1974 Motorsailer Motorsailer

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65' Motorsailer 1974

Motorsailer Motorsailer 1974 For Sale in Beaufort, North Carolina


Beaufort, North Carolina


  • Length Overall: 65'
  • Beam: 15'
  • Maximum Draft: 6' 5"
  • Dry Weight: 90,000 lbs

Tank Capacities

  • Fuel: 1100 gal
  • Water: 720 gal
  • Holding: 100 gal

Engine Information

  • Engine 1 : 1974 Gardner 8LXB - 190hp

General Description



1974 Custom Custom Twin Keel Offshore Pilothouse Cruising Ketch, Designed by Alan Wright, SHIBUMI is a 65 foot custom built twin keel composite constructed, ketch rigged cruising motorsailor with enclosed pilothouse specifically designed for comfortable, long term, bluewater cruising in remote areas. She is an all weather go-anywhere vessel that can be handled by two people. Built in Auckland NZ. Engine is a Gardner 8LXB Diesel including complete rebuild of fuel injection system and her Hundested variable pitch propeller system in 2011. SHIBUMIs layout includes a master cabin and second guest cabin aft, a forward guest cabin, saloon, galley and navigation station forward with a large pilothouse above the engine room. Walk-in engine room and shop provide easy maintenance of all systems. Construction Highlights: Triple fiberglass and double end grain balsa core hull to 9 below waterline-Twin Keel, twin rudder, with 4.5 tons of lead-integral diesel Tankage of 1100 gallon diesel. Water Tankage 720 gallons. Other Tankage-holding tank, lubricating oil and hydraulic oil. Forward and aft watertight collision bulkheads Watertight bulkhead fore and aft of engine compartment with sealing hatches. Stainless companionway security grates-Aluminum plate sliding companionway closures. Enormous below decks and topside storage Safety Features:Pilot House with full waterproof protection- Triple fiberglass and double end grain balsa core hull-Fwd and Aft watertight collision bulkheads-Bulkheaded engine compartment-Gardner 8LXB Engine-Main Engine driven high output emergency water evacuation pump system, plumbed and valved to each major compartment-4 automatic electric bilge pumps -Bilge high water level alarms-Doubleiple hull construction- SHIBUMI is a find of a life time! As is....is good condition at a poor condition price!

Interior Layout


Complete waterproof protection from wind, water, and adverse temperature is offered by the large pilothouse whose aft third is enclosed with flexible, zippered vinyl curtains. Companionways forward and aft are designed to be closed and locked with either 1/4 inch aluminum plate doors or stainless steel grates which allow maximum ventilation. Fishing rod storage is available behind the port seating. The pilothouse steering station on the starboard side faces a swivel helm seat with a foot rest and a fan for the helm person. All sailing instruments, radar, hailer/foghorn, VHF/AIS, autopilot, rudder angle indicator, propeller controls, engine controls and instruments, and a navigation systems electrical panel are accessible from the helm seat. Both 12 VDC and 110 VAC outlets are available. Two overhead Balmar hatches allow the helm person to inspect the sails and ventilate the pilot house. A large settee which can expand into a double berth runs the length of the port side. Four large cabinets aft on the starboard side and one forward on the port side provide ample storage space. Stereo speakers for the sound system are mounted forward on each side of the pilothouse. A TankTender provides the status of the two forward water tanks and the two forward diesel tanks. 


