About the Vessel

History

The Gyrfalcon is an 88-foot fantail, designed by H.C. Hanson, a noted Northwest naval architect and protégé of Ted Geary . Built in 1941 by Sagstad Marine of Ballard, she was launched as the Patton (ASV 80), an auxiliary survey vessel for the US Coast and Geodesic Survey (USC&GS). Her draft is 8.5 feet and her beam is 21 1/2 ft.

For 25 years, the Patton conducted hydrography surveys in the Aleutians and southeast Alaska. At the end of each season, she returned to Seattle for repairs and refitting. Her moment of WWII glory occurred on August 13, 1944, when she rescued the crew of a B-24 Liberator that had crash-landed on the far western Aleutian island of Ilak. She was also recruited by Navy ships to search for sunken seaplanes.

After the 1967 season, the ship was decommissioned and sold at public auction. She has had 5 owners and several different names over the last 50 years.

We purchased the boat in 2012, and have spent the last several years completing extensive repairs and renovations to boat – both inside and out. We are proud to be able to now share this piece of unique maritime history with you.

Captain Nancy has conducted extensive research on the history of the Gyrfalcon, both as a government vessel and a private yacht. She has produced several documents and You Tube videos that she will be happy to share with you during your voyage.

Deck Plans

Electronics

  • Furuno TZ Touch GPS navigation
  • Weather station
  • Backup Garmin GPS
  • Type A AIS (Automatic Identification System)
  • Two pilothouse radios with MMSI emergency call button
  • 4 Handheld VHF radios
  • Iriidium Go Satellite Phone
  • Garmin InReach
  • EPIRB (Emergency position-indicating radiobeacon; 406)
  • Primary & Backup autopilot: Comnav
  • Depth finder
  • Radar
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Construction

  • Frames: 12 inch fir on 24 inch centers
  • Planking: double planked with 4 inch thick fir
  • Fasteners: monel and brass
  • House & cabin: Fir
  • Interior woodwork: teak and mahogany

Recreational Gear

  • 20 foot Zodiac with 135 hp outboard
  • 12 foot custom aluminum skiff with 20 hp outboard
  • Four recreational kayaks
  • Fishing poles and gear
  • Crab and shrimp pots
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Mechanical

  • Main Engines: Twin Caterpillar 3306 turbocharged Diesels -275 hp each; 8.5 knots at 1500 rpm
  • Generators: Northern Lights 15 kW, Detroit diesel 25 kW (backup)
  • Power: 220/110 AC, 24, 12 DC; 4 kW Inverter
  • Propellers : Four blade brass 36” mounted on monel shafts
  • Rudder: Primary rudder – wood, with twin steel auxillary rudders (box rudders) for improved handling
  • Water Heater: 30 gallons with inline pump for instantaneous hot water output
  • Commercial RO watermaker
  • Washer/Drier

Galley

  • Full sized refrigerator/freezer.
  • Ice maker.
  • Additional large freezer on roof for longer term storage.
  • Professional Viking stove with 4 burners, 2 ovens, grill and griddle.
  • Microwave
  • Barbeque (propane)
  • Dishwasher
  • Convention Oven
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Safety

  • 24 Type II (orange) PFDs
  • 6 auto-inflatable (CO2 cannister) PFDs
  • 6 kayaking PFDs
  • 6 immersion suits
  • Fire extinguishers in every room, fire blankets in galley/engine room
  • Smoke/CO alarms
  • 2 methods of egress from guest cabins, engine room
  • Lifesling and three life rings
  • Emergency alert alarm (doubles as wildlife alert)