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Cascade 42 Pilothouse Ketch

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Boat REF# 120056
Sold / Unavailable
Length 42'0"
Year 1986
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Sleeping berths 5
Engine 1 x diesel 37hp, Westerbeke 4-107 (1986)
Lying Tacoma - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Robert Smith
Builder Yacht Constructors Portland OR
Lying Tacoma - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 80.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 130.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 30.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 01/05/2008


Engine 1 x diesel 37hp
Engine make and model Westerbeke 4-107 (1986)
Engine Hours engine1:   1482
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots

2-6V Golf Cart Batteries House, 1-8D engine start, Cruising Equipment multi-stage regulator, Stuffing box Norscott Dripless gland, Dual Racor filters.


Length 42'0"
LWL 34'0"
Beam 11'10"
Draft Max 6'6"
Displacement 24,000.1lbs
Headroom 6'4"
Storage On marina


Ketch rigged Aluminium spars (1986) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail - Slab (unknown year)

Seller reports all sails in excellent condition made by Waaqmeester and triple stitched. The genoa is folded and below with a new UV cover sewn on. Jiffy reefing system. Lazy jacks on both main and mizzen. The ketch runs at 7.5 knots in 12-15 knots of wind. All winches are self tailing Lewmars.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

The seller reports the following:

The hull was manufactured by Yacht Constructors of Portland, OR. The "Cascade" program involved a hull built with Lloyds of London approved hand-laid-up schedule of fiberglass cloth, woven roving, and a 3”x5”beam clamp incorporated, making this one of the strongest fiberglass hulls for its size on the market. The plans were by Robert Smith, a Portland naval architect. In consultation with the architect the pilothouse was lowered by one (1’) foot and a sloped cabin top to provide better forward visibility.

The ketch was designed to sail out of the mouth of the Columbia River and therefore incorporated strength and safety features to ensure survival on the most dangerous of west coast river bars. The construction followed the architects specifications and scantlings, not the lighter ones employed by Yacht Constructors for their ready-builds. It was designed for ocean crossing. The floor timbers were made of luan mahogany fixed to the hull with fiberglass putty and additionally six layers of glass cloth laminated progressively, and the ends of the timbers secured with three layers of woven roving and resin coating of the entire assembly to secure a waterproof bilge (to prevent hull blistering and there has not been even one to date). Frames of 2” white oak were then placed at 14” intervals from the keelson to the beam clamp throughout the hull. Fiberglass insulation was then placed between the frames which were then covered with mahogany planks with a ¼” space between.

The rudder chosen was a 2’ x 4’ balanced spade rudder carried on a 4” diameter stainless steel post. The rudder tube was reinforced with fore, aft and athwartships blockings of mahogany. The tube was carried up above the cockpit floor where the hydraulic tiller was attached so that none of the hydraulic steering mechanism would be belowdecks, making repairs easier. Also all pumps and cylinders would be above the water line and less susceptible to corrosion. The steering mechanism was housed in a console containing the steering station and instrument panel. A second steering station was installed within the forward part of the pilot house, each working independently. Later a WH autopilot (controls inside and outside) was installed. At the top of the stainless steel rudder post is a quick and easy connection for the emergency tiller should it ever be needed.

Below the waterline all interior hull construction was mahogany, and above the waterline all framing was with Port Orford cedar and covered with marine mahogany ½” plywood. The deck has a 12 foot radius camber and were constructed over laminated mahogany over head deck beams covered with three (3) layers of 1/4” marine grade fir plywood using West System epoxy (which was used throughout all construction.) The cabin trunk sides were made of an outer one piece 24 foot long fir marine plywood to obtain the curves, and the inner made of Dutch 1mm Honduras mahogany ply both glued and bolted and screwed to the cedar frames. All deck beams and carlings were made of cedar. They were mortised, screwed and glued to the beam clamps and carlings. The entire exterior of the deck and cabin was then covered with fiberglass, making the top sides strong enough to with withstand breaking waves.

New safety glass recently installed in pilothouse.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 1
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Stove tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Pilothouse interior with a low profile cabin providing 360 degree visibility provides second steering station inside, in addition to the wheel in the cockpit. Custom stainless steel countertops, top loading freezer/refrigerator powered by shore power or engine-driven compressor. Deep double basin stainless sinks. Main salon has new Dickinson Newport diesel heater.

3 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

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Compass tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Navigation lights tick

Radar Furuno 24 Mile, Compass Danforth 5 inch, Auto Pilot W-H, Loran Raytheon, GPS Magellan, VHF Standard Horizon, Depth Sounder Coastal Navigator, Knotmeter Signet Analog (needs impeller)

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick
Swim Ladder tick

4 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Electric Ideal windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
90'0" of chain
250'0" of rode
Lines led aft through rope clutches.
Ideal electric windlass.

Safety Equipment

5 bilge pumps (3 manual / 2 electric)

Broker's Comments

Now with a dramatically lowered price! This sturdy Cascade 42 Pilothouse Ketch, built in Portland, Oregon could easily be described as a “sailor's sailboat”. It was purpose-built to safely handle repeated crossings of the Columbia River bar under the worst of conditions, and is strengthened and equipped for off-shore adventures. It is ketch-rigged and can be managed from the protection of the pilothouse or from the wheel pedestal in the cockpit. She’s been used as a comfortable liveaboard, with amenities and a high degree of fit and finish below that only a master carpenter could design and accomplish. The large pilothouse adds a great deal of usable interior space to this boat. The interior wood craftsmanship and attention to detail is very impressive. Wide side decks with chain plates mounted outboard allow for easy movement around the boat.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Cascade 42 Pilothouse Ketch has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Tacoma. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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