S/V Queen Jane
Queen Jane - Shannon 50 Ketch built in 1983 by Shannon Yachts, Bristol RI; Designed by Walt Schultz
Queen Jane is Shannon 50 hull number 15 and was originally constructed during
the year 1983. She was christened the BRAVA and served for 15 years as a
captained charter in the British and US Virgin Islands as well as in the New
England area (Rhode Island). She was purchased by Kate and Jordan Bigel in the
fall of 1998 and shipped to Seattle, Washington where an extensive refit and
rebuild was undertaken at YachtFish Marine on Lake Union.
While in New Zealand in 2001 the Queen Jane had an unfortunate collision with a container vessel and required major repairs. Her bowsprit was sheared clean off and part of the bow and deck had to be rebuilt. Below are photos showing the repair underway as well as the re-re-launching of the Queen Jane.
LOA 50' 11"
LWL 42' 9"
BEAM 14' 3"
DRAFT 5' 8" Up/9' 9" Down
DISP 39,000 (empty)
Fuel 189 US Gal
Water 150 US Gal
Holding 44 US Gal
About the Name
The Queen Jane is named after a Bob Dylan song which appeared on the album "Highway 61 Revisited" which was released in 1965. The full name of the song is "Queen Jane (Approximately)". You can listen to a verse of the song using the RealPlayer or read the lyrics. The song was also part of the repertoire of the Grateful Dead and was played in concert by them regularly.
Propulsion Perkins M90 82hp
Genset Phasor 3.5kw
Alternators Balmar 185 and 150
Voltage Regulation AmplePower, NextStep
Refrigeration Glacier Bay WhisperJet
Heating Espar DLC8
Communications Icom M710, Icom M127
SCS Pactor radio modem, PTC-II
Satellite Communications Iridium handheld phone
Weather OCENS SeaStation 2000, Vetus MetroLiner, Furuno FAX207
Radar Furuno 1831 w/FMD-811 LCD slave
Instruments KVH Quadro
Sonar Interphase TwinScope
Computers Intel PIII/500, DataModul 15" LCD, Panasonic Toughbook 71
AutoPilot Simrad AP20/AP22 w/Hynautics ram
Solar Panels Siemens SM110
Inverter/Charger ProSine 3000
Charger (230vac) Freedom 40i
Power Monitoring Link 20/Link 10
Radar Detector C.A.R.D.
Electrical Panels Paneltronics
Bow Thruster Wesmar 5hp
Sails Halsey/Lidgard, Seattle WA
Standing Rigging SparTech, Redmond, WA
Spars SparTech, Redmond, WA
Running Rigging Fred Huffman Rigging, Marina Del Rey, CA
Canvas Ron's Lake Union Upholstery, Seattle, WA
Mattresses Foam Source, Washington
Dodgers Artful Dodger, Port Townsend, WA
Sea Anchor Para-Tech 24'
Drouge Series Drouge
Tender Gig Harbor Boatworks & Zodiac 10' inflatible
Cooker Force 10
Failures and Repairs
This section is an experimental segment on boat maintenance and repair. A proper log was not kept aboard the Queen Jane as it might have been. Instead, below, I have tried to list from memory each system which has undergone unplanned matinenance or modifications (to solve some unanticipated problem perhaps) what was done and why. The idea is to give people some idea of what kind of things can come up that are very hard to plan for.
Items are freeform and are in roughly chronological order.
Monitor Wind Vane (line chafe & breakaway tube)
Engine idler pully
Main engine Alternator (primary)
Tank monitoring device
LP Gas sensor
Radar radome cable (chafe)
Galley sink drain
Reefer circ pump
Sat image receiver
Wind vane (gear dislocation
Fuel pump, 12v (for priming and bleeding)
Genset fuel feed pump
Watermaker feed pump
Autopilot pump motor
Wind vane (breakaway tube breaks twice)
Idler pully bearing
Watermaker compressor cracked
Stbd. solar panel
Stbd railing (bent)
Hot water heat exchanger hose
Centerboard trunk fiberglass work
Bow thruster motor
Pressure water pump & pressure switch
Oil change pump
Reefer cutoff switch
Inverter/charger (got wet, died)
Shaft seals/cutless bearing
And much much more...