The Ship

Toodle-oo! is an Outbound 44, hull number 27, built in 2007 in China initially for Mike Thorpe as ‘Adagio’. We purchased Adagio in April, 2011 and she was renamed Toodle-oo! in June of 2012 in Newport, RI at a memorable ceremony.

The Outbound is a Schumacher design and as such bears many hall marks of a racing boat. Phil Lambert, owner of Outbound Yachts, felt that a  fast boat is a safe boat – and we agree.

She is sloop rigged but with a double headsail arrangement and large main that easily powers her 35,000lbs along in relatively light airs. She’s also very stable and sea kindly with a 3,500lb bulb on the bottom of the keel to keep her upright. Her fin keel and spade rudder will no doubt come in for some criticism from some of the diehard cruisers, and I confess I would have preferred a skeg hung rudder. On the other hand, her maneuverability as a consequence is fantastic, and I’m happy to get what we’re given!

She is designed for Bluewater sailing, with large fuel tanks (160gal) and water tanks (200gal), all neatly stowed below the cabin sole, further aiding stability and opening up vast amounts of storage space below all the salon seats. Outbounds are offered in a range of layouts but Toodle-oo!’s layout is slightly non-standard, eliminating the forward head in favor of extra storage space within the master stateroom. The stateroom is very roomy with centerline queen berth that can be accessed from either side – a real improvement over our previous Pullman berth. Storage space is plentiful with cupboards either side of the bed, two large closets on each side of the stateroom and 7 large drawers. Additionally, there is cavernous space below the bed. 6 portholes, a large hatch and 2 dorades provide good ventilation.

Stepping up into the raised and very airy salon, there is a booth to port surrounding a large folding table and a long settee to starboard which doubles as a pilot berth. Large non opening windows provide the light while 1 large and 2 small hatches provide excellent ventilation.

Aft of the salon an open U shaped galley on the port side is a dream to work in a confused seaway, with Corian countertops that have raised lips enabling easy cleaning. A 4 burner Force 10 stove provides the cooking while refrigeration is by a large Frigoboat powered cooler on the port side (a little awkward to get at). Refrigeration is augmented by a freezer within the garage.

On the starboard side, behind the salon and the 12 bottle wine rack is the head with separate shower stall. It’s a little on the small side, but manageable. Aft of the head is the aft 2 person stateroom and significant storage for guest clothing and boat-wide supplies.

Aft of the galley is the forward facing navigation station and behind that is a pass-through into the garage – a large work area which has standing room when the cockpit locker is opened. The garage houses the generator, watermaker and freezer and provides storage for all the boats tools and spares. Aft of the garage is a small hatch to access rudder, autopilot and watermaker components.

The Yanmar turbocharged 75HP engine resides under the companionway steps between navigation station and aft cabin, with excellent access via lifting companionway steps and removable sides. The Yanmar is capable of driving the boat at over 8 knots.

Just three steps up to the cockpit which is spacious and comfortable. It is also narrow enough to allow one to brace legs against opposite seat while heeling. The transom is open (there are slat boards that we don’t use) so any ingress of water immediately flows out the back. The helm is comfortable, and the huge Lewmar 68 main winches are perfectly placed for the helmsman to trim sails. There are two cabin-top winches, one of which is electric, but not to be used electrically until we’re old!

Other than the portside locker (to the garage) there is a huge locker on starboard (too big!) and a propane locker to port holding two 20lb tanks.

A sugar scoop transom was a target acquisition and she doesn’t disappoint. The previous owner also arranged a neat hinged mount for a monitor wind vane – allowing access to the sugar scoop when the vane is not in use.

Wide side-decks allow easy passage to the foredeck with solid pushpit all the way to the entry gates and then high lifelines to the pulpit. Up front there is a Lighthouse windlass for the 80lbs Manson Supreme main anchor on 275′ of 5/16 chain + 200ft of 3/4″ rode. A secondary rode is available with Fortress anchor.

The chain and rode is stored in the forward locker – a watertight bulkhead which provides adequate storage for fenders, jerry cans, spinnaker and code zero! Marvelous not having to bring wet sails into the main cabin.

The stout, double spreader mast tops out at 63ft above the water and supports the 830sq ft main, and headsails with oversize shrouds.

New sails were purchased in 2012 – opting for heavy duty dacron challenger made by Thurston Quantum sails. We increased the size of the headsail significantly – to 125% Genoa and 105% inner jib. We opted to go for just two deep reefs in the main and for the time being will not acquire a trisail (though a separate track is installed). A third reef has since been added – which leads to changes in reef handling when the third reef is rigged – 1st reef is accomplished at the mast.

The boat is a joy to sail – and testament to her forgiving nature is that our very first sail was 900NM from St. Augustine, Florida to Portsmouth, RI during which we experienced two storms – and survived both!




2 thoughts on “The Ship

  1. mark sinn

    Hi Bill,

    I was shocked at the amount of damage the lightning strike caused.

    Were you able to identify any upgrade or improvements to provide more lightning protection?
    Or is that just the nature of a direct lightning strike?

    Thanks Mark
    PS: I appreciate your insights to the Outbound on your website and other discussions you’ve contributed to. This boat is high on my list!

  2. Jeff Gardener

    Have read through your posts from time to time. Sounds like an endless adventure having fun and keeping things going. When you headed south?



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