Hull #202 - Victoria Ann
- Model: Cruising
- Year Built: 1967
- Hull #: 202
- Vessel Name: Victoria Ann
- Owner Name: David J. Canty
- Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (although she is berthed in Little River, S.C., about 20 miles NE)
I purchased her from Marilyn Snapp in October, 1989, weeks after Hugo blew through. She spent the Hurricane on the hard at The Hague Marina in Socastee, S.C. Marilyn purchased her from an Air Force officer (the base closed in 1991) who had brought her from Michigan around 1979. Marilyn renamed her “Miss Priss”, I renamed her “Victoria Ann ” after my daughter. I have sailed her as far South as Charleston (100NM offshore) and as far North as Bald Head Island (Cape Fear).
She has a 9.8 Nissan 4 stroke in the well, XL shaft. She previously had a Yamaha 15 4 stroke long shaft (slightly too big for the well), a Yamaha 9.8 long shaft (great motor but threw a rod through the crankcase one night in Winyah Bay) and a Johnson 15 2 stroke long shaft (came with the boat, didn’t last long). She has a 5 watt solar panel that has eliminated the need for shore charging. All sails are original (!) and each has been through the LaMauney process at Sailcare restoring them to new condition.. She has Schaefer roller furling (the old kind with a wire in the luff) and a 155 Genoa. The Jib is ready to be returned to Sailcare for reconditioning again after 20 years. The head pumped straight overboard so I installed a Y valve and holding tank to make her legal. I’ve also installed a boom bail and preventer as well as a whisker pole for downhill runs.
She has an Autohelm 800, Garmin chartplotter interfaced with the Icom VHF, and 4 channel AM FM CD MP3 system with speakers in the cockpit and cabin. There is also a LORAN C receiver and antenna and an insulated backstay and grounding plate for my Yaesu 900 HF transceiver. She has a Carry Cool air conditioner that drops into the forward hatch and a bimini that extends the length of the boom when deployed. She came with a dodger in a sad state when I bought her and I had it duplicated in Sunbrella Pacific Blue. The canvas was yellow when I bought her and now the sail cover and UV strips are all Pacific Blue. A friend who decommissioned his Westerly 32 gave me his teak cockpit grate and another friend who is a woodworking genius cut and crafted it into a beautiful 2 piece cockpit grate. The freshwater system has gone from a manual pump to electric and back to manual. Originally equipped with an alcohol stove, we now use a propane camp stove with 1 pound propane cylinders and a Magma propane grill on the stern rail. I added the stern rail about 1991 and it makes a huge difference in the cockpit. She has a folding boarding ladder in the hanging locker as it is otherwise impossible to get aboard from the water. At one time I added a donated refrigeration system to the ice box but it proved too delicate, complicated and expensive.
While initially tender she stiffens up promptly. The rigging is overbuilt and quite sturdy. I have replaced one shroud with a crack in the turnbuckle and removed the jib sheet blocks and tracks. She can take much more than I can. I have become a great admirer of Carl Alberg (He spent WW II in Charleston, S.C. designing landing craft) and the Pearson Brothers who built the boat when oil was $1.65 a barrel and laid on the glass. I’ve now owned her half of her 44 years and hope she’ll be around in 44 more.