Fort Lauderdale, FL
|Location:||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
The legendary Sundeer 64, Artemis, is on the market for the first time since 2009. The Sundeers, built at TPI in Rhode Island and designed and engineered by Steve and Linda Dashew, changed the thinking of so many long-distance sailors. They are overbuilt to an extreme, yet famous for fast and comfortable passages. The interiors are designed for real-world cruising, with functional and safe living areas, watertight compartments, and accessible machinery, combined with a simple and sophisticated finish. This all-latitude voyager is ready for a new owner to take over and further the adventure!
From the description by Steve and Linda Dashew: The Sundeer 64 is designed as a no-compromise, long-range cruising vessel for shorthanded sailing. Moderate of beam, with an extremely long waterline, state of the art systems and construction, fore and aft watertight bulkheads, with fuel and water transferable from side to side for increased sailing stiffness, and a hull which is almost fully balanced as it heels through normal sailing range together create what is the finest production cruising boat ever to set sail.
Because the hull of the Sundeer 64 is so easily driven, a modest sail plan makes for very quick passages. The ketch rig, for instance, has a mainmast which is just 64 feet off the water. Yet this small sail plan will easily power you to 240 to 260 mile days in tradewind conditions.
Can a couple handle a Sundeer 64? This is a question asked by most of our clients. The first issue is handling the boat offshore, and here rig and hull efficiency comes into play. The fact that the Sundeer 64 needs so little sail area, relative to its size and stability, to make quick passages, means you are in effect already shortened down the first notch ahead of the weather. When other boats are getting ready to reef, we're just hitting our stride. And in conditions where you want to shorten down ahead of weather, so that the boat is really under-powered, you can still make good progress.
A bluewater passagemaker in a class by itself.
|Water Tank Capacity:||550 Gallons|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||350 Gallons|
|Number of Engines:||1|
|Engine Hours:||4407 Hours|
As in all Sundeers, the forward area stateroom is the Master Stateroom. Why put the Master forward instead of aft, where it is usually found? For real-world offshore cruising, it makes complete sense.
When in port, you are usually on the hook. Unless there is a strong current in the harbor, your bow is pointing straight into the wind. So, the best breezes will be in the forward areas. And this stateroom is actually a very great one at sea too, unlike many other bow staterooms. Here’s why: the forward section of the hull is a sail locker and watertight bulkhead, moving the forward-most stateroom fairly far aft. The mainmast actually is stepped beneath the floor in the Master, so this area is the center of motion as well – which makes it an excellent sea berth. So, not only do you get the best air in the Master Stateroom, but this stateroom is often the best berth on a passage too! There is an en-suite head and shower, with the toilet located near the centerline of the boat.
Two generously sized guest staterooms, each with a double berth, are aft with a 2nd head and shower.
The main saloon/galley/navigation area is approximately 15 feet wide by 18 feet long. Settees are port and starboard, and they deep enough to make truly comfortable berths when on passage. Above the settees outboard are sea berths for tucking away crew or gear with lee cloths on passages. The salon table, fitted with a removable hand rail on the outside as well as removable fiddle rails on the center and inside, is large enough to seat seven comfortably.
Aft, on the starboard side, is the navigation and ship’s office. The chart table is large, with plenty of storage under the lift-up lid. There is a chart light that provides white or red light.
The galley is unparalleled. There is almost 15 feet of linear space, plus an enormous amount of storage. (More about this in the Galley Section).
The galley incorporates almost 15 linear feet of counter space with extra high fiddles for offshore functionality. The gimbaled stove is positioned so that, at sea, you can cook without standing in front of it. And there is always furniture to brace yourself against when the boat is heeled – on either tack. Behind the sink/stove counter are 9.5 feet of lift-up lockers with an equal amount of under-counter storage and an RCA microwave (new 2020).
On the centerline are the fridge and freezer boxes. The double fridge itself boasts almost 15 cubic feet of storage and is entered from the aft side. You don’t have to worry about what is going to fall out when you open the door at sea. There are two sections, top and bottom, with high lips around the doors to reduce cold air spillage when open. The freezer section is 10 cubic feet in volume and is top-loading, with a double-gasketed door and six inches of insulation.
The design philosophy for the rig on the Sundeer 64 is both simple and groundbreaking at the same time. The main mast is just 64 feet off the water, allowing her to transit the intracoastal waterway. Because the hull is so easily driven, the sail area can be modest and still produce regular 240 to 260 mile days in trade wind conditions. Since she is designed to be fully operable by a couple, the sails can be handled easily by a couple. The size of the mainsail is modest and easily raised and doused with the aid of an electric winch.
From the designers, Steve and Linda Dashew: “The first issue is handling the boat offshore, and here rig and hull efficiency come into play. The fact that the Sundeer 64 needs so little sail area relative to its size and stability to make quick passages, means you are in effect already shortened down the first notch ahead of the weather. When other boats are getting ready to reef, we’re just hitting our stride. And in conditions where you want to shorten down ahead of weather, so that the boat is really under-powered, you can still make good progress.” Speed is safety. The weather “window” needed for a comfortable passage doesn’t need to be open for long if you are sailing a Sundeer 64.
The main and mizzen together have over 1700 square feet of sail, easily driving this hull without the headsail.
So much of the Sundeer 64’s sail area is in the mainsail and the mizzen, they will sail quite efficiently without a headsail. The ketch rig configuration is based on the Dashew’s original personal Sundeer 67. Both the main and mizzen have large roaches. These are extremely efficient configurations and generate a huge amount of horsepower from a short sail plan.
