Custom Tanton-designed one-off ready-to-go world cruising staysail schooner

Rachel J. Slocum is a fast 8-knot cruiser in any wind and sea condition and at every point of sail. With her first owner, she has completed a world circumnavigation via Cape of Good Hope & Cape Horn, including fast crossings of the Pacific Ocean (seven times), Indian Ocean (twice) and Atlantic Ocean (twice).

  • Bullet-proof Kevlar hull
  • Wing keel designed by Dave Pedrick (America’s Cup)
  • All Spectra sails
  • Harken headsail furlers & rigging, sta-lock fittings upper and lower
  • Lugger engine with Max Prop
  • ABS certified collision bulkhead
  • 110 and 220 VAC international electric setup with dual 160-amp alternators
  • 30 gallon/hour water maker
  • Master stateroom bed tilts on thrusters
  • Fleet 250 broadband communications, 48-mile radar
  • Forward-seeking sonar
  • Diesel heater

Boat Specs

47' 4"21.3m39' 8"18m13' 4"3.05 m6' 6"2m
Gross TonnageDisplacementD/L RatioHull Speed
21.9 tons14.29 tons226.088.5kn
s/v Rachel J. Slocum Design
s/v Rachel J. Slocum Design
YearLaunched in 1989
Rigging Type2 Masted Schooner
DesignerYves-Marie Tanton (Newport, R.I.)
BuilderShing Sheng (Ta Shing), Tainan, Taiwan – Taiwan's premier boat yard.
HullKevlar with epoxy resin layup (impact resistance greater than steel for its thickness, and no possibility of blistering).
DeckTeak over FRP with Divinycell core.
KeelWing (designed specifically for the boat by Dave Pedrick and Yves-Marie Tanton)
Sail Area

1,090 sq. ft. working sail area (not including fore staysail and fisherman).

  • Fully battened Spectra main with Harken bat cars
  • Spectra battened main staysail (North Sails) on Harken furler
  • Spectra battened fore staysail (North Sails) on Harken furler
  • Spectra genoa & Light Dacron roller fisherman, with spare fisherman in bag.
RiggingRunning rigging continuously upgraded. Dual stays and shrouds on both masts for safety. Staylock rigging fittings on both uppers and lowers will never fail or need replacing. Standing rigging completely rebuilt 2018.
EngineLugger (marinized John Deere), 87BHP. Low r/cruising RPM (1200 RPM), high torque. Completely rebuilt May 2018. Exclusively lubricated with Mobil 1 “SuperSyn” fully-synthetic motor oil throughout its life.
Fuel200 gallons capacity. 0.8 gal/hour average fuel consumption at 1200rpm
Water60 gallons tank capacity with 30 gal/hour Sea Recovery hydraulic water maker and optional rain water collection via valves that can divert all rain water to tank (fills up the tank in less than 10 minutes in a downpour).

Exterior boat gallery

Interior boat gallery

If you would like to learn more about her design, check out the research we uncovered, which includes articles published in Yachting World and Sailing Magazine.

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Currently, you can monitor the position and movement of Rachel J Slocum 24/7. The AIS Class B transponder class is used by recreational crafts and has a transmission power of 2W (range of about 10 miles), typically broadcasting every 30 seconds when underway and every 6 minutes while at anchor.