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Spencer A Full Keel Ketch


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Gig Harbor Yachts

3111 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, Washington, 98335
United States

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Make Spencer
Model A Full Keel Ketch
Year 1965
Condition Used
Price US$69,950
Fractional Shares 1
Type Sail
Class Ketch
Length 42 ft
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Fiberglass
Location Port Orchard, Washington
LOA 45 ft
Length on Deck 42 ft
Beam 11 ft 6 in
Max Draft 6 ft
Keel Type enums.keel-type.kt-full
Displacement 20000 lb
Ballast 8000 lb
Engine Type Inboard
Engine Make BMC 4 cyl
Fuel Type Diesel
Builder Spencer
Cabins 3
Double Berths 2
Heads 1
Fuel Tanks 150 gal
Fresh Water Tanks 150 gal


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Classic Wood-boat ambience with a fiberglass hull -- 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 (20ft pieces 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.


Her interior was featured in a film project, the upcoming Kit Wilson's short film "DROWNED WORLD"

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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.

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