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1968 MARINER 35


Asking: $43,000 USD


As we recently returned to land life (we can't retire yet), we will sadly be selling our Ker-Mor
Many who have traveled vicariously with us over the last two years via our website have admired her traditional beauty and have seen, log by log, the fortitude and seaworthiness of this boat and our enjoyment in seeing the world aboard her.  This is a beautifully crafted ship designed by William Garden.  Built in 1968 by the Far East Yacht Company, the Mariner 35 ketch is made entirely of wood with oak frames, mahogany planked hull, spruce masts and teak decks and interior.  In order to prepare her for two years of cruising beginning in 2002, we invested about $50,000 in improvements, repairs, equipment and upgrades.  Some of Ker-Mor's equipment:


         Engine:  Perkins 4-107 37hp (rebuilt in 1999, 800 hours);


         ElectronicsForuno radar;  Horizon depth/temp/speed gauge and transducer;  Garmin GPS;  Standard Horizon mounted VHF and handheld submersible VHF (all 2002);


         Rigging:  Standing and running rigging replaced in 2002;


         Sail Inventory 2 mainsails, 1 jib, 1 mizzen and 1 genoa;


         Safety Equipment: 406 RapidFix EPIRB;  4 person DBC offshore life raft;  Fiorentino sea-anchor (all 2002-2003);


         Electrical Power: 470AH house battery bank and 1 dedicated starter battery;  two 40 watt solar panels and regulator;  600 watt inverter and 100 amp high-output alternator with smart regulator; and wired for shoreside charger (all 2002).


         Anchors and Related Equipmentone 45-pound CQR and two Danforths;  Simpson Lawrence electronic windlass (2002);  high-test anchor chain (150) (2002), 3-strand line (300) (2002) and other lines;


         Yard Work:  Latest haul-outs in November 2005 (hull painting and professional inspection), October 2004 (hull painting), January 2004 (stripped entire hull above and below the water line to bare wood and repainted), December 2002 (hull paint and rib reinforcement); and April 2002 (equipment installation and hull paint).


         Tender:  Customized hard dinghy (Sabot) (powerable by motor, sail or oars), with custom chocks for mounting on Ker-Mor;


         Interior:  Replacement of all upholstery replaced and installation of custom-made high quality V-berth mattress in 2001;


         Self-Steering: Sailomat self-steering wind vane (2002);


         BrightworkTaff rails (and other areas) stripped to bare wood and revarnished in 2004.  However, the varnish was not of very high quality (it was what was available while cruising).  We continue to maintain all varnish, but would recommend a new strip down and re-varnish with high-grade varnish, to restore a perfect look (a great opportunity for bonding with your new boat)!


         Fuel Capacity: 40 gallons (plus space for jugs on deck - we carried 22 extra gallons);


         Water Capacity: 90 gallons, consisting of one 40-gallon stainless steel tank and one 50-gallon bladder tank (plus space for jugs on deck - we carried 10 extra gallons);


         Galley Equipment: Gimbaled 4-burner propane stove; fresh water and salt water through faucet;  electric water pump and manual foot pump;


Ker-Mor is equipped and ready to go.  The ketch rig and full keel design of the Mariner is made for seaworthiness and comfort and was the boat of choice for the first solo female trans-Atlantic crossing.  Those interested in owning and sailing a classic wood yacht would be proud to own Ker-Mor.  Weve lived and voyaged aboard her, and now its your turn!


Recent survey available!

LOA: 34.5 feet (not including bowsprit)

Beam: 10.25 feet

LWL: 26.75 feet

Displacement: 18,000 pounds 

Currently slipped in San Diego, California

See below (and The Vessel, Ship's Log and Photo Gallery pages) for lots of photos and more information!!



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October 2004 haul-out -- hull is in beautiful condition!
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November 2005 haul-out (back in San Diego) -- still looks great!
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