The EDEN 50 is an uncompromising voyaging yacht designed for the couple who wants to live aboard for extended periods of time with occasional guests. Working together with renowned naval architect Robert H. Perry, the original owner sought to design a strong, good-looking boat with moderate displacement to length ratio and a high volume hull with low wetted surface. Safety offshore, stability, comfort and ease of handling were primary concerns.
Equally at home in a tropical lagoon or a windswept Aleutian Island Bay, Yonder is capable of remaining at anchor for weeks on end. She is designed for self-sufficiency offshore and in port and will not be marina dependent. The twin bow rollers and massive ground tackle will hold the boat in any condition. A generator, watermaker, and solar panels will allow the owners to keep to themselves and avoid the crowds at home and abroad. The conservative cutter rig with industrial strength Spartec spars, an electrically powered Leisure Furl system for the mainsail and three furlers for the jibs and staysail up forward allow for easy handling by a couple or even single hander.
Brian Riley, Master Yacht Builder:
Considered by many to be the world’s finest freelance aluminum yacht builder, Brian Riley, the builder of the EDEN 50 Yonder, divides his time between projects in British Columbia and New Zealand. Prior to building the EDEN 50, he had completed about 30 aluminum yachts including Canada I and Canada II, the aluminum Canadian Americas Cup challengers. In order to work with Brian, the original owner of Yonder postponed the start of construction for two years while Brian was in New Zealand finishing construction of two 70 foot Warwick designs at McMullen and Wing.
The EDEN 50 was to be the last yacht Brian personally fabricated. Bob Perry views Brian as a true master of the art of shaping aluminum and believes that few builders would attempt the compound curves that he masterfully forms. Yonder is a clear testament to that talent. When first viewing the EDEN 50, most people believe she has a fiberglass hull and are surprised to learn that she is constructed of aluminum, a bullet proof defense against the hazards that co-exist with sailing yachts that travel the world’s oceans.
Jespersen Boat Builders:
An aluminum hull and deck are the shell within which the team of craftsmen at Jespersen Boat builders in Sidney, BC employed their skills. Jespersen Boat Builders is a small yard that’s built an international reputation upon meticulously crafted wooden boats and yacht joinery. The finishing of the interior lasted for nearly three years and totaled some 25,000 man-hours. Also making a significant contribution to the yacht was Victoria Marine Electric and rigger/metal fabricator Chris Eldridge who did all of the amazing custom stainless steel work on the boat.
Many experienced cruisers have called Yonder their “dream boat.” She is literally a one-of-a-kind yacht built for a discerning client from a design by the acclaimed Robert Perry. Everything about the boat speaks of safety and comfort: from her sturdy aluminum hull, to her warm wooden interior, to the strength and redundancy of her systems. Under her first owner she was lightly used in the Pacific Northwest. The next owner made some major additions including a retractable bow thruster, electric furlers, and a solidly constructed cockpit enclosure. We purchased Yonder in 2015 and she received her first serious use as a liveaboard yacht, making annual trips on the west coast to Alaska and back with children and grandchildren on board. Finally, in the spring of 2018 she began a circumnavigation which finished in May, 2020 in Annapolis after more than 25,000 miles at sea. Yonder has lived up to every ideal for which she was built. She routinely logs days of 150-200 miles under sail. Her huge tankage provides the ability to motor for thousands of miles if needed. With a high-capacity watermaker, large refrigeration compartments, solar panels, and more onboard storage than you can imagine, she is ready for self-sufficient travel to anywhere in the world. As Bob Perry wrote about YONDER in his book on yacht design, “If you are after a self-sufficient boat that is weatherly, stiff, very strong, handsome, and supremely comfortable, then Yonder has to be at the top of your list.”