For long-distance cruising, the ketch rig uses a mizzen spinnaker. Smaller than a forward chute, it provides enough extra horsepower to keep you moving very nicely in lighter airs. If you get caught by an unexpected squall, the “all inboard” configuration of the mizzen spinnaker is much easier to handle than the forward spinnaker.
Other Rigging Details:
8 AGM 8D batteries - 6 Lifelines (2018) are located in the keel and 2 Rolls (2021) are forward to service the windlass and hydraulic furler.
The entire house battery bank system was redesigned in 2009, replacing the original Trojan 2v traction batteries with six 12v Lifeline batteries, providing over 1,500 amp hours. The batteries rest above the keel and add over 930lbs to the ballast package
Main engine is set up with (2) 210 amp oversized Balmar alternators and (1) 60 amp alternator. Alternators are mounted with a specially designed steel welded frame which incorporates threaded belt tension adjusters
BASS electrical panel with both AC and DC side breakers
9kW Northern Lights 309K2 diesel generator (2003) 7500 hours, all new electrical end replaced in 2016
Battery charger(s): Xantrex Freedom 25 charger (130 amp DC) / inverter (2500 VA continuous) for house bank and Sterling Pro Charge Ultra PCU 2430 (new 2021) for forward 24V system in sail locker
50 amp shore power service
50 amp shore power cord (new 2012) with custom fire hose sleeve with grommets to keep off deck
Built – or overbuilt – to exacting standards at TPI in Newport, RI, using the SCRIMP vacuum bagged sandwich infusion system. The hull is laid up with stitched biaxial and quadraxial roving/mat combination, and vinylester resins are used for additional resistance to blistering. The SCRIMP system ensures that the high density balsa core cannot absorb moisture or delaminate. Her construction specs exceed those specified by the American Bureau of Shipping, so she has a full ABS certification plaque.
Forward and aft watertight bulkheads give an extra layer of protection. However, the watertight compartmentalization has some other advantages besides safety. Damp, smelly sails and ground tackle are completely isolated from the living areas. The engine room is located aft, behind its own watertight bulkhead. Heat, diesel odors, and noise are segregated from the interior as well.
In the bow, the already beefy ABS approved laminates are further strengthened to give additional security in the event of a collision.
Rudder: The semi-balanced spade rudder dramatically reduces the force required to steer the Sundeer 64 as compared to a similar sailboat with a skegged rudder. This both reduces the effort required by the helmsman and that required of the autopilot. However, this is not your usual spade rudder. This one is engineered to carry twice the load required by the already conservative requirements of the ABS. The rudder, rudder stock, and rudder bearing are an incredibly strong structure. So you get all the benefits of a spade rudder (lower effort, tight turning radius, steers well in reverse) with all the safety you could want in a rudder.
1) All water tanks are fiberglass, integral to the hull. Not only does this allow the maximum possible tankage, but this feature also provides yet another layer of safety: a puncture in this area will not allow water intrusion into the rest of the boat. 550 total gallons.
2) (2) 175 gallon aluminum fuel tanks, for a combined tankage of 350 gallons. Tanks are port and starboard along the hull sides. A fuel transfer pump is included, allowing fuel to be transferred to the weather side for increased stability.
3) The fuel transfer system also includes a large Racor Turbine 500FG Fuel Filter/Water Separator Assembly to polish the fuel. Contaminants are removed via 3 separate systems: separation of large solids and free water through centrifugal force, water droplets and solids coalesce on the conical baffle and fall into the collection bowl, and fuel filtration with Racor's replaceable filters in 2, 10, and 30 micron ratings.
In poor weather, there is no where you’d rather be.
Other Deck Details:
A big part of the safety engineering aboard the Sundeer 64 is in its thru-hulls – or lack thereof. Thru-hulls and below water-level fittings are likely the most common source of catastrophic events on a sailboat. This Sundeer 64 has only three seawater intakes. There are bronze seacock valves to shut them off easily when you leave the boat. There are only 3 below the water exhausts – for heads and pumps. These are not standard seacocks either but, instead, fiberglass standpipes permanently bonded to the hull. Of course, the top of the standpipe is well above the waterline level.
The 4 sinks and 2 showers all drain to a 20-gallon gray water holding tank in the bilge. When filled, a Sureflo macerator pump is triggered and the contents are pumped overboard, on any tack.
An interesting and very useful design feature on the Sundeer 64 is the arrangement of water drainage from the decks. During a rain storm, water runs off the sails to the deck and to the outboard gutters. It runs aft along the gutters to a drain on either aft corner of the deck. The interesting part is the fresh water fill ports are located about a foot forward of the deck drains. In a good rainstorm, after letting the salt wash off the deck, all you have to do is put a plug in the drain and open the water fill port to refill the water tanks. We have filled almost empty tanks with over 500 gallons of water in 20 minutes. And it tastes delicious!
Engine: (2006) Yanmar 4LHAM-HTP 160 HP Turbo Diesel 4,407 hours
Propeller: Three bladed PSI MaxProp 26” reversible pitch propellor (rebuilt 2017)
Propellor Shaft: Stainless steel, 1 3/4” inch diameter, tested and balanced (2017)
Shaft Cutlass Bearing: bearings rebuilt 2017
Tender: Achilles 315DX RIB, 10’ 4” (new 2018)
Boat Toys and Gear:
Operations and Maintenance