The Boat

Jean Marie is a 1982 Fast Passage 39 designed by William Garden and built by Tollycraft in the state of Washington.  There are only 40 or so in existence, originally built by Philbrooks in Sydney, BC.  They are proven passage-makers and decent performers, often compared to the Valiant 40, with many features I considered essential for a cruising boat:  long fin keel, skeg-hung rudder, keel-stepped mast, and cutter rig.

In 1982 Francis Stokes sailed a Fast Passage 39 in the first BOC challenge -- a singlehanded round-the-world race -- finishing second in class.  After reading his book "The Moonshine Logs" I put the FP 39 at the top of my short list of desired cruising boats.  It wasn't on the list long.

It was 2005 and I had spent the previous 6 years completely refitting my first sailboat, a 1984 Ericson 30+.  I really loved my little Ericson and could be found nearly every weekend either sailing or working on the boat.  I started racing her the year before in the South Bay YRA and was really looking forward to honing our skills for the upcoming season.  That all came to a screeching halt the day I spotted an ad for Jean Marie in the classified section of Latitude 38.

Like me, the previous owner of Jean Marie loved his boat and spent countless hours working on her until just about every system had been upgraded.  He owned property in eastern Washington and shipped the boat home where he built a large shed over her and went to work, replacing many of the aging or out-dated components, improving many others, and preparing the boat for single-handed offshore sailing.  He spent 8 years refitting and sailing her, taking the boat around Vancouver Island, down to Mexico and then back up the coast before deciding (relunctantly) to let her go.

I remember seeing her for the first time and thinking she certainly doesn't look like a 23-year-old boat.  After 6 years of refitting my Ericson I was not looking for a project boat, and Jean Marie seemed a perfect fit.  I knew I wouldn't come across another Fast Passage like that any time soon.  It was a difficult decision to sell the Ericson, but I knew the time had come.

Jean Marie was berthed in Blaine, WA on the border with Canada.  Around the same time I was working out the purchase and preparing to sail her down the coast I got a call from a couple in Vancouver who were interested in the Ericson.  A few weeks after Jean Marie departed the Puget Sound for the Bay Area my beloved Ericson was loaded on a truck headed for Vancouver Island.  I was sorry to see her go but looked forward to the opportunity that lay ahead.  The boat I dreamed of was now mine.

Name:              Jean Marie       Model:                   Fast Passage 39
Year:                1981/82            Hull:                       Fiberglass
Builder:            Tollycraft           Designer:               William Garden

Dimensions:     LOA:  39.5 ft     LWL:  33.5 ft          Beam:  11.8 ft
                         Draft:  5.5 ft      Disp:  22,000 lb     Ballast:  7500 lb

Tankage:          Fuel:  53 gal (1 Alum. tank)     
                        Water:  80 gal (3 SS tanks)

Engine:            Beta 43 Diesel (43-hp)
                        Hurth ZF-25A hydraulic transmission
                        PYI PSS Shaft Seal
                        PYI MaxProp 3-blade feathering prop
                        R&D flexible coupler

Cabin:              Man Ship SS opening ports
                        Lewmar hatches
                        Force 10 propane heater
                        LED lights

                        New cushions and curtains

Galley:             Seaward 3-burner propane stove/oven
                        Sea Freeze holding plate refrigerator
                        Freshwater and saltwater foot pumps

Plumbing:         Hot/cold pressure water
                        Spectra Cape Horn watermaker
                        Seaward 6-gal SS water heater
                        Freshwater shower in head
                        Freshwater shower in cockpit
                        Saltwater deck wash
                        Bilge sump w/ pump & float switch
                        Electric bilge pump w/ float switch
                        2 manual bilge pumps

