GENERAL INFORMATION: Boat, Trailer and equipment price is $17,500
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TARA TOO is a John Alden design drafted by Fenwick Williams in 1929. The boat for sale was built recently during 2006-2012 by two well known, professional boat builders.
1) Rick Barkhuff, instructor at The Landing School of Boat Building and Design in Arundel, Maine, laid the keel, framed and planked this double-ender, and also built the spars.
2) The boat was finished by Chip Flanagan, a well known builder in South Portland, Maine.
I have included many photos of the construction of TARA TOO and other photos that may help a potential buyer with extensive details of the boat and associated issues such as insurance availability and extra equipment.
The boat has a lead keel. All the timber, stem, horn and deadwood, deck beams and frames are white oak and the planking is 100% heart pine (zero sapwood). Benches and floors are white cedar and varnished sections are mahogany. Spars are Sitka Spruce and all hardware is high quality silicon bronze and/or stainless steel.
MY HISTORY WITH TARA TOO:
I purchased the boat in May of 2013 and moved it to upstate New York and have used it on Seneca Lake for 5 years, but must now sell her because I have a disabled foot and have to give up a lifetime of building, repairing and sailing boats of all kinds. I am a US Coast Guard Captain and have operated a Salmon and Trout charter fishing business, but am now retired. I mention my resume here to make the point that I am knowledgable about TARA TOO as an exceptional example of a classic design done by some of the best builders still alive and also done with the very best materials. TARA TOO was originally launched in salt water at South Portland Maine and spent her first season there. Since then she has since gone into fresh water in early May and is hauled out in late October. She needs to soak up” each spring for a few days as is typical of all wooden boats with carvel planking. Within 10 days it is possible to keep the bilge dry if one wishes. There are two bilge pumps installed: one a 500GPH 12 volt and one 100GPH 110 volt that plugs into shore power.
TARA TOO was originally rigged with nylon rope that mimicked the original hemp that would have been the standard in 1929, and all lines had to be managed on the deck, at the base of the mast. I decided, at 70 years of age, that this was not a good choice for me, so I have used more modern rope for halyards, etc, which are all now managed from the cockpit by way of blocks and fairleads. I sailed the boat alone quite often and this arrangement has allowed me to do so safely and easily.
SAILS and LAZY JACKS:
The sails are in excellent condition and are made by Gambell & Hunter in Camden Maine. https://www.gambellandhunter.net/ It finally occurred to me that in 1929 the sails for a boat like TARA TOO would have been made of cotton and would be quite soft and easy to handle. However, modern synthetic sail cloth is much stiffer and was a problem for me when I sailed alone without a crew to help with the big main, until I designed and built “lazy jacks” that actually worked well and were also managed from the cockpit. Raising, lowering, reefing and all other adjustments are done from the comfort and safety of the cockpit.
The cockpit cover and sail cover have been integrated into the “lazy jacks” so that those covers are fast, fun and easy to take on and off. The sail cover was designed to be connected to the lazy jacks so that the cover becomes a sail pouch similar to a “stack pack” concept, or the covers can be attached independent of the lazy jacks if preferred.
ELECTRIC 24 VOLT MOTOR:
TARA TOO has an ADVANCED MARINE ELECTRONIC PROPULSION 24 volt motor installed (photos included in slideshow). The installation uses a dripless stuffing box and a standard cutless bearing and stern tube. Two 12 volt batteries in series provide 24 volt power. Pictures included in slideshow. TARA TOO comes with a brand new spare/duplicate motor. Motors cost new was $3500 each and the 12 volt batteries were $500 each.
HEAVY DUTY CUSTOM TRAILER:
The trailer is double axle and is designed for TARA TOO by a knowledgable professional and fabricator. Sailboats with full keels place the entire weight of the boat on the middle of the axle (unlike other boat trailers with bunks or rollers that distribute the weight to the whole axle width). Careful consideration of TARA TOO’s trailer design uses trusses on the axles. It is necessary to design a trussed axle system to take the load of the keel and distribute the weight to the trailer frame. Additionally, the keel support channel is cut out in the exact place for travel lift straps at the stern so that the strap can be positioned at the lift point without having to jack the boat up.
There are many sailboat trailers OK for yard use, but not designed for long distance road use. Two of the major trailer companies gave estimates of $5000-$7000 for a factory built custom trailer. I started with a basic LOAD RITE frame and selected the correct components for this custom project because I had access to the resources. It still cost over $5000 when finished but the design and the structure are much better than factory built (in my opinion) and this trailer can go across country with no problems.
New 14 “ radial “C” rated tires at 1825 lbs.capacity at 50 PSI x 4 tires = 7300 load limit.
Axles are torsion suspension rated at 3650 each x 2 = 7300 load limit
Tongue weight (10 to 15% is recommended) is approximately 600 lbs.
Gross weight of boat/spars and accessories (4800 lbs.) + trailer at (1200 lbs.) = 6000 lbs. actual load
Recently cleaned and packed wheel bearings make this package safe and ready to go anywhere.
Spare/duplicate motor identical to the motor installed
Danforth anchor with 25 feet of 3/8 proof chain and 200 feet New England Ropes 8 Plait non kinking anchor line
Manual solid bronze bilge pump
One dozen dock lines
Two large inflatable fenders
Full plans, builders sketches and notes
Lots more printed info of building and use