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Welcome to blue water cruising! Storm Vogel is the real deal. A complete package. This proven and capable blue water cruiser has it all and is ready to go again. Comfortable and safe. Fisheries and West Marine hate this boat: it’s all there including the cleaning gear, tools, paint, fishing gear, charts, spirits, linens and galley ware. The sellers have retired from boating and wish to bequeath this special boat to a couple or family ready to explore the world now!
Amazon steel yachts of British Columbia are well known for their construction quality and blue water capability. Dieter Pollack fabricated this Grahame Shannon design in 1990. The owner fitted out the interior, installed deck gear and outfitted this boat over the course of three years before undertaking an extended circumnavigation and returning to Seattle. Having owned a Pollack-built 51-foot center cockpit cruiser and sold dozens of metal boats, I can attest that Storm Vogel was done right. Initial coatings, proper materials and fitting selection, systems design and installation, and final outfitting are superb. This is a boat that will deliver years of pleasurable ownership and not haunt the next owner with endless maintenance and failed expectations.
Here are a few of the reasons:
Coatings: It’s evident that the initial coating system was properly done by blasting all steel surfaces to white metal and applying epoxy primer, fairing compound and top coats correctly. There will always be some annual touch up and coatings maintenance to a painted metal boat, but with the coatings and fabrications details found on Storm Vogel, this work will be kept to a manageable few days annually.
Bilges: Keeping water from rusting the bilges can be a challenge. Storm Vogel's bilges are absolutely spotless and have sprayed foam over the initial coatings and then topped with painted fiberglass sheathing to keep water far away from steel surfaces. The insulation will also eliminate condensation in cold waters.
Maintenance: Storm Vogel has been superbly maintained. Detailed maintenance logs and records are available. A comprehensive spare parts inventory has been left aboard. All tools and consumables are aboard. The bottom paint was just done by Seaview West boatyard in Seattle in late July 2015. The bottom is smooth, well adhered and without excessive build up. This is as squared away as a boat gets.
Steel: Metal boats are unquestionably stronger than fiberglass boats. Run aground, hit submerged objects, get struck by lightning, get shot at by pirates and you’ll appreciate having a steel boat. The Amazon series of steel cruisers that Dieter built including the 37s, 44PH and some center cockpit boats have successfully plied the far reaches of the word for the last two decades.
Storage: Most boats are designed and built to sell at boat shows. Space sells to the unknowing buyer. A huge galley, wide open spaces, a home sized bed and huge windows may have appeal to the unknowing. But an experienced cruiser realizes that there is a cost to open space. A blue water cruiser needs storage space for spares, provisions, safety gear and belongings. Storm Vogel has copious deck accessible and interior storage lockers and cabinets. A massive bow locker, full beam stern locker and numerous lockers and cabinets will hold all the gear a family might deem reasonable for a circumnavigation.
AB RIB and Kato davits: Any cruiser knows that the proper dinghy and storage system are paramount to happy cruising. The AB 9L is a perfect tender for a 45-foot cruising sailboat. At 79 lbs it is one of the lightest RIB’s made, allowing a couple to drag it up a beach well above the high tide line. The unpainted aluminum portion of the hull is strong and with enough “V” and bow rise to rip through chop. The Kato dinghy davits on the stern allow quick and easy stowage while in port or coastal sailing. The dinghy can be easily lifted with a spinnaker halyard and stored upside down on the foredeck for offshore sailing. And the Kato davits can be swung inboard to minimize overall boat and slip length. Dinghy, outboard and davits are in excellent condition.
Sails and Schaefer Furl Boom: Four years ago to make sailing easier in their advanced years, the sellers added a Schaefer Furl boom and new mainsail along with an electric mainsail halyard/reefing winch. And a new Schattauer full batten mainsail and genoa were purchased. These hand-made highly detailed sails, made in Seattle, are respected for their workmanship. The mast and boom were repainted as well. Schattauer also built the cockpit dodger and full enclosure. Due to her deep keel and ample sail area, Storm Vogel will be fast on passage.
White is right: Dark hulls can be beautiful but difficult to maintain. Storm Vogel is wisely painted white on the deck and hull with a rub rail to protect the hull sides and easily maintained and functional Vetus non-skid traction mat on the deck and coach roof. There is no exterior wood except in the cockpit, which is protected by the enclosure. Go sailing and exploring instead of doing “less than bright” work.
