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Whitehawk

  • 105'
  • 1978
  • O. LIE NEILSEN, MAINE
  • Newport, Rhode Island, United States
  • $2,950,000

ABOUT WHITEHAWK

DETAILS & DIMENSIONS
  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: O. LIE NEILSEN, MAINE
  • Category: Cruising Ketch
  • Model: Custom Classic
  • Model Year: 1978
  • YearBuilt: 1978
  • Year Refit: 2016
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: Yes
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 3/7 - Crew R/B/S: 0/4/0
  • LOA: 105' 0" (32.00m)
  • LWL: --
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 20' 6" (6.25m)
  • Min Draft: 7' 6" (2.29m)
  • Max Draft: 16' 5" (5.00m)
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 9 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: 650 Miles
  • Max Speed: 11 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 175,000 Pounds
  • Gross Tonnage: 62 Ton
  • Water Capacity: 655 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: 190 Gallons
  • Fuel Capacity: 830 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: N/A
  • Heads: N/A
  • Sleeps: 7
  • State Rooms: 3
  • Crew Berths: 4
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: Yes
  • Hull ID: 781
  • Hull Material: Cold Molded
  • Deck Material: Teak
  • Hull Configuration: Centerboard
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: Bruce King
  • Hull Color: White
  • Hull Finish: Awlgrip
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Caterpillar
  • Model: 3126B
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Detailed Specifications

"Whitehawk" is a graceful classic designed by Bruce King for upwind performance with her centerboard down (16') as well as shallow draft with her board up (7'6"). This allows access to shallow cruising areas while also providing exceptional offshore capabilities.

 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

3 Staterooms with ensuite baths, and crew quarters for 3 plus a captain's cabin with double berth.  

Beautiful interior accommodations with exquisite detailing, finished in teak, Honduran mahagony, Alaskan yellow cedar and laminated oak, combined with satin enameled off-white bulkheads create a traditional and comfortable ambience.  Interior was redecorated in 2010/2011, all soft goods replaced and varnish renewed.  Numerous cowl vents and hatches provide good natural ventilation.  The yacht is also equipped with Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning, with 4 separate compressors.

A maintenance log has been kept documenting everything on the boat since November 2009.

 

MASTER STATEROOM

The full width Master Stateroom is forward with a queen berth to port, full length mirror on aft bulkhead, drawers and cedar-lined closets to starboard.  Equipped with 21" flat screen TV, Bose Surround Sound system and DVD.  Also featuring private access to the deck.

The Master Bath is aft to starboard with a full size laminated Southern Yellow Pine varnished tub.  Equipped with ample storage areas.

 

STARBOARD GUEST STATEROOM

The Guest Stateroom aft to starboard features two berths, bookshelves, cedar-lined hanging locker and writing desk.  Equipped with 14" flat screen TV and DVD player.  Ensuite head with shower is forward. 

 

PORT GUEST STATEROOM

The Guest Stateroom to port features an upper berth forward and aft, and lower berth athwartships.  Equipped with 14" flat screen TV, DVD player, drawer storage, and a deck prism.  An ensuite head with shower is forward.

 

SALON

The spacious Main Salon is elegant and comfortable with separate dining and seating areas, a cathedral skylight, and full size Mendota propane fireplace trimmed with tiles.  

The Dining area seats 8, and is furnished with a settee, beautiful dining table and 4 chairs.  
The Salon is finished with polished wood and architectural features crafted from high quality mahagony, teak and cedar.  Beveled mirrors, leaded glass cabinets and Italian marble counter top distinguish the bar area.  This is complemented by a modern entertainment center with large flat screen TV, DVD system, Bose Surround Sound, and stereo.

 

NAVIGATION STATION

The Navigation station with chart table, full instrumentation and nav seat is located in the starboard aft corner of the Main Salon.

 

CAPTAIN'S CABIN OR 4TH GUEST CABIN

Captain's cabin is well proportioned and appointed as well as being strategically situated aft and to port of Galley for ease of access to the cockpit.  This cabin has a double berth and plenty of storage lockers natural ventilation and ensuite head as well as being finished and furnished as per the other staterooms aboard allowing this cabin to be used as a 4th Guest Stateroom should there be the need.

 

CREW QUARTERS

The Crew Quarters are forward with separate deck access.  There are 3 bunks, two are full size.  These cabins share a head & shower. There is a Bosch washer and dryer in the crew area. Redesign and refinished 2015.

