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1937 Custom 53' Senta

$ 139,995

Senta is a 1937 Custom 53' Stone Shipyard listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Samantha Gauld. Samantha can be reached at 1-978-590-2806 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.

1937 Stone Shipyard 53' Custom SY

This legendary 1937 Philip Rhodes designed 53 foot custom cutter rigged sailing yacht was commissioned at the Stone Boatyard in Oakland, California. SENTA's original owner, K.K. Bechtel, Esq., commissioned Stone to build her after seeing 1935 sistership Kirawan win the 1936 Newport to Bermuda race in her class. Warned that the build would be costly, Mr. Bechtel gave Stone full reign to build, and even improve if possible. SENTA has been around the world several times with a rich sailing and racing history. Her original build plans are in hand and her bulkheads and interior are kept to the original design.

Gannon & Benjamin of Martha's Vineyard, a highly regarded yard for wooden sailing yachts, completed a major rebuild in 1992. And in 2011, she was repowered with a 55hp Volvo Penta diesel engine along with new fuel tank and fuel lines. SENTA has been maintained/serviced as needed by Snediker Yacht Restoration, Pawcatuck CT, specializing in classic wooden boats. The most recent repair was to replace the stem and service all seacocks.

She is currently under Winter wrap and will be available for viewing this Spring after the completion of annual maintenance. More photos to follow this Spring.


  • Price USD:$ 139,995
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    Stone Shipyard

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Stonington, Connecticut, United States

  • Type:

    Sail Yacht

  • LOA: 53 ft in
  • Display Length: 53 ft
  • Beam: 12' 6"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: --
  • Fuel Capacity: --
  • Engine Details: Volvo Penta D2-55F
  • Engine 1: 2011 302.00 HRS 55.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:

Designed in 1936 by Philip Rhodes, an MIT graduate and Chief of Design at Cox and Stevens, a large naval architecture firm in New York City. Kirawan was the first ocean racer to bring Rhodes considerable international fame, along with the subsequent design of Senta. You may find reference to her sistership build and design in the book "Philip L. Rhodes and his yacht designs" by Richard Henderson.

Designed with the Bermuda race in mind, she was also meant to be suitable for weekend cruising.


Forepeak forward with anchor rode forward followed by port and starboard berths. General storage below the port berth. The galley is next aft, with the stove and sink to port and the refrigeration to starboard. Next aft is the main cabin. This cabin has lockers and a fireplace forward to port and lockers forward to starboard. Next there are port and starboard transom berths with outboard pilot berths. Below the pilot berths is general storage and outboard are lockers and shelves. Between the berths is a drop leaf table. Next aft to port is a full enclosed head and to starboard is the companionway up to the deck. The aft cabin is next. This cabin has a double berth to starboard and a single berth to port. Below the berths is general storage and aft between the berths is access to the engine compartment.


  • Aft Cabin with 2 berths
  • Salon with 4 berths and a fireplace/heater
  • Forward V-Berth sleeps 2
  • Galley
  • Head
  • Cockpit with partial cover


  • Deck Hardware: Cast Bronze
  • Steering Gear: Reverse wheel with work gear
  • Ground Tackle: CQR - Chain Lead, 3/4" nylon 3-strand; Danforth - Chain Lead, 3/4" nylon 3-strand
  • Anchor Windlass:12-volt Ideal vertical windlass with chain wild cat
  • Winches: Deck - (2) Lewmar #48ST, (3) Barient #22; Mast - (2) Barlow #28, (1) Barlow #22


  • Radios: Ray Jefferson 7878M
  • VHF Radar: Furuno
  • Chartplotter: Standard Horizon CP 590
  • Compass: 5" Danforth white constellation spherical compass
  • Depth Finder: Part of CP590
  • Clock: Weems Plath barometer
  • Weems Plath brass bell


  • Running Lights: 12-volt DC 
  • Anchor Light: 12-volt tri-color
  • Life Jackets: (8) USCG Type II
  • Life Raft: Winslow 6-man
  • Firefighting Equipment: Portable extinguishers - (3) 2.5lb dry chem; (1) 5lb dry chem; Built-in System - Halon 1301 auto in engine compartment


  • Propeller: fixed 3-blade
  • Propeller Shafts: bronze
  • Bilge Pumps: Edson manual diaphragm, 12-volt Rule auto
  • Pumps: 12-volt Shurflo fresh water
  • Toilets: Wilcox Crittden skipper
  • Thru-Hull Fittings: bronze seacocks
  • Water Tanks: number/capacity: (2) EST 40 gal; Shape: to hull; Location: port/stbd settee berths; Material: stainless steel
  • Holding Tanks: number/capacity: (1) 15 gal


  • Mast: OSVL box constructed bright finished Sitka spruce
  • Booms: Main: bright finished box Sitka spruce; Club: bright Sitka spruce
  • Standing Rigging: 1x19 stainless steel wire w/ swage ends
  • Running Rigging: Dacron braid


  • Make & Type of Stove: 3-burner LPG stove with oven; tank location and installation: in conforming locker
  • Galley Equipment: hot and cold pressure water
  • Stacks: for cabin heater stove
  • Lines and Regulator: LPG rated hose & copper tube and regulator
  • Hot Water: 120-volt & engine
  • Hatch Refrigeration: front loading with Sea Frost conversion


  • Stereo: Sony; Type: AM/FM/CD/MP3
  • Other: NAD C340; Type: stereo amplifier


  • Storage Batteries, Engine: (1) 12-volt G27 lead acid; Lighting: (1) 12-volt 8D lead acid
  • Lighting System: 12-volt DC ships service and 120-volt shore power
  • Installation: in fiberglass enclosure
  • Wiring: multi stranded PVC jacketed copper
  • Switchboard: 12-volt DC circuit breaker panel fed via MVP switch 120-volt AC
  • Circuit Breaker Panel: fused; some individual
  • Circuit Breaker: 12-volt DC & 120-volt AC
  • Aerials: VHF/GPS
  • Ground: Negative Battery Charger: Pro Mariner Pronautic 12-50

Engine and generator 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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