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. The design was developed by GEORGE MOORE, a naval architect from SanDiego who spent time with the world class Kettenburg Company. The significant results from George’s design was an advanced build that focused on luxurious comfort, seaworthiness, stream lined beauty and a large hull designed extremely strong meeting operating economy while gliding through the water. She is a one-of-a-kind and built to order. Some say unusually overbuilt for the early days of long distant cruising boats and too expensive to be built in todays 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. Her 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.
Over her very active history Pioneer has completed many ocean passages, including dozens of long distance non-stop coastal passages (e.g. non-stop from Southern California to Hawaii, Mexico and now cruising the coastal waters of British Columbia up to Alaska
Pioneer has had 4 owners and was based in Southern California and Hawaii during her first 33 years. For the last 19 years Pioneer has been based in the PNW with annual trips north to and as far as Alaska.
Pioneer had a full time captain for 27+ years working for the 1st and 3rd owners The current owners have operated the vessel without crew since purchasing the boat, often spending weeks at anchor in extreme comfort while living onboard before going in for supplies.
Some notable events regarding Pioneer, while in Hawaii, she has been in a few movies with Harrison Ford and also Robert Wagner. A gorgeous well built yacht is now waiting for the next adventure.
“Call today to book your private viewing of this “little ship!”
Engine and Mechanical
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
- 2 x Cummins NH-250 (855 cu. in.) Marine Diesel (both Rebuilt 2012) rated at 250 hp each, naturally aspirated.fresh water cooled
- Dry stack engines, flybridge deck funnel
- Twin Disk MG 509 Marine Gearbox– 2.95 to 1, Hydraulic
- 2″ Drive Shafts, Monel Steel – thru stuffing box to 5-blade props
- 5 Blade bronze props with 2 x spare 5 blade props
- 3 x Cutlass bearings support each shaft with enclosed struts
- 2 x Cummins JN 130 Generators 40 Kw each (fixed 1200 rpm) with GE generators, both engines rebuilt in the 90s, port engine top end rebuilt in 2000, fresh water cooled
- Dual fuel circulating and polishing pump system with 2 750 Luberfiner primary filters for trapping contaminates and water and recirculating fuel back into the fuel storage tank to maintain a clean source of diesel.
- Secondary Dahl #200 fuel filter/water separators after the Day Tank,plus built-in engine fuel pump filters.
- 2 x fuel transfer pumps with flow meter,.
- All fuel passes through a polishing/filtering system prior entering the Day Tank
- Built-in hand oil sump pump for each engine making for easy oil changes.
- Oil changed and analyzed regularly.
- Port generator oil changed Oct, 2019
- Well ventilated Engine room via high 2 speed fans bringing in fresh clean air from the flybridge , away from salty sea spray.
- Three 75 lbs. CO2 tanks with a Kiddie automatic and manual fire suppression system in the engine room and 3 CO2/ABC fire extinguishers
- Six Large Heavy Duty Bronze Portholes for light and ventilation
Both engines: PLEASE NOTE – Gallons Per Mile (GPM)
- 1600 RPM 8.5 knots, fuel consumption 1.2 GPM including one generator.
- 1800 RPM 9.5 knots; fuel consumption 1.5 GPM including one generator.
- 2400 RPM 10.5+ knots;
- 1600 RPM 7.0+ knots; fuel consumption 0.6-0.8 GPM including one generator.
- 1800 RPM 7.5 – 8.0 knots; fuel consumption 1.0+/- GPM including one generator.
- 2400 RPM
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
- Excellent cabin layouts – The master stateroom is full beam aft with a walk around King bed, 2 large lockers (6’ wide lighted hanging closets port and starboard, storage below the bed and end tables)
- Four (4) large portholes for light and fresh air.
- Built-in sets of dresser draws forward of the hanging lockers, one used as an office desk or vanity, the other for clothes and personal items
- The bed base, cabinets, and hanging locker doors all finished with American Black Walnut
- Large en suite off the master with full size shower
- Guest stateroom: A guest stateroom is forward of the master and is to starboard. Includes 2 single beds and plenty of storage. Hanging locker, bed frames with storage drawers, doors and trim all finished in beautiful oak wood. Outside this cabin in the hall is a separate door to the master head.
- Forward Guest stateroom: 3rd stateroom is located forward of the engine room. It includes 2 raised single beds, built-in bureaus, a hanging locker and large storage cabinets under each bed, which is all finished in rich mahogany. This stateroom was originally designed for crew with ladder access from the stateroom to the main deck forward of the wheelhouse. This allowed for the owner’s privacy in the main cabin.
- Private guest head adjacent to the forward stateroom recently upgraded to match master en suite.
- Included in this section of the vessel is a walk-in deep freeze/pantry/beverage storage room (325 cu. Ft.),
- Further aft is a huge stand up engine room and workshop with 3 watertight access doors
- A large storage room is to port, just aft of the engine room. This space is currently used for spare parts, plumbing systems, electrical panels, carpet cleaner, vacuum cleaner and other items
- Space under the aft stairs leading to the main deck is also storage
- The salon is mid ship and a cozy spot with seating on the starboard side and an entertainment cabinet and expandable dining table/chairs to port
- Next aft is the galley , stairs to the lower deck aft and a walkway to the art deck.
- The wheelhouse forward is spacious with a center helm seat, chart table and pilot seat/berth to starboard. There are teak doors on either side giving access to the exterior side deck and a teak door leading to the salon. The side and salon doors are used for adjusting fresh air flow and a comfortable temperature while underway
- Carpeted flooring throughout the lower and main decks and interior stairs, except for the galley, deep freeze and engine room
- Stairs leading to the lower staterooms aft, forward cabins and flybridge are full width and centered in the boat.
Hull and Deck Construction
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.
- Original naval architect drawings in duplicate with all details of construction, materials and specifications are included with the yacht.
- Full displacement fiberglass hull that is 6+ inches thick
- Raked stem and flared bow design
- Wide Centered molded transom steps, off the swim grid lead up to the Main deck
- A 2nd set of wide molded steps lead upwards from the Main deck giving access to the flybridge deck
- Interior has 5 watertight doors and a watertight chain locker forward, dividing the vessel into 3 separate watertight compartments and 2 semi watertight areas where the stairs are located
- Active Fin Stabilizers designed for offshore
Galley and Laundry
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.
- Granite Counter tops
- Upper/Lower Galley Cabinets
- Jenn Air 4 Burner Stove/Oven
- MVP IV Microwave
- GE Refrigeration Fridge/Freezer 20.7 cu.ft
- Electric Toaster Oven
- Portable Induction Burner
- Kohler Porcelain Sink
- Magic Chef Dish Washer
- Braun Trash Compactor
- Walk-in Freezer/Pantry/Storage located lower level Frigidaire Washer and Dryer secured in a cabinet, located on the aft deck
- Force 10 Marine BBQ on aft deck
Bose Sound system in the salon
- Pioneer has original heat/AC units which have been retired – replaced with electric oil, ceramic and baseboard heaters
- Includes manuals for almost every system on board.
- Complete documentation on the 2012 main engines rebuild, including details of post break in testing
- Extensive medical supplies inventory
- Matching Chelsea Ships Bell Clock and Barometer, Nickel Finish
- Hidden cabinets in Wheelhouse and salon for protection of personal items
- Space Heaters X 4 (Oil and Ceramic)
- Built-in Wall Heater in forward head,
- Hover Encore Supreme Vacuum Bissell Big Green Carpet Cleaning Machine