When we set sail from South Africa as the pandemic erupted, we were faced with the prospect of an essentially non-stop passage back to the U.S. Averaging 160 miles/day over the 7000 mile passage with no need to stop for fuel, water, propane or provisions confirmed the importance of Yonder's specific features. We came to especially value Yonder's industrial strength spar and redundant rigging, the protected propeller and rudder, deep bulwarks, high lifelines and handrails exactly where we want them. Deep cockpit coamings and a fully-protected cockpit took the stress out of long distance sailing.
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The entire interior of the hull in the accommodation space is lined with cherry over marine grade select plywood to provide a finished look and completely cover the insulation. The cabin sole is teak with ash strips. Interior finish is satin polyurethane varnish for protection and durability of finish. The joinery work is impeccable. To avoid any lamination lines and any hint of mismatched grain, Jespersen’s shipwrights would carve large and complex shapes from solid blocks of prime cherry wood. Clever touches are everywhere. There is a counter-weighted hideaway door for the main companionway. There is a cantilevered sliding door on the aft cabin. The boat has a total of 75 lockers with doors and 37 drawers. The drawers all have beautiful dovetailed joints.
The soft leather upholstery is the work of Sheryl McLaughlin of Pacific Custom Interiors, a firm that normally specializes in mega-yacht projects.
Access hatches in the cabin sole provide access to bilges and engine room. All floor boards are hinged and latched. Engine hatches are held open by gas cylinders and secured by positive latches.
The hull is divided into three main areas – the forepeak, central living area and machine/storage room. Each of these areas is separated by watertight bulkheads. The central living area is described below:
The Pilot House is entered from the cockpit via a sliding Goiot hatch and ½” Lexan drop board that slides down into a self draining pocket. To port there is a raised “U” shaped settee where you can sit and enjoy a view out of the pilothouse windows. The pilothouse windows are 3/8-inch tempered glass backed by ½-inch Lexan storm shutters. Huper Optic ceramic film (40%) was added to tint the pilothouse windows. There is access to large stowage areas behind and under the settee. There is chart stowage in a large chart drawer under the settee. To starboard there is an inside steering station with adjustable helm chair. The helm chair is on a hydraulic lift and can be raised so that you can sit comfortably with excellent visibility to the outside or lowered in order to turn and face the chart table. At the chart table you will find the AC/DC electric panels, autopilot and generator controls. Aft of the chart table is a heated foul weather gear locker. Also in the pilothouse is a large file drawer for all of the yachts manuals and many additional lockers.
The Master Cabin is down 2 steps from the pilothouse through a sliding door. Fitted here along with much exquisite cabinetry is a full 60” x 80” queen size bed lying athwartships. This allows you to use standard bedding and the athwartships layout makes a superb seaberth. Forward of this berth is an 8 drawer chest of drawers with a bookshelf above. To port of the chest of drawers is a vanity sink. Alongside the sides of the cabin are many large and varied lockers and drawers. There are also drawers under the berth. There is a seat to starboard of the berth and a large hanging locker near the door. Ventilation is provided by 4 opening hull ports, 2 opening ports in the cockpit well and 2 Dorade ventilators.
The U- shaped Galley is forward and down several steps from the pilothouse. A 5 cubic foot freezer and a 6 cubic foot refrigerator are fitted and surrounded by 6” of insulating foam. The refrigeration equipment is by Glacier Bay and includes a ½ hp 12v DC compressor and also a ¾ hp 110v compressor providing refrigerant to 1 holding plate in the refrigerator and 2 holding plates in the freezer. A Force 10 4 burner propane gimballed stove and oven with broiler is fitted and supplied with propane from four 20# aluminum tanks under the cockpit seats. There is a built in microwave over the sink. The sink is a deep dual basin mirror finished from Scandvik. The faucets are Grohe. A charcoal filtered Whale foot pump is also fitted. Flojet pumps provide hot/cold water as well as seawater. There is a fan assisted galley vent. Ample lockers are provided for dishes, pots and pans and food stores. A bottle locker is also provided as well as racks for spices and plastic food jars. There is a bank of drawers with custom inserts for silverware, knives and utensils. Ventilation is provided by one opening Goiot hatch and three Goiot opening ports.
