Deck equipment / Topsides
Custom Stainless Steel Bowpulpit
The Bowpulpit is custom stainless tubing with a solid teak floor board. Both the 140% Genoa and the Staysail are roller furling with sheets and furling lines lead back to the cockpit thru custom fair leads and rope clutches. The staysail is on a self-tending traveler car. Lifelines are double vinyl covered stainless wire with stainless stanchions.
Custom Stainless Bowsprit
Most Vagabonds you will find have wood Bowsprits that hide various issues. These latent problems usually do not expose themselves until under heavy weather stress conditions. FirstLight has permanently solved these problems with the fabrication of a custom Bowsprit from heavy stainless steel polished to a mirror finish. This is a lifetime low maintenance solution that will stand up to the heaviest of seas. Included on the sprit is a 60# solid stainless plow anchor with 350 feet of 3/8 chain rode, and a 45# CQR anchor.
Solid Teak pulpit platform
The electric windless is a Maxwell 3500 controlled with local foot switches at the bow or an Autoanchor 500C remote control right from the cockpit. The remote provides a digital readout of length of chain deployed and can operate in an auto recover mode. The large V berth hatch provides a lot of light and great ventilation.
Pulpits at both sides of the mainmast provide belaying pin racks for securing lines / fenders / etc.
Three deck boxes amidships. A common problem with the deck boxes is moisture related deterioration of the hatch undersides and bottom. All deck boxes on FirstLight have Starboard bottoms raised from the deck to allow for drainage and hatch cover inserts made of Carbon Fiber / Epoxy for a Permanent weather proof support for the solid teak framing.
The two large main salon hatches have new heavy plexi tops and seals, and are counterbalanced with gas shocks for opening ease. The custom fairlead mount leads lines back to the cockpit for sail handling.
All Stainless Steel Portlights
All the portlight are stainless. Two large fixed windows in the main salon provide the light airy feel down below
Custom Hard Dodger Enclosure
The custom hard dodger is built with function and aesthetics in mind with a unique curving shape that adds to the beauty of the boat. The center panel is removable for flow through breezes in the low latitudes. Even on a day sail the ability to get out of the wind and sun for a time makes a remarkable difference to the enjoyment of being on the water..
FirstLight is set up for most all necessary boat functions to be handled without ever leaving the cockpit. All lines are run to allow setting, reefing, sheeting, and furling the Gib, Staysail, and Mainsail right from the safety of the cockpit. The Mizzen lines are also right at the cockpit. Anyone who have ever had to go to the foredeck to adjust / raise / lower / reef sails at night, in weather, on passage knows it’s not to be taken lightly. The wheel is a beautiful traditional teak and stainless item which steers by hydraulic power. The binnacle instrument pod contains the Radar / Chart Plotter large color display, auto pilot, bow thruster controls, and AutoAnchor remote control and 5" Ritchie compass. The engine instruments include alternator volts, oil pressure, fresh water cooling temperature, and digital FlowScan RPM and real time fuel flow and totalizer. There is a mount and connection for a full control ICOM CommandMic HM-157B VHF remote. Full cockpit cushions can be set or removed as needed. It's a high and dry command center to be enjoyed both day sailing or ocean crossing.
On both sides, port and starboard, are a set of one Harken 2 speed electric 48CSTE 12v and one Harken 2 speed 40CST winch (4 winches total). The electric winches also accept a standard crank for manual use. Allows even the young or petite crew to handle the sails with confidence.
Aft Deck Boxes
The aft deck boxes are large and double as deck seating. Like all other boxes the bottoms are removable Starboard raised panels, and the lids have the Carbon Fiber / Epoxy underside inserts.
Full Seating Cushions
The rear deck box seating includes full cushions. The aft cabin hatch has a new heavy plexi top and seal with gas shocks for ease of opening. The two sunbrella bean bags are additional secure comfortable seating for hanging out.
Custom Stainless Steel davits with 12v electric lifting winches to raise and lower the dingey with ease.