42' Custom Cutter Cruiser 1982 Yacht for Sale

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Custom Cutter Details:

  • Vessel Length: 42 feet
  • Vessel Builder: Custom
  • Vessel Model: Cutter
  • Vessel Year: 1982
  • Vessel Name: Ithaka
  • Vessel Type: Cruiser
  • Vessel Price: $ Contact for Price
  • Vessel Location: Annapolis MD
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    Vessel Specifications

    Builder: Custom

    Model: Cutter

    Type: Cruiser Cruising Sailboat

    LOA: 42'3

    Engine Details: 1 x Yanmar 4JH2-TE

    Engine 1: 1999 - 63 HP - 1540 Hours

    Engine Details: Inboard - Diesel

    Beam: 12'8

    Draft: 5'10

    Cruise Speed: 6 Knots

    Max Speed: 8 Knots

    Water Capacity: 130

    Hold Capacity: 30

    Displacement: 24,750 Lbs


    ITHAKA  has been well loved by her three owners.   The first two sailed her gently on the Maine coast in the summer months.  John Williams Boat Company cared for all her needs since the maiden launch.  She has been shed-kept in the winter and annually prepared for her summer romps with love and care.  Her third owner prepared her for more long-range voyaging, a journey for which she is well found.  As he prepared to head east over the horizon, business and personal needs have called him ashore for several years.  Instead of having Ithaka languish while waiting for his availability to cast off the lines, he has decided to offer her to someone who is more ready to exercise her in the way she deserves.  Why did Peter choose Ithaka? Have a look at the Brokers comments.

    Vessel Walkthrough

    John Williams Boat Company in Maine has cared for “ITHAKA” since launched in 1982.  She has been extensively upgraded by the yard in 2017.  The interior has been painted and varnished.  New cushions upholstered in Sunbrella throughout.  Bookshelves and storage areas have been rebuilt and modified to enhance livability.   Most cabin fixtures have been replaced with warm LED lighting. 

    The vee-berth has forward-opening portlights and overhead hatch for comfort at anchor.  There is a privacy door to the saloon.   

    The head w/ separate shower to port has a rebuilt Wilcox Crittenden head w/ new hoses, macerator and 30 gal. aluminum holding tank.

    The shower and sink have new Scandvik faucets. 


    The forward bulkhead has rack book storage, clock, barometer and hanging art.

    To port moving aft is locker and book shelf storage above the settee which slides open to a double berth.   Under the settee are vented storage lockers.

    To starboard moving aft are vented storage lockers and drawer storage followed by book shelves and settee that slides open to a single sea berth.

    On centerline is a large folding table that opens to serve both settees.


    L-shaped galley to starboard at base of companionway steps.

    2017 Large S/S sink, Scandvik faucet and plumbing. 12v pressure hot & cold fresh water.  Manual freshwater.  12v Norcold refrigeration unit in top loading icebox. Scandvik 6 gal. 110v/engine driven water heater.

    Propane system upgraded to current ABYC standards.

    2009 Force 10 -3 burner gimbaled stove and oven.

    Storage for dinnerware and flatware.

    Helm and Electronics


    To port after the saloon is an aft-facing navigation station complete with electronics, chart and book storage, radios and electric panel.  Inboard is a new Dickinson Alaska Diesel cabin heater.


    Raymarine ST-60 Tri-Data and Digital Wind Display (2009)

    Raymarine E-120 Chart Plotter/ GPS/ Radar @ Nav. Station and Cockpit

    Uniden VHF

    Autohelm 6000 autopilot (2004)



    Located aft of the navigation station is a double quarter berth with privacy door.  A vented hanging locker and drawer storage is forward of the berth.  Over the berth is a full-length bookshelf.  Opening porthole and overhead hatch provide good ventilation.



    Bowsprit fitted with (2017) 77lb. Spade anchor w/ 150’ 3/8”HT chain spliced to 200’ 5/8” eight-braid nylon rode.  55x35lb Fortress storm anchor w/ 75’ HT chain and nylon rode 

    Lewmar V3 vertical chain/ rode windlass mounted on s/s housing box.  Electric up/ down foot and remote switches.

    New saltwater deck-washdown system.

    LED navigation lights and LED masthead tricolor light.

