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Bill Gordean's BLUE DOLPHIN, Yankee #169, SOLD St Michaels, Maryland - updated February 15, 2019  

February 15, 2019 - Bill checked with the news that #169 has been sold. We'll standby for the new owner to check in.

Hi Ron,

Please forgive my tardiness in this response. After a year of trying to sell our Dolphin, I finally found a local guy who wanted purchase her. I gave him the website name and address so he could get in touch with other like minded Dolphin sailors, but I totally forgot to cancel the add. So, I apologize for the goof. Please remove the add, and thank you for helping to put her up for sale on the net. Interestedly enough, after no responses in over a year, I had two inquiries in January.. Go figure. Again many thanks.

Best regards,

Bill Gordean

Fair Winds Bill!




July 5, 2018. Bill Gordean checked in Yankee #169 and advised she is For Sale - ad and pictures below. Click here for the history we had on this Dolphin.


S & S Yankee Dolphin #169 FOR SALE

Presently lying in St. Michaels, Maryland. Asking Price $1,200.00.

Below are the brief details and photographs of our Yankee Dolphin, BLUE DOLPHIN. Designed by Sparkman and Stevens. She was built in 1971 in Costa Mesa California. Her Hull number is #169. She has a mainsail (’99), jib, 150 genoa, cruising spinnaker, and staysail. Sails are in fair to good condition.

She comes equipped with a 4 cycle Nissan 6 hp engine, long shaft (2008), with less than 50 hours. The main cabin has a custom partial fold down table which adds a bit of extra room when needed. The galley has a large ice box(plus a portable beer cooler) and everything is workable except the alcohol stove, which could be rebuilt. We borrowed a small two burner propane camp stove which worked fine. There is also a 25 gal. fresh water tank with fitted hand pump at the sink. The rest of the interior woodwork is in good shape, but the cushions need replacement. A removable porta-potti is fitted between the main cabin and the V-berth.

Electronics include a VHF radio, AM/FM stereo, compass. There are a number of upgrades including a custom dodger with an attached tent, and custom bed boards fitted in the cockpit, to make a double berth. We have never used this setup, but the former owner raved about it.

Ground tackle includes a 15 lb. Bruce anchor and rode. Lots of other goodies are included.

We purchased her in 2008 as a project boat, and day sailed her occasionally for two years. She indeed needs some TLC, but is a worthy project with good bones. Prior to seriously upgrading her, we purchased a newer, larger boat, but since she was perfect for the shallow water adjacent to our house, we continued to use her occasionally as a day sailer. But it is finally time for a new owner. She is fully found, but needs some cosmetic work. Toe rails need bungs, and there is some minor wood work needed in the cockpit. The hull was repainted in 2017, but the topsides have some gel coat cracks, and should be filled. and then the entire deck and house should be painted.

The biggest problem is a broken center board. While at our dock in 2016, the water was sucked out of our creek during a storm and a small part of the center board ended up resting on the bottom. With the moving back and forth while still aground, the board snapped off its pin attachment. There was no structural damage done, and a lhe local boat yard says its a fairly easy fix. It appears there are a few members of the Yankee Dolphin Assoc. who have already tackled this job. (Webmaster Note - see Technical Section - Centerboards) She still sails fine without the board, but windward performance would be better if was repaired and re-attached. There are no leaks because of the loss, as the centerboard trunk is completely encapsulated.

As the pictures show, this is a classic little sail boat, that you could step on tomorrow, sail away, and upgrade her as
time goes on. She is priced to sell.

Please send all questions to w.d.gordean@gmail.com.











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