Thursday, 21 September 2006

Maggies details

Magna Carter
1976 Dick Carter 3/4 Tonner
Length 33' (10m)
Beam 12' 7" (3.7m)
Draft 5' 7" (1.65m)
Single deep fin in Lead

Maggie is a mast head rig with single spreaders, with a single backstay and babystay both with wheel adjusters to set rig up. She had the sails, mast and standing rigging replaced in 2003 with Hood sails and Selden mast, which is keel stepped. The main is fully battened and on bearing cars with a lazy jack system, and the genoa is furling 150% on a Hood furler, with a foam luff and UV strip. Both sails are in excellent condition. The main has 3 full reefing points, with 2 permanently setup back to the cockpit allowing the sail to be carried into very strong wind conditions, important for safety. There are also included a number 1 through 3 hank on Genoa's and a storm foresail on a seperate wire bolt rope, These are all in very good condition, especially the storm sail which is as good as new. Finally, there are 2 spinnakers, a tri-radial number 1 and a lightweight ghoster. The boat is fully rigged with the appropriate spinnaker handling gear including guys and sheets, pole, uphaul and downhaul. Below decks we have completely re-upholstered her in 2005, including fitting new back cushions, and rebuilding the forepeak to create additional berths and stowage space. She has 7 berths, configured as 2 saloon berths (excellent sea berths with lee clothes fitted), 2 pilot berths (also excellent sea berths), a double in the forepeak, and a quarter berth by the chart table. Overall she is large for her size and age, with full standing room in the main saloon, and is very spacious for her period, certainly more than many of her contemporaries, or within her price bracket. The chart table is capable of taking a half folded admiralty chart, along with large stowage space in chart table for charts, etc. Fitted by the chart table is a spare Magellan GPS, along with a switch panel, a Nasa Navtex unit new in 2006, a radar, Raymarine 20XX, which is a 4KW radar with 24nm range, plus MARPA ready if a fast heading compass is fitted, as well as a Raymarine ST50 log, depth, and analogue wind instrument. There is also a stereo FM cassette player with two speakers in the main saloon. The VHF is also fitted here, and is a Navico 6500S with a masthead aerial, and an additional speaker also out in the cockpit. The main GPS is Garmin also fitted at the chart table, but on a stainless steel bracket that allows it to swing out into the companion way so that it can easily be seen from the helm. The whole chart table has good lighting, plus red lights for night vision. The galley is to port and has a Neptune cooker new in 2004, with twin burners, grill and oven. Alongside this is a decent size coolbox, to which we fitted a compressor fridge unit in 2005, and is sufficiently effective to freeze things when turned right up. The boat has an allin one shore power unit that we fitted in 2005, which provides an onboard 240V circuit, as well as a 3 stage charger for all the batteries, step charging and then trickle charging to maintain their condition. All outlets, both 240V and 12V are through circuit breakers with RCD capability. The system is then wired back through a galvanic isolator to earth, protecting against galvanic corrosion. (again new 2005) The engine is an Albin AD2 diesel, which is original, yet has been well maintained, and starts first time, and runs very well. It has an 8Gallon fuel tank in stainless steel, and we also have a 5 gallon jerry can as a backup included. The engine runs through a gearbox to a shaft sealed with a Deep Sea Shaft seal, and is exhausted through a Vetus exhaust system. Spares are readily available for this engine, but we have several spare new filters, both oil and fuel, spare impellors, fan belts and a complete set of injectors included. The whole things drives a 1" shaft with a 2 blade propellor, fitted with a stripper rope cutter for added security, and that drives Maggie at a comfortable 5kts cruising speed. Fitted in the engine compartment is an Eberspacher Airtronic D2 blown air heating system (current model), with a single oulet into the saloon. This is capable of warming the whole boat in a short time, and can be used while at sea as an added bonus. The batteries are housed beneath the aft ends of the saloon berths. The engine start battery was new in 2005, and is a 102Ah starter battery, There are two domestic/service batteries, both of which were new in August 2006, and are carbon plate 105Ah deep cycle batteries designed especially for multiple charge-discharge routines. Also, there is a 75Ah emergency battery to support either the starter or domestic batteries as neede. All these are charged by the shore power charger unit, and are connected via isloation switches. There is a cleverly constructed wiring system for these, via a Diode isolator system that ensures that they can never be accidentally disconnected from the engine (and hence damaged) and yet and combinations can be brought together as required. This is shown in a wiring diagram that also details schematically the wiring for the whole boat, all of which is comprehensively labelled for easy trouble shooting. Further to the shore power, Maggie also has an Aerogen 4 wind generator on a pole on the