1 5/8" Jersey swamp cedar planking on double-sawn New York white-oak frames; teak structural keel, backbone, and deadwood; oak floor timbers; copper-rivet fastened. 1 1/4" mahogany deck, painted with #30 nonskid; varnished teak deck trim. Varnished and painted self-bailing cockpit with tiller steering to hung rudder. Varnished mahogany trunk cabin with painted roof. Black-iron exterior ballast. The hull and deck are white with a yellow boottop and red bottom.
1988 Perkins 4-108 53-hp, 4-cyl., fresh-water-cooled diesel with 2F Hurth reduction gear, Morse engine controls. The engine is reported to be in fair condition. 3-blade Max Prop on 1 1/4" bronze shaft. Spare propeller. Cruising speed 5 kn., 7 kn. max.
70 gal. fuel in 3 tanks (Monel and stainless), 80 gal. water in copper and stainless tank, 10-gal. Wilcox-Crittendon holding tank.
12V (gel-type 8D batteries) lighting and maintenance-free 12V starting system, two 12V batteries, 1-circuit breaker panel, shore-power hook-up, battery charger, polarity indicator, master switch, battery-condition indicator, converter/inverter. The vessel is both bonded and grounded.
Sleeps 4 in 2 single and 1 double berth. Headroom: 6' 1". Skipper manual head. The galley features a stainless-steel sink with saltwater pump and gravity water system, a Force 10 gimbaled 3-burner kerosene stove with oven, wood-and-fiberglass icebox, and Norcold refrigeration (not working). Folding dining table. Interior finish is varnished mahogany, unfinished oak cabin sole. Ventilation provided by 3 hatches/slides, 9 opening ports, and 1 ventilator (10 screens).
Sails & Rigging
Double-headsail, single-spreader gaff-cutter rig (45' mast height from waterline) with stainless-steel wire standing rigging to bronze turnbuckles and poured-zinc terminals, Dacron sheets and halyards, varnished Douglas fir keel-stepped spars (mast and bowsprit solid, boom is hollow), spinnaker/whisker pole with gear and hardware. Genoa tracks, snatch blocks. No halyard winches required; block and tackle usedÃ¢â‚¬"reported in good condition. 2 Merriman #6 bronze sheet winchesÃ¢â‚¬"reported to be in good condition. Sail Inventory: All sails Dacron and nylon, all reported to be in good conditionÃ¢â‚¬"main (rebuilt May 2005), club-footed staysail, yankee, flying jib, genoa, jenny, topsail, storm trysail, blooper.
35-lb. CQR, 20-lb. Danforth, 20-lb. Bruce, and 20-lb. Luke anchors, 2 bronze bow rollers, 200' of 3/8" anchor chain, and 300' of 3/4" nylon rode, bronze double-action manual windlass.
Two Rule and 1 Piranha electric bilge pumps, 2 pistonÃ¢â‚¬"and-bellows manual bilge pumps, 2 ABC fire extinguishers, spare tiller, bronze bell, manual horn, 2 safety harnesses with jacklines, PFDs, horseshoe ring, 4-person RFD Revere Solas A life raft (last inspected November 2004), searchlight, docking lines, bronze-and wood boathook, fenders, spreader lights, wooden boarding ladder, covers for all sails, double lifelines, cockpit awnings, berth cushions, dishes, cooking utensils, glassware, flatware.
Electronics & Navigation
Constellation compass in lighted bronze binnacle, Icom VHF, Sea 235 single-sideband radio, radio direction finder, Tamaya sextant, 2 portable autopilot units for tiller, Aries self-steering gear, 2 Garmin GPSs, Signet depth sounder (with spares), AM/FM cassette radio, CD player, charts.
A superbly crafted Atkin design capable of sailing all oceans, VICTORIA has in recent decades been to California via the Panama Canal, and to South America, the Caribbean, and the United StatesÃ¢â‚¬"and probably elsewhere in the past! She is a very substantial vessel with loads of room below and excellent sea-keeping abilities. Her construction is extremely rugged, with amazing first-class custom hardware and joinery. She is extensively equipped beyond what is listed, including solar panels, engine parts, lanterns, and much more. With loving care, she could easily be brought back to the highest standards and made ready to cruise anywhere. Recent work includes 3 new planks, various replaced butt blocks, remanufactured engine installation, rebuilt mainsail, all fresh bottom work, and rigging upgrades. Many an old-timer has commented after long gazing, "They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t makeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ em like that anymore!"
In VICTORIA, yacht designer William Atkin drew a development of his famous offshore cruiser ERIC, which was built (along with 2 sisterships) in Huntington in 1924 by Richard Chute for Motorboat magazine editor Bill Nutting. VICTORIA was built in 1926 by Ardlund in Brooklyn. She was slightly heavier than ERIC and her sisters, thereby having more room below. These boats were heavily built and had a reputation for an easy motion at sea, as well as having comfortable interiors. William Atkin intended them to be a faster yacht version of the Colin Archer redningsskoite pilot cutters by means of a finer entry, harder bilges, more hollow garboards, more cutaway forefoot, and a springier sheer.
VICTORIA has made use of her offshore pedigree by cruising in both in the Atlantic and the Pacific and in the waters of the continental US, Caribbean, and South America. Ruggedly built and well equipped, she can be recommended as a fine offshore cruising yacht with a salty, traditional style.
October 2006: Reduced from $50,000.
February 2007: Reduced from $25,000.
March 2007: VICTORIA needs work to put her in proper condition. Her owner has recently given us the following information about VICTORIA's condition:
- Rig down on deck, boat covered, bilges salted.
- Mainsail clew rebuilt, sail re-stitched.
- Bronze rod bobstay replaced with chain, bronze turnbuckle and hardware.
- Plank replaced starboard side at waterline by Fairhaven Shipyard--frames found to be in excellent shape, no signs of rot between planking and ceilings.
- Plank ends separating from stem rabbet.
- Decay in deadwood between iron ballast and lower pintle.
- Needs refastening soon.
- Paint mostly in poor condition.
- Overall condition neglected, structurally sound but in need of repairs.
September 2007: Reduced from $19,000.