Silver Wings is a 1981 Pearson 367C (cutter). We refer to her as “our little ship” as she is a very solid and seaworthy vessel.

She is rigged with a Profurl in-boom roller furling main sail, roller furling Genoa (120%) and a roller furling Stays’l. the original rig had the stays’l on a self-tending boom. We removed the boom and installed tracks on the cabin top to allow room to carry our 8′ Fatty Knees dinghy on deck in chocks.

We have all new sails by Doyle from Puget Sound Sails.   Jim Kitchen has been fantastic to work with and is very reasonably priced.

The roller furling boom is driven by a furling line on a drum led aft to a cabin top electric winch. We have found this to be a ‘stupid-easy’ setup and terrific for a short handed crew. The electric winch draws 45 amps so it is a consideration when conserving power. Naturally the winch can be manually operated as necessary.

Risto designed and built a hard-top dodger and bimini with 1/4″ King Starboard bolted to custom fabricated 1″ stainless steel tubing frames. The fabric wrap around on the dodger was designed and sewn by Risto on our Sailrite sewing machine. The bimini will support two 160 watt solar panels and a circulating hot water heater.

Th boat came with a Raymarine wheel mounted autopilot which would not have served well offhore. Risto designed and built a below-deck, hydraulic driven autopilot using Octopus drive components and a Raymarine Evolution EV-200 Sail control unit. So far it has worked perfectly. We’ll see how it handles quartering, following seas.

The original refrigerator on the Pearsons were designed to allow for a layer of ice blocks in the bottom with a drain to the bilge. This made for a box large enough to hide a side of beef! Not very efficient for an actual refrigerated box. We divided the box into a ‘spill-over’ system with a small freezer box separated from the refrigerator box.

The engine is the original Westerbeke 40, a 37HP, four cylinder diesel coupled to a hydraulic transmission to a V-drive. We went through the entire drive train and renewed or replaced evertthing including a new shaft, strut and fixed three blade prop.