A long lost gem, ARISTEIA was in heated storage from 1995 until 2011, when purchased by this owner and full restoration undertaken. She was designed by S&S, built by Palmer Johnson's in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Originally named PIRANA, and launched in 1976. During the refit, some interior changes were made, such as the engine is now located under the cockpit and the head is now port side fwd of the mast. Built for open ocean sailing, she is lying in heated storage at Sassy's Marina in Algonac, MI, ready to go ocean racing!
Unlike most IOR designs, the soul of this boat is not possessed by satan. It is very easily driven and holds course with minimal weather helm. The elliptical rudder is about 7’ deep, so there is great control with minimal angle. It is important to note that the carbon rig reduced weight aloft by 1,000 lbs (453 kg). This provides an enormous gain in righting moment which makes the boat much more stiff upwind. Plus the lighter rig minimizes pitching so the boat is more stable under foot. While significantly lighter than the old aluminum rig, the carbon version is very, very stout; no need for running back stays except to shape the mainsail.
The boat is especially good upwind in AWS over 14knots. Performance in lower wind velocity is limited because I deliberately reduced the LP to 150%; originally it was 180%. Light air boat speeds could easily be corrected with a full size jib. The weakest point of sail was low TWS close-reaching; we solved this by adding a full-size Code-0 with top-down furling gear. We also added a 160% Code-1, built of 1.5oz nylon, for heavy air downwind. This sail attaches to the carbon spinnaker pole and allows excellent control downwind in big waves.
Per the notation on the S&S website, ARISTEIA's construction method was somewhat unusual. The T-bar longitudinals were installed with their flanges against the shell plating. Palmer Johnson felt this would reduce deformation of the topsides during welding and also reduce denting during her sailing life. Just before the boat was placed in storage in 1996, the back third of the boat was cut away, then rebuilt to an updated design, slightly wider per early IMS, all work done at PJ. She remained in heated storage from 1996 - 2010.
Note: Price includes relaunching & mast stepping.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Bottom coated with barrier coat, believe to be epoxy coal tar to prevent galvanic action.
- Bottom paint is Interlux ACT 7740, no adhesion issues.
- Royal Blue Awlgrip, 2012.
- Deck refinish Awlgrip Matterhorn White 2012 (trim) with Whisper Grey non skid.
- Hull insulation: Armaflex AP (non halogen, no chlorides, bromides or PVC; low VOC Elastomeric foam, self adhering sheets) in main & aft cabin.
- Toe rails removed for re-varnish (2015)
- Two core samples of the hull adjacent to the keel boss on port & stbd sides done, both plugs measured approx. 38 mm diameter by 8 mm plate thickness. It is worth noting that the boat did just one winter in the ocean (SORC in late 1970’s), and since then used in fresh water exclusively, and then been in heated storage from 1996 until 2011. Owner has been vigilant in tracking protection adequacy.
Keel & Rudder:
- Fin keel / elliptical spade rudder.
- Rudder bearing/steering mechanisms validation.
Summary of Accommodation:
· Engine relocated under cockpit (was forward of mast).
· Head relocated to port side fwd (was in bow).
· Isotemp water heater - 2012
· All new hot/cold plumbing - 2012.
· Luke Heritage propane stove - 2012.
· LED interior lighting throughout - 2014.
· Complete rebuild, settee area main cabin/head, 2011.
· New headliner, 2014.
· 8 berths, two settee / two pipe –main/aft.
· Teak trim addition added to cabin/head.
· Small table installed in main saloon.
- Custom Carbon mast & spinnaker pole (painted in 2015), Offshore Spars 2011.
- Rebuilt Navtec hydraulic control/vang/backstay, 2011.
- All new standing rigging, discontinuous, 2011.
- Harken bat car system, 2011.
- All new running rigging, 2012-13.
- Harken roller furling.
- Lewmar Size 2 Genoa System - 2012
- Lewmar Size 2 Mainsail System - 2012.
- Carbon rig is high modulus carbon
- Running backstays only needed to loan the inner forestay when in use
- Forestay, backstay and discontinuous are sst rod
- Cutter/Inner forestay is Kevlar, 7T
- Running backstays are Kevlar 5T
- (There is no babystay although the mast is prepped for one)
- Halyards - Harken radial chrome 46STE electric (port), 46ST stbd, 2012.
- Primary - 2 Barient 36 Stainless.
- Main Sheet – 2 Barient 26ST
- 6 Harken winch handles, 2012.
- Doyle full batten main 2012.
- Yankee jib, Hood 130% roller furling 2012.
- AP#1, #3, Doyle 2013.
- Code -1, 160%, 1.5 oz. Hood 2012.
- . 75 oz. and 1.5 oz. sym spinnakers.
- There is also a full size/full race Code-0, (8 hours use). IMS measurements are:
- SF 33.8.
- SLU 59.3.
- SLE 56.4.
- SMW 34.2.
- SMG SHW 25.6.
- Custom steel cradle 2011.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment: Information
- Danforth anchor with chain & tackle.
- Winslow 6 person superlight Standard Offshore with canister and cradle assembly, hydrostatic release, 2013.
- MOM, 2013.
- 8 USCG Cat 2 lifejackets, 2013.