Silas Crosby Equipment List

***********SILAS CROSBY HAS BEEN SOLD!!! ***********

At the request of a prospective buyer, I have somewhat reluctantly composed an equipment list. Reluctant because it is a fluid concept. But here goes:


3 Fire Extinguishers

Life Jackets: 2 Mustang vest type, non inflatable and 1 mustang inflatable, with harness and tether, with spare CO2 canister

EPIRB: ACR 2010, manual activation

Flares and flare gun,( recently , well offshore, I tried out some flares from the Olin gun that were at least 10 years ‘out of date’ and 9 out of 10 went off perfectly – so I will never get rid of old ones again!)

Bilge Pumps: 2 diaphragm type manual, 1 electric ( stored on board, never installed)

Life Railings : 36″ high,full perimeter , stainless steel – possibly the single most important safety item aboard. MUCH  more important than life jackets or harnesses/tethers.

Parachute type sea-anchor 14′ diameter with own line. Never used , and probably never will be used.

JORDAN SERIES DROGUE 2010 from Sail Rite Kit ; 124 cones, deployed 3 times, possibly the second most important piece of deck gear


Windlass: aluminum, manual drum-type. Never failed, never been a problem in the WORST of conditions.

Anchors: Rocna 25 kg (55 lb), Delta-type ( not brand name) 45 lb

Chain: 75′ 3/8 ” and 75′ 5/16 G4 galv chain with about 200′ of 5/8 nylon double braid line, all stored on drum.

Snubbers: several, with different types and sizes of chain hooks, with different types and sizes of rope , for different conditions.

Winches: all  ss Andersen , 4 in cockpit self tailing, 3 on mast , non self tailing. 2 winch handles Andersen

SAILS: Mainsail 2010 Port Townsend sails with 3 reefs permanently rigged, with lines to mast base, ability to reef/unreef in any conditions on any angle of sail very quickly: eg crossing into Beagle Channel , my crew was able to change from full mainsail to 3 reefs tucked in in less than 2 minutes, reaching in 30 to 35 k wind. Good condition. Normal battens, except for full length top batten.

Genoa 130 % 2010 Port Townsend Sails, roller furling with 2 designated ‘strong points’ for reefing, with durable foam luff to maintain sail shape.

Jib Furler : welded aluminum with no joints to twist, no halyard bearings to jam. New bearing 2010, new Amsteel blue halyard 2010. simple and strong

Staysail: 2010 Port Townsend Sails with fluorescent green top. A real workhorse, hanked-on, used in reaching and close-hauled conditions.

Storm Jib 1990 Hood sails, a handkerchief, but it has been used a couple of times, hanked on the inner forestay, above stowed staysail.

Storm trysail 1990 Hood sails , with separate mast track and halyard: can be stowed in bag at mast base, sheets to the samson posts on each quarter. Smaller than the triple reefed main. One advantage is to be able to stow the boom firmly onto the gallows in wild conditions.

Asymmetrical Spinnaker , 1990 , Wake Sails ( Vancouver) in snuffer sock.

SPARS : Mast Isomat alloy, 47′ section deck stepped. 3′ longer than design calls for to improve light air performance. Single spreader with mast steps. Double backstays, forestay and inner forestay, single capshrouds with double lowers. Amsteel Blue running back stays to mid-panel above spreaders. Led to sheet winch on windward side. ‘Strong Track’ mast track insert , which is why reefing and unreefing is possible in any conditons

Boom: Isomat alloy with rope stoppers for 3 reefs and clew outhaul, end boom sheeting to aft cabintop. Permanently rigged boom preventers from end of boom forward to deck blocks and back to cockpit winch.

Whisker/Spinnaker Pole : sched 40 2″ id alloy pipe 16′ long so really gets the genoa stretched out for wing and wing sailing. Installed on mast track and continuous line car. Also another shorter Whisker pole for poling out staysail in fresh conditions.

Rigging: 2010 all 1 x7 galvanized steel cable with thimble and pressed collar ends, professionally done by logging equipment supply service. Stronger and more reliable than SS same size, but not as pretty. see Brion Toss’ comment in ‘”The Rigger’s Apprentice”

Galley/Kitchen Gear

Force 10 3 burner stove with gimbals. Oven and grill burners. ( oven burner has recently quit, to be repaired)

2 propane tanks , 20 lb each , 1 is steel , new, and 1 is fiberglass 2010. ( note that in the USA the fiberglass tanks were recalled, but nowhere else, so I stupidly got rid of one in Sitka thinking that the recall was general). Controlled by switch in galley to solenoid next to tanks on aft rail. Sunbrella covers for both tanks. This stowage place has withstood the worst conditions without a problem, and is super-safe.


a drawer full of cooking tools.

big plates, small plates, bowls

mugs and glasses

3 cooking pots SS

2 SS cooking bowls

Silicone rubber oven ware

Grater , colander , can opener etc etc

Fuel Tank : ~ 440 liters , single tank under pilothouse sole, integral, with baffle. Large inspection and clean out port. Tank cleaned by hand regularly, last time was in Hawaii June 2013.

