"Columbine", formerly "Seapiper", is a Stephen Seaton-designed twin-engine pilothouse cutter, built at Liberty Yachts, Inc, a custom builder located at Riviera Beach, Florida, in 1981. "Columbine" is powered by two Westerbeke 58 engines. The boat has two centerboards, one in the normal position near the mast, and a second smaller one located aft, which can be lowered to maximize tracking stability when running down wind or motoring. There is a hard-topped dodger with Sunbrella and clear Strataglass panes at the cockpit, and a Sunbrella awning covering the aft deck.
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"Columbine" was commissioned by Mr. R.W. Seabury, an engineer who had worked in the aviation electronics field. The blueprints created by Mr. Seaton are onboard. The boat was delivered in December of 1981, at a cost of $222,689 (about $600,000 in 2017 dollars) and was documented as US # 646018. Mr. Seabury kept careful records of his use of the boat, which was to make trips around Florida and up to New Jersey, with one trip to the Bahamas. In 1989 Mr. Seabury commissioned a new 70' motor yacht, and sold "Columbine" to an Australian couple, who cruised the boat for two and a half years, back an forth between the Chesapeake and the Caribbean with winter layups in Deltaville, VA and Solomons, MD. They sold the boat to the present owners in 1992.
The present owners used the boat in the Chesapeake Bay, with one summer trip to Maine, until 1995, when they sailed to Bermuda, the Azores, and the Mediterranean, spending the winter of 1995 in Seville. In 1996 they sailed to the Balearic Islands, then to Sardinia, Tunisia, and Sicily, spending the winter of 1996 near Rome. Next year "Columbine" went to Greece and Turkey, spending the winter of 1997 in Antalya. In 1998 "Columbine" went around the Black Sea and then around the Peloponnesian Peninsula and up to Corfu, spending the winter there. In 1999 "Columbine" went back to southern Italy and Sicily, then to Malta, Sardinia and Corsica, and into France at the mouth of the Rhone, spending the winter of 1999 in Paris. In 2000 "Columbine" stayed in the French canals, spending the winter in Toulouse. In 2001 "Columbine" went to Madeira and the Canaries, crossing in December to Tobago and Trinidad. In 2002 "Columbine" went up through the Windward and Leeward islands, then to the Virgins, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and into the Intracoastal Waterway at Cape Canaveral.
"Columbine" arrived back in the Chesapeake Bay in July of 2002, and has been in the Bay ever since, except for a few trips to Maine in the summer. Her owners will undertake no more cruising ventures, but hope that Columbine will take her new owners to many interesting places.
Electrical and Mechanical:
30 amp main breaker immediately inside shore-power plug, leading to a 30-amp isolation transformer (1999). There is no direct connection to shore power beyond this isolation transformer: all 120 volt circuits in the boat--the hot wires, the return wires, and the green ground wires-- are completely isolated from the shore. Beyond the isolation transformer is the "SOG" switch, then main circuit breaker panel, a 20 amp battery charger (2016), four wet-cell 6-volt batteries divided into port and starboard banks (new in 2014) plus one starting battery (new in 2014) powered by a combiner connected to the starboard house bank. There are also four solar panels (two 1995, two 2001) totaling about 400 watts rated capacity, plus a charge controller (2001), one 6-gallon hot water heater, heated by the port engine or electrically, and a 3000 watt generator, belt-driven off the stbd. engine. There are ten 120 volt outlets throughout the boat, each protected by a GFCI breaker. A secondary circuit breaker panel in the galley controls the hot water heater and two outlets in the galley. Columbine has a 1000 watt inverter (2011), located in the hanging locker aft of the dog house, with a three-way toggle switch in front of the inverter which allows for power to the main and secondary circuit breaker panels from either the inverter or the shore power/generator, but not both at the same time.
There are also two 230 volt GFCI circuit breakers in the aft hanging locker. One protects an outlet in the aft cabin, and the other protects two outlets: one in the doghouse and the other in the dinette. These circuits can be connected to shore power when docked in countries with 230 volt/50 hertz electrical systems.
DC 12-volt circuits are controlled by a large fuse panel, located on the port side of the doghouse, with separate rows of fuses for the starboard and port house banks. Additional fuses are located in various stations in the engine compartment. The batteries are monitored by a Hart battery monitor, and the amperage output of the solar panels is measured by a separate amp meter. There is a separate volt meter for the starting battery, and a separate amp meter for the alternator on each engine, which alternators are controlled by ARS-5 3-step voltage regulators mounted in the engine compartment. The batteries can be charged while on shore power or generator power by a 20 amp 3-stage ProMariner charger, installed in 2016, although the solar panels are sufficient except when high-usage equipment is running.
