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Price: $69,900
Brand: Custom
Type: Sailboat
Year: 1983
Length: 42 ft.
Name: Althea
Location: Erie, PA


42 Custom Pilothouse 1983 Althea

Ocean going little ship built by David Laux Boat Building in Delaware. She is a true motor sailor- A trawler that sails well. She burns about a gallon an hour at 7 mph under power alone. Built from 1/4 inch aluminum plate she is made to last- Light and strong. Maintained and upgraded in fresh water for the last 12 years; Althea is a true passage maker and outstanding live-aboard. She boasts a cat-ketch rig with a double wishbone design that requires no sheet work when tacking. Turn the wheel and you have tacked with all three sails. Designed for long distance passages, she is comfortable and fast. Her hull shape and variable pitch prop from Hundested allow her to reach speeds of 8+ knots under sail. She is comfortably handled by two, but the last owner (age 76) singled handled her throughout the Caribbean and South America.

Owner's cabin with separate bunks and lee cloths forward. Large Salon with double drop leaf table and two additional bunks amidships provide a great dining and over flow guest sleeping arrangements. The galley is comfortable with ample storage for food and cooking equipment. The Frigoboat ice box can be turned down to the point it becomes a 7 cubic foot chest freezer. There is a gimbaled propane stove and oven with gas shut off with cutting board tops for all surfaces. Head is port of the galley. Headroom is above 6 ft in most place-we are both 6'2". Aft up three steps is the pilot house with port side pilot berth and captain and navigator seats. All pilothouse fabric replaced this year. It provides comfortable inside seating with panoramic views for 5. Down two steps is the aft cabin beneath the aft deck with two twin bunks and lee cloths. Up three steps take you to the large back deck with saddle seated helm, two bench seats and custom davits to haul your dinghy, outboard motor storage block. Swim platform added to facilitate swimming and launching and docking the dinghy.

Systems are all functional. 17,000 btu Air conditioning and heat, hot water heated from engine or shore power, engine driven cabin heat; hydraulic auto pilot; variable pitch prop which allows tuning and full feathering from Hundested. Was reconditioned from the factory in Denmark 6 years ago. Transmission cooler, Perkins 4108 complete professional rebuild in 2009, and has 190 hours on rebuild. 20 amp charger new in in 2016. Lewmar windlass with two dedicated batteries on an isolator for easy anchor handling.

Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed 7
Max Speed 8
Nominal Length 42
Length Overall 50
Max Bridge Clearance 54
Beam 12

Fuel Tank Capacity 160
Fresh Water Tank Capacity 220

Engine Model Perkins 4108
Total Power 51hp
Engine Hours 350
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel

May be seen by appointment

Tracy Buczak

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.(CR)

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Tracy Buczak, CPYB - Sales & Brokerage

Erie, PA


Phone: 814-455-6800

Tracy has sailed for over 30 years. As a former winner at Youngstown Level Regatta, he met Don Finkle and built a relationship that lead to his position at RCR. In addition to sailing, Tracy has a USCG Master’s Captain’s License. He considers himself lucky to have turned my avocation into his vocation. Sharing his knowledge and love for sailing and boating in general with both experienced boaters and those new to the sport has given him great pleasure and added new friendships to his life. As a founding member of Sail Erie helped shape the group of sailors with common interests focused on cruising and educational activities in the Greater Erie area. Tracy joined RCR Yachts in late 2001 and helped open RCR Erie in the spring of 2002. Since then he has enjoyed building our Erie office as a successful part of Erie and our regions boating community. Hundreds of boats, both power and sail have been sold from this office and their owners have joined the RCR Family of owners. We continue to focus our efforts to making the buying and boating experience a good one for our customers.