Saturday, July 18, 2020

Brigadoon is for Sale

SV Brigadoon
Baba 35 Pilot House Cutter 

Price: $75,000


Brigadoon is a fully equipped blue water cruising boat focused on safety, seaworthiness, simplicity and comfort. Our 2017, 1180 nm, circumnavigation of Vancouuver, B.C and the most recent voyage from Port Townsend, Washington to San Francisco in 2019, proved her mission well.  Interested parties may reach us at svbrigadoon at gmail. 


  • Boat Information
    • Year - 1980
    • Manufacturer - Ta Shing
    • Model - Flying Dutchman 35 (Baba 35) Pilothouse
    • Designer - Bob Perry
    • Hull Length - 35 feet
    • Draft - 5.5 feet
    • Total Length - 42 feet
    • Displacement - 22,500 lbs
    • Cruising Displacement - 26,000 lbs
    • Beam - 11.5 feet
    • Hull Material - Fiberglass
    • Teak decks
    • Factory Stainless Steel dinghy davits
    • Cockpit bimini
  • Rig
    • Mast Height - 54 feet
    • Mast Material - polished bare aluminum
    • Strong Track installed 2012
    • 2017 Refit
      • Completely rebuilt rig
      • Polished mast and boom to 1800 grit
      • Mast stiffener installed at gooseneck
      • New gooseneck
      • All new fittings and hardware
      • All new standing rigging, including mechanical fittings
      • New mast headlight
      • Upgraded to bronze chainplates from stainless steel
      • Installed approximately 44 foldable resin mast steps
      • All new electrical wiring in mast
      • Added “amazing” LED spreader lights
      • Replaced checkstays (ineffective per the designer) with running backstays 
    • Replaced old Barient winches for mainsl, genoa and staysl with Lewmar Ocean winches - 2015
  • Sail Inventory
    • Full suit of cruising sails handmade by Hasse and company at Port Townsend Sails - 2012
    • Mainsail - full batten, with Hasse designed deep double reef
    • Genoa - Schaffer roller furling
    • Staysail - Schaffer roller furling
    • Asymmetrical Cruising Spinnaker (North Sails) including sailbag, lines, and ATN sock (year unknown, condition excellent)
  • Engine
    • Yanmar 3GM30, 27 hp diesel
    • 4100 hours
    • Exhaust elbow new in 2011
    • Dual Racor fuel filtering system upgrade
    • Prop shaft pulled, inspected, and re-installed with new cutlass bearing in 2017 refit
    • Heat exchanger cleaned and serviced in 2019
    • Main exhaust hose run replaced in 2019
  • Steering
    • Manual Cable
      • Dual wheels (pilot house and cockpit) driving separate cables to a custom rudder quadrant
      • Rudder completely re-engineered in 2017 refit
    • Self-Steering
      • Hydrovane purchased and installed in 2017
    • Auto-Pilot
      • Raymarine tiller pilot drives Hydrovane rudder - installed 2017
  • Electronics
    • Radar - Functional LCD Autohelm, age unknown
    • NMEA 2000 network
    • Garmin GPS antenna
    • Garmin masthead instruments
    • Garmin GMI10 Displays (3) installed ~2013
    • AIS Transponder and Display installed 2017
    • Standard Horizon VHF w/AIS with RAM mount in cockpit - installed ~2015
    • Epirb purchased 2019
    • IridiumGo Satellite communication and weather routing
    • Chart Plotter - not included (currently using Coastal Explorer on laptop)
    • Hand held backup VHF radio
    • Clean a Hull ultrasonic hull cleaning system (prevents marine growth
  • House Systems
    • Galley
      • Dickinson Carribean Stainless Steel 2 burner stove - ~2013
      • Dual propane tanks in cockpit propane locker
      • Propane regulator and all hose replaced in ~2013
      • Ice box -- no onboard refrigeration
      • Double deep stainless steel sinks
        • 12v fresh water pump with pull out faucet
        • Manual Whale fresh water hand pump
        • Manual Whale salt water hand pump
    • Fresh Water
      • Capacity - 80 gallons in dual stainless steel tanks
      • All new galley water hoses 2019
      • Fresh water currently disconnected to forward head (reversible)
      • No water heater
      • Rainman 110 volt portable AC watermaker - 2017
        • 40 inch dual RO membranes
        • Runs with Honda 2000i generator
    • Head
      • Nature’s Head composting toilet installed Dec. 2010
        • Electric head, holding tank, valves and hoses removed
        • Thru-hulls retained and capped
        • 4 fluid buckets included
    • Lighting
      • LED throughout boat
      • Brass oil lamps (2) for at anchor
    • Sound System
      • New stereo purchased in 2019
    • Heat
      • Newport by Dickenson diesel cabin heater (functions well under stail)
    • 12v Power
      • 4 Dyno 6-Volt/105 AH Deep Cycle batteries in a series parallel configuration installed 2013
      • Engine Start Battery replaced 2013
      • Automatic charging relay
      • Xantrex battery monitor
      • Xantrex 40 Amp battery charger
      • 200 watts of Renogy solar panels and controller
      • Honda 2000i generator - 2017
  • Interior Customizations
    • Custom Latex mattress with additional memory foam topper
    • Port side settee “snuggle pit” and additional storage (easily reversible)
    • Custom modified salon table
    • Insulated overhead ceiling panels are removable for access to underside of the house roof and forward deck
    • New upholstery and foam in 2011
  • Dinghy
    • Portland Pudgy active rescue system (lifeboat) includes:
      • Portland Pudgy yellow dinghy - 2014
      • Sail kit - 2014
      • Lifeboat canopy kit - 2017
      • Cover
      • Ultra dinghy anchor
      • Sling System
      • Honda 2.3 outboard engine - 2017 (low hours)
      • Electric Paddle electric motor - 2014 (low hours)
  • Ground Tackle
    • Primary
      • Ultra 46 lb stainless steel anchor w/Ultra swivel - ~2014
      • 175 feet of 3/8s BBB chain - 2017
      • 125 feet of rode
    • Secondary 
      • CQR 45 lb 
      • 125 feet of 3/8s BBB chain - 2017
    • Stern Anchor
      • Small Danforth lunch hook with rode
    • Ultra stainless steel stern tie reel with 400 ft poly-pro webbing
    • Anchor buoy and tripline setup
    • Windlass - Simpson Lawrence 555 Sea Gypsy manual 2 speed
      • Completely rebuilt and cleaned in 2017
  • Safety
    • Center mounted off-shore jacklines with associated tether systems
    • Lifesling
    • Pilothouse removable window covers - polycarbonate - 2017
  • Exterior
    • New bottom paint 2019
    • Hull polished 2019
    • Teak deck box
    • All new port light glass and seals installed in 2017 (9)



