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1975 Blue Buoy Yachts Center Cockpit Ketch

** SOLD **

  • $34,500 USD
  • Jerry Fath
  • Sold
  • Used
  • Center Cockpit Sailboats
  • 1975
  • Blue Buoy Yachts
  • Center Cockpit Ketch
  • Savannah, Georgia, US
  • Sail
  • 45ft / 13.72 m
  • 12ft 9in / 3.89 m
  • Isuzu
  • C-240
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2014-02-25
  • 2015-02-03
  • 1498818

A William Crealock designed deep water sailing craft, “Blue Yonder” offers a huge amount of living and storage space and is very well equipped for living aboard, either at the dock or on a mooring. Let the Sun charge your batteries as you sail across the worlds’ oceans or just cruise the Islands.

Vessel Walkthrough

Starting at the bow, there is a chain locker (accessed inside cabin and self-draining), followed by a sail locker (also accessed from inside) followed by the vee berth (storage below on each side) with hanging lockers above bureaus on each side with 6’8” standing headroom. Below the vee berth floor is the windlass battery.

Next, as you walk toward the stern, the forward head is to port and a tall hanging locker is opposite to starboard (MarineAir A/C at the bottom of this locker). Below the walk-way to the salon is a bilge area containing thru-hulls for the A/C sea water cooling, sea water washdown and/or forward head, Tack-Tick Wireless Tri-Ducer and spare depth transducer, and a sump for the forward head sink/shower and the A/C condensate.

Next is the salon with a dinette/fixed table with seating for 6 to port and a bench seat opposite to starboard. On the forward bulkhead in the salon to the port side is mounted a huge LG 48” TV, recently installed (Summer -2013). 6’8” standing headroom from cabin sole to underside of beams

There is a great amount of storage beneath and behind the salon seats. The water heater and primary water pump are located below the first seat to port. The autopilot compass transducer is located underneath the starboard bench seat to the rear. Beneath the salon floor is the built in water tank holding approximately 300 gallons.

Further aft, the galley is to port and has a lot of storage. As you walk aft in the galley area (6’ headroom) the engine enclosure is to the left with removable doors that expose the port side of the diesel engine. On the right is a long counter top with storage below. There is a gimbaled propane stove and a fair-sized single sink along with a deep conventional ice box.

To starboard is the navigation desk and related navigation items such as the Xantrex Link2000R, the high water and fire warning device, Kenyon knotmeter, and fuel gauge. Below the navigation seat are stored safety items like flares, etc.

Between the navigation desk and the galley are the companionway steps. Below this area are the two stainless steel fuels tanks, each holding about 70 gallons. The tanks each have access ports for monitoring fuel remaining and usage.

Just past the navigation desk to starboard is the walk-thru to (6’ headroom) the aft cabin with 6’5” headroom. On the left of the walk-thru is the fridge followed by a tool storage area and a good sized counter top work bench. Above the workbench are the AC panel, DC panel, DC running lights panel, circuit breakers for the shore power and the AC units. The fridge compressor and the autopilot SPU are also in this area. On the right of the walk-thru are the removable panels for engine room access and batteries.

Above the access panels are the BlueSky solar controller, the wind generator panel, battery switches, etc.

The aft cabin is at the rear of the walk-thru. There is a tall shelf locker on the left and the aft head is to the right. The aft berth is a queen sized with storage on each side and behind and a shelf all around. The rear A/C, the Purasan, and the hydraulic steering gear are all underneath the rear berth.



Fore and Aft heads with Groco Model K toilets. Aft head equipped with a Purasan Type 1 Marine Sanitation Device and a 25 gallon holding tank. Forward head has a 25 gallon holding tank also. Forward head has a shower. Both holding tanks can be pumped manually.

Each head has a separate sump for discharging sink and/or shower water overboard. Sumps also collect and discharge condensate from air conditioners.


  • 4 burner gimballed propane stove with oven
  • Propane selector switch
  • Large single sink
  • Ice Box
  • 12 volt fridge/small freezer area walk-thru
  • Micro-wave oven
  • Lots of storage

Deck, Hull & Rigging

Aluminum Spars with stainless steel standing rigging with Norseman fittings and synthetic sheets. The main halyard is wire and there are winches on the masts. Aluminum spreaders. Mast steps installed on mizzen mast.