 

 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12v/24v DC system

110/220v AC system

Shorepower 50 amp, 2x 220v connectors forward & aft

Transformer 220v 60Hz

Northern Lights 25 kW generator appx. 4,250hrs

Northern Lights 20 kW generator appx. 11,500hrs

2x Mastervolt 2500 watt pure sine wave inverters 2015

3x Mastervolt MS 50/24 automatic 3-stage battery chargers 2012

House battery bank 28x2V 24V bank new 2016

Engine bank, 1x12v, new 2012

20KW Generator Bank, 12V, new 2014

25KW Generator Bank 12V, new 2010

Winch bank, 6X12v 24V bank, new 2010

64,000 btu Cruisair 220v air conditioning, with 4 compressors - crew cabin, master & port cabin, starboard cabin & salon, captain's cabin & galley - each 16,000 btu

 

 

ELECTRONICS

ICOM M802 SSB, nav station

ICOM M402 VHF, nav station

ICOM handheld VHFs

Standard Horizon, cockpit, 2015

B&G H5000 New 2017

2x B&G H5000 MFD, cockpit 2017

2X B&G H5000 MFD, nav station 2017

B&G H5000 MFD, captain's cabin 2017

2X Furuno Navnet 3D, 1 Nav & 1 Cockpit

Furnuno FA-50 AIS Transponder

MaxSea TimeZero Nav computer with 2 displays (1 at nav station & 1 in cockpit)

Furuno Navpilot 700 autopilot, New 2015

Danforth Constellation compass at helm

B&G “Zues 2” 7” GPS chartplotter, nav. Station 2017

Boston clock & barometer

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

High definition flat screen TVs in guest cabins

Flat panel TV above fireplace which is covered by hinge-down painting, salon

Bose Surround Sound system, salon

 

 

COCKPIT & DECKS

Beautiful classic circular aft cockpit with 5' diameter wheel, wooden binnacle and Constellation compass.  Looking foward are wide uncluttered teak decks, beautiful varnished teak cabin sides, deck boxes, hatch and cap rails, all accented with chrome stanchions and stainless steel life lines.  High white bulwarks are decorated with 2 bronze dolphins and bowsprit.

The cockpit comfortably seats 8, protected by a full dodger, and equipped with a 24v top loading drinks refrigerator. Engine controls and B&G instrumentation are also in full view to the helmsman.

 

 

DECK EQUIPMENT

Teak decks are TDS installed in Maine 2013, laid on top of 2 layers of cedar diagonals 5/16" each, laid over 5/8" tongue & groove cedar, laid on laminated oak deck beams.  

The on-deck engine hatch was enlarged in 2004.

9x bronze cowl vents by Paul Luke, clear awlgripped 2017

9x hatches

7x deck prisms

LED spreader lights on main and mizzen

Ideal HD3 220v windlass with vertical & horizontal capstans & chain gypsy

185 lb. CQR anchor

200 lb. Luke 3-pc fisherman anchor

Fortress G-85 utility anchor w/26' - 9/16" chain

Saltwater anchor washdown, with 24v salt water pump

400' 5/8" galvanized anchor chain

300' 1.5" Samson nylon rode

Full set Toast canvas awnings & sail covers 2015

Toast canvas hatch & skylight covers2013

Toast canvas cockpit dodger, modified 2014

Crew hatch dodger 2015

Companionway dodger 2016

3-section deck awnings by Antigua Sails, main to mizzen & mizzen to stern & main to innerforestay

Cockpit cushions, new March 2013

Ship's bell on mizzen

 

 

RIGGING

Spars by Basil Day, Thomaston, Maine. Modified by Hinckley Yacht Services 2011

Sitka spruce hollow wooden main & mizzen masts, beautifully finished with recognizable rake rig out, varnished 2017

Stainless steel rod standing rigging, new 2011

Dacron & Spectra running rigging (Constantly updated)

Hydraulic furling yankee & staysail (Harken Furlers)

Lazy jacks on main & mizzen

Running backs & triatic stay New 2015/2016

Solid spruce bow sprit with s/s dolphin striker and 2 rollers

New headstay & staysail foils, 2011

New running rigging

New halyards, 2017

New main halyard, 2017

Lewmar Commander for hydraulic furling & winches

2x Lewmar primaries 111ST for headsail

4x Lewmar chrome 88ST for halyards, staysail, aux lines, new 2012/13

Barient electric winch for outboard 1st, 2nd, 3rd reef lines

Lewmar chrome ST66 main sheet winch 2013

 

