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1988 Custom 65' Quest

$ 299,000

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Quest is a 1988 Custom 65' John Walsh Expedition Schooner listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Willy McCormick. Willy can be reached at 1-561-301-8126 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional yacht brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Custom Yachts and similar boats. With over 250 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

This one of a kind steel schooner has been specially designed by the venerable Al Mason NA for oceanic expedition and long range blue water cruising. She is sea kindly. She has been sturdily built to very high standards by John Walsh. Attention to details at every level of construction and equipment is obvious.


  • Price USD:$ 299,000
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    John Walsh Expedition Schooner

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States

  • Type:

    Sail Yacht

  • LOA: 65 ft 0 in
  • Display Length: 65 ft
  • Beam: 15' 6"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: --
  • Fuel Capacity: --
  • Engine Details: Caterpillar 3304/2B
  • Engine 1: 1998 0.00 HRS 120.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:
  • Number of double berths: 7 (2 Doubles and 5 Singles)
  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of heads: 2
  • Owner's Stateroom includes queen berth and couch/single berth with a desk and en-suite head and stall shower to starboard
  • Fore Cabin: two single berths and sail storage
  • Guest Stateroom: Queen bed with en-suite head
  • Main Salon: 2 single berths, dinette to port and wet bar/entertainment center opposite
  • Aft and starboard side storage above cabinets for Admiral Sized Charts with charts from all over the world
  • Heat Radiator
  • Underfloor: 6 high-capacity gel batteries
  • Entertainment Center/Wet Bar with Sink, Ice Maker, DVD Player and TV
  •  U-Shaped galley to port includes:
  • 24 Cubic foot custom freezer
  • 18 Cubic foot refrigerator with doors opening to galley and dinette
  • A smaller drink refrigerator opening to the dinette
  • 3 Burner propane stove/oven
  • Electric convection oven
  • LPG cooker
  • Many storage cabinets
  • Bow thruster 208V, 6kW, 8hp
  • Parachute floating anchor for stability in bad weather
  • Extra sails: Genoa, storm sail
  • Chain lockers - 150m of 9/16 (14.3mm) on the starboard side and the 150m of 3/8  (9.5mm) on the port side
  • 2 Montague full-sized, foldable bikes
  • 2 Folbot Kodiak full-sized foldable kayaks with sailing accessory
  • Full snorkel gear for 6 people including flippers, masks and shoes
  • Water ski that can be pulled behind the dinghy
  • Queen bed with storage under the bed where watermaker membranes are stored
  • Sofa (can also be used as a single bed) with a small expandable desk
  • Heat radiator
  • Washing machine/dryer combination and storage for laundry
  • Air compressor - replaced 2014
  • Hot water - electric water heater tank
  • Heating
  • Fresh water maker
  • Bow thruster - 208V, 6kW, 8hp
  • Deep freezer - 20 cubic foot freezer
  • Oven - 3 burner propane stove/convection oven, electric convection
  • Refrigerator - 15 cubic feet
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Flush decks and butterfly hatches, amidships deck storage lockers to pilothouse and aft cockpit with U-Shaped lounge, aft deck.

In 2009, after a Pacific crossing, QUEST stopped in Whangerei, New Zealand for a $1 million dollar refit, in preparation for a trip to Antarctica.

All receipts are available.

Refit included, but not limited to, the following:

