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

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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