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1982 Spencer 53 Center Cockpit

Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada


Great Opportunity to own a significantly upgraded Offshore Passage Maker.  “Shadow Catcher” is being offered for sale by knowledgeable owners who have prepared the vessel for distance sailing while at the same time enjoying all the cruising the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  Whether your plans include the South Pacific or Desolation Sound, Shadow Catcher will take you there safely and comfortably.   

Notable Equipment and Information:

  • Hurricane II Hydronic Cabin Heat
  • Andersen Electric Primary Winches
  • NEW DC and AC Switches, Panels, and Wiring
  • 10’ Rib Tender w/ 15hp Yamaha Outboard
  • Solar Panels

Basic Boat Info

Price: C$150,000
Boat Name: Shadow Catcher
Make: Spencer
Model: 53 Center Cockpit
Year: 1982
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Spencer Boats
Designer: Grant Brandelmayer
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 53 ft
Length Overall: 53 ft
Beam: 13'2 ft
Max Draft: 7'6 ft
Displacement: 56,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 65 ft
Single Berths: 3
Double Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Isuzu
  • Model: DA220
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 75hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1982
  • Engine Hours: 3400
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 300 gal
Fuel Tank Material: GRP
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 300 gal
Water Tank Material: GRP
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Center Cockpit, Cruisers, Ketch


Brian Huse
Fraser Yacht Sales Ltd.


Fraser Yacht Sales Ltd.
1818 Maritime Mews Granville Island
Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6H 3X2
Tel:(250) 516 4393

Design Brief

Spencer Boats were built in Richmond BC and are known for being well built, sturdy offshore capable yachts.   Shadow Catcher is a Center Cockpit Ketch Rigged version offering a unique interior and endless sail combinations. 

  • 2 Staterooms
  • 2 Heads
  • Sleeps 5+
  • Walk In Engine/Mechanical Room
  • Ketch Rig w/ Staysail Stay
  • Integral Fiberglass Tanks

Entered immediately from the forward companionway.  There is a settee w/ dining table forward to starboard.  The galley is aft to port and extends along the port side.  A passageway to the Nav Station and aft cabin is aft to Starboard.

  • Galley to Port
  • Settee w/ Dining Table to Starboard
  • Heaps of Storage
  • Large Storage Area Under Floorboards
  • Opening Port Lights
  • Overhead Lighting
  • Double SS Sink
  • Pressure H/C Water
  • Hand Water Pump
  • Custom SS Force 10 5 Propane Burner Stove w/ Oven
  • Overhead Exhaust Fan
  • 12Volt Nor Cold Fridge (Brande New in the Box)
  • Under Counter Freezer Space
  • Under Counter Fridge Space
  • Danby 110V Drinks Fridge
  • Custom Storage Drawer Under Stove
  • Heaps of Storage

Forward Cabin-

  • Private Cabin
  • 2 Single Berths in Forepeak
  • Heaps of Storage
  • Opening Ports and Overhead Deck Hatch
  • Private Head w/ Vacuflush Toilet (Optional Fresh or Raw Water)
  • Vanity w/ SS Sink Pressure H/C Water

Aft Cabin-

  • Private Cabin
  • Double Pullman Berth to Port
  • Drawers, Lockers and Shelves for Storage
  • Opening Ports and Overhead Deck Hatch
  • Private Head w/ Vacuflush Toilet (Optional Fresh or Raw Water)
  • Vanity w/ SS Sink Pressure H/C Water
  • Shower Pan and Sump Pump
Nav Station

The Nav Station which is also serves as a 2nd salon can be entered directly from the cockpit through the aft companionway or from the salon through the passageway to starboard under the cockpit. 

  • Companionway to Cockpit
  • Engine Room Access
  • Full Equipped Nav Table
  • Navigation Electronics
  • AC and DC Electrical Panels
  • Heaps of Storage
  • Settee to Port
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Standard Horizon CP390I GPS Receiver and Chart Plotter
  • Local Charts Installed on Plotter
  • Lowrance IMS 350A GPS
  • Auto Nav Autopilot Control
  • Auto Nav Multi Function Display (Wind Speed Heading and Depth)
  • Standard Horizon Matrix GX 2150 VHF w/ AIS Receiver
  • Standard Horizon Quest VHF
  • Raytheon R10X Radar
  • c.a.r.d. Radar Detector
  • Binnacle Compass
  • Bronze Ships Clock and Barometer
  • Kenwood AM/FM w/ Sirius and Aux Input
  • Toshiba 24” Flatscreen TV

