Designed by Roger Marshall and built by Brooklin Boat Yard in 1993, LUCAYO has provided her owners with many years and miles of sailing enjoyment.
Under her current (and original) ownership LUCAYO has cruised from her birthplace and home port in Brooklin, Maine northward to Newfoundland, south to the Caribbean, east to the Azores and just about everywhere else in between but always returning home to be maintained and thoughtfully upgraded by Brooklin Boat Yard.
LUCAYO is now stored here at Brooklin Boat Yard awaiting her next owner's adventure's.
Designer: Roger Marshall
Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard
Construction Type: Cold-molded, Wood-epoxy
Year Built: 1993
LOA: 47’, 11”
LWL: 40’ 3”
Beam: 13’, 5”
Draft: 6’, 3”
Displacement: 32,000 lbs.
Rig Configuration: Masthead Cutter
Sail Area: 1084 sq. ft.
Tankage Fuel: 265 Gallons diesel total (3 tanks)
Tankage Fresh Water: 160 Gallons total (2 tanks)
Propulsion: Hybrid Diesel / Electric
LUCAYO's hull is built in the WEST system of cold-molded wood & epoxy. This is a modern hull shape with a moderately shoal fin / bulb keel with skeg hung rudder. The decks are marine plywood over fir deck beams, sheathed in fiberglass cloth and overlaid with solid teak on the deck, cabin top cockpit seat locker tops and cockpit sole. The cockpit is sheltered by a hard dodger and a bimini that extends forward from a purpose built radar arch. The transom is a “sugar scoop” design making for easy boarding from dinghy or Med-moor docking.
The topsides color is red with white boot and cove stripes. The decks and cabin top are primarily teak accented by a bold red stripe over a light gray background on the cabin sides.
Furthest forward is chain locker accessed from on-deck and thru access door in forward cabin.
Next aft is forward sleeping cabin. Berthing is a V-berth configuration with a V-berth filler cushion to convert the two single berths to one double berth. There are storage shelves above and outboard of the berthing platform and additional storage below each berth. Natural light and ventilation is provided by an opening overhead Lewmar hatch and additional light and ventilation is provide by LED reading lights, overhead dome light and fans located at the head of each berth. The interior spaces of this forward cabin are finished off in the Herreshoff style of white laminate bulkheads, overhead and joinery picked out by varnished mahogany trim and hull interior. The cabin sole in this area and throughout the boat is constructed of varnished teal and holly.
Immediately aft of the forward cabin is a passageway leading aft to the main saloon. To starboard of the passageway is a storage area consisting of a hanging locker out board with counter space and bin storage below closer in to the passageway. To port of the passageway is the forward head. This head (and the aft head) is equipped with an Airhead. The Airhead is a composting toilet that eliminates the need for any salt or freshwater plumbing, thru hull fittings and holding tanks. Other equipment and features of the head area include a stainless steel sink basin, hot and cold pressure water for both sink and shower use, manually supplied (foot pump) cold fresh water and plenty of storage either under the sink basin counter or behind sliding mirrored doors. Natural light and ventilation is provided by an opening overhead Lewmar hatch with additional electrical LED lighting. The entire forward section of the boat can be made a private suite by closing the door between the forward areas and the main salon.
Next aft is the main salon area. In this area there is a large drop-leaf dining table on center-line flanked on either side by full length settees. The seat backs of the settees fold up to allow access to storage areas behind and there is additional storage areas and bookshelves above and outboard of the settees. Light and ventilation is supplied by 2 overhead Lewmar opening hatches and 5 opening ports in the cabin sides. Additional ventilation comes from 2 fans and additional light is supplied by 4 LED reading lights and 2 LED overhead dome lights. As in the rest of the cabin sole is of varnished teak and holy and the interior joinery is finished in the Herreshoff style. Also in the main salon hidden away in a locker is an apartment sized clothes washer, a very nice feature for those cruising long distances.
Aft of the main salon (to port) is a utility & systems room. In this room is located the propulsion battery bank, electrical systems, fuel systems and water making equipment.
