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Fisher 34 Pilothouse

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Boat REF# 156375
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 10.36m (34'0")
Year 1984
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 7
Engine 1 x Diesel 65hp, Vetus VH465H53A (2004)
Lying Skagit County, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Freeman & Wyatt
Builder North Shore Yacht Yards, Sussex, UK
Lying Skagit County, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 363.6 ltr (80.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 454.5 ltr (100.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 45.5 ltr (10.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 07/07/2011


Engine 1 x Diesel 65hp
Engine make and model Vetus VH465H53A (2004)
Engine Hours engine1:   300
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade bronze (+ Rope Cutter)
Fuel consumption (approx) 7.0 ltr (1.5 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots

The main engine was replaced with a new 2004 Vetus VH465H53A 65 HP four cylinder and a matching ZF Hurth 25A reversing gear.


LOA 10.36m (34'0")
LWL 9.04m (29'8")
Beam 3.26m (10'8")
Draft Min 1.45m (4'9")
Draft Max 1.52m (5'0")
Displacement 9,524kg (21,000.0lbs)
Storage Dry storage


Ketch rigged Kemp Masts, Ltd, UK Aluminium spars (1984) with stainless steel standing rigging (1984)


Mainsail Arum or Arumdel, UK - Slab (1984)
Headsail Arum - Furling (1984)

The Kemp aluminum masts are stepped on deck. Standing rigging is 1x19 stainless and appears in good condition. The main mast step slides on a track allowing movement of approximately 16 inches total, fore and aft. Folding mast steps are fitted to the main mast.

Two Lewmar 8 halyard winches are fixed to the main mast and two Lewmar 40 ST winches are mounted one on each side of the cockpit for the sheets. The vang as well as the main and mizzen sheets are handled with block and tackle.

The "tanbark" sails are by Arum Sails of Arumdel, UK and appear to be in very good condition. The Genoa sets on a Profurl NC32 furling gear.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Gelcoat finish

The Fisher 34 is a fiberglass diesel auxiliary pilothouse ketch. The design is derived from North Sea fishing vessels with a relatively high displacement, round bilge hull with a long keel loaded with 10,000 pounds of internal ballast. The hull is very strong and seaworthy, easily driven under power for economical cruising and capable of sailing effectively, especially downwind. (Quoting from the recent survey by David Johnston) The boat was built by North Shore Yacht Yards, of Sussex, UK in 1984. The hull has a raked bow, rounded forefoot, moderate keel and canoe stern. The hull sections have hollow garboards and firm round bilges. The outboard running gear of shaft and propeller are protected by a skeg from the end of the keel aft to the lower bearing of the rudder. The boat has a lively high sheer. The apparent height of the topsides is visually reduced by a heavy hardwood guard 16” to 19” below the sheer and teak planked bulwarks above the guard.

The deck is arranged around a deep aft cockpit, raised pilothouse and forward trunk cabin. The 12V windlass bolts through the foredeck. The anchor stows in a bow roller over the stemhead. Lifelines are strung along the deck edge to pulpits fore and aft. An emergency escape hatch is forward on the cabin top. Two ventilation hatches are aft and outboard on the cabin top. The cockpit has a central footwell, U-shaped seating sides and back and high coamings. The lazarette, with steering and storage, is accessed through a hatch in the aft seat. Aft and above the lazarette hatch are the dedicated propane locker to port and a deck locker to starboard. Other deck lockers are located forward under the side benches. The rudder post comes through the top of the aft coaming and has a tiller for outside steering. The mizzenmast steps forward on the centerline against the back of the house. To port is the sliding door to the interior. To starboard is a teak ladder up to the top of the house.

