Alcyon is a Spencer 53, pilothouse, ketch-rigged sailboat. She was commissioned by Jack and Dorothy Steiner in 1978 from Spencer Boatyard, a custom boat builder in Vancouver, BC, and was designed by John Brandlmayr. Spencer Boatyard worked extensively with Hal Roth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Roth) to build the most sea-worthy vessels they could.

In addition, Jack Steiner was an aircraft designer and engineer with Boeing and he worked closely with Spencer to create the only 53 foot pilothouse ketch that the company ever made. Jack and Dorothy loved their boat (Taku Flicka) and went sailing (and fishing) in the San Juans, Gulf Islands, and up and down the BC coast every summer for about 25 years. They sailed into their mid-80s.

In 2005, after their death (6 months apart) their estate sold the boat to another couple who undertook a major re-fit and upgrade. From what we can piece together though, when the 2008 financial crisis hit, they were forced to sell their boat (renamed to Geneth) and their dream of long-term cruising.

The next owner renamed the boat "Lively" and continued the re-fit and upgrade. Between the the second and third owners, from 2004-2014, almost every system was redone: sail systems (masts, in-boom furlers), sails and rigging, electrical (all new wiring and panels), AGM batteries, solar, wind power, windows, toilets, water tank, new upholstery.

Based on pictures we've found on line, we think the 3rd owner was able to enjoy the boat for a while, even securing a liveaboard contract with Shilshole Marina in Seattle. In 2016 he sold the boat to a young couple who renamed the boat "Lost Wanderer." The couple then promptly got a divorce and put the boat back on the market: just in time for us to buy the boat and live aboard.

We renamed the boat "Alcyon" which means kingfisher, specifically, Belted Kingfisher, or Megaceryle alcyon.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belted_kingfisher). This felt like the perfect name for our boat. Belted Kingfishers are native to the Pacific Northwest, the boat was built in Canada, a version of the Canadian $5 bill featured the Belted Kingfisher, and the boat seemed like a kingfisher: sleek, fast, and built for the water. And most importantly, the day we were first aboard, a Belted Kingfisher came and landed on our boat, trilling out its song, and catching our attention.

In addition, Alcyon is related to the word "halcyon" which has come to to refer to any peaceful time. We hoped to encourage peaceful weather in all of our sailing adventures with this nod to Greek mythology (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcyone).

And for all the tech geeks out there, here's some specifics about the boat:


Builder: Spencer Boats (Canada)
Designer: John Brandlmayr
Keel: fin
Hull Shape: monohull
Construction: fiberglass

LOA: 52 ft 7 in
Beam: 13 ft 2 in
Draft: 7 ft 6 in
Headroom: 6 ft 4 in
Displacement: 30000 lbs Dry Load
Ballast: 13000 lbs

Brand: Isuzu
Model: DA220
Power: 70 HP
Year Built: 1978
Hours: 4390
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel

Fresh Water Tanks: 3 Plastic or fiberglass (300 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 2 Fiberglass (250 Gallons), 1 aluminium (75 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 3 Plastic (40 Gallons)

Number of berths: 4 (queen bed in the aft and 2 singles in the v-berth which can convert to a double/queen)
Number of cabins: 2 (aft and v-berth)
Number of heads: 2 (aft has sink, toilet, and includes separate shower room; v-berth has sink and toilet)
Pilothouse with settee to port
Nav station and indoor helm to starboard
Galley to starboard
Engine room to port
Aft locker (lazaret 4 ft x 8 ft)
Forward chain locker
Storage throughout

Reefing mainsail & mizzen: Schattauer, roller boom, fully battened (2009)
Headsail: North Sails - Furling (2009)
Stay sail, hank on

Mechanical systems:
7.5 knots at 2000 RPM, 6 knots at 1500RPM
Dual Racor primary fuel filters
Pindell Engineering diesel tank vent water filter
Jabsco blower in engine room
Balmar 150 amp alternator with external Xantrex smart regulator
Eberspacher D-8 forced air diesel heater
Adler Barbour refigeration
Single lever throttle/shift at both helm stations
(2) BEP Matrix tank monitors
Raritan 12 gallon hot water heater
Sealand Tankwatch 4 level indicator in forward head
Transfer pump with primer and Racor between fuel tanks
(2) Helm position: pilothouse and cockpit (wheel)

Electrical Systems:
12 volt, 9 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, solar panel, wind generator
(2) 30 amp shore power inlets
AC/DC electrical system updated
Blue Seas AC/DC panels
(8) 6v Lifeline AGM house batteries (2012)
(1) 12v Lifeline AGM start battery (2012)
Isolation transformer with 110v/220v switch
New AC/DC wiring
Newmar VAH110 DC monitor
Outback inverter
(2) Blue Seas AC voltmeter/ammeter for shore and inverter power
Blue Seas 120/240v AC selector
Isoguard 3.8kva isolation transformer
(3) Wall mounted, forced air, electric room heaters (shore power only)

Nav Equipment:
2 Raymarine E120 Chart plotters with integrated AIS
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder
Danforth compass
Ritchie compass
Comnav rudder angle indicator
Raymarine ST60 depth/speed/wind displays
Reiker instruments clinometer
Raymarine radome mounted on mizzen mast
(2) ICOM IC-M602 VHF radios
ICOM IC-M710 SSB radio
Comnav 1101 autopilot with hydraulic drive
Weems & Plath clock and barometer in pilothouse
Weem & Plath barometer in aft stateroom

Deck Gear:
Sail covers
Winch covers
Instrument covers
Sprayhood / sunshade
Spray dodger
Cockpit wheel cover
Dinghy cover
(2) 5-gallon aluminium propane tanks
Propane locker
(3) Boathooks
Dinghy davit with hand winch
Dinghy landing platform
Swim ladder plus extension
(4) Anderson winches
(6) Barient winches
(1) 2-speed, Harken electric winch
(1) Maxwell windlass (electric with foot buttons)
(1) Carbon fiber whisker pole
(2) anchors: 88lb Rocna anchor and 60lb CQR anchor
Double stainless steel bow rollers
340 ft of chain
200 ft of rode
450 ft of stern-tie rode
Para Tech Sea Anchor
Livingston dinghy and lift kit (1995)
9.9hp outboard, Evinrude, Long shaft (1997)

Lee cloths in aft cabin
Emergency rudder position in aft cabin
(3) Survival suits
(9) PFDs
(3) Throwables
Foul weather gear
Portable water-maker
Fire extinguishers
CO2 alarms
Steps to the top of the main mast
Steps to the spreaders on the mizzen
Bosun's chair
Dock step

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