Also aft of the main salon and slightly to starboard is the forward of two companionway ladders. This ladder (and hatch) allows for access to and from the forward and main cabin areas of the boat and exits onto the deck just forward of the fixed / hard top cockpit dodger. One nice feature of having this additional companionway is that persons can exit or enter the boat without having to disturb anybody who might be sleeping in the aft cabin. Tucked underneath the companionway ladder and also outboard (to starboard) of the passageway leading aft are the galley areas of the boat. Immediately under (and aft) the ladder is a large countertop with a double basin stainless steel sink supplied with pressure hot and cold water and manually (foot pump) supplied cold fresh water. Above and below the sink counter is generous storage for glassware, dishes, cutlery and dry goods. Opposite the passageway to the aft cabin and out board to starboard is the other half of the galley area with additional storage space, a Broadwater 4-burner propane stove (with oven) and under-counter fridge and freezer chilled using a Frigeoboat refrigeration system. Besides being accessed from the galley counter the refrigerator area can also be accessed way of a large vertical door making it easy to reach the bottom shelves.
Through a door at the after end of the galley one enters the owner / navigator’s suite. There is a companionway ladder leading aft to the cockpit just off centerline (to starboard) that allows for good communication between the navigation station and helm.
To starboard of the companionway is the after head area which (like the forward head) is equipped with a stainless steel sink basin, hot and cold pressure water, manually (foot pump) supplied cold fresh water, shower fixture and sump and an Airhead composting toilet. To port of the companionway is a large sit-down navigation station and aft of the navigation station is an over-sized double berth.
LUCAYO’s auxiliary power system is a diesel / electric hybrid propulsion system installed by Brooklin Boat Yard. Essentially this system uses either generated or stored electrical power to drive an electric motor. Power is generated by use of a Fisher Panda 18 Kw diesel generator which can either supply power directly to the electric motor or to a large bank of batteries used to supply stored power to the electric motor(s). The electric motor(s) turn a shaft that is part of a Sail-Drive propulsion unit with a 2-blade folding propeller. In the owner’s own words here is more about this quiet, innovative and economical system
“We now have a 144-volt DC propulsion system consisting of an 18-kw Fischer-Panda generator (genset) with automatic controls from Vessel Monitoring, Inc., and two 4.5-kw Homewood Products drive motors on a common shaft. We also installed a bank of a dozen 12-volt, 100 amp-hour AGM batteries so that the generator needn’t run all the time. LUCAYO is now driven by 960 pounds of batteries that can be recharged either by shore power, the onboard generator, or by allowing the electric motors to run backwards under sail as a generator. Solar and wind power can be added. Fuel conservation comes from running the genset periodically at its optimum load, then shutting it down and running on battery power. The 18kw generator is smaller and lighter than our old 74hp diesel propulsion engine, but because of it and the batteries, we have probably added 500 pounds overall.
“We have been very happy with the performance of the new system, and we have learned a great deal about the differences between it and a traditional internal combustion engine. Electric power needs no warm-up time. In neutral, the power is totally silent because the motor simply is not running.
“Our former 74-hp Westerbeke diesel’s fuel consumption was about 1-1/2 gallons per hour, giving about 4 mpg at 6 knots. Now, at 6 knots in flat water, LUCAYO operates at about two-thirds of her former diesel fuel use, with the generator running for a bit under an hour, then shutting down and the batteries taking over to continue to power us for another half hour. In this mode, LUCAYO now can travel about nine miles on 1.5 gallons, getting 6 mpg, a 50% improvement over the old diesel.
“If we set the drive motors to get all their power from the generator, at flank speed she goes 6.5 to 7 knots and consumes about a gallon and a half per hour— about the same as the old engine, but we go a bit faster. This probably gets us about 4.6 mpg. Not much improved, but this top speed is rarely used.
“The big payoff came when we tried motor-sailing. While running at throttle settings of about 4 knots, the beauty of the hybrid system really kicks in. Now the generator runs for around half an hour and the batteries take charge for about an hour and a half. This makes for a total of eight miles of ground covered with 5/8ths of a gallon of diesel, or giving us 13 mpg. Thus, our installed tankage could give us nearly 3000 miles of range.
“Powering into a strong head sea or wind is slower than in past years, partly because the propeller is smaller than specified (we’re reusing the old folding one), but largely because we just don’t have the massive horsepower of the diesel. She is still a sailboat after all.
“Pollution is supposedly improved about 80% over straight fossil fuel. The generator is running at its most efficient speed so it is giving off fewer pollutants than a large engine being run slowly. Also, there is no transmission to soak up horsepower. Since the generator is not attached directly to the hull, and because of the inherent silence of the electric motors, noise and vibration are minimal. It is a pleasure to be aboard under power now, a fact that we enjoy even more as we get older.
