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Spencer MacRae's Seguro, Yankee # 172, Santa Barbara, California - Reported broken up and scrapped (updated September 3, 2012)  

February 26, 2009 - Capt Spense advised that Seguro has been broken up and scrapped. He told me she was not much more than a stripped shell.


October 20, 2008. I spoke to Capt Spence this morning and time is of the essence. Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol may move this boat from the mooring by this weekend. This could be 'crunch' time for Seguro and Spence will consider any offer ($300 or best offer). His phone number is below.


The following ad was up on Craigs List - posted September 23, 2008

I have a Dolphin 24' made by Yankee Yachts. She is 24' 5" LOA. This boat is a classic racer, beautiful when restored.
-A great fixer-upper.
-The sailboat has no centerboard, it dropped in the harbor a few years ago and was never recovered.
-The mast was taken own as a consequence of the Center Board, however it is available it is stored in a boat yard in the waterfront.
-She does not come with an engine or anchor gear, you will have to buy that yourself.
-There is a small leak in the rudder-post, actually no leak but loose packing. So the rudder-post must be repacked. This is extremely easy i just haven't had the time to do it.
-Tiller in good condition, Inside dry and spacious.
-Boat includes Bilge Pump, but no battery.
-This would be a great first boat but it needs some TLC and a responsible owner.

I have had her anchored in Marina 5 or the Santa Barbara Year Round Anchorage since March of 2008. She just needs a good home and someone to fix her up. I recommend trailering her out to work on her but its up to you. I would keep her and i am very sad to see her go but I don't have the time or money to keep her up.

I have included a few pictures that are from the http://www.dolphin24.org website. You can check out all the restorations and info there.

Please contact me for more questions/ information. I will put up pictures of the actual boat this week.


Captain Spence
(805) 451-2079


On April 22, 2008 Spencer advised he bought Seguro from Rigoberto Lopez and will keep her in Santa Barbara. He needs a trailer and a centerboard.

We hope to get some pictures of Seguro soon.


Seguro was 'discovered' when we got the following email from Rigoberto in December, 2007


I just got a Yankee Dolphin 24, Hull #172 as a gift. The registration is current with 09 stickers. I was planning on living aboard and putting the boat in the mooring area here in Santa Barbara, CA, but now I am going back to Mexico and I won't be able to do it. It’s still pretty dirty and needs new paint, rigging and centerboard. The hull is fine, no cracks. The mast is fine and she has old sails.

 I spent about $200 in paper work and for a solar panel and cleaning gear and will practically give this boat away. Give me a call as soon as possible; I’m leaving for Mexico at the end of the month.

 Rigo (805) 698 7617



Note: Rigo reports the previous owner was Stacey Petrees


September 3, 2012. An internet archives search turned up the follwing 1999 email to former webmaster Jim Huxford about Seguro.

Subject: Dolphins
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 16:57:56 -0800
From: "Chuck Watson"


My name is Chuck Watson and I live in Santa Barbara, California. I just bought a dolphin. It is Yankee Yachts hull # 172. The registration has it as a 1970 model. It is in good but neglected shape. I have a one year, renewable lease on a slip for it in the Santa Barbara Marina.

I have been spending a lot of time on it as I hope to sail the Channel Islands with it this Summer. All the stays and lines need to be replaced. It is not in sailable condition right now. I do have a 8 hp Nissan outboard on it and plan to take it out with the motor to see what she is like on the open sea.

I am new to sailing. I crewed on a similar boat for quite a while for an owner at the yacht club here. They had weekly races out in the channel here, and I had lots of chances to crew on different boats when someone did not make the race for some reason.

I would like to eventually cruise up and down the California coast. 

I want to thank you for the brochure. I am so glad to get some information. It seems that the Dolphins are well thought of and am daydreaming about going sailing on her all the time. Her name has apparently always been the "Segura". I am not going to change it. 

I didn't really pick a Dolphin, I just wanted a sailboat and this was what I could afford. But, the more I learn about them, the more I feel that I got lucky and probably have a really nice 24' boat.

The Segura is a full galley version. 

Are you aware of any manuals or books about the Dolphins?

I will certianly visit your website and look forward to sharing information and stories with other Dolphin owners.

Thanks again for the e-mail.

I haven't looked at the forms you sent me as word files. I have opened them ok, I will read it this weekend.






























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