The owner's aft stateroom has two oversized single berths, which are fitted with lee cloths to provide comfortable sleep at sea or at anchor. We lengthened the port side berth to 7 feet to accommodate tall passengers. Each berth has a fan and a 24 VDC reading light. Under each berth are four large drawers. The top of each berth offers access panels into more storage space. Between the berths stands a hanging locker. Adjacent to the port berth are two cabinets above and a bureau with five drawers. Adjacent to the starboard berth are three more cabinets. Ventilation includes two dorade vents, four ports, and an overhead hatch. Over the port side berth is the captain?s GPS, aft air conditioning controls, a carbon monoxide detector and emergency switches the ship?s horn/whistle and spreader lights. Two 110 VAC electric outlets above the port berty provide AC power access. Under the floor are three dry storage areas. A combination 120 VAC and 24 VDC incandescent lights overhead illuminate the whole cabin. There is also a red/white night vision light overhead in the aft cabin and in the connecting access hallway. The aft guest cabin has two berths, both with lee cloths. Four drawers reside under one berth, and five drawers and a hanging locker under the second. The bulkhead has an additional built-in storage cabinet. Light is provided by one 24 VDC reading light for each berth as well as a separate overhead red light and two overhead white lights for the cabin. Ventilation comes from one hatch, one port, one dorade vent, and two 24 VDC fans. 110 VAC outlets provide additional AC power points. The aft head contains a GROCO full-size manual toilet, a sink and large corian countertop, a stand-up enclosed shower with a flexible shower head, and a Splendide 2000 clothes washer/dryer. Storage is provided by three large cabinets under the sink and four cabinets above it. An additional small cabinet is accessible beside the shower. The aft access door to the engine room is watertight. The single sheet vinyl floor is trimmed with teak. 110 VAC power outlets and light switches are bulkhead mounted. Overhead lighting is provided by 24 VDC fixtures. The aft head is ventilated by one hatch, one dorade vent, and one port. A 24 volt fan provides comfort while using the head. The forward cabin includes two berths, one with a lee cloth, a hanging locker, four drawers under the lower bunk, a seven drawer cabinet aft of the lower berth, three other storage cabinets, and a full length mirror on the door. There are 24V and 110 VAC overhead lights, a separate red night vision light, two 24 VDC fans, and 110 VAC outlets. Two ports and one hatch provide ventilation. The forward head on the port side contains a sink, pressurized hot and cold water, it's own 5 gallon hot water heater, full size hand-operated GROCO head, shower with a water-saver nozzle, and 24 VDC lights and a fan. There is under the counter storage and a drawer and a double cabinet over the sink.


The saloon contains the interior navigation station, galley, and dining areas. There are eight ports, and four dorade vents, and two hatches. Regional overhead lighting is controlled by dimming switches. There are four electric outlets for 110 VAC and four 12 VDC outlets. The navigation station contains all electronics other than those in the pilothouse, a repeater for the navigation instruments, and a B & G fluxgate compass. Instruments include two Furuno DGPS/WAAS, one Furuno Navtex, one ICOM DSC VHF. One ICOM 710RT SSB/Ham radio, one Furuno Fax30 weather fax. A liquor locker and chart bin reside under the main nav station. The nav table opens for storage. There is a cabinet below the nav table and a floor to ceiling set of cabinets beside it. The main 240/110 VAC and 24 VDC and 12 VDC electrical panels are next to the nav station on the port side next of the primary, forward entrance to the engine room. The floor mounted nav station seat swivels. The dining area has a table for six which can fold and also lower to convert to a coffee table. The saloon also features a settee, 20 feet of book and magazine shelves, storage cabinets, and a forward set of speakers for the stereo. Under all dining and lounge settees are large storage spaces


The U-shaped sea-galley provides great handholds and enormous storage. The galley contains a double stainless steel sink with a pressurized hot and cold freshwater faucet and a pressurized saltwater faucet. The propane Seaward Princess stove has three burners and a two rack oven. The four cubic foot sealed dry storage box under the stainless steel sink provides storage for baking components. 10 large storage areas reside under and over the galley sink, the Corian working counter, and the stove. A microwave sits to the left of the double sink. The trash receptacle is a large rollout drawer. A overhead galley hatch, 24 VDC fan, dedicated over-the-stove exhaust fan, and a port over-the-stove provide ventilation. Four 110 VAC outlets provide power for galley equipment such as food processors, and blenders. Fresh food is stored in a three rack refrigerator box measuring six cubic feet and a three rack freezer box measuring six cubic feet forward of the galley.
Sails and Rigging
  • Aluminum Main and Mizzen mast and booms. 
  • Main mast steps to the first spreader. 
  • Stainless wire rigging. 
  • Pro Furl Jib furler. 
  • Fully Battened DOYLE main and mizzen 
  • DOYLE with 40,000 mile warranty, new in 2006 Genoa: 380 Hydranet, 772 Sq Ft Main: 380 Hyranet, 543 Sq Ft  Mizzen: 380 Hyranet, 262 Sq Ft  
  • Other Manufacturers  
  • Yankee: 80% Spectra 
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker: ¾ Oz Dacron, 1,000 Sq Ft in sock  
  • Mizzen Staysail: ¾ Oz Dacron  
  • Main Storm Staysail: Dacron  
  • Jib Staysail/Storm Jib: Dacron  
  • Main Backup: Spectra 
  • Winches  
  • (2) Barient 35 STC Primary self-tailing winches  
  • (1) Barlow 26 for main sheet 
  • (1) Barlow 18 to reef main boom  
  • (1) Barient 21 STC self-tailing to reef main boom  
  • (1) Barlow 6 for main wire halyard  
  • (1) Barlow 18 for topping lift  
  • (1) Barient 22 STC self-tailing for mizzen halyard  
  • (1) Barlow 26 for mizzen sheet  
  • (1) Barlow 18 for mizzen staysail halyard on mizzen mast  
  • (1) Barlow 26 for Genoa halyard  
  • (1) Barient 25 STC self-tailing for port staysail sheet on roller furling  
  • (1) Anderson 46 Electric winch for jib roller furling and starboard staysail sheet  
  • (1) Anderson 46 manual foredeck general purpose halyard winch
Engine and Drive Train Details

