1978 Sparkman and Stephens 53′ Wood Yacht in San Diego

1978 53′ Sparkman and Stephens wood yacht a Dorade modification for sale in San Diego.

This Sparkman and Stephens wood yacht looks to need a bit of work, okay probably a ton of work. She’s a wood boat if you’ve owned or known someone who owns a wood boat you know how much work is required. We’re featuring this Sparkman and Stephens wood yacht, because she’s worth restoring. The interior looks okay, but the exterior needs lots of attention.

She had work done at the Ensenada Baja Naval yard already, so why not consider bringing her back to Mexico to have restoration work done? It’s also a good excuse to get to Mexico.

Quick note on work in Mexico: Ensenada is close enough to the border that you can still access parts and materials that this boat will need. Chris of 2 Best Days had work done on Secret Water in La Paz Mexico. La Paz is a great place to have work done with lots of competent craftsman. It’s a tad more difficult to source boat supplies especially teak wood, the local chandleries have most boat supplies.


From the listing:

Olin Stephens was asked by a client in 1997 if he would review his design of the legendary Dorade and make any modifications or improvements to the design which was completed in the 1920’s (Dorade is currently racing in the original races she won years ago by her new owners who restored her).

Upon completion of the design for Kay of Goteborg, Walsteds of Denmark was chosen to build her. The yacht was completed in 1978 using double planked teak and oak framing. The planks were reportedly epoxied together. The deck is teak.

The many interior and exterior pictures attest to the quality of her design and construction.

According to a survey completed in November 22, 2017 the surveyor indicated that Kay is heavily built with superb craftsmanship. He added that Kay has the potential to be a highly valued yacht. He placed her replacement value at $2,000,000. U S dollars. She was hauled out in 2017 at Baja Naval Boat Yard where the bottom and hull sides were painted.

Due to the owner’s declining health, deck and mast varnishing issues were neglected.

She has a Mercedes diesel with 80 horse power which propels her easily at hull speed. This listing agent crewed aboard Kay when she was motored to haul out for survey and to her current slip in Mission Bay, near San Diego and can attest to her performance under power.


Please call Bill Semanek at 951 704 4790 for information and scheduling for viewing. Kay is located near my office and near San Diego Airport. I will be happy to meet any clients at the airport and transport to view Kay.

Please contact Bill Semanek at 619-224-6200

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