A new vision...

In 2010, Kerry and I made a commitment to each other.

We were going to purchase a sail boat and live aboard for at least five years.

Five years into that we started thinking about travel aboard Brigadoon and becoming full-time cruisers.

In 2017 we completed an 1180 nautical mile circumnavigation Vancouver Island, which provided us with a lot of experience anchoring and several days sailing offshore.

In 2019 we cut ties with the land as much as possible and took the first big leg and sailed to San Francisco from Port Townsend, Washington.

In 2020, we think it's time to move back to land.

With almost a thousand hours operating Brigadoon in various cruising grounds throughout the Puget Sound and British Columbia, we've learned a lot about teamwork, and self-sufficiency. We've been lucky enough to cruise in some of the most beautiful waters in the world.

Brigadoon is for sale. She sits ready in her berth in Alameda, California, waiting to go to sea with whoever is lucky enough to have her.

As for us?

And's time for a little house or cabin, maybe in the woods, maybe on a river...

One can dream.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Life on the Boat during Covid-19 - a Q&A

Good motto for these times...

Hello Everyone, Kerry here!

I asked my Facebook world if anyone had any questions about our life on the boat during these times, now that we're almost a couple of months into the shelter in place.  So below are some questions I received with my answers and then a few more thoughts at the end.  Hope you enjoy!

Q: Rules about not going boating during stay-at-home?  Does it apply to you as liveaboards or do you have to stay docked?  (Rhonda S.)

Here is a response from the Coast Guard in response to someone who asked about sailing in the San Francisco Bay:

Thank you so much for this question and encouraging members to remember the intent of the county/state orders during this variable time. While there is no federal rule or law that prohibits boating activity, please consult your local public health office and/or local sheriff’s office for the State of California’s and your local city/county’s perspective on this question. 

From what I understand, it’s technically ok to go out sailing with your immediate household members – so no sailing parties with others who you don’t typically share a roof with.  The one consideration is that IF you were to need assistance on the water (engine dies, run aground, etc), then you’d be unnecessarily putting the rescue team at risk by having to come save you.  So far we have decided not to leave our dock as of yet.  We may do so in the next few weeks, we’ll see.  

Outside of simply sailing – there is the question of visiting other marinas/areas and being allowed to come in as a transient visitor – many marinas and public docks have closed to visiting boats.  These will probably start opening up soon depending on the area.

Q: Do you feel freer?  Or more isolated?  Or both?  Being able to just “go” vs. small space, etc…  (Kate K.)

Good question.  I already work from home, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of change for me, although I used to try to get into the office at least once every week or two.  I do feel slightly more isolated in that we can’t just go out for dinner or a movie any time we feel like it.  But other than that, our social life was pretty sparse already.  😊  We are doing just fine keeping each other company and we’ve been sharing this small space for almost 10 years now, so we’re pretty used to it.