The Gardner 8LXB engine (s/n 180147) is a very reliable, low RPM, long-lived engine. The manufacturer recommended oil changes every 600 hours and overhauls every 20,000 hours. The present engine hours are 5,800. The maximum RPM is 1,300, but cruising RPM is 800. At 5,000 hours in 1987, the heads were removed to clean carbon and grind valves. At the same time, the heat exchanger, oil coolers, and bronze and carbon steel salt water pump were rebuilt per the manufacturer's specifications. In 2003, the heads and exchangers and raw water pump were rebuilt again. In 2011, the fuel injection pumps, governing systems and injectors were rebuilt. There is a spare Gardner starter and eight spare injectors, complete instructions, and special engine tools. Other features include Morse controls for both steering stations. It has a built in oil and fluid change pump system.

  • Walk-in engine room and shop with workbench and vise. 
  • Gardner 8LXB diesel engine: 13.93 Liter 8 Cylinder BHP 158 
  • 7.7 KW Westerbeke Genset 120/240V AC 
  • 8 KW generator 120 V AC driven by main engine 
  • Twin Disc main engine hydraulic reversible transmission 
  • Hundested FROA Mark II variable pitch propeller system, rebuilt 2011
Fuel, Prop and Tankage

The fuel system draws fuel from 2 forward hull tanks and 2 keel tanks through a manifold to a 20 gallon day tank by either an automatic 24 VDC pump or a back up hand pump. The fuel is filtered three times before it is supplied to the engine. Fuel can be transferred among any of the four tanks or recycled to polish the fuel in any one tank.

The model VP4-FROA Mark II Hundested propeller pitch is set by a combination of engine RPM and exhaust temperature. Its range is O or flat pitch to full feather. A complete set of three spare blades reside onboard. The propeller and shafts were removed and completely rebuilt in 2012 with the installation of a new inner shaft, FROA bearings, and stern bronze shaft bushing. 

Fuel: Total 1,100 US gallons diesel in independent tanks  Two Integral fiberglass main tanks  Two secondary keel tanks 
Water: Four integral fiberglass water tanks. Total water capacity 720 US gallons 
Holding: 0ne fiberglass integral 100 gallon (approx.) holding tank 
Spent Oil: One fiberglass integral 30 gallon (approx.) spent oil tank in engine room
Hydraulic: One fiberglass integral tank 10 gallons (approx.) in engine room
Electronics and Nav

Radios  ICOM 710 RT SSB/Ham radio  Standard Horizon Fog Signal and Hailer Standard Horizon Matrix 2150 AIS & DSC VHF  ICOM M502 DSC VHF with remote to aft deck steering station. 

