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After having had the privilege to own and cruise Surrender off and on for 37 years, I have made the hard decision to sell her, and acquire a trawler. As I approach my mid 70’s, she is simply becoming too much boat for me to safely handle without additional crew. A trawler will allow me to extend my cruising years, single-handing or with minimal crew, which is my preference. That said, I will continue to upgrade and cruise Surrender until “the right” buyer comes along—I’m ready to sell her today, but I’m not in a hurry!

Surrender is a unique boat. Her builder began her construction after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. As a student of Zen, he shared with me that, following his diagnosis, he turned within conceiving of the grandest project he could imagine, knowing that he would live to fully manifest his creation. He worked full time, alone, for twenty years, building her in a shed in Alameda. Every aspect of the boat, including her design, materials and construction, attention to detail, and exceptional craftsmanship are a testament to his skills, faith and dedication. He was a remarkable man and Surrender is part of his legacy.

It is most accurate to describe Surrender as a “one off,” custom boat. The builder started with a Piver Enchantress inspired design, however, in consultation with his marine architect, he significantly modified the Piver construction specifications, dramatically increasing the vessels’ strength, seaworthiness, and performance. She is a strong and able sea-going craft, and a proven passage-maker.

For instance, the builders’ obsession for seaworthiness and overall vessel integrity resulted in him collaborating with his marine architect to design a custom vessel almost twice the designed weight of an Enchantress. As a result, she is not a ‘go fast ‘ boat. If you are looking for a multihull with speeds in the teens, this is not the boat for you. If your looking for a custom, comfortable, breathtakingly beautiful, bullet proof, proven passage- maker, you’ll appreciate what you find on the following pages.

Surrender sails very well, at about half the wind speed, up to about ten knots, where I choose to slow her down. If I can average 150-200 miles a day under sail, I’m a happy camper. You should expect speeds of a similarly sized monohull, with twice the interior and deck space, but with a safe, level, stable platform on which to live and work, in virtually all sea conditions and points of sail.

And, at anchor, where cruisers spend most of their time, Surrender surpasses all expectations—you’ll be hard pressed to spill a glass of wine sitting on the salon table. While your mono-hull neighbors are crawling on their hands and knees, and light weight catamarans are hobby-horsing as they are known to do, Surrender rides gently and comfortably to her bridle and ground tackle. In my opinion, based on 60 years of maritime experience, a cruising trimaran combines the best attributes of a monohull and catamaran, blending them into a class of its own.

And, Surrender’s qualifications as ‘the perfect cruising vessel’ doesn’t stop with her comfort and safety under sail and at anchor. If you are an experienced cruiser you know the value of a boat that performs well under power alone, and Surrender excels in this department!

Her Perkins 4-236, 85 hp engine has a stellar global reputation for reliability and parts availability (its a common truck/bus/heavy equipment engine world wide). Her average cruising speed under power alone is six knots (i.e. sometimes five, sometimes seven—depending on conditions/current). In very light winds, a sail assist will increase her speed under power by 1-3 knots. Her range under power alone exceeds 1000+ miles at a very economical burn rate of less then 1.5 gph.

Surrender’s helm is located under the hard top in her spacious cockpit (with removable side/aft curtains), creating a ‘wheel house,’ completely sheltered from the elements . Bottom line, she is also a very efficient and extremely comfortable motor-sailor. The end result is that this boat combines the best attributes of a mono hull, multihull, and motor-sailor.

Since acquiring Surrender I have taken my retirement in installments, cruising her for a year or three, and returning to my profession, all the while lavishing her with constant care, maintenance, and upgrades. I would estimate that I only cruised her about 35% of those years, all in the Eastern Pacific, between BC and Panama (occasionally offshore/non-stop) and as far west as Hawaii. Most recently I cruised California’s Channel Islands, Mexico, Hawaii, and the San Juan Islands, returning to my home port in Humboldt Bay 9/21. I did the same loop in 2018/19 (and spent the intervening year recovering from wrist surgery). Earlier in my ownership, Surrender spent several years in Mexico (late 1990’s) and Costa Rica (2007-9) doing day charters (whale watching, snorkeling, surfing, etc.). The boat could carry up to 20 passengers and a crew of five. There was ample deck space for guests to relax, easy water access from her sugar scoop transom, and gourmet meals prepared on her three burner propane BBQ. Although I did not to do overnight charters, she is perfectly suited for that type of work as well.

Winter Maintenance Planned

I have other obligations in Humboldt County this winter, and will take the opportunity to continue the high standards of maintenance this boat has always enjoyed. For example, Surrender’s Awl Grip paint job is eight years old, and is losing its luster. It could go another couple years, but I intend to haul her in Humboldt Bay this winter and paint the hull, topsides, lockers, bilges, engine room, etc. This work is strictly cosmetic, and most would say that she looks beautiful as is.

If this cosmetic work is not high on your list of priorities, or wish to do/have it done yourself, feel free to contact me at before I get started, spend a bunch of money, and ultimately list her with a broker. However, she is absolutely gorgeous as is, 100% seaworthy, fully equipped, and ready to leave tomorrow for any passage.

Suggested Options for Yard Work

California: If you purchase the boat before/during the above described cosmetic maintenance, the boat will be hauled this winter at Reincke Marine Fabrications in Humboldt Bay, CA. RMF is a full service boat yard with decades of experience in all phases of marine paint, fabrication, repair, and installation. RMF has a spray paint building large enough to fit the boat, allows DYI/Liveaboard owners, is located in a beautiful/peaceful location. and, in my experience, provides the all-round best and most affordable facility on the U.S. West Coast. See (Humboldt County is a five hour drive from San Francisco, and 3 1/2 hours from Medford, Oregon. There are direct flights to Eureka/Arcata airport from LAX, SFO, Burbank, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Mexico: If you wish to cruise Mexico this winter, and/or desire to do the cosmetic paint work there, I have a quote from Peter at the boat yard at Marina Riviera Nayarite, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (near Puerto Vallarta). I have a long term relationship with the marina, and a terrific independent Project Manager who can provide and/or manage experts for all rigging, canvass work, mechanical, electrical, painting projects, etc.

You could enjoy Mexico this season, and be ready in the Spring to head West or South. La Cruz is also an excellent alternative to leave the boat for the summer hurricane season. There are professional boat minders available, allowing you the peace of mind to travel home. Further, the pool of talented marine professionals are more readily available then during the busy winter/spring months.

Note: If we find ourselves compatible, I am open to considering assisting with your passage south, giving you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the boat’s systems and equipment.

$ Sales Price $

The standard industry method used by marine surveyors to arrive at fair market value (similar vessel of similar age) cannot be used to fairly value this boat. Because there is simply not a similar boat in existence, of any age, arriving at a FMV is difficult and subjective. It really is no different then trying to price art, or a hand crafted home in a unique location.

Surrender is offered today at $385,000. The price will be increased, dollar for dollar, by the amount I spend between now and selling her (e.g. cosmetic paint and yard work, brokers commission if listed, etc.). If that price range is not in your budget, please don’t waste our time.

Surrender is a unique, custom, elegant, well maintained and equipped, comfortable, bullet proof and proven cruising machine. And, She is always the Queen of every anchorage!

Thanks for listening.


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