|Falcon's hull is 33 feet long by 12.5 feet wide and she draws just under 5
feet. The fiberglass is much thicker than needed, but I really
wanted to be sure she could not be sunk if I blundered into a reef
somewhere. The hull is 3/4" thick at the sheer, 1 1/4" thick at the
waterline, 2" thick where the bilge turns down into the keel trunk, 1 1/2" on
the sides of the keel trunk, and 3" thick - solid fiberglass - at the bottom
of the keel, where the two side layups overlap. The hull is literally
bulletproof. The ugly TV antenna on the foremast is gone.
Falcon has an 8 foot bowsprit and 3 feet of boom overhang for a total
length of 44 feet. Cast in lead ballast is 7700 pounds and displacement is
about 20,000 pounds.
|Since I basically designed and built this boat myself, there have been a
few wrinkles which I have ironed out. I love it just about the way it is. I
use soft, comfortable seats on the side decks to sail and steer her
by, and a camping cooler to hold drinks and snacks in the cockpit,
which also serves as a cockpit seat. Since I do not drink alcohol and
am not prone to inviting other cruisers over for 'cocktails' and jolly
repartee, I see no need to clutter up the cockpit with elegant seating.
I do agree the long halyards need a better solution than to lie on the
cockpit sole, but since I have always been alone, I avoid stepping on
them and have never minded. It seems that 4 small plastic waste
baskets, with drain holes and small Velcro fasteners would do the job
nicely, and stow below easily.
|Falcon has been documented since 1991, as a pleasure vessel and
fishery. It was my intention to engage in the Bluefin Tuna season and the
Striped Bass seasons, using the cockpit as an ice bucket with insulated
plastic covers to keep the sun off. Never did it, but the documentation is
|In the pictures above you can see the cooking surface. In the storage
beneath I used those square storage jugs to hold rice, lentils, oatmeal,
beans and other dry foods.
|The cover below is just a piece of the same material used on the cabin
sides. It stows and deploys quick and easy, and can be made more
permanent with a bit of sewing.
|The big box above is the thickly insulated (almost 5 inches all around)
refrigerator and the easily accessible Adler-Barbour Super Cold Machine
compressor. The box is about 6.5 cubic feet, with a proper 'trap' drain,
and can be used as a plain ice box if you don't want to use the
Adler-Barbour unit. The AC/DC supply panel is also a bit over done, but I
wanted enough space to easily expand.
|The autopilot on Falcon is the Autohelm 6000 with the Type 2 12 volt
rotary drive. It works perfectly, but if you wish to update to the very latest
system, you need only purchase the computer and control head. The
compass and rotary drive work fine. The cockpit speakers are new and
have never been used, though the wiring is connected to them.
|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xr_gi9o1Dk 2013 04 21
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvOG1Fd2u90 2013 04 23
Ben @ 239-248-0027
(phone temporarily off back on in April)
|While this boat is well built, beautiful, comfortable, and reliable, it is not a
cosmetic mantle piece. You will find areas all over the boat where you
can make it look better with sanding, fairing, and finishing.
On the other hand, you can turn the key and start cruising, never worrying
about a scratch here or a nick there, always able to quickly and easily
touch it up 'on the go', so to speak. I spent many years working on other
peoples yachts and built Falcon to require a minimum of coddling. It is a
boat that serves you, not a mantelpiece or shrine to the Gods of Teak.
Still, it is the prettiest boat out there and gets loads of attention.
|The table comes down or goes up in about a minute and is stored
against the forward fore and aft head bulkhead, where it is out of the way
and safe from banging around in heavy seas.
The pivoting desk chair is an old Grady White item that works good, but
is in need of new cushions and upholstery. I am presently stripping off
the armrests and recovering them with the same material on the upper
Falcon may seem plain and uninteresting inside, I hope the buyer will see
it as an opportunity to make the boat their own, with their own sense of
style and identity. Everything is solid and strong and the paint is easily
removed, should you wish, as is the material. Get teak or other veneers
and make your own gorgeous interior. Cut a mermaid or dolphin into the
table leg, or replace it with a solid teak masterpiece. Install picture
frames and favorite photos on the small cubbyhole doors next to the
bunk. Change the outlet plates. Get exotic rugs or cover the cabin sole
with thin teak and holly plywood. As far as the potential to make this a
$100,000 plus yacht, it is here. For me, I only wanted what I found
Moored in the beautiful marina in Boot Key Harbor on Marathon in the
Florida Keys, I spent many perfect summer nights lying on my back on
the cabin, studying the stars with binoculars. One of my favorites was the
great Andromeda Galaxy, only visible as a faint, blurry oval which is the
core of the giant. One night at anchor in the Little Shark River, many
miles from any city lights, I looked up and saw the entire Andromeda
Galaxy. It was unbelievable. I will never forget it.
750 sq. ft
2 - 110 gal ttl
3 - 85 gal ttl
4 cyl Pathfinder diesel
52 HP - 0.66 gal/hr
Edson 14" Rack & Pinion
Garmin 545 GPSMap
Ideal Dual Direction/remote
45 lb Spade w/216 ft BBB
35 lb Delta w/208 ft BBB
|I love sailing. I love exploring and cruising with only the sounds of the
wind and waves, gracefully sliding along picturesque coastlines. I love
pulling into empty remote anchorages, setting the anchor and furling the
sails, then relaxing in the cockpit with food and drink to watch the
shadows grow long as the sun slowly dips to the horizon.
I've always had a soft spot for heavy gaff schooners. Perhaps the
appearance, or maybe the New England Coast where I grew up, but I
knew them to be strong and seaworthy, and able to claw off a lee shore
better than any other sailing vessel. An important feature in my mind. The
most important thing, however, was that she should be roomy and
comfortable, not only to sail and cruise in, but to live aboard permanently.
Falcon does all these things remarkably well, and I love this boat.
However, after 30 years living aboard and wandering around, my hair is
white, my bones are old, and it is time for me to go back home.
| The two pictures above were taken when I'd just finished painting her in
Naples, Florida. They are here to show the shape of the hull and rudder.
|Always sailing alone, and usually without the company of other boats
(don't tell anyone, but I secretly prefer to sail without the need of a
conference to determine when and where I sail or anchor), I have great
difficulty in getting those great shots of Falcon under way. I am lucky
enough to have these three.
|The head is an all bronze Wilcox-Crittendon 51 Junior and works fine.
The company still supports this head and parts are cheap. It is plumbed
to fresh water to eliminate any odor, and only pumps to the holding tank,
meaning never a clog in a hard to reach 'Y' valve. The holding tank
pumps overboard with a macerator activated by a key switch to meet