This seaworthy trimaran, designed by John Marples, was constructed in 1987 by Steve Neal in Maine. See "owner's narrative" below for personal description and comments.
This 35 trimaran, designed by well-known marine architect John Marples, is a stout boat built in Maine by Steve Neal in 1987. She was originally named GOOD ENOUGH.
About 7 years ago Jo Hudson (a good friend of the well-known multihull pioneer Jim Brown) purchased her from the builder. Jo, Jim Brown and another crewman sailed her to Guatemala. There she was mostly docked at the Catamaran Hotel, which is located amid an idyllic, well-protected boat haven on the Rio Dulce River within the country.
When this boat was up for sale in June of 2011 I flew to Guatemala with an experienced surveyor and captain to check her out. After a thorough inspection I purchased GOOD ENOUGH and with the surveying captain, sailed her back to Florida. I renamed her SPRAY while making preparations for offshore sailing.
During one memorable trip from Port Canaveral, Florida I sailed SPRAY alone to Atlantic City, New Jersey. There I picked up my crew, Maryanne Schauman. Thanks to an accurate weather forecast by Chris Parker (from the Marine Weather Center) we made a 400 mile sail under sunny skies and a gentle rolling sea to Port Georges, Bermuda. After a week of R & R exploring this British Isle in the mid-Atlantic, my crew flew home.
SPRAY and I then spent the next fourteen days leisurely sailing back to Florida. Save for an occasional distant squall, it was a splendid voyage. My comfort level, hundreds of miles offshore, grew quickly. SPRAY is a stable cutter rig with an easy-to-manage sail plan. She boasts plenty of room, both on deck, in the cockpit and below. In winds ranging from 5 – 15 knots and seas between 1 – 5 feet she feels very secure, with no rolling or pitching. I can make coffee, and even scramble eggs or make a stew for any meal, as easily as on terra firma. A year after my first big sail in SPRAY, another mate and I sailed her to the central Bahamas and back.
The following winter I again sailed SPRAY, by myself, from Everglades City, Florida across the gulf, to where I cleared customs at Cat Cay, Bahamas. After a day’s rest I began a three month sojourn throughout the southern Bahamas. The highlight of this trip was a passage to Hogs Sty Reef, an atoll in the mid-Atlantic, between the Jementos and Caicos. After a few days of wonderment, catching lobster and living the good life, I headed for the Caicos. There I restocked for the last leg; destination Luperon, a well protected harbor on the north side of the Dominican Republic. It was an 85-mile reach in 5-foot beamy seas. With stay sail, full main and newly installed Yanmar it was an ideal day of sailing under sunny skies. Taking advantage of the Garmin 740s chart plotter SPRAY and I were safely delivered to the Luperon estuary with two hours of daylight to spare.
A bit of time was spent in the DR until my mate and I reunited in Luperon. We were then blessed with a following sea all the way to the Cay Sal Bank, which lies west of Andros Island. Crossing the Gulf Stream at night we hit a storm with raging winds and sloppy 5 – 6 foot seas. With a reefed main and staysail for power, SPRAY sailed comfortably, in sync with the ocean swells.
Last winter my mate and I cruised to the Exumas, Rum Cay and Long Island. SPRAY has proven to be perfect for comfortable living and for nestling into the coves and hideaways of Bahamian islands and shoal harbors.
Now settled in the swampland of Everglades City, Florida SPRAY is itching for a new owner to take her on new adventures. Unlike the cliche about a boater’s happiest day being the day they sell their boat, SPRAY will be sorely missed by me. She became an essential part of my life. Should I set sail again, I’d be hard pressed to find a comparably seaworthy and satisfying sailing vessel anywhere.
Beam = 22 feet
Draft = 2.5 ft
Fuel = 25 gallons
Water = 30 gallons
Mast height from waterline = 56 ft
Top of mast to deck = 40 feet
(Mast is deck stepped)
Built in cold molded wood/epoxy by Steve Neal in Maine
Decks built with marine ply; are in good condition
The boat is dry and sound.
Bottom antifouling paint was new in October 2014 and is still in good condition.
One double berth to port
Single berth to starboard (can be extended to sleep two adults)
Galley table, teak-seats 4 adults
Galley stove: Origo double burner alcohol stove
Galley sink: stainless steel with manual water pump
Head: brand new Lavac manual head in forepeak, with holding tank
12V electrical system
-two 12V gel cell house batteries
-two 6V golf cart batteries wired to make 12V system
-one 12V gel cell battery dedicated to windlass
Solar panels: two Kyocera 140 Watt PV modules
Blue Sky solar boost IPN-Pro remote
GPS: Garmin GPSMap 740S (color GPS sonar ready chart plotter)
Depth: Raymarine ST60Plus depth display
Autopilot: Raymarine P70 Pilot Controller
AIS Vesper Marine Watch Mate
Radio: KOM 706 Mk II GHF/FHF/UHF transceiver
Radio: Icom IC M424 Marine VHF radio
One roller furling staysail
Two roller furling jibs--one general purpose, one for off the wind
Stack pack with lazy jacks for mainsail
Harken jib furling system
Harken staysail furling system
Isomat aluminum mast with climbing steps
Yanmar 2GM, 20 h.p. inboard diesel
less than 700 hours
fuel consumption 1/3 gallons at 5 knots
Three anchors with chain and rode:
-35 lb plough
-32 lb claw
-25 lb claw
Dodger/bimini, brand new; completely encloses cockpit
One self inflatable PFD
Four cockpit cushions
Weather Hawk wind indicator
Dinghy--8 foot hard shell Walker Bay rowing dinghy with launching and retrieving system
Miscellaneous tools, spares, and safety equipment
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120 Point Comfort Rd
Mary Esther, FL 32569