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Meet Pepper Our Fast Passage 39′

Pepper is a Fast Passage 39′ blue water sail yacht. She was built by Tollycraft in Kelso Washington in 1986 and is number 9 of the-pepper-logs-meet-pepper-our-fast-passage-39
only 9 hulls crafted. The Fast Passages’ brief claim to fame was when Francis Stokes participated in the first BOC challenge in 1982-1983 on one of the boats, Mooneshine. BOC is a single handed round-the-world race. Sixteen boats entered and Stokes was among the 10 that finished, landing him in 2nd place. He later wrote a book entitled The Moonshine Logs in which he describes the various legs of the round the world race. That’s where we drew inspiration for our blog.



Harry, having a last meal on Cool Change.



Harry and Linda DeBold owned Pepper, formerly Cool Change, November 2009 until we bought her in January, 2015. Nice folks! They spent two winters in the Bahamas and put her up on the hard for a stent in Charlotte Harbor, Florida.

The DeBolds bought her as Quick Step. History on Pepper before this time is a little foggy. So from what we can see on the Coast Guard Vessel documentation page she’s also been called EZ-NRG and Wanderstar. After moving aboard, we discovered an old wind vane which had a faint outline of the name Glowworm. Then we found some information online about a Fast Passage 39′ called Glowworm, registered in North Carolina. That’s Pepper alright! We’d love to get in touch with anyone who knows more about this boat. Everyone seems to have taken really good care of her and
we appreciate the opportunity to live aboard in her ripe old age.

LOA: 39’ 6″ (12.0 m.)
LWL: 33’ 6″ (10.2 m.)
Beam: 11’ 2″ (3.4 m.)
Draft: 5’ 6″ (1.7 m.)
Ballast: 7,500 lbs. (3,402 kgs.)
Displacement: 22,000 lbs. (9,979 kgs.)
Sail Area: 735 sq.ft. (224 sq.m.)

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  2. Michael Steele

    Reminds me of my years sailing in the North Atlantic in the Açores, and Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay area, in the 1970s and 80s. We didn’t have all that fancy equipment lol! Our nav was magnetic compass and radio direction-finding on AM broadcast stations, when we were close enough to land to pick one up. Of course, on rivers and in the bay, there were plenty of nav aids, if it wasn’t too foggy to see them. No GPS. You could tell a lot by the feel of the waves and wind, and watching cloud formations, and the tint of the sky sometimes, but I wouldn’t want to try to find a specific rock that way.
    I don’t see a shower, or distiller, in your pictures. You could probably mount a water tank on deck where the Sun can heat it, with a pipe to carry evaporated water below for condensing. But you probably need another 20 feet of boat for two people to live comfortably. Single-handing a larger boat would be more challenging, and it may not be worth it to go that large, especially in heavy weather.

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