Literally born of gleaming wood and old Hollywood glamour, 85′ Destiny was launched in 1934 for Academy Award winning screenwriter and director Preston Sturges, and named, not just for Lady Destiny, whose siren song calls each and every one of us to become captains of our own fate, but also in memory of his mother, Mary Desti, whose telegraph address was DESTI, N.Y.
Humphrey Bogart captained her as a Transpacific Judges boat in 1936; she was commandeered by the US Navy in what was know as The Hooligan Fleet during WWII (check out the forecastle carvings our Boys in Blue gave her); in 1961 John Wayne chartered her from San Carlos to Hawaii and then on to San Juan Island; and in the '50’s she was later owned by Howard Hughes, who secretly married actress Terry Moore aboard the boat. In the 1970’s Cheech and Chong’s iconic movie “Up in Smoke” was written in Destiny’s salon and in 2008, the current owners took Destiny to Port Townsend, WA for an extensive refit. 42 months and $1.2 million dollars later, she was completely restored from hull to masts and ready for a new set of adventures.
Though she looks like she came straight out of an old school pirate movie, with her all-wood two-masted Staysail Schooner design, Destiny has all the modern amenities you could want, and then some.
At her heart beats a rock steady Detroit Diesel 671, reliably putting out 295hp since 1983, and a 12.5 KW Northern Lights genset. Augmented by a massive 12V battery bank, 2 wind generators and an enormous solar power array, this yacht has no need to put in to port all the time, especially given her Spectra water maker, the more than 800 gallons worth of potable water tankage, and her 1000 gallon diesel fuel tank capacity.
In 2011, the Port Townsend Shipwright Co-op re-rigged her wood spars and stainless steel standing rigging, while Carol Hasse took care of a brand new (2011) Slab-style Reefing Mainsail with two reef points and a Hank On Headsail. Rounding out the sail complement which sends her soul aloft are a Fisherman (2011), Course Square Sail (2011), Yankee (2011), Raffee (2011), Stay Sail (2011), Gollywobbler (1976), Storm Tri Sail (2011), Forestay Sail (2011), Jib (2011), and of course, her Spindrifter Spinnaker w/sock and the Hai Matau symbol on it (2011).
Destiny’s state of the art electronics include: Garmin 7200 series at the main computer station, Garmin 5212 series computer in the lower nav station, Garmin GHC 10 Autopilot Control Unit, 5 Garmin GMI Digital Marine Instrument Displays, both a Garmin 300 AIS unit and a Garmin 600 AIS unit, GPS, Chart plotter, a remote control Auto helm, and Radar. There are 3 VHF stations on board—plus portable VHFs, SSB w/modem, Weather fax, and a 406MHz EPIRB.
Destiny is built like a tank out of old growth Port Orford cedar, Fir and Mahogany. The interior is Mahogany and Teak. Her high bulwarks make it easy to stay safely aboard in even the heaviest seas and she comes with a full complement of safety equipment, including: a life raft, life jackets, life buoys, proximity alarms, Danbuoy, searchlight, safety harnesses, 4 bilge pumps, and emergency steering capability.
More than a living piece of history, more than the sum of her impressive spec sheets, of which only some were listed here, and equipment lists, and more than merely a boat, Destiny is a home. A home that will take you and those you love to places beyond your wildest dreams. In style. $399,000.