The owner did a great job of summarizing Passport 40s. He said, "Passports are beautiful, safe, and great boats built to sail offshore and take it's owners around the globe and safely home again."
The Passport 40 is a top quality bluewater cruiser. She was designed by Robert Perry and built in Taiwan. Grover McLane is hull #91 out of a series of approximately almost 148 hulls. She was considered a performance cruiser in her day. Although it is heavy by current standards, it remains a nimble, easily handled boat.
She is a handsome boat with pretty lines. Her coach roof extends well forward allowing additional interior volume forward. The side decks are easy to maneuver on and her cockpit is safe and comfortable. Her cruising fin keel with a skeg hung rudder assures good tracking and excellent windward ability. She is nimble and easily handled and well suited for cruising both bluewater and short day sails.
The exquisite interior joiner work done with solid teak staving sets this boat and white overhead gives this boat the classic styling lost in most modern yachts. Grover McLane is equal parts rugged voyager and elegant yacht. The Passport 40 reflects a focus on living comfort without any compromise of sailing ability or safety underway
Grover McLane has the Pullman berth layout with the head forward, an outward facing navigation station, quarter cabin aft to starboard with a hide-away sea head, and a large U-shaped galley to port.
The current owner purchased her as a freshwater boat on Lake Michigan. He has owned her since 2007 and sailed her primarily along the US East Coast.
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From forward to aft:
- Full head forward with electric toilet, shower with sump pump, stainless steel sink, and access to the chain locker.
- Master stateroom with Pullman berth to port and lockers to starboard.
- Main saloon with L-shaped settee to port, large dining table with leaf (over engine), and straight settee to starboard with lee cloth.
- Aft facing navigation station on starboard.
- Galley aft to port
- The quarter cabin is aft to starboard with double berth, seat, lockers, and hanging lockers. There is a sea head under the seat.
SA/Disp ratio 15.41
Disp/WL ratio 271
Predicted hull speed: 7.75 kts.
Capsize screen value: 1.7
Origin of the Name Grover MacLane
I wanted to bring my wife's side of the family into the picture, as this was a joint venture. In choosing the name originally I was going to be one-sided, my mother's name was Belle and, I love it as much as I did her, her maiden name was McLane. But, to bring my wife's family into the mix, her mother's maiden name was Nellie Grover, posed a little dilemma, Nellie Belle just wouldn't do, but using their family names Grover McLane was born. It sounded strong and seemed very appropriate for a boat that was not only beautiful, but very well constructed, extremely safe, and strong.
A Few Stories
Now for a few stories. The first summer season the boat was kept on Lake Champlain. Here my wife and I actually lived aboard, as we had sold our home in anticipation of the boat and a move to the Boston area. Our boat became a gathering place for all of our family and friends some of whom came from as far away as Arizona. We sailed and spent nights aboard at anchor at many of the islands and bays the lake had to offer, but of course, it was day sails with the family that were the best. In particular was an absolutely perfect day that went on to way after dark. We had two of my sisters and their husbands aboard. The wind was at 15 knots out of the South and we sailed the entire afternoon without so much as touching the helm, just minor bumps on the autopilot. As the sun set, we were presented with the most spectacular sunset over the Adirondack mountains of N.Y. One sister passed away, passed away from pancreatic cancer a few years later and would always say that that was her favorite day and sunset.
Of course, there was the delivery of the boat to Rhode Island. I planned our arrival into N.Y. Harbor to catch a favorable tide to run up East River. We had three hours to kill. I a raising of the sails and spent the wait time sailing around the Statue of Liberty, to the absolute delight of my crew, my son and my brother-in-law.
Finally, the delivery of the GM (as she is called by most everyone), to South Carolina. This is when I was caught offshore by a sudden storm after two absolutely placid days and evenings of motoring for the Chesapeake Bay. As the winds began to rise I raised sails, but with a single reef in the main. The winds rose quickly to 20 knots. I went forward again and put in the second reef, back to the cockpit and brought the roller furled 135% jib into about 1/4 sail. The wind continued to rise to 55 knots with gusts of 60+. Now, this was scary! However, as the boat literally rocketed along at 12 knots and surging to 14 knots, I quickly realized what I had done when purchasing the GM. This was not just a beautiful boat, she is one of the safest sailboats platforms ever conceived. When I put into The Chesapeake Bay I was so damned excited and proud of my choice I could hardly contain myself. Bob Perry designed and Passport built a truly fabulous creation.
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