  • Application of a new teak deck
  • Replaced some hatches
  • Retrofitted pilothouse wooden skylight with polycarbonate
  • Installed 2 new electric Maxwell windlasses
  • Inspected and replaced all rigging
  • Painted both masts
  • Replaced main boom
  • Added Spectra lifelines
  • Hull sandblasted to the zinc coating
  • Recoated with an Altex system
  • Shaft, prop and rudder removed and inspected
  • Added 2 new generators (12KW and 7KW)
  • Comprehensive refit of electrical systems
  • Re-galvanized and marked 150 meters of 3/8” anchor chain and 150 meters of 9/16’s anchor chain
  • 2 Maxell 3500 windlasses 12v with control on deck and at pilothouse helm
  • 35kg anchor with 150 meters of 14.3 mm chain with automatic wash
  • 25kg Anchor with 150 meters of 9.5 mm chain with automatic wash
  • Sunbath platform with 3 large storage lockers underneath
  • Large fore line and fender storage lockers
  • Propane tank locker on port side with 2 propane tanks (for the stove and instant water heater)
  • Propane tank locker on starboard side with 2 extra propane tanks
  • Raymarine Radar Scanner attached to aft mast
  • Crow’s nest with two ladders attached to forward mast
  • Large cockpit with an expandable teak table
  • 2 Hatches on each side of the helm give access to the lazarette where you have total access to the rudder, Wagner hydraulic-helm pump, Accu-Steer hydraulic auto-pilot pump, aft anchor windlass/chain and a compressor
  • Helm with controls for the engine, propeller pitch and bow thruster and a POD that has displays for a high-performance multifunction Raymarine E80 (GPS, chart plotter, radar) a Raymarine ST60 wind indicator, a rudder indicator and a depth sounder
  • (2) Maxwell 3500 anchor windlasses
  • (2) large Danforth anchors in hawse pipes in hull
  • (2) large Fisherman anchors usually stored at the foremast
  • (2) anchor storage brackets on the bow
  • 1 1/2" Tubular stainless steel "sissy bars" at main mast and foremast
  • Large storage compartments port and starboard forward
  • Large storage compartments above salon with cushions for on deck lounging
  • Ratlines on foremast to crow's nest below the spreader
  • Stainless Steel opening skylights above salon and forward cabin
  • On deck entrance to crew cabin below
  • Walk beneath diving platforms outboard in the area of the mainmast
  • Two air horns on top of the pilothouse
  • Outboard motor mount on top of pilothouse forward
  • Two large line reels on top of the pilothouse
  • Midship boom for lifting gear on and off
  • Large davits aft with Futura dinghy
  • Mainsail Cover
  • Helm with controls for the engine, pitch propeller, bow thrusters and windlasses
  • Large forward windows with opening lower sections
  • Admiral sized chart table
  • Large overhead Plexiglas panel
  • Port settee with fold-down footrests
  • Com Nav 1001 autopilot
  • Ray Marine True/Apparent wind indicator
  • Ray marine E120 GPS/chart plotter
  • Icom VHF radio
  • ACR Epirb
  • Large classic binnacle
  • Helmsman seat
  • Single lever controls
  • Controls for dual anchor windlasses
  • Kenwood stereo with Bose speakers
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind Indicator
  • Depth Sounder
  • Rudder Indicator
  • Comnav Auto Pilot and remote control with 30' of cable; steer the boat from anywhere on deck
  • Auto stereo with external hookup (iPod, iPhone) and Bose speakers in the pilothouse and aft cockpit
  • 40hp Nissan outboard engine that is easily maneuverable with the cargo boom
  • 2 Drums that store 100' of line in each drum
  • 2 Winches to control the main sail running rig
  • Battened mainsail - main has 3-one line reefs that are operated from the aft cockpit
  • Asymmetric spinnaker
  • Rigging
  • Steering wheel

Doyle Sails:

Foresail, front sail, asymmetrical, staysail, triadic, mainsail. The mainsail has three one-line reefs that are operated from the aft cockpit in a very secure place.

  • 62 sqm Fully battened mainsail, aft staysail, triatic sail, 16.5 sqm front staysail, foresail/Genoa, asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Lewmar 40 ST main sheet winch
  • (2) Barient 32 ST genoa winches  (2) Lewmar 40 ST main staysail winches
  • (2) Barient 28+ ST fore staysail winches
  • Foremast winches: (2) Lewmar 40 non-ST, (1) Lewmar 40ST, (1) Barient 24 ST

Main Winches:

Lines lead aft from the base of the main mast on both sides through line stoppers to Barient 24 ST's on top of pilothouse. These control reefing lines, topping lift, vang, etc.