“A boat built to use a hybrid system would cost more than one with conventional power, but it would save on fuel— thus requiring less tankage for the same powering range—and be more environmentally friendly. Our system looks like it would have cost about 50% to 100% more than just a new engine. With the generator off, LUCAYO is almost silent while operating. One has to take the speed gauges on faith because the silence makes it seem like the boat is not moving as fast as she is. In harbor, we usually maneuver in stealth mode—no generator—which makes for good crew communication in tight places.
“Would I do it again? Definitely yes!”
Mainsail (fully battened, 3 reefs) and mainsail cover
130% Roller furling genoa
110% Roller furling genoa
Forestaysail (hank-on) and ready bag
Cruising spinnaker with snuffer sock
Removable isinglass windows for hard dodger
Double spreader, mast head rigged, cutter configuration
Sparcraft painted (black) aluminum mast and boom
Stainless steel rod rigging with stainless steel turnbuckle adjusters
Inner and outer headsail stays
Facnor electric roller furling for inner and outer headsails
Quick release inner forestaysail stay
Mainsail lazy-jack system.
Storm trysail track.
GMT carbon fiber spinnaker / whisker poles (2ea)
Lewmar (inner and outer) genoa tracks and cars
Lewmar traveler tracks and cars for mainsheet and self-tacking staysail
Lewmar stand-up turning blocks and Harken organizers bring most halyards and all reef lines back winches and rope clutches located on the aft cabin top for easy reach from cockpit.
Primary Cockpit: Harken 60, 2-speed, self-tailing, electric powered
Secondary Cockpit: Lewmar 58, 2-speed, self-tailing
Sail Control Cabin Top: Lewmar 48, 2-speed, self-tailing for main halyard, yankee halyard and staysail sheet. Antal rope clutches (3ea) for line control.
Sail Control Cabin Top: Lewmar 40, 2-speed, self-tailing for main topping lift and (3) reef lines. Antal rope clutches (3ea) for line control
Sail Control Cabin Top: Lewmar 54, 2-speed, self-tailing for main sheet. Antal rope clutch (1ea) for line control.
Sail Control Cabin Top: Lewmar 40, 2-speed, self-tailing for vang, staysail halyard, pole lift and (3) reef lines. Antal rope clutches (5ea) for line control
Sail Control (port and starboard of mast): Lewmar 48, 2-speed, self-tailing. Antal rope clutches on mast for line control.
Ritchie helm compass
KVH digital compass
Garmin 3006C GPSMap Plotter
Garmin GPSmap 478
Icom IC-M802 SSB
Icom IC-M602 VHF
Iridium Sat Phone
Acer Aspire AX3990-ES10P Computer
Versapoint and Microsoft wireless keyboards
Planar PL1911M Monitor
Additional Planar monitor for cockpit display
Vesper Marine AIS
Comar CSB200 Class B AIS Transponder
12 Volt DC ship’s system
110 Volt AC shore power system
Fisher Panda 18 Kw, 144 Volt Genset (1,000 Hours approx.)
Lighting Batteries: 4ea, AGM, 250 Amp hours each
Propulsion Batteries: 12 ea. AGM, 100 Amp hours each
Custom circuit panel for all ships systems
LED lighting throughout the boat
265 Gallon total capacity (diesel) stored in three tanks.
Tanks located under master quarter berth (aft to port) and in cockpit sail lockers (aft to starboard)
Tank fills located in the cockpit area.
Tank usage selection made by fuel manifold located in aft head locker area.
Racor fuel filtration system
160 Gallon total capacity (freshwater) stored in two tanks.
Tanks located under settees port and starboard in main salon.
Additional water supplied by watermaker.
Electric hot water heater located in utility room
Pressure water system supplies hot and cold pressure water to sink basins / showers in two (fore and aft) heads and galley sink.
Manually supplied (foot pump) cold, freshwater at head and galley sink basins
“AIRHEAD” composting toilets in both forward and aft heads.
Stainless steel, double-roller anchor roller / stem fitting.
Primary Ground Tackle: Rokna 30kg anchor with 200 ft. of 3/8” chain.
Fortress anchor with chain and rode
Herreshoff Fisherman anchor with chain and rode
Whale Gusher manual bilge pump (cockpit operated)
Edson high-capacity manual bilge pump (operated from down below)
Rule 500 GPH electric / automatic bilge pump
P.O. Box 143
Brooklin, ME 04616