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|Serendipity||Designed by respected Naval Architect, Lyle Hess!|
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|Design Review||There are pro's and con's to every aspect of boat design...|
|Owners Lists||Split by Ensenada 20, RK20, and Balboa 20 owners!|
|Our 1977 Ensenada 20 (E20) was designed
by Naval Architect Lyle Hess; of Viajera 16, Balboa 20 and 26, Bristol Channel Cutter 28,
and NorSea 27 fame.
Lyles accomplishments also include various custom designs, one being the Renegade 28, whose lines were followed to build "Seraffyn", the boat owned by Lin and Larry Pardey, lifetime cruisers and circumnavigators.
The Ensenada 20 uses the same hull as the Balboa 20 but with a rather unusual flush deck that increases cabin space below and foredeck space at the bow.
Weve had owners of 30+ footers envious of our ability to stretch out and suntan on the deck and sleep comfortably in the relatively huge V-Berth of our "Serendipity".
The Ensenada 20 was manufactured from 1972 to 1981 by Coastal Recreation Inc. in Costa Mesa, Ca. and was also built under the RK-20 name by their subsidiary RK Industries in Strasburg Virginia. There were many interior, rig, keel trunk, rudder, and interior design changes over the years, making almost every E20 on the water today a "One-Of-A-Kind".
"Serendipity", came equipped with direct to mast upper shrouds (no spreaders), fractional (vs masthead) rig, a swing keel, kick-up rudder, and bow pulpit, main with single reef points and a 100% working jib. She was purchased with a 3.9 HP longshaft Volvo Penta outboard, that though still in brand new condition, was recently replaced with a 1985 5 HP Mariner.
We purchased Serendipity from the original owners in the fall of 1996, after years of endless summers declaring that "Someday, well own a sailboat".
download the original 1974 brochure.
(542 Kbytes, so she may take a while).
download the original 1977 specification sheet.
Interesting Note: The RK20 spec sheet was delivered with our 1977 Ensenada 20. Serendipity has the lower hung RK 20 keel, but the single port lights and spreaderless mast of the E20. Frequent design changes may have contributed to the demise of Coastal Recreation and RK Industries in April, 1981.
|The following specifications are as
All dimensions are in feet unless noted
I = 19.67 J = 8.5 P = 21.0 E = 8.167
|Quality sails may be purchased through
any reputable supplier.
Good sails will permit you to achieve hull speed in lighter airs, point higher, and maintain reasonable sail shape when reefed.
Use caution purchasing used sails.
|LUFF||FOOT||LEECH -AFT HB CORNER||TACK ANGLE||DIAGONAL (CLEW/HEAD)||HEAD (INCHES)||AREA EXCLUDING ROACH|
Jib (87% LP)
Genoa (149% LP)
180% Spinnaker (Symmetrical)
Cruising Spinnaker (Asymmetrical)
Storm Jib (Asymmetrical)
If you haven't guessed yet, after sailing over 3000 miles of the some of the most challenging freshwater cruising grounds in the world, we've grown very fond of the good ship "Serendipity".
Her ability to face and conquer the challenges we meet never ceases to amaze me. Combined with reasonable seamanship skills and a healthy respect for the potential power of the wind and fury of the seas, we trust our Ensenada 20 to treat us to adventurous journey's and safely deliver us to our intended destinations.
The Ensenada 20 is a great sailboat for family day sailing and extended cruising for two (preferably shorter people) in protected inland lakes and larger coastal waters.
As mentioned in a previous passage, there are advantages and disadvantages to every aspect of boat design, and every boat constitutes a compromise of preferred design characteristics. To assist those who may be considering acquiring an E20, I've compiled the following lists of pro's and con's.
Cabin Space:Enormous for a 20 footer. We've set ours up as a compact cruiser and my wife and I have enjoyed 2 week excursions with our 14 year old son on board. Pop top is great but catches jib sheets when up while under way (also hurts visibility). We leave it up (underway) only when we're in big water, on long tacks, and where there's little traffic.
Swing Keel: Significant (4') draft for stability and minimum leeway while beating, yet minimal drag (retracts for 21" draft) when running, convenient for gunkholing shallows, yet since significant keel is still exposed below the hull when fully retracted, it provides good stability in light winds and reduces swing when at anchor (always retract at anchor or you'll think you're a bronc buster). Swing keel winch available from cockpit (many boats you have to go into the cabin).
|Kickup Rudder: If you like gunkholing it's a blessing. Some were manufactured with fixed rudders (I wouldn't have one). The only trick is to tension the pivot bolt to just prevent it from kicking up from water drag at hull speed. If your E20 isn't equipped with a kick up rudder, you may wish to consider building one during the off-season. Click this image for a larger drawing.|
Main Sheet System: Transom (basically) mounted main sheet system doesn't present the companion way hazard as do most boats. The starboard mounted cam cleat is an inconvenience on a starboard tack. If there's a chance I'll have to spill the main, I run the free sheet end around the stern rail (modification) on the port side.
