Our boat:  Ace, a 1988 Passport 42'
We purchased Ace in September of 2000, which left us 3 years to get her and us
prepared for our cruise.  I'm glad we purchased the boat that far in advance, because it
really took all that time to install the necessary gear and get to know the boat and learn
how to sail her.  Here are some photos, inside and out:
Ace under sail in Fiji, close-hauled in about
18 kts of breeze, with 2nd reef in main and
10% reef in genoa.  Photo taken by Randy
on Convergence.
Flying the kite somewhere in Central
America.  I think this photo was taken by
friends on Sea Kardinal.
From the nav station forward:  Emily sleeps in the
vberth way up forward, and Martin sleeps on the
pilot berth on the port side of the main cabin.  Mary
and Lou have the aft cabin (not shown here).
Ace, Passport 42’, 1988

Builder: Passport        Designer: Stan Huntingford
LOA: 42'        LWL: 34' 10"        Beam: 12' 10"
Displacement: 25,500 lbs        Draft: 6' 6"        Bridge Clearance: 57’
Ballast: 9,500lbs                
Engine(s): Perkins        Engine(s) HP: 51 HP        Engine Model: 4-108
Hours: 2250                
Fuel: 100 gallons        Water: 150 gallons        Holding: 35
The Passport 42 was designed by Stan Huntingford of Vancouver, British Columbia, who is famous for
his well founded cruising yachts which include the world famous Slocum 43’, a close sister ship in design
and performance to this vessel. The hull is fashioned with a canoe stern providing excellent stability in
down-wind tracking and lumpy seas. The Passport 42 is an easily managed blue-water cruiser with quick
response provided by its modified keel underbody. Ace is a very well-equipped world-sailing, live-aboard
cruiser with huge stowage areas for a couple or small family.

Ace is hull #51, the last of the Passport 42s, built in 1988 and commissioned in 1991.  Ace was pleasure-
sailed in San Francisco Bay from 1991 to 2000 by her first owner.  Her second owner extensively refitted
her in 2002 and 2003, and cruised for 2 1/2 years from California across the Pacific to New Zealand.  
With new sails, heavy ground tackle, a robust Monitor windvane and powerful Autonav autopilot, Ace
makes short-handed passagemaking easy and fun. Ace has been carefully maintained and is ready to
resume cruising immediately.

Safe and secure deck work is ensured with raised bulwarks, double fastened extra heavy stanchion
bases with double lifelines. The stemhead fitting is stainless steel and incorporates 2 anchor rollers.  A
powerful horizontal windlass contains chain gypsy and also rope capstan for the secondary anchor
rode.  Heavy stainless steel mast guards provide individual security at the mast.  

The hull  is hand laminated FRP with Airex foam core (above the waterline only) and was designed and
built to meet ABS specifications. The topsides and deck are white gelcoat.  The house and deck are
also cored with plywood for stiffness and insulation. The outer side decks are cockpit sole are overlaid
with 5/8” teak planking, bedded in Thiokol. All deck hardware is installed by drilling and tapping into
prepositioned and fiberglassed-in heavy duty backing plates. Ballast is internal cast iron bedded in
chopped glass and resin and then fully encapsulated. Hull is configured as a heavy cruising fin and full
skeg hung rudder.

The dodger is covered with Royal Blue Sunbrella, as are the mainsail cover, binnacle cover, windlass,
and dinghy covers.  The bimini is covered with White Sunbrella to reflect the tropical sun.  Shadetree
covers extend from bow to dodger.  Mounted above the dodger are three 75 Watt solar panels, which
are protected by at the forward edge by a very robust teak boom gallows.  Above the bimini are two
additional 75 Watt panels with quick release mounts and connectorized wiring for easy removal.  At
anchor, the solar charging system can run all systems, including refrigeration, indefinitely, with no need
to run the engine for battery charging.

The cockpit is designed for offshore sailing and safety. The cockpit is roomy and dry with good hand
holds, and 2 large cockpit drains. Autopilot and instrument displays are mounted on the binnacle, and
rotate for viewing from the companionway.  The radar/chartplotter display is mounted on a swing-arm in
the companionway, and is visible from the helm.  A manual bilge pump is mounted on the starboard
side.  Beneath the cockpit is a very large open equipment and storage space accessible through 3
lazarette lids.

The underbody is epoxy coated. The s/s shaft is protected within the skeg, and carries a three bladed
feathering Max-prop. The canoe stern contains a molded in propane storage compartment with drains
and holds 2- 20 lb. propane tanks.

Owners aft-state-room: Located to port at the base of companionway, queen size berth with 4 drawers
beneath for storage. Additional storage includes 2 drawers, small closet, bookshelf with 2 side mounted
lockers with louvered doors, and a 17”x27” teak trimmed mirror. 2 reading lamps, fan, deck prism, ceiling
hatch 12”x16’ with removable screen, 2 ports with ss screen.

