Dancer is a very special, one-off yacht, built in 1965 by Abeking & Rasmussen. As Avenir she was designed as a CCA ocean racer by Bill Tripp and is a sister to famous ocean racer Ondine II. These designs have proven over time, to be very capable and comfortable yachts also for ocean cruising – and Dancer is demonstrably a superb blue water cruiser. She has been maintained with the best materials and workmanship. She is currently priced, however, as if refitted according to an imminent program. This price would therefore be negotiable prior to the completion of all work scheduled, details and progress of which can be made available to a prospective purchaser.

Price Reduced: $425,000


  • loa 55'
  • lwl 39'
  • beam 13'9
  • draft 8'6
  • type Sailing
  • designed by Bill Tripp
  • builder Abeking & Rasmussen
  • model Custom 55' Cutter
  • year 1965
  • construction Welded 5054 Aluminum
  • hull material Aluminum
  • location New Zealand
  • boat engine Perkins 4-108

Layout and Design


  • Welded 5054 aluminum, keel 3/8th inch hull 5/16th inch, deck plate thickness
  • Cockpit; teak decks and grates new 2002
  • Teak toe rails and mid deck boxes new in 2002 finest quarter sawn teak
  • All fasteners isolated from hull


From the cockpit, access is by sliding hatch and companionway steps down.

  • Solid teak soles
  • Lift-out panels for complete access to bilges and clean out ports on the fuel and water tanks

Galley to port accessible to cockpit and saloon for cooking at anchor or underway.

  • 5 x Opening ports for ventilation
  • Force 10, three-burner, gimballed stove with safety bar
  • Microwave oven
  • Propane on demand hot water 2011
  • Fridge freezer with two independent Sea Frost 12 V units with SS evaporator plates
  • Cold water tap built into refrigerator
  • Double stainless steel deep sinks
  • Stainless steel counters
  • Gimbaled teak cutting board
  • Halon fire extinguishers

Main salon settee amidships to port, with fold-up leaf table.

  • Head off main salon
  • Owner’s cabin amidships starboard
  • Watertight door to forepeak dedicated to sail bins, work bench, spare lines and gear
  • Locker space for all equipment and spares for long distance cruising
  • Large navigation area and quarter berth to starboard
  • Navigation area has a comfortable seat to starboard of companionway stairs
  • Pull-out, gimbaled tray for a laptop



  • Aluminum spars – by C&C 1968, double spreader, tapered, air draft 75 ft
  • Custom aluminum boom 1994 has internal doubler for vang and pipe rack for reef/furl
  • Removable inner staysail forestay
  • New Harken Main and Spinnaker track 2007
  • New electrical wires 2007
  • 316 SS wire with Norseman fittings
  • Insulated backstay for SSB
  • Sailtech Hydraulic adjusters for backstay and genoa halyard tension
  • Southerrn Spars carbon spinnaker pole 2000


  • Main – North Dacron 2005
  • Genoa – Maine Sailing Partners Hydranet 115% triradial genoa 2005
  • Staysail – North spectra triradial 2003
  • Spinnaker – Maine Sailing Partners 1.5 oz triradial symmetrical with ATN sock 1997
  • Spinnaker – 3/4 oz crosscut symmetrical
  • Staysail – Maine sailing Partners CL-90 triradial 1995
  • Hood multi purpose genoa [code 0] with sock
  • Storm staysail 100 sq ft
  • Storm trysail [never used]


  • Deck painted with Tread Grip non skid
  • Custom 1½-inch stainless steel genoa track
  • Large sliding fore hatch
  • Dodger allows fore hatch open at sea for cabin airflow or as wind scoop at anchor
  • Mid-deck boxes for spare gear and 2 x 20 lb Propane bottles
  • 2 x large chrome bronze cowl vents on mid deck boxes
  • Foam core epoxy/glass companionway dodger with Lexan window
  • 4-inch aluminum radar pole with gimbals
  • 44-inch SS wheel on custom chrome bronze Edson pedestal with glass dome White compass
  • Kobelt engine controls
  • Avon 3.4 M rib with 25 HP Yamaha outboard secured upright on SS rack mid deck (can be deflated, turned and lashed to rack for low profile stowage when offshore)
  • Locker stowage in cockpit for outboard, etc.
  • Heavy duty stainless steel bimini with 2 x 80 watt solar panels

Barient winches:

  • 2 x 36 SS self-tailing primaries [size similar to Harken 65]
  • 2 x 32 SS secondary
  • 2 x 30 SS runners
  • 1 x 27 self-tailing main sheet
  • 1 x 21 self-tailing genoa furling
  • 2 x 28 SS deck winches
  • 2 x 27 self-tailing spinnaker halyard
  • 1 x Main halyard reel winch
  • 1 x 21 staysail halyard winch


  • Profurl N-52 furling gear
  • Manson 60 Kg plough anchor
  • Danforth P-1800 plough anchor
  • Fortress FX-37 anchor
  • 100 ft Suncor 3/8th inch stainless steel chain
  • 200 ft Acco 5/16th inch G-4 high test chain
  • ¾-inch nylon rodes
  • Hydraulic anchor winch with dual capstan


