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2007 Custom Brent Swain 36 Pilothouse
Lopez Island, WA

This is the ultimate escape pod. MOM is one tough boat. Designed, built and maintained as a work boat, she is no sissy. We intended on taking her offshore but found the waters of the Inside Passage challenging enough. Every detail of her is built with cruising in mind. No varnishing or bright work. Every aspect of MOM is based on simplicity and reliability. The hand rails around the spacious deck are waist high. No mamsy pamsy little cables a foot high. No hydraulic steering. MOM has a outside tiller and inside steering that will not break. In our experience everyone's' windlass breaks. Mom's windless is human powered. If you want a boat maintenance free, this is your boat. Fiberglass leaks, ferro cement cracks. Steel lasts. New in 2020 are the zinc anodes, PSS dripless shaft seal (PRO model), AGM house batteries, and bottom paint.

Under Sail 1       Under Sail 2       Quick Interior Walk-thru       Cruising Friends       At Anchor
(video downloads)


Year: 2007
Make: Custom
Model: BS 36 Pilothouse
Class: Pilothouse masthead sloop
Length: 36'
Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Lopez Island, WA
Hull Design: Twin Keel Monohull
Hull Material: Steel


This boat has traveled extensively up and down the Inside Passage since 2009. She is safe and comfortable. Stainless steel hand rails are waist high and keep you safe while walking around the wide decks. Baby bars keep you safe when hoisting the main sail. A deva seat in the back of the boat gives one a good view as well as comfort in the cock pit. She is twin keel, shallow draft. She has plied the waters and ice of Glacier Bay, been around Vancouver Island, out to Haida Gwaii and down as far south as Olympia. She is solid built and could go anywhere in the world. MOM will provide many more years of safe sailing to come. USCG documented.

She is built using the origami type building method that is stronger than traditional frame construction and provides a fairer hull. Made of abraded and primed steel, the hull thickness is 3/16" with decks and cabin 1/8". The hull was professionaly built by Evan Shaler. One of the best builders of this design, this is his 35th hull. All steel is coated inside and out with WASSER primer and tar. Zinc anodes new in 2020.


Nominal Length: 36ft
Length Overall: 42ft
Max Draft: 5.0ft
Beam: 10.5ft
Headroom: 6ft plus

Fresh Water: 1-60gal, 1-70gal
Fuel: 1-15gal, 1-65gal
Holding: 20gal
Propane: 1-20lb, 1-10lb

Double Berths: 1
Single Berths: 1
Heads: 1


Engine Make: ISUZU
Engine Model: 4LE2
Engine Year: 2007
Engine Power: 54hp
Engine Hours: 3700
Engine Type: Inboard
Fuel Type: Diesel
Exhaust Type: Dry, Keel Cooled
Transmission: ZF25 Hydraulic
Propeller Type: 2 Blade
Engine Spares: alternator, starter, water pump, fuel pump, propeller and more.
Fuel Consumtion: 3 liters per hour at 6 knots


Pilot House affords a 360 view. Large tempered double pane windows for great visibility inside and out (outside pane is 1/2", inside pane is 1/4").
Dinette is up in the pilot house, galley is down a step inside the cabin.
There is 6ft plus headroom throughout pilothouse and cabin.
Stainless steel handholds throughout.
Flooring is Treadmaster II non-skid.
Inside of hull is coated with foam insulation.
Sigmar Marine diesel heater with outside air intake and gravity feed fuel.
PSS dripless shaft seal with silicone bellows, 10 year model, new in 2020.
Inside and outside steering. Tiller and outboard rudder.

All stainless steel counter top.
Large extra deep utility sink with 2 WHALE foot pumps for fresh and salt water.
Stove is Force 10 two burner with oven, gimbeled.
Propane tanks are aluminum and currently certified until 2025.
Fridge is built-in 6 cubic feet, insulated to R30 with Adler Barber refrigeration unit and runs on solar power!
Large storage bin for pots, and provisions in the back of the stove with more storage under the oven in the keel.
4 long drawers

Integrated computer navigation system using Coastal Explorer.
We have used Coastal Explorer mainly because of the RADAR chart overlay and AIS display.
Mobile PC w/WINDOWS 7 PRO has 500 GB SSD, 6 USB ports, 2 ethernet ports and 4 RS232 serial ports. Wireless keyboard and mouse.
Two Arganaut waterproof 15" screens one for outside and the other for inside steering. Computer and monitors run on 12VDC.
KODEN radar
ACR AIS transponder
RAYMARINE masthead wind instrument and depth sounder integrated with Coastal Explorer
SIMRAD Tillerpilot
3 KYOCERA 135 watt solar panels with Tristar 45 amp MPPT charge controller
4 LIFELINE AGM GC2 batteries for house [new in 2020]
2 KIRKLAND G27 lead acid batteries for engine starting
XANTREX PureSine 2.0 KW inverter (4.5 KW surge)

custom sails by NORTH SAILS: main, genoa and gennaker
additional sails are a storm trisail and spare main
all winches are ANDERSEN and 6 of these are self-tailing
halyards are T-900 and running rigging is STASET-X, extra running rigging and halyards
all blocks are built by GARHAUER
All standing rigging is 3/8" EHS galvanized wire.

20 Kg Manson anchor re-galvanized in 2018
Chain 140 feet 5/16 G4 new in 2018 and re-galvanized before use
200 feet 3/4" Samson deep 6 nylon line
On board, hand crank anchor winch
stearn anchor is 20 lb CQR
spare 20 Kg Bruce anchor

WALKER BAY 8 with custom foam float collar

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Updated DECEMBER 2021

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