transom, supplying charge through a regulator unit that also prevents overcharging the batteries. This is extremelly effective in providing enough power for basic needs, and is very quiet in operation. As a final source of power, there are two Siemens solar panels mounted on the pushpit that can be isolated as required. On the deck, Maggie is fitted throughout with Treadmaster ensuring a safe surface when at sea, and has enormously wide side decks which are both safe and easy when you need to go up top, or for sunbathing when at anchor!. She has genoa cars both sides that are on long enough tracks to allow any of the sails to be set properly, important for safety. On the coachroof is mounted a 4 person liferaft, which was new in August 2006, and has a 4 year service interval. behind this is the sprayhood which provides good protection from the weather. The cockpit is split into 2 sections, a helmsmans well where the tiller sits, and a passenger well. Neither have traditional style seats, but instead very wide decks upon which you sit and that provide enormous amounts of seating space. We like this arrangement as it keeps the tiller clear of the crew (great if you have kids). The cockpit is fitted with two 3 speed 44 winches for the genoa and 2 slightly smaller 2 speed winches on the coachroof by the clutches for control lines and halyards. The control lines and halyards are led through clutches that were fitted new in 2006, along with new deck tidies to keep line runs neat and tidy. There are also rope tidy bags, and winch handle pockets fitted in the cockpit. In the passenger cockpit is a large locker, with the gas locker inside (which drains overboard) and hols a 3.9KG propane bottle with space for all the fenders, buckets, warps and miscelleaneous bits that collect. In the helms cockpit is a larger locker that opens into the stern of the boat in which we keep the shore power lead, and various other bits and bobs. There is a large selection of warps and fenders included in the sale. On the foredeck is a Simpson Lawrence electric windlass, with a foot operated switch as well as manual capability with a 25lb original CQR, 20m of chain and 20m of warp stowing to a dedicated anchor locker in the bows. and the anchor on dedicated chocks or stowed on the bow roller. In the helmsmans cockpit is a Raymarine 1000 autopilot that allows easy handling short handed or more relaxed passage making. in front of this, in the bulkhead is a new Plastimo bulkhead steering compass, and the otherside a Raymarine tridata repeater, allowing all the instruments to be seen in the cockpit simultaneously, with a large display for those with slightly less than perfect eyesight! The boat has a traditional port and starboard light on either side of the pullpit, a new stern light, and a steaming light and deck light on the mast, as well as an anchor light that plugs into a power supply on the stern. There are 3 bilge pumps, two manual whale systems one in the saloon, and one in the cockpit, and an electric bilge pump on a float switch under the main saloon floor. The galley is well fitted with stowage space, as is the rest of the boat. In fact there is an enormous amount of stowage space for accumulating your nic nacs! There are two large stainless steel water tanks low down in the boat for stability, with large inspection hatches for easy cleaning. The heads are forward, and is a large Jabsco, which was new in 2003. There is also a seperate vanity basin, storage for toiletries and a large wet locker to keep wet clothes and oilies to avoid soaking the boat. She also has two horsehoe safety buoys. Throughout she has large cleats that are capable of carrying substantial loads for safe mooring, towing or general usage. She has a large number of other miscellaneous items that will be included such as jackstays, flag halyards, a new ensign staff and radar reflector. In fact everything you need to get sailing immediately. Finally, her handling. Maggie is a Carter 3/4 Tonner. They are reknowned for their safe sea manners. She handles a big sea with ease, is a delight in a steady breeze, and has a lovely feel when at the helm. She is more than capable of handling anything thrown at her, and will carry on long after the crew have given up! She is built extremely solidly, with thicknesses in excess of 1 1/2" in places, with a skeg protecting the rudder, and hence is a safe solid boat. Yes she's 30 yrs old, and isn't perfect, with the odd scrape and scratch, along with the usual round of filled holes, but she's in pretty good nick overall for her age, and very well maintained and cared for. You will find (as we did when we were looking) that it will be difficult to find a boat with more space, storage and dependability for the price. If you want a boat for family sailing, the extra space Maggie offers will be hugely appreciated. I'm sure i've missed things, and i'll add them as I think of them... but please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. If the above isn't enough (phew!) then read this blog. There are pages and pages of details and pictures regarding where we've been with her, what work we've done, and how we've found her to handle and sail. You'll not find a more open view of a boat than here!

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