Cruise or Liveaboard SAILBOAT, Samson 1972 $39,000.00 CAD

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$39,000.00 CAD

$39K, OBO, motivated, price reduced by $18,000, so act now...likely to go fast !

Name:  Wise Eye – ‘Ship’ registered, insured by Lloyds of London.

Builder: Custom, professionally built in Vancouver, BC

Design: Samson Marine; great liveaboard and cruising design, especially with current setup

Speed under power – 6.5 knots

Beam: 11 ft; Draft: 6 ft

Headroom: minimum 6 ft, and much more in salon


Hull, Deck and Cabin sides: monolithic one-piece Ferro Cement - hull is ‘bullet-proof’, and still in 'like new' condition. No issues. This material keeps getting stronger for 100 years or more, experts have stated.

Cabin top and cockpit: Fiberglass over 3/4” marine plywood– scrupulously maintained for the past 20 years since bought the vessel.     

Keel: ¾ cruising style

Rudder: keel-attached, recently rebuilt by professional shop

Steering: tiller (replaced original with a robust, new laminated tiller a few years ago)

Fuel tank: 26 gal (126 litre)

Fresh Water tanks: (2) 75 gal total

Hot Water: Yes

Heat: Dickerson Antarctic heater with chimney, diesel fueled (no pumps or electrical required)



Cabins & Stowage:   Interior is a large, bright living space with lots of ‘port’ windows, with new curtains on them. As you descend the companionway stairs you enter the well-equipped galley (kitchen) to port and the combined chart table/large mahogany countertop with copious storage below is to starboard.


Aft of that is another large crawl space for various uses including storage, beside and under the cockpit. Forward of this, is main settee to port with a teak table with a fold-down leaf, and standard single-bed type settee to starboard. Forward of that, and adjacent the head is a large hanging clothes closet and storage.


Forward of the salon is the head (bathroom) with hot/cold pressure water to shiny brass wash basin and to shower (both supplied by 10 gal. hot water tank with dual heat sources – AC electric and engine heat source). Toward the forepeak (which includes a chain locker with extra storage) is the very large V-berth with ample storage for clothes, etc and sails. Above that is the large liftable teak hatch to the deck, with a medium size port hole (window) in it. (handy for passing sails up and down from the fore-deck).


Aft of cockpit is a large lazarette (stowage compartment) - big enough for 2 adults to fit inside. Another hatch in the cockpit hinges up to provide access to fuel tank, and extra stowage space on either side.

Head: 1     Sleeps: 5



Practical  galley with lots of countertop, deep s.s. sink, hot/cold water, additional brass sea-water hand pump

Four burner propane stove with large oven, with stove-top kettle.

New Nova Kool 12 v refrigeration with good-sized freezer, energy efficient

Microwave, electric kettle, toaster, small dehumidifier (new last year)...all of them matching white, plus pots, pans, dishes, cutlery , electric fan, etc. 



Continuously upgraded and improved over the past 20 years; major refit over past 3 years.

Engine: Yanmar 24 hp. 3-cylinder Diesel, Installed 2019, hardly used despite its age.

Year built: 1984 or later,  Hours:  (787 original hours, see picture of hour meter on control panel) Propeller: 3 bladed low-drag bronze sailing prop on a 1¼ dia. s.s. drive shaft



Continuously upgraded and improved over past few years,

30-amp shore-power with cable

House Battery: 2 x HD 6V deep cycle (about 3.5 yrs old)

Start Battery: new (less than 1 year old) 12 v deep-cycle marine battery

Charger: Proper wall-mounted style with 3 output circuits, in handy accessible battery locker.

Mostly LED interior lights, + 2 110v lights & several 110 v outlets

New, yet to be installed, set of 2 x 12v circuit breakers (cost me $112 each) …see photo of them and high-end dual volt meter, and some new spare parts like oil filters), included with the new breakers are various terminals, shrink seals etc to install them. The old fuse boxes with switches for the 12 circuits (same dimensions) still work, however, (as shown in background)

Running lights

2  - 40 watt solar panels (maybe 3)


Pressurized hot and cold water, with 12 v pump purchased 4 yrs ago, as described above

Manual toilet

Shower with hot and cold water, drains into a sump tank with float switch for automatic pump-out outboard.

Engine cooling intake water filter, easily accessed to inspect with clear-top to check status/easy clean

Ample extra equipment, accessories to choose from (to be viewed, most included, other items optionally can be negotiated if buyer wants them)



New Raymarine 'Dragonfly 7 Pro' Chartplotter/GPS/Depth Sounder with new sonar transponder installed professionally thru hull bottom, includes Dual-Channel wide-spectrum Chirp "Down-Vision" Sonar and speed indicator. Unit installed 2019. Includes Navionics+ NAG Charts and WIFI connectivity. Charts data is on removable/updateable microchip.

Display: 7" All-weather, high-definition LED backlit display. Optically bonded display for sharp color, wide viewing angles and no internal fogging. Spare, optional Transom Mount Transducer with Temperature Sensor.

Can Google online ( dragonfly › dragonfly7pro ) for CAD prices $720 to $800, but I had to buy under-hull transducer for over $200 extra, plus paid for more charts, so invested well over $1,200 altogether plus labour and tax.

