-- ESTATE SALE --
At her new "giveaway" price of $299,0000 CDN, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a stunning Bill Garden design! "The Ghillie" is a truly remarkable two-masted schooner launched in November 2008. Her lines are from the drawing board of renowned naval architect, William Garden, and was meticulously built by the present owner as a labour of love. She was designed to be comfortable under sail or power, fast and easily managed as a single hander. Viewings for this outstanding vessel only by appointment, please.
“The Ghillie’s” hull is constructed of epoxied [West System] red cedar, 1 ¾” x 1¾”bead and cove on Douglas fir backbone and laminated fir frames. For decking and cabin tops, tongue and groove yellow cedar was used as an interior headliner with plywood laminated on top. To make a water-tight seal and for extra strength, hull, decks and cabin tops were covered with 17 ½ ounce bi-axial fibreglass. Thru-hulls are limited in number and to help eliminate electrolysis, only Marlon thru-hulls were used. As a precaution to damage by grounding, there is a 2” x 10” gumwood “shoe“ which extends about 20’ along her keel. Professional painters were employed to spray her topsides and cabin with white Awlgrip paint.
The interior arrangements are spacious with a blend of light and dark woods – birch, maple, fir and for trim and contrast, black walnut. An extremely hard South American wood, Timborana, was used for the cabin sole. There are nine 5” x 12” opening bronze ports throughout the main cabin.
The layout of her interior comprises of a double berth in the fore-peak, to starboard a large head with tiled walls and marble floor. Opposite on the port side is a wide Pullman berth. To starboard is a large double berth stateroom. Amidships to port is the main salon with leather upholstery and large African Rosewood table. Opposite to starboard is the large galley with double sink, granite counter-tops and a Dickinson “Adriatic” diesel cook-stove. A large counter-topped storage cabinet and refrigerator/freezer units are to port.
Beneath the sole with it’s lift–up floorboards are the three water tanks – 145 U.S. gallons – and the 35 gallon holding tank. The “glass mat” house and engine starting batteries are also located here. One electric bilge pump is located on centre-line forward at station #2. A second electric bilge pump with two float switches is located in a sump at the lowest point by station #7. In an emergency, the macerator pump for the head can be converted to also pump the bilge.
Amidship to aft are three easy steps into the pilothouse. On the port side is the helm station with Kobelt engine controls. Behind the helm seat is another seat by the chart-table and electrical panels. To starboard is a hanging locker and 10 gallon hot water tank which is heated by shore power, the engine or by the cook stove. A five foot upholstered seat extends to the aft bulkhead. Fuel tanks, 1 – 135 Imp. gallons, 1 – 120 Imp. gallons, are located on the port and starboard wings. The galley stove feeds by gravity from either tank.
A plexi drop-board and double teak/glass doors open to the large u-shaped cockpit. The outside Kobelt engine control is located conveniently next to the hydraulic helm. Port and starboard seat lockers offer ample storage, however, lifting the floor lid accesses an extremely large storage area. Below this floor is access to the PSS Dripless drive-shaft and engine transmission.
The long fibreglass-covered bowsprit holds a double sided gypsy and roller for chain/rope and anchor. In its raised position, the anchor snugs up gently to the dolphin striker stay. The deck-mounted Maxwell 3500 Windlass with gypsy and top mounted drum has foot activated buttons. The cockpit steering box as well as the inside helm station have remote anchor controls. The 66# Bruce anchor secures to 250 feet of high tensile chain.
The sliding “booby hatch” provides light, air and an emergency escape exit from the forepeak berth area. A spare 55# anchor is secured on deck chocks between the hatch slides and near the chain locker vent.
Side decks are of a generous and unobstructed width from the foredeck aft to the cockpit as well as continuing around the cockpit. A teak u-shaped pin-rail at the foremast gives practical points for securing halyards and holding other lines. A stainless wire life-line extends fore and aft on either side, with pelican hook openings for easy boarding passage.Teak grab rails on cabin tops give extra security when moving about the decks. The main cabin top is gently cambered for water run-off and, as with the main decks, are patterned with Awlgrip non-skid. Stainless cowl vents to port and starboard provide fresh air to the interior below. A large double-opening teak framed skylight is located centre-line amidships. The pilot house entry sliding hatch is cambered smoked plexi-glass, providing extra light for the already well lighted interior .
Eight large hawse ports and eight large bulwark mounted cleats give security to her ¾” mooring lines. Port and starboard deck drains by her 6” high bulwarks lead to outlets just above the waterline. When heeled at sea, eight scuppers per side allow seas to drain overboard quickly. The broad bright varnished rail cap adds attractive accent to “The Ghillie’s” graceful sheer line. At her stern are deck secured stainless/teak davits capable of holding a 10 ‘ dingy. The corresponding teak arch has a recessed stern navigation light as well as a courtesy light facing downwards into the dingy.
Standing rigging throughout consists of generous sized stainless steel wire rope. Shrouds are ½” while the stays for each of the three Harken furlers are 3/8”. The dolphin striker wire is ¾”. All terminal fittings are “Navtec”. Rigging was completed after launch by “Blackline”, a prominent local marine business. The sails were measured and made by “Storch”, a long established Vancouver sailmaker. [Bill Garden was impressed by their quality.]
Both main and fisherman tracks are by Harken, as well as most of the blocks for the double braid running rigging. Chain plates are 3/8” stainless. The masts, 63’ and 48’, are laminated first growth Douglas fir and have 3” hollow cores. There are spreader lights, port and starboard on each mast. Both masts are mounted on large gumwood blocks, secured in place by large “tongues”.
The engine is a Yanmar 4JH2-UTE, 4 cyl. turbo rated at 100 horsepower. The transmission is a KBW21G. Both engine and transmission are well maintained and have been trouble-free. Average fuel consumption has been about 1 gallon per hour. The horsepower is more than is needed to move “The Ghillie” at her mathematical hull speed of 8+ knots. On one of her first sails, with just the jib and mainsail raised, her speed was recorded at 8.2 knots while at a comfortable angle of heel. The 1 ½” aluminum/bronze shaft turns a 22” x 11” right hand “Campbell Sailor” three blade propeller.
WEBSITE: A dedicated website, designed by the builder and owner, is located at www.theghillie.com
ARTICLES: During construction of “The Ghillie”, WoodenBoat published an article about Mr. Garden called “Mr. Garden’s Neighbourhood” which featured three of his designs being built locally at that time, “The Ghillie” being one of them (June 2002 issue, p.40). Western Mariner, a west coast publication, included an after-launch article (August 2009 issue, p.35).
(“The Ghillie’s” predecessor, “But and Ben”, was featured in WoodenBoat magazine, issues May/June 1982, page 114, and September/October 1984, pages 96 + . William Garden’s book, “Yacht Designs 2” contained a chapter on her, page 32.)
1955 Swartz Bay Road
Sidney, BC V8L 3X9