Tough, seaworthy, family friendly, and beautiful, Volcano is a yacht capable of crossing any ocean in comfort and style. Conceived on the same drafting table that would later produce the Swan 651, German Frers' elegant lines turn heads every time she leaves the harbor. Whether plying the waters of Puget Sound, gunkholing in Southeast Alaska or beating up the coast of Mexico, her capabilities are astounding. A rugged aluminum hull and deck provide exceptional strength. Her warm, roomy interior will accommodate family, friends or charter guests. And her rig catches the wind and powers Volcano to the crest of the next wave.
Volcano was designed by German Frers and built by Derecktor Shipyards in Mamaroneck, NY for the venerable yachtsman Llwyd Ecclestone. She is one of a series of ocean racers built for Ecclestone including Dyanamite, Kodiak, Runaway, and Bikini whose purpose was for comfortable and safe cruising and to win the Newport to Bermuda Race. Volcano is now available for purchase: a quality yacht of pedigree sure to provide quality sailing moments and memories for her next owner.
Volcano is a uniquely versatile cruiser/racer. She has been successfully cruised by three different Pacific Northwest couple/owners with small children as crew. These families have sailed from Mexico to Alaska, enjoying the space and security of this well constructed aluminum yacht. She has four cabins, berths for ten and space for another two on the salon settees. A few years ago, while owned by my business partner, I had the opportunity to enjoy sailing and cruising Volcano.
For a weekend getaway, we loaded up three families and sailed from Seattle to the SYC outstation at Port Madison. Between the six adults and five children, we all had plenty of space and our own cabin. Once docked, the kids enjoyed sailing an Optimist dinghy we’d transported over on the foredeck (there was ample space for another two) while the adults socialized in the cockpit and on deck. As viewed from the bluff above, Volcano looked absolutely elegant and a perfect platform for the enjoyment of those aboard. That evening the very ample galley produced a banquet for the entire crew seated around the large salon table. As the kids disappeared to the forward cabins for games and movies, the parents relaxed with after-dinner beverages and sea stories. With her broad, uncluttered, and flat decks Volcano can also be loaded up with crew for day sails or racing.
One day we headed out to Lake Washington where I helped sail with a girl-scout troop. The sixteen squealing girls and their half dozen adult leaders had a ball working the helm, winches, and sheets as we tacked and gybed; an awesome teamwork exercise. We also sailed a half dozen “fun races” in the Elliot Bay Downtown Sailing Series, often finishing first. It didn’t take long to find crew for Volcano. Once the word was out, everyone wanted to come and sail the big, beautiful boat. Even with twenty six aboard she never felt crowded and everyone joined in the fun of sailing.
I was also able to experience how manageable Volcano is with a small crew. My wife, two year old son and I sailed her from Seattle to Port Ludlow and back one November weekend. As my wife steered, I easily set and trimmed the sails. Self tailing halyard/reefing winches make this a manageable task. Her wide, flat deck and predictable motion underway makes for easy and secure linehandling. Unlike many racing boats, she’s blessed with a center-cockpit. The cockpit dodger provides good protection from the elements and a sheltered companionway. A second smaller cockpit with dodger and companionway are aft and offer private access to the owner’s stateroom. With this arrangement, she would be well suited for charter work.
On another weekend, we did an overnight with friends to Blake Island. Volcano again proved herself extremely comfortable yet easy to manage and always elegant. Reflecting on my times aboard this great yacht I can truthfully say “In forty years of sailing, some of my fondest sailing/cruising memories are of racing and cruising Volcano.” Surely the richness of sailing is all about these kind of moments and memories. A versatile yacht like Volcano offers a quality sailing experience to be enjoyed in the company of extended family and friends without the requirement of their assistance to sail as a couple when so desired.
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Coming in from the cold or stepping away from the heat of the day, Volcano’s interior provides a welcome alternative to the energy of her surroundings at sea. As you step down the companionway, she glows from the warmth of her lovely teak. Cut from a single log, the teak veneers, solid frame cabinetry and teak and holly floors are enhanced by fine joinery throughout the yacht. The newer wood headliner is painted white providing a bright and reflective counterpoint to the natural finish of the furniture, bulkheads and cabin sole. There is generous storage throughout and most cabinet doors offer ventilated, wicker panels. Upholstery is leather and in good condition. There are multiple opening hatches in all areas for good ventilation while the Webasto hydronic heating system gives thermostatic control throughout the vessel
The aft cabin can be accessed privately from the aft cockpit. On either side of this companion way are two berths. There is a double berth to port and a large single berth to starboard. Above the port double and aft is a locker for navigation charts. There is generous storage in this cabin with storage under the berths, several drawers, cabinets (two lockable), a tall hanging locker and good shelf surface. On the starboard side is a covered bench seat. There is access to the engine via a panel in the forward center bulkhead.
