1972 Custom 35

35 ft

Welcome aboard 35-foot, 12-ton displacement custom Bluewater cruising ketch, The
Sandpiper. This boat is 100% ready to go. Brand new centerboard winch/cable +
casing, engine repowered in 2005, sails still like new, brand new bimini,
dodger, sail cover cushions (2023), complete AC/DC electrical rewire $20k value
2024. Impressive cruising resume including Cuba and Mexico. Spacious, and
gorgeous live aboard accommodations, and the driest bilge on the east coast.
MAKE AN OFFER. All offer’s considered. The Sandpiper must leave the nest!

This is NOT a project boat. This is a 100% ready to go, fully operational,
proper cruising yacht with nearly $40K of upgrades in the last two years alone.
This vessel is coast guard documented and proven in offshore cruising to the
Cuba & Mexico. Beautiful accommodations with all the comforts including
refrigeration, wind-gen, brand new cushions, lines led aft, and more.


2024 Complete AC/DC Electrical/Power Distribution Rewire to ABYC Standard (all
new panels, wires, breakers, fuses, battery power cables, new Victron Inverter
and charging system, over charging and reverse current protection on alternator,
new Diesel power cable, New grounding plate + grounding system, new panel finish
plate. New electrical system ready to accept LiFePo batteries without any
additional modifications). 

2023 New Dodger, Bimini, sail covers, cushions, lee cloths 

2005 Repowered Yanmar 35 HP Diesel Engine, only 1650 hours 2024

2023 New Center Board Winch Cable

2023 Bottom Paint, diver cleaned every other month

Completely outfit for offshore safety & comfort

Gorgeous, hardwood interior; bone dry bilge; 

Sails in excellent condition w/ crinkles; refrigeration, radar, wind generator

Offshore proven to Cuba & Mexico

Over $25K in upgrades 2023-24

This Coast Guard Documented Vessel is an impressive sailing yacht commissioned
to be built in 1972 by NASA Rocket Scientists/Engineers in the Annapolis area,
the yachting center of the mid-coast Atlantic. Laid up by professional boat
builders in Middle River, Maryland, during the height of the boat-building boom
on the Chesapeake Ba. Enjoyed occasionally as a family cruising boat then sold
to loving and capable Welsh couple for international sailing. Meticulously
maintained; completely restored, re-powered, rebuilt, and outfitted to modern
cruising specs and standards from 2005-2024. 

This well cared for custom sailing yacht’s circuit board boasts a few parts from
NASA rocket ships. Sandpiper’s hull design is a Samson adaptation of the famous
Sparkman & Stephens ocean racer ‘Finisterre’, incorporating Annapolis
racer-cruiser innovation and traditional Skipjack lines of Chesapeake working
sailing vessels. 

Ready-to-go as is for expedition, adventure cruising lifestyle and full-time
live-aboard. The Sandpiper is truly a one of a kind vessel. Not an ounce of
neglect from stem to stern. Dreamy bronze, round portholes. Bone dry and
spotless bilge. Heavy displacement at 12T (22,000lbs) and 5,500lbs of lead
ballast makes for a stable sea kindliness and cavernous cabin accommodations. 

Brand new canvas throughout the entire boat. Secure cockpit design. Safe and
seaworthy ketch-rigged with like-new sails. Ship-like interior. Nine-foot
centerboard and four-foot shoal draft make this long-distance sailing ketch the
perfect boat for crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas next season. 

The Sandpiper is presently docked in the hurricane hole of New Bern, North
Carolina, safely tucked up the Neuse River and must sell due to obligations and
responsibilities of owner’s which will prevent them from spending further,
adequate time in U.S. waters, where the boat is flagged/registered/stored while
they reside in the U.K. It’s been an excellent run. The Sandpiper just had a
bottom job in April 2023, is literally turn-key and ready to pass the torch. 

From gunk-holing in the vessel’s home waters; to the Canadian maritime islands
and Nova Scotia. Proven seaworthiness crossing the Gulf Stream to western
Caribbean ports. The harbor’s of Cuba and cruising Mexico’s Cozumel, Isla
Mujeres, Tulum and Cancun beaches, and enjoying the east coast cruising of the
United States. Well-cared for by owners for 20+ years, one of whom grew up at
sea and is a professional illustrator and the other formerly in film production
and currently working on refugee resettlement camps around the world. 

The Sandpiper is fit to be a world cruiser in every sense of the term. 

With stringers and compression post reinforcement throughout the bright and airy
cabin, easy bilge and locker access, the structural integrity is notable. Marine
plywood bulkheads covered in thick fiberglass are bolted to the boat’s frame and
integral to the hull. All are rock solid and pristine. The hull and decks are
ferro-cement and have shown no signs of degradation or wear and tear in 50

Ferro-cement is known for its “reef-busting” qualities and as a high pedigree
material among one-off boat builders. Many vessels constructed from ferro-cement
have gone on to complete long-distance voyages on treacherous waters and are
still cruising their home waters today. This construction method has been proven
at sea. The Sandpiper was adapted and built for the Chesapeake Bay and the
Bahamas specifically. 

The strength and integrity of the Sandpiper has been thoroughly upheld for
50-years. Inspected at least every three years on the hard since 2005.  

A full-service marine survey valued the vessel at $40,000 in 1972 and once again
in 2015. The asking price is $40,000 as is where is. The vessel is currently
insured for $40,000. Extensive maintenance and upgrade logs, tools, spares
parts, all available. Survey from 2015 and 1972 available upon request.

Perfect for cruising couple or family. Seaworthy and conformable. Amenities and
convenience balance with tradition to create a floating home feeling down below.
Spacious ship conditions down below, seaworthiness above decks, well-canvased
safe rig. Offshore proven. 