Heavy Duty Mast: (heavier construction than many 26 footers). This eliminates the need for spreaders (some confuse with light construction 'till they heft the mast), and makes mast stepping much easier (lack of spreaders, not weight). The heavy tabernacle and shroud placement eliminates side swing during mast raising.
Large Foredeck: There are few boats you can stretch full out on regardless of size (up to 40 feet). The E20 has an unbeatable foredeck.
Heavy Sea Handling: Beating at 10 degrees heal or better provides a smooth ride in anything. The sloping foredeck and high cockpit coamings provide a dry cockpit (we've ploughed through 6 foot curling waves and never had water more than half way up the deck). Also the slight stern overhang responds well to following seas (very limited roll on a broad reach or running) while not limiting LWL excessively.
Jib Sheet Winches:Too small! They should be replaced with larger ones that take a handle to assist sheet adjustment under load, and make mast raising a single person job.
Swing Keel Lock Down: While some Ensenada 20's weren't so equipped, I believe this to be an essential safety requirement of any swing keel boat (to prevent retraction in the event of a hurricane force knock down). However, under light winds you risk trunk damage in the event of a grounding (experience talking).
If you don't lock down, waves forced into the trunk come through the lockdown stud hole, and wet the floor.
|This drawing details the modifications we made to prevent wet floors
and the possibility of trunk damage due to grounding. (Click for larger image).
When the keel is retracted, a 3/4" expanding scupper plugs the hole. When underway (and the lock down stud is through the hole) we push on a separate scupper plug that has been drilled out to friction fit on the stud and plug the hole. (If there's no chance of a grounding we put the lock down wing nut on).
Main Roller Reefing:
Some roller reefing systems are good. This one isn't. It's very cumbersome to pull back the boom against the spring tension while rolling the boom, and keeping the topping lift butterfly from catching on the boom end. Forget about trying to maintain sail shape! We tried it once and then set up a simply jiffy reef line.
Gas Tank Provision: We have a 3 gallon tank (7.5 hours continuous operation for our 5HP Mariner) on the cockpit sole at the transom, and while potentially dangerous, we carry a 2 gallon jerry can in the locker (open to the cabin interior) on extended cruises, though we do plan to build a cockpit locker some day.
Topping Lift: The stock topping lift (nicopressed pigtail off the back stay) is a pain and dangerous. It's a pain because you have to reconnect it ever time you lower or reef the main. It's dangerous because when reefed you can't spill the main. To correct this I attached a 3/16" SS clip at the masthead (there's enough room beside the backstay terminal) and ran 5/16" braided nylon to a bronze clip (similar to original) for boom end butterfly connection. We leave it connected all the time, so it's just slack when the main is up full (it won't touch the roach so there's no fear of chafe). We can release the main halyard, or let the sheets fly at anytime if we're in trouble (fortunately we haven't had to and probably never will, but I like the opportunity being available).
Owners Lists (updated October 10, 2001)
|1976||Serendipity||Rod & Ondine Brandon||Peterborough, ON
|1974||Gumpucky||Bruce & Susan Bingham||Gulfport, FLfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1979||Arielle||Richard & Ellen Black||St. Louis, MO||TRIPLETT@prodigy.net|
|former owner||Bob Cassel||Northern, CAemail@example.com|
|Pete Ohara||London, ON|
|1972||Chloe||Dan & Jennie Meyer||San Diego, CA||E-mail changed?|
|former owner||Bob Wessel||Swabo71@webtv.net|
|1973||Otherwise Engaged||Ari L. Baymefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1974||(anonymous)||Dee ?||South Central, PA||MiniRitz@aol.com|
|1975||Dream Rime||Villy Madsen||Beaumont, Albertaemail@example.com
|1972||Express Desire||Ed & Perrian
|Hughesville, MD||E-mail changed?|
|1974||Blue Angel||Gene Epstein||Brooklyn, NYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1974||Bilbo||Steve & Dianne Hullet||Buckeye Lake, OHemail@example.com|
|1979||Sea Jay||Curt & Sheryl
|Lake Fenton, MIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1974||Chrissy Marie||Donald Murphy||Central, PA||Don@cdlinc.com|
|1973||Good Luffin||Wyatt & Shannon
