This is a solid opportunity to own and sail a living legend that could be kept up as she has been for the past 60 years for sailing in the bay, or completely restored. As an "M-Class yacht, she has the grace, style and dignity of a "J Class" yacht, but is slightly smaller and more manageable.
Conceived by Sterling Burgess and built by Abeking and Rasmussen, "Pursuit" began her career at the New York Yacht Club in the 1930’s as “Avatar” competing against Harold Vanderbilt’s “Prestige” and “Barlevento”, ”Simba”, “Valiant”, "Istalena" and “Windward”, forming the M-Class. As elegant and as charismatic in every sense as the J-Class, whose development they clearly influenced, although slightly smaller and therefore more practical to own and operate.
Pursuit gained notoriety on the West Coast when she was owned by Burt Lancaster and his movie-producing partner, and won the 1948 Ensenada race. Since then she has been raced and cruised to Hawaii, Mexico and the West Coast, and has been preserved in good condition with new rigging and impeccable brightwork in her slip on Sausalito City water front by the same owner, a San Francisco Bay Area legend himself, for almost 60 years.
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The main companionway leads into the saloon, which is classically laid out with what appears to be much of the original white-paneled interior and skylight with its pristine varnished finish and brightwork in immaculate condition. This feature illuminates the interior spectacularly, is a tribute to how well the former owner maintained the boat, and it serves as a centerpiece to the classic interior.
To port is a companionway leading to the aft stateroom and a day head complete with built-in period shower-tub combo and to starboard is a mahogany paneled guest stateroom with two bunks and a wash basin.
Main saloon has two settees mounted longitudinally on each side of the vessel and complete backrests, that double as sea berths and a gimballed table.
Two swinging mahogany doors lead into the galley which provides adequate cooking and food storage and prep areas.
Proceeding forward up gently sloping ramp is the crew accommodations with two bunk beds as well as fuel and water tanks and the generator.
In the fo'c'sle there is adequate sail storage and another sea berth.
Teak Decks in great shape with white caulking are a signature feature of this vessel, accentuated by the narrow beam.
The fully-varnished cockpit in immaculate condition is the crowning glory, and a joy to behold. Complete with traditional ship's wheel, compass binnacle and yellow "oilskin" cushions, there is direct connection with the master stateroom below via a dedicated second companionway.
The varnished accents on deck such as the toe rails, doghouses, companionways, storage boxes and the like appear to have been kept up for the lifetime of the vessel, judging by their appearance.
The period deck hardware is in great shape.There are adequate winches, cleats to sail the boat reasonably efficiently, although there are no self-tailing winches.
This boat is in operating condition as can be seen in the recent photos of her sailing in the bay. Mast and boom have been varnished and maintained to a high standard over the long term, and standing and running rigging has been recently replaced.
The main sail is in great condition, and there are several serviceable headsails for this cutter-rigged vessel.
The vessel has a large well fitted, serviceable galley with a delightful skylight and some more modern appliances (Microwave etc) as well as an earlier appliances, which could be refurbished or replaced.
The 85 HP GM Diesel under the main salon sole is reported to be in running order, as is the generator located midships alongside a 100 gallon main tank
Early Years - Racing with other M Class yachts in the New York Yacht Club
1948 Ensenada Race Winner
1960 Acapulco Race Winner
1961 Hawaii Transpac 5th IN
1962 Mazatlán Race 4th IN
1963 Santa Cruz Cruz Double Winner
1969 Hawaii Transpac 4th IN
There are numerous spares and additional items that are not currently part of this listing, but may be inspected by the prospective buyer.
The listing itself is preliminary and will be added to as more research is conducted
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.
2330 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106