  • Mounted on the mainmast are the VHF antenna, wind direction vane; wind speed and direction indicator
  • Static arrester mounted on top of the mizzen mast
  • Separate forestay ahead of the ProFurl roller furling genoa
  • Primary winches are 2 – Lewmar #56 selftailing
  • Wisker Pole
  • Snatch blocks
  • Mainsail with reef points
  • Roller Furled Genoa
  • Mizzen sail with reefing
  • Blue sail covers and blue bimini
  • Usual running lights, masthead light, anchor light and steaming and spreader lights
  • Connections on deck for salt water washdown, fresh water washdown and shore water for vessel
  • Outboard chain plates for mainmast and mizzen mast
  • Stainless steel bow rail, pushpit and stanchions with plastic coated lifelines
  • There are 6 deadlights in the starboard side of the hull and 5 deadlights in the port side of the hull
  • There are 6 opening ports on the starboard side and 7 opening ports on the port side
  • There is one opening port in the cockpit
  • Custom molded scroll in the rub rails
  • Atkins and Hoyle Stainless Steel dinghy davits
  • Stainless steel boarding/swim ladder stored on deck
  • Aluminum toe rail
  • Magma Stainless Steel Barbeque Grill mounted aft, there is a Magma bag containing propane bottles
  • Cabin mounted teak hand rails and a custom teak liferaft cradle
  • 4 Kyocera 135 watt solar panels on stern
  • Solar deck vents
  • Inflatable dinghy w/ oars stored on foredeck

Ground Tackle

  • Vertical Windlass
  • CQR anchor with 175 feet of chain
  • Fortress with 30 feet of chain
  • Aluminum Fortress on aft deck with ½” and 10’ of chain
  • 5 Fire Extinguishers
  • Fenders
  • Docklines
  • Lifejacket
  • Ships’ Bell
  • Boathook
  • Scrub brush
  • Teak Table

Electronics and Helm

  • Center Cockpit has a pedestal steering station with throttle, shifter and kill switch; compass, VDO tach, VDO water temp gauge, VDO engine oil pressure gauge and a volt meter.
  • Destroyer style stainless steel steering wheel
  • 12 volt outlet in pedestal and a 120 volt outlet in the pedestal
  • Winch handle stored in holder
  • Non water absorbent cockpit cushions
  • Self-bailing cockpit
  • ComNav Auto Pilot
  • ComNav Polot Commander Series
  • TackTick Micronet MN 30 System
  • Standard Horizon Depth
  • Leece Neville 80 amp alternator
  • 1 Air Breeze Wind Generator (MizzenMast Mounted) with Controller
  • Xantrex INvertor/Charger Freedom Marine 2500 (wired into boat AC system to allow shore power thru when connected or to provide inverted DC when not connected)
  • Xantrex Link 2000R
  • Xantrex XAR back up regulator
  • Heart Interface Pathmaker paralleling relay
  • 2 battery switches
  • 4 – 6 volt Golf cart batteries 430 total amp hours set up in 2 – house banks
  • Starting battery (in battery area behind engine)
  • Windlass battery beneath floor in forward cabin
  • Windlass with deck switch (up only)
  • 6 LED cabin lights
  • 1 BlueSky Solar Boost 50 Solar Panel Controller
  • VHF Radio


  • New (Summer-2013) a 7000 Watt Predator Aft deck mounted Generator with dedicated battery
  • 2 – 30 amp A/C shore power circuits
  • 30 amp shore power cord with splitter pigtail
  • 1 – TV/Phone Connection
  • Main A/C Panel
  • 1 x 8,000 Btu Marine Air Conditioning System in aft cabin
  • Main DC Panel
  • 1 x 16,000 Btu Marine Air Conditioning System in salon with 120 volt heat element
  • 6 gallon water heater using either engine fresh water heat or 120 volt shore power/generator set
  • Waeco DB 50 Fridge compressor with an AC/DC power Option and which will allow a water cooling option (not currently installed)
  • Separate DC Panel for external lighting

Engine Details & Mechanical Equipment

The engine room is set up as follows: the forward bulkhead holds a primary fuel filter, heat exchanger, 2nd set of fuel filters and fuel boost pump. The engine and transmission are in the lower part of the engine room followed by the batteries, below the engine and transmission is a deep bilge wherein lies the 1600 gpm Rule automatic bilge pump. There is a shelf over the engine area for storage and this is where the Xantrex Freedom 2500 is located. The rear bulkhead holds various DC circuitry and controls along with the main DC ground.

  • Isuzu Model C-240 4 cylinder diesel engine manufactured in 1979, 56 hp. Top end rebuild.
  • Stainless Steel exhaust
  • Recent starting motor
  • Paragon hydraulic transmission – recent rebuild
  • Hydraulic steering with Hydraulic autopilot added several years ago
  • 89 amp Leece Neville alternator
  • 3 Bladed Bronze Prop

Brokers Comments

William Crealock (1920-2009), noted naval architect is credited with some of the most popular cruising designs of the last 50 years (Pacific Seacraft, Columbia 22, Westsail 43, Tiburon 36 and Cabo Rico 34 and 45 among some of his designs) is the architect of this Del Rey 50. Manufactured by Blue Buoy Yachts of Torrence, Ca (1969-1981), “Blue Yonder” is Hull #1 of a 17 run production.  During the ‘70s, manufacturers didn’t know how little fiberglass they could use in making thin hulled boats like they do today, so ‘Blue Yonder’ is thick and heavy.  Go anywhere in any weather, a Del Rey 50 is spacious with lots of storage. If crossing the worlds’ oceans is not on your list of things to do, then “Blue Yonder” will make an excellent liveaboard at the dock or, with the compliment of solar assists, at a mooring.


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.

For Sale By United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994