About the Boat
Since 2007, when I bought Skylark on eBay against the surveyor's recommendation, I have spent 11 years and more than 50K on a complete renovation. The surveyor said the chainplates were leaking and none of the antique electronics were hooked up and not able to be tested. I knew that I was going to be replacing all the electronics and all the defects listed by the surveyor were well within my capabilities to repair or upgrade.
A complete suite of Raymarine electronics, including AIS, VHF, C120 chartplotter, WheelPilot autopilot and the LifeTag MOB system have been installed. All the wiring was replaced with fine stranded tinned cables. New water heater that heats from shorepower or the engine, new toilet, new miranti hull liner, new cushions and curtains, new cabin sole and Flexiteek installed over the deck. She has a Lewmar windlass with 100 feet of chain spliced to 200 feet of 12 plait line, a Given six man liferaft recently inspected, an Avon dinghy with a 6hp engine.
Vintage Pearsons are famous for their strength. A Pearson 36 won the Marion-Bermuda race against much newer boats. I have rebuilt Skylark and she has been CE-marked, VAT paid to The Netherlands and rated RCD "A" for offshore use.
She can be set up for long distance cruising with extra fuel and water stowage.
l have prepared a detailed manual describing the operation of all the onboard systems, how to flush the toilet, fill the water tanks, etc. This can be mailed as a .pdf and there is a hard copy with the ship's papers.
Skylark is USCG documented and the documentation is kept current.
- Boat model: Pearson 36-1
- Boat name: Skylark
- Year built: 1973
- Draft (cm): 200
- Engine power (hp): 27(HP)
- Fuel Tank (liters): 75
- Water tank (liters): 227
- Air Conditioning
- Gas Burner
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Dream Swap locations
About the location
While the IJsselmeer, a body of freshwater in north Holland is fine for a week of harbor hopping, Enkhuizen is a wonderful village from the 1500s. Once a main harbor of the Dutch East Indies Company.
The North Sea is a day away and with the six week window of swapping that I am offering it is possible for Skylark to reach any point in the UK, Scandinavia, The Baltic Sea, the Frisin Islands, France and the Channel Islands.
Sailing in northern Europe in the summer is a welcome break from the extreme heat of other sailing locations.
I have found that 99% of the Dutch and most of the people in the marine industry in France speak English, so language is no barrier. All the countries use the euro and most large supermarkets have offers that will suit most Americans.