Cruiser live-aboard for sale Chesapeake

Hello faithful reader, this particular boat and its owners are an integral part to our sailing stories. We met Rupert and Dory back in 2009 as we were sailing down the east coast of the USA in S/V Third Aye. Good times.

This is a fantastic boat and I’ll tell you why. There are two reasons I recommend buying this boat; the structural safety of a ferro-cement hull and my full confidence in the craftmanship of it’s rebuilder, Rupert. This is a true cruiser’s kind of boat, and a well-cared-for one at that.


Cruiser live-aboard for sale


Sandpiper, British-flagged yacht, one of the last ocean-going boats to be built in Baltimore, MD, by NASA engineer John Laudadio. She is a customised copy of Ocean Racer Finisterre and has taken us through the Carolinas, Florida, Bahamas, Cuba and the Caribbean.

35 ft(38 ft overall) Keel-Centreboard rock-solid Cruising Ketch. Perfect for Bahamas and other shoal-draft areas, but with a world-cruising capabilities, this pedigree Ferro Cement classic has been immaculately restored and refitted.

She is very much a hands on traditional sailing boat with hank on sails and a classic manual bronze gipsy windlass and barlow winches. Fast, comfortable, beautiful and unique. Built over-strong by NASA engineer John Laudadio, this is one of the last five boats produced in Baltimore in the 1970s and as such is allowed to parade in the Baltimore yearly historic regatta.

An all-round Chesapeake classic – traditional Skipjack above deck, on a racer-cruiser hull (Finisterre: Teak lined with huge headroom. Radar, Wind, Solar, SSB, Garmin Plotter, Refrigeration etc etc. All fully functional and newly overhauled.

Recent installation of long-range Yanmar 35hp engine on custom-built steel engine-bed, with only 1500 hours and a new transmission, this boat was known and loved for 30 years all around North Chesapeake.

We have upgraded the systems for blue-water cruising (including re-wire, hot water etc.) over eight loving years.

She was kept in fresh water and launched and raced/cruised seasonally until two years ago. We have found her to be ideally suited as a cruiser live-aboard vessel, with her roomy and airy living quarters and a 4ft shoal draft with a drop keep centre-board which makes total draft 8ft 9” when down.

Many photos and cruising blog at and on facebook atVoyages of the ketch SandpiperThis is a communal website for all those who know or are associated with the Yacht Sandpiper, her crew, her history, and her itinerant ports of call. Any and all questions welcome, as we know every technical aspect of the boat in finest detail!


Full set of sails with 120% Genny, brand-new storm jib, spinaker and spare mizzen – all in very good shape with a couple of minor strengthening repairs made on the main clew by Irish sail lady in St Augustine.
Dinghy – Brand new Westmarine Zodiac inflatable with Mercury 7.5 outboard
Two fold-up Dahon bikes for shore side wanderings.
Water – galley hot water pumped from engine, manual salt water and fresh water rinsing taps in galley, hot water tap as above and fresh water tap in head. Three water bladders with capacity for 420 litres of water. Also extra water storage in four jerry cans carrying 100 litres in total

Living quarters – 
Check out our youtube video for a tour! 

Teak lined throughout, with Perko bronze portholes and insect screening. Ample storage under cushions in Saloon also in bilge and deck lockers.
V-berth, Saloon, Galley, Head and Navigation area. Boat has 5 berths in total (double in V-berth, two pullman berths in saloon and one storm berth in navigation area.) All cushions recently reupholstered in teal Sunbrella by a professional seamstress.
Force 10 stove in galley – two burner with grill and oven. 

Force 10 stainless steel barbecue on deck.
Adler barbour 12 v cold machine refrigeration, in built-in large capacity well-insulated ice chest.
Engine – 35hp 3HM35F Yanmar, approx 1500 hours, with new 80 amp alternator, and two fuel tanks holding 40 gallons fuel in total. Two jerry cans with 10 extra gallons on board.
Lots of spares come with this engine including hoses, filters and alternator.
Self steering – Navico/Raymarine WP5000 Wheel Pilot
Depth/Speed – NASA
GPS – Garmin 210 plotter
VHF Radio Uniden Seahawk
Handheld GPS/VHF Uniden Mystic
SSB radio ICOM 600 with AT150 Tuner
Radar: Autohelm ST50

On deck
Full set of sail covers, bimini and dodger in Pacific Blue Sunbrella.
Ground tackle –
45 lb CQR, 35lb Max, 25lb Danforth, 200ft of 3/8th chain and 300ft of rode on CQR, 20ft of chain and 200ft of rode on Danforth, solid Plath/Simpson Lawrence bronze Gypsy Windlass.
Brand new Air breeze wind generator and four Siemens solar panels giving 180 watts.
Parachute Drogue/Sea Anchor, and 600ft of spare rode.
Hull is sound – boat was hauled and repainted inside and out last year and there are no problems with structure of boat. Teak and mahogany cap rails have also been refixed and finished to ensure ongoing dependable protection of ferro cement below decks. Decks are resheathed and in very good condition – epoxy over ferro cement.

Price: $55,000 
Currently docked in Chesapeake USA