Built in 1962 for the BC Forest Service as part of their survey and patrol fleet, Hecate Ranger was designed to operate in the waters of Hecate Strait and around the Queen Charlotte Islands. The largest boat ever built by the BC Forest Service, Hecate Ranger was the queen of their fleet.
In 1984 the Forest Service auctioned off their fleet and Hecate Ranger was purchased by Frank Huff of Seattle, who cruised her to Alaska a number of times as a private yacht.
In 1994 Hecate Ranger was purchased by John Woodard of Seattle who, in 1999, engaged Anderson Shipwrights on the Ship Canal to undertake extensive modifications including conversion of the aft tow winch deck to an enclosed and covered fantail; extension of the upper deck and replacement and reinforcement of the bulwarks, as well as many custom interior touches that transformed the vessel in to a regal and comfortable home. John lived aboard and cruised Hecate Ranger from her home port on Bainbridge Island for almost 22 years.
In 2015 the current owners purchased Hecate Ranger and under their careful stewardship she has been the beneficiary of continual upgrades and additions, most notably the decision, in 2016, to have the hull refastened and re-caulked from the waterline down by Haven Boat Works in Port Townsend. This substantial investment, which involved 4,000 new fasteners and 285 linear feet of new planking, will extend the longevity of this classic vessel for many more years to come.
On the open market for the first time in over 25 years, Hecate Ranger represents a rare opportunity to own a Northwest icon, doted upon by three owners and luxuriously converted in to a private yacht while maintaining all the character and appeal of a classic workboat. Hecate Ranger is ready for cruising Pacific Northwest waters today.
For more information or to arrange a time to view Hecate Ranger, please contact listing broker James King at: 206-718-6361.
Please contact James King at 206-718-6361
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: West Coast Salvage
Designer: John Paynter
Flag of Registry: United States
Hull Shape: Displacement
LOA: 66 ft 3 in
Beam: 17 ft 5 in
LWL: 63 ft 1 in
Length of Deck: 65 ft 4 in
Maximum Draft: 8 ft 3 in
Displacement: 200000 lbs
Total Power: 430 HP
Engine Brand: Caterpillar
Engine Model: 353B TA
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 8000
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 430 HP
Cruising Speed: 8 knots @ 900 RPM
Number of single berths: 4
Number of double berths: 1
Number of cabins: 4
Number of heads: 3
New Marmoleum (Dark Red) flooring for replacing lower deck floors
Interior includes brass lamps, stained glass windows, varnished mahogany cabinets doors, hand knotted rugs
Vessel design drawings/specifications
Digital library of vessel documents including extensive historical photos
Bose Stereo with speakers in main salon and fantail
Through hulls serviced 2016
Designed with four water tight bulkheads
Recent Maintenance 2015-2016:
Substantially re-wired pilothouse
Engine raw water intake sea cock inspected, serviced and lubed
Propeller shaft packing removed, inspected and repacked
Vessel below waterline refastened with 4,000 galvanized screws
All seams below waterline reefed out, repacked and recaulked
285 linear feet of hull planking below waterline replaced
Bottom scraped, sanded and painted
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.