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Boat - Equipment and Features

This page provides detailed information about s/v Squiz, a 1988 Tayana 37. In June of 2004 Squiz was sold to a great couple named Nadine and Murray. The vessel description is organized into the following sections:

  1. Hull and Deck
  2. Cockpit Area
  3. Sails and Running Rigging
  4. Standing Rigging
  5. Anchoring
  6. Engine and Steering
  7. Electrical
  8. Electronics and Instrumentation
  9. Interior
  10. Galley
  11. Plumbing
  12. Safety Gear and Misc.

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Two special symbols are used in the following list of features:
* indicates items that are not standard Tayana features.
‡ Indicates items that are "newish" or have been recently installed or updated (2001-2004).

Hull and Deck

Designed by Robert (Bob) Perry, the Tayana 37 hull is known for it's solidity and high-quality construction and attractive "double-ender" styling. Squiz features:

  • Fiberglass deck with contrasting nonskid.
  • Robust, solid laminated hull with integrated keel and ballast.
  • In 2003 the topsides were refinished and painted with Awlgrip 2000 (an extremely durable 2-part polyurethane).*‡
  • When new, an epoxy barrier coat was applied below the water line to prevent blistering. Prior to painting in 2003, epoxy barrier coat was applied to the splash zone above the waterline.*‡
  • Bronze striker* on teak rub rail.
  • S/S (stainless steel) mast guard rails (a.k.a. granny pulpits).*
  • S/S swim ladder mounted on the stern cheek.*
  • Deep bulwarks, strong stanchions, s/s bow & stern rails, and long cabintop grab rails help you move about the boat safely while underway.

Cockpit Area

S/v Squiz has the "Mark II" wraparound cockpit coaming. This seagoing cockpit area includes:

  • Strong hybrid dodger consisting of a epoxy fiberglass top with Sunbrella canvas side panels with a zip-open eisenglass window. (The fiberglass to is designed to allow for mounting additional instruments or speakers.)*‡
  • S/S (stainless steel) steering pedestal with 5" Richie compass, pedestal guard, and a gorgeous teak rimmed wheel.*
  • Five upgraded Barient self-tailing winches.*
  • Attractive teak nonskid cockpit area with four compartments/hatches:
    1. Propane locker with vents/drains (for two large propane tanks).*
    2. Storage locker with vents/drains (I use it for paint, oil, cleaners, etc.).*
    3. Unvented storage locker (over quarterberth).
    4. Hatch to area under the cockpit provides access to steering systems, rear of engine, transmission, refrigeration module, battery charger, water heater and additional storage.
  • Cockpit cushions and weather cloths.*
  • 12 volt accessory outlet.*‡
  • Davis cockpit/anchor/utility light.*‡
  • Hand held cockpit shower.*‡
  • Signet sailing instruments, inclinometer, VHF radio, color chartplotter (daylight viewable), and autopilot controls are all conveniently positioned for the helmsman.*
  • Roll-out bimini/sun shade and several covers to protect the instruments, winches, and steering wheel.*
  • Radar pole with adjustable tilt.*‡
  • Hoist with 5:1 lifting tackle.*‡
  • Removable fish cleaning board/work board.
  • Dinghy davits.

Sails and Running Rigging

Squiz is a cutter with one mast and three standard sails: the mainsail, jib, and staysail. I often sail as a sloop. Squiz comes equipped with a suite of six sails, all of which are in good or great condition. The first four sails, listed below, were designed and fabricated by Kern's Cruising Sails in early 2001.

  • Mainsail: approx. 342 sq. ft. (with full battens and two deep reefing points).‡
  • Roller furling jib: approx. 328 sq. ft. (about 105%).‡
  • Staysail: approx. 230 sq. ft.‡
  • Heavy duty storm staysail (never used).‡
  • Heavy duty storm trysail with a separate mast track (barely used).*
  • Large lightweight nylon drifter with dousing sock (a fabulous sail for reaching or running in light wind).*
  • Most halyards and sheets were new in late 2003 (the spinnaker/drifter halyard was replaced in 2001).‡
  • Nice Fico mainsheet traveler (in front of companionway).*
  • Strong Garhauer s/s blocks replace the original Tayana teak blocks.*‡
  • Custom sail covers for the mainsail and staysail (made from u/v resistant Sunbrella).‡

Standing Rigging

The rigging includes:

  • Selden anodized aluminum boom and keel-stepped mast.*‡
  • Three-position boom gallows.
  • Strong 5/16" standing rigging (most of which was replaced in 2001 or 2003).
  • Running backstays.‡
  • Insulated backstay makes a great SSB/Ham radio antenna.*
  • Removable inner forestay.*
  • Laminated teak bowsprit and platform (not the problematic spruce bowsprit found on some Tayana 37s).*


