2002 ShearWater 39

Chaguaramas, TT

ShearWater 39 44.62ft

US $95,000

Chaguaramas, TT


Jaryd Forbes

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Motivated seller!

Shoestring, perhaps the most renowned Shearwater 39 of all, is reluctantly up for sale, her current owner no longer able to do her justice.

Fitted out and launched in 2002 by Peter Muzik, a well known South African sailing character, for the specific purpose of completing a circumnavigation, she was an ideal choice for the task ahead. Classically beautiful lines disguise a fast, stable, and smooth-riding hull form, providing a wonderful platform for covering large distances in safety and comfort. Her clipper bow keeps her decks dry and her optional long bowsprit creates a larger foretriangle for greater sail options. Likewise, the masthead inner forestay provides better sail options with the added bonus of a more securely supported mast. An inner-inner forestay up to the top spreaders takes her storm jib, both inner stays using Highfield levers for deck quick-detachment. Twin backstays, running backstays, a twin-spreader high duty Sparcraft mast, round off a vessel fit-for-purpose. Built to Lloyds specifications for blue-water sailing, this was exactly her raison detr. Solo sailing presents no shortcomings, with her direct-to-rudder windvane steering system, powerful autopilot, and well equipped cockpit. Lewmar 56st primary winches make sail trimming a breeze; everything about this yacht has been well-considered.

This is no pampered yacht, being well exercised and pushed to made up for her current owners shortcomings, which she has always done unfailingly. Her price reflects the fact that a spruce-up would not go unappreciated. All new electronics in 2016/7 and repowered with a Yanmar 3JH40 in 2018(currently with a tad over 300hrs) mean major expenses are avoided.

If easy shorthanded sailing, plus owning the most beautiful yacht in the marina/anchorage tick your boxes, then Shoestring deserves your serious consideration.


  • Length: 45ft
  • Beam: 12' 9"
  • Year: 2002
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Status: Active

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  • Keel: Fin Keel


  • Length Overall: 44.62 ft
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 8598.03 lb
  • Bridge Clearance Measure: 56' 5"
  • Cabin Head room measure: 6' 6"
  • Beam Measure: 12' 9"


  • Total Power: 40
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3JH40
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 284
  • Engine Power: 40 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (160 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (160 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of heads: 1

Equipment List

Equipment List


Sparcraft mast and boom, twin spreader.

Cutter rigged with masthead staysail.

Mast steps up to lower spreaders then a single pair at mast head to provide stability when working at masthead.

Removable running backstays

Twin backstays

3 forestays. Main forestay to bowsprit end with Profurl furler for genoa. Masthead.

Inner forestay to bowsprit base for hank-on staysail. Masthead, making for a well secured mast. Highfield Quick release lever at base.

Inner inner forestay to upper spreaders for storm jib. Also Highfield quick release lever at base.

Bellamy kicker.


6 halyards with double purchace main halyard.

Grannybar on starboard, with goody-bag designed for easy storage of winchhandle, sail ties, short lines etc.

Spinaker pole, plus jockeypole.

Ullman stackpack with adjustable lazyjacks.

North fully battened mainsail with two reefs

Ullman 110% genoa.

North heavyduty #3 hank-on staysail, with 4 battens. (my favoured sail when on passage)

Quantum reaching gennaker (good condition but colour has run)

Storm trysail plus storm jib

All sails in good working order.



Lewmar 56st primaries

Lewmar 46st secondaries

Portside cabintop:-

Barlow 25 for toppinglift, reefing lines

Starboard side cabintop:-

Lewmar 46st for mainsheet, kicker, Cunningham


Port:- Lewmar 30st for staysail halyard, port spinaker halyard.

Starboard :- Lewmar 30st for main halyard, genoa halyard, starboard spinaker halyard, stormjib halyard.

Under boom:- for outhaul, plus can use for reefing lines, etc.


Yanmar 3JH40 common- rail diesel 40hp (hours currently 284hr June 2023)

Installed late 2018

KM35 transmission, Vetus Bullflex coupling

30mm s/s propshaft.

