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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. 

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Full Keel



22'- 0"

9'- 5"

4'- 8"

75 gals.

18 gals.

44' - 6" 





Make: Yanmar 

Type: Inboard Diesel

Year: 1978

Model: 2QM20H

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

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