ROUTE 66 is an incomparable 70ft LOA all carbon/kevlar cruising sloop built in 1993 by Eric Goetz in Bristol, Rhode Island. Designed by Lars Bergstrom and Sven Ridder, she is a very comfortable, tough, water-ballasted, livaboard cruiser that is easily sailed, managed and maintained by a couple without professional crew. She has a very simple fixed cutter rig with no backstays and a super clean deck layout with all anchoring gear, sporting equipment, tender and back-up emergency rudder in dedicated and spacious belowdecks compartments. All running rigging is fully controlled from a secure center cockpit that has organized stowage for every line. Hydraulic primary winches are set up to handle high loads and the same system also controls the highly efficient lifting keel. There is a roll-in, roll-out dingy garage (no lifting required) that contains an Avon 3.4 RIB with a 15hp Yamaha outboard motor attached. A dingy fueling station with a 40 gallon tank for gasoline is nearby. There is a fold down step to the dingy garage and water surface off the transom. She has a retractable anchoring sprit with an all chain rode and electric windlass. She carries only asymmetric spinnakers that fly from a second bowsprit that may be extended 12ft out from the bow. The bright interior is home to every amenity, is consistent with a yacht of her caliber and features 270+ degree views from the main cabin, galley, dinette and very complete nav station with an inside electronic helm. There are dual and backup electric autopilots. She has a 110hp Yanmar turbo-diesel that drives a 24” Flex-o-Fold propellor, 4kw Fisher- Panda genset, Spectra fully automatic watermaker, reverse cycle heat and A/C, KVH broadband satellite phone with internet and HDTV, Sony stereo radio and CD player, complete PC workstation, fresh water head and washing machine and dryer. All systems are cleanly installed for ready access and easy maintainance. She has been thoroughly tested, continuously upgraded and is in flawless condition.
Significant changes have been made over the past few years to upgrade and stay current with advances in technology, included are: 1) discontinuous carbon rod standing rigging by Georg Thomas of Dania, FL.(Including headstays, this removed about 250lbs from the rig by replacing the very heavy nitronic rod and spreader tip fittings); 2) ProCurve laminated glass windows; 3) carbon/spectra, full batten, large roach mainsail and cover; 4) modified boom with Park Avenue carbon "wings" and more efficient cover arrangement; 5) doubled horsepower with a new 4JH4-HTE Yanmar diesel engine, 6) change from saildrive to standard shaft with full skeg to handle larger engine and new 24" flex-o-fold propellor, and 7) replace AGM house batteries and inverter with full Mastervolt Lithium Ion system. We can now go for extended periods without using the engine or generator, and motor at 10 knots at cruising rpm.
We plan short trips on the west coast of Florida this summer and hope to post some more photos and maybe try some video.
Happy 2013 to all!
Bill and Carol
LWL 66.6', BWL 11', Beam at deck 18.5'
Lightship Disp 28,000lbs, Full Cruising Disp 32,000lbs
Lifting Keel Draft 6' keel up, 16' keel down and she can be sailed in either configuration.
Keel ballast 7,000 lbs, Water ballast 3,500 lbs plus 1400 lbs fuel transfer ballast
Sail Area max. 2200sqft upwind, 5,200sqft downwind
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