Thought to be the last Ted Hood Design, the latest Little Harbour Sloop, Sarah Jane, has the comforts of a 65-footer combined with the performance of a cruiser-racer

Thought to be the last Ted Hood Design, the latest Little Harbour Sloop, Sarah Jane, has the comforts of a 65-footer combined with the performance of a cruiser-racer.

Sarah Jane, is a custom yacht that has been commissioned for an experienced couple that has recently completed a circumnavigation in their present Little Harbor 48.

With a 3-spreader, carbon fiber mast, built by Composite Solutions, and a large sail area, her sleek lines, reminiscent of Farr’s designs, should cut a formidable pace across any ocean. Her sail handling has been carefully considered and can be operated by a short-handed crew with the aid of electric winches and hydraulic systems. An internal cylinder in the boom controls the outhaul, thus reducing winch clutter in the cockpit.

Powered by a 220hp Cummins engine, coupled to a Hundestad variable pitch propeller, the Doldrums should be of little consequence. AC power is supplied by a Northern Light 20Kw generator and both units are able to drive the large hydraulic system, which operate the winches, sailing functions and transom door. Backup DC power is provided via solar panels, housed on the rooftop of the pilothouse. She has a large diesel capacity (1350 gallons), while water is limited to 350 gallons, an 800 gallon per day watermaker, plus a redundant manual system, will more than compensate for the small capacity.

A bow and stern thruster, controlled by a combination of foot pedals and joystick at the helm and pilothouse console makes berthing and close-quarter maneuvering when short-handed much easier. In the event of failure of the one of the power units, the other can be utilized to power each end of the boat. There are two completely watertight bulkheads, one in the forepeak and the other in the lazarette, where all fittings and penetrations are housed in specially designed gland modules.

Fully air conditioned throughout, as well as dual heat sources, Sarah Jane has been built to sail to the more remote latitudes and offer all the conveniences you would find in your home.

The engine room is occupies the back third of the interior and houses every bit of plumbing and machinery, with manifolds and pumps controlling all the systems. It even has space for a complete workbench, a separate washer and dryer and even has space for a head and stand up shower. Lead and foam insulation cover all surfaces, drastically reducing noise absorption into the neighboring guest cabin and pilothouse.

Her interior is a blend of hand-crafted, mahogany joinery, with inlays and accents of Brazilian cherry (Jotoba), slate and Corian. Hand-rubbed finishes of boiled linseed oil, turpentine and satin polyurethane, cover all the joinery, while all the furniture and cabinetry is assembled without visible bungs or imperfections.

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