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This Southern Cross 35 (Nellie) is hull #9 out of the C.E. Ryder factory in Bristol Rhode Island. It was created by the renowned marine designer Thomas Gillmer and is a true blue-water boat. Anyone who is familiar with the rare factory built Southern Cross 35 is aware of the exceedingly robust and seaworthy construction of these boats that far exceeds the craftsmanship in other, often lower priced, “kit boats” boasting the same name. The kit boats are built by owners and the quality can vary greatly.
Nellie is wide (11'5") beamed, canoed stern, and a lovely sweeping sheerline that keeps it dry and stable in rough conditions. It has a fully encapsulated lead fin keel--making for surprisingly nimble performance and an aperture-enclosed skeg-mounted rudder. An Airex foam core between two very generous layers of glass keeps sound/cold out and heat in and keeps you safe in the event of an object strike. She has a rugged deck hull seal with two 90 degree forms joined under and solid teak cap rail and inboard mounted shrouds for easy passage on the deck. She has a 90 gallon freshwater capacity (an additional 25 gal on deck) and 35 gallon fuel capacity (an additional 20 gal on deck). I can go a month without touching shore/docks.
I am her 4th owner (2013) and have sailed approximately 7,000 miles throughout the Southeast U.S. and Bahamas. When I purchased Nellie, she had been neglected by absentee owner who “brought the dream,” but never lived it. I have put over $30,000 into this boat—bringing her back to life (valued at $40,000 after survey: 2013).
I replaced the 30+ year old Navtec Rod rigging with 3/8” 1x19 stainless (2015), installed new mechanical Sta-Lok terminals (deck and aloft), Hyan open-body chomed bronze turnbuckles, and Hyan chromed bronze deck fittings, purchased a Profurl furling for the inner jib/staysail, and replaced all running rigging.
In 2017, I rebuilt the deck on the bow with new 3/8” marine ply-wood, 15 layers of glass, sealed with west systems epoxy, installed a new Lofrans Kobra—1,900lb instant/380lb working load ($2,000+) windless with all new wiring, solenoids, etc…, installed over-sized backing plates for all cleats/windless with Garolite G10 composite and a new 4” 1,000 cu-ft/hour Nicro stainless solar vent, and repainted all lower decks with kiwi grip.
Other replacements and renovations include, 150’ of new 3/8” G4 chain (2016), new sail covers (2016), new Mastervolt 20amp battery charging systems (2015), 4 new Trojan T-105 batteries (2016), new SSB antenna, new stainless 1” prop shaft (2014), factory refurbished 16” self-feathering MaxProp from PYI (2016), new PYI prop shaft seal (2016), replaced all plastic throu-hull fitting with new solid bronze fittings (2015), new port-light gaskets (2017), 3 new Caframo 3 speed fans (2017-5 in total), all interior lights have been updated to LED (2016), new Dometic CU-100 air cooled cold machine refrigeration and new Dometic horizontal evaporator (2017), new alternator and starter (OEM 2016 and had the old ones rebuilt as backups), new Johnson water pump for engine intake (2017 had old one rebuilt for backup), new mixing elbow and heat exchanger (2014), 2 of the 6 sea-cocks have been replaced with new ball-valve models (2015), new 10amp 3.5gal/min Jabsco freshwater pump (2018), new faucets/showerhead in galley and head (2016), new water heater element (2018), new Jabsco head pump assembly (2016), new propane solenoid, hoses, and 2 Worthington rust free vertical orientation tanks (2015-4 in total with old ones having new valves installed), new Jabsco 480GPH belt driven diaphragm bilge pump (2017), and countless others.
I have lived on Nellie and sailed her for 5 years—only putting her in dry storage twice for a few months. I am a commercial captain (nearly 20 years), professional rigger and former finish carpenter at Morris Yachts (before the sold to Hinckley) and sail from job to job while using Nellie as my home. She has to be sea worthy at a moments notice and all systems—both sailing and home amenities must be fully functional at all times, so when it breaks, I fix it promptly. Cosmetically she’s a little worn in spots, but she’s certainly got it where is counts!
Also on board:
-Backups for most major equipment (Freshwater/bilge pumps, alternators, starters, intake pumps, etc...)
-2 Mainsails (1 custom made fully battened and the original in storage)
-3 Stay sails
-A 35lb Bruce, A 35lb Delta, and an 18lb steel fluke (Danforth style)
-iCOM IC-M710 SSB
-iCOM IC-M604 VHF
-Furuno GPS Navigator GP-31
-Garmin 3205 GPS Maping
-Monitor windvane auto helm
-Raymarine Type I Linear Drive (missing computer and head unit)
-4 Winds wind generator
-Furuno radar (not sure of model. It’s old, but works)
-Power Bright 600watt pure sine inverter (12V DC-110V AC)
-Force 10 Propane heater (mounted on bulkhead)
-Achilles 8’10” self-locking aluminum floor dinghy
-Countless other parts, lines, fenders and anything else you need for a completely self-contained blue-water cruiser.