She has a strong hull and will last for many years to come. I think she will make a wonderful live aboard for someone. She is 56′ long if you include her bowsprit and constructed of Ferro-cement back in 1979, in Gary McLaughlin’s back yard. Gary was a fine ship wright and chose, Yellow Cedar for her double planked deck, Swamp ash for bulkheads, teak and mahogany for house structure. Inside are three full size bunks and one single bunk, A galley, a head, a beautiful wheel house.

Heading north on the Swinomish Channel

She is a ketch with two fine aluminum masts and stainless steel stays. The main mast stands at 60′. She sails very upright on her full keel because she has a very low center of gravity and a 30 ton weight.

When your not sailing she has a 115 horse 6 cylinder Westerbeke diesel engine. She has solar panels and a generator on board. In the galley there is a 10 gallon hot water heater, a refrigerator, and a propane stove and oven. The fold out dining table and settee provide a comfortable place to sit enjoy your morning coffee.

For electronics she has a depth sounder, and vhf radio, there is also stereo/cd player. All lights are LED.

The Armadillo is very unique and there isn’t another one like her. However, she was based on a C-Baron design by Samson boat works. You will find good head room inside and a very spacious deck.

I used the Armadillo as a 6 pack charter boat and took many people on sailing adventures in the San Juans. I also used to host guests via Airbnb aboard. In those days she was an asset instead of a liability. These days I have too many other irons in the fire to utilize her effectively and she needs a younger owner who is willing to put in the time and maintenance to keep her bright and shiny.

under way
The port side underway
A look at the Galley