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Old 11-02-2014, 14:50   #1
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Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Hello All,

I'm looking to share any and all information with regard for the Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter.
I currently own hull #9 of 33 and would like to share experiences with other owners of this wonderful vessel.
I am new to this forum, so please bare with me in navigating around it. I will be more than happy to post pictures of her "Kyrie Eleison" as soon as I can.

Thank you,

John
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Old 17-02-2014, 06:13   #2
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Hey John, welcome to the forum, one noob to another!
I'd love to see some more pics of your boat ( I'm not familiar). It seems as though you're experiencing the same upload-to-post challenges that I am.
Look forward to seeing more...
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Old 21-02-2014, 17:44   #3
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Hello Les,

Thank you for your response. I will post more pictures of Kyrie as I have the time to do so. Do you happen to own one of these fine vessels? If so, congratulations. If not, put it on your to purchase list.

I understand they (Aquarius) did not produce many (33) in total, depends on whether or not they started as a TopSail 32 or Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter.
Mine was of the TopSail variety and number 9 on the production line.

I've been very fortunate to have purchased Kyrie from her previous owner and also talked with the second owner who originally brought her back from almost ready for the graveyard to a state of pride to all her owners then and now. (Thank you Chuck and Gerry)

Thank you and look forward to reading from all who are so fortunate to own this unknown but very proud classic.

Cheers,

John
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Old 21-02-2014, 18:00   #4
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

A very pretty vessel indeed.
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Old 21-02-2014, 21:00   #5
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Great looking boat!

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Old 21-02-2014, 21:07   #6
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

My cousin owned a Aquarius PC 24 called Ole Moses. He went up and down the ICW and loved the boat. It was sadly lost in Hurricane Fran or Bertha.

Yours looks 5000 x better that Ole Moses did.
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Old 22-02-2014, 16:24   #7
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@satdiver, I am saddened by your cousins loss of Ole Moses. This is the kind of information that breaks my heart knowing one of these sweet vessels are no longer able to sail the seas. If you get a chance can you share your story with Krogen42. you can find him online under Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter owners group.

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Old 22-02-2014, 16:25   #8
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Great looking boat!

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Thank you very much Joel, I have more pictures on the way

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Old 22-02-2014, 16:28   #9
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John,

That's a cool name. Thank you for the comments and I'm looking forward to sailing her to Hawaii someday. What a great adventure that will be.

Cheers,

John, SV Kyrie Eleison
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Old 22-02-2014, 16:44   #10
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To all,

Here are more pictures of Kyrie's Interior.

Thank you for looking

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Old 04-03-2014, 15:04   #11
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John,

Your vessel is looking great!

I've owned Zella Belle for a bit over a year now. Hauled out last year to replace all of the thru hulls, bottom job, topside paint (white to black), glassed in old speedometer thru hull, converted wheel back to tiller, and many more projects. Currently "re-modeling" the galley and working on standing rigging. Removing my head stay furling as well and putting a hydrovane on. They are absolutely great boats, looking forward to some cruising on mine soon.

My interior lay out is the "C" option I believe. Previous owners converted stbd qtr chart desk to full sea berth. Still has the original MD7A, doesn't appear to have been re-powered but has been taken care of.

I'm very interested in exchanging some knowledge on these boats. Did you have custom cheek blocks made for your rudder? I'm looking to beef mine up.

Cheers,
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:44   #12
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@BuffaloPistol, I bought Kyrie in Jul of 2013 and most of the repairs and mods were done by two of the previous owners. I can ask about the rudder.
I do have a question for you about your SV, You have floor plan "C", did that come with a marine head? hard to tell in the photos online. I'm curious as to the location of the holding tank and its size.

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Old 13-03-2014, 13:47   #13
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John,

Yes mine was designed with head. It had an old 12 gallon tank under the forward berth. I have a 1" intake thru hull on the stbd side and a 1 1/2" discharge thru hull on the port side. The vent is on the stbd side as well just below the rubrail forward of lower shroud chainplate.

I replaced the tank with similar size made by ronco. Also, replaced the head and lines while I was at it just for good measure. Ronco makes great sturdy tanks. The head is on the stbd side in its own space with a closing door.


The old tank was held in by gravity...I have the new one held down with rubber bungee straps, it doesn't budge and hopefully it's strong enough. If someone else has any other good ideas or references to how holding tanks should be held down it would be appreciated.

Hope this helps.
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Ahoy Kris,

Thank you for sharing information with regards to the marine head install. Looks really clean and tidy. If the bungee cords are working for ya, then I'd leave it. However, in the rough it could bounce about, but it better be one rough ride on the water.
The Head and Holding tank are on opposite sides of the bow area? Or do you think I might have enough room on the port bow side for the full install?

Thank you

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John,

Do you have forward thru hulls? My head is on the starboard side in it's own space. Here are some pictures from when I was looking to buy the boat. The holding tank is under the forward berth. The hold can easily fit a 12 gallon tank, you could probably go a little bit bigger but I think 12 is large enough for me.

If you don't have the thru hulls already installed then I would probably just research getting a composting head or continue to use whatever you have. May not be worth the haul out and hassle of drilling new thru hulls.
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