New hand-held VHF radio, ship-to-shore & ship to ship; Uniden ‘Submersible’ model purchased 2019. Includes weather channels, navigation cautions, & emergency channel for Coast Guard rescue calls, hailing marina managers, bridge operators, etc..(shown in photos)

Stereo: AM/FM Radio with CD player and 4 quality speakers


New Dinghy & Outboard motor with low hours:  brand new AquaMarine inflatable with inflatable V-hull section (for faster speed, less drag, better turning control), barely used 7 ft in length, quite wide and stable, with aluminum floor boards, FRP transom, & oars, purchased new late last summer. 

Outboard Motor: Coleman 2.6 hp 4 cycle, almost new. Both included. (plus optional 7 ft older FRP ultra-light Livingston dinghy with large wooden oars). It needs a paint job to look new again...if interested, make an offer (see in pictures both models)



Mainsail, Storm jib, Storm mainsail, Spitfire


Mast: Aluminum, deck stepped, Aluminum boom

2 Spreaders, cable rigging, older running rigging, radar reflector, new Cdn flag



Windlass: manual, mainly chain, optional capstan for anchor line

Anchors: CQR/plow; weight: 50 or 60 lb? & a Danforth anchor

Rode: Chain  100’, & Rope (line) 100’ optional on ‘fluke’/Danforth anchor

3 Deck winches, and on mast - 2 halyard winches; Heavy-duty main sheet traveler

Force 10 s.s. BBQ in pushpit

10-lb propane tank

Boarding ladder

many lines (ropes) up to 100 ft in length

Deep, large lazarette aft



Removable teak cockpit table.

Abandon-ship kit: flare gun, flares, horn, throw ropes, etc

6-8+ lifejackets of various sizes

'life-saver' type throw ring/float with rope plus a couple smaller types

handy, long pike-pole type boat hook

12v/120v portable refrigerator with 120 volt and ‘heat’ option.

Oil Lamp

3 fuel cans for diesel (5 gal.), 2 small ones for gasoline, 2 plastic 4 gal. for drinking water



Last haul-out and anti-fouling:  for 12 months July 2018 to July 2019 for full refit/repair/upgrades/ almost new engine, professional paint job, inspection and replacement of one unsatisfactory through-hull with robust valve (sea-cock from toilet). Replaced 9 feet of engine exhaust hose. Installed a new cutlass bearing in propeller shaft, & removed, refurbished, adding new flex hose, sealant, hose clamps & seal strips (packing) to 'stuffing box'.

I had a professional marine surveyor attend and do a survey 3 years ago for insurance required for haul-out at marina, just prior to refit & big upgrades. All paint jobs included 2 coats of primer followed by 2 coats of top-quality marine paints. For hull above waterline, a professional boat-painting team applied 2-part epoxy marine-grade paint, and then 3 coats of anti-fouling bottom paint on top of 2 coats of primer. Then my wife and I just finished a 3-year project of sanding, patching and painting decks, cabins, cockpit, etc with 2 top-coats after 2 primer coats of the most popular high-end Interlux Brightside 1-part polyurethane marine paint, with some anti-skid compound added in key areas for safer footing when walking on deck.

Last zinc(s) change: June 2019 – approx. 5-6 zincs

Last engine oil change: 2021


Assorted nautical books worth hundreds of $, including the 3 best editions of the most popular Dreamspeaker Guides to British Columbia's Coastal Waters, #1, 2 and 3. a $150 retail value (2 purchased in past 3 years)

Located currently in the Fraser River (s. side) at a marina just east of Fort Langley.



No smokers/no pets/no drugs were ever on-board.Rarely lived aboard, ….assumable moorage (subject to approval of marina owner), but most sailors I think would prefer a marina closer to Vancouver or elsewhere. Given that the vessel has "Ship" registry with Transport Canada and is insured by Lloyds of London, it is easier to to get marina moorage...daily or annually, plus for when you wish to haul her out on the hard, and it also makes it next to impossible for a foreign port or entity to seize it under any pretext.


Great for those seeking real freedom and immersing oneself in nature, and from this tyrannical government, in case you want to escape the system someday. Then just ‘sail away’.


If interested, please contact Mike    Email:    [email protected]        Phone/text: 604-767-7971


Reason for selling, after owning this vessel for 20 years, in which time I have continually upgraded and repaired her: I am well into retirement age and am glad I was able to sail her so much especially for 12 weeks over the past 3 years. Wife agrees it's time to let a younger avid sailor or couple now enjoy it, either as a "live-aboard" with options to enjoy sailing either the expansive BC coast. or make long ocean passages. (vessel has been sailed to Mexico and Hawaii by a past owner).

The latter would require a moderate upgrade of sails and rigging for a long blue-water cruise. The vessel has undergone extensive refit and upgrades especially when up on the 'hard' for 1 year to mid-2019, and even til now in the water, with fresh paint jobs topsides to keel bottom.

I have most of my receipts for major refits, which I can show, of improvements and upgrades over the past 3 years, and it's well north of $15,000, to say nothing of my investments of hundreds of hours of time plus money spent in making improvements over the past 20 years.

To Summarize: FYI   We did all these renovations not thinking we’d want to sell our boat so soon, so you can be sure we put our heart and dollars into it without sparing. So - we hope the new buyer will fully appreciate that, and go on to enjoy sailing our Wise Eye as much as we did!

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