Storage bins and shelves are immediately behind the anchor locker. One bin houses a vapor-proof, vented propane locker, added in 1992 Next to port is the forward head with toilet, holding tank, sink and separate curtain and faucets for a shower. Opposite the head, to starboard, is a hanging locker. Then there is the main cabin, with a large bunk, plus storage in shelves and large bins. Next is the galley to port and dinette to starboard. Then there are three steps up to the doghouse, which has a folding chart table and settee, plus storage compartments on both side. The long settee has is equipped with a lee cloth so that an off watch crew can sleep while underway. The companionway leading up to the cockpit is at the rear. Aft of the doghouse to starboard are three steps down into the aft cabin which has a comfortable single bunk on each side of the cabin, an ample hanging locker and bins and shelves, plus a separate head with toilet and sink. The aft head contains a holding tank, but this tank was never plumbed in. There is a washing machine (installed in 1996) mounted in the aft cabin, between the bunks. Both heads are Groco Model K toilets, which can be either electric or manual. They are now manual, but the motors for electric operation are on board.
There is a Marinco fan mounted in the galley, and a Caframo fan at the foot of the forward bunk, and at the foot of each aft cabin bunk. There is also a portable fan that can be mounted on the hatch in the aft cabin. Behind the aft cabin is a small lazarette which houses the steering gear ram and the two autopilot pumps, with some storage space.
The boat has a thermostatically-controlled Wallas diesel-fired furnace (2002), located in the housing for the centerboard in the fwd. cabin. This furnace has one duct in the fwd cabin and another in the galley. Warm air from the galley duct rises into the dog house, heating it as well. The aft cabin, however, is not heated by this furnace.
Columbine has a Princess 3-burner stove with thermostat-controlled oven (1992), fed by propane from a vapor-proof container located in a bin fwd near the chain locker (1992), with a Pretell propane solenoid and leak detector mounted in the galley below the stove. A spare detector is on board. The galley also has a small microwave oven (2012), and a QC-2 water filter for drinking water (installed in 2014, filter cartridge new in 2016). There are hot and cold faucets for a double sink, with an accumulator tank under the galley sole. The domestic water pump (replaced in 2014) is under the steps between the galley and the dog house. The refrigerator is a Frigoboat air-cooled unit, with thermostatic control, installed in 2009. There is a separate freezer box, with eutectic plates cooled by (1) a Seafrost 12-volt electrical unit, cooled by water and/or air, installed in 2009. The same eutectic plates are also cooled (2) by an originally-installed engine-driven compressor, powered by a belt with a clutch from the port engine. This unit was converted from R-12 to R-134a in 2009. The engine-driven unit can cool the freezer box to below freezing from ambient temperature fairly quickly, whereas the electric unit must run several hours to cool the freezer box. Once the box is cold, the electric unit can keep it cold quite efficiently with 12 volt DC power.
There is a dining area to starboard of the galley with a solid teak table and U-shaped settee that seats up to 6 people. Outboard of the settee are storage racks and shelving.
The two Westerbeke 58 engines are positioned side-by-side under the dog house sole. The sole opens on both sides, allowing complete access to both engines. Each engine drives a ZF Hurth transmission with 2.7 to 1 gear reduction. The transmissions are set up to turn the port propeller counterclockwise in forward gear, while the starboard propeller turns clockwise in forward gear. There is a drive-saver installed between each transmission and the 1 and 1/2 stainless steel shaft behind it, and Lasdrop dripless seals (installed in 1995) are located on each shaft. The propellers are 20" bronze 3-bladed, with 17" pitch. Because of the substantial gear reduction in the transmissions, the propellers turn relatively slowly, thus increasing propulsion efficiency.
Engine monitoring while underway is accomplished by an instrument panel for each engine, viewable from the helm. Each panel shows engine RPM, total engine hours, oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature, transmission fluid temperature, and alternator output voltage. The panels also have lights indicating forward and aft bilge pump operation and engine-driven freezer actuation.
Lightning protection is achieved by four sintered bronze plates, one under the bow connected to the forestay, one under the stern connected to the backstay, and one under each of the port and starboard shroud chainplates.
Deck and Hull:
Columbine features extremely heavy construction: 7/8" solid fiberglass below the waterline and around the mast and deck fittings, with Airex foam core elsewhere. The interior features traditional teak and holly soles, handmade butternut woodwork, and galley and chart tables. Columbine has 12 opening ports and 5 opening hatches, providing good ventilation. There are also two opening windows on each side of the dog house, plus three fixed windows on the forward side of the doghouse.
There are two separate bilge areas, one in front of the fwd centerboard and another behind the engines. Each has an automatic bilge pump. The fwd bilge also has a backup bilge pump, and the bilge behind the engines has a fully automatic backup bilge pump. There is a separate, battery-powered high water alarm in each bilge.
Columbine has an external rudder, controlled by a large Wagner hydraulic ram. The reservoir for the helm pump is located on the steering pedestal above the wheel.
The bow and stern railings are very sturdy 1 and 1/4" stainless, and there are four large cleats for lines on each side of the deck. There is a Maxwell anchor windlass (new in 2010) which has both "up" and "down" foot switches, which windlass can also be controlled from the cockpit. There are two anchors at the bow: to starboard is a 60 lb. CQR, with 280 feet of 3/8" chain (re-galvanized in 2002), to port is a 44 lb. Bruce, with 30 feet of 3/8" chain, plus 200 feet of rope rode. There is also a 40 lb. Danforth-type anchor stowed on deck, for which 12' of 3/8" chain and 200 feet of rope rode are stored below.
