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Vessel Details - Bonnie Lynn

About the Bonnie Lynn
Bonnie Lynn is one of the most unique of the Maine Schooner fleet. She is a modified version of designer Merrit Walter's Trade Rover Schooner. Being a serious offshore cruising vessel, she is built to very high standards with a steel hull. Bonnie Lynn is a gaff rigged topsail schooner, having three head sails and a traditional lower squaresail, evoking images of a bygone era. She is U.S. Coast Guard Certified for 36 passengers coastal and 8 ocean sailing (although she prefers to have no more than 7 charter guests).

Extraordinary means have been taken to make this one of the most comfortable and seaworthy of the schooners. During her construction and final outfitting, the owners, Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie, paid particular attention to details for both safety and aesthetics. One unusual aspect of Bonnie Lynn is her heavily insulated hull and interior bulkheads, which offer passengers more privacy and comfort. Below deck she is teak and mahogany paneled with a teak and holly cabin sole. Traditional style brass lighting fixtures create a romantic, old world, atmosphere.

Cabins are equipped with adjoining heads and showers. 110 volt power is available throughout the vessel. The air conditioned cabins are spacious, two have a large double berth, and the other has 2 single berths and a double. The galley, main salon, and guests cabins are located midships, with the owners having a private aft cabin. In addition there is a fos'cle lounge for more private relaxation.

Although 'Bonnie Lynn' has a very traditional look, she is equipped with the most modern and technologically advanced navigation, communication and safety equipment, including a SAT phone. We access email on a daily basis. She has two steering stations, one beautiful antique bronze pedestal and wheel are located midships and another antique bronze pedestal and wheel are in the ship's pilot house.

She has a sound-insulated walk-in engine room, housing a 220 hp diesel engine and 7.6 kw diesel generator. Her elaborate electrical system includes a water heater, water maker, ice maker, air conditioning, refrigeration and freezer units, auto pilot,and electric windlass.She is an extremely self-sufficient and comfortable vessel. You feel as if you are stepping back in time, without sacrificing the luxury of modern day conveniences.

Earl & Bonnie MacKenzie are your gracious hosts aboard Bonnie Lynn. Together they have owned and operated sailing vessels for many years. In 1996 they began construction of Bonnie Lynn, and since 1998 have been chartering her in the Caribbean in the winter, and in Maine coastal waters in the summer. Earl has spent most of his life on the water, beginning at a very early age aboard his father's lobster boat in Maine. He has skippered both yachts and working boats since he was a teenager.

Bonnie is a world traveler, having served in the Peace Corps teaching school in Fiji, traveled to Australia and Tasmania, and lived in New Zealand working as a school teacher. She has traveled extensively in Central & South America, as well. Both Bonnie & Earl thoroughly enjoy entertaining their guests, creating friendships that last, as witnessed by the high rate at which previous guests return for another voyage aboard Bonnie Lynn.

The Bonnie Lynn at a Glance

Berths: 3 Cabins / 6 Berths
Crew: 2
Length: 72 Feet Ft
Beam: 15.3 Feet Ft
Draft: 7.5 Feet Ft

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