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Samson C Strutter 50' Ketch

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Boat REF# 171716
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 15.24m (50'0")
Year 1974
Construction Ferro cement
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 75hp, Isuzu (1974)
Lying Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Cece Norris N. A.
Lying Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 954.5 ltr (210.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 1,363.6 ltr (300.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 318.2 ltr (70.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 75hp
Engine make and model Isuzu (1974)
Engine Hours engine1:   600
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) 8.2 ltr (1.8 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots

Total engine hours indicated by meter are 2800. The engine was rebuilt in 2001 at 2200 hours, with 600 hours since that time. New engine mounts rebuilt injectors, and all hoses replaced.
Borg Wamer Velvet drive transmission rebuilt in 1987. 1.5" Aquamet prop shaft replaced in 2001.
New exhaust system replaced in 2010.
All appears to be in excellent mechanical condition.

Two solar panels ( ARCO 70 watts each unit)
1500 watt inverter.
750 amp hour house battery bank. Two start batteries. Six battery house bank, comprised of 6 volt deep cycle batteries.
McCarron VMI 40 amp charger.


LOA 15.24m (50'0")
LWL 12.50m (41'0")
Beam 4.11m (13'6")
Draft Min 2.11m (6'11")
Airdraft 19.20m (63'0")
Displacement 26,304kg (58,000.1lbs)
Headroom 2.01m (6'7")
Storage On marina


Ketch rigged Wood spars (1978) with stainless steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Mainsail Northwyn Sails - Slab (1978) 2 Reefs
Headsail Northwyn Sail - Hank on (1978)
Other sails main (1978)
mizzen (1978)
foresail (1978)
80% jib (1978)
120% jib (1982)

Vessel launched in 1974. Masts and rigging installed in 1978 with mainsail, mizzen, foresail and 80% jib.
A 120% jib was added in 1982. Complete standing rigging renewed in 1992. Halyards replaced in 2000 (5/8 dacron).
Sitka Spruce box masts and spreaders by Gene Sheppard Millworks finished with Imron paint in 1992. Varnished booms.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 6 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power


Construction Ferro cement
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

LOD 48'6" LOA 54'6" LWL 41'

Samson ferro-cement 50' ketch. Full/Long keel classic Samson C-Strutter design by Cece Norris. Professionally-finished, fair and graceful ferro-cement hull and deck. Note especially the repairability and the fire resistance of ferro-cement construction! Epoxy-coated exterior and interior. Polyurethane painted exterior hull finish. Hull constructed with cold rolled steel armature with 7 mesh layers. This vessel appears in excellent condition. Original builder / owner with complete and documented build schedules. Cabin frame construction with primed painted steel and fully insulated. Interior finishes include teak, mahogany, yellow cedar, cedar, oak and marine plywood.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Raw water wash tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick

Designed for long range cruising and living aboard. This two stateroom vessel includes an aft double berth cabin, a single berth forward cabin and a large salon with a pull out double berth, galley, dining settee, and comfortable seating both port and starboard for seven. Cedar lined closets. The head is located just aft of the forward stateroom. It has a separate tiled shower with a built-in seat, a Wilcox-Crittenden Skipper VI manual head, and a single basin vanity with good storage.

The galley is outfitted with a custom leaded glass china cabinet by Northwest Glass artist Michael Kennedy. It is truly stunning! Dickinson Adriatic diesel cooking stove with heating coils to the hot water tank provide an excellent cooking appliance as well as cabin heating. The stove is fed with fuel from a day tank with hand and electric pump. Excellent galley storage. A new Adler Barbour refrigerator in 2011. Sharp R-5575 Microwave. A Kenyon alcohol stove top cooker is provided for warm weather use.

The salon and galley feature oak cabin soles.
The pilothouse features a large chart table, large bright windows and a quarter berth perfect for use as a reading area. Teak soles match the teak pilot house design. Just aft is a shop with workbench and tool storage.

The aft cabin double berth has a custom Michael Kennedy leaded glass gallery window.

3 burner Diesel cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick
Echo sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

Wagner autopilot, Lowrance flasher-type depth sounder, Standard Horizon Titan GX2320s VHF. A buyer will likely plan to update and add to the electronics suite.

Deck Gear

Sun awning tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Instrument Covers tick

4 halyard winches
5 sheet winches
Manual Nevins bronze 2 gear drive windlass
2 anchors
(75# Danforth - 50kg Bruce)
91.44m (300'0") of chain
60.96m (200'0") of warp
Rowing / Sailing GRP dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
Full set of sail covers. Barient and Lewmar halyard and sheet winches (10 total ), including 1 reefing winch. Stainless steel rigging and chain plates. Hard top polycarbonate dodger. Anchors include 75# Danforth with 300' of BBB chain. Second anchor is a 50kg Bruce-type with 50' BBB chain and 200' nylon rode. Galvanized steel bowsprit and stainless bow pulpit. Fore and aft storage deck storage. Teak cockpit benches with galvanized steel frames, and full Sunbrella covers.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 Electric)

Fire extinguishers, CO2 engine room flooding system, life lines, Blipper radar detector, life sling, man overboard pole, life ring, adult and children life jackets.
Mahogany and steel back-up tiller.

Broker's Comments

This 50' ketch-rigged sailboat (54' 6" LOA) has entirely fulfilled the dreams of a husband and wife team. In the early 70s they embarked on a course to build and live aboard a proper world-cruising ketch. Construction began in 1972 with the plans for a "go anywhere" Samson C Strutter. Design by Cecil (Cece) Norris and professionally finished by Samson's renowned cement artisans. The hull was launched in 1974 with great fanfare, complete with decks, cabin, tanks and engine. The design includes a two stateroom layout with a large galley and salon to provide comfort for living aboard and long cruises. In 1978 masts and rigging were installed. Main sail, mizzen, foresail, 80% jib with a 120% jib added in 1978. The exterior is professionally finished and graceful. A masterfully appointed and fully insulated interior provides for a warm and elegantly classic living space. A full bimini and hard top dodger adds additional living space during spring and summer months. This boat would make a very fine home for someone wishing to live-aboard, and is a sea-kindly long distance cruising sailboat. She's a unique and striking beauty inside and out and is ready for new adventures.

Major price reduction makes this vessel an outstanding deal!! Call Today

A complete set of build documentation with photos is available by request.

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

This Samson C Strutter 50' Ketch has been personally photographed and viewed by Randy Hacker of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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