|A roll of brand new 8.4 ounce Dacron Supercruise white sailcloth, 54 inches wide by 27 yards long, to
make the new Mainsail (using the existing one as a pattern). And, a roll of brand new Sunbrella Pacific
Blue Marine fabric, 60 inches wide by 8 yards long, for new sail covers and shades.
I will also leave with the boat, the Sailright Ultrafeed LSZ-1, with the Monster Wheel and all the upgrades,
plus hundreds of dollars of extras, like special trim feeders, brackets, rolls and rolls of sail and canvas
threads, dozens of new needles, and on and on. Replacement value for all the Sailrite stuff alone would
be around $2000, but without a boat, what use is it to me? It is a machine about 15 years old, but these
are beautifully and ruggedly made and it works great. For you, this is about all you need to begin your
sewing business here in the tropics, and I am serious.
|For years I ran a Ferris 120 amp alternator and it did pretty well. When it failed, I put it into storage and
put the original alternator back on the engine. It works fine, but does not have a tach output. The old
Ferris can be rebuilt, but it does not have an internal regulator and needs one of the Balmar external
regulators to both work properly and provide a tach output. To get the most out of it, I designed and had
machined a pair of multi-belt pulleys for the engine, as such items are simply not available. My cost, for
the stock and the work exceeded $400, but they worked perfectly. I will leave these pulleys with the boat -
they are a pure bolt-on accessory - and the new owner can make whatever upgrades he want to the
alternator situation. My suggestion is to get the complete Balmar 165 Amp alternator with the Balmar
MC612 regulator, then add 3 size 8D deep cycle marine batteries to the big battery box (presently
empty) beneath the cabin sole.
|Here is the Garmin 545 GPSmap I have been using, and below is a picture of the cockpit VHF. It is just
a West Marine low end VHF. Both items were mounted beneath the solar hardtop and when I removed
that, these too ended up in storage. They will be on the boat when it sells. As far as where and how they
are mounted, that will be up to the new owner. They both work fine.
|I have two of these seats and of all the things I have ever bought or done to make cruising for endless
hours relaxing and comfortable, nothing compares with these seats. I put them on the deck on either side
of the cockpit and stretch my legs out forward. These are the best I have ever found and they are like
new. Just a little dusty from the storage locker.
|This dinghy can also accept a small outboard. I would think 2 to 3.5 hp, but it might then be required to
be registered. I vastly preferred the exercise and quiet of rowing. The two life vests below go with it.
|Falcon's hull is 33 feet long by 12.5 feet wide and she draws just under 5 feet, fully loaded. 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.
Falcon is a schooner. She has an 8 foot bowsprit and 3 feet of boom overhang for a total length of 44
feet. The additional ballast has bumped the total displacement up to about 20,000 pounds, with full tanks.
Right now she has about 7700 pounds of ballast. All the ballast in Falcon is cast-in lead.
|The photo above was taken over a year ago while on my way to the Florida Keys. Since then I have
moved around Florida and up the East Coast to Jacksonville, then followed the St John's River 30 miles
upstream to Green Cove Springs, where the boat is now. I have always lived aboard and
completed/improved the boat as I moved around, never in much of a hurry as my priorities were safety
and comfort more than presentation.
Through the years I have tried various ideas I thought might improve one aspect or another. The truth is,
the hundreds of hours of research and design work I originally put into the boat, never needed
correction, only some of the daily live-aboard minutia: where to mount battery switches, cockpit seats,
how to best utilized storage (still a big question mark, though there is plenty of storage space on board).
I did have a fine 10.3 foot RIB with a mercury 9.9HP outboard. The thing was fine, really, but I could find
no reasonable way to tow it or stow it aboard. It had to go. The beautiful little hardshell sailing dinghy I
replaced it with has been awesome. I used 5 1/2 foot oars for the first few years. They worked okay, but
JUST okay. I recently replaced them with some new 7 footers. These are a tad clunky near the boat and
working your way around tight spots, but in open water, to and from the boat, they are also awesome.
You can darn near tow skiers, and what I like best is the way they take the fear and desperation out of
rowing in high winds. These things rock. As far as how much they help you stay in shape, that goes
The dinghy nests easily on the cabin roof and, other than a minor vision forward hindrance when sitting
in the center of the boat, it is never a problem. I use the foresail throat halyard to hoist it aboard (it only
weighs about 75 pounds, even with full flotation) because it makes it so easy to do. I keep a 25 foot 1/2"
polypropylene line connected to the bow to tie it astern at anchor, and tie the bitter end of that line to the
toe rail when launching the dinghy. All I do is stand it up on its transom on the toe rail and push it
overboard. Splat! Ready to row.
|I have finally finished all the details on the boat and given her a fresh coat of paint, inside and out, and
have removed all my belongings and much old or irrelevant stuff.
