SV STX
Boat Info. & Specs.

STX is a 44’ fiberglass flush deck cutter designed by naval architect Gary Mull from San Francisco, California who also did a lot of design work on the Americas Cup boats.

Specific information concerning the boat is scarce as Mr. Mull unfortunately died in 1994, at the age of 55, prior to our purchase of STX so he was unavailable to us as a source of information. From what we have been able to gather, the boat was built in Belgium in 1981 and sold in the US by Sovereign Yacht Company. Due to the down turn of the economy at the time, there were very few of these boats produced and Sovereign Yacht Company went out of business after two years.

The design and construction are solid and she is fun to sail.

 

There is a 55 hp Volvo diesel engine for propulsion and a feathering 3 blade stainless steel/composite propeller. At a cruise speed of 6.5 knots the motor consumes ¾ gallon per hour. Diesel fuel is carried in three fiberglass fuel tanks for a total of 210 gallons.

The mast is a Hood in mast main furler that is 50 feet from the deck and carries the main inside the mast. The genoa is mounted on a ProFurl. There is a storm sail on the inner stay that is also mounted on a ProFurl. We have a spinnaker for light air.

Safety gear includes a DSB 6 -ISAF (6 man offshore life raft), 2 EPIRB's (1 for the boat, 1 for the ditch bag), 3 VHF radio's (2 for the boat, 1 for the ditch bag), a Single Side Band Radio (which uses Sail Mail for email), and a SAT Phone. Other items on board include an inflatable Dinghy with a 6hp motor and 2 Epic 12' - 6" kayaks that provide opportunities to explore where the sailboat can't go.

 

When we purchased STX most of the equipment was original and there were few upgrades worth noting. She had been fairly well maintained and the basics were in excellent condition. STX has 3 staterooms, two heads (bathrooms), 2 pilot berths and the main salon table drops down so we can sleep up to 10 people which helped with having 5 kids with their occasional friends aboard. The interior is finished in teak paneling and trim.

The galley is equipped with a propane stove/oven, separate refrigerator and freezer, hot and cold running water, Corian counter tops and double stainless steel sink. Hot water is supplied by a diesel fired boiler which also heats the boat by the use of radiators and fans. Water is carried in two 50 gallon fiberglass water tanks which are refilled every other day by an on board water maker.

The electrical system is 12 volt DC and runs off of two 225 amp hour rated gel cell batteries. The batteries are recharged by an engine driven 150 amp alternator when we are motoring or by a 280 amp diesel generator when we are under sail.

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