I purchased the boat 2 years ago with intentions of doing the Great Loop. Brought the boat to Toronto for a complete overhaul and interior renovation. Now that I have completely updated 90% of the boat I am giving up my dream because of illness. As disappointing as this is, I am looking for a good home for her.
I had a survey done before I purchased her and there were absolutely no major issues. The minor ones were an easy fix. My concern at the time was that the power train had to be top notch as I am not a very good diesel mechanic. I paid a Master Mechanic to spend six hours going over all her systems and a sea trial. He gave me an excellent engine with no problems.
The Detroit Dielsel is a real "fuel sipper" that cruises comfortably at 8.5 knots avg. using just under 2 gals. per hour, but is capable of 12.5 knots. It absolutely purrs like a kitten while in her groove.The operation and steering can be in the main salon or from the flybridge.
The bottom had been scraped and painted two coats of Interlux Bottomcote. After two seasons it still looks like new.
The cockpit had a "spongy" feel when I bought it so it was taken apart, and completely replaced with a new core, now being resin embedded marine plywood under the fibreglas skin. Now that the work is finished you can park a tank on it.
All the AC and DC wiring have been replaced to ABYC standards. All the "Lomex house wire" (135 ft.!) was taken out and replaced with stranded marine cable with GFI breakers. The DC wiring is all up to standards with properly fused marine wire from the batteries through the Xantrax inverter charger to an isolated starter battery. The shore power cord and connection has been upgraded to a 30Amp SmartPlug. There is a Blue Sea Master main control switch.
Hot and cold water is pumped through the system by a new pressure switch pump to both the galley and head. A new manual pump Jabsco toilet was installed together with a new 40 gallon holding tank last year. Hot and cold water to head sink and shower.
As you can expect there is all the space and comfort which makes a Mainship one of the best family coastal cruisers ever built. Although she was commissioned in 1979 ( when they really made strong hulls) her upgrades make her average age much newer. The stove, refrigerator and microwave are AC only. This did not bother me as I had planned to stop at marinas on my trip, or use my portable generator while at anchor.
The galley cabinets have lots of space both above and below. There is a new queen size matress (not cushions) in the V-berth with cabinets on both sides for storage. The main salon is very spacious as you can see from the pictures, with new furniture; 2 studio chairs, double fold out table and a comfortable sofa which folds down to an extra bed. In the cockpit are four more deck chairs. There is a three channel Fusion AM / FM /CD player with remote control in the flybridge. Together with the storage and parts cabinets on the starboard side, there is a very spacious corner cabinet between the sofa and the galley. New plank type flooring on both sides of new centre carpet runner covering engine hatches.
Equipment necessary for safe operation are 4 PFDs, a life ring, Danforth anchor with 25' chain and 100' of rode, Olin maritime signal kit with gun and flares, Four fire extinguishers. Apelco VHF 5200 with long range antenna, and a Furuno GPS Navigator.
This boat is set to go where you want to take her. I have completed all the hard work. You can custom trim her, anyway you want her. There are no liens against the boat . A family cruiser, ideal to use as a water-side cottage, a fishing trawler or go on the voyage that I dreamed of but am unable to complete.
I am open to reasonable offers but have no patience left for wheeler-dealers. Call or text me at 289-990-2995 or e-mail me at [email protected] only if you are truly interested. I'm looking for someone to take care and finish her.