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1967 73 ft Long Range Ocean Crossing Trawler

1967 73 ft Long Range Ocean Crossing Trawler

73 ft Custom Long Distance Cruiser
Flush Deck
Model Length:
73 ft
USD $430,000
Victoria, BC
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Listing Broker

Robert Ksyniuk

Yacht Broker - Victoria, BC



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!”



73 ft
73 ft
Beam Measure:
20' 6"
6' 6"
116 ton
Displacement Type:

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;

Single engine:

  •                                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

Other Machinery

  • Pacific Products “Mark VIII Sea Level” Active Hydraulic Fin Stabilizers
  • Wagner hydraulic steering system with 2 pumps and oil reservoir allows operating one at a time or both when in heavy seas
  • Hydraulic stabilizer installation, pump, motor, oil tank, ect – 1 x located port aft engine room
  • Kahlenberg Air compressor (air horn) – 1 x located center engine room
  • Jabsco/Mansfield Bilge pumps 5 x all Bronze ball valves,  plus both generators have emergency high volume belt driven bilge pumps as well
  • Flow-Scan Fuel monitoring gauges on both mains – Industrial spec
  • AMF CUNO Maxim Aquafresh water maker  (heat recovery  evaporator) 1 x high output 12 – 20+ GPH depending on heat sources
  • Pioneer’s parts inventory. There are tens of thousands of dollars of spare parts for engines and many of the boat systems, such as spare props, oil and diesel filters, thermostats, fuel solenoids, pump parts and rebuild kits, motors, valves, seals, gaskets, AC, oil, SS 50’davit cable replacement,  etc.,. Parts Kits: o-rings, retaining rings, Stewart-Warner flexible shaft maker , electrical wire connectors, and  much more.
  • Extensive Collection of Mechanics Tools and Test Equipment including: ¼:, ½” and ¾” sockets, pliers, wrenches, drivers, pry bars, crimper tools, cutters, heat gun, 3/8” & ½” power drills, pipe cutters/threaders, tubing benders, bearing, bushing, impeller extractors, and prop pullers, grease guns, oil cans, hand pumps, funnels and more. All the tools necessary to repair most systems and complete an engine rebuild on-site.
  • A partial list of replacement components includes the following spares: 32 V engine starter motor, complete Jabsco raw water pump, fuel solenoid, thermostat, AC fan motor, circulating pump/motor. Note: The choice of Cummins motors for the generators was because the 4 motors share a lot of common parts including starter motor, fuel solenoid, raw water pump, full flow and by-pass filters and so on. The common parts reduce the need to store different parts for different make engines which is often the case on pleasure yachts that are built for long distance travel to remote places where parts have to be air shipped in at great expense and loss of time.

Interior Layout

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

Lower Deck

  • 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

Main Deck

  • 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.

Exterior Layout

Main Deck

  • As you enter up the steps from the swim platform you come to a large covered open space which is used for outdoor relaxing, dining and entertainment. A removable dinning table can be set up when required.
  • Aft to either side is built-in bench seating. Complete canvas/screen sides can be attached to help block winds.
  • A washer and dryer are located inside a built-in cabinet on the starboard side below a large window/pass through opening to the galley. The aft deck space easily accommodates 8 people for a meal and has had up to 18 on special occasions.
  • Very spacious wide side decks for easy movement back and forth, front to back, on both sides of the main cabin.
  • From the aft deck there are full width steps to the flybridge deck and the swim platform (no awkward ladders to negotiate).
  • The forward deck has spacious room in front of the wheelhouse to put a table or seating for relaxing, refreshments or dining;  plus a large storage locker in front of the wheelhouse for fenders, dock lines, water hoses and other items. In this storage locker there is an access hatch and ladder leading to the forward guest stateroom on the lower deck.
    All deck surfaces and steps are painted width non-skid

