Technical Specifications

Passing Cloud

The schooner Passing Cloud was built by renowned Victoria, BC, shipwright Brian Walker and tastefully adapted to the West Coast with a commercial fishing-style wheelhouse. She was built to the highest standards using the best materials, and her luxurious accommodations mid-ship were completed by her second owner, Greg Sager. She was established as an expedition sailing vessel in 2012 by her current owner, Russell Markel.

“In his modifications to the original Roué plans, Walker eliminated the breaks in, and increased the height overall, of the sheer fore and aft. It was raised a foot and a half at the bow and one foot at the stern, enabling installation of the deck beams to provide 7-foot clearance in the hold for hanging dinghies and stowing freight and gear. Walker also installed a vertical to allow swinging room for the 140-horsepower auxiliary diesel’s big prop.” – Western Mariner, January 1999

This is a unique classic charter yacht from the design board of William James Roué, designer of the iconic racing fishing schooner Bluenose.

Overview

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  • Naval Architect: William James Roué (Design #165, 1945)
  • Builder: Brian Walker, 1974, Victoria, BC
  • Certification: Transport Canada Passenger Vessel, Nearshore Coastal II
  • LOD: 65’ (19.8 m)
  • LWL: 55’ (16.5 m)
  • Beam: 16’ 4” (5 m)
  • Draft: 8’ (2.4 m)
  • Displacement: 98,000 lbs
  • Ballast: Internal lead
  • Engine: Volvo Penta MD70A
  • Speed (power/sail): 7 kts/ typically 510 knots
  • Fuel Capacity: 2,000 gallons
  • Range: 7,000 nautical miles (@7 knots)
  • Fresh water capacity: 200 gallons plus Spectra Newport 400 Watermaker

Construction

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  • Hull: Carvel, round bottom, full keel
  • Ribs: White oak on 14” centres
  • Planking: 2” Douglas fir, carvel, smooth, narrow seams
  • Fastenings: Double-dipped galvanized boat nails
  • Keel: 8 x 8” double, Douglas fir
  • Keelshoe: 2” gumwood
  • Horn timber: 8” yellow cedar (naturally grown – reciprocal of stem)
  • Stem: 8” yellow cedar (naturally grown – reciprocal of horn timber)
  • Floors: 3” yellow cedar
  • Deck beams: 5” yellow cedar on 26” to 30” centers
  • Decking: 1 ¾” Teak reclaimed from Union Steamship Cardeena
  • Sheerclamp: 6 ¼” x 2 ¼” yellow cedar
  • Deckshelf: 6 ¼” x 2 ¼” yellow cedar
  • Bilge stringers: 6 ¼” x 2 ¼” red cedar doubled, 2/side
  • Lining: ¾” red cedar
  • Bulkheads: four, timbered, watertight
  • Bulwarks: 3 ½” x 12′ yellow cedar, bolted through deck and sheerclamp
  • Caprails: 1 ½” x 6” teak reclaimed from Union Steamship Cardeena

Rigging

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  • Rig (type): Marconi-rigged schooner or “Knockabout” schooner (no bow sprit)
  • Spars: Mainmast (2-piece), foremast (4-piece), Sitka spruce, main boom, fore boom
  • Standing rigging: 1 x 19 ½” 316 SS
  • Turnbuckles: ¾” chrome-plated bronze
  • Sail area: 3,000-4,000 sq. ft.
  • Sail inventory: main, fore, 155% genoa, staysails x 2, gennaker, jumbo, storm trysail
  • Sailmaker: UK Sails, Sidney, BC
  • Winches: Anderson
  • Genoa rolling furling: Schaefer 3100

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