Quarter-berth: Located to starboard of the companionway, contains a drop-down metal top work bench
and tool storage cabinet, 9” shelf entire length, locker with louvered door, ceiling light, deck prism, 1
port with ss screen.

Hanging Wet Locker/teak grate: Teak grate with drip pan at base of companionway, hanging locker
located starboard at the base of the companionway, 1 locker light, manual bilge pump below teak grate.

Galley: U-shaped layout, white counter-tops, Isotherm cold plate freezer, top-opening, and refrigerator
section with top-opening and front-opening door, 2 aluminum ice-cube trays, Broadwater ss 4 burner
gimbaled propane stove/oven/broiler, large 2 section dry locker, 6 drawers, large under-sink counter
cabinet with shelf, 2 over-cabinets, 2 outside wall cabinets with sliding louvered doors, cutting board and
spice rack, 2 ceiling lights,2 fluorescent lights, 2 over-counter lights, fan, safety bar across stove recess,
pan and tray drawer under stove, hatch 12”x16”.

Navigation area: Starboard side opposite galley, nav table 30” deep x 41” wide; lift-top storage, seat
faces forward and large stowage cabinet underneath nav table. Nav area contains:  SSB, GPS, VHF,
stereo/CD/MP3 player, built-in VGA computer monitor (laptop or desktop computer fits in locker forward
of nav station), instrument and autopilot remote control, Newmar electrical panel, windlass breaker,
house and engine start switches, charging system monitor, LPG solenoid control and alarm.  
(Radar/chartplotter is mounted on swinging arm in companionway for easy access from cockpit or below.

Salon: Headroom 6’6”, 6’ settee to starboard with lockers/bookshelves. Large teak inlaid drop leaf table
seats 6 in comfort. On the port side outboard, pilot berth above seat back. 6 ceiling lights, 2 fluorescent
lights, ceiling hatch 20”x20” with screen cover, and dorade ventilation.  Hanging locker forward of salon.

Head and Shower: Located on the port side forward of the salon, separate compartment with stand-up
shower, marble vanity, manual head, locker under vanity cabinet, 2 lockers above vanity, teak trim
mirror 20”x30”. Shower ceiling light, head ceiling light, 2 ports with ss screens, hatch 9”x9”.

Forward Stateroom: Large double V-berth, louvered cabinets and bookshelf along each upper side,
Large clothes hanging locker to starboard with light, drawers below berth. Chain-locker entry is through
louvered doors located at the forward wall. Reading lights, one fan and one wall switched ceiling light,
deck prism, ceiling hatch 20”x20” with teak screen, 1 port with ss screen.  

·        Double spreader cutter rig with removable inner forestay
·        Keel-stepped Forespar mast
·        Mainsail, UK sails, 9.3 oz Challenge high-modulus Dacron, 5 battens (2 full length), 3 reef points,
positive roach, Passport insignia, new in 2005
·        Genoa, UK Sails, 8.5 oz Challenge high-modulus Dacron, foam luff, white UV Dacron suncover,
new in 2005
·        Storm staysail, (hank-on) new in 2003, UK Sails
·        Yankee (furling) and staysail (hank-on), UK Sails
·        ATN spinnaker sock (need new spinnaker)
·        All standing and running rigging new in 2002
·        Forespar mast and boom – overhauled and repainted in 2002
·        Boom brake – Dutchman
·        Roller furling genoa – Profurl, new in 2003
·        Fully spinnaker rigged, with forespar pole stowed vertically on mast track
·        5 cockpit-mounted Barient winches, 4 mast mounted Barient winches
·        Boom vang with 4:1 purchase
·        Monitor windvane – new in 2003

Ground Tackle:
·        Lighthouse 1501 all stainless windlass, horizontal, with rope capstan, new in 2003
·        Delta Anchor 55 lb. With 350’ 5/16 High Test chain
·        Secondary bow rode: 70’ 5/16” high test chain + 280’ 5/8” Nylon,
·        Fortress FX-23 stern anchor and rode 30’ 5/16” HT chain +150’ 5/8” Nylon
·        Fortress FX-37 storm anchor

Safety Equipment:
·        EPIRB – ACR Globalfix 406 w/ GPS (battery due 5/31/07)
·        Liferaft – Winslow 6 person super light offshore, valise pack, hermetic seal, 3 year service interval,
new in 2003, due May 2006
·        Ditch Bag – with extensive inventory and SOLAS flares
·        Lifesling – crew overboard recovery system with hoisting tackle
·        MOM8A – crew overboard system with inflatable ring, lighted pylon, drogue, flares
·        Sea Anchor – Paratech 18’
·        Drogue – Delta 72”
·        Emergency rudder – mounts to Monitor windvane bracket

Engine and Mechanical:
·        Perkins 4-108, 2100 hours (all maintenance records and manuals)
·        Hurth transmission
·        Feathering prop – 16” Maxprop 3-bladed feathering prop, new in 2003
·        Spare prop – 16” 3-bladed bronze, original equipment
·        Flexible Perkins engine mounts, new 2002
·        Aquadrive CV joint, thrust bearing (eliminates drive train vibration)
·        Insulated engine compartment
·        Fuel filters – Racor dual primary fuel filter/water separator
·        Electric fuel backup pump for system priming/bleeding
·        Dual muffler system with waterlift muffler and secndary stainless steel muffler/waterlock system
·        Propeller shaft - 1-1/4 “ Stainless steel with PYI packless sealing system  
·        Yacht Specialties steering system with 36” teak trim wheel and brake.

