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Write Byte II


When we bought The Write Byte, we thought this was our last, best boat. In reality, it probably is. The Write Byte is a great boat. But, as things go, we've begun to dream about what we'd like in our "perfect" boat. We now have two fast growing children, and if we get the opportunity to do extended cruising, it will be much more difficult than it has been aboard TWB. with that in mind, I'd been casting about, examining every boat I came across and evaluating what we'd like in our "perfect" boat.

Then, I stumbled across the Covey Island Boatworks site. They had a questionnaire to fill out if you were ordering a custom boat from them. So, since I'd already been keeping a text file with stuff I'd like, I combined their list and my list into this page.

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Preliminary Specification Questionnaire

    If you are interested in a custom yacht built "Covey Island Style", we invite you to do one of the following:
  • Print out this page* and complete the specifications which will give us a starting point to pursue your interest in a custom built yacht. Then mail or fax to the address below.
  • Visit us in Petite Riviere, Luxembourg County, Nova Scotia, the next time you are in the area. (by appointment please).

  • Aft Cockpit Sloop
  • Fractional Rig
  • Fin Keel, with Bulb.

  • Aft Cockpit
  • Sweeping possible, Clipper Bow
  • Traditional Transom

  • PHRF of Zero or Less.
    • The Closer to -50, the Better
  • Easily Long Range Singlehanded

Level of Finish:
  • Exceptional

  • Turn Key / Sailaway

  • Length (on deck) 54-65', depending on overhangs
  • LWL 50'
  • Beam Approximately 16'
  • Draft 7' max, or if lifting keel, 10', lifts to 5'
  • Displacement 30,000
  • Ballast 12,000-15,000

Fuel / Propulsion:
  • Hydraulic

    System Type: Sophisticated
  • 12 volt & 110 volt
  • Shore Power Yes
  • Gen Set If Fuel Cell Unavailable
  • Inverter 2500 watt
  • Solar Panels Yes
  • 1,500 ah Battery Capacity.
  • Electronics
    • B & G Instrumentation Suite
    • Simrad Autopilot and Radar
    • VHF
    • SSB
    • Cell Phone
    • Bad Assed Network Server with 22" Flat Panel
    • 12 volt and Cat 5 Outlets in
      • All Staterooms,
      • Galley,
      • 2 in Salon
      • Under Dodger
    • Coastal Explorer Charting System
    • Sony 42" Flat Panel Monitor
      • Mounted on (or in) Salon Bulkhead
      • Covered by Painting When Not in Use
      • JBL Home Entertainment System Wired to Flat Screen.
      • Server Monitor Output Wired to Flat Screen with Switching Between HE System.
    • Web Connectivity via Built in Cell Phone?

Fixtures and Fittings:
  • All Standing rigging supported with Rod Rigging
  • All Furling Sails
  • Hydraulic Winches for
    • Halyards
    • Furling Main
    • Primary Genoa
  • Integral and Aesthetic (non retractable) Sprit for Code Zero
    • Clipper Bow?
  • Rigged with Code Zero Sail
  • Minimize Lines Led Aft to Cockpit
    • Spaghetti in Cockpit, Nasty Bad!!!
  • Large Manual Self Tailing Secondary Winches.
  • All Winches Bronze, in Natural Finish.
    • What's the Point of a Bronze Winch if you Chrome Plate it???
  • Radar (No Arches)
  • Robertson Autopilot
  • Cape Horn Wind Vane
    Tankage (Gallons)
  • Water: 200
  • Hot Water: 24
  • Fuel: 100 Diesel
    • Not Necessary if Fuel Cell Powered
  • Propane Sufficient For 6 months at Sea
    • Including House Bank and Propulsion Needs if Fuel Cell Powered
  • Gasoline: 10
    Mechanical / Electrical
  • All Sole Panels Removable and Lockable
  • Battery / Solar Capacity for a Week Without Running Engine or Generator
    • Not Necessary if Fuel Cell Powered
  • Propane Grill Plumbed From House Propane
  • 3 Zone Reverse Cycle AC
  • Watermaker 200 gal/day
  • Washer / Dryer if weight permits
  • 3 Blade Feathering Prop.
    Anchoring / Docking
  • Bow Pulpit Sufficient For Two Primary Anchors
    • Integrated with Code Zero Sprit?
  • Low Profile Hydraulic Windlass
  • Rigging Sufficient For Both Anchors to be Handled by Windlass
  • Hydraulic Bow Thruster
  • Chocks for 12' Dinghy on Cabin Trunk

    3 Staterooms
  • Master Stateroom Must Have centerline Queen with Access to Both Sides.
    • Not interested in Crawling in From Bed's End
    • Vanity / Desk
  • Other Staterooms may have Upper and Lower berths. Prefer at Least One lower Double Berth
  • Interior Finishes
    • Natural Birch or Cherry Interior or Combination Thereof
    • Superbly Crafted Joinery
    • Minimizing Weight While Maximizing Wood
  • Traditional Teak and Holly Sole.
  • 6" Foam on all Cushions
  • Leather Upholstery on all interior seating furniture
  • Coding Chair
    • Swivel - Reclining High Back Leather Desk Chair
    • Ottoman - Foot Brace
    • Easily Visible to 42" Flat Panel.
    • Same as Nav Station Seat?
  • 4 Burner Propane Stove
  • Microwave
  • Cold Plate Deep Freeze
  • Cold Plate Fridge
  • Trash Compactor
    Like to Haves
  • Either No Headliner or Easily Removable Panels
  • Engine Room with Workbench
  • Shop in Forepeak
  • Stand up Engine Room with 270 Degree Access to Engine
    • Not Necessary if Fuel Cell Powered
  • No External Brightwork, except:
    • Cockpit Coamings
    • Cockpit Trim
    • Transom
    • Wooden Wheel with spoke handles inside seamless outer rim.
    • All other exterior teak trim will go Gray. ie: Eyebrow, Teak Toerail.
  • 2 Heads
  • Highly Efficient Manual Heads
  • ElectraSans
  • Separate Stall Shower in Master Head
  • Bidet in Master Head

Goals: To Cruise for Months in Heated and Air Conditioned Comfort and Never Have to Plug Into Shore Power or Run a Diesel Generator.

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