HIND SIGHT is
Due to lifestyle changes, and some minor health problems we've decided that Hind Sight needs someone who give her the attention she deserves. Interested parties contact us at the phone number above. She has served us well over the years she's been with us, but the time has come to say fair winds.
She's been sitting and looks neglected, so we're are considering all offers, but she still has a heart of gold.
USCG DOC# 691808
Home Port: San Francisco Ca.
Lying: Sacramento Ca.
Jack and Nadine Chalais
We own a 1984 Lancer Power Sailor, which we purchased used in 1989 in Alameda Calif. Over the years we have revamped and up graded 'Hind Sight', and now we like to refer to her as a "Long Range Power Sailor" or LRPS. How's that?, you ask... Lemme tell you....
We hauled Hind Sight to a custom trailer we built for her in June of 1994. After setting her on the trailer, we discovered that she had a crack in the front leading edge of the keel (I think....I can pin point the time it happened, but actually it's anybody's guess), and had taken considerable amounts of water. This is something we had not anticipated. We only planed to be out of the water for a few weeks. Not so... She dripped clear water from the crack for over a year and a half as we patiently waited for her to dry out in the 100+ deg. heat of the Sacramento summer. We Finally lost our patients, took a 1/4 inch drill, and made swiss cheese of the damaged area. Eventually we hit ground water. It still took 3 additional months to stop dripping.
While waiting for the keel to run out of water, we undertook a couple of projects to keep us busy. Mainly remove the trim tab brackets from the stern. For those of you that like to go fast, I guess the trim tabs were needed, but for our sailing style they where not. Since we never opened up the 115hp Johnson, and liked to cruise at 5 to 5 1/2 knots we felt they were just extra baggage and becoming an eye-sore (they were disintegrating before our very eyes). They were also starting to become a hypnotic garden and residence for pile worms. Sixteen thru-bolt holes had to be filled and fairedin the transom , a project that took 3 weeks. When finished you couldn't tell where they were. We gloated!
Right after we purchased Hind Sight we discovered that Yanmar made a Diesel OB, and started doing some investigative work. It seemed to be just the ticket for our type of sailing. Slow and economical. After calling around I found that the price was way beyond what we could afford. Coming very close to what we had paid for 'Hind Sight' to begin with. So, reluctantly, we abandoned the idea and resigned ourselves to the fact that we were destined to run the big 115 Johnson, and keep Standard Oil Stock profitable.
Latitude 38, Oct.'96
This was the ad that almost gave me a heart attack. After being down in Alameda most of the day, I returned home and sat down in the recliner, preparing to perform a monthly ritual with a brand new issue of Latitude 38. Naturally starting with the 'used gear' section of the classy's. I came out of the chair like a shot, and ran to the phone. It was unbelievable. Not one, but two Yanmar D27's for sale. The first number brought an answering machine that we reluctantly placed a message on. The second number turned out to be another dead-end street so I resigned myself to waiting until the next morning before trying again. It was hard getting any sleep that night. Finally, after numerous calls, around ten AM the next morning, we made contact with the owner who turned out to be Steve Scheidler.
We made arrangements to take a look at them at 1pm that same afternoon. I had expected that they were still on the transom of the tri. Actually they had been removed and were being stored at Nelson's boat yard in Alameda Ca. So close the previous day.......
We were not prepared for what we encountered in that warehouse. Two very badly abused 'double ugly' OB's that looked liked they would never fire again. Rust and oil everywhere. One lower end badly eroded by electrolysis. The other engine block covered with rust, and to add insult to injury, they lay under a roost of barn pigeons. (Notice the 'pigeon poop' in the pic on the right.) Needless to say the OB's were slowly turning white with guano, and my heart sank. The money in my pocket no longer burned. The embers were not even smoldering. Since this was the first day of the ad, I diplomatically explained that perhaps it might be best if he found someone else to give them a good home. Politely 'bowing' out while mumbling something about their needing someone who didn't mind taking on a 'project'.
I mulled over the engines for most of the month. 5 days before the new Latitude was due to hit the stands, I place another call to Steve. Yes, he still had the OB's? (only one other party had called.) I asked if he was firm on the price? Nope, he was willing to talk..... Great!!
We met once again at Nelsons, and got down to business. Money talks....BS walks. The only stipulation Steve had was that I haul the extra motor over to his condo in San Francisco, as he didn't have a truck. No Problema!!
We met again at the boat yard. Steve had his friend Mickey (pretty female type person) along for company. Mickey assured me that both engines ran like a watch. I had my doubts.... We ended up settling on $1300 for the engine that wasn't a ball of rust, but had the eaten up lower end. We loaded both engines, and the next stop was Steves apartment in the Marina District of San Francisco.
We arrived, and after more rationalizing and some decision making on Steve's part, I ended up putting another $600 bucks with the original $1300 and took both engines. It was just a matter of loading up a barrel of extra parts that were left over from his record breaking run. A godsend.....
That was in late October'96. I spent the remainder of that winter and spring dis-assembling and rebuilding outboard motors ...everything had to be done twice. In the process I learned about the motors in detail. I also began to respect them.
In the spring of '97 I towed Hind Sight over to Morrison Marine, in Sacramento, and after doing a little horse trading, had the 115 Johnson removed and the bottom prepped and painted as the leak had ~finally~ leaked itself out..
Summer of '97. With the help of a friend we decided it was time to see if one of the engines ran. I had swapped out the lower ends andended up with one very good engine. Prepped and ready to fire. A fuel hose stuck in a small can of diesel fuel, and a fresh battery were hooked up. We tapped the starter relay and the engine fired...... It ran immediately. It was instantaneous. No stuttering. No balking. No coughing. I grinned from ear to ear, and let out a big sigh of relief. It was a joyous day in Mudville. Casey had hit a home run. Mickey had been right....bless her heart!!
A few months later the engine was mounted on the back of Hind Sight. Fuel systems were modified. Control panels were rebuilt and rewired.... Another project...we'll cover that later.
For our needs and what we wanted out of a boat, the Yanmar Diesel fit us to a 'T'. If I had to do it over again I'd certainly consider using one of the newer gas 4-cycle's in the 25hp range. Not that I'm disappointed in the Yanmar, with it's 1/4 gal per hour fuel consumption at 5.5 knots, but the trade off would be better parts availability and service, albeit with a fuel consumption much higher than the Yanmar Diesel, and well below the big Johnson's 6 gals per hour. It's also come to my attention that the Yanmar D27 & 36's are not available here in the US as of 1998 due to EPA requirements.
So this is what we ended up with. The best of both worlds. OB vs. inboard. With the OB we have an aft lazerette big enough to stuff a whole Yak plus the fixin's into. Also, a full sized aft cabin makes nights extremely comfortable. She also has the cruising range of a small aircraft carrier. The only thing that we are missing is the ability to make hot water for showers and such. But then again when the water temps in the mid 80's....who needs it.
So that's how a fire breathing 14 knot plus sailboat became a docile long range (800-900mile) coastal cruiser. That's us waving as we pass the fuel docks..... <gr>.
For those of you interested in the other engine. I'm sad to report that it's now lying in deep water off the coast of Honduras. But, that's another story.......
We also came acrossed this D27 while poking around on ebay.