'Windsmith II', a Niagara 42 Sailboat for Sale
by Donna Mack
(Dartmouth, NS, Canada)
'Windsmith II' is a fully equipped long distance cruising sailboat. She has crossed the Atlantic, explored the Outer Hebrides, English Channel and the Baltic. She is now in Aabenraa, Denmark. Well suited for comfortable fast sailing and extended living aboard. She is a cutter with 5 sails, new rigging, good windlass and solid anchoring equipment. Modern electronics including two Furuno chart plotters, AIS, radar, and an Iridium satellite hotspot make navigation safe and easy. Safety gear includes a six person ocean life raft, epirb, and storm drogue. Sailboat-Cruising.com asks: Need some guidance with all aspects of buying a secondhand boat? If so, click here...
'Windsmith II' was built to a classic design by Mark Ellis, with a sea-kindly hull and a long fin keel. Her moderate draft of 5 feet 9 inches allows her to get into many secluded anchorages and canals. The cabin and cockpit layout provide comfortable long term living for a couple with room for short term visits by 4 or 5 guests. The full galley is comfortable to work in at sea and at anchor with plenty of good storage space, a gas stove, refrigerator and freezer.
The main head is comfortably located in the middle of the boat and includes a large shower space. A second head is located by the vee-berth. 'Windsmith II' has large fresh water tanks offering extended time on board before refills are needed. She is also equipped with solar and wind generators, custom mattresses and cushions, and a dodger and cockpit enclosure.
The Westerbeke engine was installed 7 years ago and starts easily at the touch of a bottom. This boat will be ideal for any couple or family ready to make an extended voyage or slowly explore a favourite coastline.
Hull Type: Fin Keel with Spade Rudder
Rigging Type: Cutter
Length Overall: 42'0"
Waterline Length: 32'6"
Displacement: 19,800 lb
Ballast: 8,100 lb
Construction: GRP (Fibreglass)
Designer: Mark Ellis
Builder: Hinterhoeller Yachts Ltd
First Built: 1984
Number Built: 20
Sail Area/Displacement: 18.6
Comfort Ratio: 29.1
Capsize Screening Formula: 1.89