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My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

Sailboat of dreams (20) – “Echo” of Middlebury, Indiana, USA

3716508_-1_20111010072436_0_0When I first saw the photos of this Tahitiana, I wasn’t even sure it was Weston Farmer’s famous design.  And I’m sorry to say, but my next thought was – what an abomination!  Take a look at the photos and decide for yourself.  But to my eyes, the wheelhouse and fittings on the stern are appalling.  And what’s down below is no better.  Probably somebody’s valiant dreams, energy and money, but no, it just hasn’t worked.  “Echo” is a real ugly duckling seeking a magician.

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3716508_20111103062504_4_LARGEDetails from the listing:

31′ 1981 McCandless Marine Tahitiana Pilothouse,Motorsailers

1981 McCandless Marine Tahitiana

This is a heavy built steel hull, deck and cabin. The pilot house has been added and is heavy built plywood.  The rig has been changed from Schooner to gaff rig sloop. The sails were a Chinese lug rig and therefore the sails have not been cut to fit.  There is a commercial sewing machine included. The portholes are extremely heavy built with oversize dogs. The Yanmar diesel appears to be in excellent condition and has less than 1000 hours

Boat Details

  • Class: Sail
  • Category: Pilothouse,Motors…
  • Year: 1981
  • Make: McCandless Marine
  • Length: 31′
  • Builder: McCandless Marine
      Propulsion Type: Single Inboard

Hull Material: steel

Fuel Type: Diesel

  • Location: Muskegon, MI

– More Details

  • Electrical System:Battery chargerBatteries – 2 New Optima AGM
  • Deck And Hull Equipment:WheelFenders – 2LifelinesStern LadderKeel – SteelHull Color – White
  • Deck Color – White
  • Sails And Rigging:Main – Polyester, Ivory, 10 yrs. oldJibs – 2TopsailSails are not currently cut to fit the new gaff rig design
  • Deck & Hull Features:WheelFenders – 2LifelinesStern LadderKeel – SteelHull Color – WhiteDeck Color – White
  • Interior Accommodations:Sleeps 2Head Type – LavacHolding Tank Type – SSOpening Ports – 8Stereo
  • Electrical Features:Battery chargerBatteries – 2 New Optima AGM
  • Navigation & Electronics Systems:GPS
  • Safety & Miscellaneous Gear:CradleAnchor – 44# Bruce TypeAnchor Rode – 5/8″ x 200’Fire Extinguisher – 2Bilge Pump – Mayfair
  • Sails:Main – Polyester, Ivory, 10 yrs. oldJibs – 2TopsailSails are not currently cut to fit the new gaff rig design
  • Boat Location:Torresen Marine, Inc. – Muskegon, MITMI# 5269   MC 8788 PX

– Measurements


Loa: 31′

Max Draft: 4’6″Beam: 10′

Cabin Headroom: 6’4″

  • Tanks
    • Fresh Water: 30.0
    • Holding: 28.8
  • Accommodations
    • Heads: 1

– Propulsion

  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Total Power: 18
  • Engine Hours: 1000
  • Engine Model: 2GM20

2 comments on “Sailboat of dreams (20) – “Echo” of Middlebury, Indiana, USA

  1. George Lieber
    January 18, 2012

    I bought Echo today. She is currently located at Torresen Marine in Muskegon, MI. She is on her way back to full Tahitiana status. I already owe great thanks to all the wonderful employees at Torresen.
    The mast and rigging that was on the boat has been removed. I have purchased an excellent used mast and rigging that will go on the boat in cutter configuration (this was her original configuration). The extra pipe fittings on the stern have been removed and the pilot house is next to go. Once she is fit to sail I will begin returning the interior to a more traditional Tahitiana design.
    The really good news is that the hull inside and out is in excellent condition. No rust at all inside the boat!
    I am going to start a blog of her progress and will keep you posted.
    Fair winds, George


  2. George Lieber
    February 8, 2012

    The blog of Echo’s restoration is http://sv-echo.tumblr.com


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