The following features of s/v Squiz relate to anchoring:

  • Bow platform with bronze trim and two anchor rollers (located inboard for extra strength).*
  • 45 LB Delta anchor with 210 feet of high-tensile 5/16" chain.*‡
  • 35 LB CQR anchor with 24 feet of 3/8" chain and 180' nylon anchor rope.*
  • Manual anchor windlass (Grand Deer clone of the classic Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger 555).*
  • Custom s/s snubber plate and block on the end of the bowsprit reduces snubber line chafe and improves your ride at anchor.*‡
  • New double-braid nylon anchor rode (Over 200 feet long).‡
  • New 210 feet of polypropylene (great for use as a shore tie or backup anchor rode).‡

Engine and Steering

The auxiliary engine and steering systems include:

  • Perkins 4-cylinder diesel inboard engine (model 4-108 is rated at 48 hp) with 3283 hours (as of 2/25/04). This proven engine is very reliable and spare parts are available worldwide.*
  • Hurth transmission (model HNB 150-2,5R includes optional cooling unit).*
  • Packless shaft seal and new cutlass bearing.*‡
  • Superb, belowdeck, hydraulic autopilot with digital control unit in cockpit (made by Navico, which has been acquired by Simrad).*
  • Chain and cable wheel steering (the Grand Deer clone of Edson steering).
  • 90 diesel fuel tank (located under v-berth).
  • Laminated emergency tiller (beautiful and functional).


S/v Squiz has a complete 12-volt DC electrical system for extended cruising in addition to a 110-volt AC equipment for easy dockside living. Highlights include:

  • 760 Amp-Hour battery capacity (7 batteries), configured as four independently selectable battery banks.*‡
  • Outlets for 110 VAC and 12 VDC distributed throughout the boat.
  • Two 75-Watt solar panels (mounted above the dinghy davits). Dedicated ammeter for monitoring solar panel output. Includes charge controller for unattended operation.*‡
  • 110 Amp alternator with superb "smart charge" regulator (Balmar Max Charge model MC-612).*‡ Dedicated ammeter for monitoring alternator output. Battery isolators allow simultaneous, trouble-free charging of all four battery banks.*
  • Four-Winds II wind generator. Dedicated ammeter for monitoring wind generator output.*
  • 70 Amp heavy duty battery charger (Newmar four-bank charger with ammeter, model HDM-70).*
  • Meter for selectively monitoring the voltage of each battery bank.*
  • In addition to complete navigation lights there is a foredeck light (midway up the mast)
  • Mast-top anchor light that automatically shuts off during the daytime.*‡
  • Mast-top lightening charge dissipater.*‡
  • Bonding wires interconnect major metal objects in the boats, for stray current protection.
  • Galvanic isolator protects s/v Squiz from corrosion problems caused by miswired marinas or nearby vessels that are not properly grounded.*‡

Electronics & Instrumentation

Squiz is equiped with extensive instrumentation:

  • Color chart plotter (Standard Horizon model CP150C with daylight viewable screen, accepts the latest C-MAP NT+ chart modules).*‡
  • Raytheon SL70 radar (pivoting mount permits radar monitoring from the cockpit or within the cabin).*‡
  • Full-featured VHF radio at the navigation station (Standard Horizon - Eclipse+ with DSC)‡ with mast-top antenna.*
  • Standard Horizon RAM (Remote Access Mic) with complete VHF features in the cockpit (and an intercom to inside the cabin).*‡
  • Garmin 45 GPS.*
  • NEMA data wiring interconnects the GPS to computer charting systems, VHF radio, and radar.
  • Signet sailing instruments: depth, speed, trip log, wind direction, and water temperature.
  • Davis Windex (wind direction pointer).*‡
  • Binoculars.*
  • Litton 406 MHz EPIRB (emergency rescue beacon picked up by satellites) with 121.5 MHz homing beacon and strobe light.*
  • Panasonic CD-player with AM-FM radio, remote control, and high quality Advent speakers. An auxiliary input lets you play your DVDs, MP3 player, Walkman, etc. through the stereo amplifier and speakers.*‡
  • Icom 700-Pro single-sideband/ham radio.*‡
  • SG-230 Smartuner Microprocessor controlled antenna coupler/tuner for SSB/Ham radios (connected to backstay antenna).*
  • Extensive copper ground strapping and a large Dynaplate provide excellent RF grounding for SSB or Ham radios.*
  • Matching quartz clock and barometer.*

Interior      Interior - Starboard Side

The superb Tayana joinerwork and carpentry creates a world class interior. The livability of this boat is enhanced by:

