Hull # - Vittoria
- Model: Cruising
- Year Built: 1965
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- Vessel Name: Vittoria
- Owner Name: Gregory Soule
- Hailing Port: Cushing, Maine
I bought my 1968 B27 several years ago and have absolutely loved sailing her. She is a hoot to sail and is very seaworthy. We push her pretty hard sometimes and with the right suit of sails on she does great. We have taken her out for cruises up to 3 weeks in length, docking a little here and there to fill back up with water or put some gas in the can. We have the outboard motor in the lazarette model and use a little 1980’s Johnson 6hp as our auxiliary. It’s just enough to get us home when the wind dies or get us on/off the dock easily.
I’ve done quite a few modifications to her with the theory of always having her ready to sail each season. When she hits the water I don’t work on her any more, except little puttering type projects at anchor. I work on her quite a bit but when the season comes (Maine) I hang up the belt and sail as much as possible. I try to keep cost down and not go overboard by having a cost/benefit approach to each project. I’m attaching some pictures but I must admit I don’t take a lot of pictures of projects so they leave a little to be desired.
The ice box got moved into the dumpster. Since I have the outboard model the entire underneath of my companionway counter and cockpit is all storage. When you let down the door (hinged on the bottom with the step in in) I have a nice little 6 bottle liquor cabinet on the bulkhead on the left, an igloo cooler in the middle and the sink drain, interior manual bilge pump and the other bilge pumps (cockpit manual, low level electric and high level electric) hoses on the right. The cooler lays on a sled of wood with fiddled sides, back and bungees holding it down in, not that there is a lot of room for it to move, the clearances for everything are minute and it took me a lot of head scratching to figure out how to cram it all in there. I pop off the bungees and the cooler slides out, through the door opening and on to the back side of the door, which is horizontal and parallel with the floor 6″ higher than the sole because the step in the door hits the sole and keeps the rest of the door high and in-line for the cooler slide move. Then I sit on the settee and open the cooler as it rests on the back of the fold-down door. It works great and the cooler stays cool in the bilge area and ice lasts 6 days. A future project I’m looking forward to doing is the final step in the cooler transformation. I see you glassed in the cockpit access hatch to the old ice box and made it all flush. I was thinking of leaving a small lip and somehow fastening on a piece of smoked lexan with a wooden rim and making a chart table skylight.
In addition to major projects I’ve done countless little ones like paint removal (all exterior wood was painted) and now I let all the wood turn silver, reefing system for mainsail, and in general just trying to always improve and always simplify. I hope the pictures email okay and please feel free to email me back if you have questions about the pictures I’ve sent or you want to learn more about what I’ve done to Vittoria.
Regarding Cockpit Drains…
The cockpit drains work fine while the boat is on the mooring or at anchor. The cockpit sole, by design, is slightly pitched forward so the water flows towards the stock drains (at my forward end). Yes, the thru-hull portion is below waterline but the drain in the cockpit sole is above waterline so it works just like the sink drain. There is always water in the line up to the waterline mark but never above it as the water in the drain and the ocean are always reaching an equilibrium. Some sailors going offshore choose to make the thru-hull for the cockpit drains equipped with a ball-valve seacock so they can completely shut off that hole in the hull if they suffer cockpit drain damage somehow. I haven’t done this, instead I carry underwater workable epoxy to fix the glass thru-hull and replaceable hose and think I could manage to get a repair in underway. I’ve been sailing and at anchor in severe thunderstorms and never had any water accumulate in the cockpit at all. I think of it like this: the stock drains are fine for rain, the auxiliary drains are for wave filled cockpits.