Knowledgeable blue water sailors looking at Irie will immediately identify her as an all-ocean voyager. The windvane, hard dodger, mast steps, preventer system, solent headsails, solar panels, wind generator, and oversized deck hardware reveal a yacht meant to go places well beyond the shores and protected harbors of North America. Closer inspection of her construction materials and details of this classically Scandinavian-built cruiser leave no doubt of her strength and seaworthiness. An invitation below decks to her warm and inviting interior lets the keen observer know her crew will not suffer for lack of warmth or well-prepared meals.
Irie’s original Scandinavian owners thoughtfully outfitted her for extended passages into remote areas. They voyaged far and wide including Alaska and Antarctica with many exotic places between. The current owner purchased Irie two years ago in Friday Harbor and cruised the Pacific Northwest. Recent change of plans requiring his Portland presence leave little time for voyaging beyond the Columbia River. This turn-key and capable yacht deserves to be crossing oceans and exploring far-flung destinations. A new adventurer is sought who will load provisions, cruising guides and dreams of sailing over the horizon on a capable blue water cruiser priced and sized for those with mid-tax bracket financial means.
The Forgus 37 is a solid blue water cruiser built by Forgus Yachts on the island of Orust, an hour’s drive north of Gothenburg. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the other yards from this area: Hallberg-Rassy, Malo, Najad, Vindo, and Sweden Yachts. This small-scale builder slowly and meticulously handcrafted each of these boats. In northern Europe, the Forgus 37 has a cult-like following as a capable offshore cruiser. To be sure, 37-feet is a size that will keep one’s cruising budget intact while still having the payload, speed, space and comfort most couples require to stay happily married when living aboard year-round. After all, it’s about the journey and destination, not replicating the bed, kitchen and bath you had in your large flat (home).
Deep, comfortable center cockpit protected by windshield and hard dodger with an array of canvas protection for tropics and high latitudes.
Two diesel heating systems: Forced air Webasto and hydronic Refleks drip stove with water circulating to radiators and domestic hot water heater. This can also be heated with the engine when motoring.
Three means of power generation: wind, solar and engine alternator.
Windpilot servo-pendulum steering vane for reliable, energy free steering.
An easily managed sail plan with control lines led aft to the cockpit; including in-mast furling mainsail, genoa, self-tacking jib, and storm jib on removable inner forestay.
Optimal layout with large “L”-shaped galley to port and head immediately to starboard of the companionway.
Extremely clean, well-maintained, and accessible Volvo engine with Aquadrive shaft coupling system.
Reverse transom with scoop stern and integral swimstep for easy boarding from water, dock, or tender.
High capacity, engine-driven watermaker from the respected folks at Echotec in Trinidad.
Bow thruster to make challenging docking situations stress free and easy.