Across from the galley is a Dinette that can comfortable seat 5 people. There is ample storage provided in lockers and drawers. Forward of the dinette is spare for a combination Splendide 2000 washer/dryer with venting to the outside. This washer/dryer was removed to make space for spinnaker storage before the circumnavigation. Plumbing, wiring, and venting has been left in place for easy reinstall.
Forward of the galley on the port side is the Guest Cabin. There is a large double berth in this cabin with drawers under the berth and a large hanging locker adjacent. Ventilation is provided by 3 opening Goiot ports and a Goiot hatch. There is also a Dorade ventilator.
The Head/Shower is forward of the dinette and washer/dryer on the starboard side. A Lavac head is fitted with an electric pump as well as a manual pump for backup. The shower is 15” deep with a seat for ease of showering at sea. The head sink is a mirror finished Scandvik with Grohe hardware. There are many lockers and drawers in the head compartment.
Yonder has all the electronics that you would expect from a voyaging yacht. The boat was setup with a systems philosophy of multiple backups - three depth sounders, multiple GPS' units - all designed with simplicity in mind.
The electrical system was done by Victoria Marine Electric with components supplied by well known firms such as Balmar, Cruising Equipment, Alpenglow and Ancor. The house battery bank consist of (6)8D Lifeline AGM batteries for a total of 1530amp hrs of battery capacity. These were all replaced in 2016. There are (2) 4D gel cell batteries each used as a dedicated starting battery. One for the main engine and the other for the generator. The house bank is monitored by a Cruising Equipment “E” Meter. All batteries are switched and fuse protected.
There is a 275 amp Balmar alternator fitted to the engine for charging the house bank. The standard 66 amp engine alternator is used for charging the start battery. Both alternators are controlled by smart regulators.
There are separate custom A.C. and D.C. breaker panels to monitor and switch the various systems. Volt meters and ammeters for both A.C. and D.C. are provided. A complete array of magnetic circuit breakers are fitted to protect the wiring which is all Ancor tinned multistrand copper and ends are terminated in Ancor self sealing crimped terminals. There is a 6kW Northern Lights generator for the heavy A.C. loads. For the lighter A.C. loads there is a 2500 watt Trace inverter. For charging the batteries there is a 55 amp Newmar charger. To ensure clean power while dockside there is a custom Boat Electric 50 amp ISO transformer.
Additional Electrical Items:
The engine is located under the floor in the pilot house. Quick access is available by lifting the stairs at either end of the pilot house or by a large floor board hatch in the pilot house. The engine room is insulated with a 2" lead cored sound suppression material and a Python Drive to isolate the engine from the shaft and to minimize vibration and noise.
The engine is a Perkins diesel model 4-236 with Borg Warner type 72 hydraulic gearbox with 2.91:1 reduction. Rated output is 77hp at 2500 rpm. The engine is fresh water cooled and mounted on flexible mounts. There is a 4D Gel Tech starting battery.
Water cooled exhaust systems with fiberglass lift type mufflers are fitted on both the propulsion engine and AC generator. Both exhausts also incorporate water separators to quiet the exhaust.
There is a Northern Lights 6kW generator with sound suppression box in the aft machinery/storage room. This is a very highly rated and quite fresh water cooled generator with easy access to all service points. The generator has its own dedicated 4D Gel Tech starting battery.
At the outside helm station there is a large leather covered 44” Edson wheel connected to the steering quadrant by cables. The interior station is a hydraulic system by Hynautics and is used in conjunction with the WH hydraulic autopilot with dual power units. There is also an emergency tiller.
There is a Proheat diesel fired hot water boiler to provide heat to (6) 2-speed fan assisted radiators in the living quarters. This system is also plumbed into the domestic hot water and engine heating loop. For keeping cool there are two 12,000 Btu Cruisair air conditioning units with reverse heat; controlled by SMX II controllers.
