Posted by: gjurrens1 | December 29, 2010

It’s True – Sojourn is Finally For Sale

The Boat

  • For Sale:  1982 Island Trader 40 Pilothouse Motorsailer Sloop with All Roller Furling Sails & Ultra-Reliable Trawler Engine, Mostly a Fresh Water Boat. Lightly Cruised.  Fully Cruise-Ready. Latest Extensive Upgrades in 2008-2009. This is one comfortable & capable cruising and/or liveaboard yacht.
  • Current Southwest Florida Location: Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda, Florida in a Fresh Water Fed Tidal Estuary (Charlotte Harbor).

Her Condition

  • Bristol, i.e., better than new shiny, solid, strong & ultra-reliable, under power and/or sail… one beautiful yacht that is likely to sell fast
  • Constantly Upgraded & Impeccably Maintained between Major Upgrades in 1987 ($25,000); 1993-4 ($55,000); 2003-4 ($6,000); 2008-9 ($49,000)… all upgrade & maintenance records & voyaging log included with the yacht
  • History: Fresh Water Boat for 15 Years, Brackish for 13 Years, Salt less than 3 Months. She’s literally in complete sail-away & cruise-ready condition.

Price & Contact Info

  • Reasonably priced for sale by owner at just $99,900 USD 
  •  No low ball offers, no brokers, please. All serious offers considered.
  • Comment to this post, and I’ll get back with you, but do it soon as there is lots of interest…



Her Documentation

  • Flag: United States (Federally Documented)
  • Detailed documentation on her extensive systems upgrades and maintenance since she was new & contemporary cruising logs – all convey with purchase
  • Central Character of Two Published Books:
    • “Moving a Boat & Her Crew” (A unique 2,100 nautical mile voyage)
    • “Restoring a Boat & Her Crew”  (A detailed photographic account of her complete restoration)
    •   See below for book ordering information 

Major Specifications:

  • Material: Fiberglass (including decks except for teak cockpit benches)
  • Length: 40 Feet on Deck (51 Feet LOA)
  • Beam: 14 Feet
  • Draft: 4 Feet 9 Inches (slightly more with full tankage & cruising staples)
  • Engine: Ford Lehman 120 (Less Than 1,300 original hours, all new belts, hoses, coolers, tuning,  etc 2008)
  • Accommodations: Sleeps Two in Master Stateroom on Walk-Around Queen with Custom Pillow-Top Mattress, Plus Two in Pilot Berth (Sleeper Sofa)
  • High Output Alternator (120A) with External Smart Regulator (Can Vary Alternator Output on Demand Either Manually or Automatically)
  • Drive Train: 24” 3-bladed 18 Pitch Propeller (Reconditioned 2009), Drive Saver, Reliable Paragon Hydraulic Transmission (aligned 2008), Gore-Tex Dripless Shaft Packing, Extra Tight Cutlass Bearing, Shaft Shark Line Cutter
  • Generator: Northern Lights Lugger 6 KW (New 1993 Less Than 400 original hours, new belts, tuning, etc 2008)
  • Fuel System: Fuel Polishing & Fuel Transfer System with Redundant Fuel/Water Separators, Water-in-Fuel Alarms (Strobe & Buzzer) on Each of Two Filters (Racor 500—20 micron—and Gulf Coast Filters F1 (1 micron depth filter) 
  • Cruise Speed: Approximately 6-7 Knots Continuous, 9 Knots Maximum
  • Fuel Capacity: 208 Gallons (Two Aircraft Aluminum Tanks, New 1993)
  • Water Capacity: 325 Gallons in Two Tanks (Fiberglass)
  • Holding Tank: 30 Gallons (new 2004, custom Raritan spin-welded polypropylene, along with all new hoses, water lines, large twin vent lines, siphon break, thru-hull)



  • Sailing Rig: Sloop – Self-Tacking Roller Furling Jib & Main – New 1987, Sails Reconditioned & Like-New 2010, Main Traveler New 2009, Oversized (5/16” 1×19 316SS) & Redundant Rigging in Excellent Condition
  • Helm: Two Stations (One Outside in Cockpit, Or Seated Inside Heated or A/C Pilothouse)
  • Two Exterior Cockpit Seats:  One Helm, One Navigation, Both Adjustable: height & slide forward/back (One New 2006, One New 2008)
  • Bow Thruster: 5 HP Electric (New 1993, Reconditioned 2007) with Controls at Both Helm Stations
  • Custom Color-matched Tinted Pilothouse Windows by Freeman Marine, Inc. – Four Sliding Opening Side Windows 1/4” Tempered Glass with Opening Screens, Two Front Opening Top-Hinged Windows 3/8” Tempered Glass (All New 2009, Professionally Installed)
  • New Bottom (Stripped Bare, Faired & Sealed with West System Epoxy, Interlux 2000/3000 Moisture Barrier, Interlux Micron CSC Anti-Fouling Paint (New 2008)
  • Foredeck & Pilothouse Bulkheads – New Core Material & AwlGrip Paint (New 2009 – Professionally Installed & Applied)
  • Folding Mast Steps, Climbing Harness & Safety Belt
  • 316 Stainless Lifelines & Boarding Gates (New 2009)
  • Oversize Running Lights (New 2010)
  • Stainless Boarding Ladder (Port Side) for Easy Boarding from Dinghy (new 2010)
  • Propane BBQ Grill
  • Teak Swim Platform with Stern Ladder to Cockpit


  • Queen Walk-around Bed in Master Stateroom (custom 8” Thick Latex Rubber Upholstered Mattress New 2003)
  • La-Z-Boy Recliners in Pilothouse (One Wall-a-Way Recliner, One Rocker-Recliner)
  • Fold-down Sleeper Sofa (New FlexSteel 2000)
  • Manual or Electric Head & Hoses (New 2005)
  • DC Refrigerator / Freezer 8.5 cubic feet (new 2008)
  • Propane 4 Burner Stove with Oven, Remote Shut-off Solenoid, Two 20# Propane Bottles
  • Hot and Cold Pressurized Water with Whole House Carbon Filter
  • Microwave Oven (new 2010)
  • Generous Ventilation Via Ten Heavy Bronze Portholes, Each with Dual Dogs for Watertight Integrity (Five per Side), Large Butterfly Hatch in Master Stateroom, Seven Windows in Pilothouse (Six of Which Open)
  • Diesel Heat (Espar)
  • Electric Heat (Flagship Marine – new 2006)
  • Air Conditioning (18,500 BTU – new 2006)
  • Bilge Pumps (Manual and Automatic)
  • Shower Sump
  • Fresh and Salt Water Wash-downs on Deck


  • Precise Tank Monitor for All Tanks (Fuel, Water, Waste)
  • House Batteries (one deep cycle bank of 4 x 6VDC, 450 AH total)
  • Dedicated Engine Starting Battery (new 2009 – 4D)
  • Dedicated Generator Starting Battery (new 2008 – Gel Cell)
  • Dedicated Windlass/Bow Thruster Battery (8D Gel Cell – New 1993, Still Like-New Strong Dekka Dominator) with Dedicated Charger (Guest 50A)
  • Water Heater: Huge 12 Gallon Tank with Engine Heat Exchanger
  • Shore Power (2 x 30A) with 60A Galvanic Isolator (Zinc Saver) & cords (2 x 50’)
  • Inverter (2,500 Watts) & House Charger (100A)
  • Inverter/Smart Regulator Remote Control Panel (Link 2000R)
  • Bonding System Connected to Zincs on Hull; Zincs on Shaft, Rudder & Transom

Ground Tackle


  • 10.5′ AB Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with Hinged Bow Locker, Flat Non-Skid Fiberglass Floor, Anchor, Rode, Fenders, Anti-Fouling Paint on Fiberglass Hull Below Waterline (All New 2005, and Fast at 20+ Knots)
  • 15 hp Yamaha Four Stroke Outboard Motor & Two 6 Gallon Fuel Tanks (New 2005, Professionally Serviced Annually)
  • High Capacity Lightweight Davits (Capacity: 1,200 lbs) by KATO Marine of Annapolis (New 2008) with 6:1 Internal Hoisting Tackle, Color-Matched AwlGrip Paint – Oyster White – Same as Sojourn’s Hull, 316 4-Point Stainless Lift Bridle with Snap Shackles & 2,200 lb capacity. Includes Heavy-Duty 316 SS Spreader Bar.


  • Dock Lines and Fenders
  • Spare Parts Kits (Generator, Head, A/C, Heart Interface…)
  • Literally cruise-ready except for staples: Conveys with all dishes, towels (many monogrammed with vessel’s name), lined curtains, sheets, coffee maker, coffee mugs, glasses, pots, pans…

Even though she’s now for sale, she continues to get lots of TLC (monthly hull cleaning & zincs checked/replaced as necessary by professional diver, fuel polished and all engines run, under load, monthly, varnish refreshed as necessary, etc.). You’re going to love this yacht.

 Many more photos, video clips & details follow if you’re interested …

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Sojourn draws less than 5 feet and weighs in on average (depending on tankage) at 38,000 pounds. She’s a full keel boat that tracks well in a sea way.

This extremely capable and comfortable cruising yacht is ready to go whenever and wherever you would like to take her, either under power (she has one helluva power plant) or sail (all sails are easy-to-handle roller furling from the safety of the cockpit).

And with a roller furling main, reefing is as simple as easing the outhaul and pulling the furling line. And oh, the jib. It’s self-tacking also, meaning that it has its own traveler, and there is only one sheet led back to the cockpit. No working sheet to slack for a tack and lazy sheet to grind – just turn the wheel, and the headsail, boom and traveler do the rest. Just like the main. The way it should be.

Currently in her home port on the beautiful west coast of Florida, Sojourn is perfectly located and cruise- or live-aboard ready with a full inventory, including the latest state-of-the-art touch-screen electronics (new 2008).

New Electronics

One of the really distinctive features aboard Sojourn that makes her stand alone in her class, aside from her outstanding condition overall, is also a lot of fun—her navigational electronics. Check this out. Note: chart is zoomed out significantly below to illustrate weather patterns–green, bright yellow, red = precipitation—the chart rescales beautifully when zoomed in or out:


One feature we are SO thankful for is the ability to receive weather (and satellite radio) from XM’s satellite constellation ( When we’re in cell range, it is true that we can get weather over the boat’s integrated internet connection (e.g., via down in the pilothouse on our laptop (not included), but having this precise weather info available at the touch of a screen up in the cockpit is a Godsend, especially when far enough offshore out of all cell tower range, this capability is essential. Coverage includes all coastal regions, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and as far south as the Virgin Islands, I’m told.

We’ve used this feature extensively to plan the next day’s voyage when departing from one obscure anchorage to another, to adjust our sail plan well in advance of rapidly approaching weather, or to adjust our speed and/or course if what is approaching is better given a wide berth.

What makes this entire system absolutely intuitive to use is how the instrumentation can overlay the following directly on our chart plotter which always displays the exact location of our boat:

  • wind direction and velocity,
  • wave height and period (distance between waves),
  • approaching weather fronts (warm, cold, occluded),
  • weather event locations (squalls, lightening, depressions, storms, hurricanes) & their projected paths,
  • notices to mariners’ weather warnings,
  • precipitation (light, medium, heavy, insane),
  • cloud cover

You name it… all this invaluable weather info relative to our boat’s current precise position, or to any position you want by simply ‘dragging’ the display to another location of interest by dragging your fingers across the display. Really amazing stuff, and an incredibly useful safety feature – especially out in the islands where weather is always an interesting & important real-time tactical topic, and Internet coverage is usually only available when your ensconced securely in a marina somewhere.

For example, in the image below the little key-like symbols represent wind direction and speed, and the diamond-like symbols are informational messages about weather local to that area on the chart. With the latest Blue Chart g2 Vision chart chips installed (and that stay with the boat) you also can display aerial photographs of marinas you’re approaching, lists of thousands of marine services available in each port, etc. etc. etc. This really boosted our confidence when approaching a port for the first time, especially at twilight or later (we tried to avoid this, but sometimes it happens).

We have found all this information to be amazingly accurate in practice out on the water, and you can even advance the weather display 12, 24, 36 48 or 72 hours to see what is being forecasted. Put it in loop mode, and watch fronts, storms and changing wind & wave conditions march across your screen in the cockpit, just like you see on, but all with your boat’s icon, representing your exact location, right  in the center of all the action.


Below, you see pink zones, which when present, are localized marine weather warnings—not to be taken lightly. The small yellow symbols are weather buoys that report current conditions at those locations. The smaller red & white lined outlined areas are localized thunderstorm warnings (usually near reported lightening strikes denoted by yellow bolts). You can touch the screen of the Garmin 5212, and any of these for details, which results in informative text windows on your screen. The light green, dark green, dark red areas represent areas of light to heavy rain fall, respectively, as reported by NexRad radar – the same stuff meteorologists use as reference.

Notice below the good ship Sojourn was in the midst of a dark green area (moderately heavy rainfall), which we verified by looking out the window while underway. Because we saw dark red/orange areas off the starboard bow of our boat’s icon on the chart, we shortened sail, and started steering from inside the pilothouse before it really got interesting  (meteorologically speaking). While we could actually see the storm approaching off our starboard bow, without the radar images on the screen, we would have had no idea of the severity of this system or how far away it was or how fast it was approaching. It wasn’t too nasty, but knowing that really heavy rain was coming, we could plan accordingly, thanks to this marvelous instrumentation we had at our fingertips.

Additionally, since we also saw that the pink area was marching toward us (a real storm warning with really gusty winds), we then decided to increase speed (motorsailing) and beat feet for port, again, before we got into the thick of it. It actually works, kids!


And when we zoom this display in to say, to a scale of 150 feet across the display, we literally and confidently steer and navigate by the depth lines on the chart. Amazing.

This ain’t just whiz-bang boat show gadgetry, gang, this stuff really really works, and has proven itself repeatedly over a few thousand miles of cruising.

Additionally, this sophisticated electronics suite, all new on Sojourn in 2008, has regularly benefited from software (firmware) updates, courtesy of Garmin, whenever they become available.

Also new in late 2008 on Sojourn: a new “antenna farm” elevated on a very sturdy high quality Kato Marine stainless radar mast at the stern, bristling with antennas for high definition digital color radar, GPS, satellite weather and high speed internet access (actually an amplified 3G cell connection from the tallest antenna below to your favorite laptop computer safely ensconced in the cozy pilothouse). We chose to mount all the antennas high enough where they’re in “clear air”, but close enough to the deck where they can be easily cleaned and service. Say that about a radome mounted on the front of the main mast where it can be buffeted or even “erased” by a wayward headsail.

By the way, the tallest of these antennas, at almost 14 feet off the water enables fairly high speed Internet access, and powered by a legal-limit amplifier (in the pilothouse) it also significantly boosts the range of cell phones on board. When we’re cruising, we not only use this connection for Internet and email access, but also for using Skype on our computer as a video phone for essentially free calling worldwide.

Also shown below is a wonderfully useful and sophisticated device, even essential when dodging through a dense field of crab pots, for example. This is a wireless RF (not line of sight) remote control & instrument repeater for the autopilot & the RayMarine instrument suite at the upper helm.

This device allows you to steer the boat from anywhere on the ship (up on the bow, for example, or in the pilothouse), while monitoring depth, speed, heading, distance and bearing to the next waypoint, cross-track error, etc., all the while dodging crab pots, or whatever. Even with a very effective line cutter on the shaft, we avoid the pots, just in case, and because we don’t want to impact a fisherman’s livelihood.

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Sojourn is even ready to receive your favorite SSB and/or amateur radio, with a state-of-the-art HF ground (3” copper strapping connected to 2 sintered bronze ground shoes on outside of the hull, to a fully automatic antenna tuner (Icom AH-4) installed in a lazarette, a state-of-the-art backstay insulator is included (you install) and high capacity 12VDC power harness to your favorite rig in the pilothouse.

Below is a view of the AH-4 antenna tuner (tunes the backstay electrically to optimize its “electrical length” for any particular transmitting frequency) on its slide-out weather-proof shelf for ease of maintenance.

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Imagine, sitting in your pilothouse recliner comfortably chatting with your boating or landlocked ham friends who could be most anywhere in the world FROM most anywhere else in the world with your own world-class radio installation. Note that you need an amateur radio license to transmit on the ham bands…

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(note: neither I, nor my amateur radio itself are included, but the operator’s station is ready to receive your own rig, and there’s also plenty of room for a marine SSB and extra accessories such as your Morse code (CW) telegraph keys & bugs, etc.).


This superbly crafted vessel, overall, is in far better than new condition. How much would it cost you to acquire such a lightly-cruised vessel with this compliment of cruise-ready features and this caliber of craftsmanship in this condition today? $500,000? $1,000,000? Look around, my friends.

And yes, there are a lot of boats for sale these days; however, if you’re looking at another similar vessel, save yourself a lifetime of grief and make sure that all the essential upgrades have been made before you buy the boat (e.g., leak-prone black iron fuel tanks that rust from the top down and inside out, leaky pilothouse windows that can cause bulkhead and deck delamination that may be difficult or impossible to see ($!), leaky or poorly-vented holding tank (whew!), etc. All of these have been replaced on Sojourn, and have been cruise-tested. And don’t forget that Sojourn’s diesels (engine, generator) are extremely low hours, very well-maintained and continue to be used (lightly). A boat that sits dormant is a boat that is rotting or molding from the inside out. Also beware of boats that boast no use for any length of time.

The Rig

For a motorsailer that normally wouldn’t excel at their capabilities under sail, Sojourn boasts an impressive high aspect ratio sloop rig, the heart of which is a high quality low maintenance aluminum reef-away mast (we have never experienced a single jam with this rig in fifteen years of sailing). This mast replaced the original much more modest and much lower aspect ratio (shorter) wooden mast which was not only very high maintenance, but extremely difficult to maintain. 

This rig, which is in excellent condition, is all roller furling (main and jib) with club-foot self tacking jib. Total of 620 sq ft sail – all controlled from her generous (10×12 foot) cockpit, either from the captain’s chair or the navigator’s chair (both adjustable and on sliders). Her gorgeous tanbark (burgundy) sails are in excellent like-new condition (cleaned and completed reconditioned 2009/2010). Remember the song, “Red Sails in the Sunset”? That’s Sojourn. Maybe with you at the helm?

The Layout

Check out this cockpit. When you’re not braced into the adjustable helm seats in rough seas, can you envision entertaining a half dozen friends here, either at the dock, at anchor or underway?

Or when it gets a bit cool, would you choose to enclose the cockpit with screens, or with  windows? Or might you simply adjourn to the pilothouse and fire up the diesel furnace when cruising or anchored? Or adjust the thermostat on the electric furnace when fed by shore power at the dock? Yup, life is pretty darn good aboard Sojourn.

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Notice the freshwater wash-down/shower lower right in the photo below. Sojourn’s cockpit offers a great deal of privacy should you choose to bathe al fresco while hanging on the hook. Also handy for rinsing the dinghy after a messy shore-side sortie. There is also a saltwater wash-down up on the bow for rinsing mud from the anchor.

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This boat is a heavy displacement cruising or live-aboard vessel with a very traditional and delightful “shippy” look and feel. Her weight and waterline length are a wonderful balance between sea-kindly motion and speed. She just feels very safe and smooth, but limber enough and powerful enough to climb a big wave and sled safely down the other side, if called upon to do so.

With fiberglass hull and topsides, she is trimmed out with beautiful teak rails. You choose whether to keep some or all of that teak brightly varnished or allow it to naturally weather to a gorgeous silvery sheen. Traditionally, the contrast between some wood brightly varnished, and some wood left unfinished, to serve as world class non-skid, for example, is considered to be quite elegant.

Additionally, her interior is entirely hand crafted with varnished teak joinery that is in excellent shape (refinished in 2008-9).

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On the outside, substantial teak rails on the bulwarks (toe & knee rails) and pilothouse roof add to her charm.

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Lovely sculpted teak rails/scrollwork surround her voluminous cockpit, which can be entirely enclosed with bimini windows or screens.



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Here’s a terrific cruising feature for you. A significant storage hold below the cockpit is ideal for storing long range cruising provisions, and enables complete access to the steering gear including the autopilot, generator, aft through-hulls and scuppers.

Additionally, there are very generous storage compartments in literally every compartment aboard, as well as under the sleeper sofa to starboard and behind the recliners to port.

Simply put, she sports the interior volume of a power boat, which is a sailor’s dream, and yet sails very well in winds above 12-15 knots. Yes, she will ghost along in less wind than that, which is also enjoyable and relaxing. In fact, she sails or motors VERY comfortably in 20 knots of wind or more. In any weather conditions, she powers quietly and smoothly like a fine motor yacht, and will exceed her hull speed of 9 knots if asked to do so. She won’t like it, but she’ll do it in an emergency. And unlike most any other IT40 Pilothouse on the market, she sails or motor-sails to windward surprisingly well thanks to her upgraded high aspect ratio rig.

The Finish

Sojourn’s incredible glassy finish is an attribute of her new AwlGrip finish. If you’re not familiar with AwlGrip, this is an incredible paint that’s tough as nails and doesn’t chalk up, nor does it require tedious waxing like gel coat. All it takes to keep her finish literally better than showroom fresh is just an occasional few capfuls of a polymer sealer (AwlCare) in the rinse water after washing, and applying a thin coat of sealer each season that is easily wiped off (not buffed off). This high-end yacht-finish paint, new in 2009, is amazingly durable and lasts decades. Looks like a million bucks. You could get lost gazing into that finish.

Critically Important Upgrades

One fault with most boats of this vintage is leaky windows, which can wreak havoc with bulkhead and deck core material. So we grabbed the bull by the horns and had all new premium powder-coated heavy aluminum frames with charcoal tinted tempered glass, custom manufactured by Freeman Marine, professionally installed in the pilothouse, including two opening windows on the front of the pilothouse for enhanced ventilation. While we were at it, we had new core material installed in the pilothouse bulkheads and much of the foredeck. Try to find this little ($20,000) combination of features on any other Island Trader 40 Pilothouse. All the side windows slide open with independent sliding (no see’um) screens as well. These windows are top drawer, & they do not leak.

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Aesthetic Form & Function

When you approach Sojourn, you will immediately notice that she boasts a very traditional design that draws constant comment. More than cosmetic, her significant upward sheer toward the bow enables a dry ride in a sea way.

A formidable six foot bow sprit supports an impressive array of ground tackle, including 55 pound Delta and 60 pound CQR anchors, high test chain & nylon rodes and a stout push-button Lofrans electric windlass that shares its own 165 pound 8D gel battery (Dekka Dominator!) & charger with the 5 HP electric bow thruster. This windlass is nestled in the forepeak to make this entire affair imminently practical and effortless.

As you can plainly see below, this sprit is reinforced with heavy stainless rod lateral stays, and the entire length of the sprit itself is further stiffened and capped with heavy welded stainless. This incredibly strong bow stands ready to seriously reckon with most any mild OR extreme anchoring situation you might choose to throw at her.


Topsides, note the impressive bow pulpit with teak platform, gold (AwlGrip) scrollwork and heavy teak rub rails. In the center of the generous foredeck nests a large brightly finished teak butterfly hatch secured with foot-long cast bronze hinges of traditional design. This ‘doghouse’ bestows the walk-around queen bed with an 8 inch thick custom latex rubber pillow top mattress, in the master stateroom below, with light. This, along with the six portholes in the stateroom alone, creates a light and airy feel. And no leaks!

Below is an oil painting of Sojourn’s forepeak, and the business end of her ground tackle controls. Setting and weighing anchor is a delight up here.

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316 stainless rub strakes everywhere make for worry-free docking:

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There is an amazing expanse of open deck space for working, lounging or entertaining.



Overall, to put it bluntly, this is one beautiful and well-appointed little ship: cosmetically impeccable, simple sail handling, voluminous pilothouse, two well-equipped steering stations, each with a gorgeous hand-turned wooden ship’s wheel & cast bronze hub, powerful & effortless hydraulic steering, below decks autopilot with integrated helm as well as wireless controls, 6KW diesel generator, A/C, two independent sources of heat (in or out of the water), a massive six cylinder 380 cubic inch 120HP Ford Lehman diesel, bow thruster, terrific ventilation, comfortable & bright pilothouse, state-of-the-art navigation and ship handling electronics…  Ahhhhh.

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See the knob protruding in the autopilot control head below? That’s the power steering knob. Yup, steer this substantial vessel effortlessly with your thumb and forefinger (or from the wireless remote, of course)…

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Notice the inside bow thruster control lower left in the photo below. Just like the one outside. Oh yeah…



The pundits will tell you that ninety percent of the problems with a diesel engine originate with its fuel. And since this is as much a motor yacht as it is a sailing yacht, to keep Sojourn’s three diesels (main, generator, furnace) running smoothly and reliably, she features a custom integrated fuel polishing and fuel transfer system that has kept her running faultlessly for almost a decade since it was installed. See this system depicted in the photo below.


As you likely know, when a boat sits for periods of time without use, fuel tanks can collect water (condensation from changing temps) or accumulate (grow) algae—especially diesel. Other issues can develop when you take on fuel in places where quality is questionable.

Use of this system virtually eliminates issues from all these sources, and keeps “Big Red” running reliably–indefinitely. Additionally, the system includes two vacuum gauges (one for each fuel/water filter/separator) so you know when it’s time to change each filter element, valves to allow you to transfer fuel from one tank (side of the boat) to another, and shut-offs so you can “quarantine” known bad fuel in one tank from known good fuel in the other tank. I particularly enjoy simply flipping a switch so a continuous-duty electric pump (with fuel-proof nitrile impeller) can purge air from the fuel system after changing fuel filters instead of manually jacking the tiny awkwardly-positioned lift pump handle on the engine for ten minutes of thumb-cramping action. Yes, it’s the little things, really.

In general, Sojourn’s engine room is spacious enough to spend quality time in that “Holy Place”, as the motor “yachties” say, if for no other reason, just to admire the machinery (yup, another ‘man cave’)…

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Experts say Big Red is easily a twenty thousand hour engine before any significant overhaul is required (per Bob Smith, CEO of American Diesel Corporation, and one of the original designers of this engine – he’s been aboard Sojourn, and complimented her captain on a well maintained installation). With a mere thirteen hundred well-maintained hours, and all new belts, hoses, jump tubes, fuel line, zincs, oil and transmission coolers & heat exchanger tank (“radiator”) in 2008-9, and with the ultra-reliable Paragon transmission (if you find a boat with a Borg Warner, be careful), where do you want to go? Bahamas? Mexico?South America? A peaceful anchorage ten miles away?

Buy the boat, plan it and do it! You won’t find a more reliable engine than the Ford Lehman 120, and I challenge you to find a more reliable 120 than this one.

The 6 kilowatt generator is started, controlled and monitored from the pilothouse (note the very low hours on this particular unit):


whereas, the business end of this stout and well-kept diesel gen-set, which is barely broken in, by the way, and also “gone through” in 2008, is in the hold beneath the cockpit with excellent access for routine maintenance. Below is the “White Brick” with the panels of her very effective sound-proofing enclosure removed for maintenance & inspection. You want access? We have access! When changing oil, filters, etc, I sit comfortably cross-legged in front of this baby and take my sweet time. Can that be said for other vessels in this class? Probably not.

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By the way, have you ever heard of Lugger diesels (that’s what this is)? Same power plants (engines & gen-sets) they install in the venerable high-end world cruising Nordhavn motor yachts. Yup, we’re clearly running with the big dogs here.

Sojourn is not a particularly fast boat under sail, but is very comfortable indeed. She powers easily at eight knots, faster than most sailboats can sail, propelled by a 24 inch 3 blade propeller. Try THAT with your average forty foot sailboat under sail OR power!

And she will easily be the fastest Island Trader 40 motorsailer under sail that you’ll find, especially to windward, due to her upgraded high aspect ratio sailing rig. It’s also comforting to know that when the wind really pipes up, her rigging is very much oversized and redundant for safety, including two heavy 5/16” 7×19 316 stainless backstays that independently connect the masthead to the transom! And with all roller furling sails, new heavy-duty Garhauer mainsail traveler (2009), contemporary rope clutches and self-tending jib, she will also be the easiest IT40 to handle under sail. Bar none.

She sails nicely at 5-6.5 knots, almost never heeling more than five to ten degrees in 15-20 knots of wind. Because of her awesome interior volume, her high freeboard, which is almost 5 feet off the water at cockpit and almost 7 feet at bow, the deck and cockpit remain extremely dry when the waves start to build.

So what does this mean? We have cruised a few thousand miles with both sailboats and motor yachts, with Sojourn holding her own. Yes, we have to back off when with other sailors if we’re motor sailing, and we have to push a bit harder to keep up with the stinkpots, but as they say out in El Caribe, “no problem, Mon!”.

For you serious coastal cruisers & Caribbean island-hoppers occasionally venturing seriously offshore, this vessel’s strength, range & versatility will serve you well. And by the way, fifteen years of experience with this marvelous vessel has shown that her big beautiful transom that contributes to her interior and cockpit comfort and safety really doesn’t present any issues with following seas as she does sweep up above the waterline at the stern, and her rudder is, put simply, huge, which makes for responsive handling at sea or in the marina, her full keel notwithstanding.

After several thousand nautical miles of cruising her (really the only cruising in her twenty-eight year young life have been in the last three years), she performed admirably and draws comments of envy everywhere we go. This includes sailors who wish they had Sojourn’s amenities and power boaters who lust after her stability at sea.

Oh, by the way, fifteen years of her life was spent in fresh water, and all but two short salt water cruises (less than three months total). The remainder of her life beyond that has been in brackish water where salt content in the water was relatively low. Her excellent condition clearly shows evidence of this.

Sojourn’s spacious head is a daily delight. The deluxe Raritan combination manual and electric toilet (you choose), and a separate sit-down tub/shower which keeps the rest of the head compartment wonderfully dry after a shower. Just like home.

The white marble vanity counter is a nice touch, and the waste tank monitor is state-of-the-art (outside-the-tank sensors makes for a very reliable monitoring system).


The large and airy galley is a joy to cook in. With a full four-burner stove and oven, a full-size refrigerator with a separate freezer in which you can actually make ice & keep ice cream, a high volume hot/cold pressure water system with a large hot water reservoir (heated via engine heat exchanger or shore power or with the generator), and deep dual sinks, its like cooking at home.



Master stateroom:


Up to 208 gallons of fuel in two professionally manufactured & installed aircraft aluminum tanks (that replaced the original problematic black iron tanks) feed the engine, generator and a diesel furnace which is guaranteed to make the ship toasty in a matter of minutes on the crispest of mornings.

Up to 325 gallons of water in two fiberglass tanks keeps you cruising away from the dock longer, with plenty of water for showers, drinking, washing dishes or rinsing out the cockpit. A nice thing about these fiberglass water tanks is that when combined with the integrated carbon whole house filter, they actually deliver some of the best tasting drinking water you’ll find anywhere. And without the complexity and maintenance headaches of R.O. (Reverse Osmosis) filtration, and positively without the expensive hassles of a finicky water-maker. We believe water from these tanks rivals the clean taste of costly bottled drinking water. Just one ounce of 5% Hydrogen Peroxide solution for each ten gallons when you take on water keeps the water sweet for weeks, even months, and is gentle on pump seals.

By the way, whenever we’ve taken on water, we always filter it before it comes aboard (keeps crap out of our beloved tanks), as well as before it hits the faucet (to keep it drinkable sweet). The boat also sports a portable bronze water meter, so you always know exactly (to the tenth of a gallon) how much water your taking aboard.

All four of these tanks are also monitored during use by a non-electrical pneumatic (reliable) Tank Tender. Just two quick pumps on the air pump handle while pushing the tank’s knob you wish to monitor, and take the reading. That’s it.

tank tender


A critical piece of instrumentation for the cruising sailor is that which enables you to run AC appliances, like the all-important coffee maker and microwave, from the DC house battery banks. We have a sizeable 2,500 watt inverter that enables that.

Even more critical is knowing when to charge the battery banks, either from the high output 120A alternator when the engine is running, or from the generator, when at anchor, or from shore power, when at the dock. Enter the Heart Interface control panel in the pilothouse, the nerve center of the ship’s electrical system. With this device, you always know precisely what’s going on with your electrical system and battery banks. It’s also great for determining exactly how much ‘juice’ any particular shipboard component draws individually or collectively. And this remains one of the smartest charger/regulator combinations on the market. One terrific piece of gear. Deceptively simple, but powerful. And there is a complete spare kit of this remote control center aboard.

heart interface panel

Additionally, each member of Sojourn’s electronics suite is separately fused and switched for economic electrical management. You bring on line only that which is needed at any point in time.

For example, since we have two sonar units, we usually only use one at a time, unless we’re looking for a differential reading between the two (narrow channel – which side is deeper, for example?)… The main sonar (depth meter) is on any time the autopilot and wind instruments are powered up as part of the RayMarine suite. The sonar switch depicted on the panel below is the more precise & more visual fish finder type that allows you to see fish, other underwater obstacles, and even the make-up of the bottom (soft or hard returns different type of image). We only turn this port side sonar (Garmin) on as needed.

And before you ask, the port Garmin transducer (dual frequency, 50/200 khz for precision at both deep and shallow depths respectively) and the starboard RayMarine transducer do not conflict with one another, at least not in relatively shallow water where having both on can be useful as they are cleanly segregated by the full keel. Cool, huh?


Mechanical & Physical

This boat sports a vast amount of storage, including drawers, hanging lockers, shelves, voluminous cockpit lazarettes, under the bed and sofa, dry and usable bilge spaces, engine room and other below-decks spaces.

Additionally, a useful & pragmatic storage hold (room) underneath the cockpit absorbs the generator in its sound-proof enclosure, enables complete & open access to rudder post and below-decks autopilot equipment, as well as lots of room for bins of gear, staples and spare parts.

This hold (cargo ship terminology) even has a substantial epoxy-coated workbench with a moderately large vise permanently affixed. Gotta have a place to pound on, drill through or bend stuff, right? I call this a knee bench since when you stand next to it, it’s only knee high. You sit on the floor of the hold, with your feet hanging down into a dry bilge space underneath the bench, and your work surface is level with your belly. The bench isn’t very large, but has proven extremely useful – repeatedly. Lacking a garage, this is actually another quite comfortable ‘man cave’ (sorry ‘bout the gender reference, ladies – you know what I mean).


Sojourn’s dinghy is an 10.5 foot AB brand rigid inflatable boat (RIB) which has its own bow locker (, and is powered by a scrappy fifteen HP 4 stroke Yamaha outboard ( Both new 2005 and will push the two of us along at 20+ knots). By the way, this RIB will actually accept an even larger motor (up to 25HP)!

This exceptional dinghy hangs from high capacity high quality AwlGrip color-matched davits by KATO Marine of Annapolis ( The internal tackle built into these davits easily drops and hoists this fast dinghy with relative ease.

I’ve owned seven or eight different dinghies over the years, and this is, by far, the best one I’ve ever owned. Hand-glued, inside and out, with triple-layered reinforcements at all the stress points, it’s a great boat, and pretty fast too. And like Sojourn, she has more of a shear (rise) toward the bow than any other brand, which enables a dryer ride when the anchorage raises a serious chop.

As you likely know, a RIB is a rigid and strong fiberglass V-hull below the waterline and inflatable tubes attached to that hull above the waterline. A very stable, high-capacity boat that tracks through the water very well—much better than an inflatable boat with an inflatable keel. A RIB is a deluxe dinghy, and the AB (Artigiana Battelli, hand made Italian) brand is a deluxe RIB. Ask anyone.

dinghy 010

orchids n dinghy 010


Sojourn was truly designed for the live-aboard couple. Equally comfortable for the weekend cruiser or long range voyager, she motors better than she sails, yet sails quite well for a motorsailer – a true hybrid. And lets get real,folks. When the difference between a fast sailboat and a slow one is maybe three miles per hour, under sail alone, that is, and if that’s critically important to you for the 30% of the time when voyaging you have the right wind to power your boat, get a different boat. If, however, you want comfort 100% the time, speed under power for hundreds of miles at a time at a mere 1.5 gallons per hour at 6.5 to 7 knots, with a monster steadying sail to make that ride smooth and more fuel-efficient, and have the fun of hanging out all the rags on a windy day to sail into the sunset, Sojourn just might be your dream ship like she is for us.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sails on your boat, it’s time to gloat!


You just gotta see the hand-carved woodwork on her drop-dead gorgeous interior doors. Photos don’t do them justice…

stateroom door carving cropped



Satin varnish throughout interior with high gloss varnish highlights, from her parquet teak floors,

parquet floor wall

to her teak bulkheads,


to silky joinery work and beamed overheads (forgive the clutter – we’re still cruising until someone else pays the price of owning this wonderful little ship):

pilothouse aft

to insulated curtains for keeping the light and heat out as necessary,


to the walk-around queen bed with custom pillow-top mattress (note that even in the bedroom, there is a ton of storage behind beautiful ‘roll-top’ doors) – even has bedside end tables. Ample storage everywhere.

stateroom bed

They just don’t make them like this any more. Why? Too bloody expensive, that’s why.

This boat is great for short term entertaining too. For example, we’ve easily absorbed more than 20 guests on moonlight cruises. Then we send them to their own boats at night (please!). As we like to say, after analyzing her floor plan and doing the math on her specifications, as well as our own proclivity, “she sleeps 4 (preferably 2), eats 6 to 10, and drinks 37”.


Motorsailers are always a compromise, as is true for any boat, but this is the best balance we’ve found in this size and price range – by far. No exceptions—at least for us (comfort, reliability, safety, stability).

With our origins as hard-core sailors, we begrudgingly acknowledged long ago that in most areas, we would inevitably be under power sixty to seventy percent of the time, wishful thinking notwithstanding.

With this epiphany in hand, we decided that motoring quietly and comfortably was definitely a priority for us. But we still wanted serious wind power for that 30 to 40% of the time when we had serious wind. Additionally, our trawler (motor yacht) friends, who we can very handily cruise with, look at our steady non-seasick motion in choppy weather. As they are being tossed about, they see us with our beautiful red sails charging steadily through rough waters. Best of the best.


As an author and photographer, I’ve dedicated thousands of hours over the years to documenting, through words and pictures, this yacht’s specifications, history, improvements, maintenance, as well as some of cruising experiences with her. I’ve extensively documented her refits, upgrades, and routine maintenance, and this blog is just another example of the rich and well-documented history of this marvelous little ship. Her life and times are literally an open book… two, in fact.

I’ve also authored two books with Sojourn as the central character.

The first book documented our 2,100 nautical mile voyage through North America’s great river system from Minnesota to Florida. Massive flooding of near epochal proportions (at least, for us), made this trip much more than just a boat delivery job. For a free review and ordering information, see

The second book documented her detailed $49,000 restoration in 2009. For a free review and ordering information, see

Between the two books, you’ll find these two stories are told via thousands of high quality photos and over five hundred pages of text that I’d like to think you’d find at least mildly droll.

Additionally, the boat comes with a DVD containing thousands of photos and videos, archiving her history as first a wonderful weekender to later a full-time live-aboard for a short time, to a tropical cruising yacht with destinations along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida peninsula, and the beautiful tropical Florida Keys.

We’ve relentlessly kept Sojourn up to date with state of the art navigation systems, cosmetic improvements, anal-retentive maintenance and regular use. You will not find a less neglected, nor a more loved yacht than this one.

Having said that, we find that fifteen years on the water in this marvelous yacht has fulfilled our nautical needs, and now it’s time to share her with an equally loving new owner.

At the end of the day, now, more than ever, Sojourn continues to be a real head turner in every port to which we sail, but we’ve also found her to also be an extremely capable cruising yacht – with beauty and brawn. And with her maturity, she seems to become increasingly capable and more beautiful. Too bad we aren’t.

So if you’ve made it all the way to the end of this very long monologue, you might enjoy a few videos taken with my little Canon PowerShot pocket camera – somewhat crude, but you’ll get the idea.

First, the boat underway & some of her equipment…

Now, some clips on why we cruise:


Do you like what you see? Well, reluctantly, after fifteen years of thoroughly enjoying this little ship, it’s finally the time in our lives where we must move on, for reasons not related to the vessel.

This boat is now for sale. I know several of you have been waiting for this moment, so if you’re interested, I suggest you contact me soonest. Post a comment to this blog, and I’ll get back with you (assuming we’re not out for one or more final cruises).

Later, ‘gators…


  1. hi! this is far the best it40 ive seen.i have lookt for that boat abaut 6 month ,and november we vent to dominican rep. to se a 1985 model,it was close but the rigging vas the old one.we live in spain but want to sail the caribien and then the med.and your ship is just perfect!!!please send me regards BO

  2. Bo, thanks much for your inquiry regarding Sojourn.

    With regards to more info, I have placed a great deal of info on this blog ( and will be adding even more photos, so watch this space.

    I would just add the following comments for you.

    This vessel is truly in excellent shape. I have completely reconditioned her, including new decking (fiberglass with new core material) on the foredeck, side decks, and outboard pilothouse bulkheads, electronics, etc etc etc.

    Her new windows in the pilothouse were a $10,000 upgrade alone (in 2009) and have beautiful almond color powder-coated frames.

