Empiricus… What does it mean?
Roughly stated it is an adaptation of Sextus Empiricus the Greek Philosopher, who paved his own way in his studies. Being the root of the term “Empirical knowledge”.
EMPIRICUS herself was constructed by a man named Truman Horton. He and his wife, Mary, sailed her across the Pacific multiple times upon her commissioning. Truman built EMPIRICUS with his personal applied knowledge. He used what he knew worked and overbuilt her to face harsh conditions.
Truman was working away on the project one day, when a passerby made the comment “That looks like and empirical project!” And so the name was born.
She is 50 feet overall with a 9 foot beam displacing 35000 lbs. She sports a bulbous counterweighted keel drafting 6.5 feet. Her hull is 1″ FRP over 2″ Cyprus. A 3 inch thick hull thanks to the inner mould being a 1943 Navy Liberty Launch. The Mainsail is 435 square feet, triple reefed and took over 150 hours to construct.
Captain Osborn began his sailing Career aboard her. She taught him many lessons, with many more in store. Blue water is her home. We intend to take her there.
Many modifications have been made to simplify this vessel even more. We heat with coal or wood. Cook with Alcohol and use no refrigeration. We even make our own sails. This is all done in an effort to be self reliant and free to roam the northern oceans.
Here is a view approaching Kodiak Island in the Gulf Of Alaska.