Fly bridge Deck

  • Access to the flybridge is achieved via a wide molded stairway leading upwards from the Main deck aft deck, or up a classic wooden staircase located in the wheelhouse
  • The flybridge/sun deck has a limited helm station forward with 3 Captain seats center  and 2 front facing bench seats with storage below on port and starboard and additional storage under the dashboard forward of the seating.
  • Large engine room fan intake units used for salt free air to cool the engine room, are located here behind the front facing seats with storage underneath.
  • The dry stack funnel centered adds to the lines of this beautiful ship and there is more seating on both sides with more storage underneath.
  • An insulated block ice box is located on the starboard side and a vented storage cabinet is on the port side.
  • Further aft there is a huge open space for storage and relaxing, with a mounted storage box center, 16 person life raft on port and a 2,000 lb. 360 degree electric davit mounted on the starboard side, as well as spare anchors.
  • The flybridge deck is a prime space for making an enclosed sky lounge on the forward half reconfigured for a wonderful living/entertainment area. In recent years Pioneer carried 2 16’ 2 person kayaks, a 11’ rigid bottom inflatable and outboard with a 15 HP outboard motor, a 14” Whitehall rowing/sailing boat, and a touring bicycle. (Please note these items are not included in the sale of the vessel)

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


  • All Ships power is 115 V, 230 V, or 32 V
  • AC/DC Distribution Panels
  • Hubbell/Marinco 30 Amp, 50 Amp/125V and 50 Amp/230 V. Shore power service (4 cord sets / extension cords for various AC shore power available,various spares for 15amp,20amp,30amp,50amp/115v and 50amp/230V plugs, connectors, adapters, pig tails and Y adapters)
  • 2 x Cummins JN 130 Marine Diesels powering  40 KW General Electric Brush less Generators, GE Silicon Controlled Rectifier Voltage Regulators, with Woodward Speed Control Governors (fixed 1200 rpm,). Both engines rebuilt in the late 1990’s, port generator top end rebuilt in 2000.
  • 2 x Engine Belt Driven 32V/50 Amp Alternators with option to  charge both battery banks or only one
  • 2 x 32V Outback Inverter/Charger, Hub 4, Mate Controller, True Sign Wave 3500W AC Output.
  • 50 Amp ConstaVolt Charger
  • Dyno 2 Volt Industrial Cell (locomotive use) X 16 (32 volts) House Bank Batteries (2005)
  • Dyno 8 Volt X 4 (32 volts) Starting Batteries (2017)
  • Bartell Electrolysis Corrosion Protection Unit
  • Underwater Zinc Plates X 2, 6” X 12” X2”, with spares

Wheelhouse Navigation and Equipment

  • Stand up – Furuno B&W 100-mile Radar with traffic monitoring and warning unit
  • Com Nav Autopilot GPS, Replaces Gyro and Magnetic Compass
  • Navigation w/ PC laptop and software, includes a remote 17” second monitor
  • Magnavox GPS Navigator/Receiver
  • Magellan NAV 6500 GPS  Chartploter
  • Magellan DBR GPS  Beacon Receiver
  • DECCA Pilot 752 Gyro/Magnetic Compass Inputs, Manual Steering, Auto Pilot
  • Wagner Steering system includes jog steering on the wheelem-trak B-100 Class B AIS Transceiver
  • ICOM IC-M59 VHF Radio
  • ICOM IC-M120 VHF Marine Transceiver and Hailer
  • ICOM Shortwave Ham Radio  Transceiver
  • Intercom system with 7 stations to communicate  between  cabins throughout the vessel
  • Furuno Depth sounder
  • Interphase Twin Scope Forward/Down Looking Sonar
  • Separate Wind direction and speed gauges
  • Fluxgate Compass 2 x,
  • Magnetic compass 1 x
  • Telcor Engine Synchronizer
  • Bulova Acutron 24 Hour Clock for celestial navigation
  • Extensive inventory of paper charts (All of the West Coast North America, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska)
  • Furuno Fax-108 Weather Fax
  • Engine Data Panel: Tachometer, Engine oil pressure and water temperature, Gear oil pressure, ,
  • Rudder Indicator
  • Morse shift controls with idle lever X 2
  • Navigation Lights – Port, Stern, Steaming and Anchor
  • Navy Signal Lights for Captain On Board and Captain Eating Dinner ,
  • 2 Mile 1,500 W Search light
  •   Dual Kahlenberg Commercial Air Horn
  • Some redundant and/or non-use systems have been retired and not serviced by the current or past owners  but left in place because of their quality, and functionality for future use or as a backup system (e.g. gyro for steering, AC system, boiler heat pump and distribution duct work, deep freeze compressor). These systems, except the boiler heat unit, were operational at the time of retirement and it is believed that they could be serviced and operational again, with the possible exception of the steering gyro which may or may not have available replacement parts if they were needed, at the time of service ( Extensive Maintenance/Repair kit, Manual and Instructions to Service Gyro are on-board)


