The Boat: Pelagia

Pelagia: Sceptre 41

What does "Pelagia" mean?

Pelagia is a Sceptre 41 Pilothouse sloop/cutter, Hull #10 built by Sceptre Yachts in Richmond, BC.

Bob Perry reviewed the Sceptre 41 in 1992:


Interested in Sceptre 41 specs? Click on the picture to the left.

LOA     41’0”
LWL     36’0”
Beam     12’8”
Draft     6’1”
Headroom     6’5”
Vertical Clearance     61’0”
Displacement            21,500 lbs.
Displacement/Length Ratio    201
Ballast (External Lead)      8,700 lbs.
Fuel Capacity    105 US Gal (397.4 litres) -- divided into 2 tanks
Fresh Water Capacity    110 US Gal (416 litres) -- divided into 2 tanks
Holding tank: 18 US Gal (68.1 litres)
Main Sail     306 Sq Ft.
100% Fore Triangle   468 Sq. Ft.
Sail Area    774 Sq. Ft.
Sail Area/Displacement Ratio        16.01
Theoretical Hull Speed    8 Knots
Provisional PHRF Rating     110
Designer      H. Driehuyzen

Sails/Rigging: (as of February 2013)
Main (2011) -- 3 reefing points
125% Furling Genoa (2011)
70% Furling Yankee (2011)  
Staysail (pre-2008; near-new condition)
Asymmetrical cruising chute (pre-2001; from 38' boat)

Halyards: 2 mainsail (2011), 2 headsail (2011), 1 staysail (2011), 1 spinnaker (pre-2008)
Rig inspected and all standing rigging replaced (February, 2013)
Trysail track (2013)

Engine Systems:
56-HP Yanmar Diesel Engine with 70-Amp Alternator

Heating & Hot Water Systems:
Dickinson "Antarctic" Diesel heater
Espar "Hydronic" with passive radiators throughout interiors
Engine-heated anti-freeze to heat exchanger for passive radiators

Dual-coil system in Dickinson diesel heater (heats up water in hot water tank)
Espar "Hydronic" with heat exchanger in hot water tank
Engine-heated anti-freeze to heat exchanger for heat exchanger in hot water tank
Electric (110 V) heater element in hot water tank

Ground Tackle: (as of March, 2012)

Primary: 25 kg Rocna, 300' 5/16th" G4 chain
Second: 44 lb CQR, 250' 1/2" rope rode (with ~20' 3/8th" chain)
Third (really?): 35 lb CQR
"Stern": Fortress FX-23 (15 lb), ~200' 1/2" rope rode (with 25' 5/16th" chain)

Electronics/Navigation: (as of May, 2013)
Tacktick wind/speed/depth
Stowe depth (backup)
Furuno NavNet2 1724 Colour Plotter/GPS/Radar with C-Map
4 backup GPS
Wagner S50 Autopilot
Hydrovane self-steering

Software: OpenCPN

Communications: (as of May, 2013)

Uniden class D VHF with "wired" wireless WHAM4x mike
Standard Horizon handheld VHF
ICOM M-802 SSB, with Pactor P4 MiniDragon
Winlink & Airmail (HAM)

Vespermate 850 AIS transponder

Safety: (as of July, 2013)
Meets/exceeds all of Transport Canada's requirements for >12m sailing vessel
       [PFDs, nav. lights, flares, fire extinguishers (5), axes, life ring, etc]
Lunasea Trilight/Strobe/Anchorlight
Propane and CO sniffers
Survitec Liferaft (4-person)

Some photos of Pelagia (from forward to aft)

Pelagia on the TravelLift

V-Berth/forward cabin
Forward cabin storage



Main salon (old upholstery)

Inside steering (old upholstery)
New upholstery (2013)

Port settee (new upholstery)

Nav Desk (starboard)

Quarter berth (starboard, aft of Nav desk)

Galley (port)

ROCNA 25kg anchor

Modification of Sceptre 41 bow roller for ROCNA

View forward from cockpit
Pelagia's skeg-hung rudder

Pelagia on the Travel Lift (stern view)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Michelle & David,
    I am interested in a Sceptre 41 and would be interested in hearing what you think of it. I noticed you also had a C&C 38. I also have a C&C 35 and really love it's sailing characteristics. I would like to move up to a larger boat but don't want to loose the fun factor in sailing. I plan to cruse mainly the PNW for now. Can you contact me at