110V AC Shore/Ship Electrical Service

  • 30 AMP Shore Power Service
  • AC Distribution Panel NEW Blue Seas Panel w/ Breakers
  • Analog Volt Meter
  • 50’ 30 amp Marinco Shore Power Cord
  • 30 amp Shore Power Plug
  • 3Kw Onan Generator
  • 75amp/1500 Watt Freedom Inverter/Battery Charger
  • Inverter Remote Panel
  • 110V AC GFCI Plugs Throughout Vessel
  • NEW 110 V Marine Rated Electrical Wire throughout Vessel

12V DC Ships Electrical Service

  • 750 amphr Service Battery Bank (6- 6V Lead Acid Batteries)
  • 2x 12V Lead Acid Start Batteries
  • 2x Solar Panel 100 Watt each
  • SOLAR 30 Solar Panel Regulator
  • DC Distribution Panel NEW Blue Seas Panel w/ Breakers
  • Analog Amp and Volt Meter
  • Xantrex Link PRO Digital Battery Monitor
  • New Wiring, Fuses and Switching
  • Professional Wiring Diagram
  • 12 Volt Outlets
  • 12 Volt Lighting Throughout (Mostly LED)
Sails and Rigging


  • Dacron Full Batten Mainsail w/ 2 Reef Points
  • Dacron Full Batten Mizzen w/ 1 Reef
  • Dacron 140% Furling Genoa w/ UV Cover
  • Dacron Staysail
  • 1.5oz. Nylon Gennaker

Spars and Rigging-

  • Isomat Aluminum 2 Spreader Main Mast
  • Spreader Lights
  • Isomat Aluminum Main Boom
  • Isomat Aluminum 2 Spreader Mizzen Mast
  • Isomat Aluminum 2 Spreader Main Mast
  • Profurl Roller Furler on Headstay
  • Telescoping Whisker Pole
  • SS 1x19 Wire Standing Rigging
  • Fresh Running Rigging

Deck Hardware

  • Andersen 62ST Electric Primary Winches
  • Andersen 52ST Secondary Winches
  • Andersen 28ST Mainsheet Winch
  • Andersen Self Tailing Winches on the Mast for Halyards
  • Andersen Self Tailing Cabin Top Winch
  • Andersen Self Tailing Winch on Mizzen Mast
  • Tracks and Cars for Sail Sheeting
  • Rope Clutches for Halyards and Control Lines
  • Harken Blocks for Running Backstays
On Deck
  • Dual Anchor Roller on Bow
  • 50kg Bruce Primary Anchor w/ 300’ 3/8th Chain
  • 35kg Bruce Secondary Anchor w/ 300’ 3/8” Chain
  • Nilsson Electric Windlass (completely rebuilt both eclectically and mechanically)
  • SS Pulpits, Stanchions and Lifelines
  • Hard Dodger w/ Hard Top, Hard and Soft Sides
  • Boom Crutch
  • GRP Storage Boxes Mounted Aft
  • Mooring Cleats Chalks and Bails
  • Stern Anchor Set Up
  • Outboard Motor Bracket
  • Dinghy Davits
  • Deck Hatches
  • Pedestal Helm Station in Cockpit
  • Isuzu DA 220 Engine
  • Onan 3KW Genset
  • Hurricane II Hydronic Heating
  • Propane Dickensen Cabin Heater
  • Separate Racor Filters for all
  • Fuel Selection Manifold
  • Fuel Polishing System
  • Hydraulic Steering
  • 2 Identical Autopilot Hydraulic Pumps (1 redundant)
Additional Equipment and Information
  • 10' Titan RIB Aluminum Bottom Tender
  • 15hp Yamaha Outboard
  • SS BBQ on Stern Rail
  • SS Boarding Ladder on Stern
  • Cockpit Cushions
  • Heaps of Spare Parts
  • Manuals for Ships Equipment
  • Danforth Stern Anchor and Chain
  • Stern Line on Reel
  • 4 Person DBC Lifraft
  • Ditch Bag

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.

Additional Contact Information

Shadow Catcher is located in Private Moorage on Saltspring Island and requires advanced notice to be viewed.  


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