Since Rebecca was launched and commissioned in Martha’s Vineyard in 2001, she has benefited from having a full time professional skipper aboard, so has been maintained to a very high standard. Over the years, a number of minor modifications have been made to her original specification, particularly in connection with obtaining full European chartering status and she now carries an extensive range of high specification safety equipment. Rebecca has cruised in Massachusetts and Maine; extensively in the Caribbean; has crossed the Atlantic and cruised in Ireland, and on the west coast of France and Portugal, passing through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean in 2005. Having enjoyed the Balaeric Islands, she wintered in Cannes on the Cote d’Azur and is currently cruising in Sardinia and the Bay of Naples, returning to Cannes by the end of September to participate in the Regates Royales. She has taken part in a handful of regattas to date, winning the Schooner Class in the Sweethearts Regatta in the BVI and the Classics Class in Antigua Classics, 2002. She now has a CIM rating for participating in the Mediterranean Regatta circuit. She has proved to be not only versatile and sea kindly when long distance cruising but also wonderfully balanced, with that extra special turn of speed which comes when a yacht has truly classic lines.
Designer: Nat Benjamin
Builders: Gannon & Benjamin
Year Built: 2001
LOA: 75 ft. (sparred length)
LOD: 60 ft.
LWL: 45 ft.
BEAM:14ft. 8 in.
DRAFT: 8 ft. 6 in.
DISPLACEMENT: 76,000lbs (34 tons)
LEAD BALLAST: 26,000lbs (11.6 tons)
WORKING SAIL AREA: 1800 sq ft in 4 lowers
CONSTRUCTION: Traditional plank on frame method, with an Angelique backbone; Angelique and white oak framing; white oak deck beams; Angelique and silver bali planking; laid silver bali deck; Angelique caprail; teak deck furniture; bronze fastenings and keel bolts; custom cast bronze hardware
SAILS: By North – Bermudan mainsail, gaff foresail, staysail, genoa, yankee, blade, Fisherman topsail, trisail
MASTS & SPARS: Hollow Sitka spruce main and foremast. Pitch pine main boom and spars, with cast bronze fittings. Bronze gaff saddle by Harry Spencer of Cowes, Isle of Wight. Bronze turnbuckles, stainless steel standing rigging and Dacron running rigging.
AUXILIARY ENGINE: Yanmar turbo-charged 178 hp diesel with alternator, on fixed mounting with flexible coupling to the shaft and Maxi propeller.
Racor 75/100 dual water separator fitted to the engine fuel system.
Auxiliary power provided by an AC shore connection. Onboard 110 volt service is through a Heart interface inverter.
Automatic bilge pump supplemented by a Whale 30 gusher pump. There is a grey water tank with automatic pump and a holding tank with electric pump-out for foul water.
FRESH WATER:180 gallons in two tanks, 120 and 60. The supply may be supplemented by PUR Powersurvivor 40E water maker. Domestic water is moved by a Paragon Groco Model: PSR water pressure system, through an engine and shore power supplied hot water heater.
NAVIGATION: Furono 821 radar; Furono GP-1850D colour GPS with plotter; VHF radio; EPIRB; depth sounder; chronometer and barometer. Wheel steering with Edson worm gear.
EQUIPMENT: 2 CQR anchors, 75lbs and 60lbs with two lengths of galvanised chain, plus 120lbs Fisherman storm anchor. The main anchors are set and raised by an Ideal model H-51 12 volt windlass fitted on the foredeck and powered by a dedicated battery.
Bronze Lewmar sheet and halyard winches
2 x 6-man life rafts, one in case, one in valise
9ft GRP Trinka sailing tender
10ft Zodiac inflatable with 8hp Yanmar outboard
Teak swim ladder.
Full compliment of blocks, warps, fenders, lines etc.
Mediterranean awnings and winter covers.
Forepeak – with chain lockers, sail and life raft stowage
Fore Cabin – with two single berths with drawers and lockers beneath and small seat between. Deck prisms to port and starboard. Hatch to foredeck and door to
Main Cabin – to starboard, door leading to forward head with WC and ceramic washbasin, with lockers behind. Dorade ventilator.
To port, full length hanging locker with shelves and a glass fronted locker with sideboard below with locker under. The main saloon has two pilot berths and two settee berths; table with bottle storage beneath and butterfly hatch above; bookshelves and ample further locker space. Large hanging/linen locker and companion ladder leading to forward deck house hatch.
Galley – 3 burner gimballed gas cooker; refrigerator; s/s sink; salt water tap operated by foot pump; ample storage for equipment and provisions. Door leading to
Owner’s Cabin – double berth to port with drawers beneath. Three drawer fitted chest of drawers with hanging locker behind. Seat. Separate head to starboard with s/s shower cubicle, WC and ceramic washbasin with further lockers. Dorade ventilators with lifting glass lights to port and starboard. Offset bifold door to starboard leading to
Doghouse – double berths to port and starboard, with batteries under starboard bunk and fresh water maker, water heater and ship’s tools etc under port bunk. Navigation table, oilskin locker, bosun’s shelf and access to huge lazarette lockers to port and starboard beneath the cockpit seats. Engine is situated below the Doghouse floor with additional access from the Owner’s Cabin. Companion ladder to self draining cockpit over bridge deck. Lazarette hatch in after deck.
Rebecca was built and finished by exceptional craftsmen.
Featured image and first three in listing set by Billy Black.
Additional images at: http://gannonandbenjamin.com/construction-portfolio/schooners/60-auxiliary-schooner-rebecca-2001/
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