There is an anchor wash pump, which is controlled by a hand-held wireless relay, and an aft deck wash pump, controlled by a switch in the main DC panel. The pendants for the two centerboards lead to the cockpit, where each can be raised using one of the winches.
Sails and Rigging:
Columbine's sails are a large genoa, a small staysail, a mainsail that furls into the mast, and a spinnaker. All sails are useable but old, and should be serviced or replaced before heading offshore. All sheets and other control lines lead to the cockpit, except for the genny sheets which lead to a large winch located on the rear of the cockpit enclosure. There are three winches in the cockpit, which allow for control of the two centerboards, the staysail sheet and traveler, the main and staysail outhaul and furling lines, and the main sheet. A line for the topping lift is also fed into one winch.
Columbine's mast has two spreaders. The upper, mid shrouds and backstay are 3/8" stainless 1x19 wire, the two mid stays (opposite the baby stay) are 5/16" wire, and the four lower stays are 1/4" wire. All wire stays are fitted with STALOK terminals,, and the backstay has STALOK insulators for an SSB antenna. All wire and STALOK fittings were new in 2001.
The forestay and baby stay are original Stream-stay roller furling units--these units feature a large extruded aluminum rod which itself is the stay. The steel bearings were replaced in 1997. The mainsail furling unit is also an original Stream-stay. The sails are raised and lowered by three halyard winches mounted on the sides of the mast. There are also two lines leading to the top of the mast, which can be used for raising a spinnaker or drifter. These lines are controlled by a separate winch mounted on the port side of the mast.
In the cockpit are three Standard Horizon instruments: wind speed and direction, boat speed, and depth, are located in the cockpit. These instruments are old, but the depth transducer (located under the sole in the galley) was replaced in 2012. The depth sounder display was replaced by a slave unit in 2011. The cockpit display also includes a Garmin 45 GPS, from which one can read speed over the ground as well as geographical location. A control unit for a Wagner 320 autopilot (installed in 2005) is also located in the cockpit. The compass for this unit is located on the port shelf in the aft cabin. Next to the companionway is a second, completely independent, Wagner Microcompass autopilot (installed in 2007), which has its own control unit, compass (located in the aft head) and hydraulic pump. There is a double-pole double-throw toggle switch which allows power to one autopilot or the other, but not both at the same time. The hydraulic pumps for both autopilots are located in the lazarette, close to the ram for the rudder. The cockpit has a toggle switch which allows the anchor windlass to be cranked up or down from the helm. Switches powering the windspeed, depth, boat speed, and remote windlass switch are mounted on the inside of the companionway hatch
The steering pedestal features a Ritchie compass, a rotary switch which controls compass lighting, one toggle switch controlling the cockpit light and another for the speader lights, and a push-button switch which sounds an electric horn (replaced in 2016) installed on the front of the house, near the bow of the boat.
Switches controlling the navigation lights are mounted on the side of the companionway hatch. Navigation lights include deck-level red, green and stern light, an LED tricolor and anchor on top of the mast, which has a photo-sensitive cutoff for the anchor light in daylight, and a steaming light mounted on the mast midway up.
On the port side of the companionway there is a Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF radio, installed in 2016, which includes an AIS receiver, as well as a loud hailer which can also sound programmed fog signals or function as a horn. The speaker for this loud hailer/horn is mounted on the starboard lower spreader. The doghouse has an AM/FM radio, with two Bose speakers in the doghouse and two external Cambridge Sound speakers in the cockpit.
Above the chart table in the doghouse is a Furuno Navnet MFD 12 display unit. This unit, new in 2011, displays navigation charts and is the display for a 24" Furuno radar transceiver which has a 24 mile max range. The Furuno system also includes a Furuno fluxgate compass, a Furuno GPS antenna, plus a Furuno-compatible Airmar depth sounder, completely independent of the depth sounder installed in the cockpit. The depth sounder transducer for the Furuno unit is installed at the extreme bow of the boat, allowing for detection of shallow water while creeping into an anchorage.
There is a stainless steel swimming ladder located next to the starboard gate in the lifelines, and Kato dinghy davits at the stern.
Spares and consumables on board include: oil filters, fuel filters, Racor filters, one cylinder head gasket, two head cover gaskets, flexible hydraulic lines, fuel distribution rack, Sherwood R30G pump and impellers, replacement starter motor, replacement control head for the Wagner 320 autopilot, replacement exhaust manifold, 8 V belts of various sizes, propane solenoid and sniffer, 3 strainer elements, alternator, oil cooler, motors for Groko model K toilets, replacement port shields & gaskets.
Other equipment that a buyer may want is in storage at the owner's home: one Switlik 6-person liferaft hard cover and mount (not the liferaft itself), one 90-pound fisherman anchor, and seven 1/2 inch Lexan window covers for the doghouse windows. These Lexan covers are designed to provide extra protection in the event of severe weather at sea or as double-pane insulation for all seven doghouse windows when living aboard in the winter.
Columbine had her hull professionally sanded and painted with two coats of Pettit Ultima SR 40 in July of 2017. The props were cleaned and painted with two coats of Pettit Prop Coat. The shaft zincs were replaced at the same time.
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