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 Aquila
Builder:  North Fraser Yachts
Designer:  Stan Huntingford
LOA:  45'2"
Beam:  13'4"
Bridge Clearance:  55 ft.
Draft:  6'5"
Engine:  Cummins 4B3.9 80 HP
Fuel:  165 Imp. Gallons
Holding:  25 Imp. Gallons
Water:  150 Imp. Gallons
 
Electronics/Navagational Equipment
    Autohelm 7000 autopilot, rudder angle indicator; Autohelm knotmeter/log;  Autohelm wind speed and direction;   Autohelm compass; Autohelm navcenter;  Stereo, Furuno 1830 24 mile radar;  Kenwood TKM 407 88 channel VHF radio;  Lowrance GPS with screen, Kenwood TKM 707 SSB radio, Alden Faxmate 11 weather fax, Autohelm repeaters for instruments at Nav. center.
Galley
     Force 10 stainless steel 3 burner stove  and oven. Deep double stainless steel sinks. Front opening fridge and freezer.
Mechanical
    3 electric and 1 manual bilge pumps
    2 adjustable solar panels
    Ampair wind generator
Accomodations
    Double berths fore and aft cabins; full head and shower for each. Main saloon with 6'3" headroom; pull out table seats 8; port and starboard berths for 2.
Electrical Systems
     12 volt DC and 120 volt AC with Trace 2012 inverter/charger; Six 110 volt double outlets with separate switch & breakers; Four Surette 6V 150 AH and 2 12V series 300 engine starting batteries with parallel switches; Two adjustable solar panels; Ampair wind generator; Kubota diesel powered 1200 Watt generator
Deck and Hull
    Simpson Lawrence V 2000 electric anchor windlass; 65 lb Bruce, 60 lb CQR, and Fortress FX 37 anchors with 3/8" chain and or rode; 48" Gale Rider Drogue with 300 ft of 7/8"line;
    Dodger and cockpit awnings, 8 ft. fiberglass 4 person and 10 ft Avon rollup inflatable dinchies; 9.9 HP Tohatsu o/b engine; Beaufort 6 person life raft; Four 10 lb propane bottles with separate valve.
Sailing Impressions
     Aquila was launched in 1991 and has made voyages from Vancouver to New Zealand and Alaska. She performed very well on our trip. She tracked well in the following seas, and the combination of hydraulic steering and a good-sized rudder well aft made steering quite easy. We found her to be a very dry boat: only one breaking wave got onto the aft deck during the whole trip. We did get some spray from the boat's wake meeting wave crests right by the cockpit, but most of the time the cockpit stayed pretty dry. She was rolling quite a bit for much of the time (visible in a movie clip; links below), but almost any boat would be in a 10-15 foot, breaking swell. The good news is that even in a gust, and a bit of a round-up, her rails never went into the water. She's a very stiff boat, but easily driven, too. Her top measured speed, surfing, was 13.4 knots (about 4 knots over her theoretical hull speed). Her rig proved fairly well balanced, though we found that taking the mizzen down reduced her tendency to round up from a big swell on her quarter. The sails were easy to manage, since most of the control lines were in the cockpit. Reefing the main is a snap, even off the wind. The roller furling worked well. Even the 135% genoa wasn't any serious struggle to furl in 30 knots (and it'd be a good bet that on most other points of sail, we'd strike it earlier than that). The only sail that needed much deck work to set and strike was the staysail; we already have ideas on how to re-rig it to make it easier. With 12 lines already in the cockpit, who'd even notice a couple more? Her systems also worked well. The only failure on the trip was a loss of charging from the genset. Since we had three other ways to keep the batteries charged (wind, solar, engine), this was not a big problem. This trip gave us confidence in the basic seaworthiness of her design and rig. Kudos to the designer and builder!
The rolling is visible at the end of this movie clip (huge file higher resolution version or smaller file, lower resolution version).