  • Lewmar 40ST, (1) Barient 24ST
  • Trisail track on the mainmast
  • Mainsail lazy jacks
  • Harken genoa manual furler, Reckman fore staysail furler
  • Helm electronics: Rudder angle indicator, Ray Marine depth finder, Ray Marine knot meter, Ray Marine true/apparent wind indicator, Ray Marine E80 GPS/chart plotter
  • Large, comfortable aft cockpit seating area with drop leaf table forward of outside helm
  • Icom M412 VHF Radio
  • Remote Connection to GPS/Computer
  • Icom M802 HF/SSB/Ham Radio
  • Depth Sounder with alarm
  • PTS II-USB modem connection for email via SSB/Ham radio
  • Wagner Helm Pump
  • Accu-Steer Autopilot Pump
  • Pneumatic drum/windlass
  • Aft anchor chain storage
  • Storage shelves
  • Manual Bilge Pump
  • Wind speed and direction - Ray Marine True/Apparent wind indicator
  • Plotter - Ray Marine E80 GPS/chart plotter
  • VHF - Icom
  • GPS - Ray Marine E80 GPS/chart plotter
  • Autopilot - Com Nav 1001
  • Inverter - 4,000 Watt Mastervolt charger/inverter
  • The engine is A 1984 Caterpillar 4 cylinder 120-hp model 3304/2B10730
  • The cooling system is Keel fresh water heat exchanger (no dirt or corrosion in the engine)
  • The transmission is a Caterpillar Twin disk MG509 with Pneumatic single lever
  • The compressor and governor were replaced in 2014
  • Type: Diesel, naturally aspirated
  • Shaft: 3" stainless steel
  • Propeller: 3-bladed bronze 33" variable pitch

Caterpillar 3304 B main Engine, fresh water cooled/heat exchange keel cooling. It has been chosen by fisherman and tugboats for its strength and reliability; this engine never fails and has a reputation of a very tough engine that is a workhorse: rated C. It gives you 100hp in continuous work. There is storage for 1,054 gallons of fuel in 10 tanks all along the bottom of the hull that gives a 3,500 nm range (plenty of autonomy to cross any ocean without sails).

Twin Disc MG 506 marine transmission you have the perfect drive for the Hundested Variable Pitch Propeller control unit; this unit gives you the ability to control and balance torque and power in rough condition, ease the power in the harbor for maneuvering or feather the propeller for sailing.

  • Compressor for the Twin Disk attached to the engine
  • Pneumatic gear control (very professional reliable and hassle-free)
  • Norpro/Yanmar 12kW generator (365.3 Hours) distributes 208V on a three-phase panel to run the water maker, the bow thruster, the bilge pump, a compressor and electric water heater. The alternative current two phases are picked up from the three phase panel and distributes the 110V AC panel that runs all AC on board: outlets, a washing machine/dryer, a convection oven, an ice maker, a battery charger, inverter/charter.
  • Norpro/Yanmar generator 9kW is a secondary generator that also distributes 208V to the three phase panel and the 110v panel.
  • Watermaker Desalinator that makes 60 gallons of fresh water per hour with a storage capacity of 364 gallons in 4 tanks along the bottom of the hull
  • 12v alternator attached to the engine
  • 2kW Bilge Pump that could empty water from the bilge in the V-berth, engine room or salon in 2 minutes. This pump can be reversed with a valve and used to either wash the chain and anchor automatically while raising the anchor or used to hose off the deck with salt water.
  • Automatic bilge pump that works when the boat is unattended
  • Electric water heater
  • Instant propane water heater
  • Webasto diesel water heater
  • Carbon-dioxide alarm
  • 2 Workbenches one with a column drill and the other with a mini Lathe, you can make your own parts on board
  • Air compressor that distributes air to the bench, the lazarette and the V-berth
  • Air tank
  • All the tools, wrenches, etc. you need to tighten or fix whatever needs it
  • Pantry in Starboard engine room with spare parts, replacement filters, etc.


  • A steel lathe
  • Column drill, air compressor, full set of tools, boat heater, instant water heater, electric water heater tank

*Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

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.


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