Meet our vessel! Her name is Sparidae, a 1978 Bristol 32' sloop built by Bristol Yachts Company in Bristol, Rhode Island. Formerly a ketch, we believe the original mizzen mast was removed by the previous owners around 2004, thus converting her into the sloop she is today. Sparidae came into our lives when Tom decided to give the live-aboard lifestyle a try back in 2008. He found her at a boatyard in Kittery Point Yatch Yard in Maine, not too far from where he grew up. Sparidae's name is the original name of the vessel and it translates to a family of fish in the order Perciformes, commonly called sea breams and porgies. Nevertheless, for those who love nautical puns (aka Cynthia), we like to think of Sparidae as an abbreviated version for "spare a day" on the boat, or at sea, or for love (check out our wedding hashtag on Instagram)
Sparidae moored off Annisquam Yacht Club
Annisquam, MA, 2016
Sails & Rigging
Spar: Extruded aluminum spar and boom
Winches: Lewmar EVO selftailing
Standing Rigging: 1x19 stainless steel wire with swagged fittings. Forestay, backstay, and upper shrouds replaced in 2018.
Furling Gear: Furlex Furler and EZ Furling mainsail furler
Sails: 2018 Sobstad 135 Genoa, 2004 North Sails mainsail, drifter and working jib.
Length at Waterline:
44' - 6"
Type: Inboard Diesel
Horsepower: 20 HP @ 2600
Engine Hours: approx. 2500 hours
VHF Radio: Standard Horizon Matrix GX2200 AIS/GPS
Steering System: Wheel steered by Edson; Emergency tiller
Self-steering systems: Fleming Global 501, NAVICO WP4000 Wheelpilot
Depth Indicator: Signet MK 172
Speed Indicator: Signet SL11
Electrical: Hamilton Ferris PowerMax 125A high output alternator, 240 amp-hour AGM house battery bank, 70 amp-hour isolated starting battery
Solar: Two 55 watt panels at stern