1989 Covey Island Motorsailor

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Yacht Overview

Make: Covey Island

Model: Motorsailor

Year: 1989

Length: 48′

Located In: Daytona Beach, FL

Engine/Fuel Type:

Hull Material: Wood

YW#: 8082816


CHANTEY II is built to an original 1933 design of William Hand, Jr. who is often referred to as “the grandfather of motor sailors”.
This particular design was for the Wheeler Shipbuilding Company and meant to be used by owner, friends and hired hand for offshore sword fishing.
A complete set of plans was obtained from the Hart Nautical Museum of MIT and rights to produce one vessel to these plans were negotiated.
The original drawings were followed as closely as possible (re; lines and scantlings) but as opposed to traditional plank on frame construction, modern cold-molded strip-planking materials and techniques were used throughout the hull construction and the interior layout was changed to reflect CHANTEY II’s use as a comfortable long range cruising vessel.
CHANTEY II’s owners stepped aboard for the first time in 1989.
Since then they have cruised extensively all along the US Eastern seaboard, The Canadian Maritimes and The Great Lakes with winters spent in the Bahamas and Florida’s East Coast.
In 2017 CHANTEY II’s owners move ashore to follow a different path in life but CHANTY II was not forgotten and has remained in the water under careful watch and regular  maintenance provided by a professional yacht captain and maintenance contractor.
Today CHANTEY II is now being offered for sale.
It is the hope of her sellers that she will become the property of yet another adventuresome couple who will continue her voyages.

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 47.67
Beam: 13.58 ft



Number of heads: 2

Principle Dimensions and Information

Designer: William Hand, Jr.
Builder: Covey Island Boatworks
Year Built: 1989
LOA: 47.71’
LWL: 43.90’
Beam: 13.69’
Draft: 5.00’
Displacement: 50,400 lbs.
External Ballast:7,700 lbs.
Internal Ballast: 5,300 lbs.
Trim Ballast: 2,000 lbs.
Sail Area: 709.80 sq. ft.
Displacement / Length: 2.66
Sail Area / Displacement: 2.89
Propulsion / Engine: Single 210 HP Cummins 6-cylinder turbo-diesel, Model 6BT-5.9 Engine Hours: 6,879.20
Cruising Speed: 7.5-8 Knots
Cruising RPM: 1200-1400 RPM
Cruising Fuel Consumption: 1.3 USGPH
Fuel Capacity: 500 Gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 260 Gallons
Black Water Capacity: Unknown, 2 large stainless steel tanks

Hull and Deck Construction

CHANTY II is of wood-epoxy strip-planking on laminated frame construction exclusively  using WEST System Epoxy throughout the hull construction.
Planking, laminated frames and sheer clamps are of Douglas Fir with nominal dimensions as follows:
Planking: 2” x 2”
Frames: 2” x 3”
Sheer Clamps: 6” x 6”
Deck Beams are 3” x 3” laminated Pine
Scantlings are very close to the original design, however, the rigid, composite construction produces a much stronger, stiffer, tight and leak free hull.
The hull exterior is further protected from moisture intrusion and surface abrasion by a layer of fiberglass cloth set in epoxy and the hull interior is sealed with epoxy.
Sub-Deck / Interior Overhead and cabin tops are of tounge and groove Cedar and further constructed with two layers of ¾” marine plywood sheathed in fiberglass cloth set in epoxy with a painted smooth and non-skid exterior finish and a bright varnished interior finish
Trunk cabin and pilot house sides are of solid woods (teak and mahogany) along with marine plywood sheathed in fiberglass cloth with a painted exterior finish and painted / varnished interior finishes.
All deck hardware such as stanchions, Sampson post caps, etc. is of bronze construction provided by either ABI or custom-cast by Lunenburg Foundry
Underwater configuration is that of a full keel with keel-hung rudder and propellor protected in an aperture at end of keel.
External ballast is made up of 3 lead castings approximately 8’ x 6” x 1’ incorporated into the central section of the keel.
Interior and trim ballast is of triangular lead castings approximately 4” x 4” x 3” set in the bilge and encapsulated in epoxy which also provides a flat unform bilge surface which is easy to clean up after any accidental (and inevitable) spills.


CHANTY II is powered by a single 1988, 210 HP Cummins 6-cylinder turbo-diesel, Model 6BT-5.9.
This is the low RPM, 12-valve, non-electronic diesel engine that was used in the Dodge Ram trucks of the day.
A July 2019 survey records the engine hour meter as reading 59.2 hours and that 6,532 hours should be added to this figure.
The transmission is a Borg-Warner 3 to 1 reduction “Velvet Drive” that enables very efficient operation at an easy cruise of 7.5-8 knots at approximately 1,200 engine rpm (400 rpm at propeller), burning approximately 1.3 gallons per hour.



12-Volt DC and 125-Volt / 30 Amp AC electrical systems
DC electrical power is generated by two separate, 130 Amp alternators with one alternator being dedicated to the engine starting bank and the other to the house bank.
Each alternator can be controlled by either an automatic or manually controlled regulator. The battery boxes are sized for 8-D batteries with three batteries in the house bank and one battery in the engine starting bank.
When at anchor charging is by a (removable) wind generator located on the pilot house roof.
AC charging is by Smart Charger
There is no generator as running the engine for ½ hour twice a day easily looks after the charging requirements for normal ship’s needs and is the correct time for refrigeration  temperature control.
When away from shore side, brief AC appliance use is handled by a 2300 watt inverter.

Freshwater System

There are two 130 gallon tanks located in the main salon bilges.
Separate deck fills and plumbing for cross flowing or selection of tank in use.
Pressure water system with 12-Volt diaphragm pump down-stream from water filter.
Hot water provided by AC water heater or engine heat transfer.


Two (forward and aft) manually operated marine sanitation devices (NSD / toilets).
Two large stainless steel holding tanks (forward and aft).
Separate deck fittings for pump-out (forward and aft)
System plumbed to allow for direct overboard discharge, discharge to holding tanks, transfer of black water from forward to aft holding tank and discharge overboard from aft holding tank by way of macerator pump.


VDO Sum log
Back-up log and depth instruments
Icom VHF radio
Icom SSB radio
Icom Ham radio
Icom GPS
Furuno radar
Wagner autopilot

Spars and Rigging

Masthead rigged ketch configuration
Spars are deck stepped on custom built tabernacles
Masts, booms and standing and running rigging all built and / or provided by Hood Yacht Systems Masts and booms of aluminum construction with painted finish
Hood Stoway main and mizzen mast furling systems
Hood roller-fur