BLUE MUSE is the absolute best and most recent of her kind afloat. Hull Number Five of (5) hulls in the Sou’wester series, BLUE MUSE performs better than all other SW70s. Unlike her sister hulls with in-mast furling systems, she boasts hydraulic furling carbon booms, which provide for more sail area and better sail shape, and a tall main mast that stands 93’ over the water. She draws 8’ with her centerboard up and 18’ with board down.
She benefits from a larger interior layout often found on 80’ boats and certainly not found on any other SW70’. BLUE MUSE has two large en-suite staterooms, in additional to a third with over/under bunks and full separate crew quarters. Her owner had her interior layout enlarged and improved by omitting the redundant second settee belowdecks and replacing what typically would have been the standard SW70’ forward port bunk cabin with a VIP suite, complete with double berth and abundant storage.
She is still owned by her original owner and has been captain-maintained since her launch date. Her rigs, topsides, deck and bulwarks were Awlgripped in 2011; she has low hours on her machinery; has never been chartered and shows like a new vessel. She is fully commissioned and ready to cruise anywhere!
Starting Forward on Deck
Inside the stainless steel bow rail is a grated teak seat/step. Forward running lights hang outside on stainless steel brackets. Hanging in the massive dual bow rollers is a 105 lb. stainless steel plow anchor with 300 feet of ½ inch stainless steel chain running through a Lewmar 3000 windlass with stainless capped up/down pressure switches. There is a stainless steel dorade to ventilate the forepeak. Continuing aft past the Reckmann hydraulic headsail furler is a large teak-covered Freeman hatch for forward deck lazarette storage. A second anchor, Fortress FX 125 with 25’ galvanized chain and 175’ X 1” nylon rode stores here. Just aft of this hatch is the deck fitting used to fly the removable fore staysail. Next is a large hatch with dodger and handrail that provides direct access to the crew quarters.
There are (2) flush glass hatches aft outboard over each of the (2) guest heads, with a deck prism between to provide natural light in the large, shared stall shower below. The starboard side deck has a hatch that opens to a “well” that houses the fuel fills. This prevents any diesel from getting on the deck. Next aft is an in-deck locker for (2) 20 lb. propane tanks. Outboard from the cockpit to the port and starboard are in-deck storage lockers. The aft deck has a large lazarette for storing miscellaneous deck gear and houses the Fortress FX55 stern anchor with 25’ galvanized chain and 175’ nylon rode. A Givens (8)-man life raft with hydrostatic release spring is mounted here. Recent inspection. (May, 2016)
Entering the cockpit, one will immediately notice that no fiberglass is visible. It was the owner’s desire that one would view just wood, and the effect is striking. The spectacular custom helm has a wooden (Whitlock) steering wheel, custom stainless steel electronics pods, hydraulic controls for the centerboard and retractable bow thruster, single-lever Hinckley engine controls, engine instruments, (2) custom pedestal doors containing 24V controls, and other accessories. Port side at foot level are the Navtec hydraulic controls for the main and mizzen mast vangs and the backstay adjustment. There are windows to port and starboard of the companionway: The port is electric up-and-down while the starboard is fixed. Ahead of the pedestal is a cockpit table with leaves port and starboard. There are (2) coaming boxes each to port and starboard, trimmed out in stainless steel. Above the companionway are sailing instruments and stereo speakers in custom wood trim. Under the forward port cockpit seat is a refrigerator/cooler for cockpit beverage service. Blue cockpit cushions with white stripes.
Below Starting Forward
Ahead of the crew quarters (forepeak) is a watertight bulkhead with dedicated bilge pump. Next aft is the crew head with Vacuflush toilet, sink and shower. This area is tastefully finished in “Herreshoff” style, with white surfaces and gloss mahogany trim. Opening one of the cabinet doors handily exposes the retractable bow thruster system. The crew cabin features over/under bunks to starboard, air conditioning control, AM/FM/CD stereo, generators, engine and bilge warning panel and B&G Hydra 2000 display. A ladder behind the door will take you out to the foredeck. Going aft through a centerline waterproof bulkhead door leads to a large stall shower that services the (2) matching guest cabin heads to port and starboard. The shower has a teak grated floor, lighting and a deck prism above. The two outboard matching heads have large overhead hatches, Vacuflush toilets and sink.
