13th Sept 2022

10.3 m 1940s timber ketch

Owner:          Jonathan Crockett
Mobile:          0488 700 817

History and Description of Ventura

Ventura is a cutter-rigged ketch with long keel, 10.3 overall length with a draft of 1.5 m making her suitable for sailing in relatively shallow waters.  Ventura was probably built in the mid to late 1940s and has been sailed extensively in Port Phillip Bay, and in Bass Strait.  In the 70s many young people sailed on board out of Hobson’s Bay.

The current owner purchased her in 2005 after a professional survey which reported her basically sound and well-built but requiring extensive work.  She was lifted into George Day’s yard at Queenscliff in 2006 for an extensive refit including work on the planking and keel, covering the deck and deck house with fibreglass, stripping of the interior and rebuilding of furniture, a new diesel engine, new rigging, new electrics and instruments and repainting.  Most of this work was done by Brett Almond.  Since then, Ventura has been hauled out annually in Queenscliff for professional and owner repairs, maintenance and upgrading.  Significant work was done in 2016 to prepare her for sailing to Tasmania for the Hobart Wooden Boat festival and further significant work was done in 2020 including removal and workshop refurbishment of the motor, modification of the cabin furniture, painting of the masts, renewal of the standing rigging and new LED navigation lights on the main mast and new wiring to both masts.  Since 2010 most maintenance work has been done by Cayzer Boats of Queenscliff.

The current owner has sailed her extensively around Port Phillip and Westernport Bays, along the Victorian Coast and to northern and southern Tasmania.  She can easily be sailed single-handed in enclosed waters and is a stable and seaworthy yacht.  Her hull speed is approximately 6.5 knots and she will sail at 6 to 7 knots in a 15 to 20 knot wind on a reach but is not a good upwind yacht.  Under motor power she will consistently cruise at 5.5 knots at 2500 revs/min using around 2.2 L/hr of diesel.

Ventura is on the Register of the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club and is kept on a swing mooring in the very sheltered waters of Swan Bay. 

She is equipped for off-shore cruising broadly based on ORC rules for offshore racing but is not currently officially rated.

The owner will be pleased to supply full maintenance records, equipment manuals and the most recent professional survey in 2011.

Asking Price

Price is negotiable but the owner is open to reasonable offers in the vicinity $29 000 which is considered a very fair price considering her good condition, the extensive equipment inventory and high standard of maintenance.  Ventura was valued by a Surveyor in 2011 at $125 000.  A copy of this survey can be provided to interested purchasers.  .

Offers are invited.  Inspection and a demonstration sail can be arranged for people genuinely interested in taking Ventura over.

Details of the yacht, sails, rigging and major fixed equipment to be sold with yacht

