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Refit#1—A Trans-Atlantic Boat For Less Than US$100,000

When the work is done.

When the work is done.

Mia and I bought Arcturus, a 35′ Allied Seabreeze Yawl, built in 1966, in the spring of 2008. I was 24 years old. It was the first boat I’d ever owned, and we had big plans for her.

I was long-inspired by reading about Hal Roth’s adventures in his Spencer 35 Whisper, a very similar design from the same era, and thrilled to hear that Arcturus’ previous owner was actually tennis buddies with Roth before his death, and that Hal had actually been aboard Arcturus (Cybele as she was called then) when she was based near Oxford, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

A Classic

The boat was gorgeous when we bought her, cosmetically like-new, like a restored classic car. She was one of those ‘minimally-equipped’ boats, a great platform on which to start fresh.

She sported new upholstery down below, freshly oiled teak and painted bulkheads in the classic Herreshoff style, Awl-gripped topsides in Oyster white, dark red boot and cove stripes, beautiful non-skid on deck. I’ve always been a sucker for classics, and Mia and I fell in love with her when we first saw her hauled out in the boatyard in Oxford.

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Meet the Author

Andy Schell

Andy is passionate about sailing, and refitting three boats for ocean sailing has taught him a lot about systems and gear, and how to prioritize, optimize and simplify them for crossing oceans. He holds both USCG Master Mariner and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean credentials. He has been published in SAIL, Yachting World, SpinSheet and other publications. Together with Mia Karlsson, his wife and partner, he runs 59 North, Ltd., through which they offer offshore sailing adventures, host a podcast, and do boat deliveries.

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