|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. By the way, the loose belt on the raw water pump is due to the fact that
the mount bolts are still out. This pic was taken when new belts were being put on.
|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.
|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).
The beautiful little hardshell sailing dinghy 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 great.
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.
|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
fishery buying houses.
|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. I had a three burner cooktop there, but it was
cheap and I just tossed it. 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 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.
|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
|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.
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 ripple and 'oil can', 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.
|As you can see, the perforations in the desktop facilitated the computer systems I usually keep there.
The extra outlets allow me to set up for temporary work, like whenever I sell the boat.
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 cabin sides.
Of course it looks plain and uninteresting inside, but while some people see this as a negative - they
want a teak palace for the price of a good pickup truck - the buyer will see it as the perfect 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 veneer and make your own teak palace. Cut a mermaid or dolphin into the table leg. Install
picture frames and favorite photos of 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. Do what you want. That's
what I did.
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