Silas Crosby is for sale! 36′ Steel Sailboat for sail

The sailing vessel “Silas Crosby” is now for sale. We have had all the adventures we wanted with this great boat, and she’s ready for more.


design: Brent Swain 36′ twin-keel steel cutter.

launched June 1994.

Built over 2 years and 3 months with Brent Swain’s involvement for the initial construction of the hull, deck, cabin and detailing. Professional welders hired for all the welding.

length overall 36′, 11m; waterline length 30′; beam 10.5′; draft 4′

displacement: ~ 20,000 lbs

Hull 3/16″ steel, deck and cabin 1/8″ steel.

Keels of 3/8″and1/2″ plate with 3″ solid bars on leading edge

Ballast: 5000lbs, lead poured in keels.

Flame-sprayed zinc (metallized) hull above waterline, deck , cabin, bilges, around ports inside. Devoe Bar-Rust below waterline. All preceded by sandblasting to white metal on hot summer days.

Epoxy coated ( Devoe, now Ameron) 4 coats inside and out.

There is plenty of stainless steel trim on deck, to protect the paint.

Spray foam insulation 1 1/2 to 2″ inside. Warm and dry.

Low profile pilothouse and aluminum dodger, with aft enclosing curtain for foul weather.

Aluminum companionway door with secure dog-type latch. Weatherproof and sea-proof, and tested.

*Stainless steel full perimeter pipe railings at or above hip height: very strong and VERY SAFE*.

Isomat spars

Port Townsend/Carol Hasse sails, 2010

7 Andersen winches

Isuzu C240 4 cyl 50 hp diesel engine, 5800 hrs, installed new, one owner. Zero engine breakdowns. Oil/filter changes every 150 hrs without fail. 2.2 litres fuel per hour at 5 knots( 1600 rpm). 6.8 knots at 2200 rpm. Max rpm 2700, as designed. 440 litres fuel in one tank.

Propeller 17 x 15 bronze 3 blade, with spare.

Keel-cooled, quiet dry engine exhaust: no saltwater intake for engine.

Engine access is excellent with removable insulated panels.

Racor fuel filter outside engine room on bulkhead for easy inspection and servicing.

Engine oil change handpump outside engine room on bulkhead.

Transom hung rudder with trim-tab for windvane self steering, which has steered the boat for 20,000 miles or more offshore and coastally without failure.

Force 10 3-burner propane gimballed stove and oven.

Fab-All (now ‘Sigmar’ owned by Dickinson) diesel heater with balanced draft and tall chimney with H-type cap.

Also a ‘bus-type’ heater for when the engine is running.

Engel-45 12/110 V refrigerator.

Lavac toilet

Furuno GP35 GPS, Vesper AIS transceiver with stand-alone monitor, Raytheon R10X radar.  Humminbird sounder.

Icom718 HF Ham radio, SGC tuner.

2 VHF radios , inside at pilot seat and in cockpit

Several computer navigation programs and e-chart collections available.

Double berth in forepeak, sea berth on port settee, pilot berth starboard salon, double berth aft cabin. All with lee-cloths.

Aft cabin with inside access via passageway.

Our family has sailed this able, trim vessel up and down the BC coast many times, around Vancouver Island 6 times, to Haida Gwaii 3 times, to Mexico and Hawaii in 2001/02, and just recently completed a 24,000 mile ,3 year voyage from Comox (on Vancouver Island) to Cape Horn via Mexico, Galapagos, Easter Island and the channels of Patagonia. Then we returned via Mangareva , Marquesas, Hawaii then north to the Aleutians and SE Alaska and home.

We have encountered calms and storms. Tropical heat and sub-antarctic and sub-arctic cold. Many adventures, but never a major accident or mishap.

Running aground is not a problem with this boat. We often put the boat on the beach, or aground in a shallow lagoon : for fun or for work.

The boat is safe. The life-rails need to be experienced at sea to understand how sensible and secure they are.

The boat sails well. We sailed from Cabo San Lucas to Hilo in 18 days , 2300 miles, no motoring, good winds.

From Juan Fernandez Island to Mangareva , 3600 miles in 33 days with the wind rarely above 10 knots, with only 9 hrs of motoring.

From Galapagos to Easter Island, close reaching in fresh trade winds 17 days, 2100 miles.

The boat is small enough and handy enough that I regularly daysail and cruise alone, when necessary.

We have storm sails: storm trysail on a separate track, and a storm jib to replace the staysail when needed. Amsteel-blue running backstays when needed.

The spinnaker is in a snuffer and is asymmetrical.

Whisker/spinnaker pole is sched. 40 ,2″ i.d. 15′ long.

Jordan Series Drogue with 124 cones for gale management offshore: I’ve deployed it 3 times with excellent results, and easy retrieval. (This is an important piece of gear for high latitude voyages).

A 55 lb ( 25 kg ) Rocna anchor is shackled to 75′ of 3/8″ chain and 75′ of 5/16″ G4 chain with 200′ of 3/4 ” double-braid nylon. Deployed from a deck-mounted manual anchor winch that has always worked well in the most severe conditions. In the worst episode, at 3 in the morning, with a full gale, the anchor was pulled and re-set by a 25 yr old woman- fast and efficient (I hope she doesn’t read this).

This is a very strong and functional cruising machine. Ultimate safety for the coastal or offshore sailor.

Price: $73,000

contact Steve Millar:

Here is an album of photos of the boat from many places: