2000 Hughes / Perry

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2000 Hughes / Perry

Oahu HI, US




Pipeline2 is a trimaran with a great deal of panache.  She is built of carbon fiber and has proven an exhilerating sailing machine on long Pacific voyages between Hawaii and Fanning Atoll and in and amongst the Hawaiian Islands.  Pipeline2 has seen continuous improvement throughout her life.  She is truly a great value for a serious bluewater sailor. I was privileged to tour her as she was being constructed on Commencement Bay and I must say I have never seen a finer trimaran. She is the result of the combined talents of Kurt Hughes and Robert Perry and was professionally constructed to the highest standards. To build her today would cost over $2 million. The carbon fiber used in her construction would cost over $500k alone. She was meticulously constructed and the result is a spectacular trimaran that has plied the waters from Washington to Alaska, to Hawaii, to the atolls of the central Pacific. She is very fast and an exceptionally dry boat on all points of sail. She is also very well balanced and has sailed for days with the autopilot off within 5 degrees of the rhumb line. Pipeline2 is a waterman’s dream for the adventures of a lifetime. If you are looking for a world cruising multihull, I urge you to read the full specifications of this very unique yacht.

Full Specs


Max Draft: 3' 6" / 8'


Total Power: 76
Cruising Speed: 7.5 knots power
Max Speed: 9 knots power

Less than 20 hours on a complete rebuild

Fuel: 2 x 165
Fresh Water: 2 x 75
Holding: 2 x 100, 2 x 75
Professional Design & Construction

Pipeline2 was constructed by Light Industries in 1999 and launched in 2000. First off, this is not a “homebuilt” boat thrown together in someone’s backyard. This project began as a concept: the ultimate fast, shorthanded, safe, and comfortable cruising machine. Freed from a monohull’s “shackle, chain and ball” dimensional constraints, a trimaran is possibly the best planform for harnessing the wind’s power. After consulting numerous designers, Kurt Hughes was retained to bring shape and form to the concept. Kurt provided ama, rig, and preliminary hull shape design. As construction began, renowned naval architect, Robert H. Perry, was brought aboard to ensure the main hull would provide comfortable and workable interior accommodations and tie the main hull and amas together with the complex, curved cross beams. Light Industries a Tacoma, Washington company, specializing in the manufacture of fiberglass components built in female molds, for large custom yachts, provided the facility and molds for Pipeline2. To ensure she would stand up to the rigors of the sea and minimize weight, Galen Hawz, of the aerospace composite engineering company, Vehicular Structures in Marysville, WA completed finite element analysis to calculate the layup schedule. A team of expert shipwrights including Larry Goff, female lofting expert, and Wayne Tetter among others with years of experience building custom boats for such well know Pacific Northwest yards as Nordlund and Jones Goodell, were brought aboard to ensure Pipeline2 was built to the highest possible standard and finish.

All components for Pipeline2 were constructed in female molds using 100% carbon fiber cloth pre-impregnated with West System epoxy resin , divinycell foam core and then vacuum bagged to squeeze out any excess resin. Meade Gugeon of West Systems inspected the build to observe the largest composite project of this nature to date. Furniture and non-structural partitions are cored with Nomex honeycomb panels. The rudder stock is constructed of autoclaved carbon fiber. Over seven thousand pounds of carbon fiber were used. In today’s market the carbon fiber alone would cost well in excess of $500,000 USD. To post cure the structure, a large oven was built with multiple propane heaters and an array of temperature sensors to ensure even and proper ramp up/cool down of the heat. Once assembled, the three main components (main hull, and two amas with cross beams) were baked at 140 degrees to bring the epoxy resin to full strength. After fit out, these three components were trucked to Olympia, WA where they were assembled with an ingenious male/female connection of the crossbeams which was glued, further laminated, faired and painted for a seamless joint. The end result is of this construction is an incredibly strong and bulletproof yet light vessel with absolutely no shortcuts taken to save costs. With the skyrocketing cost of carbon fiber, resin, and labor, Pipeline2 would cost well in excess of $2M to replace.

Interior Layout and Amenities

Pipeline2 has enough volume in her main hull to provide very comfortable accommodations and storage for her owners, crew and guests. There’s no reason for her crew to suffer while blasting around the world, at anchor in the Bahamas after a dash across the Florida Straits, or plying the inside passage to Alaska. The interior is finished to a very high standard with maple veneers, over Nomex honeycomb panels to minimize weight, and solid maple and gloss varnished teak trim. Sagastune latches and European hinges are fitted to all cabinets. Teak and holy cabin soles are throughout except in head compartments where molded fiberglass pans are used. The overhead is padded white vinyl over removable panels. Ample halogen lights combined with abundant hatches and ports keep the interior bright and airy during the day or night. For colder climates a diesel-fired furnace and circulating water heating system will help keep everyone warm and dry. The overall effect is a very high-end, contemporary and elegant yacht. Starting forward is the guest/crew head with gravuflush toilet, three mirrors, stainless sink, faucet with-handheld shower, large overhead opening hatch, polished chrome grab rails, and numerous storage lockers. Headroom is 6’ 4” in this space. Countertops are molded white fiberglass.
Next aft is the guest/crew cabin which can also be used as an office space. Over/under 6’ 6” long bunks are to starboard. When not needed, the upper bunk is hinged and folds up into the hull side. Two large, cedar-lined hanging lockers are forward on each side and fitted with automatic lights. Along the port side of this cabin is a desk with drawer storage below and overhead cabinets above. A contrasting burlwood blotter is inlaid in the desktop. The ship’s stereo, TV, and entertainment systems are located in these cabinets. Eight recessed halogen lights are fitted in the overhead. Headroom is 6’ 6” in this cabin.Up one small step to the crossbeam stateroom where 3’ 6” wide by 6’ 10” long bunks extend on each side into the crossbeams. Varnished teak ladders provide access to these bunks and curtains provide privacy. Eight storage cabinets are located beneath the bunks. Overhead are four halogen lights and there’s an opening port aft of each bunk. Up one step to the salon/galley where a raised dinette with red corduroy cushions is to port. A stunning, varnished teak-trimmed birdseye maple dining table will seat seven and has a fold down leaf. Beneath the settee and dinette is bin storage. Batteries and fuel and water tanks are located below the cabin sole along with additional storage. Along the starboard side is the galley with ample cabinetry, grey Corian counters, propane stove/oven, microwave oven, and stainless steel sink. To port of the companionway are a front opening refrigerator and top opening ice box along with a hanging locker. A removable drip/dust pan and teak grating are at the companionway ladder landing. Twelve recessed halogen lights provide illumination at night while four opening hull ports and two large overhead hatches will allow ventilation and natural lighting during the day. Headroom in this space is a generous 6’ 6”.
Proceeding aft and to starboard of the companionway and one step down is the navigation station . A large hanging locker is outboard and forward while a smaller hanging locker is inboard. A colossal chart table measuring three feet by four feet will easily hold paper charts. Three drawers are beneath the chart table. Breaker panels and system monitors are flush mounted in a carbon fiber panel while sailing instruments and VHF are mounted in an overhead fidley board. Five halogen lights illuminate the chart table and an opening port into the cockpit side provides light, ventilation and communication with the helm. Inboard and aft of the nav station is the engine room door. On centerline beneath the cockpit sole is the cavernous, stand-up engine room. Immediately apparent is the ease of access and quality of systems installation. Forward and low is the Yanmar engine connected to the Max-prop through a straight propeller shaft. Webasto furnace, hot water heater, anchor windlass, and auxiliary pumps are outboard to port while the fuel management manifold is forward. Ample room is available in this space for installation of a genset if so desired. Three overhead lights and a deck prism illuminate this space while foil backed insulation contains noise and heat. The master stateroom is aft of the navigation station allowing for excellent privacy. Forward to starboard are mirror faced cabinets over a small counter/desk with contrasting, inlaid burlwood. The centerline berth measures four feet wide by six feet, six inches long and sandwiched between bookmatched maple sides with storage cabinets outboard and above. Forward and to port of the berth is a vanity with Corian counter, stainless steel sink, mirrors, and cabinets above and below. Ventilation and light are provided by two overhead hatches, two opening hull side ports and one fixed transom window. Headroom is 6’ 6”. The ensuite head is forward and to port and features a gravuflush head, separate shower stall with curved acrylic partition, five overhead halogen lights and storage cabinets.

  • Princess three burner propane stove/oven
  • Marinetics propane solenoid switch
  • Panasonic MN-R687SA stainless steel microwave oven
  • SeaFrost 12 volt freezer
  • UltraWhisper 200 Water Maker
  • Grey with white fleck Corian counter with integral backsplash
  • Large stainless steel sink
  • Price Pfister single lever faucet with removable spray nozzle

Hulls & Deck
Hulls are painted with two coats of white Sterling linear polyurethane with a Copperpoxy bottom applied in the molds. This bottom finish is exceptionally smooth and provides antifouling for ten years or more. The tops of each ama, the main hull, and cross beams have a molded-in non-skid surface. Molded, recessed steps with stainless steel grab rails are aft and outboard in each ama for side-to boarding. Port and starboard amas are impressive both in their size and shape with their obvious purpose of providing buoancy induced righting moments with minimal hydronamic drag. Two foot wide by four foot long access hatches in the top of each ama are hinged and secured with flush, “Whitlock” winch handle operated dogs. These hatches are fitted with gutters and overboard drains to keep water out. Watertight compartments following sacrificial foam bows are forward in each ama with large storage areas admidships. A propane locker is located in the starboard ama while a work bench/storage cabinet is in the port ama. Connecting the amas to the main hull are the forward and aft cross beams. These complex-curved beams are sculpted art forms of structural and aerodynamic engineering. With Rosinante at rest both amas rest in the water keeping her from rocking back and forth in an annoying way as found on many high performance trimarans. With the slightest breeze, the windward ama lifts clear of the water reducing wetted surface and drag. Black, nylon web netting measuring 14’ by 20’ is secured between the amas, main hull, and cross beams on each side. This provides a safe, fun area for lounging or playing on each side. Forward in the main hull is a large storage locker fitted with a guttered and drained opening secured with a “Whitlock” dog. A stainless steel ladder provides access in this space. Inside this locker are an overhead light, 12 volt DC outlet, electric bilge pump with float switch, and fresh and salt water wash-down connections. On deck a large mold-in padeye, lined with stainless steel, is furthest forward and ideal for tacking asymmetric spinnakers. Next aft is a molded in toggle connection for tacking furling code-zero’s or screachers. This is followed by a large stainless steel mooring bit. Double lifelines are secured forward to a walk-through stainless steel bow pulpit and run aft on each side through stanchions to the forward crossbeams. Stainless steel hand rails run continuously on each side along the transom steps up and along the aft cross beam. A 6’ 6” long cockpit is protected by an acrylic windscreen. This amazing structure is built of five separate compound curved acrylic panels, each requiring a custom mold to build. The steering pedestal, engine control panel, and all primary sailing controls are located at the cockpit. Aft of the cockpit eight wide steps descend down the transom to the waters edge for easy dinghy, dock, or water access. A hold/cold fresh water shower is located on the transom.
  • (3) Aluminum and (1) pop-up stainless mooring cleats on each ama
  • (2) Large stainless steel cleats on aft edge of aft crossbeam
  • (1) Large, “V” mooring bit on bow
  • Maxwell 12V electric anchor windlass mounted on port side of main hull
  • Hanheld remote control for anchor windlass
  • 60 lb CQR anchor with 50’ of 7/16” galvanized chain and 200’ of 5/8” nylon three strand rode
  • Molded in custom anchor roller on port cross beam
  • Teak slatted seats port and starboard in stern rail outboard of traveler
  • (2) Small opening ports in aft edge of forward crossbeam
  • (4) Small opening ports into cockpit sides
  • (6) Small opening ports into hull sides
  • (1) Fixed window in transom
  • (5) Large Lewmar opening deck hatches
  • Carbon fiber, removable radar mast on starboard aft cross beam
  • Salt and fresh water spigots on transom steps
  • Handheld hot/cold freshwater shower on transom steps
  • Courtesy boarding lights on transom steps
  • Cockpit cushions
  • (5) Recessed, molded-in harness attachment padeyes in cockpit
  • 2’ by 2’ by 2’ locker in port cockpit settee

Sails and Rig

Pipeline2 is rigged with an emphasis on simplicity, reliability, and ease of handling. She has just had her standing rigging replaced and upgraded to 5/8” 1x19 port & stdb and a 9/16” dyform headstay, 1” Navtec Turnbuckles, toggles, etc., and most important, a new custom s/s mast crane by Buzz Ballard. Her single-spreader, carbon fiber wing mast rotates on a titanium ball and socket joint and towers 92’ above the water. Fractionally rigged with a self-tacking non-overlapping jib allows for effortless tacks and automatic depowering of the mainsail in puffs. Halyards are lead through stoppers to an electric, self-tailing Harken winch mounted on the starboard side of the mast. The full battened mainsail stows easily atop the carbon fiber boom fitted with four “wings” and Doyle Cradle Cover. Once the mainsail is hoisted all other controls including mainsheet and traveler, mast rotation, jib furling, jib sheet and traveler are led aft to the cockpit within easy reach of the helmsman. In fact Pipeline2 is capable of being sailed shorthanded or singlehanded.

