Dreadnaught 40, 1978, Marina San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, $32,900, decided to keep it

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1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch

  • Fiberglass hull
  • designer Bill Crealock
  • boat was built by Bill Clark Boats of San Diego, CA.


  • Documentaion No. 596269
  • LOD 32'
  • LOA 39' 9"
  • LWL 28' 6"
  • Beam 10' 9"
  • Draft 4' 9"
  • 6500 lbs fixed lead ballast
  • hull speed 6.67kts


  • Volvo MD3B 36hp
  • professional rebuilt by Porter Marine (Volvo factory trained) in Tucson, AZ
  • engine hours 7


  • roller furling high cut Yankee jib; genoa is cut for furling
  • club footed staysail with reef points
  • main with slab reefing in two rows and 3rd row tie in reef points
  • mizzen with 1 row reef points
  • storm trysail--never used
  • mizzen staysail
  • drifter
  • cruising spinnaker
  • riding sail for mizzen while at anchor

  • Teak decks redone in 1999
  • Norsemen fittings on new rigging in 1998
  • ABI bronze manual windlass
  • 45# CQR mounted on bow roller
  • 20# Danforth mounted on workbench in forepeak
  • 13# Danforth stern anchor in rear lazarette
  • 200' 3/8 BBB chain
  • 150' 5/8 braided nylon
  • 300' 1/2" 3-strand nylon
  • anchor bridle
  • Wilcox-Crittendon Skipper type 8 head with 3 way system and holding tank
  • 4-24 gal hard plastic water tanks with large fill/inspection plates located under settees
  • 100 gal fuel in two 50 gal tanks located port and starboard with appropriate fuel delivery system
  • automatic bilge pump; manual Whale gusher bilge pump
  • ShipMate propane 2 burner stove with oven, gimballed; 2 aluminum propane tanks in dedicated, vented storage lazarette
  • Icebox is large; accomodates 50 lbs of ice
  • port/starboard running lights, masthead tri-color, steaming light, and oil backup running lights; portable anchor lights
  • 55watt solar panel
  • cockpit compass easily removed for storage
  • tiller steering; large aft hung rudder; tiller master wind vane self steering is with the boat, but not now installed.
  • Fatty Knees rowing/sailing dinghy with sail rig is mounted on cabin top 3 hp Yamaha outboard is mounted in custom box under the dinghy
  • VHF radio
  • Furuno radar
  • Depth sounder--internal installation in custom, sealed mounting so there is no thru-hull, paddle wheel, etc., to develop problems.
  • 2- #40 winches 2 speed
  • 6-#8 single speed winches located on masts

    Last survey done in Newport Beach CA in 1999; Mexico, where the boat has been since then does not require surveys for insurance.

    New barrier coat--photos available new chain plate bolts, new rudder attachment bolt system--photos available

    areas needing attention: cabin top needs repainting; minor cosmetics such as Cetol on the wood; ceramic bowl of head needs to be replaced as there is a crack in the base; workbench countertop in forepeak needs to be replaced; sail covers are being replaced as well as foredeck covers and lee cloths.

    This boat has simple systems, nothing fancy, but nothing ever breaks either. She is dry, in the cabin, in the bilge and generally while sailing. Large cockpit drains and deck scuppers. She is safe, stoutly built and has a comfortable motion in a sea; easily handled, sailed; behaves at anchor and doesn't wander all over the place.

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    1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch

    1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch

    1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch

    1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch

    1978 Dreadnaught Tahiti Ketch

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