"Grace" is ready to sail south! She is an iconic Morgan Out Island ketch. She brought us home safely from the Caribbean two years ago.
We explored the Caribbean comfortably aboard Grace for 5 years, and are now — at age 74 — ready to live ashore.
She has been refinished and refurbished above and below since then. The boat is self-contained.
In the cockpit:
The center-cockpit collapsible bimini was poorly designed and inadequate so we redesigned it. Who ever collapses their bimini anyway?
An Englishman in Grenada built a strong, stable and elegant structure that does triple duty by protecting us from the sun and spray, collecting rainwater, and enclosing a comfortable, lighted outdoor living area. (2016)
Custom-made Stainless Steel 9’ x 9’ Bimini/cockpit enclosure is wired for a seashell chandelier and pipes rainwater into the two fresh water tanks.
Maximum water capacity = 200 GA
3 solar panels deliver a total of 350 Watts, maintaining the battery level at or above 13 V. The panels are mounted on a SS bracket above the bimini.(2016)
Cockpit cushions are Sunbrella canvas on sealed-cell foam. (2015)
The bimini and dodger are custom made by the First Mate of WeatherMax and laced onto the Stainless frame.
The pedestal steering is hydraulic (2020) and entirely new.
Auto pilot has new board (2016) —works fine
Gauges and running lights, etc are controlled by toggle switches below the wheel
Chart-Plotter, drink holders, hinged hatch screens, deck boxes, boarding ladder, and loads of details were crafted in teak and finished with varnish by the captain. (2016)
Excellent sails, new rigging, both standing and running.
The main sail and stack pack are brand new (2020), mizzen and stack pack have one year of use (2017), and genoa is in nearly new condition of sturdy 9 oz dacron with new sacrificial cover (2016) All standing and running rigging was replaced and upgraded in Martinique by Caraibe Marine Greement, the riggers for Amel Yachts and the charter fleet there (2017)
New VHF antenna (2016)
Solar LED masthead/running light (2016)
Steaming/foredeck LED light (2016)
Rebuilt genoa roller furler (2016)
Stainless davits (2016)
BadBoy wifi booster mounted on davits (2016)
Engine Room access from walk thru and aft head.
Perkins 65 HP Sabre M65 diesel engine replaced the original (2006) 2500Hours, 65HP
Replaced cast iron fresh water circulating coolant pipe with custom fabricated 316 Stainless Steel (2016)
Engine Temp and Sender replaced (2017)
Four house batteries and one starter battery, all flooded and deep cycle (2020)
Xantrex Freedom 2000 Inverter, for 110V, beneath the main companionway ladder. (2016)
60 amp TriStar MPPT solar controller (2016) beneath the aft companionway ladder
Starboard water tank holds about 110 GA
Port water tank is opposite Engine room and holds 90 GA
Anchor locker forward in the forepeak, and partitioned for two sets of Ground Tackle:
Windlass Lofrans Tigress (on deck)
60M/200' 10 mm galvanized Lofrans chain (2017)
60# Bronze Barnacle anchor (on deck)
30’ galvanized chain and 200’ rope rode (2015)
2 Fortress anchors (2017) Wire-tied to main shrouds port and starboard.
All lights are LED. All cushions are 5” foam and covered in pale blue Ultrasuede, a durable and easy-to-clean fabric.(2015 &2020)
The entire interior has clean white paint overhead, and teak wood panelling freshly varnished (2020).
The cabin sole forward and aft cabin are newly carpeted, main salon sole is varnished teak and holly (2020).
V-berth with new 5” foam mattresses and UltraSuede upholstery (2020).
Drawers for clothes beneath the vee bunks, loads of storage beneath mattresses, and above, on long shelves.
On the port aft of the forward cabin is a very large hanging locker. We used as a work room and tool storage.
Opposite, on the starboard is a full head. Manual pump overboard head, sink with hand-held shower.
Amidship is the Main Salon and Galley.
On the starboard, the varnished table seats five comfortably, with room to seat two more on the full-length berth/seat on the port side.
Original artwork by the first mate
Plenty of storage: shelves and cupboards beneath settee starboard.
To port, roomy cupboards with “garage door” wooden doors for food and dishes run the length of the cabin behind the settee, with more storage beneath the port settee.
The galley is starboard of the companionway.
Double SS sink with pressure and foot pump fresh water.
Water Filtration system below sink.
Fridge is beneath the counter and extends out nearly to the hull.
Force 10 three burner propane SS stove with oven and piezo igniter is gimbaled.
Ample storage for cookware behind the stove toward the hull.
There was a water maker, but it was ‘first generation’ and made so little water so slowly that we removed it. However, the plumbing was new in 2017 and runs to the port water tank.
A more modern water maker will fit right in.
Galley is separated from dining table by a waist-high bulkhead capped with a slim counter and overhead wineglass rack.
All the cushions are in great condition, 5” foam and upholstered in light blue ultrasuede, a durable fabric which cleans easily (2015 & 2020).
Pass through to aft cabin
VHF 25 Watts and antenna (2016)
CD Player and speakers (2015)
Drawers and large bin for ship’s papers, navigation tools and charts
Master Quarters has its own companionway down from the cockpit. Access is also at the end of the walk thru past the engine room and down a step.
Queen size athwart-ship bunk fills the stern. There are two portholes and a bookshelf on the inside of the transom.
Two sets of custom fitted cotton sheets and a mattress cover are in the cupboard at the foot of the bed.
Two hanging lockers, and lots of cupboards provide plenty of storage.
Beneath the master bunk — which folds upward — is the hydraulic steering and auto pilot gear. This is also where the emergency tiller attaches to the rudder post.
The second head has a manual overboard pump john, pressure water, sink and hand shower head.
Two large cupboards for towels, personal grooming and first aid supplies.
The second hatch for engine room opens through the bulkhead.
Emergency tiller is tethered to the base of the mizzen mast. Connecting bolt is taped to the rudder post beneath the bunk.
Bottom: The last haul-out was in Grenada (2015) at Clarkes Court
Ground off old paint, faired out hull, fresh barrier coat and 3 coats of non-ablative bottom paint.
Four gallons of bottom paint are on boat ready for next haul-out
Grace was set up for cruising the warm Tropics, and has no water heater, air conditioning, or generator. We never missed them. Nor did we miss the maintenance.
The water is ambient temperature (80+ degrees) and the hand held shower in the cockpit works just fine.
AC was not needed as the tropical breeze always flows through the boat, whether underway or at anchor.
Did not miss a generator --Solar panels kept the batteries charged, and the inverter powered tools and blender for boat drinks.
Jerry cans w/covers
Kenmore ham radio (receive only)
Antenna and ground plane
Dishes & silverware
Towels, sheets, etc.
Tools, some spare parts
Four life jackets
Big game fishing rod, gaf and net
This attractive, sturdy and seaworthy vessel is waiting for adventurous sailors to cruise the seas in safety and comfort. Treat her well and she will take care of you.