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Designed by Carroll Lowell and built by the John’s Bay Boat Company (owned by renowned boat builder Peter Kass) EQUINOX is a 35’ wooden plank-on-frame constructed lobster yacht that perfectly blends the traditional look and feel of a classic downeast lobster boat with the accommodations, and conveniences one would find on any of today’s modern cruising or day-trip yachts
EQUINOX’s builder, Peter Kass, has earned a reputation as the premier builder of traditionally constructed commercial fishing and recreational lobster boats on the Maine Coast. It’s a reputation that is very well deserved and the boats built at Peter’s shop are highly prized by both commercial fisherman and yachtsman alike as year after year they provide their owners with a safe, stable, seaworthy and speedy platform from which to work or play.
Designer: Carrol Lowell
Builder: Johns Bay Boat Company / Peter Kass
Year Built: 1990
LOA: 35’, 0”
Beam: 11’, 2”
Draft: 4’, 0”
Displacement: 16 Gross Tons / 13 Net Tons
Propulsion: Caterpillar, 8-Cylinder, 320-HP, Turbo-Diesel
Engine Model: Caterpillar 3208-T
Engine Hours: Approx. 4,000
Cruising Speed: 18 Knots
Max Speed: 23 Knots
Fuel Capacity: 140 Gallons / 2 FRP Tanks
Fresh Water Capacity: 75 Gallons / 3 Poly Tanks
Traditional skeg built lobster boat hull form.
Plank-on-frame hull construction
Cedar planking (+/-1”) over 2” x 1.75” White Oak frames
White Oak stem, back bone, floors and frames
Decks, cabin sides and cabin tops are marine plywood overlaid with FRP cloth and a painted finish.
All fasteners are of silicon bronze fabrication
Exterior trim, drip eyebrows, handrails, etc. is of varnished teak
Exterior hardware, cleats, chocks, cowl vents, opening ports, etc. are of cast bronze construction
The hull of EQUINOX is nicely finished off with dark green painted topsides and transom accented by a single white boot stripe at the waterline and white painted bulwarks at the sheer forward.
Cabin sides are finished in white paint and accented by varnished teak trim.
Pilot house sides and trunk cabin sides and front are nicely finished in white paint with cabin tops, and decks finished in a traditional buff / tan paint.
With its large open cockpit, 360 degree view pilot house, galley down and private sleeping spaces below EQUINOX is a perfect platform for enjoying the coasts whether it be as a day boat or for cruising.
Furthest forward are sleeping accommodations for two in a V-berth configuration.
Next aft is the head area to port and also to port aft of the head is the galley area. Opposite the head and galley areas is a long settee that can be used as an additional berth with a large shelf above and behind the settee.
Up a couple of steps and thru the companionway brings you to the pilot house with helm station to starboard and a dinette table to port.
With windows (some opening) all around the pilot house there is plenty of light and ventilation to keep the skipper and crew comfortable either while cruising along the coast or just sitting on the mooring and watching the world go by.
The interior spaces of EQUINOX are well illuminated with well positioned reading and dome lights with natural lighting and ventilation being provided to below deck spaces by way of overhead opening hatches and opening ports in the cabin sides.
Caterpillar turbodiesel, Model 3208T, 8-Cylinder, 320 HP
Caterpillar ignition panel and gauges
Double lever engine controls for throttle and transmission
Engine controls at pilot house helm and cockpit steering station
Engine Hours (Estimated): 4,000
Fresh water / heat exchanger cooling
2:1 Reduction gear
1 3/4" Bronze propellor shaft
Dynaquad propellor, 4-blade, 24’ x 24’
3.5 GPH at 8 knots
10.0 GPH at 14 knots
17 GPH maximum consumption
Hynautic hydraulic steering at inside and outside steering stations
Traditional 6-spoke bronze and teak steering wheels
Bronze rudder post
Total fuel capacity 140 Gallons
Two 70 gallons FRP fuel tanks located under cockpit sole
Racor 900 water separator type primary fuel filter
Secondary fuel filter
12-Volt DC ship’s electrical system
Separate battery banks for house systems and engine starting
Two, 8-D, 12-volt, 225-amp hour, Gel Cell batteries
4-position battery selector switch
DC electrical panel controlling all ships electrical needs
Battery charging by engine alternator
Total freshwater capacity 75 gallons in 3 poly water tanks of 25 gallons each
Two tanks located under cockpit sole
One tank located under V-berth
Atlantic 6-gallon hot water storage tank
Engine supplied hot water
Flojet pressure water pump
Stainless steel sink basins at galley and head
Hot and cold pressure water at galley and head faucets
Wilcox & Crittenden manually operated marine toilet
Lectrasan waste treatment system
Norcold 12-volt refrigerator
Stainless steel sink basin
Hot and cold pressure water
Origo 600 2-burner alcohol stove and oven
Ritchie helm compass
Standard Horizon VHF radio with loud hailer and sound signal functions
2 RAM VHF Mics
Furuno NavNet vx2 radar / chart plotter display
Furuno 48” open array radar antennae
Furuno GP-37 GPS (Differential and WASS)
Datamarine depth sounder
Halon engine fire suppression system
Hand-held fire extinguishers
Kahlenberg D-0 airhorns with automatic fog sound signaling
Engine driven emergency / crash pump
Edson 30 GPM manual bilge pump
Two electric / automatic bilge pumps with individual float switches
Anchor #1: Fortress FX-23
Anchor #2: Fortress FX-11
Two anchor rodes each consisting of 300 ‘ of 3-strand, 5/8”, Nylon line and 10’ of chain
Teak swim platform
Ensign and flagstaff
Dock lines and fenders