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General Information

Listing# 150699

Ft Lauderdale, FL, United States
Gatsby Pilot House
Boat Type
Model Year
39 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Number of Engines
Engine Hours

General Details


Classic Styled Pilot House Yacht – With Modern Building Techniques \

FIBERGLASS CONSTRUCTION - inspired by the designs of the 1920’s

Interior carries the nostalgic theme with classic Herreshoff white painted slatted overhead and side panels and stained teak accents

Easy walk-around fiberglass decks with large foredeck area, and large aft deck area

Pilot house with 360 degree visibility and forward seating area – full length settee/berth in Pilot House plus additional seating and helm chair

Fully self-contained for extended cruising with: Solar power, wind generator, diesel generator, water maker, large refrigerator and large freezer

Large private aft cabin with centerline queen berth – separate head and shower compartments

This is a one of a kind yacht with a classic theme and excellent Blue Water sailing ability.  She is an ideal live aboard vessel or passage maker, and easily sailed by limited crew. 

She turns heads wherever she ventures – Call listing broker immediately to make an appointment to see her

Import duty has been paid, and vessel is now available for sale in Ft Fauderdale, Florida

Please click on full specs for complete details


  LOA ………………………………… 39 ft ............................. 11.89 meters Beam ………………………………. 12 ft 5 in .......................  3.79 meters Draft ……………………………….. 5 ft 5 in ............................ 1.65 meeters Air draft ……………………..…….  45 ft ................................. 13.72 meters Displacement …………………  24,000 lbs ....................... 10,886 kilo Ballast …………………………… 7,000 lbs .........................  3,175 kilo Engine ………………….. Yanmar 4JH-THE 66 HP (rebuilt Dec. 2013  - 250 hours) Generator ………………… Entec EW-4200D  4.2 kw ( 30 hours) Speed ………………………….. 6.5 kts @ 1900 rpm ( under power), up to 10 kts under sail Tankage:   Diesel – 98 gal total in (3) tanks   ....................................... 370.9 liters   Water -  115 gal total in (5) tanks ........................................ 435.3 liters Holding  - 6 gal  fiberglass tank ............................................... 22.71 liters
Sleeps 5 ( 2 in aft queen, 2  berths in Salon, 1 in Pilot House) Single head, single shower Salon: 2 facing settees convert to 2 single berths Pilot House – 1 full length berth ( excellent sea berth for on watch crew) AFT CABIN: Private aft cabin contains centerline queen berth Separate head and shower - Shower is private to Aft cabin, Head has private entrance to aft cabin and second entrance from companionway outside of cabin ( can be used by guests and not disturb people sleeping in Aft Cabin – or used as day head) Memory foam mattress ( 2014) En-suite head and shower ( separate shower stall) Hanging locker Desk/Vanity table to Port Storage in Port and Starbd lockers and drawers Large hanging locker in companionway 2 opening bronze portholes Overhead opening hatch 2 fixed Transom ports in Aft stateroom HEAD & SHOWER: Opening bronze porthole in shower SS sink w/marble top and mirrored medicine cabinet Head accessible from companionway and aft stateroom New toilet ( March 2014) Shower – 1 piece fiberglass w/teak grate seat Separate shower sump for gray water with overboard Rule 800 pump HEADROOM: Pilot house ---- 78 inches Salon------------ 76 inches Walk Way Aft -- 75 inches Aft cabin---------  76 inches
Vessel can be entered from opening sections in rail Port, Starbd, or Aft.  Decks are wide and easy to walk around with large deck space fore and aft. Pilot house is entered form Port side through opening door.  The Pilot House has a warm feel with stained interior woodwork and white overhead slatted ceiling.  There are 3 opening windows, 2 opening ports plus doors to the side and aft for excellent ventilation – large windows allow for 360 degree visibility from the inside helm, or seating areas. A stairway leads down to the Salon/Galley – Galley is immediately to Port as you descend into the Salon with the Salon forward.  There are numerous storage areas and a large Boatswaine's locker forward of the Salon, and access to the chain locker forward of the Boatswaine's locker. Moving Aft along the Starbd Companionway are several large lockers for storage and also a hanging locker.  There is access to the head (which is amidships) through the companionway and this door allows for the head to be used as a day head.  There are also 3 opening doors to the engine room The master cabin is full beam and spans the entire aft section of the vessel.  It is large and spacious with opening ports and overhead hatch.  A queen berth is on the centerline with storage lockers to both sides. A separate stall shower is accessed from the aft cabin to Port side. A parquet wood floor extends throughout the lower level of the boat and the side woodwork is finished in a combination of varnished woodwork and white pained uppers and overheads in the Classic Hereshoff style
