October 20, 2014
NEW BOOK FROM BOB BURGESS OFFERED ON AMAZON FOR KINDLE In
his llustrated Amazon Kindle e-book Two for the Marquesas:
Trailer Sailing the Florida Keys the author and three north Florida friends head for
Key West towing two 16-foot liveaboard sailboats behind their vehicles to see
if they can sail through the maze of mangrove islands and find their way to the
isolated Marquesas Keys, some 20 miles west of Key West. Since they are all new
to saltwater sailing Burgess carefully details this adventure as they solve
various problems encountered along the way. Then he gives you the basics you
need to catch your own free lobster supper as they do quite often along the
After that Bob takes you along on other sailboating adventures. In
"Close Call" he and a buddy spend several days sailing seven miles
off Key Largo’s Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park trying to get a certain
underwater photograph for an editor. In the process they are almost drowned by
daily downpours and almost hit by a maverick hurricane that has turned around
and is beating a path to their anchored boat in the middle of the night.
Fighting 30 knot winds and pounding rain at 3 A.M. in their small sailboat how
do you escape a hurricane that is almost on top of you? Bob tells you how they
Then, if that isn’t enough excitement, the author lets you join him
aboard his Com-Pac 19 pocket cruiser, WindShandow anchored
in Key Largo Sound after a day’s diving offshore. Suddenly, in the middle of
the night a severe storm drags his anchor free and blows him across the Sound
at the mercy of the storm with no place to go but to smash onto the rocky
shoreline that awaits him. Only one hidden thing wakes him up from a deep sleep
with a terrible roar and prevents his untimely end but you will never guess
what it is.
Finally, the author gives you some insider’s secret tips about catching
lobsters on the hoof and lets you join him and another buddy returning to the
Keys for some serious lobster hunting using an underwater sled.
Bob (Robert F.) Burgess, author of the Handbook of Trailer
Sailing, and a bunch of other treasure hunting and true adventure
books, has sailed small sailboats since he was seven years old. He says that
the best thing about a trailerable sailboat is that you can cruise to windward
at 60 miles an hour, live aboard your boat wherever you park it, and voyage to
any waterway you can reach by automobile. Once in the water it is your own
private island afloat and it will go freely wherever you sail it. You get to
savor balmy summer afternoons silently sailing warm tropical seas; toast golden
sunsets at sundown, catch fish along the way and learn how to cook fresh
lobsters slathered in melted garlic butter.... Well, someone’s gotta do it.
Here is Bob’s tasty sample of that life style. Enjoy.
October 09, 2014
LETTER FROM ECLIPSE DIESEL OWNER
Hope you had a good summer and are doing well. I should
have written sooner to tell you how much we are enjoying the Eclipse, now known
as Helios. We have had some incredible sails with the kids, without the kids
and just in general. I am still impressed everyday with the handling, the
balance and the ease of sailing, not to mention the attention to detail evident
in every aspect of the boat.
Last evening though, Helios was a real standout. Winds
were brisk at 15+ mph with gusts out of the south to 23. Lori and I took Helios
out at 4 pm for a quick sail out the harbor and into Huntington Bay to test our
nerve in the higher winds. The boat handled perfectly with me spilling off some
wind when I could in the higher gusts, and pointing a bit higher when I was caught
off guard. My gps showed most of the sail in the 5.5 to 6.8 kent range....great
As we were heading back we noticed only one other boat
out there as it was quite gusty. It was a 35' benetteau with the jib up and
flailing about 3/4 mile away. I kept my eye on it as it looked odd - the jib
seemed to be cut loose at times and boat was meandering. I strayed from my line
back into the harbour to get a closer look and as I got about 1/4 mile away I
realized he had a distress flag up so I changed course to sail over. Sure
enough, his engine quit and he couldn't sail back in dead into the south wind
and begged for a tow. I was apprehensive but it was nearing dusk and I agreed,
not knowing how my 20' eclipse would tow what he said was a "6 ton weight",
against the wind. Well, after setting up a bridle and turning our handhelds to
channel 19 for communication I started slowly. When the rope became taught I
soon realized that it was like towing a dingy....I barely felt him at 2,000
rpms and towed at 5 mph back to the dock.
This diesel you put in is amazing. It handled without any strain and we
successfully made our first "rescue".
This is in addition to the convenience of "pushing a button"
and the boat's beautiful lines unspoiled by a clunky outboard hanging off the
I can't tell you how many people come over to me on the
water and comment on the beauty and lines of the boat. We absolutely love it.
If the boat sunk tomorrow (god forbid) I would buy another the next day. Great
job and keep up the good work!
