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The Crew – Just Two

Fiona and Randy Woods splashed down from the three dimensional world of professional and sport ballooning onto the shifting seas.  Their four adult children are scattered across the world, some with children of their own in tow.

Over three watery decades the Woods progressed from rowing, sailing and outboard skiffs to lobster boats, inter-island commuters, and then onto live-aboard yachts.  After ten years seasonally exploring the waters of  the Atlantic and the Great Lakes aboard their Grand Banks Eastbay, Moonshadow, the Woods accepted delivery in 2012 of Jupiter, a robust and accommodating pilothouse motor yacht.

Fiona and Randy continued to explore the Atlantic coast until the spring of 2018 when they transported Jupiter to British Columbia to begin the next adventure: navigating the inside and outside passages of Puget Sound, British Columbia and Southeastern Alaska.

The Woods have cruised over 50,000 nautical miles together, and each hold US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master credentials.  They are cross-trained on the boat’s mechanical, navigational and domestic systems, and often bicker about who will pilot Jupiter.   

Fiona and Randy are members of the Explorers Club and serve in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

About the Boat

JUPITER is a 2013 Grand Banks Aleutian Raised Pilothouse Motor Yacht. She is a production fiberglass build, ordered and extensively modified by the owners to be the cruising couple’s ultimate vessel. Jupiter was built in Malaysia, commissioned in Maryland and US registered.
JUPITER is the Roman King of the Gods and the fifth planet from the Sun. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, is honored in the fourth movement of Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite, The Planets. This music also provides the melody for a favorite patriotic English hymn, honoring Fiona’s British heritage.
JUPITER is easily spelled and readily understood during radio communications.

Jupiter’s Private Signal

A Private Signal is a flag fashioned by the vessel’s owner as a singular identifier. Our flag is usually flown on the boat’s signal mast or at the bow pulpit

Jupiter’s Signal is the ancient astrological symbol for the planet. It is a knotty combination of several elements: the Greek letter Zeta for Zeus, the eagle and sword for authority, the cross for balance centered in the planetary orbits and other imaginings.

Design by Curt Carpenter 

  • Full Figured


    Length at the Waterline: 53'
    Length Overall: 60'
    Beam: 17'9"
    Draft: 5'
    Air Draft: 25'
    Displacement: 80,000lbs

  • Empowered

    Power Systems

    Engines: Twin Caterpillar C-12. 715hp
    Generator: Onan 16kw
    Passive Electrical: Large Li-ion Battery Bank and Victron controls and inverters
    Propellers: 34" Diameter 5-Blade
    Transmissions: ZF
    Glendenning Engine Controls

  • The Brains

    Intelligent Vision and Hearing

    Garmin 8600 Navigation Suite: five Chart Plotters, two Radars, Weather Station, Satellite Weather, Sonar, Depth and Temperature services.
    Perspective Cameras.
    FLIR Low Light and Infrared Camera.
    Maretron Systems Monitoring.
    Starlink Satellite Data Services.

  • Speaking Up


    Two VHF Radios + Handhelds
    Automatic Identification System
    Single Sideband Radio
    Starlink Sat Data
    Internet Data Interface

  • Balance & Poise

    Stabilization & Steering

    Seakeeper Gyroscopic Stabilizer (for slow or no speed)
    Humphree Interceptor Stabilizers (for low to high speeds)
    Bow and Stern Thrusters

  • Reaching Out

    Ship to Shore

    Ground Tackle: 600' of 1/2" Chain and Rode with 100lb Ultra Anchor,
    Auxiliary Anchor and Rode
    Electric Windlass and Stern Tie Capstan.

    13' Novurania Rigid Inflatable Tender with 30 hp Outboard aboard the Flybridge
    Davit for Loading.
    Eddyline Kayaks for Micro-exploration and Beaching.

  • Feeling Flushed

    Fluid Management

    Spectra Desalination Water Maker – 40 gph

    Tankage for:
    1,000 Gallons Diesel Fuel
    300 gallons Fresh Water
    100 Gallons Black Water
    50 Gallon Grey Water
    Dometic Macerating Heads

  • Cozy Up, Chill Out

    All the Comforts of Home

    Five Zones HVAC
    Two Diesel-Fueled Espar Furnaces
    Refrigeration & Freezers
    Induction Cooktop
    Electric Barbecue
    Microwave / Convection Oven
    Washer & Dryer
    Domestic Hot Water Heater
    All LED Lighting

  • Risky Business

    Safety at Sea

    6 Inflatable Life Jackets (PFDs)
    2 Inflatable PFDs with AIS
    MOB Throwable + Retrievable Devices
    Sound & Visual Signals
    6 person Life Raft
    Garmin InReach Tracker/Sat SOS
    Gamin Mini In Reach–Tender + Kayaks
    Extensive Medical Kits
    MEDLINK Medical Triage Service

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