The deckhouse includes a full-function, inside helm station to starboard with excellent sightlines. To port is a charting table with plotting computer. Matching settees are on each side, visibility is 360 degrees in climate-controlled comfort.
The accommodations deck is five steps down: seven cabins offer berths for as many as thirteen. Owner’s cabin is to port at the companionway with double berth, appropriate storage and ensuite head and shower compartment. Additional guest cabins are distributed port and starboard on either side of the central passageway. Each cabin has an upper / lower arrangement with the lower berth as an oversized single. Each is also equipped with vanity and sink.
A day head with integral shower space is just forward of the dining area; an additional head compartment with stall shower is forward to starboard.
Galley and dining is amidships with a dining table large enough for the entire ship’s company. The galley is fully modernized with 28 sq.ft. of stainless countertop (one piece) in an efficient U shape, stainless fridge / freezer, double sink and a four-burner cooktop with oven.
Interior fit and finish is what one would expect on a classic: raised-panel mahogany with gloss varnish, teak and holly soles, Corian-type surfaces in the head compartments, ash hull ceilings, polished bronze portlights and white T&G headliners. The interior of SUMMERWIND shows exquisite good taste and is both elegant and understated.
Sails And Rigging
2014 Inventory: Main, Fore, Yankee and Staysail in Spectra by Evolution Sails
2012: Staysail & Gollywobbler by Doyle
2008 Inventory: Main, Fore, Yankee, Forestaysail, Jib, Spinnaker
2014 Mainmast and Foremast in Carbon fibre by GMT with hand painted faux Sitka spruce finish
2008 “Gull Wing” fore and main booms and in Carbon with faux Sitka finish
Lewmar Commander Power Pack 24V – hydraulic power to halyard and sheet winches
All rod standing rigging new in 2008; dismantled and inspected in 2014.
New sail covers – 2013
MAN 6 cyl. naturally aspirated main engine; 300 HP – 2250 hrs. as of 8/2014
Two Rexroth hydraulic drive units (twin screw) turning 3 blade Max-Props
Cruisair chilled water AC system: 3 chillers 5 tons each, cooling nine zones.
Lewmar hydraulic bow thruster with joystick controls at each helm
Northern Lights generators (2) 25KW – hours 1900 & 2100 as of 8/2014.
Mastervolt Inverter / chargers (2) each with dedicated battery bank (sufficient battery capacity to carry the yacht for as much as 12 hours, without generator useage).
High voltage system (110V / 220V / 60 Hz) with dedicated master panel, thermal breakers
Low voltage system (12VDC / 24 VDC) for ships lighting and electronics: both systems entirely rewired to ABYC standards in 2007/2008.
Simrad sailing instruments: Wind, Depth and Boatspeed with repeaters
HP Pavillion running Nobletech software with 15” screen in deckhouse
Raynav 36 mile radar with E120 displays
Robertson autopilot with remote
Kahlenberg yacht signaler
Bosch Access washer and dryer
Raritan Elegance marine toilets
KitchenAid stainless combination fridge / freezer
Miele glass stovetop – 4 burner
Miele stainless exhaust hood over stove
KitchenAid small freezer
Designed by John G. Alden, the foremost schooner designer of the time, she was built by C.A. Morse in Thomaston, Maine and launched in 1929 as Queen Tyi. Shortly thereafter, she was sold and renamed SEA GYPSY. She became a noteworthy racing schooner and charter yacht but was pressed into service during the Second World War as a patrol vessel.
Following that service, she moved to the Med where she continued as a popular charter yacht. For ease of handling she was converted from a gaff to a staysail schooner. She benefitted from periodic refits but by 2006 was in need of some sustained attention. She was purchase in Spain by an American yachtsman who shipped her to Palm Beach for a comprehensive refit. Wooden boat specialists Moore’s Marine accepted the challenge of returning her to like new condition. She was almost entirely replanked, every structural element was evaluated and either restored or replaced. All engineering systems were redesigned and replaced. Refit expenditures exceeded 8M USD but her rechristening as SUMMERWIND was worth the effort. She placed first in class in the 2009 Newport Bucket regatta and earned the admiration of this sailing town.
Her present owner has continued the upgrade pattern: in 2014 her Sitka spruce main and foremast were replaced with GMT carbon spars, painstakingly hand-painted with a faux spruce pattern. A suite of new Spectra sails were added to her inventory. She is available in turn-key condition to continue her winning ways.
As a staysail schooner with powered winches, SUMMERWIND is a relatively simple yacht to sail and does not require a large compliment of crew. She would serve well as a family cruising yacht or charter yacht.
A comprehensive inventory is available upon request.