PLEIONE was originally commissioned as an entirely custom design that could compete against the best 8-Metres in the world,but that will no doubt spend most of her life day sailing and coastal cruising.
Her owner and builder is a life-long sailor and highly successful racer who might be seen by some as something of a sailing reactionary in that he has little interest in modern, lightweight, snub-nosed sport-boats, or in high-sided, broad-beamed contemporary cruiser/racers.
He knows from experience that when your next port-of-call lies to the northeast, the wind always seems to be blowing from the northeast.
He wanted a boat that will roll upwind like a train without pounding him senseless, and he knew that a metre boat has a dream-like feel and motion upwind.
He also knows that while surfing and planing downwind might get the adrenaline pumping when racing, cruising and day sailing is not about adrenaline, and that jibe-broaches tend to spill the drinks.
An 8-Metre such as PLEIONE will certainly never plane, but she will stretch her long overhang legs and reel off mile after relaxing mile downwind at well over 8kts in total control and not a drop spilled.
PLEIONE shows off a 1930’s style and grace above the waterline, but boasts state of the current meter-boat art below the waterline.
Her interior will be similar in size to that of many 32-footers, which is just what her owner wants. There is quite active 8-Metre racing in Rochester, NY, Toronto, Canada, and in Europe.
PLEIONE competes at these venues on occasion, and in some New England wooden boat events as well.
This design is not intended to suit everyone, just those few independent thinkers who can appreciate classic style, comfort, and performance in a truly timeless yacht.
Designer: Jim Taylor
Builder: Bruce Dyson
Year Built: 2004
LOA: 48’, 0”
LWL: 30’, 6”
Beam: 8’, 9”
Draft: 6’, 9”
Displacement: 18,500 lbs.
Ballast: 11,540 lbs. lead
Sail Area: 2,169 sq. ft.
Auxiliary Propulsion: Yanmar 3GM30, 30 HP diesel
Engine Hours: 50 Hours Approximate
Fuel Capacity: 24.8 Gallons
Freshwater Capacity: 35 Gallons
Cold-molded / wood-epoxy with laminations of Spanish cedar and Honduras mahogany over a laminated mahogany and ash structure.
The hull is then protected by an exterior skin of 10 oz. E-Glass set in epoxy and finished off with a white painted exterior coating.
The deck is of laminated marine plywood and covered with 10 oz E-Glass set in epoxy, final finished with smooth and non-skid painted surfaces and trimmed with bright finished teak.
Cabin sides, cockpit coamings, toe rails, taff rail and coverings boards are all of varnished teak.
Pleione’s construction is exceptionally rugged, since she must fully conform to Lloyd’s Scantlings in order to receive an official 8-Meter Class measurement certificate.
Sail tracks, traveler track and fixed turning blocks are all by Harken
Deck winches are by Lewmar
Anchor locker below deck forward / lazzerette storage area furthest aft.
Furthest forward is sleeping accommodations for two persons in a V-Berth configuration. Next aft (to port) is the head area and (to starboard) a hanging locker and galley storage. Continuing aft there is the main saloon / galley area with an L-shaped dinette (with dining table) to port and galley area to starboard.
Galley is fully equipped with CNG stove / oven, well-insulated top-opening, 3 cubic foot (Sea Frost) refrigerator) and stainless steel sink basin (cold only) pressure water.
Furthest aft are two quarter berths (port and starboard) with engine box / companionway ladder on center-line.
Fractional (3/4) Sloop configuration Hall Spars aluminum mast and boom with painted (White) exterior finish
Hall Spars carbon fiber spinnaker pole(s), 2ea
Stainless steel rod standing rigging
Spectra running backstays
Running rigging (sheets, guys, halyards, etc.) is all of modern, high-tech, low-stretch line. Harken roller-furling headstay with below deck drum.
Mainsail: North Sails Dacron, 2013
Heavy #1 Genoa: Doyle
#1 Genoa: Piranha Sails, 2015
100% Jib : Piranha Sails, 2018
Spinnaker: Doyle ¾ oz large
Spinnaker: Doyle ¾ oz narrow
Spinnaker: Doyle ½ oz narrow
Assorted older sails
All headsails set up for use with Harken roller-furling
Tac Tic wireless Wind, Depth and Speed
Garmin GPS Chart plotter
Icom VHF radio
Clock and barometer
Engine: Yanmar, 3GM30 diesel, 30 HP, fresh water cooled
Engine Year: 2018
Engine Hours: Approximately 50 hours
Transmission: Kanzaki 2.5 to 1
Prop Shaft: 1”, Stainless steel
Propeller: 18”, Bronze, folding , 2-blade
Single 24.8 gallon aluminum fuel tank
Primary and secondary fuel filters
Carbon fiber balanced spade rudder
Keel mounted trim tab
Two battery banks (engine and house) consisting of one deep cycle 12 volt battery for engine and two deep cycle 12 volt batteries for house circuits.
Batteries new 2018
Guest (rotary type) main battery selector switch
Circuit panel for individual ships circuits
Battery charging by way of engine alternator
Single bladder style water tank
35 Gallon freshwater capacity
Pressure (cold only) fresh water
Water supplied to two stainless steel sink basins (galley & head)
Groco manually operated marine toilet (head)
Head plumbed with Y-valve for discharge to holding tank or direct overboard discharge.
15 Gallon plastic holding tank
On deck holding tank pump-out deck fitting.
50 lb. Danforth anchor with 20’ of chain and 150’ of 9/16” nylon anchor rode
25 lb. Fortress anchor
Type II PFD’s: 10 ea.