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Old 21-01-2018, 20:32   #1
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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cruising - Pacific
Boat: Ohlson 38
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1970 Ohlson 38 - serious cruiser or one or two

The Romany Star is for sale

1970 Ohlson 38 Hull 114 laid up by Tyler in England under Lloyds supervision and finished in the Ohlson yard in Sweden.

Romany Star is a fully prepared and fitted-out ocean cruising boat. She has been the love of my life for 28 years, and at every opportunity I have used the highest quality supplies and workmanship I could find. The cabin is completely customized for two people to cruise comfortably and safely anywhere in the world, and to sleep a guest or two at anchor. The compact galley is set up for foodies, with space for every ingredient and tool you could want and a way to hold it still at sea. Storage space has been maximized to carry six months of food, and a truly huge array of spare parts and supplies. All interior and exterior lights are LED, many of them dual color for night vision, and there is a slide-mounted flat-screen monitor for movie night. All varnished wood is bright and beautiful, and the cockpit teak is grey, soft and non-skid as it naturally should be. Quality-of-life details like fans and cupholders making living aboard a joy.

Every system on the boat is designed for safety and comfort while ocean voyaging. The anchor is big enough for tropical storms, with reinforced cleats to take the load. There are reinforced chain plates for a drogue on the stern. I built the hard dodger strong enough to dance on, and the windvane steering and electric tiller pilot controls are led forward to the dodger to keep the watch dry. I built a custom padded curved watch seat for the companionway. The decks are surfaced in Treadmaster for maximum grip at sea, with hardware for jacklines and an upper lifeline. Every locker and drawer has an effective sea lock so everything holds safely still even in a potential knockdown. I built handholds throughout the boat. There are well-engineered shade and weather awnings for all weather conditions to encourage daily use of the large cockpit, and extra large drains to keep it empty. I have constantly added and tweaked designs to make this a perfect offshore boat for a couple or solo sailor. This boat is ready to continue her cruising life to distant shores with the next loving owner.

Equipment list

Beta Marine BD722 20 hp 2100 hours
Includes factory double alternator optio (40A & 120A)
Offshore spares kit included: Starter, Alternator, Injector Pump, Injectors, Exhaust Elbow, Fresh & Raw water pumps, gasket set and much more

Light Main - Morrelli Custom - 3 reef points with Antal reefing blocks - New 2017
Heavy Main - Morrelli Custom - Cut to hoist of normal first reef - 2 reef points with Antal reefing blocks - New 2017
125 Genoa - Morrelli Custom - Radial cut medium weight - On forward Furlex roller - New 2011
Solent - Morrelli Custom - Heavy 80% flat cut - On aft Furlex roller - New 2017
Cruising Spinnaker - Morrelli Custom - 1.2 oz Dacron conservative cut - New 2010

Alps 316 stainless 9/32 wire - New 2016
Hayn swageless terminals - New 2016
Hayn turnbuckles - New 2011
Furlex 200S - Headstay & Solent - New 2007 & 2017
Andersen 46 ST - primaries - New 2009
Andersen 28 1 ST & 1 standard - halyard - New 2009
Andersen 12 1 ST & 1 standard - spinnaker, furling & boom brake - New 2009
Baldor Boom Brake

Ground Tackle
25 kg Rocna with 300' 5/16 HT chain & 300' 3/4" Mega Braid
20 lb HT Danforth 50' 5/16 HT chain & 200' 5/8" Mega Braid
55 lb 3-piece Fisherman 50' 5/16 HT chain & 300' 3/4" Mega Braid
Various snubbers, kellet & chafe gear
Maxwell VWC1200 Windlass

450 watts solar - New 2016
Morningstar solar controller - New 2016
4 Trojan T145 Plus batteries - New 2012 - Test at over 90% initial capacity - Well maintained, should last another 5 years
Magnum 1000 Watt Inverter Charger - 120 volt system - New 2012
Mastervolt Charger - 220 volt system - New 2017 - Note: the 220 volt system is only for charging; the boat is wired for 120 volt
Magnum Energy Monitor

ICOM IC-M402 VHF with Command Mike in cockpit
ICOM 706 MKIIG HAM still one of the best ever made
SGC Antenna tuner
SCS PTC-USB with Pactor III license
B&G Speed & Depthsounder
Vesper Marine AIS
Furuno 1623 Radar
Garmin GPS 120 at nav station and GPS 126 in cockpit (both interfaced to USB at nav station)

Big wave proof hard dodger with 1/2" acrylic windscreen
New rudder and Jeffa rudder bearing
Fresh barrier coat & three coats of Micron 66 - March 2017
12 vdc refrigeration - belt driven high efficiency compressor and two holding plates - makes ice
Dickinson Caribbean 2 Burner propane stove - New 2017
Groco HK bronze marine head
Webasto Hydronic heater
Water heater - 110 volt & engine heated
PUR 80 watermaker
Flemming Windvane steering
Navico TP30 Tillerpilot (3 ea plus spare parts)
Radar reflectors (2 ea)
Aqualarm visual & audible alarm system
Plastimo Liferaft - New 2015
Achilles HB-270FX Fiberglass floor dinghy - New 2016
Nissan 9.8 2 stroke outboard - not new but ALL hard anodized and always starts
Galerider drogue
Spares and spares and spares - way too much to list

Currently available in Opua for $87000 USD or in the Fall '18 on the US West Coast. Very sad to see this long chapter end, but it's time to go ashore. The boat is currently set up to go anywhere in the world, I had hoped for at least ten more years of cruising, and made everything ready. Plans . . . sigh

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