50' Colin Archer Type Double Ended Gaff Rigged Cutter – SOLD

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ID 1282 REF ck Year: 2000 Flag: US: Location: Maine Price: $89,900
Length: 50' Beam: Draft: HP: Boat Name:
Iwalani is a proven circumnavigator, having sailed over five oceans and 28,000 miles. Her average passage was 130 miles per day and her fastest 170. She was by far a safe boat and easy to repair, requiring no special machine shops or hard to find parts. Few boats nowadays have as rugged construction. With high bulwarks, wide bowsprit and steel railing, you are always in the boat not on it. Iwalani?s bulwarks and side decks allow for a walking space while at sea or a place to exercise, something not found on any production boat.

LOA: 50'
LWL: 37'
Beam: 13'
Displacement: 44,000 lbs.
Draft: 7'
Ballast: 12,000 lbs.


Engine(s): Westerbeke
Engine(s) HP: 63
Engine Model: 63C
Cruising Speed: 4 knots

Fuel: 150
Water: 92
Holding: 20
This vessel was built with cruising as well as safety in mind, and accomodates her passengers in comfort with 5 berths, one stateroom, galley, head and shower. She boasts state-of-the-art electronics and safety equipment all designed for circumnavigation.

Iwalani means "Heavenly Sea Bird" in Hawaiian.

Iwalani?s builder, Philip Shelton, has had over 30 years of boat building experience. He learned his trade in the time-honored tradition of apprenticeship to his grandfather. Philip taught boat building at the Main Maritime Museum for over ten years. He has designed and built many boats from the ninety-foot schooner, ?Quinipiak? to small duck boats for New York?s sportsmen. He also designed and built the largest rotating Globe for Delorme Mapping in Yarmouth Maine.

The gaff-rigged mainsail was the rig of choice for a circumnavigation. The sail could be ?scandalized? in an emergency, reducing sail area by half. Downhauls on he peak and throat allowed the sail to be lowered easily and there were no winch handles to fall overboard. A gaff is preferable to a Bermuda rig for most offshore conditions. The small triangular head of the Marconi was the only thing catching the wind when the boat was in the trough of a wave. With a gaff, the peak allowed the sail to stay filled, with the result that there was less rolling. The disadvantage was they do not go to windward as well as a Marconi.

Dead eyes and lanyards were preferable to turnbuckles because they were not subject to fatigue. The rope lanyards give with the movement of the rigging. And it was easy to see their condition with the naked eye. Turnbuckles need high tech equipment to expose their weakness.

Iwalani?s jibs are hanked on with downhauls at each pinrail. Each sail can be lowered and raised by one person, at any time during the very worst weather day or night.

The hull is based on a George Buehler design. The keel is Douglas fir 12 inches x 12 inches and about 36 feet long. The floor timbers are Douglas fir. They are three and a half inches thick and 10 inches high on 2 foot centers. They are fastened with one three quarter inch bolt to the keel and 3 one half inch galvanized bolts to the frames on each side. The frames and bottom planking are 2" x 6" yellow pine fastened together with 4" #18 galvanized flat head wood screws. The chine is 3"x 6" oak bolted to the frames with 3/4" bolts. The top and bottom frames are joined together with 1" plywood, on the forward and aft faces, through bolted with 3/8" galvanized bolts. The bottom planking is 2? Southern Yellow Pine fastened with 3 ½? #18 galvanized wood screws. The side planking is 1 ½? Southern Yellow Pine fastened with 3? #14 bronze wood screws. The deck and cabin top are two layers of 3/4" plywood. The bottom layer is MDO (medium density overlay) board used for exterior signs and the top layer is exterior grade plywood with the good side up. Both layers are fastened through to the deck beams with 3 1/2" galvanized screws. The layers themselves are fastened together between deck beams with 1 3/8" galvanized sheet rock screws, and covered with dynel and epoxy. The interior is pine bead board over 3/4" plywood.

12 inch x 30 inch by 22 feet of concrete (Portland cement, sand and stone 1:2:3 ) and railroad track weighing approx. 12,000 lbs. The railroad track is trapped between pairs of keel bolts.


