For Sale: 'SEA DOG' - 1932 Stephens 55 Bridgedeck Commuter/Cruiser

Designer: Stephens Bros.

Built: 1932 Stephens Yachts

Length:
55 ft. 7 in.

Beam: 12 ft. 8 in.

Draft: 3 ft. 8 in.

Displ.: 37,000 lbs.

Engines: Twin 312 hp

Price:
$350,000 U.S.
(located Seattle, WA, USA)

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Click on any image to view an enlarged version.
Photos at left are arranged to present a walk-through of SEA DOG.
The best photos here are by photographer Michael Craft.

Contents
(click to go to a section)

Construction
Engines
Tanks
Electrical
Navigation
Deck

Safety
Maintenance
Accommodations
Documents
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Restoration

Construction: The semi-displacement hull is carvel planked with 1-1/2" thick Port Orford cedar on 1x2" white oak frames, bronze screw fastened. Deck and cabin beams are 3x4"fir. Carlings and stringers are 3x6"fir. Decks are 2" thick raw teak planking with black rubber seams. The transom, wheelhouse, hatches and cabin-sides are solid teak, varnished. SEA DOG was completely refit in 2008. See "Restoration" for a description of the project.

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Engines: Twin Yanmar model 6LPASTP2 turbo-injected diesels, 6-cylinder, 4-cycle, 312 hp each. New in 2008. Fiberglass drip pans. Wet exhaust through transom. Model KMH50A 2.43:1 reduction gears drive the bonze propellers via 1-1/2" monel shafts. Bronze rudders and struts. Hinged floor panels in the pilothouse allow access to the new walk-in-sized engine room. Top speed is 20-knots. SEA DOG cruises at 12-knots.

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Tanks: All new 2008. Two custom aluminum fuel tanks adjacent to engine room with total capacity of 240 gallons. One custom plastic 150 gallon potable water tank located under v-berth, forward. One custom plastic waste holding tank aft of engine room.

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Electrical: Two 12-volt 85-amp alternators. 2008 Westerbeke model Mini/13, 60 hz diesel generator in sound-insulated enclosure. Generates 240-volts AC, 110-volts AC, and 12-volt DC power. New-Mar 40-amp shorepower battery charger. Four 6-volt and three 12-volt deep cycle lead-acid batteries. Comprehensive circuit breaker panel in wheelhouse. King-SL series 240-volt electric heaters located in the forward and aft cabins, and in the galley and wheelhouse. All new 2008.

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Navigation Equipment: Standard Horizon VHF radio, Garmin System-3210 depth sounder, speed log, and radar all integrated into a 12" chartplotter. The chartplotter is neatly installed at the helm station ahead of the wheel and adjacent to the chart table. It is in a custom teak enclosure resulting in minimal electronics clutter in the wheelhouse.

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Deck Equipment: Retractable teak boarding ladder/gangway, signal mast with flag halyards, Muir electric anchor winch, Navy-type 60-lbs anchor stowed in hause pipe, ready to deploy. Rode is 20-ft of stainless steel 3/8-in chain leader with 200-ft of 3/4-in nylon rode. Ornamental exhaust stack, Fiberglass 10-ft covered dingy secured in cabin-top chocks. Windshield wipers, navigation and anchor lights, remotely opperated search light. Fenders, docklines, boathook, horn. Canvas boat cover, hatch cover and anchor winch cover. Aft cockpit has side and back curtains providing for translucent full enclosure. Teak and wicker furniture in aft cockpit.

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Safety Equipment:

Winslow 8-person life raft, Lifesling, 18 life jackets, flares, horn, lifelines. Two 12-volt 4000-gallon/hour and one 500-gallon/hour bilge pumps. Automatic halon fire extinguisher system in engine room. Seven CO2/Type-ABC extinguishers distributed throughout cabins and galley. All new.

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Maintenance (excerpt from 2008 survey): "At the time of inspection at the vessel's covered moorage [boathouse], SEA DOG appeared in show condition after a complete restoration that included all new interior, wiring, plumbing, engines, and tanks. The exterior was wooded and refinished to new condition. All upgrading has been done to the highest yacht standards using quality materials and craftmanship." SEA DOG continues to be maintained in show condition and enjoys boathouse moorage.

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Accommodations:

The wheelhouse dimensions are about 12 x 12 ft. This large bright space gives the helmsman 360-degree visibility and has easy access to side-decks through sliding doors port and starboard. A leather-upholstered, L-shaped setee wraps around a large table. Companionways with folding doors fore and aft provide access to the forward cabin and galley.

From the wheelhouse a companionway leads to the forward cabin, which is brightened by 4 ports and a skylight. There's a huge v-berth, storage lockers and dressers, and a head with sink, shower, and storage.

Moving aft from the wheelhouse, down a companionway, we enter the large galley spanning the boat.The galley has commodious storage in drawers and lockers. The countertops are all custom, seamless, stainless-steel with backspashes and integral sink. Hot/cold pressurized water. There's a 4 burner electric stove with oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and coffee-maker.

Walking aft along a passageway there's a head to starboard with sink and full-sized bathtub with shower. To port is a large closet and pantry for the galley.

Next aft is a commodious double stateroom spanning the width of the boat, with large bunks port and starboard, each with a bureau and under-bunk storage. There is also a closet here with hanging space and additional storage space.

Stepping aft up the companionway we find the cockpit. This large open-air space with teak deck, has a fixed canopy overhead and steps to the deck port and starboard. A hatch in the cockpit floor provides access to the lazarette. Canvas and translucent plastic curtains provide a complete enclosure against the weather when needed, then roll up under the canopy for storage.

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Awards:

In 2008 and 2009 SEA DOG won several 'best in show' type awards at festivals and boat shows in the Puget Sound region, including the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. She has since retired from competition, but is a favorite at regional festivals. SEA DOG is in top condition throughout, and kept in her own covered shed.

Documents: You may download the following documents to your computer for viewing.

Click here for a 2008 "Valuation Survey" (9mb pdf).

Click here for Sea Dog's "Owners Manual" (200k pdf).

Click here for a magazine article titled "The-Boatshow-Boat" (5mb pdf).

Click here for a magazine article titled "Captain of a Classic" (1mb pdf)

Click here for a magazine article titled "The Stephens Brothers" (3mb pdf)

Click here to see old newspaper clippings about SEA DOG (3mb pdf)

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Contact: All information is shown on this website. If you are ready to view the boat and negotiate a price, contact Patrick Curry at 206-227-5976, or email to patcurry@windermere.com

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Forward cabin.

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Forward cabin v-berth.

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Forward cabin head.

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Wheelhouse looking aft..

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Galley looking forward.

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