 

WINCHES

4x Enkes #32 on Mainmast & Mizzon

2x Lewmar #68 Main Halyard & Man line 2013

2x Enkes #36 Headsail Halyards

1X Barient #36 Main reef lines

2x Lewmar #68 Staysail sheets 2013

2x Enkes #16 outhaul & topping on main boom

2x Enkes #16 outhaul & topping on mizzen boom

2x Lewmar #50 Main traveler 2013

1X Lewmar #66 Main sheet 2013

4x Lewmar #36 around cockpit, runners 2014

2x Lewmar #58 at base of mizzen

2x Lewmar #111 2spd Headsail sheets

 

 

SAILS

North yankee jib, Dacron, December 2011

North staysail, Dacron, December 2011

North mainsail, Dacron, December 2011

North mizzen sail, 2011

North Mizzen Staysail 2011

Halsey Offshore mizzen staysail, 2003

North Asymetrical Spinnaker and ATN 2012

 

 

MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT

Recently painted Engine Room is accessed via large hatch on port side aft in main salon, which leads to the tool/pump room, complete with work bench, tool storage, fuel manifold, fuel filters and fuel transfer pump.  There are 7 fuel tanks.  Aft are the main engine and generator areas, watermaker and Lewmar Commander center.  

Main engine is Caterpillar 3126B, 370hp, new 2004, appx. 4,000 hrs

Gearbox hydraulic V-drive, new, 2004

Panish single lever engine control

Racor fuel filters

3-blade Max Prop, 34" dia., factory serviced 2016

Yacht Specialities wooden spoked wheel & pedestal, chain & s/s cable steering, connecting to quadrant, serviced January 2017

Engine room fire suppression system, Cert. 2017

Reverse Osmosis Watermaker 90 GPH, new membranes 2017

KeyPower hydraulic bow thruster, 2-blade, 15hp

Manual Whale Gusher bilge pumps

3x 24v Rule automatic bilge pumps w/high water alarms

Engine room fire alarm

Holding tank full alarm

Various spares, including pumps, seals, impellers

Extensive tool inventory

Hydraulic tank removed, flushed & reinstalled, 2004

Fresh water plumbing system replaced, 2013, including:

Aqua-pex hot & cold water high pressure tubing throughout

Mach 5 silent high pressure water pump

Head Hunter waste management system, with all heads rebuilt & plumbing serviced in March 2008

Groco Manual Head system in the Captains Cabin 2012

Seagull water filtration system in the galley

X4 independent Gray water tanks

2x Stainless Torrid hot water tanks, 20 gallons each, 220v & engine heat exchanger

New groud plate, 2008

Fuel tankage with total 830 gallons capacity is divided into 7 tanks: 130, 130, 110, 175, 75, 105, and 105 gallon.

X4 Watertanks, X3 New Fiberglass wather tanks installed 2012: 250, 150, 250, auxillary 125 gallon fwd. 

 

 

SAFETY AND FIRE PROTECTION

2X Ocean Safety Liferafts 8 person Cert. through 2018

MOB emergency unit with flotation equipment

Horse shoe life ring

X25 Life jackets

X6 Gumby Suits

Offshore First Aid kit

ACR Cat II 406 MHz EPRIB

Flares & flare gun

Fire extinguishers Cert. 2017

C02 fire suppression in engine room, Cert. 2017

Escape hatches crew cabin, engine room, master cabin, accommodation passageway

 

 

TENDERS

2011 Nautica 11.6' inflatable

2011 Yamaha 25HP outboard

 

CONTAINER STORAGE

20’ Pines Chassi Road Container includes workshop and storage. The container includes hundreds of spares and additional equipment pertaining to “Whitehawk”. Inventory can be supplied upon request.

 

 

HULL

The hull is constructed of 4 layers of native Maine cedar with an outside 5th layer of Honduran mahagony.  Hull is cold molded wood with the epoxy saturation technique.  The entire hull surface on the inside and outside is saturated with epoxy resin and fastened with bronze nails and screws.  Yellow pine floor timbers, laminated white oak keelson and sheer clamp.  Lead keel is 53,000 lbs.  Keel bolt nuts tightened in 2005.  Hydraulically operated stainless steel daggerboard modified in 2012.  Skeg hung rudder.

