This website tells stories of places we have been and people we have met. However, it is also a tribute to our boat. We cannot imagine this experience on a boat other than Passage. She was game when we were not. She was strong when we were weak. She kept on going when we doubted our ability to do so. She is a remarkable boat.

We bought Passage in 1998 with plans of going cruising in the near future. She was in good condition, and all she needed was “just a little paint and varnish”. We proceeded to rebuild every inch of her. No structure or system went untouched. The result is a truly beautiful boat that sails even better than she looks.

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Welcome Aboard

We were extremely happy with Passage, and we were proud of the work we did on her.  Here are some pictures of what she looks like. 

Come aboard and have a look around.

On Deck

Below Deck

Haulout from Hell

Some who have seen our work on Passage have said that we rebuilt her ‘from the inside out’.  Unfortunately, in 2004, we did a haulout in which we essentially rebuilt her hull below the water ‘from the outside in’.


Our gear inventory is rather extensive, so we have organized it in to ten categories.  Those categories are:

  • Westerbeke 60 hp diesel with 205 amp alternator
  • Yanmar YSE8 diesel with 100 amp alternator
  • Cruising Systems 100 amp alternator (spare)
  • PSS shaft seal
  • Max-Prop three blade classic propeller
  • Bauer air compressor
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Dual Racor 500 MA fuel filters
  • Ample Power SMART regulator
  • 2 Balmar multi-stage regulators – ARS III (spare) and ARS-4
  • Guest #2433 galvanic isolator
  • Three 8D AGM batteries and starting battery
  • West Marine battery combiner #150
  • Heart Interface Freedom 10 inverter charger
  • Heart Interface Link 1000 monitor/control panel
  • Pro Mariner ProTech 1220-I 220 v battery charger
  • Six solar panels totaling 390 watts
  • Specialty Concepts ASC solar charge regulator
  • Two Phocos solar charge regulators
  • Air Breeze wind charger
  • Nexus instrument package
  • Furuno radar #1715
  • Icom M-802 SSB radio
  • Icom AT-140 automatic antenna tuner
  • Icom 502 VHF radio with Commandmic at helm
  • Icom M-72 handheld VHF radio
  • Coretex Fax4 weather fax
  • Garmin 152, 126, and 12 GPS
  • Vespermarine Watchmate 850 AIS transponder
  • ICOM IC-4008A FRS radios
  • Canon BJC-85 printer
  • Pactor III modem
  • Built-in computer & monitor
  • Weems & Plath electronic barometer #4002
  • Iridium 9505-A satellite phone
  • Nexus Linear Drive HP-40 autopilot
  • Windpilot Pacific windvane
  • Raymarine ST1000 Tillerpilot with remote
  • North Sails full-batten main with Antal car system
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Jibs: 140% #1, 100% #2, 80% #3
  • Staysail, storm staysail, trysail
  • New wires 2010 and Sta-Lok fittings
  • Lewmar 2-speed self-tailing winches — 2 48s, 3 44s, 3 40s, 1 30
  • Furlex jib roller-furling system
  • Harken staysail roller-furling system
  • Garhauer rigid boom vang
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Anchors: 44 lb Bruce, 65 lb CQR, FX-37 Fortress
  • 600’ 5/16″ high-test chain
  • 600’ 5/8″ nylon
  • Maxwell VW2200 electric windlass
  • Magma roll stabilizer “flopper stopper”
  • Spectra Catalina CT-300 watermaker
  • SuperStor water heater
  • Shurflo series 8000 refrigerator pump
  • Shurflo 2093 Silencer fresh water pump (hot/cold pressure water)
  • Fresh and salt water foot pumps
  • Scandvik shower (dedicated shower where aft head once was)
  • Whale Gulper 220 shower sump pump
  • Scandvik hot/cold cockpit shower
  • Raritan PHII toilet
  • Shurflo Blaster series salt-water washdown pump
  • Whale Gusher Titan manual bilge pump
  • 2 Rule bilge pumps with float switch and alarm
  • Edson high volume manual pump
  • Seaward Princess LPG stove/oven
  • Samsung 110v microwave
  • Racor WFA12 series drinking water filter
  • Grunert Polar Mate refrigerator
  • Frigoboat keel cooled refrigerator
  • 2 20 lb aluminum propane bottles in aluminum locker
  • Fireboy Xintex S-2A propane.CNG fume detector
  • Xintex CMD-3M marine carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector/alarm
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Fireboy FE241 automatic fire extinguishing system (engine room)
  • Lifesling overboard rescue system
  • Forespar MOB equipment launcher (with pole/flag, horseshoe, drogue, strobe)
  • McMurdo Pains Wessex Guardian MOB system
  • ACR Vecta-II radio direction finder
  • Galerider 36″ drogue
  • Para-Tech 18’ sea anchor
  • ACR Global Fix 406 G-PIRB
  • Two ACR ResQFix personal locator beacons
  • Avon MK IV 6 person life raft
  • Hard dodger & bimini
  • Custom boat canvas throughout
  • Achilles LSI-96 inflatable dinghy
  • Yamaha 8C outboard engine
  • Yamaha 2 hp outboard engine
  • Magma marine bbq
  • Force 10 diesel cabin heater
  • Built-in reverse cycle heating & air conditioning
  • Alpine TDA-7563 FM/AM cassette receiver
  • Alpine CHA-1214 CD changer
  • Bose Acoustimass-3 Series III speaker system
  • Sony SRS-Z750 speaker system
  • Sony XS-MP1620W cockpit speakers
  • Pyle PLRTD 17″ monitor/DVD player
  • Hella fans throughout
  • Peter & Nell – Passage’s new owners on their first sail

    New Owners

    In 2016, exactly one year after completing our circumnavigation, we sold Passage.  She is a fine cruising boat, and we did not want her to sit idle in a marina.  We wanted her to get out again and do what she does best – sail.

    We sold her to a couple on Oahu with plans to go cruising and probably circumnavigate.  They were the first people to look at her, and they were immediately smitten.  We hope she will be loved by them as much as we loved her.