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Siren 18 Cuddy Cabin By Marion Prodaehl

O SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 17’ 2” Beam: 6’ 8” Displacement: 750 lbs. Sail area: 145 sq. ft.

LWL: Draft : Ballast: 2 berths

15’ 0” 8” to 4’ 3” 130 lbs.


USVI-based bareboat charter company CYOA Yacht Charters is accepting applications from experienced team players for the following full and part-time positions: PART TIME Charter Briefer. An ideal job for the semi-retired cruiser that wants to earn extra money. Meet and greet charter clients, familiarize them with their charter boat and take them for a brief test sail. Must be able to demonstrate all the mechanical systems on a charter boat, conduct a chart briefing, answer client’s questions, put them at ease—and then, after a brief test sail, send them off on a great vacation. You can work as much or as little as you desire.

FULL TIME Boat Maintenance. Must be experienced, have your own tools, knowledge of common systems on sail and powerboats up to 50 feet and able to operate these vessels. References required. Client Service. Entry level position. Must be personable, happy and ready to make our clients’ vacations special – boating knowledge a plus. Parts Clerk. Detail-oriented OCD person to keep track of our loose screws. Boating knowledge and computer skills a big plus.

All candidates must be legal to work in the US. Apply by email to: 36 October 2010


n a sweltering August Sunday afternoon in 1991, we went sailing for the first time. My father’s friend, Jack, took us out on a 17-foot Siren cuddy cabin sailboat. Seven people were tucked into lifejackets and then clambered aboard the boat, named Judy Leah. Three of us sat in the little cabin, and the rest shared the cockpit with Jack. We sailed for a couple of hours on Last Mountain Lake just north of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in some solid prairie wind. With every tack, all seven of us rocked the boat as we moved from one side to the other. On that day, my husband, Boyd, fell in love with sailing. A few years later, when Jack decided to sell Judy Leah, we managed to scrape the funds together to purchase her. We may have an Island Packet 38 in the Georgia/ Florida area for winter cruising now, but we still have the little Siren up in Saskatchewan for the summer. Over the past 15 years, we have sailed this Canadianbuilt pocket cruiser in all types of weather, and it has kept us safely in the upright position through some very strong wind gusts. She was designed by Hubert Vandestadt (nephew of E.G. van de Stadt) and built by the Vandestadt and McGruer boatbuilders of Owen Sound, Ontario. She is the 27th Siren produced. Like so many boatbuilders, they seem to have gone out of business some time in the 1980s, but not till after having built a couple of thousand or so Sirens. Some would describe the Siren as a bit tender, as she does dip her rail in the water quite readily in stronger winds, but we have never had a knockdown. My husband has tried to on a few occasions, and she has always headed into the wind. He likes to sail her in strong winds, and the waters on our northern lakes where we now sail her can build up quickly to three and more feet. Even though she feels a bit light in the waves, she points quite well into the wind and tacks quickly and efficiently. With the new sails (main and jib) we picked up from Super Sailmakers in Florida, we now find that the Siren also performs well in light winds. Our previous sails, 30-plus-years old, were so blown out that they felt like silk, and we needed a few knots of wind to get the boat moving. Although we use our Siren predominantly for day sailing, we have spent weekends on her anchored in shallow, protected water. There is no standing room in the cabin and it gets a little snug with the two of us and our Weimaraner. To maximize sleeping space, we have placed removable boards across the berths, which cover the space for the stove. Since we do not use a stove inside the cabin, loss of