The name “Force Majeure”, translated as “Unstoppable Force”, is an homage to the sea. While the name refers to the sea, the boat itself was designed and built with long range blue water ocean travel in mind. Charts in chart tubes on board speak to this – they document the second owner’s circumnavigation of the globe.
The boats design, well thought out with features such as its clipper bow, provides for the striking image one associates with schooners. Those familiar with Hershoff designs would recognize similarities.
Force Majeure has a smooth motion underway, comes about smartly, and is very comfortable in port or at anchor. This is a sailing vessel that is geared to travel long distances (200 mile days) in safety and comfort, with a full complement of sails, and motoring capabilities when desired.
With a solid hull, stout masts and rigging, and with a responsive helm and sail options for light air to storm conditions, this schooner is up to the task. A six inch toe rail, rising to 12” at the bow, is a welcome practical feature that adds a good measure of safety.
You will be amazed at the storage capacity, made possible by a very well thought out interior layout. The on deck space is truly impressive on both fore-deck and raised aft deck. The huge amount of space really becomes evident when at dockside or on anchor. The interior space is well designed with the aft stateroom separated and set back from other living space by a hallway. The salon flows well into the kitchen area for a large communal space. The mid cabin has a “bigger than expected” feel that runs throughout the boat. Forward cabin, forward bath, particularly the shower are all open and spacious. A “form follows function” design has worked extremely well in this case.
Force Majeure (originally named Wind Rose) was professional built to high standards in a shipyard in Ventura, California. She was built to Samson Maine Design Enterprises Ltd. plans. John Samson, the name behind the Samson group, was considered a foremost expert in ferrocement boatbuilding , and published several books on the subject. The original plans remain onboard.
Ferro boats are noteworthy in several respects; they do not blister like fiberglass boats, do not rust like steel boats, and do not experience dry rot like wooden boats. They have a noticeable characteristic of being less prone to dampness and moisture forming inside. The exterior hull is essentially impervious to sea-water. While disparaged by some based on well publicized misadventures in do it yourself builds, ferrocement has been applied to boat building since the mid 1800’s. As has been pointed out, you don’t drive your car across fiberglass bridges, and wooden bridges are becoming a thing of the past – if steel reinforced concrete is acceptable for bridges and massive building structures, properly applied it makes sense it works for boats. This is one of those boats where the more you understand the boat, the more you appreciate the people who thought it out, and built it right.
Force Majeure is sail ready, with the majority of what would be seen as larger ticket items in a refitting recently purchased and installed.
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LOA: 65’ LOD 54’ Beam 15’6” Draft: 8’
Keel: Full keel
80hp at prop
500 gallons fuel
120 gallons water
Sleeps 8 – master aft cabin 2, mid-cabin 2, forward cabin 4.
Master head with shower/full tub. Forward head with spacious (height and width) standup shower. Heads fore and aft are newly installed electric w/ macerator. Each head has a 15+ gallon holding tank.
Engine & Transmission
Crusader 454 engine with Velvet Drive transmission - ratio 2.57:1 This is a 1985 crate motor recently installed with less than 1 hour of operation. (It had been ordered for a boat that was not completed, and remained crated at a California boat yard)
500 gallons in 3 tanks with access panels on top, and gate valves to facilitate drawing from one tank to another. Fuel shutoff valves both on tank, and in engine room
Fresh water: 250 gallons in 2 stainless steel tanks
New hot water heater: 12 gallon tank
Frye Halon fire system
New Raw Water strainer
New Exhaust hoses
12 volt battery bank (six 6 volt batteries)
Wagner steering box
Main Salon 15’ x 9’
Dining table on raised platform to port, with built in wall shelf on port interior wall
L shaped bench seating to starboard, with built in shelving on port interior wall. Purpose built storage spaces behind seat back and below bench seat.
Primary fuel tank located below salon floor
Main hatch enters salon via 8 rung ladder
Two portholes on salon port side wall, two portholes on salon starboard side wall
12 volt LED recessed overhead lighting, including red light
120 volt outlets provide power to LED lights port and starboard
Master Aft Cabin
Accessed via hallway from main salon. Double bed on raised platform provides panoramic view via rectangular windows port, starboard and aft. Hanging closet, drawers, sliding drawers provide plenty of space.
Wide flat surfaces below window level, port and starboard cap hanging closet, drawers and sliding drawers.
Hatch (measurement) overhead on sliding hinges allows access to aft deck
Located at the leading edge of the raised deck the head has a full size bathtub (& shower), an electric toilet with macerator, sink, and storage behind sliding panels. Five windows, three of which open forward, and a hatch above, provide plenty of light and fresh air.