The vessel is rigged as a ketch with deck-stepped, hollow section aluminum masts and booms, 1 x 19 stainless steel wire standing rigging and braided Dacron running rigging. The forestay tacks to a stemhead fitting with foil and roller furling drum. Shrouds lead to chainplates at the bulwarks. The main mast has split backstays, the mizzen jumper struts on the forward upper shrouds. A springstay connects the mastheads. The rig is split among three sails, none of them large and therefore easily handled by one person. Winches are minimal with two halyard winches on the main and primary winches at the cockpit. The main is controlled with a block and tackle sheet and vang. The mizzen is controlled with the sheet to the top of the stern pulpit.

A 2011 survey by David Johnston of Pacific Rim Marine Surveyors is available.

The fuel, water and holding tank capacity listed here is as reported by the owner and has not been independently verified by the listing agent.


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)
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Manual water system tick
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Hot water system tick

The essence of the Fisher designs is the relatively large pilothouse much like what would be found on a North Sea fishing vessel. Entry to the pilothouse is from the cockpit through a sliding door on the port side of the mizzen mast. The helm station is forward to port with an upholstered settee to starboard and a navigation table forward. Large, heavy glass windows all around provide excellent visibility. A large sliding skylight panel overhead provides light, extra ventilation and a good view of the main sail. The helm station provides a large flat area ahead of the wheel for electronics.

A stairway down leads to the main salon area with the galley to port and a door to the aft cabin to starboard. The salon table is center around the mast and can be configured as a long, narrow table with walk around room on either side or opened up with add on leaves to a roughly square dining table reaching to the built in seating on both sides. A "U" shaped couch is built in to port and a straight couch is built in to starboard. The floors are traditional teak and holly. Storage is provided under all seating. A small fold out table on the divider between the galley and the port settee facilitates passing of dishes from the galley. The galley features a Flavel "Vanessa" propane range with two burners plus a central "grill" burner. The refrigerator/freezer unit is built into the counter top next to the sink. The sink provides pressure hot and cold water as well as a manual water system.

The aft cabin features a double berth extending aft along the starboard side under the pilot house settee as well as a dresser cabinet of drawers and a full headroom area forward of the berth.

Forward from the main salon is the main cabin in the bow with the head to port and a hanging locker to starboard. The berths are arranged as two singles in a "V" berth arrangement but with a filler panel that makes it into a large, triangular double berth as desired. The head compartment is equipped with an electric head and the standard Fisher 34 folding sink arrangement to get the most out of the space which also serves as the shower. The anchor chain locker is accessible forward of the berth.

Cabin heating is provided by an Espar diesel forced air furnace and a Red Dot heater off the engine coolant. The hot water tank is also heated by engine coolant.

3 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

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Log tick
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Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
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Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Navigation equipment includes a Furuno GP-32 GPS/WAAS Navigator, a Raymarine Pathfinder SL72 radar, Stowe depthfinder, Autohelm 3000 autopilot and Apelco VHF and a Stowe log and wind instrument.

Steering from the inside helm is by Whitlock heavy duty torque tube and bevel gear. Cockpit steering is by tiller. The rudder is fiberglass over a stainless steel sub frame and stainless steel shaft connected by a bolted flange.

Deck Gear

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Fenders tick
Boathook tick

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Electric Simpson Lawrence windlass
3 anchors
(35# CQR, 35# Danforth, 75# Fisherman)
91.44m (300'0") of chain
The walking area of the decks is coated with a high traction, diamond pattern material. Removable cushions are fitted to the cockpit and a removable teak ladder can be fitted to the aft of the pilothouse for access to the top of the pilothouse.

Anchor tackle consist of 300 feet of galvanized 3/8" chain with a rope tail. Three anchors are included: a 35# CQR, 35# Danforth and a 75# Fisherman.

Safety Equipment

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This 1984 Fisher 34 Pilothouse Ketch is a heavily-built motorsailer featuring the large pilothouse typical of the Fisher line. The 34 is probably the most popular Fisher model and this one features a recently-installed Vetus 65 HP engine. The ketch rig makes for easy solo sail handling.

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

This Fisher 34 Pilothouse has been personally photographed and viewed by Dirk Nansen of Boatshed Seattle. 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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