Nepenthe: Described by Homer in the Odyssey as an Egyptian herbal drink so powerful
that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind

Size and Equipment:

1977 Northeaster-Fisher 30, LOA 30 ft., LWL 25 ft. 6 in., beam 10 ft. 6 in., draft 4 ft. 6 in., displacement 14,000 pounds. Volvo Penta MD17C 36 hp diesel rebuilt in 1999 with 1100 hours. Raytheon GPS plotter, Furano Radar Model 1720 Marine, Navionics (Southern California) Chart Module, Garmen Handheld GPS, Benmar autopilot, standard horizon VHF radio, B&G wind speed/direction, B&G knot meter, stereo CD player with external speakers, Raritan electronic rudder angle indicator, electronic propane system monitor, Hummingbird depth meter, 4 gel batteries and Statpower 2-bank battery charger. Roller furling tanbark main, roller furling tanbark headsail, tanbark mizzen; Lewmar sheet and halyard winches. Lofrans electronic anchor windlass with pilothouse and bow controls, CQR 35-pound bow anchor with 180 feet 5/16 in. chain, Danforth stern anchor. Custom stainless dingy davits. Piezo-electronic refrigerator, Valiant geyser propane stove, hot/cold freshwater shower, Jabsco head, hide-away sink. 

Year and Model: 1977 Fisher Northeaster ‘30

Registered Port: Santa Barbara, California

Owner: Bruce R. Madewell, 6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone 916-204-3023. 

Cruising Areas: This is my first boat.  As a relative novice, I profess limited cruising area at present, the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands.  I cannot describe the cruising area any better than Brian Fagan in The Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California, 2002, McGraw-Hill Co., Camden, Maine, p. 5.

As a sailor based on the California coast, I probably have more than most, because I am fortunate to live in the heart of one of the finest boating environments on earth.  The weather is almost always predictable—temperatures rarely fall below 55 degrees—and we can go boating every day of the year.  We take malicious delight in telling callers from New York in February that we’re going sailing that afternoon.  We have everything at our doorstep: great racing water, magnificent fisheries, world-class diving and superb kayaking.  You can dine in some of the finest waterfront restaurants on the west coast one night and anchor in a quiet offshore island cove the next.