Current Status – early 2023

Cruised in California March-October 2022, and entered Mexico on October 19, 2022, landing in Ensenada. Enjoyed several months on Baja, and excited to be mainland-bound! Cruising happily, doing maintenance and projects in exotic locations, and bringing the bikes out at most ports.

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Ayala at a glance

  • 1985 Fair Weather Mariner
  • Designed by Robert Perry
  • Built by Westsail in California, then finished by Ta Shing in Taiwan
  • Cutter Rigged Sloop, with roller furled genoa
  • LOA: 38′ 9″
  • Beam: 11′ 10″
  • Draft: 5′ 10″
  • Fresh water capacity: 140 gallons
  • Diesel tankage: 55 gallons
  • 24 kW h of lithium battery storage
  • 1070 W of solar
  • 20 kW 48v inboard PMAC (permanent magnet alternating current) electric motor with regen capabilities
  • 7.5 kW Generator
  • Cooking:
    • True Induction Mini Duo cooktop
    • Samsung convection oven
    • Backup cooktop is Duxtop single burner



  • Kayak is Advanced Elements AE1007 DS inflatable kayak, blue.
  • Purchased 2017
  • Drop-stitched floor
  • Excellent craft, great tracking, easy set-up and tear-down
  • We have a Kuvia KayakSailor 1.4 square meters with jib kit but have not brought it along at this time


  • Achilles HB-335AX Aluminum RIB
  • Purchased 2022
  • ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Electric outboard motor
  • Currently storing upside-down on the fore deck with a cover when underway

Travels, Projects, and Upgrades


  1. John Smith August 17, 2023 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Just started watching your channel, I like what I see so far! 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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