S/V Four Points is a 1990 Hunter 27, bulb wing keel with a balanced spade rudder controlled by a tiller. For auxiliary power she has an 8hp Tohatsu outboard setup with electric start, and remote shift / throttle in the cockpit, which is very nice as you don’t have any of the headaches normally associated with outboard engine controls. Purchased in June 2009, I am the 2nd owner. When I bought her she was a very simple, but modern designed boat, and I have done lots to modernize the equipment and gear on the boat, as well as many cosmetic upgrades.
About The Name:
The name of any vessel should have a story behind it, and like any good name this one does. It starts a number of years back when I launched ForePoint Networks, a broadband wireless internet provider in Indiana. The name was thought up by one of my partners, and we went with it. Over the years in business we became known to our customers as “the guys at ForePoints”, as in give “the guys over a ForePoints a call and they will get you setup”. The company was a success and in March 2009 we sold the business to Omnicity (OTCBB:OMCY). I did some research on boat naming etiquette and traditions, and found that it’s not uncommon to name a boat in some way after the benefactor who financed it, but I didn’t want to name the boat “ForePoint Networks”, besides too many people over the years had asked me how much golf I play, assuming the Fore was a golf reference (it wasn’t, not one of us in the business played golf).
I wanted something with a nautical reference, something with meaning, and something that alluded to my desire to travel to the four corners of the world (by boat). I have always liked compass roses, in fact my very first website in college had a big compass rose for the background image. So I put the two thoughts together, and came up with “Four Points”, which references the four cardinal points of the compass, the four hemispheres of the world that I want to eventually explore (but probably on a bigger boat before I go too far from shore), and last of all, is a homonym for our old company nickname, “ForePoints”.
Ballast: 1850lbs (Lead, Bulb Wing)
Mast Height: 41′
Fuel Capacity: 9gal (50:1 pre-mix)
Water Capacity: 15 gal (aprox)
Auxiliary power: 8hp Tohatsu 2 stroke with 4 blade high thrust prop
New bottom (stripped, sanded, painted) – 2009
New Shakespeare VHF antenna – 2009
Cockpit Mounted Garmin 540s Chart plotter / sounder – 2009
Replaced Main Sheet – 2009
220% Drifter – 2009
Symmetrical Spinnaker – 2009
Storm Jib – 2009
Heavy Weather Jib – 2009
Retractable Lazy Jacks – 2009
Installed Blue Sea Cockpit line bags – 2009
Complete restoration of hull gel coat – 2010
Installed Rigid Vang / removed topping lift- 2010
Installed Spinlock PXR for main sheet – 2010
Custom Bimini – 2010
Replaced all cabin lights with LEDs – 2010
Replaced all navigation lights with LEDs – 2010
Installed all rigging for Spinnaker – 2010
Refinished Cabin Sole – 2010
Replaced all Halyards – 2010
Companionway Slat Holders – 2010
Solar Windex Light – 2011
Battery Switch – 2011
Bilge Pump – 2011
LED Spreader Lights – 2011
Refinished Companionway Steps – 2011
Replaced anchor light with LED – 2011
New Main and 135 Genoa – 2011
Engine Voltage Regulator – 2011
Solar Charging System – 2011
Varnished interior woodwork – 2011 – still ongoing
Replaced Hatch Gaskets – 2011
Re-bedding Stanchions – 2011
Re-bedding Beckson Port Lights (partial)- 2011
Electrical Panel Upgrade – 2012
Inverter Installation – 2012
V-Berth Light – 2012
Stereo Installation – 2012
Fortress Anchor – 2012
Aft Cabin Stoage Lockers – 2012
Cabin Fans – 2012
VHF Deck Fitting – 2012
Ships Bell – 2012
Bimini Hings – 2012
New Fuel System – 2013
High Thrust Prop – 2013
Lower Unit Rebuild – 2013
Rebed Companionway Frame – 2013
Cleaned and Re-Torqued Keel Bolts – 2013
Installed Tiller Pilot – 2013
About S/V Four Points
She was named “Amy K” by the original owner, Richard Heist, whom I believe was a professor at NYU at the time. I bought her at Brewers Yacht Haven West in June of 2009. Unfortunately I was unable to get much information about the history of the boat as Richard had moved to Florida a couple years prior to take a position at Embry-Riddle, and we were never able to speak except for messages relayed through the broker (I guess the broker didn’t want any chance for us to work out a side deal and cut him out).
When I bought the boat she was in good repair, but the exterior had suffered cosmetically from sitting on the hard for 2 1/2 years, and the bottom paint was in miserable shape after years of hard paint that had built up and was chipping and peeling off.
I spent the first 3 1/2 weeks after buying her almost exclusively working on removing all the old bottom paint. That was a very large undertaking as there were places the paint was over 1/4″ thick. You can see in the pic below from the white streaks over the bottom paint that there was considerable oxidation of the gel coat as well.
On the inside she was in pretty good shape, in fact one of the things that appealed to me was the fact that with the exception of the exterior weathering, the boat was largely in like new condition, so much so that it occurred to me that virtually nothing had been changed on the boat since the day it left the dealer. I had just purchased a 19 year old new boat. There was no improperly installed equipment, or previously installed but now retired and removed with screw holes still in place.
It is both good, and a bad thing that Richard never added anything to the boat that I can tell from the time she was new. It is good because I can make the boat into anything I want, having what is aside from age, a new boat ready to make into my own, with nothing to undo. It is also bad because making the boat my own is definitely more expensive and time consuming than buying it the way I would have wanted it. In the end I’m glad that I am doing the work myself because I really enjoy it, and I am learning so much more than I would if I bought a boat already outfitted.