Your very happy customer, Ted
July 09, 2014
PARTS LISTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
See the parts list page which is accessed from the bottom navigation bar
May 20, 2014
G. WINTERS SAILING CENTER GIVES SUN CAT OWNER A RED CARPET DELIVERY
March 21, 2014
THE FIRST POWERBOAT EVER BUILT BY COM-PAC HAS BEEN LAUNCHEDThe first launch, affectionately referred to as The Launch here are the shop, was water tested on 3/13/14. We brought it back to the shop for some finishing touches and today, 3/21, placed it in our slip in Clearwater.Although the standard launch will have a 2YM15 Yanmar diesel engine installed, the prototype is built with an Elco electric motor system which will be optional propulsion. Initial tests indicate the boat attains a speed of 5.3 knots with the Elco at full throttle, 1500 RPMs. At this RPM the projected run time on the fully charged batteries was 6 hours. As we backed the throttle down to 1000 RPMs the speed was 4.2 knots and a projected run time of 10 hours. We built the prototype with a portable Honda generator built into a locker in the cockpit. We found that running at 1000 RPMs and with the generator running, the projected run time on the batteries ceased going down over time and they maintained their charge. The generator was keeping up with the motor demand. Although not a true hybrid system this setup will work well for extending the range up to several times vs. the range on a single battery charge. Just think of this as an alternate use of the generator, while having dinner at your favorite waterside restaurant the generator can be charging the batteries for the trip home and the sound from the enclosed locker is almost negligible to folks on the dock.
We still have to add Bimini's, cockpit cushions w/ backrests, and carpet for the cockpit floor. This prototype will entirely complete very soon.
April 09, 2013
THE ECLIPSE IS NOW AVAILABLE WITH A DIESEL ENGINEThe prototype (seen below) was built with a 12D Two Westerbeke engine but after this first yacht the engine will be the Yanmar 2YM15. We have had a chance to test this model and it has worked out very well. There is nothing like being able to reach down and push a button for the iron genny when you need it.
December 03, 2012
SAILING SHORT STORIES BY KEITH SCOTT of The Sailboat Co. in Richlands, NC
Check out these links for stories;
Com-Pac 23 History
Cruise of the Harriet II
Cruise to Oracoke
Bad Weather Week
Racing Can Be Fun
Fort Pierce to Key West
ICW Voyage to New York
http://www.sailboatrichlands.com/sweet16.html Sweet 16
June 07, 2012
OWNER OF 23 PILOT PROTOTYPE (HULL #1) COMMENTS
Just wanted to let you guys know I finally got my 23 Pilot House in the
WOW is all I can say. She is a wonderful boat. Under sail and power. All
I did all single handed including mast raising etc.
My first impression when seeing it being built was correct. It is a perfect boat for me.
Its at slip on the Chesapeake. Going to Canada North Chanel in Fall.
Thanks so much
May 15, 2012
FRANK DURANT & WIFE FINISH 4 MONTH CRUISE IN 23 PILOT #2
After viewing the mock-up with Gerry and
seeing the thought that went into the design, I placed the 1st order
for this new model. This was my 4th time dealing with Hutchin,s and
as always, Gerry co-operated with my modifications to make this boat a near
perfect shoal water cruiser.
after taking delivery, “Sadie Girl” was rigged, provisioned and launched on the
St Lucie canal. The 4 months that followed saw her cruise south to the Florida
Keys, back up to Ft Lauderdale in preparation to cross the Gulf Stream to
Bahamas, the crossing to “the West End” at Grand Bahama Island, then on
eastward through the Abaco island chain twice before once again ‘crossing the
stream’ to return home.
pilot house 23 proved to be a worthy cruiser that was well suited to the
shallow waters we explored. The ability to take the helm inside during rain
squalls or periods of rough weather with wave spray was a real treat. It’s head
is surprisingly large as is the Vberth. The diesel is frugal, has abundant
power and I found this boat very easy to dock. The surprise is that it actually
sails well. On several occasions we found ourselves in 20+ knot winds broad
reaching with surfs exceeding 8 knots on the GPS….all the while in ample
control. You give up a few degrees to windward with the shallow keel but are
paid back with the shallow anchorages others wish they could enter. .
After the many miles under the varied
conditions we cruised in, I found the 23 to have many plus’s with very few
drawbacks. She trailered easily, sailed well and was easy to handle motoring. I
should mention the attention it drew at every marina or anchorage along the
way. It seems everyone loves a unique,
well designed smaller craft. All boats are compromises, but if you enjoy laid
back shallow water cruising under power or sail, this feature filled little
pilot house proves to be and excellent choice. Well done Hutchins!