Water Tankage: 2 plastic under aft cabin berth with 79 and 110 liters, 2 integral under main cabin sole with 100 and 50 liters each. Accessed by foot  or electric pump in galley.

Salwater footpump in galley.

THROUGH HULLS : 2 ( TWO) 1 for galley sink outlet, about 4″ below waterline, and 1 for saltwater intake , a welded , valved T off the cockpit drain pipe. Head intake is off the same salt water intake, and head outlet is 3″ above the water line, not scenic , but safe.

Toilet : Lavac vaccum type.

Holding tank , plastic 35 liter , not installed, available for installation if needed.

ENGINE : Isuzu C240 1993 5860 hrs from new. Naturally aspirated. KEEL-COOLED to rudder skeg, with dry exhaust ( stainless steel pipe with muffler). I am in the process of replacing the exhaust pipe and muffler at the moment, the pipe was scrap yard salvage when I bought it, but did last about 18 years. Replacing with new.

Hurth 250 gearbox. No problems

17 x 16 bronze 3 blade prop, 1 1/4″ monel shaft, conventional stuffing box with grease gun plumbed between stuff box and cutless bearing.

Spares : Alternator, alternator regulator, Starter, all Filters, spare Propellor, spare shaft.

The only engine water pump is the integral metal vane pump in the  Isuzu. There is no rubber vane pump because of the dry exhaust and keel cooling.

Other spares: assorted electrical bits, incl multimeter, wire , end fittings  bulbs, solder gun ( butane) , solder

assorted SS fasteners


* Vesper/ACR * AIS system TRANSPONDER with very loud alrm, on/off switch for transmitter for ‘stealth/paranoia mode’, stand-alone ; it can be linked to computer but it is not required for full function. Separate GPS and VHF antennas for AIS

Furuno GP 32 GPS

Icom 8000 VHF ( actually a 2m ham radio with marine frequencies programmed), 5, 25 , 75 watts

Another VHF under the dodger, in the cockpit, which brand name I cannot remember, a usual marine VHF radio.

In total there are 3 VHF antennas, for radios and AIS, 2 on radar arch and 1 on masthead.

Icom 718 HF/SSB Ham radio with full marine frequency access linked to SGC 235 antenna tuner mounted on radar arch with extra weather proof cover.

If interested and there is time, I can expedite the acquisition of a Canadian Amateur Radio License ( ‘Ham license’), a useful tool.

Pactor Modem Pactor II USBwith pactor III upgrade.

Raytheon R10X CRT radar: perfect condition

Sony ICF 2010 SW receiver

Weems and Plath digital 48 hr Barograph- a great instrument.

Traditional analogue wall mounted barometer.

Interior/exterior thermometer

Eagle Depth Sounder, transducer is protected aft of the starboard keel.

Blue Sky MPPT Solar Controller, with on/off switch, controlling a pair of Kyocera 85 watt SOLAR PANELS (2010) mounted above everything on radar arch, with little shadowing. Pivots fore and aft.

IN-Charge 3 step Smart Regulator controlling a 110 amp High Output Alternator.

Xantrex Echo-Charger for maintaining charge on Engine Starting Battery.

Trojan T-105 6V deep Cycle house batteries 2010  x 4 for 450 amp hrs storage.

Engel 45 refrigerator /freezer ( either, not both) drawing 2.2 amps for about 50% of operating time, thus about 25 amp hrs per day. Very quiet and efficient. Self contained unit on a sliding ‘drawer’ in passageway, 12 or 110 V.

Kenwood Stereo and 2 cabin speakers, with input jack for ipods/mp3’s etc.

Laptop computer, quite old, so you probably don’t want this even though it is working well and, because it does not have a battery installed it only draws about 1.4 amps. connected through a 12V to 19V convertor.

More importantly there is a USB puck type BU-235 GPS antenna that functions on the inside of the lexan port window.

Navigation Software and E-Charts for many world areas are available for copying to data-stick or whatever.


all interior lights are LED

all Navigation lights are LED, including the masthead tricolor (OGM)

handheld 12 V spotlight

red/white gooseneck nav table light

DINGHY : 10′ folding Portabote 2007 with 2 rowing stations, 1 pair of 7′ wooden oars and a spare pair of shorter aluminum oars. Had a 2 hp Honda o/b but it is very ill, and needs a major overhaul.

Dinghy has a repaired 12″ tear at the bow. (Severe trauma to cause this to thick PVC, another story).

Cockpit Cushions

HEATERS:  Fab-All 120 ( Sigmar, Dickinson: same thing) diesel drip feed carburetor bulkhead mount , with 2 small circulating fans. SS H-type chimney cap on 1 meter  external chimney , with ‘balanced draft’ external air intake. Uses about 4 lkiters per day if on all the time. Even at Tierra Del Fuego in the southern winter, I never left it on overnight.

Carbon Monoxide Detector.

Radex bus-type engine coolant fan driven Heater on separate coolant circuit, with valves; Cosy in cold weather if the engine is running.

I cannot think of anything else, but if I do I’ll add it.