 

 

 MAJOR REFITS AND UPGRADES DURING CURRENT OWNERSHIP:

2010

Complete Paint Job

Shortening of the Main & Mizzen Masts, new standing rigging, sails, furlers, foils etc.

New Winch Bank batteries.

New Tender 12' Nautica inflatable 

2011

Replace Fuel Tank under Nav Station

Add additional hydraulics for furlers

New HW Heaters.

New propane fired fireplaces 

2012

All new teak decks. TEAK DECKING SYSTEMS

Remove and re-shape centerboard

2013/2014

Replace all bronze caprail tracks and deck tracks with new tracks.

Replace the custom Decahedron overhead salon hatch with new improved version

Complete Galley refurbishment inc, new stainless counters, equipment, oven, counters, sinks, plumbing etc.

2015

Complete Crew area (Fo's'cle) refurbishment, new head and shower, bunks lengthened, storage            solutions and finish coatings.

Re-engineer anchor chain bin arrangement in fo's'cle.

Replace entire custom house battery bank.

Replaced all Inverters with new Mastervolt inverters.

Replaced entire fuel lines and fuel transfer manifold with new.

2016/17

Complete new topsides paint (In Progress)

 

These are only a selection of major upgrade items covered since 2009, the electronics upgrades, engine and generator maintenance, watermaker membrane replacements, rigging replacements, and regular varnish plus ongoing maintenance is considered regular maintenance.   Complete maintenance log since 2009 is available for perusal.

 

 

REMARKS

"WHITEHAWK" represents one of Bruce King's finest designs, inspired by L. Francis Herreshoff's famous "Ticonderoga."   A successful charter yacht in the past, her most recent private ownerships have lovingly maintained her and completed many refit items.  She is currently at Hinckley Yachts in Portsmouth, RI completing a topside paint job and normal routine maintenance and is due to relaunch this May.  Unique opportunity to own this beautiful classic sailing ketch.

 

"Whitehawk" represents a unique opportunity to own a timeless slice of American yachting at it's best.  Cold molded wood hull construction results in an exceedingly strong and resilient hull structure capable of world cruising in comfort and safety with shallow draft capabilities, this beautiful classic sailing ketch is offered in superb condition and ready for the next adventure. 

 

  Photos thanks to Billy Black... 

 MAJOR REFITS AND UPGRADES DURING CURRENT OWNERSHIP:

2010

Complete Paint Job

Shortening of the Main & Mizzen Masts, new standing rigging, sails, furlers, foils etc.

New Winch Bank batteries.

New Tender 12' Nautica inflatable 

2011

Replace Fuel Tank under Nav Station

Add additional hydraulics for furlers

New HW Heaters.

New propane fired fireplaces 

2012

All new teak decks. TEAK DECKING SYSTEMS

Remove and re-shape centerboard

2013/2014

Replace all bronze caprail tracks and deck tracks with new tracks.

Replace the custom Decahedron overhead salon hatch with new improved version

Complete Galley refurbishment inc, new stainless counters, equipment, oven, counters, sinks, plumbing etc.

2015

Complete Crew area (Fo's'cle) refurbishment, new head and shower, bunks lengthened, storage            solutions and finish coatings.

Re-engineer anchor chain bin arrangement in fo's'cle.

Replace entire custom house battery bank.

Replaced all Inverters with new Mastervolt inverters.

Replaced entire fuel lines and fuel transfer manifold with new.

2016/17

Complete new topsides paint (In Progress)

 

These are only a selection of major upgrade items covered since 2009, the electronics upgrades, engine and generator maintenance, watermaker membrane replacements, rigging replacements, and regular varnish plus ongoing maintenance is considered regular maintenance.   Complete maintenance log since 2009 is available for perusal.

 

FROM “Happy 40th Birthday – You’ve Never Looked Better!”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON BOATTEST.COM

 

The 105’ Bruce King-designed WHITEHAWK was built in 1978 and was the largest boat of the time built by the West System of cold-molding.

 

 

We recently tested the 105’ ketch WHITEHAWK, an all-wood boat that is a classic in more ways than one. Her design was inspired by the famous 1936 L. Francis Herreshoff racing sailboat Ticonderoga, but she is much bigger, faster and more luxurious. Some reports about WHITEHAWK say that her top speed under sail is 10 knots, but we managed 11.3 knots, on occasion, sailing her from Antigua to St. Lucia. Everything about WHITEHAWK harks back to the golden age of yachting when brightwork and brass was the signs of a well-found vessel, and that is certainly the case of WHITEHAWK. She is celebrating her 40th birthday this year, but she is undoubtedly better than new. We’ll tell you why.

 

WHITEHAWK was built in 1978 to a Bruce King design. King was a hot yacht designer in that era and was most famous for the line of Ericson fiberglass cruiser/racer sailboats which he had designed.  WHITEHAWK was built in Rockport, Maine, and at the time was the largest vessel ever built with the West System of cold molding, which was in its infancy. In fact, WHITEHAWK was one of the largest boats built in America in that decade of any material, and preceded the era of megayachts by a few years.

 

Origins of her Fame

Because she was so large, and because she was built all of wood in an age of fiberglass, she caught the eye and imagination of the boating press, and a number of articles were written about her. Month after month, the yachting magazines chronicled her build progress until her launch in 1978. As a result, generations of yachtsmen have followed her ever since, and she is one of the most famous sailing yachts in America.

 

Genuine Tree Wood

She was designed like a classic wooden yacht with all of the brightwork and luxury details that would have pleased the Astors, Morgans, or Vanderbilts. On deck and below she looked and was built very much like yachts or yore. But her hull was different. It was built with a new process of cold molding that lightened the boat somewhat and made her more seaworthy at the same time. This process was popularized by the Gougeon Brothers and their development of the West System of epoxy/wood construction in WHITEHAWK was the proof of concept.

 

Rather than being built in the conventional manner of planks -- that had to be caulked and nailed to heavy frames every few feet or so -- cold molding involves strips of epoxy saturated wood laid over a jig that formed the hull’s shape. The epoxy not only glued the wood together, but it also created an impenetrable barrier to water. It was a radical idea at the time, but it turned out to be a good one and the West System continues to be a popular method of wood construction. 

 

Topside Finish. Triple-planked cold molding with epoxy eliminated the need for many frames which lightened the boat and also made her hull more puncture-resistant. With the elimination of most frames, more livable room was created inside of her 20’6” beam. Her exterior surface was faired and then painted. In one of her recent refits, her hull was covered in Alexseal, a premium polyurethane topcoat technology that employs UV absorbers. The result is a glass-like finish with high gloss. We had the opportunity to inspect her hull from the waterline to her rail both from the ship’s tender and when swimming around her, and can report that her topside finish is flawless.

 

Her Keel and Centerboard. WHITEHAWK draws 7’6” which allows her to sail into many places where a sailboat of this size might not be unable to enter, thanks to her stainless steel centerboard. It increases her draft to 15’ and improves her performance to windward. The hydraulic centerboard has holes in the bottom so it fills with water when deployed. The combination of her cold molded hull and her centerboard make her relatively fast off the wind, and while she is by no means a down-wind sled like a Bruce Farr design, she is nevertheless competitive on the classic yacht regattas that she enters most years at venues from Antigua to Nantucket.

 

Built for Offshore Cruising. She displaces something on the order of 84 tons, which makes her a substantial yacht, and means that it takes a bit of wind to move her briskly. This makes her ideal for offshore work and, indeed, on her delivery last winter from Newport, Rhode Island, to Antigua, she saw winds up to 35 knots in the north Atlantic and a speedy passage south. During our own sail south of Antigua she handled winds from 15 to 25 knots (30 knots in squalls) on a close reach with ease, and we recorded speeds up to 11.3 knots. Between the islands, seas often grew from four to six feet and WHITEHAWK rode over them in comfort – something that can only be enjoyed in a large, heavy sailboat with an 20’6” beam.  

 

New Owner and a Major Refit

WHITEHAWK was purchased 10 years ago by a well-known East Coast yachting couple who have a particular love of old, classic wooden boats. They, in fact, have been major benefactors of the International Yacht Restoration School (IRYS) in Newport, Rhode Island, for the last two decades. In hindsight, WHITEHAWK could not have had more caring, or better, owners. They have spared no cost in improving her, refitting her, and making her be all that she could be.