The aft head is to port and is accessible via both the aft cabin and the main salon. The surfaces are laminate. This head is separated into two parts with a dedicated shower stall, stainless sink with hot and cold pressure water and deep mirrored medicine cabinet. In the head proper there is a Raritan SeaEra head, another stainless sink, two deep cabinets and a deep drawer under the sink. The engine is accessible from the head through a large opening panel on the inside wall. The head is plumbed for heat as well.
The galley runs along the starboard side of the boat in the passageway between the aft cabin and the main salon. The layout is certainly capable of handling two cooks in the kitchen! There are three large top loading compartments for refrigeration with the center acting as the deep freezer. A bulkhead mounted cold water dispenser from the refrigeration box serves on-demand chilled water. Deep cabinets run the length of the galley along the outboard side for great storage. The galley's double stainless sink with hot and cold running water and generous counter space offer an excellent sea going galley with secure places to wedge yourself in when the going gets rough.
The companionway from the center cockpit enters into the main salon. On the starboard side of the salon is a large teak drop leaf table. Seating at the table is L-shaped and centerline leather covered settees for seating of up to 8 people. To port in the salon is a straight settee. Both the port and starboard settee pull out to make larger sea-going berths. Above the settees are two pilot berths and book cases. There is a lot of storage around and under with a total of 9 drawers, 6 cabinets of various sizes and a hanging locker. On the forward bulkhead is a painting that lifts up to expose a recessed flat screen TV. There are 5 opening hatches for great cross ventilation.
Aft and to port of the salon is the aft facing nav station. The nav table lifts for storage below. This area is truly the navigation, communications and systems station, all the needed instruments, SSB, ham radio, radar, AC and DC power panels and battery switches are close at hand. As is the continuing theme with this boat there is good storage with 4 drawers below the table. Below the companionway and inboard of the nav table are three more cabinets.
Just forward of the main salon are port and starboard private cabins, both with two bunks. The cabins are accessible from the main salon and connect to the forward head and laundry. Each is ducted with heat and have their own thermostat. Both rooms are nearly identical. Each have storage cabinets outboard of the bunks and drawers under the bottom bunk. Forward of the berths is a hanging locker and drawers. Every bunk has its own Hella fan for a total of 2 fans in each room. There are two opening hatches in each cabin. The starboard cabin houses a large floor to ceiling cabinet with the DVD/VHF player and lots of shelves for storage.
Forward of the bunk cabins is the forward head and laundry. To starboard is a SeaEra electric head with macerator. There are two cabinets above, one mirrored, the other with a wicker cover. Below the cabinets and aft of the head is a stainless sink. Also in this space is a shower with hot and cold pressure water. A teak grate covers the shower sump. Across from the head on the port side is a large combination washer/dryer.
Forward of the head near the forepeak is the forward stateroom. To port is a small double berth. Aft of the berth is a shelf for books and the Play Station 2. Forward on the bulkhead is a Sharp flat screen TV for DVD's and the PS2. Under the berth are four deep drawers. Across from the bunk and to starboard is a mirrored cabinet above cabinetry housing the watermaker pumps and filters. Aft is another cabinet housing the Echo-Tec watermaker membrane. The forepeak is tastefully separated by Sunbrella zip covers that give easy access to storage, yet can be shut off from the cabin. This cabin also houses a ladder that gives access to the large forward hatch.
