Wednesday, February 13, 2008

leaving Controleur Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

at port in Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

at home in Port Townsend


S/V Araby for Sale

Model: Chinook 34

Hull number: 53

Hull built: 1967

Year launched: 1972

Built by Yacht Constructors, Portland Oregon. Later called Cascade Yachts. B. Smith

bought five hulls which he completed and sold. This was the last and he kept it

for himself. The cabin trunk is unique for Chinooks, much cleaner lines, not as

boxy as other Chinooks I’ve seen. Araby is very often mistaken for an Alberg, a fine complement, I think.

Length: 34 feet

Beam: 9 feet

Waterline: 23 feet

Color: hull: Navy Blue. Cabin: Seattle Grey. Deck: White.

Hull: Fiberglass 3/8t“ at the beam. Much thicker at the stem. True hand-laid up glass hull.

Deck: Fiberglass on 1 ¼” ply. Wooden boat style. Very strong. Port Orford cedar

stringers (rot proof). New paint and non-skid with the week (Feb ’09).

House construction: Sapille ¾” laminated on ½” ply. 3 portlights and 2 windows each

side. Windows have storm shutters, ¼” polycarbonate.

Companionway: two dropboards. Built ’06. Very heavy and nice. However, I kept the

old single 3/16” ply door as well. It is light and more convenient while in port.

Both can be locked.

Keel: ¾ full keel, centerboard

Draft: centerboard up: 3’ 10”

centerboard down: 6’ 6”

Ballast: 4,000 lb

Displacement: 12,000 lb

Steering: tiller

Vane: NONE. Formerly, it had a Monitor. It worked great and I would fully recommend one.

Autopilot: Simrad Tillerpilot S-15. Not functioning properly

Spare tiller

Self-steering: She steers close hauled with the tiller free in high winds, and a close reach

with a good wind. She also can be steered sheet-to-tiller on a broad or beam

reach. This boat is easy to steer and can be done in numerous fashions.

Rig: sloop

Mast: Aluminum

Boom: Aluminum. It broke between the gooseneck and boomvang (which I was using

as a vang-preventer, which I think caused the strain.) It cracked along a weld. I

plugged the inside and then used a section of mast to sleeve the outside and

riveted it all together. No doubt stronger than it was to begin with.

Sails: Main: My pride and joy! Carol Hasse Co. (Port Townsend, Wa.) 1999. Full

battens, two reefs. Very strong, beautiful shape and the battens are wonderful in

light air. Reefs quickly. Looks a little worn.


2 working jibs. One, brand new. Made here in the Philppines by Hyde sails.

The second is a decent spare fair sail in fair condition. A good backup.

Genoa: 150. Light weight. Old, but still sails respectably. Surprisingly well.

Storm jib: Good shape.

“Hurricane jib”: brand new. Can be used as a backstay’sle (riding sail) as well.

Try'sle track (no sail)


Port and Starboard flag lines.


Standing Rigging: New in ‘07

Lifelines: New in ‘03

Winches: 2 bronze, original in cockpit. Great shape. 2 on mast. Both work great.

Running Rigging: All halyards new in ’06 (minus spin. hal.). The masthead has two

internally run halyards, one for the main, one for the jib. Another, the try’sle

halyard runs over two sheaves, making it a spare main or a spare jib halyard. The

spinnaker halyard is on an external block forward of the masthead. The sheets are

in good shape.

Whisker pole: Originally an aluminum spinnaker pole cut down to size.

Electrical: All wiring, minus mast, was completely refitted in late ’05. Very

professional and safe. Easy to troubleshoot. Well diagrammed. All devises have

separate fuses before running to group breakers. BlueSea Systems DC and AC

panels. A hardwired inverter feeds a power strip where I plug in AC items. (AC

panel is only for shore power and the generator.)

Batteries: New house bank in Feb ’09—ie, last week

Battery charger: 60 amp. New in ’06. Three stage.

Solar panels: 2 - 48 watt flexible panels, mounted like lee cloths on the aft lifelines.

Voltage regulated. They look very nice, very aesthetic (even the color matches

the hull!). These supply 80 - 90 percent of my power needs.

Generator: A Honda EU 1000 provides the rest. I run it about once a month and before

each passage to top up, It is also new in ’05. Great for running power tools ect.

SSB receiver: Grundig Yachboy. I’ve never had much luck with it. Maybe you’ll do

better. Needs a good antenna is all.

VHF: Horizon Standard. New. ’08.

Bilge pump, float switch. Big. Backup available.

Cabin lights: Several LED’s for energy conservation. One twinkles.

Running lights: masthead tri-light. DO NOT WORK. Blew off.

Steaming, spreader lights. No permanent anchor light. (currently).

Engine: NONE! Formerly had a Farrymann 7.7 hp. Could easily mount an outboard

bracket on the stern in lue of a new engine.

15 gal. diesel tank.

15 gal gas tank. Never used. From old gas engine. Could be cleaned and used.

Double Racor fuel filters.


Stove: Hillerange. Three burners and oven. Propane. Easy and safe propane access.

Very nice. Good condition.

Twin ice chests.

Marble countertop.

Fresh or salt water sink. 2 Gusher foot pumps. . I have a diagram to show how to switch

valves to enable the salt water pump to pump fresh water in case of failure.


20 and 15 gallon water tanks. Cleaned regularly. Fiberglass.


Depth sounder. And new spare.

2 compasses: One new in ‘06

Masthead windex

old GPS


35 lb CQR

200’ 5/16th high-test chain.

25 lb Danford. Secondary anchor

2 – 50’ 5/16th sections with shackles.

1 – 200’ 5/8th rodes

Dinghy: Zodiac 9’, PVC inflatable. Removable wood-slat floor. Rows. THIS IS A PIECE OF JUNK. I put holes in it all the time. It still leaks a little. Her name is SEA BISCUiT.


I have sailed this boat for several years and all the way from Washington, USA and mostly alone. She is fast and easy to handle. 120 miles per day was my average across the Pacific.

She and I easily weathered a storm in the NW that had another boat, less than 50 miles away, abandoned by her crew, air-vac’d by the Coast Guard. She heaves-to easily under double-reefed main alone.

I have her rigged simply. I experienced less failures and spent less time working on my boat than most sailors around me.

I have also meticulously organized all manuals pertaining to equipment onboard, all expenditures and receipts, diagrams for electrical and water systems, lists of lines, anchors, sketches of possible interior modifications, and even the original brochure that came with Chinooks back from the 50’s and 60’s.

It is claimed that Chinooks are among the two or three first production fiberglass sailboats. (see Hearts of Glass – excerpt also onboard). Perhaps the first. Regardless this is a classic, first-generation fiberglass sailboat, with fine lines and a sweet feel from the helm.

Araby has been my heart and home for two years. I only leave her because I dream of Antarctica (and perhaps wintering in the ice there). Araby is strong in hull and rig, but I need steel. That simple.

Email me at:

Pictures availible at:

Current location: Zeke’s Yard, Drydock, Cebu Island, Philippines

Phone [+63] 09087788183

My asking price is $12, 000 US

S/V Araby at anchor in Mexico