Navigation Equipment  Furuno 1932 Mark 2 open array radar with ARPA  Wood Freeman 500B Commercial Autopilot Furuno built in GPS's: 
Two main Saloon GP37 (DGPS/WAAS)

One GP32 in Master cabin  Furuno Navtex NX 300 Furuno WeatherFax 30  B&G 50 Wind/Depth/Speed instruments and repeaters  B&G and Furuno Flux Gate Compasses
Communication extras Pactor 3 modem  SYRENS Amplified Internet Antennae system 

Entertainment Equipment  Sharp International TV with PAL and NSTC reception and HD Converter  Kenwood AM/FM Radio  TV antenna on Mizzen Mast
Electrical System
Three voltages are available: 110 VAC, 24 VDC, and 12 VDC. A 240/110 VAC isolation transformer allows different shore side power hookups. All AC motors (refrigeration and air conditioning) can run on 50 or 60 cycle power. Both generators feed 240 VAC power to the AC electrical distribution panel. Both the 24 VDC, 12 VDC and the 110 VAC distribution panels contain circuit breakers on all circuits, voltmeters, and ammeters with selector switches for various power combinations. There is a secondary 24 VDC circuit breaker panel in the pilothouse for navigational systems. A Newmar 24 VDC/12 VDC 35 amp converter supplies 12 VDC power for the SSB radio and other electronics. Aft Lazarette wired for dive compressor.

Shore power of 50 amp 240 VAC is supplied using a standard power cord. A 240/110 VAC Charles 12KVA International Universal ISO-transformer allowing use in Southern Pacific, Southeast Asia and Europe. There is a Guess Galvanic isolator.

Mechanical Generators

There are two generators: a 1986 Westerbeke 7.7 model WMD 8 (s/n 32409) with remote start panel and controls and a 8KW generator which is belt driven from a jack shaft on the Gardner and set to use at cruising RPM. The generator batteries are separate, charged by the generator or a small 12 volt charger.


There are four deep cycle batteries for the ship's power and four to start the main engine. The batteries can be paralleled for greater engine starting power or a larger amperage reservoir for the ships needs. Batteries are charged by the engine?s alternator for engine and ship's battery banks, or by a Freedom 25 Charger/Inverter that will also charge both banks.
  • Charger/Inverter/Converter
  • Freedom 25, 24 volt charger/Inverter 
  • Newmar 24V DC to 12VDC converter for SSB radio and other electronics 
  • Wind Generators 
  • Air-X Marine 24VDC wind generator 
  • KISS High Output 24VDC wind generator
Primary DC Electrical System
  • Cabin lights & fans 
  • Spreader and flood lights 
  • Engine and galley exhaust fans 
  • Fresh water pressure system pump 
  • Salt water pump at galley sink 
  • Deck wash-down pump
  • Fuel transfer pump 
  • Holding tank pump 
  • Rule Bilge Pumps and bilge alarm system 
  • Two Furuno GP-37 DGPS/WAAS Units 
  • Furuno fluxgate compass linked to Radar 
  • Furuno 1932 Mark-2 open array 48nm Radar with ARPA 
  • Furuno "Fax-30" paperless weatherfax 
  • Wood Freeman 500B Autopilot - Aft windlass 
  • Navigation lights - Compass lights 
  • Navigation Instrumentation 
  • Computer 
  • Syrens WIFI 
  • Furuno NX-300 Navtex  
  • ICOM 710 RT SSB/HAM Radio 
  • ICOM M-502 VHF - B&G VHF 
  • Northstar 800 Loran (operative but no longer useful in the US) 
  • Special Lights: Pilot House and Galley night vision lights
Propane or Butane
  • Seaward 3 burner galley stove with 2 rack oven 
  • Force 10 outside grill
  • Maxwell Marine H3000 Forward chain and rode windlass 
Mechanical Equipment
  • Grunert 120V AC air/water cooled cruising refrigeration 
  • Marine Air 120V AC Split air conditioning, one forward and one aft 
  • Watermaker: 2 Membrane, 50 gal/hr CAT Pump AC 
  • Washer/Dryer: Splendide 2000 clothes Washer Dryer
Plumbing System

Main engine, emergency and fresh water piping is hard drawn copper tubing connected by brass fittings or brazed bolted flanges.


A 50 gallon per hour custom water-maker, 110 VAC, is plumbed for easy access and servicing and to deliver fresh water to forward and/or aft water tanks.
From the Freshwater Tanks

Each of four fresh water tanks has a separate draw through a common manifold. Freshwater from the tanks is filtered and pressurized, the pressure dampened with a surge accumulator and then fed to either the cold water faucets or the two hot water heaters which are both 110 VAC: a 5 gallon one in the forward head and 5 gallon one in the engine room. Pressurized salt water is available at the galley sink.

