Fayaway is our second home on the water – a 1996 Pacific Seacraft 40.
After owning and sailing other boats on many voyages we have evolved our definition for our optimal cruising boat. Craftily “built like a brick $hithouse”, Fayaway’s hefty angled fore-foot rides comfortably through a bigger seaway and yet her shorter-aspect rig allows a decent compromise for decent pointing and general sailing performance characteristics. She’s by far the roomiest (and slowest tub we’ve owned in terms of PHRF ratings), but fastest (in terms of achieving ocean passages).
Fayaway’s Selected Specs:
- Displacement = 24,000 lbs (before we load up!)
- Overall = 42.2 feet (12.8 meters) not including vane & anchor)
- Waterline = 32 feet
- Beam = 12.5 feet
- Mast height: 55 feet
- Draft = 5.2 feet (Scheel)
- Ballast = 8,600 lbs
- Sail area = 846 square feet
- Cutter-rigged, slab-reefed main and headsail furlers
- Rigging: SS wire w/ dyneema runners & topping lift; lazy-jacks
- Basic Sail Inventory:
- 125% Genoa, main, staysail, asymmetrical spinnaker
- Auxiliary Propulsion: 50 hp diesel; 3-blade feathering MaxProp
- fuel: two tanks: 70 & 25 gallons
- water: two tanks: 65 and 45 gallons
- Batteries: 400 Ah LiFePo4 (house) & 100 Ah AGM (start)
- Power Sources:
- 170A Balmar alternator
- Solar: 750W
- Instruments: Various MFDs, AIS (B+) (Not tied to any proprietary system – multiple systems for redundancy)
- Principal navigation tools: Garmin/Navionics. (but I’m a fan of Aquamap on the IPad). Sextant & paper charts for redundancy.
- Offshore communication: IridiumGo! (with Garmin InReach redundancy)
More about Fayaway:
We know very little about her early history, having purchased her from the second owner. Fayaway (not her original name) is one of the first built at the original west coast factory (hull #4).
Planning a maiden voyage east into the Caribbean, the original owner had her shipped from Fullerton, California to Miami. Shipping was paid by the factory in exchange for her unveiling at the 1996 Miami International Boat show – perhaps a first appearance!
Fast forward a couple decades… While returning from a summer cruise around the Maine coast, our original Fayaway (Wauquiez Pretorien 35) was (too quickly) under agreement for sale to a lucky new owner. We suddenly found ourselves highly motivated to find a new place to live. Only the second out of twenty other boats considered, we found her early-on in our search, residing in the not-so-attractive “left out to pasture” section of a boat yard. Her recently-removed, deeply-tarnished shrink wrap had been haphazardly strewn nearby onto the wet grass. Rigging, located remotely and uncovered, had corrosion and lichen growth throughout, and her high-quality Harken furlers, blocks and winches were somewhat frozen due to serious need of cleaning. The seller was attempting to spruce her up after sitting on the hard for more than 15 lonely years!
We saw the brighter side: her original gel coat has 15-fewer years of UV penetration, displaying a relatively youthful finish; she’s built of the highest quality construction. This boat checks all of our boxes. Due to her condition of being unused for 15 years, pricing was attractively lower relative to comparable boats. But this one still has many unknowns. What could be wrong after sitting so long? Does the engine run? Just imagine the condition of any fuel left in the tank! Do the instruments work? Batteries were obviously long-ago expired, and many upgrades would be required. Early in our search at first viewing, we just weren’t sure yet, and decided to keep looking.
After a few months of not finding “the boat” we came back to the yard for another look and this time fell in love with her. So the next chapter began in February 2021. Read the blog to find out more!
Fayaway – the name:
We must dedicate a brief owing to the literary source from which the name Fayaway is derived: From the nineteenth century novel Typee by Herman Melville, Fayaway is a beautiful South Pacific island native woman who accompanies Tommo during his “captivity”. Read the book, as I can’t possibly describe her as well as Mr. Melville!