar display, the single sideband/ham radio, a vhf radio, a multifunction navigation display, a battery monitor, and the watermaker control until.
There are transom portlights beside the bed and shelving at both head and foot. The autopilot hydraulic ram is underneath the bed.
The engine room is not quite standing headroom, but has easy access to the engine, transmission, and batteries. The engine is an Isuzu C240, completely rebuilt in 2004 (it has been run less than1000 hours since the rebuild). It is fresh water cooled with a sea water heat exchanger. Battery boxes in the engine room can contain 10 golf cart batteries.A Spectra watermaker is located in the engine room. It has dual feed pumps and a capacity of about 16 gallons per hour....Read full description