Fixed blade 17×13 propshaft


ZODIAC 2.5m PVC inflatable (near the end of its life)

Inflatable keel, grp over honeycomb floor panels

MERCURY 5hp outboard with remote fueltank

Paddles and pump, anchor and rode


(all installed 2016/7)


Raymarine eS97 chartplotter/MFD

Raymarine Ray60 vhf radio with DSC

AIS 650 transceiver

Raymarine ACU200 autopilot control (Robertson HLD2000 Mk2L hydraulic ram at rudder quadrant)

Garmin GPSmap76 handheld (old & never used, but working.

Uniden Atlantis250 handheld VHF (old and battery failing)


Raymarine eS75 chartplotter/MFD

Raymarine P70 autopilot control

Raymarine i60 wind instrument

Raymarine i70 multipurpose instrument

Raymic VHF handheld plus active speaker


Raymarine Quantum radar


Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator with Xantrex charge/load controller

300w solar panel with Victron MPPT 100/15 controller

Xantrex battery monitor

2 off Lifeline AGM GPL-8DL 255ah house batteries

1off xStream Power MF115D31R 85ah cranking amps 830amps engine start battery.

Victron blue-smart 30a battery charger

Victron Phoenix 12/800 inverter

Four electric bilge-pumps in bilge, for quick clearance of water. One extra large manual bilgepump in saloon area.


Maxwell RC10/10 1200w 12v vertical axis, with capstan.

Maxwell Autoachor 710/6 cordless remote control. Secondary Up/Down control box out of forecabin(thru hatch). Keeps switching equipment away from damp environments except when in use.

VULCAN 20kg galvanized anchor

FOB HP 20kg galvanized backup anchor

CHAIN/RODE:- (connected) 70m of 10mm galvanized chain

(backup) 30m of 10mm galvanised chain plus 50m of rode. Stored underforepeak bunk in separate locker, with tubular feed up into anchor locker on deck, connected permanently for quick access.


2 dorades ahead of traveller feeding fresh air to galley and starboard aft cabin.

Teak mounting brackets for boathook/paddles/oars/battens/etc.

Sampsonpost with s/steel plate atop, useful when cutting/drilling etc.

Ample cleats, fairleads, clutches etc.

Pressurised seawater deckwash outlet on portside deck.

Various fenders, docklines.

2x 25liter diesel jugs. 1x 10liter petrol jug.


Force 10 2burner stove with oven/grille. Adjustable Potholder brackets, Gimballed. Replaced Jan 2020.

Ample pots, pans, baking/roasting trays, pressure cooker, s/steel kettle.

Full range of chefs equipment, knives, ladles, tongs, graters, etc etc etc.

Six-piece cutlery (s/steel) crockery (melaware), mugs and glasses, with spares of certain items.

Ample airtight containers for in-use ingredients, plus food storage.

Double sink, fed by pressurised cold fresh water, footpumped drinking water, and footpumped seawater.


Vaillant gas waterheater to handbasin, never used but tested from time to time.

JABSCO compact electric toilet

Pressurised hot/cold water to handbasin.

Handshower incorporated into tap unit.


Viking 4man cassette liferaft, mounted in quick release bracket on deck.

MOB horseshoe life-ring with danbouy.

4 x PFDs

6 x life jackets

Waterproof canister with flares, smoke signals, mirror, etc.

2 off 2.5kg drypowder fire extinguishers.

1 off 2.0kg CO2 fire extinguisher.

Rigging Shears (1/2 inch/ 12.7mm) capacity, brand new in box.

Ullman sail repair kit


Nikon 12×50 binoculars

2x goggles, 2x snorkels, 2x flippers

Spareair 15min scuba tank

1 x scuba bottle (almost full, used to fill Spareair.

2 x sleeping bags

Fitted sheets for all bunks, pillows and pillowslips

8 x scatter cushions for saloon

Various bath towels, hand towels, beach towels, kitchen dish towels and hand towels.

Gas braai/barbecue mounted on pushpit.

Coldwater handshower in cockpit.

Bosuns chair

Rope climbing kit for solo mast climbing

12v air compressor

2 x boathooks

Full set of handtools (all mounted) to carry out any repairs/service.

Makita 18v cordless anglegrinder

Makita 18v cordless 13mm drill

Makita 18v cordless 10mm angledrill

Makita 18v cordless orbital sander

Makita 18v cordless jigsaw

220v/18v Makita charger

12v/18v Makita charger.