Leaving the port head going aft into the starboard guest stateroom you will find over/under bunks, air-conditioning controls, hanging and storage lockers. The bottom berth is a “friendly double”. Opposite to port is another guest stateroom with a double berth, writing desk, numerous storage and hanging lockers, Samsung LCD TV with a Linn CD/DVD player with remote controls. Both guest staterooms exit aft into the galley area.
In the galley to starboard is a large countertop with built-in knife rack, side-out cutting board, and lift-up access to food storage. Outboard is a new and unused (2012) (4)-burner Verona cooktop with (2) drawers below. There is an exhaust fan above. There is an automatic icemaker in the galley sole. The galley also has a new and unused (2012) Fischer-Paykal drawer-style dishwasher, new and unused (2012) U-line two-drawer refrigerator, Franke instant hot/cold filtered water, and Sanyo microwave in a cabinet with doors.
Continuing aft, and up a few steps is the raised-pilothouse main salon. To port is a large wraparound settee finished in navy leather with gold piping. There is an absolutely gorgeous Honduras mahogany salon table with leaf insert for dining. This table powers up and down from cocktail height to dining height. The outside view from the raised pilothouse is fantastic! There are electric shades for the pilothouse windows. Opposite the settee to starboard is a bar with ample space below, beautiful glass storage, sink and a widescreen 24” LCD TV that raises from the countertop via an Inca powered lift. As in the galley, the marble countertops are honeycomb-filled to reduce weight. The surround sound with sub-woofer is originated through a Linn Classik DVD and comes through a B & W speaker and Snell surround speakers. There are (2) Pioneer six-disc CD changers. There are (2) Sony satellite receivers, so different monitors can watch different channels.
Down steps aft to starboard is the navigation area. A handsome Recaro Maritime Navigation chair sits in front of the impressive navigation station. The navigation station includes the boat alarm system keypad, ICOM SSB VHF, air-conditioning controls, battery switches, Furuno NavNet display, Northstar 952XDGPS (note: all Nav chips (Avionics) are interchangeable between Furuno and Northstar units and all chips and charts will convey with the yacht), PC system with Nobletech charting, Samsung LCD display, internet and normal PC functions. There is an HP all-in-one printer, FAX, scanner and copier behind a paneled door. There is a clever USB port at the navigation station wired to the PC. There are MPDS grid and autopilot remote ports. FAX, phone, internet are serviced through a Fleet 55 satellite communicator. There are (2) Iridium Motorola phones with a docking station. The yacht is hardwired throughout with ethernet and wireless high-speed internet. There are Panasonic wireless phones throughout the yacht that be dialed through the satellite or be used as an intercom system.
Opposite the navigation station is the engine room. Here you will find the Cummins engine, ONAN 20kW generator, Lewmar hydraulic system (which can be run off an engine PTO if there is a failure), Sea Recovery watermaker, Hart tank tenders, work bench with vise and much more. Going aft of the navigation station outboard is a large cabinet with hide-away doors, which conceal an ASKO clothes washer and dryer. Conveniently located above the washer/dryer is a chart locker. Opposite the laundry is the ships panel 24V and AC, inverter monitors, pump monitor display, energy monitor and generator controls.
Aft through this passageway leads to the magnificent owner’s stateroom. There are hanging lockers to port and starboard, numerous drawers and storage areas, and a forward-facing vanity with swing-away stool. Aft to starboard is a built-in comfortable chair, queen centerline berth, storage cubbies, and a hideaway LCD TV with Linn AV system, (2) B&G 2020 repeaters and combination safe. Forward to port is the master head with stall shower.
All heads have Sealand Vacuflush systems, Corian countertops with molded backsplashes and fiddle and molded sinks. All fixtures are polished chrome finish. Shower fixtures are Grohe Relaxa Plus with Chiara mixing valve and trim set with adjustable hand shower and adjustable wall-mount holder. All sinks have Grohe soap dispensers. Additionally:
- Corian is Caribbean, with Bisque sink
- Golden Rod heaters in hanging lockers and outboard locker
- Grohe Chiara Faucet
- Exhaust fan in shower
- Outlet for the A/C system
(2) Guest Heads/Shower
- Corian is Azure, with Bisque sinks
- Forward shower doors are cored with Formica on shower side and raised panels on head side
- Shower doors are louvered in lower portion
- Exhaust fans in shower
- Corian is Mediterranean, with Bisque sink
- Forward shower doors are cored with Formica on shower side and raised panels on head side
- Exhaust fan in head
- Circular shower track and curtain
- Separate mixing valve with telephone shower head
- (3) Stainless steel towel bars