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Old 12-18-2009
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Our New Boat: Lazyjack 32 Schooner

We just closed on the purchase of a Lazyjack 32 schooner, "Mary 'Lis." The Lazyjacks were built by the Ted Hermann Boat Shop (now closed) in upstate New York in the late 70s/early 80s. About 32 boats were produced, some yard finished (like ours) and some sold as bare hulls.

The boat is a fiberglass centerboard schooner, 32' on deck, 39' overall (with bowsprit and bumpkin), aluminum keel-stepped masts. The mainsail is Bermuda rigged, foresail gaff. The original sailplan had a working jib on a jib-boom; our boat is rigged with a 130% genoa on a roller furler.

On deck, forward are twin anchor rollers on the bowsprit and a manual windlass on the foredeck. The sidedecks are a little bit narrow with a 6" bulwark, topped with teak. Chainplates are outboard.

In the cockpit, the companionway is offest to starboard, with swing-out teak doors over the bridgedeck. There are two cockpit lockers, which house the twin fuel tanks and flexible water tanks. The helm is a traditional, spoked teak wheel (custom built by the prior owner) on a worm gear. Aft is a boom gallows, and a large lazarette. There is also a pole-mounted wind generator.

Below, forward is a stateroom with v-berth (the foremast is stepped in the center of the berth). Coming aft, to starboard is the enclosed head, witkh pressure hot/cold water and electric marine toilet; then the galley, with sink, icebox and Origo alcohol stove; then a quarterberth. To port, forward is a hanging locker, then the dinette, then another hanging locker and quarterberth.

Auxiliary power is from a re-built Perkins 4.108 diesel, 50 hp. Engine access is via two opening doors behind the removable companionway steps; large fold-up panels in each quarterberth; and a screw-down access panel on the cockpit sole and bridgedeck. Power is 12V from two battery banks, shore power at 120V, and a 1000W inverter.

We're the third owners. I don't know anything about the original owner. The second owner had the boat 17 years and sailed out of Florida's Gulf Coast to Central American and the Bahamas.

We plan on cruising the boat for the first year or so in our home waters in Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and Pensacola. Longer-range plans are for the Gulf, Keys, Bahamas, Mexico/Central America and up the East Coast ICW.

I'll post some more after we get some sailing under our belts after the first of the year. Reviews in "Good Old Boat" magazine and a couple of books rate the boat as an easy sailer with good manners. We're looking forward to learning to sail her.

Our current boat, a Rob Roy 23 yawl, is up for sale. We've been sailing 35+ years, moved from a Sunfish to Daysailor II to Catalina 25, Catalina 30, the Rob Roy and now the Lazyjack.

I'll be interested in any comments or tips from schooner sailors out there on technique and sail trim!

Mike Turner
Rob Roy 23 yawl "Fiddlestix"
Lazyjack 32 schooner "Mary 'Lis"
Mobile Bay, Alabama
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