Launched in 1976, Ogigiona was sailed across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The original owners used the boat for sail training, and a celestial navigation school conducted on the vessel in the Caribbean. They sailed three years in the Caribbean between Antilles, the South American Coast, San Blas and Panama. Fully reconditioned in Panama, Ogigiona sailed four years across the Pacific from the Marquesas to Papua, New Guinea. After some reconditioning in New Zealand, she sailed ten thousand miles across the Pacific via Tahiti, Marquesas and Hawaii.
In 1985 she was sailed to Port Townsend, Washington, USA, and eventually sold to her second owner, a Seattle businessman. In 1995, the third owner (a family of 5), purchased Ogigiona for an offshore blue water cruise to French Polynesia. That owner stated that there were multiple reasons why he chose this boat for the journey with his family. First and above all else was the safety feature of the steel hull. He said there was a certain amount of comfort in knowing that the boat was of strong steel construction, and the boat had already proven herself with thousands of offshore miles. He especially liked the ketch rig which made it very easy for him to handle on his own. The rig was also ideal for trade-wind sailing.
The current owner undertook an extensive refurbishment including new masts and booms, replenishment of steel plate, and the addition of stainless pads under the deck hatches and tracks to reduce maintenance. The mainsail and mizzen were replaced with full batten cruising sails mounted on Antal tracks via Schaefer Battcars. They have very low hours as does most of her new equipment, which was added to enhance sustainable cruising and facilitate short-handed passages.
Her electrical system was upgraded and improved with a large house battery bank and solar and wind power. A high output, high efficiency water maker was added to provide extended cruising capability to remote locations. New stainless pulpits were fashioned fore and aft, and mast pulpits were added to enhance on-deck safety. Ventilation was improved with the addition of four stainless cowl vents with stainless mushroom vents under dorrades, allowing closure in inclement weather.
New stainless solar vents were installed in the salon and owner stateroom as well. An Isotemp hot water tank was added and plumbed to all three sinks. New vinyl-over-foam ceiling panels were installed in addition to new insulation under deck. The addition of dimmable LED lights (white and red) provides a bright interior and excellent illumination under all conditions. New butter-soft, highly-durable vinyl cushions were obtained for the salon and navigation station seating.
Ogigiona was built to the highest professional standards. Her steel construction gives peace of mind in knowing that she has what it takes to get you there and back again safely. She is ready for her new owners to take her again to the blue waters and enjoy the same safety features and comfort below experienced by all of her previous owners.