An outstanding 1967 73’Custom-Built Long-Distance, Ocean Crossing, Flush Deck Cruiser, well known as a “little ship”, is now on the market!
Pioneer was built in 1966-67 in Chula Vista, CA as a customized offshore yacht to meet the highest industrial and military standards of that time. Comfort, safety and long-range was the target. She is a one-of-a-kind, built to order, some say unusually overbuilt for the early days of long distant cruising boats and to expensive to be built in today’s competitive market. It begins with a fiberglass hull that is 6″ thick, 70’ WL (73’ LOA), 20 1/2’ beam, 6 1/2’ draft, full displacement that comes in at 91 net tons/130 gross tons. Her interior configuration has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 6 people in 3 staterooms including a full-beam master suite on the lower deck aft. The elegant choices of wood throughout the vessel, create a warm cozy living space. The mechanics of the design were chosen to perfectly match the heavy-duty hull with redundancies everywhere.
George Moore, Naval Architect (San Diego) and designer of Pioneer, and William Weinberg, owner, supervised the custom build in a private site purchased specifically for the project. George hired a lot of the crew that built Kettenburg boats and brought them into the team. The plan was to build her as a sea-kindly, ocean crossing full displacement hull that is safe, efficient and economical to operate. Mr. Weinberg had a very large budget which allowed them to build an amazing little ship. The vessel was over built with so many redundancies. Over her very active history Pioneer has completed many ocean passages, including dozens of long distance non-stop coastal passages. These include the Southern California coast to various Mexican ports, explored the British Columbia coast line, seen the amazing Alaskan glaciers and spent 7 years in Hawaii.
Pioneer has had 4 owners and was based in Southern California and Hawaii during her first 33 years. For the last 20 years Pioneer has been based in the Pacific Northwest with annual trips north of Desolation Sound to Northern BC and Alaska as well as the local Gulf and San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound. The original owner had the boat for 24 years cruising the West Coast of North America, Mexico and Hawaii, the second owner was a boat broker based in Hawaii, the 3rd owner a Texas couple based in Hawaii and then Southern California, and the current owner for over 20 years cruising from Manzanillo, Mexico to Glacier Bay, Alaska, keeping the boat in the PNW since 2011. Pioneer had a full time captain for 27+ years working for the 1st and 3rd owners. The current owners are a couple who have operated the vessel without crew since purchasing the boat, often spending 2-3 weeks at anchor before tying up to a dock for provisioning, mostly exploring areas off-the popular Inside Passage through BC and Alaska enjoying hundreds of beautiful locations. A truly relaxing, peaceful lifestyle!
Some notable events regarding Pioneer, while in Hawaii, because of her beautiful lines, she has been used in a few movies with Harrison Ford and Robert Wagner and was a VIP platform on a 3 boat, helicopter scientific expedition to the Guadalupe Islands, 50 miles west of Central Baja, sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum in collaboration with 24 scientist from Mexico and the US.
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The walk-in Engine room is located mid-ship. This is a very spacious open room that contains the main engines and generators, work bench, drill press, electric grinder, acetylene torch, air compressor, an extensive selection of tools and test equipment, spare parts for many of the ships mechanical and electrical systems, copper plumbing for the 12 diesel fuel tanks, fuel circulating and transfer pumps, hot water heater, water maker, 2 battery banks, 2 inverters and a battery charger, 100 gal. bulk oil storage tank and more . Ample work space with 6′ 6″+ head room and great walk around access on 7 sides of the 2 main engines and 2 generators
Pioneer’s thoughtful layout is an ideal comfortable cruising design. She has 6′ 6″+ head room throughout. On the lower deck the owner’s family aft suites are inspired by the idea of providing comfort and privacy, with a gorgeous spacious master suite aft; crew quarters were located forward accessed by a separate set of stairs from the salon. The salon and galley are midship on the main deck and above the engine room with the wheelhouse forward with large windows throughout the main deck cabins. Exotic woods were used everywhere bringing in rich grains and warm tones using first growth Burmese teak on the main deck, American Black Walnut in the master stateroom, Oak and Mahogany in the other 2 staterooms with carved solid wood closet doors of exceptional quality and design in all 3 staterooms. Beautiful hardware on all doors. . The exterior deck is open and safe, allowing anyone to enjoy the beautiful location you happen to be while at anchor or underway!
1 x King Master, 2 x Twin Doubles
Fly bridge Deck
The hull construction is of the highest quality fire retardant F/G resin reinforced with multiple layers of woven roving making a 1 ½” laminate on the inside and 1 ½” on the outside; and a 3” foam core center made up of 4” X 3” horizontal foam strips wrapped with F/G woven roving and resin making the boat hull solid, and able to stay afloat in the event of a severe break in the hull due to an impact accident. At the keel the F/G hull is reinforced up to 6” on the radius’. Internally the boat hull is further protected with built in 12 x F/G fuel tanks (3,925 US gals) surrounding the sides and bottom of the hulls interior, effectively creating a double hull below the water line.
The large galley is designed for preparing great food with large openings to the dining options either to the aft deck or the interior salon and for conversation with guests and crew in all 3 areas.
Bose Sound system in the salon
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