LUNACY IS FOR SALE: Well-Maintained 39-Foot Aluminum Cutter With Recent Engine and Sails Seeks New Owner

Lunacy on dock

For reasons we’ll go into later I’ve decided the time has come to part ways with Lunacy, which I’ve now owned for 10 years. Not exactly an easy decision, as she is a fantastic boat–strong as all get-out, fast, with an easy motion in a seaway. Those of you who follow the blog should know her well. She is a seasoned bluewater cruising boat–her previous owners sailed her around the world, and I’ve sailed her back and forth between New England and the Caribbean four times. For fundamental details you can check out the initial post I wrote about her here on the Lunacy Report, and of course if you study this section of the blog in detail you’ll learn a great deal about how I’ve used her and what sort of upgrades she has enjoyed.

If you don’t feel like doing all that research, here’s the capsule version:

Lunacy (Ex-Star Cruiser)

Yves-Marie Tanton Design #824, built in 1985 in Kingston, Ontario, by Kingston Aluminum Yachts

LOA 39’5”
LWL 32’
Beam 13’
Draft 5’10”
Displacement 21,000 lbs.
Sail area 850 sq.ft.
Fuel 80 gal. (2 tanks)
Water 135 gal. (3 tanks)
Holding 6 gal.
Hull: Aluminum
Engine: Westerbeke 44B diesel (new in 2009, 1010 hrs.)
Asking price: $128,000 OBO

Lying Portland, ME

CONTACT: Owner directly via this website

Lunacy sailplan

Sailplan. Air draft is 62 feet. The mast is keel-stepped


Under construction in Ontario in 1985. The hull plating is 5mm down low, 4mm in the topsides and deck



The master stateroom is forward with a Pullman double berth to port with storage under. There is a hanging locker, cabinets, and a dressing table to starboard.

Aft of the forward cabin is the main saloon with full-length port and starboard settees with lee cloths. Between the settees is a large centerline table (seats eight) with folding leaves.

Next aft there is a large galley to port with a propane-fired four-burner Magic Chef stove and oven. There is also a large top-loading fridge box with a 12-volt Adler-Barbour ColdMachine refrigeration system. There are two deep stainless steel sinks, a marble counter top, much storage space, and pressure water and also a freshwater foot pump.

Opposite the galley to starboard there is a large nav station with a full-size chart table with storage under. There is an excellent chart storage nook directly behind the nav seat.

Behind the nav station there is a head with Lavac toilet and a vanity with a showerhead. Directly behind the head is a large systems/storage area.

Behind the galley there is a partitioned-off double quarterberth with storage under and a hanging locker.

The interior of the boat is extremely well ventilated, with seven dorade vents and five deck hatches. There are six Caframo Sirocco fans (large, but quiet w/automatic timers). There is also a large vented propane-fired Force 10 cabin heater.


Accommodation plan


An arty shot of the saloon

Starboard settee

Starboard-side settee and nav desk

Galley storage

Galley storage behind stove, plus there’s lots more under the counter

Forward berth

Forward double berth

Aft berth

Double quarterberth aft

Systems space

Systems and storage space aft


Force 10 Slimline propane heater, with fan overhead to blow warm air forward



New KiwiGrip deck paint with new Treadmaster installed in cockpit and on the bow (2016)

New cockpit speakers (2016)

Rudder-skeg joint redesigned and re-welded (2014)

Cockpit dodger (2014)

Viking 6-man liferaft (2012) last serviced 2016

MOM8-A man-overboard module (2012)

Ultrasonic Antifouling system (2010)

Rudder heel replaced (2008)

Bottom blasted down to bare metal and new barrier coat applied (2008)

Lofrans Tigres electric windlass

Three anchors (45-lb. CQR, 35-lb. CQR, plus one Fortress kedge)

230-feet of 5/16 high-tensile chain spliced to 230-feet of ¾” nylon rope rode

Enormous vented propane locker aft with 50-pounds of propane stored in three aluminum bottles

Wash-down hose connection at bow (saltwater for rinsing the anchor and rode, freshwater for bathing)