Highlights Continued

-Sails like new, heavy cruising Dacron, only used a few months per year and not
even every year, no mold ever. Maintained + low hours/use, still crisp. 

– Brand new cushions settees / side berths, sea bunks with built in lee cloths,
built in back rests, 5″ foam, full-cockpit Bimini, dodger with stainless steel
frame, isinglass windows, mast and, radar, autohlem 

-Massive storage, long lasting cold refrigeration, solar , wind gen, inverter,
shore power, classic oil lamps, LED, lots of bronze, 12v-fans for ventilation
(no mold, ever), bronze port lights, dorades. 

-Force 10 safety-rated propane stove

-RE-POWERED in 2010 with Yanmar 35-HP, 3HM35F; all clean, new gear box, new
coupling, new drive train. PYI dripless shaft seal 2022

-Rebuilt center board trunk 2007 for good measure/maintenance, heavily glassed;

-Overhauled the centerboard trunk 2023, no significant degradation since rebuilt
15 years ago6 (Centerboard casing, cast into the ballast, made from black
iron/carbon steel, and sheathed in polyester fiberglass, capped with 3/8? glass
and 1/8? 316 stainless plate)

-Centerboard winch + system replaced 2022

-PYI dripless prop-shaft seal 2022

-bottom painted May 2023

-2 kw battery charger for starter battery runs off solar/wind gen inverter, 5hp
mercury dinghy motor, off grid + shore power, Dinghy, folding bikes, self
steering wind vane and roller-furler aboard for installation.

The structural integrity of the The Sandpiper inspired The Sandpiper
Toast preferably with a spot of rum in clear Caribbean waters!

The sandpiper toast

An arm around every post

All crew must sip at once

-running rigging



Due to be replaced…

Full equipment list & spec below: contact listing broker, details below

Completely restored, rebuilt, and ready to go. Cruised and meticulously
maintained, updated & upgraded from 2005-2024.


Length Overall: 38’0″

Length on Deck: 35’0″

Beam: 11’3″

Draft: 3’11” (9’0″ with centreboard down)

Displacement: Net 12 T

Ferrocement Hull & Decks

Wide side decks give good access to the bow

Armature 0.225″ spring steel rods run longitudinally on 2″ centers

0.25″ high carbon steel rods run girth-wise on 3″ centers

1/4″ square mesh, 2 layers inboard, 1 layer outboard

Web Frames rod and mesh tack welded to armature

Engine Bed – ¼” steel plate self-contained custom bed, integral stringers
lag-bolted to oak posts welded and glassed to armature.

Portland Cement with pozzolan.


Cabin and Cockpit 3/4″ marine plywood covered with fiberglass cloth

Keel-mounted skeg rudder, with lower cutless-style shoe (¼” 316). 316 stainless
steel rudder jaws to 2.5″ rudder-post, with nylon upper bearing, stern-post
sleeved in fibreglass inside galvanized tube

Drop-Keel Centreboard 5’0″ – fibreglass on ply with lead and stainless steel

Bow pulpit in 316

Mast 43’0″ aluminum, deck-stepped, Metalmast Marine

Chainplates 316 SS 1/4″ bar stock

Standing Rigging 9/32″ SS wire rope with 1/2″ SS turnbuckles

2″ teak platform and 2 bow rollers integrated (rebuilt 2019)

On Deck

Plath/Simpson Lawrence bronze windlass.

Spare mast-mounted Lewmar halyard winches

Barlow self-tailing sheet winches in cockpit.

Sandpiper’s stern

Sails & Engines

6 sails – working jib, storm jib, 120 Genoa, drifter, main (2 reefs), mizzen (2
reefs), mizzen staysail

Yanmar 3HM35F

Protected Shaft and Propeller: PYI dripless seal on 1¼” 322 stainless shaft,
refitted with new donut in 2022.

Mercury 5hp outboard and West Marine Dinghy

(Unfitted) Profurl roller headsail furling

The head is on the portside, aft

Tanks & Sanitation

Diesel – Two fuel tanks holding 40 gallons fuel in total. Three jerry cans with
15 extra gallons.

Propane: Two Aluminium 20lb tanks, with cutoff sensor.

Three water bladders with capacity for 420 litres of water. (extra water storage
in jerry cans)

Holding tank 10 gallons, plastic

Jabsco manual head

Communications & Navigation

Self-steering Navico/Raymarine WP5000 Wheel Pilot

(Unfitted) Hasler windvane

Depth/Speed – Raymarine st60 Seatalk with repeater

GPS Garmin 210 plotter

SSB radio ICOM 600 with AT150 Tuner

Radar: Autohelm/Raymarine ST50

ACR Beacon

Standard Horizon GX2150 VHF with AIS

Standard Horizon HX890 Handheld VHF/GPS


Force 10 stove in galley two burner with grill and oven.

Force 10 stainless propane grill/barbecue on deck/pushpit.

Large capacity well-insulated ice chest (with 5 amp 12v Cold Machine

Ground tackle

Heavy-duty ground tackle (45lb CQR, 35lb Danforth and a Mud/Maxx Anchor,) 200ft
? chain, 200ft of rode, Parachute Drogue/Sea Anchor, and 600ft of storm rode.

ElectricalTwo 75watt solar panels on stern

300w AirBreeze Wind generator

150w Solar panels

80amp alternator

110v 30A shore power system with breakers/outlets

600 house battery Amp hours

100 a/h starting battery

2 Kw Inverter

Solar charge controller

Guest ChargePro 5/5 battery charger

Propane isolator system

Emily Greenberg Listing Broker 631 599 8521 [email protected]

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Cay Marine Group is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This
boat is centrally listed by Sunshine Cruising Yachts. It is offered as a
convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey
direct representation of a particular vessel

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