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“Calypso” – 33′ Gaff Rigged Tahiti Ketch II – 1985 -SOLD

Calypso from sky

CALYPSO is a 33′ LOD / 40′ LOA strip-planked Tahiti Ketch II constructed based on John Hanna’s highly regarded full-keel double-ended design.  She is strongly built and and has had excellent and consistent care.  Her current owner has had her since 2000 and has regularly updated her (a full list of updates is below).  She is ready to sail and represents a very good value at the asking price.  A 2010 insurance survey is available.


Currently located in Jamestown, Rhode Island.


LOD: 33′

LOA: 40′

LWL: 29′ 6″

Beam: 11′

Draft: 4′ 5″

Main cabin headroom: 6′ 6″

Steering:  Tiller

Displacement:  Approx. 10 tons (5,000 lbs exterior lead ballast)

Sail area:  Approx. 600 sq. ft.

Designer:  John Hanna / Gordon Baird

Builder: Ben Severns


Calypso is robustly constructed.  Her hull is strip-planked in southern white cedar over steam-bent and sawn white oak frames.  White oak floor timbers and keel.  Marine plywood bulkheads.  Bronze fastened below the waterline.  Stainless steel fastened above the waterline.  Deck areas are marine plywood sheathed in fiberglass.  The cockpit and cockpit sole have a laid teak deck.  5,000 lbs if exterior lead ballast.  Bright finished mahogany house sides and deck/cockpit trim.


39HP Yanmar 3JH4E fresh-water cooled diesel with 1.9:1 reduction gear.  Approx. 390 hours of use.  Bronze two-blade propeller on 1 1/4″ stainless-steel shaft.  Cruising speed approx. 5-6 knots.  Max. speed approx. 6.5 knots.  The owner reports that there are approximately $700 worth of spare engine parts that will come with the boat, including hoses, alternator brackets, fuel filters, etc.


70 gal. fuel (in Two 35 gal. tanks).  120 gal. fresh water.  35 gal. holding tank.  All tanks stainless steel.


Two 6 volt batteries and one 12 volt battery.  Engine driven 90 amp alternator.  Panel with circuit breakers.   Shore power hook up.  Polarity indicator, master switch and battery condition indicators.


Calypso sleeps four in an attractive traditionally-styled and very spacious interior.  Chain locker forward with v-berth next aft.  There are shelves above the v-berth and storage below it.  The head is next aft to the port with a marine head and stainless steel sink.  A hanging locker is opposite, to starboard.  The main cabin is next aft, with a drop-leaf dining table on the centerline and seating/berths outboard.  A diesel fired cabin heater is located on the forward bulkhead to port and a skylight is over the table.  Aft to port is another hanging locker followed by a forward facing nav station with chart storage, instrumentation and the electrical panel.  The galley is opposite to starboard, with a 1985 Shipmate kerosene 3-burner gimballed stove with oven; twin deep stainless steel sinks and fresh and salt water pumps, a large icebox (which can be loaded from the cockpit and holds 50-60 pounds).  Interior finish is bright finished teak, mahogany and cherry.  The cabin sole is raw teak.  The interior is ventilated with two hatches, eight opening ports and two ventilators.

Main Salon height: 6 ‘6″ to the ceiling — at the oak frame this drops to 6′ 3″.

Forward cabin height:  5′ — the owner reports that “I am six feet tall and can sit up straight while sitting on the berths there.”

Main salon berths length: 6′ 6″ each

Forward cabin berths lengths: 6′ 7″ (port) and 7’ 5″ (starboard)

Sails and Rigging:

Double headsail gaff rig with staysail and jib.  Approx. 600 sq. ft. of working sail area.  Spars are bright finished sitka spruce.  Spars are deck stepped on aluminum and steel mast steps.  Stainless steel standing rigging with bronze swage fittings and turnbuckles.  Gaff main are circa 1985 from Lam of Hong Kong.  Jib circa 2008.  Mizzen and staysail circa 2010 by Jasper & Bailey.  Primary winches are two-speeed self-tailing no. 30 Lewmars.  Other winches include two no. 6s, two no. 8s and two no. 7s.


Two 35 lb. CQR anchors.  Two bow rollers with 225′ of 3/8″ chain and 225′ of 7/8″ nylon rope.  Simpson Lawrence SL-555 manual windlass.  Halon fire extinguishers.  Two whale electric and two guzzler manual bilge pumps.  Sail covers, boarding ladder, life lines, cockpit and main cabin awnings, cushions.  Barometer, clock, compass mounted on mizzen, single side-band radio, Furuno radar,  Autohelm ST 4000 (in need of service), Standard Horizon depth sounder, wind speed gauge, am/fm/cassette/CD player.

Recent improvements:

Main Mast (fir) made by George W. Zachorne, Wickford, RI  (2006)

Stainless Main Shrouds and Bobstay, all 6 (2001)

Lifelines (2000)

Teak Cockpit (2003/4)

Mizzen Sail and Stay Sail by Jasper & Bailey (2010)

Jib (2008)

Stainless 35 gallon Fuel Tanks (2005)

Yanmar 3JH4E, now with 400 hours, (new in 2005)

Engine Mounts by G.W. Zachorne (2005)

Breaker Electric Panel (2005)

Bronze Seacocks (raw water intake & two cockpit scuppers) (2001)

Starting battery (2009)