Outboard rudder. The auto-pilot is a Raytheon ST4000+

Engine - Westerbeke 63HP Diesel
Shaft - 1 1/2" Aquamet 22
Stuffing Box - Inside Hull
Heat Exchanger - Replaced 2006
Muffler - Hydro Hush 3" Horizontal
Fuel Filter - RCM No Filter Changes Needed
Windlass - Maxwell Electric Double Chain
Bilge Pumps - Manual (2)
Washdown - Raw Water Sink/Pump
Radar Reflector - Firdell Blipper
Halon System - Fireboy Automatic
Reduction Gear - 2.7:1 Hurth
Propellor - Bronze, Three Blade MP 19 dia. x 14 pitch
Cutlass Bearing - Rubber Bushed Outside of Hull
Glo Plugs, Wires & Injectors - Replaced 2006
Water Maker - Spectra 12 GPH
Bilge Pumps - Electric (3)
Pressure Water System - new 2006
Fresh Water Hand Pump
Hot Water Heater - SuperStor
Spot Light - Black Max
Bow Rollers

3 Burner Propane Stove/Oven Force 10
Interior Trim -Painted Beadboard w/ Cherry trim
Portlights - Bronze, Opening w/ 1/4" Lexan
Double Berths - 1
Double Sink
Vents - 2 Cowling, 3 Hatch
Staterooms - 1
Head - Skipper Manual w/ Holding Tank

Trimble Inmarsat C Satellite Data Communications
SSB - Icom 710 w/Ham Frequencies (2002)
Handheld VHF - Icom
GPS - Magellan 300
Radar - Furuno 841 Mark 2, 36 mile
VHF - Icom
Autopilot - AutoHelm
Insulated Shroud Antenna


160 amp AmpTech alternator. It can be switched to charge separate banks of batteries. It is important to remember that many alternator outputs are rated for high rpms. That means that with low amp alternators you have to run the engine at high rpms to get high amperage to the charging system. New alternator in 2005.

Wind Baron 60 inch diameter three bladed wind generator which puts out 60 amps max and is rated for 90 knots of wind. This system can also be switched to charge two separate banks of batteries.


4-8D Life Line AGM (absorbed glass mat) for a total of 1,020 amp hours which are divided into two separate banks. These batteries are the latest technology and are used on Jet aircraft. They do not vent, so can be mounted in any position. Under extreme testing, they could not be made to explode. Unlike Gel cells, they take a charge like normal lead acid batteries (fast). They also do not self-discharge. 2 were replaced in 2006.


Newmar 22 circuit panel with breakers.
6 circut AC panel with breakers
Heart Interface Link 20 Battery Monitor


Stat Power ProSine 1800 watt 12volt to 110volt AC


Electric (halogen) lights.


Single plate Sea-Frost engine driven and 110v shore assist (to be run off the inverter)

Main Mast

9" dia. 42' long made up of 6 - 1 inch laminations of Douglas Fir glued with West Epoxy. Scarfs in the laminations are 12" long. The laminations were coated with epoxy resin and then immediately covered with a mixture of epoxy and linen fiber spread with a 3/16" notched trowel. Then they were clamped together every 12". Once shaped and sanded, they were coated with 12 coats of spar varnish.


1 1/2 inch laminations of Douglas Fir with the same treatment as the mast.

Rigging Hardware

Custom designed hot dipped galvanized steel, fabricated by a local blacksmith Gerry Galuza and Fournier Steel Fabrication.

Rigging Wire

1x19 3/8" 316 stainless steel standing rigging.
7x19 3/8" 302/304 stainless steel running backstays.
Sta-Lok terminal ends.

Running Rigging Blocks

Hand made rope stropped locust blocks. The sheaves are from A. Dauphinee in Nova Scotia.


Sheets and halyards 5/8" and 1/2" three strand Spun Dacron.


Five sails: main, staysail, jib, outer jib, topsail. They total about 1,000 square feet of 10 oz. Dacron and were made by Lee Sails. Jib was replaced in 2006 made by North Sails.

Ground Tackle

65 lb Bruce on 150 ft on 3/8? chain and 150 ft of ¾? nylon
100 lb Danforth on 250 ft of 3/8? chain
1-Fortress FX55 Danforth
1-100lb Luke Yachtsmen Storm Anchor

Safety Equipment

Automtic Fireboy Halon System in Engine Room
6-man Switlik life raft
Safety Harnesses
Flat Nylon Web Jacklines
Horseshoe Harness
Man Overboard Pole.
Firdell Blipper Radar Reflector
Mustang 2 Pocket Survival Vests
Life Jacket Whistles
Life Jacket Lights
Black Max Spot Light

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