The Disperser is a laminated ferro-cement
center pilothouse cutter-ketch motorsailer.
This means that the vessel is made of a material
called "laminated ferro-cement",
which will be explained below; has a pilothouse
where the ship is controlled, located in
the center of the vessel; has two forestays
for two jibs (yankee and jib) and two masts,
the aftermost (back of the boat) being forward
of the rudder shaft; and that it has a motor
to propel her at full speed for long distances.
The hull was manufactured in 1975 in Sacramento,
California by the Fibersteel Corporation
and comprises two layers of high quality
ferro-cement surrounding a steel armature.
The technology was examined by the US Navy
and material and vessels from the manufacturer
were extensively tested by the US Coast Guard
for suitability of the vessel for passenger
use by the US Coast Guard.
I am the third owner of The Disperser. The
photograph behind this text shows the ship
right after I first purchased it where it
was moored, in an oxbow marina in Stockton,
California in the center of Central Valley,
over 100 miles from the ocean. The ship was
purchased originally and rigged with the
highest quality rigging available at the
time (there isn't much, if any, better on
the market today), given an engine and generator,
and then sold to a family who tried to continue
to finish the ship.
I am the first to sail The Disperser, ever.
I consider her brand new, especially as I
am in the process of doing a complete refit
of the vessel.
Please view details about The Disperser in
the menu to the left under "The Vessel."