74′ George H. Stadel Jr. Schooner – Sold
Koukla is a ruggedly built vessel built from tropical woods, is outfitted with long distance cruising in mind and can take you anywhere. This boat has been used as a family cruiser and charter boat. The interior appointments are of high quality and loaded with character. The current owners are knowledgeable sailors and engineers who have routinely kept the boat in exceptional condition.
Reg/Doc. No: 655947
Hull No. PRS60001C484
Designer: George H. Stadel Jr.
Builder: President Marine, Tainan Hsien, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Year Built: 1984
Construction: Carvel Planked on saw frames
Planking and ceiling: Formosan red cyprus, 1 3/4″ thick. Bronze screw fastened.
Frames, stem knee, and forefoot knee: Dragon’s eye, a dark red wood 50% stronger and stiffer than white oak. Frames are double sawn, sided and molded 2 1/2 ”
Keel: Taiwan red oak. Not similar to US red oak. It is harder and denser with a resin which seals the pores.
Stem, engine beds and beams: Eastern acacia, a tougher version of our black locust.
Shelves, clamp and belt construction: Batu, a strong teak like wood, available in long lengths.
Masts: Hollow box section of Taiwanese spruce.
Decks, bulwarks, cabin trunk, and cabin sole: Teak.
Interior main saloon paneling and other interior trim: Rosewood.
Steering: Edson Robinson worm gear. Second steering station inside cockpit dog house with disconnect clutch. Simrad AP20 Auto pilot, with rotary chain drive.
Ballast: External cast iron, 7960 kg.
Keel bolts: 1” 304 SS
Partially enclosed cockpit/dog house. 8’ wide x 4’4” long, with 5’ 8” headroom. Side benches with cushions. Removable 3 position fold up cockpit table; dining table height, coffee table height, or conversion to double berth.
Color: Topsides: Interlux Hatteras off white. Boot top: custom dark green(Forrest green and black mix)
Bottom: Interlux Micron Extra, Green.
Entire vessel is of very rugged construction in excellent condition, intended for blue water sailing.
Engine: 1979 Perkins diesel, 6 cyl model 6.354 120 HP Major overhaul 2001: by owner, professional marine engineer. Fresh water cooled with salt water fresh water heat exchanger. New S.S. Exhaust manifold 2014. New engine mounts 2014. New engine control cables 2015.
Transmission: Borg Warner Velvet drive transmission model 71CR, Ratio 2.57:1 Rebuilt 2015 by Trans Atlantic Diesel. New fresh water pump, thermostat, and lube oil cooler and hoses, 2015.
Prop: Max prop: Bronze 26”, 3 blade, new 2000. Shaft 1 ¾” Bronze
Spare fixed propeller and spare shaft
PSS shaft seal: new 2000
Shaft lock, new 2000
Fuel: Capacity 120 gal total in 2 aluminum tanks, 60 gal each.
Water: Capacity 2 SS tanks, port is approx 115 gal, Stbd is approx 35 gal.
Gray water tank 12 gal Polyethylene, w/ macerator pump, auto/manual operation.
Holding Tank 25 gal Polyethylene, w/ macerator pump, deck pump out, and transfer/drain hose connection.
12VDC circuits supply: Diesel starting motors for both main engine and generator, Anchor windlass, Nav lights, interior lighting, radios, instruments, pumps, 12 v recepticles, watermaker.
24VDC circuits supply: Autopilot, Radar, Inverter. Perkins mounted Balmar 60 amp alternator, w/ max charger regulator. Vanner voltmaster 65-60 battery equalizer.
120VAC circuits supply: Refrigeration, (2) 12 v battery chargers, 24 v 100 amp battery charger, interior lighting, receptacles, clear view screen, water heater, washing machine/dryer.
Batteries: (6) blue top Optima D31M 75AH deep cycle marine glass mat batteries, (2) 4D Absorbed glass mat batteries
Custom battery isolation switch panel for, engine starting, generator starting and 3 house banks.
Electrical Panel: Bass yachtmaster circuit breakers with fuse panel for specific items.
Aux. Generator: Westerbeke diesel, model WBO-10, 10 KW, 120/240 volt. New stop solenoid and water pump impeller 2014
Shore power: 50 amp, with polarity indicator, master breaker, Newmar galvanic isolator.
Prosine 1800 watt inverter
Original bonding has been disassembled and removed.
Dynaplate grounding plate.
7 dedicated berths with cushions and pillows, provisions for more. 6 berths in 3 double cabins and 1 berth in main saloon. (Fwd cabin has upper and lower bunks on port side. Aft stbd cabin has slightly offset upper and lower bunks. Aft port cabin has double berth.)
Saloon settees convert to bunks, and cockpit can covert to double.
1 head at the moment. Second under construction in focs’le.
Wooden barrel stave bathtub/Shower, and combo washer dryer.
Galley: Sink and counters; Jade green marble. Pressure water system with filter.
Hot water system: Water heated by generator cooling water and 120 VAC if desired. Hot water circulating pump.
Stove/oven: Force 10 propane, gimbaled, 3 burner, w/ broiler. 2 (20 #) tanks in deck box with solenoid.
Refrigeration: 120v compressor. Refrigerator and freezer with 2 holding plates in freezer, 1 in chill box. Foam insulation.
Heating system: Main saloon has custom soapstone wood stove. Head has Sig Marine Cozy Cabin propane heater.
Main Saloon rosewood gimbaled dining table.
Interior Joinerwork: Rosewood paneling, drawers and trim. Tongue and groove spruce. Closets lined with camphor wood.
Focs’le hatch, Main saloon hatch and cockpit hatch. Main saloon skylight. 6 dorade vents. 20 bronze opening ports. Some screens. The focs’le hatch and main saloon hatch have custom dodgers with screens. The cockpit which is open on the after end also has a 3 section sunbrella cover, with zippered door, and 3 removable window sections with screens.
New in 2003; by Nathaniel Wilson. Main, Fore, Staysail, Jib. Material: Oceanus.
Older original Fairclough sails, white Dacron; Main, Fore, Jib, Genoa, Twin staysails, Fisherman, Main topsail, Storm trysail.
Sail areas: Main 712 sqft, Fore 403 sqft, Staysail 143 sqft, Jib 205 sqft. Total of 4 lowers: 1463 sqft
Standing Rigging: Main and foremast Lower shrouds, Fore stay, Main upper stays, Spring stay; 7×19 SS, upper eyes spliced, lower ends swaged fittings.
Bobstays, whisker stays, head stay, Fore upper stays, Fore topmast stay, Main topmast stays; 1×19 SS swaged both ends.
Bronze Turnbuckles throughout.
Blocks are lig. vit by A. Dauphinee & Sons of Lunenburg, N.S.
Halyards and sheets: Doublebraid, except jib halyard, which is 3 strand vintage polyester. All winches are bronze Lewmar size 42, except the jib sheets which are size 48.
Jiffy reefing for Main, Fore and staysail.
Spars: Hollow box section, of spruce. New bowsprit of douglas fir installed in 2000. Both masts keel stepped.
150# Frisherman style Luke on dedicated anchor roller, anchor crane and anchor burton, 100# Danforth stored on cabin top, 100# CQR on dedicated anchor roller on bow sprit. Approx 180 ft ½” BBB galv chain.
Simpson Lawrence Francis 1000 12v electric anchor windlass, with both chain and rope gypsies, and remote control cable that controls windlass and washdown pump. Unit disassembled, cleaned, new thrust bearing s installed and unit painted in 2015.
4 Rule Bilge pumps: 12 vdc: Pump #1 500 gph, Pump #2 4000 gph, Pump #3 4000 gph, Pump #4 1000 gph.
2 Manual diaphragm Pumps, one operable from cockpit, the other under the floorboards in main saloon.
Removable fold up Swimming/ boarding ladder for port side.
Mounted self stowing swimming platform on stbd side.
5 dry chemical fire extinguishers.
Bell mounted on wheel box.
Assorted current flares as well as large inventory of expired flares.
4 Type III commercial vests, 8 Type I Offshore Life Vests, 4 Type I Offshore PFD’s, 1 Type I Childs Life Vest.
Large bow pulpit.
Survitec SSP Oceanmaster Mk IV, Solas A, 8 person life raft in container, new 2013.
Horseshoe life ring, rail mount, with man overboard pole.
6 dock lines, boathook, 4 fenders.
Spreader lights on both masts.
1 safety harness.
ACR, Cat I (Automatic deployment) EPIRB, model RLB-37, new 2013.
Sail covers for Main, Fore, and Staysail and jib.
Awning consists of, Main awning with drop down flaps, Fore awning with drop down flaps, and 2 piece fore-deck awning , with 4 rail supports and 2 boom gallows supports.
Spectra model 380c watermaker, 8-15 gph, new improved design clark pump 2014.
Misc, cooking utensils, dishes, glassware, and flatware.
Winter cover framework for shrinkwrap cover.
ELECTRONICS & NAVIGATION
Main saloon clock, Boston quartz, new movement 2015.
Inside steering station compass
VHF radio in cockpit
ICOM IC M802 SSB radio, new 2013.
ICOM AT-130 HF Automatic antenna tuner, new 2001.
SCS PTC-II pactor-modem for email and weather fax, new 2001.
Raytheon 48” Open array Pathfinder Radar, new 2000. Heading sensor. 7” R70 display at chart table.
Horizon DS45 Digital depth sounder.
Furuno GPS model GP-32
Maxim Wind speed indicator
Sony FM/AM compact disc player with aux input.
Chart kits for most of East coast, and misc NOAA full size charts for east coast.
Koukla was built over a 4 year period in Taiwan, under the direct supervision of the designer’s son, George Stadel Jr. She was designed to be a classic yacht of the highest standards and best materials, based on the Gloucester fishing schooners, for a New York client. With a professional captain and a crew of friends, the owner sailed Koukla across the Pacific , thru the Panama Canal and up to New York. There she became a familiar sight on New York harbor and Long Island Sound, and participated in Op Sail 1986, and Op Sail 1992. After that she made a round trip voyage to the Caribbean, wintering in St. Maartin.
Unfortunately shortly after this, the owner’s health failed, and he spent many years in the hospital, during which Koukla was neglected. After the death of the owner, Koukla was bought by Horatio (Ted) and Beverly Cowan of Rockland, Maine, with the intent of restoring Koukla to her previous glory and visions of extended cruising with their family.
Although the hull, deck and interior had survived her neglect and remained in excellent shape, many items needed substantial repair and equipment upgrades.
The list included:
*Replacement of lower 10 feet of main mast due to water incursion in failed glue joints.
-Mast opened up, bad wood replaced, new wire runs and wire installed, insides painted and mast epoxied together.
*Repair of foremast glue joints in the process of failing. Seams routed out and splines epoxied in.
*New teak battens installed on both masts.
*New bowsprit due to failed glue joints and rot around bow pulpit attachment points. Bow pulpit attached by pot bolting. Anchor rollers fabricated and installed.
*Replacement of fwd bits to inspect for possible deteoriation by water logged bowsprit.
* Rebuilding of both sets of cross trees on Fore and Main masts.
*All rigging disassembled and leathering removed for inspection, then parceled, served and releathered. All new straps for halyard blocks fabricated and installed.
*Steering gear replaced with Edson robinson worm gear and new wheelbox designed and installed.
*Teak davits installed to ease access to end of main boom, and for lifting tender/inflatable from water for coastwise cruising.
*Inside steering station designed with shaft and chain drive with disconnect clutch .
*New Radar installed.
*Generator removed and overhauled, and mounting location moved to facilitate access to machinery for maintenance and repair.
*Main engine lifted and disassembled in place to check condition and perform overhaul as necessary. New piston rings, raw water pump, fuel lift pump, injectors tested. New split coupling, new shaft, new shaft lock, new shaft seal, new max prop propeller, new cutlass bearing. All new fuel lines and fuel tank distribution manifold redesigned and rebuilt for cross connecting tanks with filters and transfer pump.
*All sea cocks removed and rebuilt or replaced, with and all new hoses.
*All tanks opened and cleaned and inspected. Replaced grey water tank and holding tank.
*All bilges cleaned, and some areas painted.
*All new wiring, electronics, and instruments.
*All new plumbing and pumps.
This is not a complete list, but covers the highlights.
In 2001, The Cowan’s left for a 9 month’s cruise of the Caribbean, homeschooling their 2 children along the way. Their daughter wrote a blog which was printed in its entirety in installments in the local Rockland paper. These articles can be found today at the following web address; https://schoonerkoukla.wordpress.com/2001-2002-caribbean-voyage/
In 2010, the family of the original owner, and a group of friends that used to sail Koukla, assembled in Maine and went sailing with the Cowan’s. Their assessment was that Koukla was now in better condition than she was when new. In 2011, Bill Courduff, a sailing buddy of the original owner, Thomas Soulantzos, wrote a book which covers the original building of Koukla, called “Butterfly on the Water”, and is available on Amazon.
In 2013, the Cowan’s once again set sail for the Caribbean, also with their children, but with 2 extra crew, a son-in-law and girlfriend. These adventures can be read about at:
During the latest trip to the Caribbean, Koukla made her debut at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, where she held her own in attendance of some of the best classic yachts of the world. Her sailing tender even won the award for best yacht tender in the Concourse D’elegance.
Having spent much of the last 15 years in obscurity as work on her restoration has continued, she is now attracting attention wherever she goes, and has begun a new life doing custom charters in Mid Coast Maine.
At present Koukla has a berth at Windjammer Wharf in Rockland, Maine.