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S/V Saoirse

Pacific Seacraft Orion Hull #54, S/V Saoirse

Saoirse (sur-sha) is a traditional Irish feminine name meaning “freedom” or “liberty”. If I could pick one word to describe what this boat means to me, that’s it.

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Saoirse is a 1982 cutter-rigged Pacific Seacraft Orion 27. She’s a floating one-bedroom apartment, one that I can take anywhere over 70% of the earth’s surface and 220,000 miles of coastline if I desire, and under the power of the wind. She sleeps five, has a navigation station, two-burner propane stove and oven, shower, double sink, and refrigerator. There is plenty of room for storage of food, clothes, backpacking gear, and camera gear. It’s the best liveaboard sailboat for me. Upgrades I’ve completed since acquiring in September 2011 include:

If you go to the “sailing” category of this blog you’ll find my own tips about how to live on a sailboat.

S/V Saoirse, Orion Hull #54

  • Christened: 9 Oct 2011
  • Length Overall: 27’4″ (30’11” w/ bowsprit)
  • Beam: 9’3″
  • Draft: 4′
  • Displacement: 10,000 lbs
  • Sail area: 508 sq ft
  • Headroom: 6’2″
  • Mast Clearance: 41′
  • Engine: Yanmar 2GM 13hp diesel
  • Water tankage: 30 gal
  • Fuel tankage: 20 gal
  • Holding tankage: 10 gal


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