  • Perkins 4-108 diesel engine 1994 5,000 hrs
  • Borg Warner 2.5:1 velvetdrive
  • Aqua Drive CVA flexible drive coupling
  • Aquamet 1 inch shaft
  • PYI shaft seal
  • Three-blade feathering prop
  • Spurs line cutters
  • 120 A alternator with Balmar regulator
  • 10 gpm 2,500 psi hydraulic pump
  • 2 micron Racor filter
  • Remote oil filter and 1 micron bypass oil filter
  • Prelube and oil change pump
  • Halon automatic fire extinguisher
  • Kubota 16 HP diesel 12 V generator (new Apr 12)
  • 120 A alternator with Balmar regulator
  • 10 gpm Hydraulic pump
  • 2 Micron Racor filter
  • 1 micron bypass lube oil filter
  • 6 Gallon day tank with 30 micron Racor filter and electric pump for fuel polishing
  • 12 V 660 Ah Lifeline 6 x 6 V AGM domestic batteries 2011
  • Engine start AGM 2012
  • Prosine 1,800 watt sine wave inverter 120 V with GFI outlets
  • 600 W, 220 V inverter
  • 100 W, 120 V inverter
  • 5,000 btu air con in owners cabin
  • Alpenglow cabin lights
  • LED cabin lights
  • LED tricolor and running lights
  • 2 x 80 W solar panels with Blue Sky controller
  • 130 Gal fuel tank integral in keel
  • Spectra 18 GPH 12 V water maker
  • 300 gallons fresh water in 2 tanks integral in keel FDA approved coating for potable water


  • Garmin 2006 GPS
  • Furuno GP-32 GPS
  • Furuno 1832 radar with ARPA
  • Vesper Marine AIS
  • Furuno 207 WE-FAX
  • Furuno 4100 depth sounder
  • Samsung LCD display for electronic charts at nav station
  • SEA 235 SSB with Pactor 3
  • SEA 225 SSB
  • 2 x Icom VHF
  • Silva Nexus instruments with displays inside and cockpit
  • AutoHelm 6000 autopilot with KVH compass and hydraulic drive
  • WH P3 Autopilot with hydraulic drive
  • Silva / ComNav autopilot control
  • Xaero direct satellite weather receiver
  • Thrane & Thrane Mini M Satcom
  • Iridium Satcom
  • Sony stereo
  • LCD multi region TV with DVD player


  • Avon 6 man liferaft

2014 Refit

The owners have refitted Dancer as if they would be keeping her for another 30 years, replacing many items even where they may be still serviceable. For example, the main engine would have lasted for many years but has now been replaced with a new more powerful one.

  • New engine, Beta Marine 60, CE certified
  • All standing rigging replaced
  • Added new Harken MK4 furler for staysail
  • New Dimension-Polyant Hydra Net staysail
  • Bottom abrasive-blasted to bare aluminum and immediately primed with 504 epoxy primer, followed with three coats of 640 epoxy at 150 microns per coat and two coats of Vivid antifoul paint at 75 microns per coat
  • Replaced hull windows with 15 mm toughened glass
  • Topsides painted with Awlcraft 2000 – Midnight Blue
  • Cockpit and cabin top painted with linear polyurethane – eggshell white
  • Winch bases sandblasted, primed, and painted with LPU
  • All exterior varnish taken back to bare wood and refinished with Uroxsys Marine Aliphatic multi-year gloss varnish
  • Forepeak stripped bare, epoxied, painted with linear polyurethane, wood trim re-varnished
  • Rebuilt refrigerator
  • New stainless steel galley countertop
  • Built new cockpit locker hatches
  • New cockpit teak deck
  • Service hydraulic systems
  • New engine panel switches
  • New hydraulic clutches
  • New head seacock
  • New head hoses
  • Fuel tank emptied, cleaned, inspected, and repaired where needed
  • New fuel vent
  • New gaskets for fuel tank cleanout ports
  • Water tanks emptied, cleaned, inspected and the coating replaced where needed with FDA-approved epoxy coating for potable water
  • New gaskets for water tanks
  • Head and shower cabinets removed and rebuilt
  • Added new fiberglass shower pan and rebuilt floor structure
  • Varnished head woodwork
  • Bilge cleaned and painted with two-part epoxy
  • Lazarette and cockpit lockers cleaned and painted with two-part epoxy
  • Removed and rebuilt bilge pumps
  • Varnished interior of mid-deck hatch
  • New shaft seal
  • Removed and serviced seacocks
  • New gaskets for seacocks
  • Removed Kubota diesel 12 V generator and hydraulic unit and service
  • New pulleys for Kubota
  • All new hull zincs
  • Re-pitched prop for new engine
  • Removed all winches, cleaned and greased
  • New exhaust hoses
  • Rebuilt mufflers
  • New freshwater plumbing
  • New galley sump pump
  • New propane sensor and control
  • New galley tap and plumbing
  • New diesel day tank
  • New fuel gauge for diesel day tank
  • New fuel hoses A-1 USCG/CE-rated
  • New Profurl N52 lower unit and extrusion
  • Rebuilt Profurl upper unit
  • Refurbished Avon RIB
  • New main cover
  • New mast boot cover
  • Varnished dinette table
  • Main and genoa serviced and repaired where needed
  • New intake hoses
  • New cockpit drain hoses
  • New forward dodger
  • Re-veneered and varnished bulkhead
  • Refinished chart table
  • Refinished cabin lights
  • Refurbished bow anchor rollers
  • Installed all new engine room sound insulation
  • Rebuilt forward hatch
  • New stove guard bar
  • New pactor modem
  • Vent blower system
  • Painted deck
  • Painted deck head
  • New keypad in SEA 235 SSB radio
  • Serviced life raft


  • Bauer Dive compressor, hydraulic drive
  • Tank Tender gauge for bilge, fuel, water, sump
  • 12,000 btu vented Force 10 propane cabin heater
  • Awnings and raincatchers
  • Spares


“We can keep pace with similar size modern mono-hulls and catamarans. Dancer is the perfect yacht for a couple or family to cruise, long enough to comfortably knock off 200-mile days, but easy enough for one person on watch to handle. Her incredibly strong aluminum hull and top-quality sail handling gear are a great peace of mind when you are thousands of miles from port. The mechanical systems are simple, high-quality, and redundant.”


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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John Morin