Our boat S/V Cinderella the Ericson 35-2
Cinderella is a Bruce King design built in sunny Southern California in 1971. Pajo purchased her from the Pacific Marine Foundation, a nonprofit that accepts boat donations, cleans them up, and resells them to fund local youth programs here in Washington State.
Cinderella came to us as a bare hull racer that was outfitted and raced in the Pacific Cup Yacht Race. Aside from that, we did not know much about her. She had changed hands a number of times before being donated to the Pacific Boat Foundation.
We spent a year building out the interior to suit a cruising couple rather than a spartan race crew. After all, these two salty sailors call her home. We continue to make home improvements on the go and trick out Cindy wherever and whenever we get the chance. We intend to capture our journey here for everyone to follow along, 6 kts at a time.
Our trip is unique, we will be doing it with minimal fossil fuels (only to cook and heat when its real cold). We want to show the world how simple it can be to live a more affordable, sustainable, healthy life. Using the wind and sun, we will make our way across the world, one slice of paradise at a time. We ditched the conventional diesel engine, and engineered a custom Electric Propulsion system to replace it. The “Manta Drive” is 1/4 of the size of the massive Yanmar engine, quiet, low profile, maintenance free, and the best part, can generate electricity!
(Warning! Lots of sailing terms coming your way, be prepared to break out your Chapman’s).
We are still finding hidden secrets of Cinderella’s history. Old boats have many tales to tell! Early on, we were told Cinderella was stripped down and “set up to race the Pacific Cup.” We believed it. Unfortunately she was raced when the world wide web was a relatively new concept, so not much information could be found. Pajo was already dreaming of cruising around the world, and Cinderella found him and wouldn’t let go.
He already had a great little boat, Osprey a Newport 28. He spent heaps of time updating Osprey to liveaboard and had no interest in more boat projects. Nonetheless, a friend insisted he come check out this boat that was for sale and advertised as “Spartan accommodations.” They say you don’t find the boat, it finds you, and that’s pretty much how it went when he first stepped aboard Cinderella. Pajo recalls an indescribable feeling that this boat was different. Cinderella was built and modified to withstand much more than your average bay cruiser, he would not begin to truly realize this until much later. Osprey was made to sail in bays not more than a day from a safe marina. She was a fun boat to cruise around the lakes and Puget Sound of the Pacific Northwest, but not in the open ocean.
Spartan could not have been more correct. Cinderella had little to no amenities, but when it came to sailing equipment, she had backup to backups. Cinderella’s keel stepped double spreader rod rig was a serious upgrade designed by one of the most well know riggers on the West coast. The primary and secondary winches were more than double the size of Osprey’s, and she had secondary winches. Walking up, he could spot four halyards affixed up front on the pulpit (twice as many as Osprey). The main-sheet block was overwhelmingly robust, everywhere he stepped, the boat seemed as though it was made of steel. Cinderella had none of the flex he was used to on the little pleasure cruiser Osprey.
She came with a Yanmar diesel engine that turned out to be a troublesome and heavy hunk of worthless metal placed awkwardly in the center of the boat. He found out quickly this made for excellent access to the engine. Having grown up in Indiana farmland meant he was used to a garage full of projects and rebuilds of engines, like a Model T Ford tractor from the 20s to a 1977 Camaro. One you can imagine how excited Pajo was at the prospect of a diesel in his floating house. Little did he know the trouble that engine would bestow upon us, or how relieved we would feel when it was gone.
Even though Pajo felt she was solid as a rock, Cinderella was mostly bare fiberglass hull, she was missing a lot of comforts necessary for a long term cruising couple. Not only key systems, but items like a refrigerator, a head, comfortable sleeping/lounging accommodations, a decent galley, insulation and soon to find out, many other bluewater cruising essentials were missing. The project list was not small.
In short, Cinderella is a killer boat and a massive project.
Pajo initially deployed the “sleep on it” technique, thinking if he was still interested after a few weeks he would come up with an offer. Two weeks later, Cinderella was still gnawing on his mind. He had dreams of faraway lands, and Osprey was not the boat to take him there.
He took a look at his finances and pulled some money together to make an offer, $6K cash. The offer was subsequently rejected. With a conservative mindset, he went on his merry way back home to Osprey, no harm in trying. A few months went by, and a phone call out of the blue telling him the offer was accepted. He was going to own a bluewater boat!
Since then, we have made several modifications to Cinderella to get her up to snuff for a blue water cruiser. They say “cruising is just boat work in exotic places” – that couldn’t be more spot on! Read on and follow the madness!