·        House batteries, 3, 4D size, 180 A-hr each, 540 A-hr total, new 2002
·        Engine start battery, gel, 100 A-hr, new 2002
·        Ample Power battery charger and voltage regulator, new 2002
·        Ample Power 150 Amp alternator, new 2002
·        Solar Panels – 5x Siemens 75W (375 Watt total)
·        Refrigeration – Isotherm 4701 12V DC holding plate system (makes ice cubes in vertical aluminum
trays), new 2001
·        Watermaker – Spectra Ventura 150 (6 gal/hr at 8 Amps current draw), new 2003
·        Weatherproof portable isolation transformer for 240V AC shore power

·        Radar – Furuno Navnet 1732C, 36 mile, mast-mounted radome, new 2002
·        GPS – Furuno Navnet 1732 C chartplotter (integrated with radar) – Navionics chart chips for West
Coast America, French Poly, Cooks, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand
·        GPS – Furuno GP-31, new 2002
·        Autopilot - Autonav (formerly Wagner) with hydraulic ram and Edson tiller mounted to rudder
stock, new 2002
·        Instruments – Nexus speed/log, depth, wind, with remote and integrated with GPS, new 2002
·        Compass 5-inch Ritchie, binnacle mounted with lighting
·        VHF – Icom M502 plus cockpit remote, new 2002
·        SSB – Icom M802, AT-140 tuner, with SCS Pactor modem, new 2003
·        Bronze barometer and clock
·        Digital recording barometer
·        Inmarsat C – Trimble Galaxy (for distress communications and satellite e-mail)
·        Sony Stereo plus CD (with aux input for Ipod MP3)
·        Built-in Sony VGA computer display
·        TV (NTSC only) and multi-region DVD player

Galley and plumbing systems:
·        Watermaker – Spectra Ventura 150 (6 gal/hr at 8 Amps current draw), new 2003
·        Galley sink – deep double stainless sink with single lever faucet
·        Broadwater 4-burner stove, oven, grill, new 2003
·        Propane – 2x aluminum 5-gallon propane bottles, plus hose and  regulators for external BBQ
·        Xintex propane alarm and control solenoid
·        Large head with separate stand-up shower and sump pump
·        Bilge pump – Rule 3700 gph electrical  and 2 manual pumps (cockpit and cabin sole)
·        Washdown pump and hose – saltwater
·        Fresh and salt-water foot pumps in galley sink
·        100 gallons diesel (2 black iron tanks, glassed over on outside)
·        150 gallons water (2 stainless steel tanks with baffles)
·        holding tank 35 gallons (fiberglass)
·        6 gallon water heater (heated by engine or 110V shore power)
·        Pressure water system with accumulator tank
·        Seagull drinking water filtration system

Interior Furnishings:
·        Finest quality solid Burmese teak joinery
·        Solid beveled teak cabin doors with louvers and all locker/cabinet doors are louvered
·        Large teak inlaid table with fold down leaf in salon, seats 6 with comfort
·        Solid teak companionway ladder with inset Vetus non-skid
·        Heavy teak grab rails at cabin sides under ports
·        All bulkheads are covered with solid teak staving
·        ½” laid teak/holly cabin sole
·        Teak grate with drip pan at foot of companionway ladder
·        Removable plywood ceilings in white semi-gloss with teak battens
·        Hand rubbed satin varnish on all interior joinery
·        12 feet of vented above sole storage space, 15” high x 20” wide in Salon
·        Headroom 6’4’’ through-out cabin area
·        Custom curtains and cloth cushions (light blue) through-out
·        Spare parts stowage under quarter berth and aft cabin berth

·        Newport diesel cabin heater
·        Dinghy - Achilles SD-12 12.5’ (old but serviceable) with Nissan 9.8 HP outboard new in 2003
·        Stearns inflatable kayak and paddles
·        Very extensive spare parts inventory for all major systems
·        Extensive documentation, drawings, and manuals for all systems

Anchored at Isla Isabela in Mexico, one of our
favorite places so far, in December of 2003.  
This shows Ace in full cruising mode, with solar
panels over the dodger and bimini, and
self-steering windvane mounted on the stern,
and no waterline left to spare!