1975 Fiberglass Cutter
THE YACHT FIONA IS FOR SALE – We would love to sell Fiona to someone who appreciates her many miles and adventures around the world with our father, Eric Forsyth. Check out this Practical Boat Owner article about Eric.
LOCATION: Patchogue, Long Island, New York
PRICE: Market Value is $55,000. Accepting offers. Email offers to email@example.com.
CONTACT: For any additional information or questions call or text Eric’s son, Colin Forsyth at 931-979-5898.
HISTORY: Award-winning sailor and legendary captain Eric Forsyth built the Yacht Fiona from a bare hull. He sailed over 320,000 nautical miles on Fiona. He was a Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medal winner. We have yet to find evidence of any other amateur small boat sailor who has amassed more deep ocean experience. Significant accomplishments on Fiona include:
- Two circumnavigations of the globe, one westabout via the Panama Canal and one eastabout via Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn.
- Circumnavigation of North America via the Northwest Passage.
- Arctic cruise to Spitzbergen at 79°N
- Cruise to the Antarctic circle on the Peninsular at 67°S
- Four roundings of Cape Horn, three eastabout and one westabout.
- Four visits to the Falkland Islands, including a cruise through much of the archipelago.
- Four cruises to South Georgia Island, sub-Antarctica.
- Five transits of the Panama Canal, three transits of the Caledonian Canal, three transits of the Kiel Canal. Single-handed passages include crossing the Atlantic from the Canaries to Salvador, Brazil, crossing the Barents Sea from Nome to Dutch Harbor, Bermuda to New York, St. Thomas to Grenada.
- In 2017 – 2018 Eric made a cruise to Portugal, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, and the Caribbean at the age of 86. The crossing from Cape Verde to St. Martin was his 27th Atlantic passage.
FIONA SPECIFICATIONS —Fair Condition. Engine was rebuilt in 2021 and a new exhaust system installed in 2021. Transmission was rebuilt in 2018. The interior is mostly mahogany and teak. The head liner and most bulkheads are made of white Formica glued to plywood. Structurally reinforced in the form of 1 ½ inch diameter stainless steel poles between the hull and cabin top, perfect to grab for when the boat rolls unexpectedly. Electric power is generated while sailing by an alternator coupled to the propeller shaft.
LOA (Not including bow platform) 42′ 9″
Clearance Length, Panama Canal 49′
Draft 6′ 3″
Displacement, empty 37,000 lbs
Internal ballast (in keel) 11,000 lbs
USCG Net Tonnage 24 T
USCG Gross Tonnage 25 T
Sail Area, Working Main 470 sq. ft.
Sail Area, Genoa Jib 500 sq. ft.
Sail Area, Staysail 150 sq. ft.
Sail Area, Storm Main 310 sq. ft.
Sail Area, Yankee Jib 280 sq. ft.
Sail Area, Spitfire Jib 40 sq. ft.
Engine Perkins, 85 horsepower
Center tank 85 gallons
Port tank 50 gallons
Port tank 50 gallons
Center tank 100 gallons
Starboard tank 50 gallons
Mast, Aluminum (deck stepped) 4 x 7.5″ x 50 ft.
Air clearance 59 ft.
Headstay and backstay 3/8″ 1×19 stainless wire
Forestay and 8 each shrouds 5/16″ 1×19 stainless wire
Chain 7/16″ x 280 ft
Fisherman Anchor 65 lbs
CQR Anchor 45 lbs
Danforth Anchor 45 lbs
Danforth Anchor 25 lbs