 

Major Refit. After purchasing her one of the first things the new owners did was take her to Lyman Morse in Maine for a major refit in 2010-11. There, she was ensconced in her own all-weather shed. Her old deck removed and a new teak deck laid down, a major undertaking on a deck that was never intended to be removed. Her cockpit was refurbished and her 10-sided Mandala skylight was reworked to stop it from leaking. Huge, electrically-powered sheet winches were added to make sail handling easy. Powered halyard winches were also installed that meant the vessel could be sailed easily by a crew of three.

 

New Sail Plan. At the same time both her mizzen and mainmast were cut down because she had always been a little too tender. This was a major improvement to both her handling and her performance, as she still has plenty of sail for light air. A new asymmetrical chute for off the wind work adds speed never possible before downwind even with the taller masts. And in heavy air, she lost no speed, because with a double-reefed main she stands up nicely on her lines, where she was intended to sail. By cutting down the masts and installing new rod rigging, the vessel became easier to handle and even faster in a blow. We can attest to that on our test run.

 

Sailing Down Island. As noted above, we sailed her in winds from 15 to 30 knots for six days and not once did she have her rail in the water.  Most of the time we were on a close reach, but we also had some legs that were a beam reach, as well has hard to windward.  She consistently sailed on a close reach from 9 to 11 knots, depending on the wind speed, and our fastest speed was 11.3 knots hit on a particularly blustery afternoon between islands when a rain squall blew through. (We should add that all companions were cozy and dry behind the yacht’s dodger in the cockpit, and only the helmsman got wet – and he loved every moment of steering the 105-footer through the six-foot seas in a blow.)

 

Sail Handling. Her main and mizzen are conventional rigs, but with halyards and sheets handled with powered winches. Her mainmast has running backstays which can be led to the powered winches. On our sail the port running back never had to be adjusted. Her headsails are both roller furling with hydraulics making the chore easy and fast. We found that it was particularly easy to shorten sail when squalls blew through, by simply rolling up the headsail a bit. Then, letting it out once more the squall had passed. The vessel also has a roller-furling staysail, something we never needed to use, thanks to the breezy conditions. Even with two reefs in the main, the sail is enormous, but lazy jacks aided in dousing the sail. All sails were made by North Sails.  

 

Engine Room Details. A CAT 2126B 370-hp diesel engine powers the hydraulically actuated prop which can drive the boat at 9 knots. Since we had wind every day, the engine was just used to get us into and out of harbors and to find a place to drop the hook. There is a bow thruster available when maneuvering in a marina. The boat is also equipped with 7 kW Kohler generator which was more than enough to handle both the watermaker and the AC when underway. It also kept the ship’s batteries topped off for plenty of power when at anchor to run all of the electrical appliances, including hair dryers and the ship’s wonderful Headhunter toilet system, while at anchor with the generator off. The 1,200-gpd watermaker was run during the day when needed. Because of its capacity, it only needed to run a couple of hours a day to keep the water topped off. The cooktop and stove are both gas, which keeps the electrical drain down.  

 

Tankage. WHITEHAWK carries 849 gallons (3,217 L) of fuel, quite a bit for a sailboat of any size, and that is enough to power her through a mid-ocean doldrum. She reportedly has a range of over 500 nautical miles at 9 knots, so at six knots she should be able to push 1,000 nautical miles on a load of fuel. She also carries 750 gallons (2,840 L) of fresh water, an amount unheard of on virtually any large vessel these days. Again, she is designed for long-distance cruising. In addition to the reverse-osmosis watermaker, there is an extra filter for a special drinking and cooking water faucet in the galley. The water aboard WHITEHAWK was undoubtedly better than any to be found ashore (virtually anywhere). 

 

Observations

Before departure from Antigua, we walked the docks of English Harbor and looked at the sterns of dozens of very large sailboats – 120’ to 200’. All were built of aluminum or steel, with sterile decks, and no particular personality or style other than just simply being “big.” Not one had the charm, the graceful lines, or the beauty of WHITEHAWK. 

 

We were surprised as we sailed the 235 miles from Antigua to St. Lucia at how many times boaters in other vessels, both power and sail, came over to us to take pictures and shout their good wishes, usually with the word “beautiful” somewhere in the greeting. We suspect a more jaded and experienced group of boaters couldn’t be found anywhere in the Caribbean, yet the unmistakable classic lines and execution of WHITEHAWK set her apart from the other sailboats -- and motoryachts -- any far larger. It reminded us that there are still many boaters who appreciate style and tradition over just a raw display of wealth. It is about an the appreciation for, and holding onto, an era gone by.


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