Nautilus 40 Pilothouse Sloop

This blog was created by Art Epp (past partner in Niagara Nautic & Aztec Yachts, builders of the Nautilus yachts) to allow present and past owners of Nautilus 40 sailing sloops to share photos of their boats. If you are a present or past owner, or even know the whereabouts of a Nautilus 40, please post the information via the comments or email photos to:

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Location: Niagara Region, Canada

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Monday, February 07, 2011

The Blue Heron up for sale in a boat yard in New Zealand

Thursday, September 06, 2007

NAUTILUS 40 - Sail Plan

Nov.18 /05 _ Sail Plan taken from an old brochure.

NAUTILUS 40 - Line Drawing

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


CAURUS ... built in 1982 ... for Carl Humelsine ( Carlisle Humelsine, 73, Who Led Board of Colonial Williamsburg - New York Times ) ...shown here with it's 2nd owner, Dick Juppenlatz ... still in the Chesapeake Bay area. This is the only boat that has 2 separate berth cabins .

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Michigan - This N40 I do rememeber - a unique interior... but who did we build it for..???? My memory is terrible.. someone please post a reply... or send me an e-mail

Michigan -

Michigan -

Michigan - Cockpit

Michigan - only N-40 with a starboard aft

lounge chair (no quarterberth)

Michigan - dinette is in wheelhouse - no port side dash

Michigan - Galley on port side - no dash

Sunday, May 06, 2007

SEPTEMBER SONG - is now for sale by the original owner in Wiarton, Ontario

September Song ... Sailing to windward

SEPTEMBER SONG - galley on starboard side - kerosene oven/stove
has S.S. 'heat shield'

SEPTEMBER SONG - Starboard quarterberth/settee- shown with the settee backrest in the "up" position

SEPTEMBER SONG - Port side quarterberth/settee - (no cushion)
sown with the settee backrest in "up"

SEPTEMBER SONG - Starboard side helm chair - in down ( lounging position)

SEPTEMBER SONG - Port side Nav. chair in up position.



SEPTEMBER SONG - Wiarton, Ont. - J. Aldersley

SEPTEMBER SONG ... Sept.2003 ... at home dock in Wiarton, Ont. I was surprised that all the deck hardware was original ... they had withstood the rigors of the circumnavigation.

SEPTEMBER SONG - Wiarton, Ont. - J. Aldersley

SEPTEMBER SONG ... built in 1982 with circumnavigation in mind ( sailed east from Halifax in 1983 ) ... all reef & cuningham lines led aft to the cockpit. as a start to her shakedown cruise, Mr. Aldersley entered her in the 1982 Sarnia to Mac single-handed race and set a course record ( in her class) that stood for 15+ years. This picture taken Sept. 2003 with myslef on deck

SEPTEMBER SONG ... Sept. 2003 ... yes that is I on dock.

Monday, October 24, 2005


BRANTA ... now berthed in Blaine Washington. This was the very first Nautilus 40 ...built in 1979 ...I believe.

BRANTA ... Bowsprit & anchor roller

BRANTA ... stern swim ladder

BRANTA ... skeg-hung rudder ..the only Nautilus that has ... the rest all have balanced spade rudders

BRANTA ... in winter storage

BRANTA ... cockpit helm ... manual hydraulic steering

BRANTA ... companionway sliding hatch with louvered lockable companionway doors ... aft window shades

BRANTA ... 12 volt solar panel and mainsheet traveler in front of companionway slide on pilothouse deck

BRANTA ... mast is a HOOD Stoway mast with furling winch inside the front of the mast at the gooseneck. ( the winch handle stuck in can be seen here ) Last versions of this mast allowed mainsail furling to be done remotely

BRANTA ... the mainsail furling winch is mounted internally at the front of the Hood mast, at the level of the gooseneck.

BRANTA ... inside pilothouse ... looking aft ... port & starboard single berth/settees (shown with backrests and leeboards up) and p & s wet lockers. The Volvo diesel sailddrive is under the floor (rug)

BRANTA ... pilothouse ... 3 cyclinder Volvo diesel saildrive under floor ... individual cyclinder heads.

BANTA ... pilohouse ... starboard side steering staion with helm chair in up position

BRANTA ... pilothouse ... electrical panel beside helm chair

BRANTA ... pilothouse ... port side navigaiton chair shown in lounging down position ... chart table with chart storage are outboard. Dinette table shown foreward.

BRANTA ... dinette ... kerosene lantern over dinette table on port side

BRANTA ... dinette ... heater with chimey shown just aft of mast. Aft dinette seat houses a Grunert freezer

BRANTA ... U-shaped galley ... with top-loading Grunert refrigeration and dry food locker aft

BRANTA ... head ... manual Wilcox-Crittenden toilet pumps to holding tank ... oval ss sink with hot & cold pressure water.

BLUE HERON - Denis & Sandra Nagy

This Boat was built in 1984 by Aztec Yachts.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

BLUE HERON ... MPS in light air.

BLUE HERON ... Interior helm station to starboard and nav. station to port ... both the helm chair & the nav. chair are in the down, or lounging position. In the 'UP' position, both chairs give a clear view foreward through the windshield.

BLUE HERON ... port side wheelhouse ... aft lounging swivel chair with navigation chair in down position ... the table between folds flush against the port side cabinets.

BLUE HERON ... looking foreward ... dinette to port and galley to starboard. Centre line deep sink allows a secure postion while working in galley. The microwave above the stove was not original equipment.

BLUE HERON ... head with shower to port side ... former hangin locker now houses the washer-dryer. Draawers underneath.