I keep Wind Song IX at the Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa, ON. She has never left the Ottawa River since she was launched there in 1975.

 She is a beautiful vessel fully equipped with a newly painted hull, new galley (double polished stainless steel sinks, refrigerator, freezer, Corian counter tops), two ten pound propane tanks in a sealed locker, stove and oven, barbeque, cabin heater, new upholstery, Autohelm instruments, autopilot, multiple cabin lights, an electric head, stereo in the cabin and cockpit, etc. She carries 600 amp hours of Surrette batteries, has a Xantrex 40 amp charger and an 1800 watt inverter. She has a dodger and bimini. The VHF has a station below and a repeater the the helm.

 The original Volvo MD2 rattles like the steam engine on the African Queen, but has never failed to start or run. The hour metre registers 1200, which works out to about 40 hours a year. She has 6000 nautical miles on her knot log (new in the mid 90's.)

Her sails are new and with a feathering prop (15" Maxprop) she is fast and goes to weather extremely well (with good helming, 32 degrees off apparent wind.)

 Below the water line the hull has a new barrier coat and is as smooth as glass.

The running rigging has been redone with four halyards, topping lift, mainsheet, reefing lines, boomvang, cunningham, genoa furling and genoa car control lines all led aft. The arrangement is something to see! Her winches were upgraded to Harken ST46's.

 She has a Simpson-Lawrence windlass, 60' of 3/8ths chain, a second 200' rope/chain rode and a 15 kilo Bruce on a bow roller. A Danforth is hung on the bow pulpit if heavy weather is expected.

For photos of Wind Song lX Click Here.

James Knight