Turicum is a C&C 44 built for ocean passages, and high performance racing/cruising. Her primary specifications are: Length 44' 7', Beam 13'4", Draft 8'9", Displacement 26000lbs, Ballast 8500lbs.
The boat is constructed of balsa cored fiberglass. There has been extensive use of unidirectional roving to maximize strength and minimize weight. Turicum is a very safe, high performance, luxury sailboat, easily capable of dealing with any wind/water conditions. (We have sailed her in several situations of 50+kts.)
The name TURICUM, while sounding as if it might of West Coast aboriginal origin, is actually the historical Roman/Latin name for Zurich, Switzerland.
Staterooms: The master stateroom aft has a full size double berth accessible from three sides, an ample hanging locker and generous storage space in drawers, and on shelves. There is a 3/4 length mirror, and direct access to the aft head with shower. The forward stateroom has a private head with shower, a large double V berth, and good storage space in a hanging locker, drawers, and shelves.
Cabin & Galley: The main cabin is bright and spacious with seven foot headroom. The Galley to starboard is equipped with a three burner LPG stove and oven, a double refrigerator, hot and cold pressure water, and foot pumps for fresh and sea water in the double stainless steel sink. The navigation station with full instrumentation is to port, as is the aft head. There are two settee berths, and two pilot berths. The fold down table seats eight in comfort. Hot water is supplied to the sinks and radiators by shore power, engine heat exchanger, or Espar boiler.
Sailing gear: Turicum has a three spreader masthead sloop rig, with all rod rigging, hydraulic vang and backstay, and all halyards and reefing lines led to cockpit clutches. She has an adjustable baby stay, adjustable whisker pole, headsail roller furling, and jiffy reefing. Her sail inventory includes a main with two reefs, a 140% genoa, a 100% jib, a 150% Gennaker with snuffer, and 2 Triradial spinnakers.
Navigation and electronics: A full navigation outfit allows this yacht to be confidently navigated in all weather and offshore. In addition to the steering compass, hand bearing compass, charts and publications that are the foundation of any navigator's kit, Turicum is equipped with speed, depth, and wind instruments; Chart Plotter, GPS, and Radar. She also has an autopilot, two battery banks for domestic use, and an isolated battery bank for the engine starter.
Engine and boat systems: Over 8 knots of motoring speed is provided by a 50hp four cylinder Yanmar diesel engine, the fuel tank holds 150 litres for a range of over 300 nautical miles. There is a full 30 amp 110 volt shore power system, and complete 12 volt system including a 2000 watt inverter. The pressure water system feeds hot and cold water to the galley and both heads. There are two heads with isolated holding tanks.
Hale first became involved with boats at the age of 6 when he "borrowed" a 14ft. canoe. Although he was unable to sit down for a week, his passion for boats was undiminished. He spent most of his summers on a large lake in B.C. where he learned how to rebuild outboard motors and built his first boat.
Hale was introduced to the world of sail in 1961 and made the transition by crewing on various boats for about 10 years until he got his first sailboat. He also moved into the area of boating instruction at this time proctoring and instructing with Canadian Power Squadron.
In 1975 Hale founded Windward Marine Ltd. where more than 120 boats between 24ft. and 45ft. were built over 8 years.
The next several years were spent crewing
on boats of various sizes, the construction of a new boat, and
getting into the racing scene. In 1992, after a 2nd trip to
Alaska, he started the process of obtaining his formal teaching
certificate by qualifying for his Basic Instructors level. 1993
brought Intermediate Instructor's certification, an instructors
position with a large boating center in Vancouver, the founding
of Sailcraft and the start of a new racing programme which was
highlighted with a division win in the Swiftsure International
1994 saw the racing programme flourish with wins in virtually every race ending up with Vancouver Rowing Club, Boat/Skipper of the Year. Hale also earned his Advanced Instructors certificate.
The last several years has seen the steady expansion of Sailcraft, the acquisition of Turicum, our C&C 44, several Vic-Maui races, and ISPA certification to Offshore and the Instructor Evaluator level.
Total Coastal Miles 48,000+
Total Offshore Miles 26,000+
30+ years teaching - High School, University, and Adult Education.
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