Additional Mechanical Items:
Wanting only the best, the original owner of Yonder, waited two years for world renowned aluminum boat builder Brian Riley to become available so that he could come to British Columbia and personally do the aluminum work.
The hull construction meets and exceeds ABS specifications for offshore sailboats. Hull plating is type 5086 aluminum with 5/16” for the garboards and ¼” for the top sides. Transverse frames are 2- ½” x 2” x ¼” on 26 ½” centers type 6061 aluminum. Longitudinal frames are 2” x 3/16” on 12” spacing becoming more closely spaced in the ends. The fin keel plating is 3/8” with a ¾” shoe. There is 20,000lbs of lead poured within the fin as ballast. The full length skeg is plated in 3/16” type 5086 aluminum. The rudder stock is a combination of 4” tube and 3” solid aluminum. The rudder, a proven airfoil design is plated in ¼” type 5086 aluminum. The rudder is supported by three bearings. The aluminum deck and superstructure are also framed with 2-1/2” x 2” x ¼” type 6061 aluminum with 2” x 3/16” longitudinals. The plating is 3/16” type 5086 aluminum. All of the interior except for the bilges were coated with 2 ½” of flame resistant polyurethane foam for insulation and sound suppression. The thru hulls are all 316 stainless/Teflon ball valves fitted to reinforced isolating pads so that they can be easily accessed.
All fuel tanks are aluminum and integral with the hull and provide a double bottom effect. All tanks are properly baffled and vented and clean outs are provided. Total fuel capacity is approximately 550 gallons. This is divided between a 250 gallon keel tank and 2 – 150 gallon tanks in the bilge alongside the mast. There is a 35 gallon tank in the stern for outboard gasoline. Fuel levels are monitored by a Hart Tank Tender System.
Yonder is equipped to anchor in the harshest of conditions. Built into the bow structure are 2 anchor rollers. Each custom built to hold the specified anchors. The first anchor is a 75lb CQR and the second is a 110lb Bruce. Both anchors have 350 feet of 3/8” high test chain. For raising the anchors there are twin Maxwell 3500 series vertical electric anchor windlass each fitted with a heavy duty chain stopper. There are remote windlass controls at inside helm and on the autopilot remote with 50' cord. There are anchor chain wash downs for both anchors.
Bow and stern pulpits are constructed of 1 ¼” welded stainless steel tubing. The bow pulpit extends aft of the staysail stay for security when working on the foredeck. The stern pulpit encloses the cockpit and extends to the aft end of the pilot house for security. These are both double rail to match the 30” high double lifelines on 1 ¼” stainless steel stanchions.
Stairs down the transom provide access to the swim platform. There is a hot/cold fresh water shower. A custom stainless steel hinged ladder is fitted integral with the swim platform and has an emergency release that allows for deploying the ladder from in the water. The custom radar arch located on the stern has been designed to accommodate a number of items. On top is the radome, hailer, (3) GPS antenna, VHF antenna and deck lights. The arch has a welded aluminum hand rail fitted across the inside top and sides for security and securing cockpit awnings. Custom davits pivot off the base of the arch. The davits allow for easy lifting and lowering of the dinghy and when not in use, stow neatly against the aft sides of the arch.
Access to the forepeak is through a 24” x 24” Goiot hatch. A built in ladder provides easy access to the items stored in this area. The forepeak is separated from the rest of the boat by a water tight bulkhead. There are fresh and salt water wash downs, manual and electric bilges, access to all anchor chain and great storage for fenders, lines, etc.
