Schooner Zodiac - Vessel Information
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"She has a bluff bow, lovely lines. She's a fine seabird: weatherly, stiff and fast... very fast, if she's well handled. No, she's not old; she's in her prime."
- Cpt. Jack Aubrey (Master and Commander)
from Oregon Public Broadcasting:
The Zodiac, restored to the glory of her younger days, is a testament to the majesty and beauty of classic wooden yachts. Her decks are spacious and practical, her sails trimmed and powerful. Her main mast towers over twelve stories high and she proudly boasts the largest working mainsail on the western coast. When you look down her rails, you see polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Her lines are coiled and hung on the rails and the rigging is taut and fast.
The deckhouse chart room is a comfortable and warm place to relax or learn how to navigate with tutorage from one of Zodiac's friendly and knowlegable crewmembers.
Below decks, great care has been taken to restore her to the way she looked when first commissioned; varnished mahogaony, oak and teak are focal throughout her main salon and galley.
The focs'l and passageways are trimmed in classic panelling with berths and staterooms that reflect the sailing-vessel charm from last century (with a nod to some modern creature comforts; Zodiac has three home-style toilets and two hot showers).
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Designer: William H. Hand, Jr.
Rig: Two-masted Gaff Topsail Schooner
Builder: Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard, East Boothbay, ME
Length Overall: 160 ft
Length on Deck: 127 ft.
Beam: 26 ft.
Draft: 16 feet
Displacement: 147 tons
Height:127 feet with topmast
Sail Area: 7000 square feet
Engine: Caterpillar 500hp diesel
Speed under power: 9 knots
Max. Hull Speed: 13.4 knots
Passengers: 26 overnight, 49 daysails
Of course, a vessel is only as good as her crew. Visit our Crew page to see some of the Faces of Zodiac