  • Beautiful and durable satin varnish teak interior with white ceilings and upper wall panels (to improve interior brightness).*
  • 6' 4" Headroom.
  • Foldup table with shelving provides extra storage and an open, airy, interior.*
  • Lots and lots of teak drawers and cupboards provide abundant, easy-to-access storage.*
  • Louvered cupboard doors improve circulation and reduced mildew problems.
  • Large, opening navigation table. It has been customized to provide secure computer access without cluttering up the top of the navigation table.*‡
  • 11 opening bronze ports.
  • Four dorade vents.
  • Opening forward hatch with removable solar-powered mushroom vent.*
  • Butterfly hatch above the main salon (beautiful and functional).
  • Five deck prisms for improved interior illumination (these are properly bedded, no leaks).*
  • Screens for all ports, the companionway, and all hatches.
  • Dust & drip collector at base of companionway.*
  • Cloth upholstery (instead of the standard vinyl).*
  • Head with Raritan PH-II toilet* and updated plumbing‡.
  • Separate shower stall (with seat and draining wet locker storage).
  • Medicine cabinet with sliding mirror doors.*
  • Six fans (five built-in fans and one movable‡).*
  • 11 built-in overhead lights provide for general illumination (everywhere from the lazarette to the v-berth).
  • 7 adjustable reading lights.*
  • 5 white LED lights provide gentle nighttime illumination with minimal power consumption (3 are integrated into overhead/dome lamp fixtures).*‡
  • 4 red LED lights provide vision-preserving nighttime illumination with negligible power consumption (these are integrated into the overhead/dome lamp fixtures).*‡
  • Teak staving on hull areas in v-berth and quarterberth.
  • Large double V-berth with removable insert.
  • Comfortable, custom, foam latex mattress.*‡
  • Large quarterberth.
  • Port and starboard settees in the salon pull out to create two additional beds.
  • Air conditioner (external) for dockside use.

The approximate interior layout is illustrated below.
Interior Layout


This well-designed galley features:

  • 12-volt refrigerator/freezer (a great, efficient, reliable Alder Barbour Super Cold Machine).*
  • Well-insulated, two-door refrigerator with stainless steel lining. Unlike many Tayanas, this refrigerator is NOT located next to the warm engine compartment.*
  • Separate, insulated ice box/pantry with stainless steel lining.
  • Deep double s/s sinks with new Moen*‡ faucet.
  • Force 10 propane stove and oven.*
  • S/S protective grab rail and galley strap.*
  • Solenoid electric propane valve (optional propane/fume detector).
  • Folding leaf for extra countertop space.*
  • A wide area overhead light, plus a florescent light* over sink, and LED light*‡ over stove.
  • A Magma grill is mounted on the stern rail. (A special line from the propane locker provides fuel to the grill, so you do not have to purchase and hassle with small propane bottles.)*


The boat's plumbing includes:

  • 100 gallon water tank (stainless steel tank located in the keel).
  • 10 gallon hot water tank, heated by the engine or 110 VAC power.
  • 30 gallon holding tank.
  • 12 gallon shower/gray water tank with electric discharge pump.*
  • Hot and cold pressure water is delivered to the sinks and shower.
  • Fresh water foot pumps in galley and head.*
  • Seawater foot pump in the galley.*
  • Seacock on all thruhulls.

Safety Gear and Misc.

The following safety equipment and other stuff is included in the purchase price:

  • Galerider drogue.*
  • Lifesling and throw cushions.
  • Two electric bilge pumps‡ and one manual bilge pump.
  • Solid state high water alarm.*‡
  • Large complement of safety equipment (jacklines and tethers, flare guns, flares, personal strobe, life jackets, fire extinguishers, etc.).*
  • Fully-equipped ditch bag.*‡
  • Propeller puller, pulley puller, multimeter and a variety of other useful tools.*
  • Two boat hooks.*
  • Jerry jugs for holding emergency/extra water, diesel, and gasoline (with covers).*
  • Carbon monoxide detector.*‡
  • Organized binders of equipment owner's manuals, and various cruising and reference books.*
  • Dock lines, towing bridle, and a variety of extra lines.*
  • Six fenders.*
  • Bosun's chair and nylon webbing emergency mast steps.*
  • Hundreds of dollars worth of spare parts and sailing hardware (for example: propeller, fuel pumps, engine gaskets, shackles, blocks, lines, fuel and oil filters, belts, impellers, fuel injector, alternator, voltage regulator, hoses, generator brushes, gas regulator, etc.).*

* Indicates items that are not standard Tayana features.
‡ Indicates items that are "newish" or have been recently installed or updated (2001-2004).