The boat is well ventilated in all areas. On deck there are 8 Hood stainless Dorade vents with integral Dorade boxes. Each one is fitted with a Vetus stainless mushroom vent with bug screens, adjustment knob and positive sealed closure from below. There are 7 Goiot cast aluminum and acrylic hatches. One each 20” x 20” over the guest cabin and saloon. One each 18” x 13” over the head/shower, galley, dinette and inside steering station. There are 7 Vetus stainless mushroom vents. Two each for the machinery room and engine room and one each for the galley, dryer and forepeak. There are 19 Goiot cast aluminum and acrylic opening ports with custom screens: 10 in the hull sides and 9 in the superstructure.
The cockpit was designed around a reverse T format. This allows for the wheel to be placed further forward so that the driver can be sheltered by the pilothouse. This also allows the sail handling to be more efficient as the primary and secondary winches are alongside the wheel. A mainsheet traveller arch clears the cockpit while allowing end of boom sheeting. A solid bimini and fixed dodger shelter the cockpit and companionway. Two sliding overhead hatches in the bimini allow the helmsman to view the mainsail. Safety glass windows in the dodger are tinted with Huper Optic ceramic 70% film. There are 4 propane tanks under the cockpit seats. There are 8 lockers and bins in the cockpit coamings for winch handles and personal gear. The aft area in the cockpit is an ideal spot for lounging. There is an ICOM M-59 VHF in the cockpit locker. There is also hot/cold fresh water and presure salt water in the cockpit.
In the aft end of the cockpit is a flush 24” x 24” hatch to provide access to the Machinery/Storage room. This area is separated from the accommodation area by a watertight bulkhead. There is easy access to many of the major systems on the boat here. The 6kW Northern Lights generator is located to port, the ProHeat diesel boiler is mounted on the starboard bulkhead next to the custom stainless workbench and vise. There is also easy access to the WH autopilot controller, rudder actuator and steering quadrant. This area is also an ideal area to store items like sailbags, awnings, rolled up inflatable, etc. Under the floor is a 35 gallon tank for outboard fuel. Other equipment located in the machinery room includes the refrigeration compressors and RAD device, automatic fire extinguisher, domestic water pumps and filters, and the SSB/HF radio tuners. Ventilation is through fan assisted Vetus stainless mushroom vents in the cockpit coaming as well as vents in radar arch. The lazarette is insulated with neoprene foam.
All of the sail handling equipment on Yonder was designed with ease of sailing in mind. From the electric winches and electric jib furlers to the Leisure Furl boom you will find the boat comfortable and easy to sail.
The mast is tapered extruded aluminum with ivory AWLGRIP paint. All halyards and topping lifts are led internally. There is a main halyard, boom topping lift, 2 genoa halyards, 2 staysail halyards, 2 pole topping lifts, and 2 spinnaker halyards. There are two spinnaker poles that are stowed against the lower shrouds with spinnaker pole ends controlled by winches on the mast tracks. There is a storm trysail track as well. The boom is a Leisure Furl stowing boom. A strong welded boom gallows allows for easily lashing the boom securely when necessary. Standing rigging is 1x19 type 316 stainless steel wire rope with Norseman swageless eye fittings adjusted by GIBB stainless/bronze turnbuckles. Twin backstays are fitted to the aft quarters and are tensioned by interconnected Navtec hydraulic cylinders. Running rigging is all ultra low stretch braided dacron.
Winch layout is well thought out for short handed sailing. There are a total of 12 Harken self tailing winches on the boat. The two 2-B-66 primaries are electric. The two mainsheet winches and two secondary winches are 2-B-53 and there is an electric 1-B-48 main halyard and reefing winch. On the mast there are three B-46 halyard winches and one B-40 staysail halyard winches.
There two Bamar electric furlers controlled from the cockpit. One for the 125% light genoa, one for the 100% yankee. The staysail is fitted with a Harken furler. The Staysail lead track is mounted on the 7 degree line and an extra long track is provided alongside the house for sheeting the genoa and yankee. An extra long track is also fitted to the top of the toe rail for auxiliary leads. Triple Harken turning blocks are fitted aft to provide fair leads to the sheet winches.
Additional Sails and Rigging Items:
Also included with the boat are: