Welcome to Cadence of the Sea!

Welcome to Cadence of the Sea, where Jessi and I chronicle various maritime adventures and misadventures while sailing the American West Coast and to the South Pacific.  We were recently on our extended honeymoon cruising in Vava’u, Tonga, but are back in the States and plotting our next moves.  Cadence will be for sale, but if she doesn’t find new owners, I guess we’ll be forced, doubtlessly kicking and screaming, to come back and enjoy some more time sailing in the South Pacific…

Alas, Cadence is for Sale

by Dane on October 15, 2017

Yes, it’s true. We’re putting our beloved good ol’ Cadence up for sale. The time is sort of right. It’s been a great run and there are a million more places to explore, but it feels like it’s time to focus our energies on land for a while.

Cadence off Bora Bora

Job opportunities on land and a desire to have a down-payment for a home mean we’re dropping the price to just 15k.  Hopefully she’ll find a deserving home.  Don’t hesitate to email us with any questions at cadenceseamail@gmail.com

Cadence is a Sparkman and Stevens design built by Grampian. There were only 30 or so made before fin keels became all the rage and changed the market, so she is quite a rare specimen and her model name, “Classic 37,” turned out to be even more fitting than the designers envisioned. With a good and thick fiberglass hull, stout rigging and a sea-kindly shape she’s been a joy to sail. Here are some of her details:

Model: “Classic 37′”
Designer: Sparkman and Stephens
Buider: Grampian
Built in Ontario, Canada
Year: 1965
Material: Fiberglass
Length on Deck: 37′
Beam: 10′
Draft: 6′
Ballast: 5000 lbs.
Weight: Approximately 9000 lbs with gear
Net Tonnage: 7.52

Typical Cruising Speed Under Sail: 5.5-6.5 knots
Motor: Gasoline-power Atomic 4, 30hp, 602 hrs, with a 2-blade fixed bronze prop, 1″ bronze shaft. Rebuilt March 2010
Motoring Speed: 4-5 knots
Fuel Capacity: 30 Gallons main tank, with 20gal more in jugs
Water Capacity: 50 Gallons (28 gal under cabin sole, 22 gal in two flexible tanks under V-berth
‘Sleeps 5′, technically. Practically speaking, that means 2 or 3 with gear on board.
Rig: Cutter, with removable inner forestay; usually sailed as a sloop
Rigging: 5/16″ 316 Stainless with Norseman terminals, New in 2007
Sail Area: ~ 700 sq.feet
Sails: Main in good condition with deep 3rd reef (slab reefing), Genoa, working #2 jib, #3 jib, 2 light air reachers, storm jib, storm trysail.
Electric: 300 Ah 12v batteries in two banks (New in 2015), 110 watts fixed solar, charging batteries through a multi-stage charge controller
Blue Seas 12V breaker panel
Air X 400W wind generator
Wired with 12v and 110v outlets
10A, 110V marine battery charger
2-Burner propane/butane gimballed stove with oven. One 20lb and one 10lb aluminum propane tank.
Powersurvivor 35 watermaker (wired and tested with fresh water, but not plumbed-in. Pickled, then never used)
New bottom paint and cutlass bearing September 2017

Cadence II centerfold shot, with Steve Modeling

Ground tackle:
Approximately 250′ of 3/8″ chain in fair condition, 44lb and 66lb Lewmar Claw anchors, 22 lb Danforth style anchor, 45lb CQR, Approximately 200′ 3/4″ nylon 12-strand Mega Braid, 150′ 5/8″ Mega Braid, 150″ 1/2″ nylon 3-strand, and lots of misc line, including at least 2 other 100′ lengths of nylon line
ABI manual bronze windlass

Other equipment:
Aries Windvane
Raymarine “Smartpilot” electric wheel-mounted autopilot
SR Mariner knotmeter
2 Lewmar 44ST and 2 Barient 23ST self-tailing winches in the cockpit
Bronze Merriman winches on mast
ICOM 706 MKII Ham Radio
Uniden UM380 VHF
Sony Stereo and great West Marine waterproof speakers
Viking 4-person liferaft in valise, always stored inside and kept dry. Up for recertification in 2013
406 GPS Epirb
2 survival suits
Walker Bay 8 rowing dinghy with sail rig and hypalon floatation tubes
Scuba tank, weights and regs


Wishlist and maintenance issues:
A section of the aft deck on the starboard side is delaminated. She’s still structurally strong back there but it will have to be dealt with sooner or later.   Interested parties should be aware of this issue.
The genoa and working jib have lived full lives and Cadence would benefit from their replacement, or better yet, a furler. That said, though those sails don’t look pretty, they work just fine. We’d sail her to Australia without a second thought. The other sails are in good condition.
The two settee cushions in the salon need new covers.  The fabric is on board but we haven’t had a chance to sew it into full covers, we use them like sleeves and it’s worked well.

Cadence is an elegant cruising boat, and she turns heads in every harbor. I’ve easily put 30k of refitting and upgrades into her since her purchase, but of course, with boats one can rarely expect to get that back; they reward you in other ways. Having loved her and considered her home for years, I’m opening the door to a sea change in life, and Cadence may find a new captain. She’s is seaworthy, cozy, strong, well-outfitted, ready for her next port, and available at a great price.

Below some pictures we have on hand, which are representative of how she looks now, sans a few minor items. We will be adding some more pics with better interior coverage soon.

Vava’uom! – A Breath of Fresh Air

by Jessi April 20, 2015

“Why did we stay in Pago so long?” Goggle-eyed, we’d echo this rhetorical question at each other for the first few days after our arrival in Tonga, as we wandered from the picturesque harbor to the top of the mountain, to actual restaurants with fresh food. We were being suffocated under the malodorous glare of the canneries for 7 months in Pago Pago harbor when we could have been frolicking on clean, sunny beaches here. What is wrong with us? Do the people in AmSam know about this place? Why doesn’t everyone live here? Where can I get my next […]

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NOAA Excuses

by Jessi March 18, 2015

As newly minted gentlepeople of leisure, Dane and I were ravenous about attacking a whole island full of expedition opportunities. I busted out the South Pacific guidebook again, 5 months later, aired out the boat stink from it and found a description of a hike to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, pronounced “Noah”) air testing station in Tula at the eastern end of the island of Tutuila here in American Samoa. Supposedly, the air at Cape Matatula is some of the cleanest in the world, as far as carbon dioxide parts per million. Amazing considering that the tuna […]

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First Sail!

by Jessi March 9, 2015

Yes, we’re still in American Samoa. No, I don’t want to talk about it. What I do want to talk about: Dane’s first sail in a year! Doesn’t he look spiffy? He spent a while finding all the parts and reconditioning the boom, but our dinghy sails just fine when there’s a breeze and there was a good one yesterday morning, off and on. Now that we’ve got a little time to ourselves as we wait for some cyclones to get out of our way to Tonga, we’re going to enjoy our time here more. We’re intending on spending the […]

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The Kiwi Public Transportation Tour of 2014

by Jessi December 22, 2014

When the weather and our general lagging prevented Dane and I from sailing to Tonga in time for me to catch my flight to New Zealand from there, my family and I were unsure if I’d even make it to see them after they’d come literally halfway across the world almost just to see me. I say “almost” because, sure, it’s great seeing family you haven’t seen in several months, but with the bonus of checking out a new country. Regardless, we (actually my brother, the transportational planning genius) made it happen with much finagling with airlines. The flight required […]

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