To answer the question about just being able "to go"...  things have changed quite drastically in the last few months.  Cruising to other countries – is simply not an option right now.  We have been following stories of cruisers who are out on the ocean, in the middle of multi-year circumnavigations who are having a hell of a time finding a country who will let them in.  I feel so lucky to be here in Alameda, safe at a US dock where we can get all our basic needs met relatively easily.

Q: Do you feel more or less isolated from friends and family during this period in comparison to normal?  How is your marina handling this period? (Katya S.)

We’ve had no change in isolation from friends and family – I talk to my mom every Saturday morning and that hasn’t changed.  My dad called me twice in three weeks, and that was a pleasant uptick in connections with him.  I’ve made it a point to reach out to a few people to connect through video chat, which has been fun.

Our marina has been great.  We love the staff here (although one of them did get laid off a couple of weeks ago…) and other than asking that no one show up at the office in person unless you need to pick up a package, they haven’t shut down in any way, really.  There are only about 10 liveaboards here I think – and we don’t even know most of them other than by sight.  It’s a peaceful, quiet area mostly and it feels like a safe compound to hide away in.

Q: What was hard to get used to at the beginning? (Louise P.)

So, this is rather ironic, but before Covid-19, we were ordering our groceries delivered to us at the marina and could usually order and get delivery on the same day.  As soon as shelter in place went into effect, the delivery windows disappeared, and we couldn’t get delivery less than a week or more out.  SO…   we now need to go out for our groceries.  We don’t have a vehicle, so we use our bikes and a bike trailer we got used for $25 after we arrived here.
We typically go out about twice a week to stock up because we need to get ice for our ice box anyway (we’ve never had refrigeration on this boat) – so we buy and ration groceries accordingly.

The other big change we experienced immediately was around our laundry process.  When we first arrived in September, we were pleased to discover a fairly new, clean, laundry room on site.  Pricing was decent and we could walk our laundry to and from the boat easily.  Then in January, the laundry room lost its gas hookup due to construction and we were informed that we could use the washers, but it would be cold water wash only, and the dryers no longer worked.  There was no projected end to this state of affairs, so I found a nearby laundromat about a mile away and we started using our bikes and bike trailer to get our laundry done once a week.

Fast forward to March 15th – our last time at the laundromat – with me using gloves and freaking out inside anytime anyone came even close to me.  We discussed our options and since warmer weather has officially kicked in down here, we made the call to cold water wash here in the marina laundry room and hang dry everything on the boat.  Because of limited drying space, I now do laundry twice a week – one load per time.  I have to say that sun dried clothes are kind of nice!

Laundry drying in the sun

A Typical Day:
  •  I get up and shower (public bathrooms at the marina)
  •  I play with my phone and start working around 9am up on the chart table in the pilot house
  • Donn gets up, makes his coffee, looks at his phone
  • Donn makes breakfast for us both
  • I wash dishes
  • Donn works on boat or bicycle maintenance
  • End of day – we settle in to watch the news
  • Donn makes dinner
  • We watch a movie or show
  • Donn showers later in the evening
  • I wash dishes
  • Bedtime

Weekly Chores:
  • Fill water tanks (this happens about every 10-14 days)
  • Laundry (2x per week)
  • Pee buckets (we have a composting head/toilet and we need to empty pee buckets into the marina bathroom toilets) (1x per week or so)
  • Groceries (2x per week)

 We’ve also slowly been working on some bigger “home” projects during the last couple of months… some of these include:
  • Seasonal clothing swap – move clothes from under our bunk and swap out with cold weather clothes
  • Clean and organize various storage areas/lockers
  • Bought a new mattress topper and installed it (this involved cutting it to fit our bed space)
  • Bought, cut, and installed new non-skid carpeting for our stairs leading down inside

The Not-So-Easy Stuff

Sometimes it’s easy to list the facts and tell the straight stories…  but I’d be remiss if I didn’t share some of the ugly stuff too.  For example – my exercise mostly happens when it’s a side effect (biking for groceries, or carrying and hanging laundry) – although I do try to get in 1-2 good walks in the marina every day.  I have also been indulging in junk food like a typical 12-year-old with no common sense.  As of this week, I’m making an effort to slow that habit way down – we’ll see how it goes.  😉

I am currently about 5 years or so into peri-menopause as far as I can tell.  And the mood swings, when they happen, are not helped by our current predicament.  I tend to feel like the world is crumbling around us.  On the plus side, I’m married to a man who gets it and loves me and doesn’t mind holding me when I need to cry it out.  He’s a good one.

Overall we are “Holding Fast” and keeping an even keel down here on our little boat.  I have SO much to be grateful for, I thank my lucky stars every single day.  We have a home.  I have a job which pays me a decent income.  We have each other.  We live in a lovely place with everything we need an easy bike ride away.  I hope you are staying safe and making it through all this the best way you know how.  Love and light to you all!