The galley opens over open counter space to the salon on the port side. A traditional U-shaped galley facing the port side has a double sided deep sink aft, Force 10 3 burner stove with oven to port, ice box, drawers and cupboard space forward, and cupboard space above the counter on the port wall. Refrigeration system requires installation.
Shutoff switch for stove regulates two propane tanks in on deck locker.
12 volt LED recessed lighting, and plugs for 120 volt lighting
Double bed on raised platform adjacent to starboard wall. Built in hanging closet, and shelf space. 12 volt system lighting. 120 volt system
Porthole in starboard wall.
2 bunks to port and 2 to starboard
12 volt LED recessed lighting and plug for 120 volt lighting
Storage to port, and open under bunk storage to starboard.
Porthole to starboard and 2 hatches in ceiling above provide light and fresh air
Shower is a large stand-alone space to starboard with a large seat and shelf as part of the one piece shower. The shower is as tall as it is large, with the ceiling lifting off as a deck hatch. Stainless rungs built into the aft wall of the shower allow access to the deck. The hatch also has a circular hatch at its center, which allows light and air in, if the preference is for the larger hatch to remain in place.
Toilet is a new electric toilet on a small raised platform. Sink is to starboard with a cupboard above. Storage and open counter space to port.
12 volt LED recessed lighting and plug for 120 volt lighting.
Forward Interior Access Chain Locker
Accessed via the forward wall of the forward head, a large chain locker serves the windlass on deck above. This locker contains 300’ of 3/8” triple B chain.
Forward Battery Bank
Accessed via the forward wall of the forward head, the forward battery bank contains 3 twelve volt batteries - a single 12 volt battery serving the electric toilet, and 2 12 volt AGM batteries serving the windlass.
Forward access to Y-valve
Accessed via a panel in the forward wall of the forward head. The Y valve directs toilet outflow to either the forward holding tank (located beneath floor), or to a valve and through hull.
Forward On-Deck Access Chain Locker
Forward of the Samson Post and port and starboard hausepipes, two lift off panels allow access to a chain locker which serves the anchor to port. This chain locker contains 250 ½” triple B chain, ¾” 3 strand anchor line, and miscellaneous lines.
Items of Note
Both 12 volt and 120 volt service is provided via an electrical panel located in the hallway just aft of the salon. A second panel, as yet unconnected, sit below the main panel as a backup panel.
The engine room has an automatic Rule 8000 gph bilge pump, and a second manually activated Rule 8000 gph pump as a backup. An Attwood Sahara S500 bilge pump is located below the aft head floor (serving an area slightly raised from the main bilge).
Masts are deck stepped. Main mast is a 65’ tapered aluminum mast. Forward mast is 60’ aluminum mast. Booms (3) are all aluminum. Forward-most boom (inner staysail) is attached to inner forestay (no mast).
Main mast has VHF Radio Antennae, masthead wind sensor, white light. Wired for 7 pin. Forward mast has port/starboard red/green light.
Sternsprit has white light.
There are 3 hinged Lewmar Ocean Series hatches in the main deck. There is 1 hinged Lewmar Ocean Series hatch in the aft deck. There is 1 fixed Lewmar hatch in the main deck above the engine room.
Main deck has 4” toe rail with line/drain holes and 4 interior cleats. The foredeck has a large Samson post. __ feet back from the bow and surrounding the bow the toe-rail rises to __”.
6 person __ life raft, certified.
Man overboard pole
Boarding ladder with additional hanging(below waterline) steps
All lines are run to the cockpit, which is located center forward of the raised deck, aft of the main mast.
Aft deck surface is covered in 2x2 teak strips.
Forward facing wall of raised aft deck contains 6 large windows/hatches – outer two are fixed, inner four are hinged above and can be opened forward (out).
Boom crutch for main mast boom.
There are 5 through hulls in use servicing engine raw water intake, sink raw water, and forward and aft heads. There are an additional 5 through hulls which serve as back-ups – they are caped. There is 1 through hull which is permanently plugged.
Rudder removed, and reconditioned at last haul-out
Zincs maintained – hull zincs replaced in 2016 (starboard) and 2017 (port). Forward zinc replaced 2016. Shaft zinc replaced 2016.
Other items on board below deck include
On-deck safety equipment stored
First Aid Kits.
Fire extinguishers in all major compartments.
5 gallon plastic can for extra gas (red) and water (blue).
There are no built-in electronics on board, with the exception of a transducer mounted to the hull, with attendant wiring. If built in electronics were to be added, the main mast and masthead are wired for electronics and radar mounting plate receivers are located on the forward mast.
Owner has used portable electronics including laptop, ipad, portable VHS marine radio and portable GPS map.