The interior accommodation is accessed from a six step companionway ladder built of varnished mahogany with Vetus nonskid pads on the treads. As befitting a well-built world cruising yacht, STORM VOGEL’s interior is solid, easy to maintain, with vast amounts of storage space in dedicated lockers and cabinets. Materials selection is a combination of white Formica on marine plywood and varnished mahogany, nicely balancing brightness and elegance. A high level of detail is evident with positive cabinet latches, louvered or raised panel locker doors, fiddled counters and shelves, rounded corners, and well-spaced handholds. The cabin sole is a light green/blue linoleum on marine plywood. Large hatches fitted with flush lifting handles provide access into bilge areas for storage and maintenance. Blue green upholstery by Windrose Interiors is original but still in very good condition. The overhead consists of padded white vinyl panels over marine plywood secured in place with wood battens and screws. Due to the sprayed foam insulation on all areas of the hull, deck, and coachroof, STORM VOGEL will be quitter, dryer, and warmer than any fiberglass boat. A check of headroom by tape measure shows 6’ 4” headroom throughout most areas of the accommodation. Red courtesy lights illuminate the cabin sole at night.
The forward stateroom is entered through double paneled doors forward of the salon. Berths port and starboard measure 76” long by 32” wide aft by 20” wide forward. Storage below these bunks consists of top opening bins forward and cabinets with louvered doors in the middle and aft sections. An upholstered, aft facing dressing seat is located forward, between the bunks. Two Hella turbo fans, two opening hull side ports, an overhead hatch, two dome lights, two reading lights, and a heater fan complete this cabin. Louvered, double doors above the dressing seat open to the large bow locker.
The salon features 82” long, slightly curved settees on each side. High seat backs with hinged/angled back boards and sculpted seat cushions make these very comfortable sitting or sleeping berths. Three back cushions and three seat cushions on each side lift to allow access to storage bins below and outboard. With water and fuel tanks located beneath the cabin sole, space beneath the settees is available for storage. Outboard and above the seat backs double door cabinets flank an open bookshelf on each side. A high shelf with fiddles is forward of the settees as well. Two opening ports, two overhead hatches, four reading lights, two dome lights, two vent cowls with interior closure, and a heater fan complete this space. There is no dining table in the salon. The current owners opted for the openness. It would be easy to design, build and install a centerline drop leaf dining table, secured to the mast if one so desired.
The navigation station is forward facing and to port of the companionway. A 24” by 36” chart table sits atop a 3” deep drawer now loaded with nav tools and other equipment one will appreciate not needing to run out and purchase. A leather-upholstered back and seat cushion will keep the navigator comfortably seated for hours. Storage cabinets below the seat, under the chart table, and aft of the seat provide ample volume for ship’s gear. A black faced navigation/communications/breaker panel is located below the deck edge outboard of the chart table. Additional breakers and electrical system components are located beneath the companionway inboard of the nav station. 12V outlets, a flex arm red light, and overhead dome light complete this area.
The galley is located to starboard in the passageway to the aft cabin. Double stainless steel sinks each measuring 10” wide by 14” long by 10” deep are fitted with a Scandvik faucet and mounted forward in the galley. A storage cabinet is below the sink. An Amtek carbon filter cartridge and dedicated tap provide good-tasting drinking water to the sink. A storage cabinet with smoked acrylic sliders is outboard of the sink. A toaster, All-Clad cookware, and 110V outlets are located in the cabinet. A bank of three drawers including a divided utensil drawer is aft of the sink. A gimballed three burner Force Ten-stove with oven is next aft. A stainless steel hood with extractor fan and spice cabinet are above the stove. A cabinet for pan storage is below the stove. A front loading stainless steel lined refrigerator with integral freezer space is aft of the stove. Chocks for storing the companionway washboard are blow the fridge and a cabinet with acrylic sliding doors is above the fridge. An open front hanging locker is aft of the fridge. A dome light, opening side port and task lights complete this space. Access to the machinery space is inboard of the galley.
The aft stateroom has entries from port or starboard; through a locking raised panel privacy door aft of the galley, or through a locking privacy door in the walk-through head/shower to port, aft of the nav station. Berths along the hull sides to port and starboard measure 84” long by 34” wide. Storage under the berths consists of a large drawer, two front opening and one top opening bin. Varnished wood staves run along the hull side outboard of the berths. A 56” wide upholstered bench seat runs between the berths forward of a very large, 26” deep hanging locker with louvered double doors. Two opening hull side ports, two opening ports in the cabin sides, two fixed ports, two cowl vents, and a large overhead hatch will provide natural light and ventilation. A Hella turbo fan and reading light is fitted at each berth. Two overhead dome lights and a heating system fan complete this space. For those demanding a single large berth instead of the two single outboard berths, this cabin would be easy to modify by removing the aft centerline hanging locker where sufficient space is available for a queen-sized berth.
The head and shower are located to port in the passageway between the aft cabin and nav station. Locking raised panel privacy doors are located on each end. A space with vanity, oval stainless steel sink and Scandvik faucet is aft. Double louvered doors access storage outboard of the sink while two drawers and a storage cabinet are beneath the sink. A mirror is mounted on the aft bulkhead. An overhead dome light and opening port illuminate this space. A wood trimmed ring frame divides the aft “dry area” from the forward “wet area.” The “wet area” is fabricated from molded fiberglass with an integral drain pan for ease of maintenance. Curtains fore and aft keep shower water away from the wood doors. A Dometic electric flush head is inboard and also serves as a shower seat. A Scandvik handheld shower nozzle and mixer valve, and Dispenser IV liquid dispenser are mounted above the head. A towel/hanging bar is outboard below the deck edge and well positioned for hanging wet foul weather gear. An overhead light and extractor fan complete this space.
The Grahame Shannon designed hull features an overhanging bow with modest flare. The stern has a traditional transom of moderate deck width. The bow is noticeably higher than the stern as viewed along a flat sheerline. The underbody photos included in this listing reveal a deep fin keel and large, full skeg-hung rudder located well aft.
STORM VOGEL has a white painted hull with a 2” high blue boot stripe. The bottom paint is red and was just coated with new antifouling paint in late July of 2015 at Seaview West Boatyard in Seattle. Hull construction is of welded steel. All surfaces are primed with epoxy and then top coated. The inside of the hull and deck is insulated with sprayed in foam. A rubrail with stainless steel cap is located just below the deck edge on each hull side. A 2” tall aluminum toe rail is fastened to the deck/hull edge on each side. Rectangular holes spaced every 9” in the toe rail assist with drainage and can be used to secure lines, fenders, preventers, and lashings. 27” high vinyl coated double lifelines run between the stainless steel bow pulpit and stern pushpit, supported by stanchions secured into aluminum blocks in the toe rail. Access gates are fitted midships and on the stern.
The deck and coachroof are painted with white linear polyurethane to minimize maintenance. Vetus Happy Elephant non-slip rubberized mat is glued to the decks and coachroof top. Waterways breaks between non-skid panels allow for drainage. The well cambered coachroof is approximately 12” tall on the sides; a proper height for mounting ports while maintaining good ergonomics: easy to step up onto or sit on. Opening stainless steel ports and, overhead hatches and cowl vents provide light and ventilation to the cabin. A large bow storage locker and chain locker is forward. Access is via a deck hatch or through double doors in the forward stateroom. A massive, full beam stern storage locker is accessed through a large watertight hatch in the aft deck. A propane locker with two gas bottles is in the starboard quarter and a second, self-contained locker for “flammables” is in the port quarter; both access through watertight Freeman deck hatches.
Protection from the elements is an important feature on any blue water cruiser and a center cockpit with high coamings is a great start. Finish this off with a well constructed dodger and full enclosure and you’re very close to having a pilothouse. As temperatures warm, remove the enclosure side and back to leave an overhead bimini for shade. STORM VOGEL’s cockpit has high coamings caped with Cetol coated teak. Seats measure 82” long by 22” wide with 10” high backs. Teak slats are raised well above the steel seat plating for drainage. White vinyl cockpit cushion bottoms and backs are accented with blue piping. A Cetol-coated drop leaf cockpit table is mounted to the steering pedestal. At the forward end of the cockpit, underneath the dodger, a custom aluminum sliding hatch and acrylic washboard close the interior. Sailing instruments are mounted over the sliding hatch in a custom anodized aluminum panel. Winches and stoppers for mainsail control are outboard of the companionway.
Pixma color printer
Direct TV receiver and antenna (needs subscription)
Liteon DDA 100GX DVD recorder
Planar 17” flat screen TV on swing out bracket in aft stb cabinet over settee
Bose speakers with subwoofer and two smaller speakers
The systems on STORM VOGEL are well conceived, installed, and maintained. Access is excellent. A maintenance log is available. Extensive spare parts, tools, paints and consumables have been left aboard to make this “turnkey” blue water cruiser. An strong emphasis on reliability and safety is evident. Through hulls are consolidated to one inlet standpipe and one overboard standpipe located in the engine room. Clearance pipe plugs are fitted to the tops of each standpipe. Banjo polypropylene ball valves are used below the waterline and Vetus plastic inlet strainers are located above the waterline. Engine and most auxiliary equipment is located in the engine room beneath the cockpit sole. Engine access is excellent via two doors inboard of the galley opening to 34” wide by 47” high or by removing the companionway ladder for forward access or via a small access door inboard of the nav station. An overhead dome light is mounted in the engine room.