                        Electric head pump

Electrical:         Heart Freedom 20 Inverter w/ Link 2000
                        4 105-Ah Lifeline AGM batteries
                        Yandina 100-amp battery combiner
                        Letrika 120-amp alternator
                        Balmar ARS-5 external 3-step regulator
                        2 Kyocera 135-watt solar panels
                        1 Solartech 85-watt solar panel
                        Blue Sky 50-amp charge controller
                        120 VAC & 12 VDC breaker panels

Electronics:      Raymarine C80 radar/chartplotter
                        Raymarine ST60 instruments
                        Raytheon VHF
                        Raytheon GPS
                        Comar AIS-Multi
                        ComNav 2001S Auto pilot
                        Interphase Outlook forward scanning sonar
                        Icom 710 SSB w/ Pactor IIe modem
                        ASI DBX1 Precision Digital Barograph
                        Jensen 20" LCD TV
                        Sony DVD/CD/MP3 player w/ CD changer
                        Icom Handheld VHF
                        Garmin Handheld GPS
                        Norcross Handheld Depth Sounder

Sails:               Island Planet main (2+2, loose-footed, 3 reefs)
                        Hood yankee
                        Schattauer 115% genoa
                        Schattauer staysail
                        Schattauer heavy weather staysail
                        Schattauer storm jib
                        Schattauer trysail
                        Schattauer cruising spinnaker

Deck:               Harken Mk IV jib furler
                        Harken Mk III staysail furler
                        Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
                        Hall rigid boomvang
                        Forespar whisker pole
                        Lewmar winches (9)
                        Dutchman boom brake
                        New toe rail covers
                        New hatch covers

Ground Tackle:  66 lb Bruce anchor
                        Fortress 23 anchor
                        Fortress 37 anchor
                        300' 5/16" HT chain
                        40' & 25' 3/8" chain
                        2 80' 1/2" 3-strand nylon
                        Lofrans Kobra electric windlass

Storm Tackle   Gail Rider drogue
                        Jordan Series drogue
                        500' 3/4 3-strand nylon
                        400' 5/8" double braid nylon

Cockpit:           SS Arch w/ bimini
                        Dodger w/ hard top
                        Monitor self-steering windvane
                        Dinghy Lift
                        SS rails
                        Weather cloths

Safety:             Winslow 4-person offshore life raft
                        ARC 406 EPIRB
                        Monitor SOS emergency rudder
                        Lexan storm shutters

                        Life Sling MOB device
                        Aqua Signal 40 masthead LED tricolor w/ strobe
                        Echomaster radar reflector
                        PUR Survivor 35 manual watermaker
                        Emergency VHF antenna
                        Assorted flares
                        Ditch kit

Tender:            AB 8' inflatable dinghy with fiberglass bottom
                        Mercury 8-hp 2-stroke outboard

Charts:            Paper charts (world wide)
                        Electronic charts (US, Mexico, South Pacific)

Spares:           Engine maintenance kit
                       Outboard parts
                       PSS shaft seal
                       Autopilot parts
                       Watermaker parts/filters
                       Windvane repair kit
                       Raymarine parts
                       Fresh water pumps
                       Pump service kits
                       Sta Lok fittings
                       Rigging wire
                       Assorted lines/halyards
                       Assorted hoses/wire
                       Assorted blocks/shackles
                       Assorted fasteners
                       Misc. deck hardware
                       Winch handles
                       Spare propellor
                       Windlass remote
                       Hypalon fabric/glue
                       Dinghy patch kit
                       Sail repair kit
                       Solar fan blades
                       Companionway hatch boards
                       Sunbrella fabric
                       Ships bell
                       Air horn

Misc. Gear:     Mast climbing gear
                       Hanging chair
                       Wind scoop
                       Port screens
                       Mosquito nets
                       7x50 Marine Binnoculars
                       System manuals/documentation

More info...

Fast Passage 39 [Blue Water Boats, 9-21-10, W.L.]
The Moonshine Logs [1994, Francis Stokes]
Beta 43 [Beta Marine Engines]

Jean Marie...

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