    High bulwarks and wide teak decks make for easy and safe operation.

    4 new Lewmar cabin hatches, 2 bronze Dorade vents with line guards, Companion hatch turtle cover, midship entry gates.


    2017 Richie compass, dodger and bimini in beige Sunbrella, Hydrovane transom windvane, reconditioned steering system.

    Port seat storage hatch.  Starboard seat hatch to engine space.

    Boom gallows

    Winches; 2 Barlow 27BST & 1 electric Lewmar 44BST mounted on aft cabin trunk.  2 Barlow 32BST mounted P&S cockpit coaming.

    Sails and Rigging


    911 sq. ft


    North Cruising Main (Inspected and reconditioned 7/2017)

    North Cruising Jib

    North Cruising Staysail


    2004  Leisurefurl Boom Furling System with aluminum double spreader mast painted to match.

    Harken Mk III Furling System installed on headstay and Inner forestay

    1x19 S/S standing rigging attached to Navtec S/S and bronze turnbuckles

    Norseman compression terminals at upper and lower ends of the shrouds

    Split backstay w/ insulators

    Schaeffer traveler

    Deck headsail tracks



    30-amp, 120-volt AC inlet installed in cockpit coaming.

    30-amp 50’ shore power cable

    120-volt Distribution Panel located at Nav. Station under 12-volt panel.

    120-volt receptacles GFCI-protected.


    All AGM Batteries 2017

    Xantrex Battery Charger

    High-output Battery Charger

    2 Perko On/Off Battery Switches

    Bass Distribution Panel located at Nav. Station

    Engine and Mechanical Details

    Aft of the galley is an access door to the engine space.  The Yanmar 63 hp. diesel and Hurth V-drive were completely serviced in 7/2017.

    Power Train turns a S/S shaft and Max Prop 3 Blade Feathering Prop.  

    A new Racor double filter system is installed on the starboard side.

    SMS AGM 400 Northstar batteries and switches installed. 

    The space includes vice workbench and tool storage.  

    There is an overhead hatch from the cockpit that provides light and ventilation when working on the equipment.

    Brokers Comments


    Art Work


    The Designer’s Thoughts…

    Legendary yacht designer Chuck Paine reflected on this boat in his 2010 memoir My Yacht Designs and the Lessons They Taught Me:

    My take on the hull shape was to push it headlong towards the distinguishable canoe body and separate appendages that were becoming the accepted ideal for good performance at that time.  The topside shape was strictly dictated by the aesthetics.  But the underbody was mine, and I pared away any vestiges of wineglass shape.  The keel was a long fin, with a separate rudder supported by a big skeg…

    There’s something indefinably magical about a traditional interior when it’s done right, as it was on [Ithaka].  Like a centuries old London pub or gentleman’s club, it seems to welcome you in and put its arms around you and make you feel all gooshy inside.  At 42 feet there is enough volume to be quite comfortable, even when sailing offshore with lots of other bodies about.  The wood-fired stove [now Dickinson diesel] is centrally located, making it a focal point especially for cruises up the Labrador coast where [Ithaka] seems naturally to point her nose.   The deck was teak clad surrounded by unusually high bulwarks and I’d do this again.  This gave a feeling of security…    All of the portholes are opening, and located upon vertical house sides so they let in light and air but not a lot of spray.  …her house front is vertical too, making possible a couple of opening ports facing forward.  Some people criticize these calling them gun ports, but with them open the whole interior is blasted with fresh air which can be a blessing when it’s hot.

    The owners thoughts on how he decided to have Ithaka…

    Perhaps his knowledge and history say it best:

    Peter Nichols is the author of the bestselling novel The Rocks, the nonfiction bestsellers A Voyage for Madmen, Evolution's Captain (now being developed as a BBC miniseries), and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. His novel Voyage to the North Star was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. His journalism has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s on the faculty of the MFA writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles and has taught creative writing at Georgetown University, Bowdoin College, New York University in Paris, and elsewhere. Before turning to writing full time, he held a 100- ton USCG Ocean Operator’s license and was a professional yacht delivery skipper for 10 years. He has also worked in advertising in London, as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, been a shepherd in Wales, and sailed alone in a small boat across the Atlantic.

    Mechanical Disclaimer

    * 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 this website.


    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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