  Salon: Salon is very traditional and finished in the Classic Hereshoff style.  There is finished woodwork and painted white overheads and hull woodwork.  A large overhead butterfly hatch provides light and ventilation, plus 4 opening bronze port holes.  Forward of the Salon is a large Boatswain’s locker for storage, including sliding drawers, and access to the chain locker through this compartment. Deep tufted seats are to Port and Starbd,  with a wood table between for inside dining – and 23” by 48” fixed teak table w/fiddles and brass column base for inside dining (seats 4).   There are numerous storage lockers lining both sides of the hull, and cabinets – Forward bulkhead serves as a storage wall for books etc.  Built in end tables to Port & Starbd w/ marble tops and brass fiddles There are beautiful backlit cut leaded glass doors on liquor and dish storage cabinets with 3 drawers and 4 cabinet doors beneath, which add to the period decor – Also, bookshelves Port & Starbd w/indirect lighting. Lighted desk/work bench with storage lockers above in the starbd companionway  - Engine access doors opposite. ( 3 opening or removable doors) Teak Parquet floor throughout with 10 sole hatches for access to bilge & storage areas Wet hanging locker – Starbd amidships Water storage tanks under Salon settees and under Galley floor Overhead lights Emergency tiller stored behind Salon Settee Galley : the Galley is immediately to Port as you descend the stairs from the Pilot House.  There is ample work area with marble counter tops and retractable cutting board Spectra water maker – mounted under sink SS Double sink with pressurized water plus Fresh and salt water foot pumps Separate Isotherm refrigerator and Waeco  freezer – over and under- front opening both run on AC or DC power (refrigerator new Aug 2014) Gimbaled Force 10 3 burner stove & oven - LPG shut off switch – 2 propane tanks in side deck locker 6 storage cabinets above counter top – 5 drawers in Galley plus counter access to large storage area in corners Salt and fresh water foot pumps (5) water tanks with manifold system
Electronics: GPS - Raymarine C80  chart plotter w/depth meter/fish finder( not reading chips – large scale detail only) Radar – 24 mile range on Raymarine C80 screen GPS – Garmin 441 with full details Icom   IC M402S VHF radio (older VHF-pt80, and old Raytheon GPS units not working) Auto Pilot – Autohelm 6000 Express Danforth Compass with HIstorical  period brass cover - and candle lighting West Marine stereo with inside and outside speakers Sat Phone and receiver w/computer connection EPIRB   - ACR 406 MH Stowe depth meter – transducer mounted inside of hull Stowe wind direction and speed Stowe speed ( not working)  - speed reading off GPS   Electrical: Generator –Entec 4.2 kw (2) Solar panels mounted on Pilot House roof (separate charger to House batteries) (2x 175 watt) Southwest wind generator (mounted on Mizzen mast) charges house batteries Battery chargers – True Charge 40 amp, and Pros port -12 AC and DC electrical breaker panel - (in pilothouse) Battery switch for windlass 2 x 30 Amp shore power receptacles ( 50 amp combiner) Phone and TV receptacles 11 x 110 v interior receptacles AC voltage and battery status meters Reverse polarity indicator on elec panel 14 overhead dome lights 9 flush mounted fixtures for indirect light 1 florescent light in Salon Accent lighting in Salon bookshelves  Batteries: (2) Rolls Royce heavy duty house batteries 800 amp hour total – runs off charger to shore power cord and engine alternator, and wind generator -    (1) start battery for engine and generator 180 amp gel cell, also charged by solar panels -   (2) 12 volt SAT Nav batteries combined for 24 v  Entertainment: Aqueous flat screen TV and DVD player – in Salon West Marine Stereo system – in Pilot House
Engine room is accessed through 3 opening doors, that are also removable, along the Starbd companionway – aft of Salon.  Here are also opening hatches above the engine room in the Salon, Which allow easy movement throughout the engine room – very unique in a sailing vessel of this size. Yanmar 4JH-THE 66 HP turbocharged diesel – Complete Rebuild Dec 2013 ( 250 hours) Balmar 120 dual outlet alternator Morse controls ( dual levers) NEW 1 ½” SS prop shaft w/3 blade fixed propeller Prefilter and Racor 500 primary filter, as well as engine secondary fuel filter system Entec Generator 4.2 KW in sound shielded box (2) Fuel tanks with manifold for single tank use or multiple tank use – Primary fuel tank recently sand blasted, exterior painted, inside cleaned and epoxy coated Maxwell windlass with up/down foot switches Hynautic K2-B Hydraulic steering w/ H-20 helm unit Solid brass 24” steering wheel w/teak spoke handles Cool mate Marine Air Conditioner – New July 2014 Southwest Wind Power wind generator ( mounted on Mizzen mast) Spectra water maker Refrigerator runs AC or DC ( new Aug 2014) Freezer Bilge pumps – (1) electric, (1) manual