External Faucets

A stern pressurized fresh water faucet has been installed at the aft deck steering station for fishing or bathing. A pressurized forward salt water washdown faucet is forward.
Safety Features
  • Pilot House 
  • Triple fiberglass and double end grain balsa core hull 
  • Fwd and Aft watertight collision bulkheads 
  • Bulkheaded engine compartment 
  • Gardner 8LXB Engine 
  • Main Engine driven high output emergency water evacuation pump system, plumbed and valved to each major compartment 
  • 4 automatic electric bilge pumps 
  • Bilge high water level alarms 
  • Stainless steel companionway security grates 
  • ¼" plate aluminum integral companionway closures 
  • Double/triple hull construction 
  • Anchor watch GPS above captain's berth 
  • Security switches above captain's berth 
  • Safety Equipment o MOM8 o Lifesling o Alden Marine 406/121 EPIRB Satellite Distress Beacon o 8 man Winslow Life Raft

The triple fiberglass and double end grain balsa core hull is 2.5-3.0 inch thick to a depth of 9 inch below the waterline, then transitioning to solid glass approximately 1 1/8 inch thick. Decks are ¾ inch plywood double treated then 5/32 inch fiberglass layup and covered with ¾ inch teak planking. The original teak decks were replaced in 2002. 

Beam shelf carlines and deck beams all select New Zealand heart Kauri. All fastenings are bronze or stainless steel. The steel fabricated keels each weigh 5.5 tons with approximately 4.5 tons of lead. Each has capacity to hold approximately 170 gallons of fuel. Twin steel rudders and stainless steel shafts with protecting skegs. Cabin sides are thicknesses of 7/8 inch spinal solid core Rosorcinal glued plywood and 1/4 inch teak ply inside and glassed outside up to a ¼ inch thick on the turns.

All tanks, water and fuel, are vented above deck level. The ship has a high capacity engine driven emergency bilge pump with five permanently plumed pickup positions selectable by manifold valves in the engine room. Virtually the entire bottom of the boat is tankage forming a double hull. In addition to the engine-driven bilge pump, there are two electric bilge pumps forward and two electric bilge pumps in the engine room with automatic float switches and high water alarms in each area. The alarms and bilge pump controls are wired to the pilot house.

The twin keel design produces an extremely stiff boat. SHIBUMI rarely heals more than 12° regardless of the wind velocity or sail set. The twin rudders and the propeller are also protected by a skeg. There are two steering stations, one in the pilothouse, the other on deck aft. The steering gear was completely rebuilt in 2012 including rudder bearings and tubes.

The entrance doors to forward and aft accommodations from the pilothouse are 1/4 inch aluminum plate and can be partially or totally closed. Lockable stainless steel grates provide an alternative secure ventilated closure for long term storage or insecure anchorages.

Construction and Vessel Highlights. 
  • Triple fiberglass and double end grain balsa core hull to 9 degrees below waterline. 
  • Twin Keel, twin rudder, with 4.5 tons of lead and integral secondary diesel Tankage of 170 gallons per keel. 
  • 1100 gallon diesel Tankage; 720 gallon water Tankage. 
  • Holding tank, lubricating oil and hydraulic oil integrated tankage. 
  • Forward and aft watertight collision bulkheads. 
  • Watertight bulkhead fore and aft of engine compartment with sealing hatches. 
  • Stainless steel companionway security grates 
  • ¼ Aluminum plate sliding companionway closures. 
  • Enormous belowdecks and topside storage 
  • Deck Storage 
  • Forward and Aft. Huge jump in lazarette. 
  • Vented Deck storage for 3 or more 20 pound propane/Butane tanks.
  •  Aft Deck boxes for lines, fishing gear, life raft, toys. 
  • Ground Tackle
  • Maxwell Marine H3000 Hydraulic Forward Anchor Windlass. 
  • Aft Anchor Windlass, 24V. 
  • Delta Anchor 110 pound  
  • Bruce Anchor 33 Kg  
  • Danforth Type Day anchor 50 pound  
  • 5/8 galvanized ACCO High test main anchor chain, new in 2012. 
  • Forward and aft anchor rode/chain

This beautiful yacht has sailed offshore many times, cruiser twice across the Atlantic, around the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America. SHIBUMI sails well both in light to heavy conditions. Sheets and jib furling lines lead to pilot house. You'll love this boat and will enjoy the all of the wonderful times and memories that comes with ownership of this timeless classic Motorsailer Ketch.