Outboard brackets both on aft pushpit for storage and down low on transom skirt for emergency propulsion

Foam insulation on hull to waterline

Tiller steering with transom-mounted rudder


A view of her bottom


Comes complete with a passarelle


A simple awning can be rigged over the cockpit. This can stay up while sailing



Westerbeke 44B diesel engine w/1010 hours (2009) w/100-amp alternator

New PSS shaft-seal and propeller shaft (2015)

Feathering three-blade MaxProp propeller (serviced 2016)

4 Trojan T145 6-volt wet-cell golf-cart batteries wired as two 12-volt house banks, 400AH total capacity (2011)

Trojan Group 27 wet-cell 12-volt engine-cranking battery (2011)

Airbreeze wind generator (2008)

2 75-watt BP solar panels (2008)

Mastervolt BTM-111 battery monitor (2011)

2000-watt Heart Interface inverter/50-amp battery charger

New masthead LED tricolor and anchor lights (2016)

Raw-water strainer and sea-chest replaced 2011

Shurflo 2000 and Shurflo 700 electric bilge pumps (2011)

Edson 30gpm manual diaphragm pump



New mainsail (three reefs), staysail, and working jib (2014)

Bowsprit added to support new screecher (Code Zero-type) sail (2011)

2 spare mainsails

2 spare working jibs

2 spare staysails

1 140% genoa (very good condition)

1 asymmetric cruising spinnaker (good condition)

Storm jib and storm trysail (good condition) (separate trysail track on mast)

Selden Furlex furlers on the jib and staysail (jib furler replaced 2011)

Selden continuous-line furler for the screecher (2011)

2 Lewmar 30 halyard winches on mast and 1 Lewmar 16 reefing winch under boom (2011)

Selden R40 2-speed reversible winch for mainsheet (2012)

2 Andersen 52 self-tailing winches for headsails

2 3-speed Lewmar 55 winches for headsails

All standing rigging and turnbuckles replaced 2007

Aluminum whisker pole

Twin backstays

Mast-steps to masthead

New mainsail cover (2014)


The bowsprit with the screecher (forward of the jib and staysail) hoisted and furled on its high-modulus torque-rope luff. The spinnaker is flown from the end of the sprit


The screecher flying to windward on its own. It can also be flown with the staysail

Jib and staysail

The working jib and staysail flying together. The jib is a high-cut yankee


Flying the asymmetric spinnaker (this was before the bowsprit went on)



The Aries servo-pendulum self-steering system can be controlled with either a windvane in the conventional manner or with a small tiller-pilot ram. The boat comes with two separate Autohelm tiller-pilot control-heads and two rams that can be used in this way. One of these units is new old stock and was only put into service in 2014. With the vane up the Aries gear steers to the wind; with the ram up it steers a compass course. The ram when operating draws very little power, as it moves very little and only provides the Aries with heading input. The servo oar does the work of actually steering the boat.

Alternatively, there is a much larger Autohelm tiller pilot that connects directly to the tiller. It can steer the boat in light wind or when motoring. This means in all there are three different self-steering systems to use with the boat.


The Aries at work with a windvane up

Wind vane with ram

And with a ram installed



Raymarine A65 charplotter (2007) w/charts for U.S. and Caribbean

Vesper Marine WatchMate AIS receiver (2012), upgraded to a transceiver (2016)

Furuno 841 radar

Standard Intrepid VHF radio with remote command microphone in companionway

Furuno DFAX dedicated weather-fax receiver

Tacktick electronic compass

Nexus multi displays in cockpit and at nav station

Nexus wind display in cockpit



On dock

UPDATE: Lunacy is now in Annapolis and is listed on Yachtworld. Contact Bernie Jakits at Rogue Wave Yacht Sales if you’d like to inspect her: 443-742-1792

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6 Responses
  1. Dave

    Oh, no! What will Baxter do? Will miss seeing her around. Unless you find a local buyer. Best wishes. Two weeks ago I gave our daughter away to a wonderful young man. In my unprepared Dad speech, braced by a bourbon or two, I compared it to the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life. Got a lot of laughs but I’m not sure she was one of those laughing.

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