Now located in Annapolis as of May 17th
Detailed Walk-Through Video https://youtu.be/x27o2RQB7Bo
Free Range Chicken, quite the name, in-fact the seller has had several yachts with 'Chicken' involved in the name. You may have heard of some of them, such as the custom Bob Perry designed Perry 55 'Stealth Chicken' and the Santa Cruz 50 'Chicken Little'. They definitely stood out, and of them all 'Free Range Chicken' stood out the most.
Another Bob Perry design, this custom one-off was commissioned by the seller to be a comfortable blue water cruiser capable of circumnavigation while also being competitive in ocean distance racing. She was built by Westerly Marine, a California firm famous for building high quality racing and performance cruising yachts. In-fact Free Range Chicken was the third yacht built for the seller by Westerly following the Santa Cruz 50 and Perry 55.
Free Range Chicken was designed by Perry, with the insistence of the seller, to be 'man-sized'. The interior is voluminous and is a raised saloon with large windows. In particular the seller wanted the windows to be at a height that he could easily see the world from inside. The hard dodger provides excellent visibility and protection and is fitted with a removable three sided enclosure. The decks are not cluttered by excess gear and there are plenty of handholds and protection to move about while underway. The storage is massive thanks for a large sail locker that doubles are a crew cabin and a full beam lazerrette under cockpit. The Perry 59 feels like a much larger yacht thanks to Perry's design.
All of the equipment fitted was of the highest quality and spec. Cummins Onan 11.5kW Generator, Newport Spectra water maker, leisure furl boom and cutter rig, twin helms for redundancy, back up rudder stored in the lazerette, huge forward and aft storage lockers with water tight bulkheads, and a complete workshop.
Construction was made from the best materials available, overbuilt is the word. The hull was made in a sandwich of pre-preg epoxy e-glass laminate with an Airex foam core with an outer layer of Kevlar/E-glass hybrid and was vacuum bagged. The hull was then oven-cured under vacuum at 160F. The hull structural grid was reinforced with carbon fiber. This created an extra stiff and strong design, built to withstand the oceans punishment while distributing all rig and foil loads through the entire structure.
The deck was built in a female mold using a combination of biaxial cloth with unidirectional E-glass reinforcements. The deck is foam cored, except at load points, where end-grain balsa is used. The bulkheads were foam cored, with E-glass reinforcements, and then vaccuum-bagged. A cherry veneer was laid on 3-millimeter plywood and epoxied to the bulkheads.
The keel was built as one would expect, for maximum performance and cruising ability, she draws 8' 6' and the keel was built with a cast iron fin and lead bulb. The rigging is attached to connection points in the deck which are attached to the structure of the boat by carbon-fiber strapping, no traditional chain plates to ever leak. Thanks to the hard dodger there is ample room to install solar panels on the roof if desired, and davits could be installed on the transom as well.
Inside you will find a completely finished cruising yacht, with an very spacious saloon, galley and nav station. Forward a nicely appointed master stateroom with centerline queen berth, and aft a second cabin with double berth. The master stateroom features an ensuite head and separate shower compartment. Four zone air conditioning with reverse cycle heat for maximum comfort, as well the master stateroom has a DC powered heating system for use without needing to run the generator. The saloon has two drop down dinettes to form berths and a workstation. In the port aft of the yacht is a well equipped work room with storage for tools and a bench. Easy access to the mechanical room for much of the major systems aboard. To the aft of this room is the interior access to the lazerette through a hatch in the bulkhead.
Combining Bob Perry, Westerly Marine, the sellers vision, and the best materials and equipment available has created an incredible cruising machine. Please explore the full specifications and detailed walk-through video for more information. It is without a doubt that the first buyer that steps aboard this incredible piece of art and machinery will make her theirs.