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MERCATOR is a Herreshoff ´Mobjack´ design, centre cockpit, cutter rigged ketch, professionally built - one plank width higher in the topsides than standard plans, to ensure a dryer boat. LOA 48ft / LWL 39ft
She was the builder´s own boat. Currently set up for long distance shorthanded cruising. Easily handled by two people.
Frames: White oak, steam bent.
Planking: Oregon, 35mm. Splined below waterline and epoxy/glass sheated (2018)
Deck: 18mm teak, over 20mm marine ply on Oregon beams
Spars: Oregon, totally rebuilt 2018. Finished with Everdure, epoxy primer and 3 coats 2 pack polyurethane
Extensively refurbished 2018-2020.
Mercator was inherited by Making Waves Foundation in 2017, in very poor condition. She formed the focus for a vocational traning program run by MWF (called Wright of Passage). Two professional shipwrights, a variety of specialist contractors, six young trainees and a team of volunteers rebuilt the vessel, with the objective of sailing her to Hobart for the 2019 Wooden Boat Festival. Over $180,000 was spent, along with more than 5000 hours of volunteer and trainee time. The Hobart voyage was an outstanding success, including crossing the Bass Strait in 30 knots of breeze.
In 2020, a further $11,000 was spent to replace all standing rigging in order to meet the insurer´s requirements.
Mercator was hauled out in May 2021 for a clean, antifoul and anode replacement.
Royal Geelong Yacht Club
48' - 14.63m
18mm Teak, over 20mm marine ply on Oregon beams
Cummins 6BT5.9M diesel engine. Installed in 2010. Serial No: 73018539. Heat exchanger cooled, Taylor wet exhaust system. Hydraulic forward/reverse gearbox. Engine room. Engine had a thorough overhaul and a new start motor (2018)
2 x 280L stainless steel tanks under cabin sole.
6 berths in 3 cabins (forecabin, saloon and aft cabin), expandable to 10 berths by adding upper level pipecots to saloon and aft cabins.
All berths equipped with upholstered cushions (new 2019) and lee clothes. Bimini (new 2019) over cockpit, new cockpit seat cushions 2019.
Two burner plus griller gimbaled Broadwater LPG stove. Double sink, two ice boxes (one fitted with Eutectic plate, but no refrigeration unit (room for an easy fit in engine room). Gas alarm fitted, gas certification plate in place.
Yes - 2 x ice boxes
Two burner plus griller gimbaled Broadwater LPG stove
1 x manual (Jabsco)
1 x 33kg CQR anchor and 1 x 30kg Bruce anchor each with approx 30 metres chain plus nylon rodes., both with 24 volt electric winches (with hand held remote control), plus chain counter at helm. Deck wash pump fitted, with 10 metre hose. Both anchors are set up on bowsprit 'launchers'.
Charts, life jackets, life raft, flares
4 x 100 amp hour deep cycle house batteries and 2 x 75 amp hour 900 CCA cranking batteries (separate, one arranged as backup). House and cranking battery systems can be paralleled.
All batteries new in 2019. Digital battery management system in 2019.
Nav lights, cabin lights.
Garmin wind/speed/depth (new 2018), Garmin GPS mapx XS 7 inch chart plotter (new 2018), Raymarine ST7001+ Auto pilot, VDO engine gauges, Muir Auto anchor 500C.
Garmin VHF DSC Radio with AIS transceiver (all new in 201*) integrated with chart plotter.
1 x Mainsail, 2 x Mizzen, Yankee (on furler), Staysail (on furler), 1 x Genoa, 1 x Cruising spinnaker (with snuffer), Storm jib. Headsail sheets 12mm x 18mm
Mast / Rigging
Type; Ketch. Timber mast and and booms.
Stainless steel Rig 1 x 19 wire, totally replaced 2020. Every load bearing fitting on the rig was removed in 2018 and crack tested. All running rigging new in 2018/2019.
10 x Arco bronze self tailing winches, 4 x halyard (2 each at main and mizzen masts), 8 sheet/halyard winches in cockpit. All recently serviced.
12 x fenders.