The owner bought this boat in 2007
General condition and any additional information
After many seasons of faithful service, our girl, Grasshopper, is now on offer. We feel so disloyal, but we have moved up to a larger keelboat. We are just her second owner. Her original owner sailed her for 14 seasons; we have 10 seasons aboard, though we are shamed to admit there were three seasons when we didn’t wet her keel. We have trailer-sailed her, moored her for brief stretches, and kept her on a dock as a weekender/liveaboard. We have taken her on multiday cruises and afternoon day sails. She’s easy to handle, and, with her swing keel, let’s you drive her practically onshore to go exploring.
We undertook many projects last year assuming we would continue to sail her for several more seasons. However, we caught a rather unexpectedly case of 2 foot-itis and acted on it last fall. Both owners have added many upgrades during our stewardships. She is no barebones vessel, but had benefitted from dozens of upgrades to make her a cut above others of her model. She’s in sail-away – or trailer-away – condition.
It’s hard, frankly, to list all of the improvements while we have had her, but here’s a go at reviewing her many features and what she’ll come with:
• New lifelines with gates to cockpit added 2016
• Cockpit hatch to lazarette added for storage access
• Cockpit port added for aft bunk light and ventilation
• New tiller extension in 2016
• Tiller/outboard steering linkage. Extremely helpful when under power, especially in tight areas.
• Portable anchor shade to protect cockpit and add significant living space
• Rudder uphaul locking system to secure rudder in up position
• Spinlock jib sheets. A great upgrade over OEM sheet cleats.
• Lazy jacks system for easy mainsail handling
• Boom cover
• Jib bag which hanks onto forestay
• Cockpit cushions
• Bracket for handheld GPS units (no units included)
• Double sized v-berth and aft berth, each accommodates two people
• Sofas in saloon can each sleep one
• Wired for cable TV mount in v-berth (TV not included)
• Stereo/CD system
• Table for cockpit and cabin (same table). Clever gooseneck support allows for several different configurations, as needed.
• Pop up companionway cover with plastic window or screen aft zip ins. Makes huge improvement in room down below.
• Custom made screen dropboards
• Magazine rack by aft berth. Hammock style min-nets either side of v-berth. Very useful storage areas.
• Portable head
• Mini galley with sink, single burner butane stove, storage beneath sink
• Whale hand pump faucet with 5 gal bladder
• City water inlet with pressure reduction and separate faucet added 2016
• Spice rack and plate holder
• Plates and coffee cups
• Fire extinguisher
Engine and Electrical systems:
• New motor in 2010. Nissan 9.8hp 4-stroke, model NSF9.8A3. Approx 100 engine hrs.
• Oil change and lower unit oil changed July 2016
• Alternator to battery
• Shore power with 4 GFCI protected outlets
• New shore power AC panel added 2016
• Four 12v DC outlets
• Cable TV inlet added 2015
• New bow nav light in 2016
• Portable solar panel for “green” recharging
• VHF Radio
• Serviceable trailer (Original. Hubs regularly greased. Trailer lights work.)
• Anchor and rode
• Fenders and dock lines
• Life jackets
• “Grasshopper” pennant
• New boat hook in 2016
• Chart of LI Sound
Original CruisePac model