s/v Uliad

All about our floating home                                                       


Uliad is a 52 ft. long aluminum hulled pilothouse sloop.  It was designed by naval architect Dieter Empacher, and built by Kanter Yachts in St. Thomas, Ontario in 1992.  Her original layout is shown below. We have since modified the forward starboard cabin into a double bunk:


Our Refitting for Cruising:

When we found Uliad in November of 2006, we found a sound, safe cruising boat that had been neglected at her mooring for a few years.  Here are some of the projects we undertook:

  • Rebuilt Engine
  • Reconstructed guest cabin from twin bunks to a double berth with a large storage area underneath
  • Installed new watermaker
  • Overhauled Hydraulic systems
  • Replaced standing rigging
  • New working jib
  • Steam Cleaned Bilges
  • New SSB radio and Pactor III modem
  • Compass professionally adjusted

After our first season of full time cruising, we hauled out in Chaguramas, Trinidad for a few more modifications:

  • We rebuilt the davits on the stern of the boat to better carry our dinghy up out of the water.  The old davits didn't lift the dinghy high enough in rough water
  • Added another solar panel, and relocated all panels from the pilot house roof to above the bimini
  • Repainted the deck and topsides
  • Installed new KISS wind generator
  • Removed our 110 volt refrigeration compressor and installed two SeaFrost 12v dc compressors.
  • New bottom paint
  • New code zero sail...and a few minor repairs to main sail

Updates in Raiatea, French Polynesia:

  • New Spectra/Dacron mainsail
  • New bottom paint

Refitting done in Whangarei, New Zealand 2011

  • Rebuilt hydraulic steering rams and backstay rams
  • Regalvanize chain and anchors
  • Replaced all interior blinds, headliner, and upholstery
  • Interior woodwork repairs and revarnish all interior wood.
  • New aluminum RIB
  • Replaced all interior lighting with LED fixtures
  • New watermaker membranes
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