A very nice couple and their young son and their Old English sheep dog came to look at Tyche a few months ago. They were just getting into the sailing game and for my money the Ensenada 20 is a great starter boat for day sailing and extended cruising in protected and larger waters.
1977 Ensenada 20 (draft and displacement varied by model year)
174 sq. ft
91 sq. ft
83 sq. ft
Draft (keel up):
137 sq. ft
Draft (keel down):
294 sq. ft
PHRF (little data):
288 – 317
Cabin space is enormous for a 20 footer. The couple especially wanted to see the boat because they feared a twenty foot boat was very small and instead came away with the impression that it was both adequately large and spacious enough for their family of four. The pop-top (in the up position in the photo below) is great but catches the jib sheets when up while underway and limits visibility. So if we’re cruising we generally put it in the closed position.
The swing keel provides stability and minimum leeway while sailing close to the wind, yet minimal drag when running. It’s very handy in shallows since significant keel is still exposed below the hull when fully retracted; it provides good stability in light winds and reduces swing when anchored. The swing keel winch is conveniently located just behind the cabin hatch in the cockpit.
The kickup rudder is a real benefit not just when the bottom is shallow but also when some rocks or submerged logs have made their way into the channel. We can also leave the channel before deeper keeled boats because the Ensenada can go just about anywhere.
The mast is of very heavy constuction for a twenty foot boat therefore spreaders are unnessary. Even with the added weight the mast is not difficult to step.The heavy tabernacle and shroud placement eliminates side swing during mast raising.
The foredeck is extremely large and unencumbered. A great place to lounge while underway or at anchor.
The young couple really wanted the boat but felt, after looking at her, that she was larger than they expected and a boat was a lot of responsibility. So while we’re ready to say “Bon Voyage” Tyche is still available.
Do you have a hobby which requires big equipment? Is storage a problem.
Tyche was the Greek Goddess of Fortune, Chance and the non-predictable. We’d call her Lady Luck. She was the personification of Hope, Luck and Wealth, a capricious dispenser of good and ill fortune. She was portrayed holding a double-sided rudder that could steer men to good luck or bad. In archaic Greece Tyche was considered to be the daughter of the god Oceanus and ruled the religious beliefs of sailors who often had to rely on her. Tyche was, therefore, also revered as the savior of sailors from the dangers of the sea, thus the association with chance and luck.
So I thought it really a terrific name for a boat.
This Tyche is a twenty-foot 1973 Ensenada sailboat. The Ensenada 20 is a great sailboat for day sailing and extended cruising in protected and larger waters. She sleeps four.
This boat has sailed the Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries. The beauty of the Ensenada is that although she has a 4-foot draft when the centerboard is down; pull it up and the draft is only 12 inches which allows cruising back river areas and places other boats can’t go.
She’s a great gal, more like a goddess. Tyche even comes with her own trailer. It won’t be long until she’s ready to be turned over to a new owner.