WANDERBIRD is a North Sea fishing trawler converted to a very comfortable long range expedition trawler. This stout refitted vessel is the culmination of our over forty years combined experience as professional mariners. We have drawn from our experience of carrying passengers on a traditional rigged sailing ship to create a custom design for your safety and comfort. WANDERBIRD is a combination of several elements: a traditional ketch auxiliary sailing rig, beautiful wood interiors with classic yacht design from the 1940s, a charming and cozy galley, the strength and integrity of a working fishing vessel, a fuel range of 6000 nautical miles, and capabilities for offshore adventure. We invite you to join us aboard this extraordinary vessel to experience the era of tramp steamer voyages!
Wanderbird was built as a classic North Sea fishing trawler by the H. de Hass shipyard in Maassluis, Holland. She was launched as beam trawler for the Jaczon's, a Dutch fishing family, in 1963 and fished until 1990. A beam or side trawl carries fishing nets from the side of the vessel.
Length - 90 feet on deck
Beam 21 feet
Draft 10 feet
112 Gross Tonnage
Powerful Industrie 510hp diesel engine, three generators, and fuel capacity to carry her 6,000 nautical miles.
Economy speed 7.0 knots, cruise 7.5 knots, max 10 knots
Fuel consumption 7-8 GPH at 7.5 knots or 1 mile per gallon
Electrical 24 volt DC with 1600 Watt inverter. Will maintain on battery charge 12 to 14 hours before charging.
Navigation & Electronics:
3 VHF radios, 2 radar sets, Sailor Radio Equipment, 3 GPS, wind instruments, satellite communications, depth sounder, forward looking sonar, SSB radio telephone, compass, autopilot, weather fax, Furuno NavTex receiver, electronic chart plotters, computer, and cellular phone.
Safety and Equipment:
Owner operated, WANDERBIRD meets or exceeds all safety requirements for her class of transportation, and Lloyd's specifications for vessels carrying passengers: offshore First Aid kit, full fire detection & fire fighting equipment, high water alarms, Coast Guard approved life jackets, Coast Guard approved survival suits, 2 life boats, 2 buoyant apparatus (20-person capacity), inflatable life rafts, 2 each E.P.I.R.B., oversize life rings with emergency strobe lights, rocket propelled line launchers, full flare ki