All the specs are above with my contact information. If there are any questions Please feel free to call or
email. I will be advertising this boat in as many places as I can and hope it does not linger too long on
Falcon has been documented since 1991, as a pleasure vessel with a fishery function, meaning if you
would like to take advantage of various fishing seasons to catch and sell certain species, such as Giant
Bluefin Tuna or Striped Bass, you only need get the appropriate licences, put 12 to 18 inches of fresh
ice in the bottom of the cockpit (covered with plastic and thick comforters) and head out at about 3 AM
to be ready to fish at first light. Fishery Documentation makes it legal for you to sell your catch at all legal
fishery buying houses. Or whatever you call them. Take my word for it, they're easy to find.
|Above is the 8" heavy, cast bell, and below the alternate ships wheel. They can be changed in about a
minute or two. I went for the other wheel because the thought of throwing my groin against this one in a
heavy seas made me think twice,
|In the pictures above you can see the cooking surface and the storage are beneath where I used those
square storage jugs available from Walmart to hold rice, lentils, oatmeal, beans and other dry foods.
Worked perfectly, never had a problem. The back splash behind the cooking surface is just aluminum
flashing from Home Depot. It cleans up quickly and easily and lasts 3 to 4 years, then peels right off and
is easily replaced. I had a cheap propane cooktop bolted down on the shelf for many years. It worked
fine but was played out and I just tossed it.
|The cover below is just a piece of material. 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. It is good for 9 cubic feet, though the box is
only 6, more than enough. This has always been flawless.
The AC/DC supply panel is also a bit over done, but I wanted enough space to easily expand for
whatever may pop up in the future, like Hoverboard charging or something.
|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 expensive servo work fine.
|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xr_gi9o1Dk 2013 04 21 Continuing South
(Heading south in the company of friends, I got pictures of Falcon sailing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvOG1Fd2u90 2013 04 23 Continuing South
(Two days later in a nice breeze, Falcon hits 7.4 knots)
Ben @ 239-248-0027
|I just love winter? Don't you? Jumping out of bed in the middle of the
night to see that first snowfall of the year. The way it changes how
everything looks and smells. That's just great.
|Then, sooner or later, winter does what it always does.
|And it becomes time to dream about other things in other places.
|This is my boat, Falcon.
|After almost 30 years of living aboard and sailing around, I have buffed her
up and put her up for sale.
|In my late sixties and looking at 70 too soon for me, it is time I sell her and move back to
New England with my family.
If you've been dreaming this dream and 'waiting until you are ready', I tell you now, do not
wait any longer. Whatever reasons you have for fearing you will somehow fail, should you
drop whatever you are holding onto and come down here to move aboard and start cruising,
I suggest those fears feel bigger in the imagination than they do in reality. The most
common regret I have heard in my years of cruising is, "I am sorry I didn't do this sooner."
And that is God's honest truth.
I made money by helping others on their boats, climbing masts, sewing damaged sails and
building special items for others. Before you know it, you will have too many customers and
too much work and have to do what all of us who choose that path do, duck and hide, avoid
more work so we can relax.
|I use cheap bath towels for 'rugs' as they are easy to snap the dust and sand out of, wash and stow
quick and easy, and can be replaced by any of a million colors at any time to alter the feel inside the
Make no mistake - while this boat is enormously 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. You can toss the towels and replace them with expensive rugs, Have
tanbark sails professionally made, and replace the perfectly reliable and efficient Volkswagen Pathfinder
engine with a $14,000 4 cylinder Yanmar. All the main components of the boat will happily accept
whatever upgrades you feel you must do.
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 YEARS working on
other peoples yachts and built this to need a minimum of fussy coddling. It is a boat that serves YOU,
and not the other way around.
|This dinghy is one of the very oldest and original Dyer Midgets ever built. Unlike the later models with
embarrassingly thin layups that 'oil can' like the phrase implies, it is stiff and incredibly strong. Of course,
that means it is a little heavier than the others, but still only weighs about 75 pounds. I built and installed
three big foam blocks for flotation, and used a popular idea of substituting 1 1/2 " white plastic hose all
around for a sheer bumper.
|While the short, light oars in the picture below worked great in tight areas and were easy to use, after
some years I found them to be a bit desperate while trying to get around in blustery conditions. They are
gone and have been replaced with a new set of Caviness 7 footers.
| Below are a full set of signal flags and a Bosun's Chair. There are also signaling horn, flare gun, distress
flag, etc, etc, on board.
|Two Items I intend to keep, which are available in the right circumstances, are my two aluminum Propane
tanks, newly re-certified, and my Balmar 165 Amp alternator with accompanying external MC612
programmable regulator. I can use both of these items in the future, but will consider including them if the
price I get for the boat warrants it.
|Thank You for looking and considering this boat.
Ben @ 239-248-0027
I will also consider including the
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