Specs & Design...
There are over 7000 stainless steel Canadian made screws in the hull alone.
1500 bronze ring shank nails in the deck and roof structures.
90 Gallons of Epoxy, and 70 gallons of tar.
The largest bolts are over 5 feet long and most of the bolts over 2 feet long are homemade.
Total time spent building the boat is about 16,500 man-hours in 8 years.
There have been 34 friends that have helped over the years.
Wooden Built: The woods used are also interesting. SYP from Northern LA, Douglas Fir from Oregon, White oak from Maine, Mahogany from Honduras, Ash from North Carolina, Sapele from Africa, Jatoba and Ipe from Brazil, Longleaf Pine salvaged from the Ayers Bowling Alley in Corpus, and Mesquite from Uvalde.
Every appliance is chosen based on electrical efficiency and low water usage. All lights except searchlights are either compact fluorescent or LED. Waste oil is burned as fuel. There is a mast and sail to reduce fuel usage on long passages in the trades. The aft part of the boat is entirely manually operated plumbing. Waste heat off the engine is used for cold weather heating and hot water. Solar cells will keep the house bank topped off. And more.
The boat has four watertight compartments; The watertight dogged engine room door was salvaged off a 69’ Gulf shrimper named “Captain Arthur”.
The stern mooring posts were cut from the salvaged Sampson post of a Gulf shrimper named “Connie and Deb”. The Searchlights came off towboats, the Sampson post blocking to the stem from a freight elevator in Victoria, and the pilot house flooring from a bowling alley lane in Corpus. A searchlight front glass is made from a Pyrex pie plate from a friends kitchen.
Overview and Above Deck
Pelagic was scratch-built from the keel up by seller, Dan F. Gill, during the period from April 2003 to April 2011. It is a long-range diesel cruiser with a hull shape patterned after the West Coast Salmon Troller. They were usually operated by a husband and wife, or father and son team, and were designed for ease of short-handed operation and extreme efficiency. They are narrower, more sharply pointed at the bow, and often “double ended”. They are slow, safe, and may have very long range. Pelagic is considered a trans-Atlantic boat in that is has a range of 2500 to 3000 miles between fuelings, depending on speed and generator usage.
Pelagic is built mostly out of various woods, with a fiberglass outer layer. The interior has many different and interesting woods. The boat also has many features normally only found on larger boats. Many of these were able to be included in the boat only by sacrificing a dedicated guest cabin.
Pelagic’s serious, capable look on the outside is carried through on the inside with a layout designed to provide both comfort and safety at sea. This is no floating condo, or marina queen, which is best left at the dock when the weather turns bad. Instead, every detail, from properly positioned handrails to heavy-duty door hinges and catches, is carefully designed for safety at sea. Windows are extra heavy, tempered glass or Margard polycarbonate, and all window and doorframes are built to withstand boarding seas. Non-skid decks with night lighting improve footing and movement around the outside, and rounded corners on furniture and cabinets inside reduce scrapes and bruises when the boat makes an unexpected movement.
Pelagic’s center of attraction is the wheelhouse, which has a real sense of purpose about it. Located where sea motion is minimized, its wrap-around windows and angled equipment console provide excellent visibility for operating the boat. This is the command center of the ship, with all engine controls, DC electrical panels, navigation gear, and communications equipment installed in logical, easy-to-use fashion. Behind the helm, a raised settee provides the perfect spot to keep watch while underway. For those overnight passages, there's a pilot berth behind the settee, which also serves as an extra berth in port. Standing at the helm looking out across the bow in rising seas, and knowing the trustworthiness of her diesel engine and how stout the hull is gives us confidence that this is a vessel that will go just about anywhere.
Although Dan designed and built the interior with the comfort of himself and one other as the primary design directive, he worked hard to incorporate features that will accommodate additional guests in comfort. Pelagic’s interior is at the same time luxurious and functional. Going below and aft, the owner's stateroom with private head is spacious and comfortable. There is generous storage of clothing, supplies, maintenance items, and a large library of books and DVD/BluRay’s.
Below decks forward more of the innovative features of this yacht become apparent. A custom partial spiral staircase, executed in old growth white oak, leads to the dinette that becomes an extra double berth, and has storage beneath for emergency fresh water and supplies. On the port side is the Captains office with a heavy maple desktop that doubles as a workbench. Here we also find the heart of the AC electrical system, with a Victron Inverter/Charger. The ships computer is located here, and there is a 32” HDTV with Blu-Ray player in the computer. Below the exotic Brazilian Mesquite sole are the house bank of traction batteries, engine oil storage, root crop storage, and polished fuel tankage.
Moving forward we come to the ship’s galley. Pelagic provides the conveniences of a home kitchen in a compact, efficient layout. She has a refrigerator with icemaker, a gas range with oven, and a trash compactor.A durable granite countertop supports two individual deep sinks, one with a disposal and saltwater plumbing.There is a drawer type dishwasher and a microwave oven.Pelagic has a U shaped galley with provisions for safety belting the cook in rough seas.On the starboard side she has modern high efficiency front loading washer and dryer.Above the washer and dryer is the main pantry area with several different types of storage.Forward of the pantry is a large vertical locker, that houses the microwave, towels and linens, and a slide-out shelf for large galley appliances such as a bread maker, Kitchen Aide Mixer, and the Belgium Waffle maker
All the way forward is the main head.Its features include an electric flush macerating toilet, a large tiled shower, and a generous vanity area.Designer tiles and wall treatments abound.There is 24-hour ventilation and an extra heater for cold mornings.The focal point of the floor tile is a mosaic compass rose executed in travertine, black granite, and two varieties of marble.