Endurance 35 Needs New Home
Our decision to build the Endurance 35 was based on a long list
of positive factors:
1) It was the winning design in an international competition
for the ultimate all-weather cruising boat capable of going
anywhere and being handled by a small crew. We wanted a
boat large enough to do whatever we wanted, to be a liveaboard,
and yet small enough to be easily handled. The design parameters
matched our desires perfectly.
2) It had received good reviews in "Yachting" and
"Motorboating and Sailing", and had been featured
in Arthur Beiser's book The Proper Yacht
3) It had a number of attractive layouts
4) It could be rigged either as a ketch or cutter
5) It had already proven itself worthy of the title Endurance,
and I wanted a boat capable of high-latitude sailing
6) My wife, Jean, however didn't enjoy being cold and wet, so
the inside steering station not only gave us a steering backup,
but warmth and comfort.
7) Jean was in concrete research, so we knew exactly what ferrocement
is capable of, and it was our material of choice. Besides some
bad publicity about backyard ferro boats, we knew both good
and bad boats could be built in any material. The end result
was the product of the perseverance and standards of the builder,
not the material.
Having chosen the boat, however, we decided to take a short-cut
and had the hull built by Ferro Boatbuilders in Maryland. They
obtained the plans from Peter Ibold, the
designer, and did the hull and deck as an integral unit, eliminating
the worrisome hull-deck joint. Lab and engineering tests were
done on the materials and pieces from the hull at each stage.
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Both because I'm a safety-at-sea
fanatic and it was to be our home, we went with only the best
equipment and materials---silicon bronze, 316 stainless steel,
diesel, Edson steering, Dickinson stove/oven/heater, teak outside,
Harborlite, white oak and cherry inside, etc. The hull was faired
using the same materials used on America's
Cup and most other one-off boats giving us a finish to rival
any quality hull.
Then reality intervened. The boat was about half-completed when
Jean was diagnosed with Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She'd
had pneumonia 8-years in a row
and her health was deteriorating much too fast. Finally, the
doctor gave her a choice. "Have your affairs in order or
be out of the Mid-Atlantic area before the coming winter."
We moved to Florida, leaving our home to our oldest son and
abandoning the boat. We've been in Florida ten years, Jean's
health has improved, but we still can't escape the
fact that she'll never go back to sea for any time, we'd never
live aboard, there'd be no high-latitude sailing. In short,
we and the boat are unfortunately traveling separate paths,
and it makes sense to let her go to someone who can complete
her and realize her potential.
In November, our son decided to sell the house, so we moved
the Endurance to near St. Augustine, Florida, giving me the
change to get her back in peak condition. Right now her value
is estimated at $125,000. I have $28,000 in the hull, tanks,
shafts, rudder, engine, etc., and over $55,000 available in
materials and equipment, a lot of what's needed to complete
assembly. I'll let her go for $12,000 for the hull and pieces
integral to it (bulkheads, sole bearers, tanks, installed ballast,
custom stainless work, rudder), or $16,900 for that plus installed
engine and bed, shaft, panel, stainless aqua-lift muffler, wiring
harness, etc., or $28,000 for everything. A complete 4-page
list of equipment and study package is available.
James R. Neal
4275 Flagler Estates Blvd.
Hastings, FL 32145