S/V Quest

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S/V Quest
Meet Quest's Crew

Capt. Jean in Alaska.

The Sailing Vessel Quest is a pilot house sloop. She was designed by Laurie Davidson (of the America's Cup fame) from New Zealand. His assistant was Kevin Dibley whose star is rapidly rising in the boat design world. She was built by a well known and respected high tech racing boat builder from Christchurch, New Zealand, Ian Franklin.

The Quest was launched in December of 2001. Our shakedown cruise consisted of circumnavigating the southern island of New Zealand in February of 2002. We left New Zealand in April of 2002, sailed to Tahiti, then on the Hawaii and Alaska. We finally entered California in September of 2002 and got to Marina del Rey by December. What a trip!

Quest in now in the South Pacific, resting out of the hurricane belt in New Zealand.

Capt. Scott leaving Auckland, N.Z..

s/v Quest from the top of the mast (that's 75 feet!) - at anchor in the Tuamotus (Kauehi Atoll), French Polynesia. We carry a 60kg rocna anchor on the bow with 130 meters of 3/8 G70 chain and 100 meters of 20mm 12 plait nylon line.  Our bow windless is a Maxwell 3500 forward and reversing. On the stern we carry a Lewmar Ocean 2 forward and reversing windless with 100 ft. of G70 chain and 300 ft. of 20mm 12 plait nylon line. Our stern anchor is a 65 lb. Bulwagga.

s/v Quest flying her gennaker! During the race to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this gennaker got a real workout! (1,800 sq. ft.)


s/v Quest sailing on the west side of Catalina. I'm in the dinghy bouncing around, driving the outboard, taking photos and trying to keep dry while Scott sails around me in the big boat! Our main sail is 990 sq. ft. and the storm jib is 200 sq. ft.

Our roller furling working jib is 440 sq. ft. Our roller furling yankee is 650 sq. ft. These all feed into the cockpit for ease of deployment and adjustment.


s/v Quest in Alaska - dodging the bergie bits! This time I'm at the helm and Scott's in the dinghy telling me, "Get a little closer to that big ice berg so I can get better picture!" We have a 125 HP Yanmar turbo 4 cylinder diesel engine for these tight quarters, and carry 550 useable gallons of fuel. This gives us a range of up to 3,000 nm if we watch our speed.



The main Saloon. When we're in port we eat most of our meals here. She was designed so that we could look out when we sit at the table. We often have someone sleeping in the saloon in rough weather. Under that bunk is a Scanmar SOS emergency rudder. All the inside passageways are designed for safety at sea with many handholds and narrow spaces rather than the "modern" open saloons that allow one to be tossed across the saloon at sea.

Inside navigation station. These instruments are repeated in the cockpit for the helmsman. (right)


Inside navigation station looking aft. You're seeing mostly the electrical panel and desk where we keep the navigation computer - a duplicate system separate from the Raymarine C80 8"chartplotter with fishfinder, radar and chartplotter. Wind and speed instruments are Raymarine series 60. We use two Raymarine and one Garmin GPS receivers. Our radios are VHF, Icom 502 and SSB 802 using a Pactor II converter for Sailmail email, Winlink email and weatherfax downloads. Generator is a Fisher Panda mini8, 8KW. Autopilot and steering are Whitlock mombo driven by a Raymarine Autopilot brain.



When underway we spend most of our time in the cockpit. Don't ask me why I included this photo. I guess I liked it! You see we have great visibility and protection from the sun and big waves. This is our main steering station and on-watch area. We are well protected in this cockpit and do NOT leave it underway unless we follow safety precautions of being tethered to the boat and being watched by another person. In the cockpit we have 7 Harken winches, four of which are electric powered.


Jean's desk and fwd. food storage lockers. These three lockers cover some nice deep drawers. We can carry provisions for 6 months or more.

You've never seen Jean's desk so neat! (left)



Forward Lazarette. A must for living aboard with a "collector!" - meaning Scott. Beneath the floor is a folding "Northhill" stainless 65 lb. anchor (used as a rock pick). We carry additional 300 ft. of 3/8 G70 chain backed up with 300 ft. of 12 plait 20mm nylon rode in a sidelocker. We've also installed a retractable Maxpower 180 bow thruster for those tight maneuvers.


The forward (guest) cabin. Our guest cabin sleeps two and has two nice storage cabinets. Under the bunk we store several hundred paper charts. All our bunks have lee cloths and only the careless fail to rig them while sleeping.


Guest head. With a shower like that you know we need our Spectra watermaker! We can carry 250 gallons of water which we use as ballast on our long voyages. Actually, we do the same with the fuel - we use the fuel in the leeward tank to give us more stability.

We have a Spectra watermaker and carry 250 gallons of water.

Quest's galley. Everyone knows that the galley is the heart of the ship. We never go hungry on this boat. Accoutrements include: four burnered gimbaled stove, a large freezer and refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster oven, trash compactor, coffee maker, double sink, great storage for dishes and large pots, and storage for the breadmaker. Many of these appliances require 110 volts, so our 8KW Fisher-Panda generator is a must. We also carry 2 Mastervolt 100amp chargers and one Mastervolt 3,000 watt inverter.

Galley - Hull side (outside) view. (right)

Captains' quarters.




Captains' quarters stbd. This little bunk serves as Jean's sleeping quarters underway. With a lee cloth up this is a nice little pilot berth.

So, with that said, Quest heads out into the blue water. And, this is where she belongs!

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