2off Makita 18v 5ahr batteries

1off Makita 18v 1.5ahr battery

Makita18v cordless airblower

Makita 18v cordless hand vacuum.

Bench vice attached to workbench.

Various spare belts, filters, nuts/bolts/washers, cable-ties, types of tape, sealants, oils, greases, etc. All you need.

Spare lines (new and used), poly pipe fittings, piping offcuts. Lots more too numerous to list.


Stand-up inflatable paddleboard, carry backpack, telescopic carbonfibre paddle.

Ukelele in bag


Shearwater 39 Mk2 with long bowsprit and dolphin-striker.

Designer : Dudley Dix

Designed/built to Category A

Launched: 2002

LOA : 44ft (13.6m)

LOD : 39ft (11.9m)

LWL : 34ft (10.3m)

BEAM : 13ft (3.9m)

DRAFT : 6ft (1.8m)

AIR DRAFT : 56ft (17.2m)

BALLAST : 3900kg


HULL : G.R.P hand layup in excess of Lloyds spec, solid below waterline, high density structural foam core sandwich construction above waterline.

DECK : G.R.P with Lloyds grade end-grain balsa sandwich construction. 22mm Burmese teak in cockpit with many years of life yet, otherwise Kiwigrip non-slip deck coating.

RUDDER : Transom/skeg-mounted outboard rudder.

KEEL : Lead (3900kg) with 10 captive threaded keelbolts, bolted to moulded GRP keel stub.

RIG : Double spreader cutter rig (see description in equipment sheet).

SAILPLAN : Refer to equipment sheet).

ENGINE : Yanmar 3JH40 40bhp, fitted October 2018. Hours currently 300hrs.

TANKAGE : DIESEL – 160litre moulded poly tank. Original tank was 400litre 316 s/s custom-made tank, and the space is still available if a new owner wanted to make a larger tank.

WATER: 2 tanks of at least 250litre are built under the saloon bunks, in GRP and incorporating the hull structure.

BLACKWATER : 40liter poly Vetus tank under bunk in forepeak, with Vetus diaphragm pump. Currently disconnected and not in use. Deck mounted extraction point.

STEERING : Edson pedestal with 36inch leather covered s/s wheel. Cable system.

SELF STEERING : 1) Raymarine ACU200 autopilot with ROBERTSON HLD2000 hydraulic ram.

2) Dix/Muzik custom rudder-mounted wind-vane steering.

BATTERY BANK : Engine – Xstream Power 85ah, cranking amps 680amps (fitted 2022)

House – 2 off Lifeline GPL-8DL AGM deep cycle 255ahr batteries, totalling 500ahr (fitted 2019).

REFRIGERATION : Top loading Danfoss fridge/freezer. (freezer volume minimal)

LPG GAS SYSTEM : 2 off 5kg spun glass cylinders (spare in lazarette, in-use cylinder in s/s cage on pushpit for extra safety.

Owner Description


General Interior

Shoestring has a 3 cabin layout with a single heads, as per the brochure. The forecabins pullman berth has been enlarged to cover the full floorspace, creating an extra sail locker, but this can quite easily be reversed. The starboard quarterberth is a full double, whilst the port quarterberth is a 3/4 cabin. The main saloon settees also make comfortable pilotberths. The bunks average 2meter long. The heads has an electric toilet, and a pressurised gas-heated shower. More than enough lockers, drawers, and cupboards to stow everything. Opposite the heads is a custom workshop, with workbench and vice, and custom tool storage. Foldable dining table in saloon. Saloon hatch is a 115x70cm (45x28inch) two-leaf butterfly hatch with tinted shatterproof glass.

Cockpit and deck area

Cockpit and cockpit sole lined with 22mm Burmese teak. After 20years is not even half worn yet. Edson pedestal (chain/cable steering to quadrant on rudder), 36inch s/steel leather covered wheel, foldaway table and removable cup/glass holders. Canvas dodger and bimini,. Transom-hung rudder with 4 s/steel steps on either side for boarding (always available in an emergency), emergency tiller permanently mounted on rudder, folded up out of the way. Winch positions and uses all listed in Equipment list. Clutches for all lines. Shoestring is a Category A craft for trans-ocean sailing and is fully equipped for this. There are on-deck teak racks for boathooks, oars, fishing rods, battens, etc.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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