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Too Loco
Shaw Riptide 35
$145,000 USD
35ft 0in

Too Loco (ex Ripple) was designed by renowned naval architect Paul Bieker for Olympic medalist Jonathan McKee. Under McKee, she won her class in her inaugural Pacific Cup, finishing in 8.5 days with a average close to 260 miles per day. This off the wind speed is made possible by her 5,500 lb displacement and 1604 sq foot downwind sail area. On the wind, 1,200 lbs of water ballast help her stay on her feet. Nearly 30 years after her launch, Too Loco and her sistership Terremoto have proven themselves to be successful and tough to beat. She was beautifully constructed to a high level, and was recently repainted inside and out. While blazing fast, she also has some level of comfort for crew, with standing headroom, good bunks, galley and head – features very much appreciated on a long distance race.

Since 2020, Too Loco has received a significant refit, including: repainted mast and boom, new standing rigging, new running rigging, deck hardware and winches, repainted hull, deck and interior, new JEFA rudder bearings, new electronics, a full rewire with lithium batteries for house and start, reconfigured ballast pump, transfer and dump system and more.


Comments from the designer, Paul Bieker:

The Riptide 35 was my first design for Jonathan and Libby McKee of Seattle. The concept for the 35 was conceived by Jonathan during a long and uncomfortable distance race on an ultralight 50 footer. He realized that a high percentage of the sailors on board were there purely as human ballast. His design brief was for a high performance racer/cruiser capable of blistering speed on the race course (Jonathan is an Olympic gold medalist in the FD class and a silver medalist in the 49er class). The boat was intended to be sailed only by the number of people required to handle the boat. In addition the boat also needed to have reasonable accommodations for family cruising with standing headroom, galley and enclosed head. She is capable of being sailed to a large percentage of her potential with a crew of two or three persons. Both Riptide 35s raced in the ’98 Pacific Cup race to Hawaii with crews of four and placed 1st and 2nd in class, beating all but one (turboed) Santa Cruz 50 over the line.

Name of vessel Too Loco
Model Shaw Riptide 35
Year 1996
Designer Paul Bieker
Price $145,000 USD
Length (feet) 35
Beam (feet) 11.5
Draft (feet) 7
Displacement (pounds) 4700
Ballast (pounds) 2250
Engine model
Engine horsepower
Engine hours
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 20
Water tank capacity (gallons) 40
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 20

Interior Accommodations

Too Loco’s interior provides spacious and comfortable accommodations given her design parameters. Headroom is 6 feet throughout. There are settee berths to port and starboard in the salon. Lee cloths keep crew in the berths. The galley is forward to starboard, with a small counter space with locker below and a single bin stainless sink at the aft head. The head is opposite to port. Forward, there is a large v-berth. Her interior is entirely finished in white LPU paint and all areas are fully accessible for inspection and cleaning. The cabin sole is covered in custom foam decking.

Jetboil stove

Push pot

Single stainless sink with foot pump water

Jabsco manual toilet with holding tank and Y valve


Electronics and Navigation

B&G Hydra 5000 package, all underwater sensors and masthead unit new

(2) 9” B&G chartplotters in cockpit with smaller readout at nav table

B&G sailing display at nav station

B&G VHF radio at nav station with AIS along and handheld with charging cradle, masthead antenna


Electrical Systems

Too Loco was entirely rewired in her 2020/2021 refit

Blue Sea Systems DC distribution panel with DC digital multimeter

Renogy RB100-HP 100 amp hour lithium iron phosphate house battery

(3) 12v outlets at nav station

LED cabin lights with red mode


Mechanical Systems

Yanmar 20GMF diesel engine

Yanmar SD20 saildrive

Martec folding propeller


Deck and Hull

From Paul Bieker:

The goal of the construction was to maximize performance for a given cost and maximize the use of laminated flat stock.

Hull below the chine was built of strip planked Duracore with eglass/epoxy skins. The sides were built from eglass/epoxy skins on cross linked PVC core layed up on a flat table and cut to computer patterns. These sides weighed 32 kg each and were sprung into the female building jig.

The deck and cockpit were similarily built from carbon/foam flat panels and the house was carbon skins over a strip planked foam core.

All interior panels are built from lightweight composite panels cut out to accurate computer patterns for minimum weight and minimum waste.

The spar was built by Hall Spars and rigged by Paul Bieker in Seattle. Standing rigging is discontinuous rod.

Stainless stanchions, bow pulpit and pushpits

1×19 wire lifelines

Carbon fiber flagstaff with US ensign

Deck accessed anchor locker and cockpit locker/cooler


Sails and Rigging

Hall Spars carbon fiber mast

Carbon fiber boom

Stainless rod rigging

Composite chainplates

(2) Harken 35ST two speed primary winches

(2) Harken ST cabin top winches

Harken adjustable jib cars

Gray canvas mainsail cover



Quantum carbon mainsail (2021)

Quantum A-2 (2021)

Quantum 1.5 (2021)

Quantum Code Zero with Harken furler (2021)

Quantum genoa (2022)

Quantum J3 combo spin staysail (2022)

North carbon main, good shape (2014)

North A-1, good shape

North carbon AP J1, excellent shape

North older J2, below average shape

Quantum main older, good shape

Quantum dacron delivery main

Miscellaneous older spinnakers


Miscellaneous and Safety


ACR Globalfix v4 EPIRB


Details of refits and upgrades since 2020

New paint: deck, hull and interior along with complete nonskid replacement, deck color Whisper Gray, hull color Snow White

New standing rigging

Mast and boom painted

All running rigging replaced

All new Harken 2 speed winches

New jib tracks and blocks along with all adjustment hardware, re-bedded and mounted with G-10 backing plates

New spinnaker blocks, along with carbon deck protector plates

New backstay custom built with easy tension “on” system

All new Spinlock halyard clutches

All new turning blocks at mast base

All new Harken deck hardware replaced and re-bedded

Asym pole butt end fit with a snug system to secure aft end of pole in a fixed position to eliminate pole bounce by Fitzgerald Racing

New custom keel fin and G10 kelp cutter installed by Fitzgerald Racing

New JEFA rudder bearings with stainless sleeve on rudderstock for strength and smoother steering

Rebuilt Yanmar engine and SD20 F saildrive along with entire wire harness and deck mount full display unit

B&G Hydra 5000 package, all underwater sensors and masthead unit new large twin 9” readout in cockpit with smaller readout at nav table, full GPS antenna.

VHF With AIS along with handheld and charging cradle and masthead antenna


Lithium house and engine starting batteries along with rapid charging system by Waypoint Racing

Fully rewired, including new engine panel and main battery switches, including new carbon main panel by Waypoint Racing of SD

Cabin overhead LED lights w/red night option

Nav lights, masthead tricolor as well as deck level set and LED stern light

New tiller with new Spinlock extension

New holding tank and new plumbing along with replaced head pump

New lifelines

Lifeline stanchions – first two replaced with jib roller and all stanchion removed and re-bedded

New lifeline covers

New stern lifeline out of spectra

New windex

New ballast pumps and wiring and engineering for quick fill

New ballast tank water transfer system

New ballast tank water dump system

New cockpit compass

All new interior cushions including foam higher quality foam


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