|Time Piece - at anchor in the 'Hook' at Isla San Fransisco|
We were anchored off the pristine crescent of sand known amongst cruisers as 'the hook' at isla San Fransisco in the Sea of Cortez when we saw a sail boat approaching. There was something familiar about her, and as she drew nearer, her owner hailed us, asking if we were a Coast 34. It turned out that his boat, Time Piece, was also a Coast, although different enough to my eye that I could not immediately identify her.
|Owner - John Spicher inn the galley - note the angled center-line sink and lovely solid|
teak woodwork. The oblong portlights (windows) are also different from production Coasts.
|Time Piece at the start of the Baja Ha Ha|
|The bulwarks are much higher on Time Piece than Ladybug - a full 8 inches,|
giving the deck a safe, enclosed feeling. The deck is lower than on production boats.
|Male mold for Time Piece - made of wood strips over wood framing.|
|Builder inside raw hull after mold has been removed - a daunting task ahead.|
|Nice teak woodwork - lots of curves in this boat.|
One of the nicest things about building your own boat is that you can do things in a way that is more labour intensive, but results in a better solution than a production boatyard can afford. Time Piece has a number of novel features including water tanks that are built directly into the keel area (getting the weight down low where it acts as ballast) and a unique plumbing system that runs all grey and black water to aft tanks behind the engine. This eliminates all discharge through-hulls below the waterline. She has only 3 below waterline fittings - one raw water intake shared by the engine, water maker, and saltwater pumps, the propellor shaft, and the depth sounder transducer. Even the head is flushed from re-used sink water.
|One of the many nice touches - a stainless steel spring that hold open the chart drawer.|
John is obviously satisfied with his boat. She meets his criteria for a blue water passage maker that can be handled by one and has proved to be a practical live-aboard.
|John looks over the original blueprints for his boat - a nice thing to have on board.|