  • New standing rigging and mast crane (2009)
  • (2) Decklights on mast
  • Masthead VHF antenna and Windex
  • (2) Signal halyards to spreaders
  • Harken mast track and recirculating ball bearing Battslides for mainsail luff
  • (4) Lewmar rope stoppers for clew reef lines and outhaul on underside of boom aft of gooseneck
  • (4) Stainless steel sheaves on aft end of boom for reefs and outhaul
  • (1) Black mainsail Doyle Cradle Cover
  • (5) Black Sunbrella covers for hatches
  • (1) Custom cockpit plexi cover
  • (4) Lewmar stoppers on mast for mainsail topping lift, jib halyard, spinnaker halyard, and mainsail halyard
  • (2) Aluminum horn cleats on mast for lazy jacks
  • Harken ST 56-2 electric halyard winch on mast
  • (6) Aluminum horn cleats on boom
  • Harken MKII jib furler with furling line led aft to cockpit
  • Harken Big Boat jib car traveler with 2:1 jib sheet
  • Harken 2:1 mast rotation control lines led aft to cockpit
  • Harken 4:1 mainsheet
  • Harken 2:1 curved Big Boat series mainsheet traveler
  • (8) Lewmar stoppers at aft edge of cockpit for mainsheet, (2) mainsail traveler control lines (2) mast rotation
  • control lines, jib sheet, jib furler, jib traveller
  • (2) Harken 48-2 speed self tailing winches on cockpit coaming
  • (1) Harken 56-2 speed self tailing winch on cockpit coaming
  • Gary Martin Spectra mainsail with three reef points
  • Gary Martin Spectra jib
  • Gary Martin asymmetric spinnaker
  • Neal Pryde #2 furling Genoa

  • Raytheon ST6000+ autopilot with hydraulic pump
  • Raytheon ST600R autopilot remote control with digital readout
  • Raytheon RC320 GPS chartplotter
  • Raytheon ST60 wind and tridata instruments
  • Sitex 2KW radome with Interphase 
  • Standard Horizon VHF with pedestal mounted RAM microphone
  • 6” Ritchie Powerdamp pedestal compass

Mechanical and Electrical
  • Yanmar 4JH2-HTE 76hp diesel engine completely rebuilt (2015)
  • Yanmar “C” type engine panel mounted in cockpit
  • Racor R45S primary fuel filter and electric priming pump
  • Three blade 20” max-prop and PS dripless shaft seal
  • 1 ½” Stainless steel propeller shaft and vibration damper coupling
  • (2) 125 gal integral epoxy diesel tanks beneath salon sole
  • (2) 75 gal integral epoxy water tanks beneath salon sole
  • (2) 100 gal integral epoxy holding tanks
  • (2) 75 gal integral epoxy grey water tanks
  • (2) Carbon fiber sea chests in engineroom
  • Deck pump outs and macerators for holding tanks and grey water tanks
  • Vacuflush head forward and aft
  • Paragon PSR fresh water pump with Groco PST-1 accumulator tank
  • Seaward S1900 18 gallon water heater with 110V electric and Webasto system elements
  • Salt water washdown pump
  • Ultra Whisper 300 water maker
  • Webasto DBW 2010 45,000 Btu/h hot water circulating diesel furnace with three thermostatically controlled
  • zones
  • (2) Hart Tank Tender level indicators for fuel, fresh water, greywater and holding tanks
  • (4) Rule 12V bilge pumps with indicator lights
  • Deck fittings for water tank fills, holding tank pumpouts, and diesel tank fills
  • Custom carbon fiber steering pedestal with dual lever engine controls
  • Stainless steel binnacle guard
  • Stainless steel destroyer style steering wheel
  • Hydraulic steering system
  • Emergency tiller
  • (2) 5 gallon aluminum propane tank(2)
  • (2) 8D gel cell house batteries
  • (1) Group 27 engine start battery
  • 100 amp Balmar alternator with Heart Ideal smart regulator
  • Newmar shorepower isolation transformer
  • Battery disconnect switches
  • Freedom Heart 2500w inverter/ 130 amp 12V DC charger
  • Link 2000-R remote inverter/charger control and battery monitoring panel
  • 12V outlet at navigation station
  • 110V AC outlets throughout boat
  • Blue Seas 120V AC and 12V DC switch/breaker panels with analog volt and ammeters
  • Marinco shorepower connection and two 50’ 30amp shorepower cords

Safety & Other
  • 12’ Walker Bay ‘Genesis’ RIB with new Honda 15
  • Heavy duty s/s dingy lifting brackets
  • Custom cockpit Bimini
  • (2) 45# Fortress anchors with 150’ ½” chain and 250’ ¾” nylon rode
  • Switlik MD-2 6-Person Canister Offshore Liferaft with s/s bracket.
  • Jordan Series Drogue
  • Marine 3000 First Aid Kit for Offshore Cruising
  • New Scanmar/SOS emergency rudder (2009)

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.