Desiderata is an Islander Freeport ketch (two masts), 41 feet long (plus bowsprit) and 13.5 feet wide with a dodger and center cockpit to keep passengers high and dry on the water. Built for comfort as well as speed, she is a stable, solid vessel displacing 11 tons and originally built as a luxury yacht in southern California. In addition to sail power, she has a 50 hp four-cylinder diesel engine. Updated after a career as a blue water cruiser (including a round trip to the Galapagos!) she has a large salon below and spacious decks for lounging in the sun as well as excellent wind and spray protection in the cockpit. She is berthed at Paradise Cay on the eastern Tiburon shore.