It’s been about a year and a half since our last posting on this board roughly coincident with the sale of our beloved Tayana Vancouver 42 Pilothouse cutter. Our cutter had safely taken us thousands of miles from Western Lake Superior to the Bahamas and Caribbean over the course of 10 years, plus she was our magic carpet on Lake Superior for 8 years before that. It was a difficult decision and process to part with her ... our 8th sailboat (11’ to 42’) over some 50 years of sailing, but it was a decision whose time had come. Although we hate to admit it, we’re not getting any younger, and the wise choice for us was to turn to power for the next chapters of our cruising lives.
Finding the right replacement vessel took some time. We worked with a couple of brokers, looking into boats across the Great Lakes and along the eastern seaboard. Gradually we narrowed in on powerboats in the upper 30 to 40-foot range, focusing on trawlers. After spending time with our brokers and scouring the internet, we drove to look at boats in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. We even made three offers, which for various reasons didn’t move to a sale. Then last fall a broker we had worked with in Sturgeon Bay, WI, called to tell us of a 40’ Legacy he thought we might be interested in. Amazingly, the boat was berthed on Madeline Island, WI, only 2 miles from our home port of Bayfield, on Lake Superior.
We think she’s a beauty ... a traditional “downeast-style” sedan cruiser with a single 420HP 6-cylinder Cat diesel and both bow and stern thrusters for close quarters maneuverability. Her construction is foam-cored fiberglass, and we found the boat exceptionally well maintained by a very knowledgeable owner. Still being built, now by by Tartan Yachts and named the Legacy 42 (they now count the swim platform which was not counted in our length), she has similar lines to and is sometimes confused with other "Downeast-Style" boats like Back Cove and Sabre.
Her prior name was “Rocinante”, after Alonso Quixano’s horse in the famous novel, Don Quixote. Rocinante was well known in western and northern Lake Superior, having frequently visited many of our favorite wilderness harbors along the US and Canadian north shores of Superior. We renamed her Jubilee, the same name as our last boat, as we felt it a more fitting name than that of a sway-back draft horse, albeit a romantic and famous one in the literary world. We also wanted her to carry both of our names ... Judy and Bill – Jubilee.
The Legacy was for sale by owner and not listed on YachtWorld, which is why she had escaped our earlier investigations. She turned out to be the perfect boat for us ... a well-maintained quality boat from a well-respected builder (Freedom Yachts in Rhode Island) and drawn by one of our favorite designers, Mark Ellis, who designed numerous other boats including the Nonsuch line, the Niagara line, Northeast, Bruckmann, and other quality production and custom vessels.
This particular Legacy had everything we were looking for with the exception of a flybridge, but several friends had shared that if this boat is to be a Great Lakes boat for us (she is), the flybridge would be less critical and, if used, would typically be enclosed with canvas & clear plastic windows anyway. Several friends had also suggested we seriously consider a boat that was not limited to trawler speeds (e.g. approximately eight knots in this size range), but which could easily cruise in the 10-12-knot range and top out around 14-18 knots should we need to hurry back to the barn because of weather. Thus, the design features a semi-displacement modified-vee hull with a sharp entry, wide chine flats and lifting strakes plus a traditional full-length skeg providing directional stability and prop protection.
Inside there’s a generous centerline double in the bow’s owner’s stateroom, a single head and separate shower (sinks in both areas), a guest cabin amid-ship with over and under berths, a U-shaped galley down (double sinks, a 3-burner propane stove and oven, plus refrigeration and a freezer), and a spacious saloon and helm at cockpit level with large windows for full 360-degree visibility. The generous cockpit contains a padded bench seat (propane storage locker under), and plenty of room for additional deck chairs.
Ground tackle consists of about 90’ of 7/16” chain rode plus additional rope rode and a large 55-pound Rocna main anchor with electric windlass. Finally, we have two additional Fortress anchors to use should we wish to deploy multiple anchors,
Our “station wagon” for exploring and getting to shore is a 10’ AquaPro aluminum hull inflatable rib with 8-horse motor. There are removable davits for dingy storage while cruising.
Our summer has gone by quickly while we’ve been making the boat “ours”, so this has not been the summer for extensive cruising. That said, we have made some short trips into the Apostles to spend a few nights at anchor. All indications are that our new-to-us Jubilee is a keeper! We’ll be filling in more details as we actually start cruising the Great Lakes aboard her, primarily next year where we’re already planning for a trip to the Straits of Mackinac and possibly beyond. As we always say ... stay tuned for more information. Meanwhile on this end we’re packing for our next trip to the boat tomorrow!