All About Hemispheres

Hemispheres is a year 2000 model, Beneteau Oceanis 361. She’s a slooped rig, 36ft in length, 12.5″ beam with at 5ft draft. She’s a traditional model that has some great features that are hard to find in modern production cruisers. A full U-shaped galley, full nav station and a single full head with a separate shower stall. Tons of storage space with the port side lazerette.

She has a classic mainsail instead of in-mast furler, and 140% Genoa. The boat is a joy to sail and most importantly, is very forgiving for my still novice skills. We found Hemispheres (previously named Moonstruck) in Noank, CT. We were initially looking at a Beneteau 34, but after chartering several times, realized we needed a little more space for the four of us, and also preferred the larger galley. There were two 361’s on the east coast that met our criteria, with the Noank selection having a traditional mainsail instead of in-mast furling. So to start the religious war, I can’t stand in-mast furling. I have never sailed a boat where I didn’t have an issue with the inhaul our outhaul binding or jamming. Not that the classic version doesn’t have it’s issues, but I prefer the sail cut, fuller roach of the sail.

Hemispheres is kept at the beautiful River Dunes Marina and Harbour Club which is about ten miles outside of Oriental. Fantastic location and ameneties.

Hemispheres Exterior

Hemispheres Interior

Hemispheres Under Sail

Hemispheres Systems

For the name Hemispheres, she’s names after my favorite album by Rush. Also, the final set of words from the title song, Hemispheres pretty much explains my thoughts on life, hence why I chose the name.

We can walk our road together if our goals are all the same

We can run alone and free if we pursue a different aim

Let the truth of love be lighted

Let the love of truth shine clear


Armed with sense and liberty

With the heart and mind united in a single



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