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3111 Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor
United States

Fax:  253-858-2674

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1965 Spencer A Full Keel Ketch


Port Orchard,WA,United States

Comfortable Center-Cockpit
2 1/8
Mizzenmast right at Aft end of Cockpit
Pedestal Wheel Steering
Classic Dirigo flat-card Compass
Stout SSTL Mainmast Support; Dorades
storage in fwd v berth
Simple Systems; Big Engine-room
galley looking aft
bow pulpit and sprit
Teak-plank decks over laminated substrate
looking fwd from stern
looking at entrance to aft cabin
salon from companionway
navigation station at companionway
stbd settee with solid-fuel heater
salon heater
dinette on port side
Lots of space for dining
3-burner propane stove (note large windows)
Carpeted Salon floor - plenty of access hatches
Recirculating shower in head
Gorgeous interior wood!
Even the lockers are well-finished
Overhead (insulated) - exceptionally clean!
forward cabin (note storage)
Aft Cabin entry
aft cabin from entrance
Sleeping benches in Cockpit (note winter cover)
Clean cockpit lazarettes (4!)
Engine controls, depth-sounder in Lazarette
Yes, the interior corners ARE this clean!
Great craftmanship
All wood in great condition
On-the-hard for Bottom Paint, Oct 2012
Fine lines; narrow keel!
Classic Full-Keel underbody
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Classic Wood-boat ambience -- looks and feels like a classic '50's or '60's sweet-sheerline, long-overhang cruiser, yet she has the low-maintenance of an all-fiberglass hull! Just-completed: complete re-manufacture of the spruce main and mizzen masts, to highest quality. This boat has only one owner, her builder.  It is the well-known Spencer 42 fiberglass hull (42 feet on-deck) with bowsprit extending out to 45 feet.  Full-keel; narrow for her length by today's standards, she's a fast-sailer, showing -- on occasion -- up to ten knots on her paddlewheel knotmeter....  Excellent construction -  a four-year build-project "from the hull up", using the gorgeous teak available at the time (never available again!).   Simple systems aboard, by owner's preference.  Center cockpit gives two widely-separated staterooms, and a very spacious salon.  Solidly built, still water-tight to this day -- and well maintained, this Spencer 45 is ready to go. Live aboard or sail the world in this Spencer 45 Ketch.

Boat Details
Fuel DieselHull Material Fiberglass 
Beam 11 ft 6 inMax Draft 6 ft 
Engine Make BMC 4 cylFuel Capacity 150 gal 
Length on Deck 42 ftLength Overall 45 ft 
Water Capacity 150 galEngine Hours 200 
Number of Engines 1    

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3111 Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor
United States

Fax:  253-858-2674


Sea Star is Spencer's 42' full-keel hull #1 that was finished by its current owner over a period of four years; launched 1969. It has a beautiful teak interior and teak decks. The boat comes with a full deck-house cover for winter layup. It is a center cockpit design ketch with a short bowsprit and very traditional looking cabin top.

Hull is solid-fiberglass, to Spencer's scantlings; external lead ballast attached with 1" SSTL bolts, still shiny in the DRY bilge!  Rudder attached to aft edge of keel, Two-blade prop hides in aperture (minimal drag under sail)

Side-decks are 13/16 solid teak planks laid in Thiokol over laminated marine plywood sub-deck, glued with staggered overlaps.

Cabintop is fiberglass over three-layer laminated marine plywood, glued from 3 x 1/4" with staggered overlaps - essentially "monocoque".  Aluminum-framed deck-hatches.

Cabin sides are 2 1/4" thick solid teak; large salon windows of safety-glass are laid into (not atop) the construction. Four opening portlights; three to forepeak stateroom, one to head.  Two ventilation dorades with tall scoops.

Cockpit is fabricated of marine plywood, all fiberglassed


Coming down the companionway, the galley is to port and nav station to starboard. Forward of the nav station is a settee with a dinette opposite. forward of the dinette on the port side is the private head. All the way forward is the roomy v-berth with teak storage lockers along the hull on both sides. The aft cabin accesses from the cockpit where there is a double berth, stoarge lockers, and room to be comfortable.

  • All on-board systems designed for utmost SIMPLICITY
  • solid fuel fireplace
  • "red-dot"-type engine heat into cabin
  • 3 burner propane stove/oven
  • ice box
  • Wikcox-Crittenden head (HUGE pump!)
  • LectraSan onboard sewage treatment - legal overboard discharge
  • recirculating shower (fill pan with warm water from stove; pumps from pan up to showerhead)
  • accommodations for 6
  • 6'1" headroom
  • Fiberglass insulation above the CLEAN head-liner


main, mizzen, 100% jib, all custom-made in England of "Terylene" - still very serviceable

This boat was never sailed "offshore" -- all cruising done in Puget Sound and San Juans.: minimal stress on this rig and these sails.

more recent 150% genoa


BMC  (English) marine diesel, 35 hp

approx 200 hours run-time (this boat was SAILED, not motored!)



Ketch rigged, 4 halyards, topping lift, boom vang, whisker pole.

Running backstays on mizzenmast are easily released/tightened by deck-levers.

Electrical / Electronics

  • charger
  • VHF at nav-station inside cabin
  • portable GPS
  • stereo
  • Swoffer knot meter on forward cockpit bulkhead
  • flasher-type depth sounder inside cockpit lazarette
  • classic Dirigo flat-card compass under-glass in steering pedestal
  • 32 volt system for BRIGHT lights: 4- 8v house batteries
  • 2-6v starting batteries
  • All on-board systems designed for SIMPLICITY


Approx 150 gal fuel

Approx 150 gal water

Holding: none - LectraSan on-board treatment; legal overboard discharge

Safety Equipment

  • horn
  • flares
  • bell
  • 6 life jackets
  • 2 fire extinguishers
  • 3 bilge pumps

Mooring Equipment

  • 1 danforth anchor
  • 15' chain
  • 100' rode


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.