My Little Sloop  CIMBA

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Cimba was my little 29’ Islander sloop built in 1967 by Wayfarer Yachts in Costa Mesa.  She’s a Coast Guard documented boat.  Built of fiberglass back in the days when fiberglass was new technology and they overbuilt everything, she’s “hell for stout”.  Cimba was a serious cruising sailboat, not a “Tupperware” day-sailor like a Newport 30. 


She had a LOA 29’ 2”, LWL  23’ 4”,  beam 9’ 2”, draft 3’ 7”, displacement of 8,100 lbs , she carried 355’ sail area and a PHRF rating of 246.   While she will technically sleep 5 [2 in the forepeak, 2 in the main cabin, 1 quarter berth], she was better suited for 2 people for cruising.  With a cutaway full keel, keel hung rudder [tiller] and fine entry forward she was surprisingly fast and would rack up 120 - 130 mile days like clockwork.  I was able to "shut down" many bigger boats that due to longer waterlines were technically faster, such as the Ericson 32's, etc.  She pointed high and admittedly had a bit of a weather helm in a blow.  But these Islander 29’s are known for their offshore safety and sailing ability.


With all lines leading aft to the cockpit and trouble free wind vane steering, I had her set up for singlehanded sailing.   Fitted out in the manner of Larry & Lin Pardey’s “go small, go simple, and go now!” she had oil lamps, an ice box, alcohol stove, etc, so that I wouldn't fall into the trap of “cruising is fixing things in exotic ports”.


She had an Atomic 4 engine swinging a 10” 3 blade prop, and all new electrical system which took me almost a full year to install.  Her sail inventory consists of the mainsail with two reef points, jib, 150% jenny, small spinnaker, and a large “drifter”.  Lazyjacks controlled the main on dousing.  A Simpson-Lawrence HySpeed anchor windlass, 35 lb CQR on 100’ chain/200’ nylon, 35 lb fisherman, & 20lb “lunch hook” constituted her ground tackle.


Cimba had been down and back to Hawaii more than a few times with the previous owner and is a Baja veteran.  Many I-29’s have gone to the South Pacific and a number of them have gone “all the way around”.  I bought Cimba in 2002 from the widow of the original owner who bought Cimba new in 1967.  I was Cimba's second owner.  I sold her in 2008.






Cimba, port side

Cimba, starboard side


The "pointy end"

The back end


Epoxy barrier coat with the rudder removed.

With anti-fouling paint and ready to go back in the water.


Stern showing the windvane steering system and boom gallows.

Cockpit, seats were long enough to sleep full length on.


Looking forward.  Alcohol stove, ice box & sink on starboard side, dinette which became a double bed on port side.

Looking aft with cabin door closed, engine is underneath just below the cabin door.


The forepeak, worst place for a bunk due to the "motion".

The "head", I never used it.  A bucket with 3" of water in it and a toilet seat fitted on top never plugged up!


Dawn at Malibu

No, it won't tip over!


The dirty, nasty old engine, cira 1930's.  They originally were tractor engines!

At Catalina !