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38' Custom R.W. Davis Ketch 1952

$ 15,000

PELAGIC is a Custom 38' R.W. Davis Ketch listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Tom Thomas. Tom can be reached at 1-401-862-8620 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Ketch and similar boats. With over 165 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

Pelagic is currently in storage with a shrink wrap cover. It is built of 1 1/4” African Mahogany on oak frames. The deck was replaced in 1988. She is fit with original varnished sitka spruce spars with stainless steel rigging. The full length mahogany rudder is keel hung. Coverboards and trim are teak. Power is from a Volvo diesel with unknown condition. Pelagic is being offered at a discounted price in hopes that an enthusiastic new owner will take over.


  • Price: $ 15,000
  • Days on Market: 538
  • Builder: Custom
  • Model: R.W. Davis Ketch
  • Location: Wickford, Rhode Island, United States
  • Type: Sail
  • LOA: 38 ft 0 in
  • Display Length: 38 ft
  • Beam: 10' 6"
  • Category: Ketch
  • Water Capacity: 40 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 40 gals
  • Engine Details: Volvo MD17D
  • Engine 1: 1985 0.00 HRS 36.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Varnished cherry countertop
  • Lift out hatches and storage bins
  • Three burner Shipmate propane stove with oven and broiler
  • Stainless steel sink
  •      Freshwater faucet
  •      Saltwater faucet
  • Storage cupboards under
  • Original sitka spruce spars
  • Thurston sails including:
  •      Mizzen…Marconi
  •      Gaff rigged main
  •      Staysail
  •      Jib
  •      Cruising chute
  •      Topsail with yard
  •      Storm jib
  • 2 Wilcox Crittenden 40 lb anchors
  • 35 lb CQR
  • 2 double bronze anchor rollers
  • 2 bronze jib sheet winches
  • Teak flag staffs
  • Cockpit awning
  • Glass deck lights
  • 4 Teak Dorade boxes with vents
  • Teak propane box
  • Deck hatch with glass light
  • Dodger
  • Solar panel
  • New wiring 1988
  • Volvo MD17D 36 hp diesel - 1985…currently out of boat…condition unknown
  • Maxprop variable pitch folding 3 blade propeller

Pelagic hasn’t exactly fallen on hard times…rather the interest has waned and the boat sits in storage with the systems winterized. There is a proper shrink wrap winter cover in place. The bottom paint is stripped off and is ready for repaint. The varnish is in good shape…not peeling and certainly does not need to be stripped. There was a Force 10 cabin heater that has been removed. All in all the boat is in good condition. As mentioned, the diesel has been removed and it’s condition is unknown…but it is included in the sale. Pelagic is in need of some maintenance…but is certainly a worthwhile project.

*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.


Our Custom listing is a great opportunity to purchase a very nice 38' R.W. Davis Ketch. She is currently listed with United Yacht Sales broker Tom Thomas who can answer all questions about the boat for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our team of professional yacht brokers to schedule a showing. There are many yachts listed for sale on the MLS each with a different history. We look forward to helping you complete your search for the perfect boat or yacht for sale.


United is the largest professional yacht brokerage firm in the world with over 150 yacht brokers in our network. By listing your boat or yacht for sale with us, all 150+ brokers on our team will be notified immediately which greatly increases the chances that your boat may sell before it ever even hits the market. With hundreds of used boats and yachts sold each year, there is no better team than United to help with the listing and sale of your vessel.


Buying a boat or yacht can be a daunting experience with so many available boats on the market. Let the team at United take the guesswork out of your boat search by enlisting one of our professional yacht brokers. Not only will we listen to your needs about budget, docking and storage, and how you plan on using your new boat, but we will do the research for you by looking through the MLS, researching the history of every listing, and negotiating on your behalf. From survey to acceptance, the team at United Yacht Sales is with you every step of the way.


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