Current Status

Ayala has been on the hard at the Berkeley Marine Center since May 19, 2020. Because of COVID-19, we cannot liveaboard or do DIY work, which has changed how we approach some typical maintenance work, as well as some significant upgrades:

  • CopperCoat, removing all previous paint and even barrier coat to apply
  • Adding an arch
  • Adding a diesel generator
  • Electric repower, replacing our diesel engine with an electric motor
  • Rudder Shaft Packing
  • Thru-Hull Repair/Replace
  • PropSpeed
  • Replacing flooded lead-acid batteries with lithium
  • Adding significant solar capacity
  • Replacing propane unit with induction cooktop and electric convection oven

Technical Specifications

  • 1985 Fair Weather Mariner
  • Designed by Robert Perry
  • Built by Westsail in California, then finished by Ta Shing in Taiwan
  • Cutter Rigger Sloop
  • LOA: 38′ 9″
  • Beam: 11′ 10″
  • Draft: 5′ 10″
  • Fresh water capacity: 140 gallons
  • Diesel engine, Nanni Marine Diesel

Ship to Shore Crafts


  • Kayak is Advanced Elements AE1007 DS inflatable kayak, blue.
  • Purchased 2017
  • Drop-stitched floor
  • Excellent craft, great tracking, easy set-up and tear-down
  • Sail is a Kuvia KayakSailor 1.4 square meters with jib kit


  • West Marine Zodiac PVC inflatable dinghy with wooden interlocking floor
  • Purchased 2016
  • Johnson 2-stroke 1.5 HP outboard engine
  • Broken oar locks
  • Self-repaired seam split February 2019

What Ayala is to Us

primary residence We live full-time on the boat, a very comfortable 39 feet. Part home, part hobby. Port of call is Berkeley, but sometimes it makes more sense to live in Alameda, San Francisco, Napa, or somewhere else for a short time - Ayala makes it easy and comfortable. day sailing There is consistent sailing wind in the San Francisco Bay, and the Berkeley Marina is a great location to pop out for any amount of sailing. weekend trips There are so many wonderful anchorages and moorings in the San Francisco Bay and nearby coastal California, gorgeous weekend trips are a staple of our sailing plans. 5 people fit quite comfortably for a weekend. coastal cruising While we did bring the boat up from Dana Point, our current lifestyle keeps us mostly to Northern California coastal destinations. long-term cruising plans Since 2015, we planned to leave in the summer weather window of 2021. Due to COVID-19, we are not rushing any timelines, and instead focusing on projects and sustainability goals.

Projects, Fixes, and Upgrades


  1. Robert Feld November 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Very nice project blogs. Wondering if your Nanni Marine engine went bad or you just decided to Re power with electric? I just purchased a 1986 Fairweather mariner 39 named Legacy. Might be interested in purchasing the Nanni Marine engine for parts. Please email me at

    • Chaz Nasty November 15, 2020 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Robert, the engine was still working and I already sold it it to a local mechanic. I can look him up for you if you’re interested. I do still have lots of parts. Fuel/oil filters, zincs, extractor, exhaust components, etc that I’d be happy to sell for cheap. I’ll email you this week.

  2. Robert Feld November 15, 2020 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Very nice detail on your projects. Just wondering if your Nanni marine motor went bad or you just decided to repower with the electric motor. I just purchased 1986 Fairweather Mariner 39 named Legacy. If your Motor is the same as mine I might be interested in purchasing replacement parts off it. I can be contacted at Looking forward to your repower adventure.

  3. Michael Franzino October 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    My wife and I own a 1988 Fair Weather Mariner in the Santa Cruz Harbor. I’m very interested in your project to replace the diesel with an electric motor. Curious to know if you’ve yet selected a vendor for the motor ? Also, I have found that steering this vessel in reverse is difficult. I saw one past listing that showed a bow thruster installed. Robert Perry once responded on my facebook post and suggested a different prop. Any thoughts ? Thank you for sharing your story. It’s great to find another fan of this design.

    • Chaz Nasty October 9, 2020 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      The repower is underway! It’s seriously delayed but should be done soon. Once we are in the water with the bills payed I’ll do a detailed review of everything from handling to installation process.

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