BEAUTIFUL CRUISER WITH EXTENSIVE UPGRADES!
IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN AND READY TO GO!
Large center cockpit cruiser with huge master aft and multiple guest and crew cabins. Centerboard keel for shallow draft cruising or deep draft performance. Major refit in 2002, decks rebuilt with new hatches in 2003 and more upgrades since.
Ketch rig with inmast furling main and mizzen for ease of handling.
Located in the Rio Dulce.
The layout of this Formosa 68 has the master aft with queen berth with ensuite head/shower and private entry from the aft deck, a guest cabin mid-ship to port, a second starboard mid-ship cabin for crew on the starboard side of the engine space with one bunk and extra storage, a workshop and head, a forward guest cabin with a double and a single berth, and a forward area converted to a double berths in the Vee.
The salon is big with a wrap around dinette and drip leaf table.
The salon area has air conditioning.
The galley is a equipped with a 2 burner Princess propane stove/oven with a large fridge/freezer.
Water is supplemented by a 400 gpd Village Tech Water Maker.
The engine is a Yanmar 240 hp diesel installed new in 2002 along with a new exhaust system.
Besides the normal shore power, there is a Northern Lights 20 KW diesel genset, Heart inverter, and 80A battery charger. Genset shows 2800 hours. There was extensive rewiring during the 2002 retrofit.
Blue Heron is equipped with a suite of electronics including 2 x chart plotters (one at the nav station and one at the helm), 2 x independent autopilots, AIS, radar and 2 sat phones (one independent and one with a smart modem for email and files).
The helm also has a Raymarine suite of displays with a ST-60 Wind Indicator, ST-60 Wind Angle, ST-60 Tridata, and a ST-6002 Autopilot. A Horizon Matrix VHF is included.
The engine start panel is conveniently located on the pedestal as well.
The Nav station has repeaters for the ST-60 Wind and Tridata as well as the plotter and sat phones. There is also a Sony Marine Stereo. And for emergencies an EPIRB.
The rig is a classic ketch design with furling headsail on a Hood Seafurl system and in-mast furling on both the main and the mizzen. Shrouds are solid rod rigging. A spinnaker is also included.
Control lines are lead to Lewmar winches including 6 - Lewmar 46ST, 3 - Lewmar 48ST, 2 - Lewmar 65ST hydraulic, 1 - Lewmar 43ST and 4 - Lewmar 30ST's.
Also to assist in sail control and performance there is a Navtech hydraulic back stay and vang.
The decks were refurbished and Awlgripped in 2003. The cockpit is covered with a large fixed bimini that covers the entire cockpit. The ground tackle is a 110 lb SS CQR anchor on 300 ft of chain.