Classic styled Pilot house ketch with trunk cabin house aft.  This is a comfortable sailing yacht with wide side decks , huge open foredeck, large aft deck ( all fiberglass w/ nonskid).  There is also a seating area forward of the pilot house with storage, and a raised trunk cabin house aft of the pilothouse ( both with traditional teak to enhance the classic look of the vessel)  in Keeping with the traditional look – the boat is surrounded by teak handrails and teak cap rail.  Vessel has gloss white tongue & grooved bulkheads & overhead with full teak louver & solid doors, drawers, corner posts, ceiling beams and trim – All exposed interior hull areas, including inside lockers, are fully lined with teak staving – All fixtures and ports are solid brass Full keel w/ lead ballast embedded in fiberglass mat and glassed in All Fiberglass Construction Traditional Butterfly opening hatch on foredeck (4) Sealed deck prisms add light below (2) Storage lockers under seat forward of Pilot House (2) Opening storage lockers on aft deck (1) Recessed and vented propane locker on side deck SS stanchions with teak rail completely around the boat Teak cap rail Solid Bronze deck fittings, chocks, fill caps, cleats SS forward and aft mooring bits 2 bronze dorados forward 4 rectangular and 4 round bronze ports 40” X 45” opening hatch over aft stateroom Rectangular opening Butterfly hatch over Salon SS dingy davits Opening rails Port, Starbd, and aft Aft step to Fiberglass swim platform Secure heavy duty rub rail All opening ports are Round Bronze portholes in traditional style PILOT HOUSE: traditional Pilot House wood trimmed on outside (3) Opening windows ( Port, Starbd, Forward) (2) Opening round bronze ports aft Opening side door Opening aft door to Carriage deck Fixed Lexan window above steering station for sail inspection 360 degree visibility Large settee to Starbd – can be used as sea berth for on-watch crew Additional aft seats in pilot house w/ filler cushion-can sleep additional person Stidd Helm chair - cushioned leather reclining captain's chair Helm and instruments Chart table below Starbd settee Opening hatches in floor for additional access to engine room – completely opens up engine room for standing headroom and access to all areas Electric panel SAT phone antenna dome on Pilot house roof Solar panels (2) on pilot house roof - removable FORWARD DECK: 44 lb plow anchor with 180 ft chain 40 lb Fortress anchor w/ chain and rode Anchor locker Maxwell 1000 electric Windlass & controls Bow Pulpit with anchor rollers Mooring bits AFT DECK: (2) Opening lockers Wide deck with room for chairs Opening rail for access to swim platform aft
  Ketch rig with Aluminum Masts and booms Harken Genoa furling system Fore Spar Main mast – deck stepped on SS pad with 3 ½ inch SS compression post on the keel – w/3 total halyards For Spar Mizzen mast – deck stepped w/ 1 halyard Main sail and Mizzen are fully battened w/stack pack system w/ lazy jacks ( needs new zippers) New 2007 Main has 2 reef points Genoa sail New 2007 Asymmetrical spinnaker in sock New standing rigging 2005 with Stay Lock fittings (6) Barient 2 speed winches ( halyards & Sheets) SS traveler Blocks – ABI traditional teak w/bronze sheaves Insulated backstay for SSB radio ( no SSB on the boat)
CONSTRUCTION:  Hull is solid hand laminated fiberglass w/alternating layers of mat & roving.  Decks are sandwich-core construction with end grain balsa core for strength and insulation.  Original teak decking has been removed – the deck sealed, and fiberglassed over and non-skid painted for durability.  Teak overlay has been left on Carriage deck to carry the nostalgic theme – this deck has been serviced with new screws set in epoxy, and re-bunged ( Aug 2014). Chain plates and metal backing plates for cleats and winches are glassed in Boat is all fiberglass construction with wood slating on Pilot House for the period theme – Pilot house roof is fiberglass All through hulls are lever type bronze seacocks with wire bonding There is a full teak rubrail on both sides with bronze face plate. Bottom was painted prepped March 2014  -cleaned, filled, then  2 coats of epoxy/Interlux 2000 barrier coat, and 2 coats Petit 60 ablative bottom paint
Lifesling Fire extinguishers Lines and fenders Ditch bag Life vests AC portable fans
This is a one of a kind yacht with a classic theme and excellent Blue Water sailing ability.  She is an ideal live aboard vessel or passage maker, and easily sailed by limited crew.  She has just completed a passage from the Caribbean to Ft. Lauderdale with only her husband and wife owners aboard. She turns heads wherever she ventures – be sure to see her immediately. Owner’s Personal effects are excluded from the sale
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.