Force 10, 4 burner propane stove with oven
Propane switch in galley
Grunert holding plate refrigeration
2 top loading chill boxes, 1 top loading freezer
Large double basin stainless steel sink
Galley Maid Pressure H/C water
Chilled drinking water dispenser
Kenmore microwave oven
Large thermos in holder
Crockery and cookwear
Hella fan in Galley
Perkins 6354 Diesel 135HP auxiliary w/4850 hours since rebuild
3 blade Max-Prop Easy (installed)
3 blade Max-Prop Classic (spare)
5.5 Polar Power DC generator with 135 hours (new 3/2016)
Echo-Tec 780-AML-2 32 gph water maker (new 5/2017)
Splendide Comb-o-matic 6100 automatic washer and condensing dryer
Webasto diesel fired hydronic heating
2 Raritan SeaEra electric heads with macerators
Electric driven centerboard actuator
Jefa DU-WS300-24 sprocket drive autopilot motor (2018)
Ideal electric windlass
Torrid water heater
Anchor washdown pump
Main engine 32v alternator with spare
Balmar multi-stage voltage regulator with spare
Spare main engine starter motor
(4) B&G Triton2 multifunction displays (2018)
B&G Triton2 Pilot controller (2018)
B&G NAC3 autopilot computer (2018)
B&G Precision-9 fluxgate compass (2018)
B&G WR10 Wireless Autopilot Controller (2018)
Jefa DU-WS300-24 sprocket drive autopilot motor (2018)
B&G wind speed/direction transducer (2018)
Airmar depth and speed/sea temperature transducers (2018)
Simrad GS25 GPS with compass
Maretron DSM-410 multifunction display at nav station (2018)
Furuno model 1941 8-tone daylight radar display
Trimble NavTrac XL GPS
Radar Mast with Furuno 36 mile open array radar antenna and misc other antennas
Miltec Marine AIS receiver
Electronics ready to interface with PC charting programs
Extensive West Coast charts
Dedicated weatherfax antenna
SSB antenna on stern pulpit
Backstay serves as Ham radio antenna
Icom M58 VHF radio
Icom M700 SSB
Kenwood HF Tranciever TS4508 ham radio
(2) Icom handheld VHF radios
Kenwood stereo AM/FM receiver with CD player
Niles speakers in the cockpit
(2) TVs, one in main cabin, one in fwd stateroom
DVD/VHS player serving both TVs
Spare Icom VHF fixed radio
Play Station 2 in FWD cabin which also plays DVDs
Furuno model Fax-208 weatherfax receiver (currently uninstalled and in spares)
Iridium phone (currently uninstalled and in spares)
The electrical system provides for ample power to go extended periods without having to charge. Volcano is wired for 32volts with step down transformers for 12 volt and 24 volt service. An Outback inverter/charger and DC genset covers all the bases.
32 volt electrical system
Converters for 24 volt service
Converters for 12 volt service
Charles 3.6 KVA Marine Isolation Transformer (3/2016)
110V 30 amp shore power and inverter service
8 Roll-Surette 4 volt batteries providing 546 amps at 32 volts ( 2017)
Outback VFX3232M inverter/charger for house battery bank (2016)
Mastervolt 12/25-3 ChargeMaster battery charger for engine and genset start batteries
(2) Balmar MaxCharge MC632 voltage regulators (one in spares)
Electrical panel with 110AC service, 32 volt service and 12 volt service
Volcano’s tall rig catches the breeze and her stainless steel centerboard drawing 7.5 feet with the board up and 13 feet down provides the ballast and lift for safe fast sailing. Between 2000 and 2002 her mast and running rigging underwent a complete refit. The mast was removed, sand blasted to bare aluminum and repainted. Compression fittings were replaced and new spreader fittings added. A new Antal track was drilled and tapped into the mast and running rigging replaced with high tech spectra and vectran line. The backstay and vang are controlled with Navtech hydraulics and jib is roller furled.
Mast and boom completely rebuilt (2000)
Rod standing rigging
Rod inspected and re-headed where necessary (2000)
Warpspeed Spectra halyards and Vectran reef lines
Antal full batten mast track and cars
Navtech hydraulic backstay and boom vang
Roller furling headstay
Removable inner forestay
Antal main traveler track
Ullman Dacron full batten main
Ullman Dacron working jib
Ullman Dacron High clew mule jib
Ullman Dacron heavy weather staysail, set with hanks on inner forestay
Ullman asymmetric cruising spinnaker with ATN dousing sleeve
Hood two-ply Dacron main with standard battens
Hood Dacron #2
2 Hood Dacron #3s
Hood Dacron #4
Hood two-ply Dacron 160% reaching headsail
Hood .75 oz symmetric spinnaker
Hood 1.5 oz symmetric spinnaker
Hood 2.2 oz symmetric spinnaker
Volcano’s exterior has been through a complete refit which was finished in 2002. The hull and deck were stripped to bare metal, re-faired and re-painted. Hatches and ports were replaced.
Ultrasound done 2004 w/no deficiencies
Stainless steel centerboard: draws 7’6”w/board up, 13’w/board down
(2) Barient 32 runner winches
(1) Barient 28 self-tailing main sheet winch
(2) large Barient primaries
(2) Barient self-tailing reefing winches
(5) Barient 28 self-tailing halyard winches
Antal jib cars
Antal line stoppers
Custom stainless anchor roller on bow
(2) 75lb CQR anchors (1 mounted, 1 spare)
300’ length of chain
(1) 44lb Bruce anchor
(1) 55lb Delta anchor
50 feet 3/8” chain and 200 feet ¾”line for stern anchor
50 gallon holding tank
Lewmar Offshore hatches
Liferaft stowage locker
Teak soles in center and aft cockpits
Salt and fresh water wash downs in aft cockpit
Horseshoe buoy with strobe on stern
Removeable folding cockpit table
EV deluxe 6-man liferaft
Center and aft cockpit dodgers
Full cockpit bimini with windows
Oversized cockpit sunshade/awning
Rail mounted barbecue
Miscellaneous tools and consumables