  • Fuel – Diesel – 12  X Tanks – 3925 US gal total – Intergril  F/G
  • S/S Diesel Day Tank. – 10 US gals
  • Fuel – Gasoline – 1x 100 US gal –Built-in F/G  located on aft deck Oil – Bulk  SS Tank 100 gal in engine room
  • Fresh Water – 2 x 500 US gal (1,000 US gal) – F/G
  • Hot Water – 115/230 V, 30 gal
  • Gray Water tank forward – 10 gal
  • Gray Water tank aft – 10 gal
  • Holding Tank forward – 10 gal
  • Holding Tank aft – 40 gal

Ground Tackle

  • IDEAL Windlass 2000 lb. – 3 hp motor, 230V
  • 575 ft 5/8′ chain attached to 208 lb CQR type anchor
  • Anchors Extra – 90 lb Danforth, 35 lb Danforth
  • Galvanized 3/8″ extra chain on board as backup
  • Line Extra x2 – 100 ft rolls
  • 15+ ft of 5/8″ chain

Tender Package and Setup

  • 13 ft Boston Whaler Sport tender (restored and painted 2016) w/ electric start, tilt and power steering, 2 – 360 degree swivel seats, 10 lb. anchor, chain, line
  • 50 HP Honda 4  – cycle Motor (2009), 7 US gal portable tank, 6.6 US tank gal built-in
  • Transom davit hanging above and outboard of aft deck  giving 6’6” + headroom above the swim platform, with 2 HD Cast Bronz Winches
  • Fuel tank – 100 gal built into the aft section of the hull for extra Petro for the tender

Deck Miscellaneous

  • Full Winter sunbrella cover for the flybridge deck from F/B windshield to the transom
  • Meshed canvas side screens for aft deck, snap on  screens for wheelhouse windows and aft door to salon, and various other sunbrella covers
  • Teak cap rail and hand rail sunbrella protective  covers.
  •  Aft deck side passageway vinyl doors with Isinglass windows.
  • Canvas protective covers for wheelhouse electrical instruments
  • Note: All canvas added by the current owner and varies from new to worn condition. On average canvas is in above average condition, some could use repair or replacement.
  • Large Portable Aft Deck Dining Table, seats 8, and Small Teak Cocktail Table
  • Three Cushioned Aluminum Deck Chairs, 3 Wooden Folding Chairs and when needed 2 Wicker Chairs borrowed from the salon.
  • Extensive inventory of Docking Lines (different sizes and lengths), 3 sets, including brand new black double braided nylon lines (sizes 1/2’ to 1’).
  • Wash down  taps, fresh water taps aft,forward on main deck and flybridge deck; salt water forward
  • Water hoses, brushes, poles, chamois, squeegee
  • Various Washing/Cleaning products

Additional Information

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

Safety and Audible Alarms

  • Life Raft: 16 person Viking
  •  Personal flotation devices X 10
  • Horseshoe Buoy and Holder X 2, with 1 Emergency Signaling Strobe and 50’ lines
  • Jim Buoy 30” Sea Anchor
  •  Portable Aluminum Boarding Ladder
  • Horns:  Dual Kallenberg  Commercial / Military Air – Horn with large compressor
  • 2 Mile – 1,500  Watt Marine Searchlight
  • Audible  Alarms for:  Main and Generator Engines (oil pressure, temperature, gear oil pressure);low  fuel oil day  tank,  bilge high  water,  smoke/ heat,  refrigeration   temperature , water  maker
  • Fire Extinguishers: CO2 & ABC located throughout the vessel
  • Flares, Fire Axe, Fire buckets Flashlights
  • Monel Stanchions 1 ½” Chrome Plated on side and aft decks


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

1967 73 ft Long Range Ocean Crossing Trawler

1967 73 ft Long Range Ocean Crossing Trawler
1967 73 ft Long Range Ocean Crossing Trawler

Listing Broker

Robert Ksyniuk

Yacht Broker - Victoria, BC


1967 73 ft Long Range Ocean Crossing Trawler

Listing Broker

Robert Ksyniuk

Yacht Broker - Victoria, BC