|1981||Didi Mao||Tom Rose||Malo, WA||E-mail changed?|
|1976||The Doghouse||Jason Rademakers||St. Petersburg, FLemail@example.com|
|1974||M&N||Bill & Donna Carpenter||Westerville OHfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1973||Anungoday||Noemi Ybarra||Lafayette, INemail@example.com|
|1972||(anonymous)||Mark Lustig||Stamford, CT||MLustig@PRTM.com|
|1972||Seventy Sense||Mark & Diane Tetrault||Pembroke NH||E-mail changed?|
|1973||Eli's Coming||Phillip & Linda Ennis||Lake Monroe INfirstname.lastname@example.org (former owners)|
|1974||Twilite Willoughby||Robert & Susan Bruecken||Pittsburgh, PAemail@example.com|
|?||(anonymous)||Andrew Harding||Santa Cruz, CAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1973||Sun Pacific||Marc & Carolyn Gallegos||Grand Junction, COemail@example.com|
|1974||Sweet Escape||Dan & Nisi Myers||North-east PAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1973||La Maria Angelina||Geoff & Lori Hartt||Portland, OR||E-mail changed?|
|Port Orchard, WAemail@example.com|
|East Greenbush, NYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1975||Wavedancer||Paul Del Rio||Banner Elk, NC||E-mail changed?|
|1973||Mrs. X||Carl & Sharon Aber||Barnegat Bay, NJemail@example.com|
|1973||Wind Quest||Harvey and Cecile Smith,||Hampden, Ma.||Harvx@aol.com|
|1973||Geez-O-Peet||Richard Craig||Southern CAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|E209||Elissa Ann||Ralph & Joann||Western, PA||E-mail changed?|
|1973||Wavelength||Tim McHale||Boston, MAemail@example.com|
|1974||Believer||Harley & Kirstin Hill||Woodstock, CTfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1974||Cozy||Stuart Kiehl||Santa Rosa, CAemail@example.com|
|1976||Espirit||Woodie & Liz Woodfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|?||Retired To Sail||Lindsey English||Scottsdale, AZemail@example.com
|1974||(anonymous)||Bill Lippincott||Cape Cod, MA||Lippin55@aol.com|
|?||Sail Away||Bob Barr||Ohiofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1974||The Flying Shoe||David, Susan & Heidi Kuehn||Stockton Lake, MOemail@example.com|
|Solo||Scott & Ashley McArthur||Valsourdog@aol.com|
|1974||Naptime||Vickie McGonigle||Muncie, Indianafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1973||Hummer||Jeff Frank||Puget Soundemail@example.com|
|# 54||(anonymous)||Brent K. Olesen||Ogden, Utahfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1974||(anonymous)||Tyler Diehl & Kristen Hurley||Monkton, MDemail@example.com|
|1974||Second Wind||Bill and Barb||Chesapeake Bayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|?||(anonymous)||Marty Dutcher||Kensington, MDemail@example.com|
|(anonymous)||Kyle & Margaret Friauf||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||Kdf04@aol.com|
|1976||Esprit||George&Suzanne Hilliker||Elkmont, ALfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1972||Moonshadow||Lois Shiley||Annapolis, MDemail@example.com|
|1973||Altijd||Henriette den Ouden||Washington, DCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|?||Sassafras T||Tom Wilson||Alpharetta, GA||E-mail changed?|
|La Vie Dansante||Wolfram Gotfried||Deltaville, VAemail@example.com
|1979||Arielle||Richard & Ellen Black||St. Louis, MO||TRIPLETT@prodigy.net|
|1977||Herin||Mike Turdo||Bethlehem, PAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1977||Figaro||David & Sharon Hunt||Marietta, GAemail@example.com|
|?||(anonymous)||Mike Meyers||Knoxville, TNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1978||Whimsy II||Nate & Lynette Bryan||Lupton, MIemail@example.com|
|1978||Keel Over||Rick Moran||Cedar Run, NJ||RMORAN7306@AOL.COM|
|1972||Breaking Wind||Spicer, Donald C||Alpharetta, GA||SpicerDC@corning.com|
|1969||Psalty Tune||Cliff & Sarah Unruh||Reedley, CA||CliffUnruh@aol.com
|Honalee||Storm Connorsfirstname.lastname@example.org http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1328257&a=100072197|
|# 418||Miracle||Steven Davis||Texasemail@example.com|
|1969||EXODUS||Spencer & Mary Oland||Port Kelly, WA||Bruddamon@usa.net|
|1972||Southwind||Stanley Horsley||Lexington, Kyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1973||Jonathan||John & Peg Watson||Gainesville, GAemail@example.com|
|# 531||Airhead||Paul Brogger||Tenino, WAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1967||Genesis*||James Wright||Bainbridge Island, WAemail@example.com|
*Genesis, was previously owned by Lyle Hess himself until 1984.
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