Our new boat, Eurybia (u-RIB-ia), is a 1991 custom Huntingford Sea Maid 45 center-cockpit ketch. We are the third owners. Her previous names were High Times (until 2007) and Aquila (until 2018). The underbody has a cut-away forefoot with a skeg-hung rudder. The engine is a Cummins 76hp. We first met her in 2007 in our home marina in northern Washington where the previous owners had brought her after the purchase in Canada.
Eurybia is the greek goddess of the Mastery of the Seas. She is the daughter of Gaia (earth) and Pontos (seas). Her children include the Anemoi (wind gods) and Astraea (starry night) who later became the constellation Virgo. I am told the name means “far-reaching power”; Eury means “wide” or “far reaching” and Bia means “might” or “force” or “power”. So do not underestimate her!
We had not intended to acquire a new boat quite so soon after starting our second Pacific voyage, but our friends needed to find a new home for her and we just couldn’t resist her charms. She will be more comfortable for extended cruising and now family or friends can join us during the voyage and stay in our forward cabin.
The layout is a traditional two-cabin layout. The forward cabin has a port-side double berth and storage on the starboard side. The forward head has a shower and tub is to port with salon storage (and liquor cabinet!) to starboard. The salon has a starboard settee with bookshelves and a port-side L-shaped settee with a permanent table with a leaf extension and storage outboard. A u-shaped galley is to port aft of the salon. A small nav station is starboard of the galley, with the companionway steps between them. Aft of the nav station is a narrow companionway with workbench outboard and enclosed engine room to port in the center of the boat. Further aft is the master cabin with private head and small settee and desk.
The list of equipment is outstanding including Cape Horn self-steering, AmpAir wind generator, AutoHelm, generator, dive compressor, six golf-cart batteries and 8D starting battery, wash-down pump, 180 gallons of water in two tanks and 200 gallons of fuel in four tanks. 30 pounds of propane support the galley and another 10 pounds for the Magma grill. The galley contains a Force-10 three-burner propane stove and oven. The pressure water can be turned off to use the footpump when desired. There is also a hand pump for sea water in the galley. A Frigoboat top and side-opening fridge completes the galley. The boat can be heated with a diesel heater in the salon. Class B AIS, HF and VHF radios and a Raymarine Sea-Talk navigation system make up the heart of the nav/comm system. We will add a laptop running Coastal Explorer for planning and backup.