    In fact, every potentially problematic issue with a boat of this age (rusty black iron fuel tanks, leaky windows, electronics, etc.) have all been replaced, so she should be essentially a worry free boat for many many years to come. Her rigging is significantly oversized 5/16″ 7×19 stainless, and in excellent shape, including twin backstays all the way to the top of her aluminum mast specifically designed for a roller furling main. Folding steps on the mast make it easy to go aloft, either to maintain masthead equipment or to look for openings in reefs, but we usually just trust the electronics to safely guide us.

    She’s a beautiful boat for her age. From the dock or from the dinghy, she literally looks like a brand new boat (we’ve received several such compliments while cruising). Her engine room and storage hold are well organized and clean, but you can tell she’s not a brand new boat there – just very well cared for and maintained.

    She’s extremely seaworthy with an incredibly strong hull and rigging, and her engines (main and generator) are very reliable. Her cruising range under power is 500 to 1,000 miles (1-1.5 gallons/per hour at 7 knots, 208 gallons of fuel, most of which is usable before refill). Sitting on the foredeck with the wireless remote for the autopilot, the engine running is barely audible.

    She’s not a fast sailing boat. In ten knots of wind, we might average four knots, but in fifteen knots of wind, she’ll point to windward quite well (perhaps 55-60 degrees off the wind, unique for a comfortable beamy motorsailer) and runs extremely well at five to six knots.

    We have several parties interested, but if you’re seriously interested, just let me know, and I’ll keep you appraised of whether she’s sold or not.

    We are firm on her price as we have her priced VERY competitively given her condition and extensive features that are nearly new. This boat has seen just enough use to keep her in good working order, but has not been used heavily.

    Thank you for your interest, Bo. Gene

    Captain Gene Jurrens

  3. Captain Gene,

    My wife and I have been looking for a live-aboard to spend our retirement on. The Sojourn looks to be a wonderful boat and just what we’ve been looking for. If it is still available we’d love to take a look. We live in Ocala FL and could meet you in Punta Gorda about any time.


    Note: Just passed my Tech. Class amateur license – waiting for my call sign!!!

  4. Great job at the website and information on this boat. Was as good as a book or better to read.

  5. Hey, Leo… I have had several showings, and several more scheduled, but nobody has written me a check yet, so c’mon down and take a look. I’ll shoot you an email. I believe we are about a four hour drive from Ocala, so you can plan accordingly. Congrats on your Tech ticket! Gene

  6. Thanks, Jeremy. I enjoy keeping the blog. Appreciate the read and the comment! Gene

  7. Hi Gene we are coming down to Port Richey the middle of March if it is not sold i would like to view your boat so please let me Know we are looking to buy a house but after seeing your boat it could be just as good can you tell me what it coast you to keep your boat there for the year.

  8. I looked at this boat today 2/5/11. It was in excellent condition and I wish I were in the $99,000 range. Unfortunately I am in the $40,000 catagory. Best of luck selling this boat and I can only now dream of something in my price range that looks this good. I only saw the exterior as I was walking the Burnt Store Marina.

    Don Schmitt (860) 538-9712

  9. Gene,
    As many of the posters here, the wife and I have been patiently waiting for a boat and the timing to coincide in order to make the leap from land to boat. We seem to find boats that fit the bill but usually at a price that precludes making the transition/investment this early. (We have a home that is being remodeled in preparation for sale) She is a fan of catamarans primarily due to the room for guests. I am a fan of both mono and multi hulls provided they are seaworthy and comfortable. I love the appearance and amenities of your boat. Have you had the opportunity to have guests aboard for any length of time? Do you find the one cabin and the pilot sleeper to be sufficient for four adults (or is there room for one or two more elsewhere?). I would like to schedule a time in March to come and see the boat first hand if it is still on the market. Please email me at

  10. Joseph, as I alluded elsewhere, costs depend on your approach. If you keep it in a slip year round so you can bolt down here and quickly get underway, for estimating, I’d suggest around $500 per month for a slip in a marina, maybe half that if you keep her on a mooring ball or “on the hard” (more appropriate for off-season, then launch and either take her to a slip, mooring ball OR one or more free anchorages. Some folks do that. They keep it stored out of the water until they want to go cruising for a few months, anchor various places, and only go into a dock when they need to take on fuel or water. So net is, costs can vary depending on your approach. Suggest you contact me before you buy airline tickets (or drive over) to see if Sojourn has sold yet. I’m pleased there is quite a bit of interest, but as always, until a deal is consummated, she’s still available. Thanks Joseph. Gene

  11. Wow! Color me surprised! I did not see this coming … Very nice job on this posting. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of interest. We have cruising friends who live on an Island Trader 46, so we’ve had many a sundowner on board. Good luck!

    s/v Maja
    Laying Lake Worth channel. Waiting for passage to the Bahamas.

  12. Gene, I have been out of the Burnt Store area for the past two weeks. Can you give me an up-date on the sale of your boat?

    Don Schmitt

  13. Hey, Nancy! Its great to hear from you. Hope all is well, and you get your window to cross the stream. Lots of interest, indeed, but not sold yet. Lletting Sojourn go is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but nothing lasts forever, and we’ve had fifteen great years with her. Now we’re drawn to more shoreside endeavors, including a new business. Be sure to visit And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Not to bore you, enjoy living the dream, Nancy. Cheers. G

  14. Wow…I can’t believe you’re selling her! It must almost feel like selling one of your kids (without the legal ramifications, of course!)! She was such a labor of love for you and Kay. I remember so many times looking out and seeing you staining or fixing or polishing something for Sojourn. Good luck in your next adventure!

  15. Thanks Liz. Yeah, a new chapter in our lives, like so many of us, right? G

  16. Good evening,

    I am happy and a bit sad to she that she has sold. Thank you for the information and e mails exchanged in February.

    I’m sure she will see many more wonderful sun rises and sun sets and will be missed.

    Thank you for all your on line info and pictures, they brought a smile to my face every time!

    All the best,


  17. Is your boat still for sale?

  18. read the blog, Eric yes its sold

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