Item included in sale of yachtDetails
Year Builtc1946
Length on deck10.3 m (33’9’’)
Length from tip of bowsprit to tip of bumpkinApprox. 12 m
Beam3.4 m (11’2’’)
Draft1.5 m (4’11’’)
DisplacementApprox. 7 tonne
Main mast height10.3 m above the deck
Mizzen mast height8.3 m above the deck
RigCutter-rigged Ketch
KeelLong keel, approx.. 2 tonne of lead
Keel timbersOregon
Keel boltsBronze with two 316 SS added
RibsPossibly spotted gum, laminated
PlankingNew Zealand Kauri with Oregon sheer planks
FasteningsCopper nails and roves and some bronze screws along Garboards
Deck and cabin top constructionHardwood framing and planks covered with marine ply and sheathed with epoxy-filled fibreglass
Main mast timberSolid Oregon, repainted with two-pack polyurethane in 2020
Mizzen mast timberHollow Oregon, repainted with two-pack polyurethane in 2020
MotorVolvo, MD 2030 29 HP diesel.  Fully workshop-maintained in 2020.  Temperature, oil pressure, charging voltage, revolutions, hours run and fuel level gauges. Hours run approx. 1050 hrs in Feb 2022.
Propeller and shaft316 SS propellor shaft, 1 1/8’’ diameter, replaced in 2011. 417 mm diam 3-bladed bronze propellor
BatteriesFour 12 V 80 to 110 amp hour AGM sealed lead acid batteries with two solar panels.  One dedicated to motor start, one dedicated to a bilge pump, two house batteries.  Voltage sensitive relay for charging motor start and house batteries.  Controllers with low voltage load cutouts on each solar panel/battery array.
Fuel tank100 L, 316 SS with level gauge
Bilge pumpsTwo Rule 1500 gph 12V electric pumps and float switches, wired to separate battery circuits. Two manual bilge pumps, one in cockpit, one in cabin.
InstrumentsMast head Windex wind vane, Simrad ultrasonic depth, mechanical VDO Sumlog speed and distance, Seiwa SW500e chart plotter with Cmap Australian/NZ  Charts, Ritchie Navigator marine compass Kti 406 MHz Epirb with GPS, battery expires in October 2026 Hand-bearing compass
Tiller PilotSimrad TP 32 connected to chartplotter
RadiosGME VHF radio Icom IC-M01e HF radio.  Call sign VKV 7115
Lights5 LED internal cabin lights, LED tricolour and anchor light, LED steaming light, incandescent backup port and starboard nav lights on pulpit and cabin sides, incandescent aft light, incandescent spreader lights to both masts
AnchorsAnchor Right, Excel No 5 anchor with 50 m of 8 mm grade L tested chain and approx. 40 m of rope rode. One spare admiralty 16 kg anchor with 50 m nylon rode.  One kedging anchor with floating rode.
Anchor winchMuir HR 1200 Cougar 12 V electric winch with manual backup.
Standing rigging316 stainless steel with Dynema fore and aft main mast shrouds
Running riggingMainly Spectra, some polyester double braid
Sail inventoryburgundy dacron mainsail, jib, staysail and mizzen sail, white dacron genoa, white rip-stop nylon cruising spinnaker, orange storm sails (main and jib), burgundy sail and hatch covers
RefrigeratorU-Tec 12V LTA cold plate refrigeration system with 100 mm of foam insulation around the compartment.
StoveMaxco Maxie methylated spirit stove with griller and two burners
HeadAirhead urine-separating composting toilet
Safety equipmentLife sling man overboard recovery system, Danbuoy, life ring with drogue and light, throwing line, aluminium radar reflector, 4 tethers to attach lifejackets to strong points and jack lines on deck, first aid kit, knife, four fire extinguishers and fire blanket, V sheet, flares including red parachute flare
Nylon mooring lines and fenders.4 mooring lines, 4 fenders, anti-chafe Velcro pads, fender board for stowing on board and one fender board kept on shore.
Boat hooksOne bronze and timber, one extendable aluminium
Spare rope for running riggingVarious used and new rope, either polyester double braid or spectra sufficient for replacing all halyards and for other lines.  Includes two block and tackle sets for use as preventer on main boom and useable for lifting the motor
Timber boarding ladderSuitable for swimming and skin diving access to yacht.
Pole for foresailsFibreglass-wrapped timber pole for poling out foresails
SundriesSundry spare parts, cups plates, cutlery, oils, coolant, funnels, caulking cotton, corking iron, fid, bosuns chair, bunting
ToolsTool box and tools, water hose and fittings
SparesAlternator (refurbished), electric fuel pump, starter motor (refurbished), motor air filter, sea water pump impellers and gaskets, sundry shackles, nuts, bolts and screws, globes, fuses,


Additional equipment that may be sold with the yacht as separate items or in their entirity for $3 880 is as follows:

Pioneer 8 8’ HDPE rotomold tender and oars with new wheels
Para-Anchor Tasman 15 sea anchor, chain and spectra deck line and 100 m 16 mm nylon rode
Hyfield RU 230 2.3 m inflatable dinghy with foot pump and oars (still in guarantee period).  350 kg capacity, suitable for 4 HP outboard
4 serviceable life jackets, two Bourke, one Stormy self-inflating, one junior Crewsaver self-inflating all with harness loops to attach to tethers
Half share in Plastimo “Cruiser” 4 person life raft, serviced in 2022 and in survey to Jan 2025.
Old inner forestay sail
Oil sucker for motor oil changes
Navigation and maintenance books, charts parallel rules.  This includes a significant library of maintenance books.
Two 20 L diesel jerry cans
Three 20 L back-up water jerry cans
Raymarine hand held VHF with spare battery box and charger
Heavy long mooring lines
Spare foam filled PFDs (approx. 6)
Henry Lloyd Goretex wet weather gear (large)
Kti personal GPS EPIRB


Further details of Ventura and her equipment can be provided.


Subject to the agreement of Parks Victoria the owner is willing to sell Ventura’s current swing mooring at Queenscliff to the purchaser of Ventura.  The Queenscliff moorings on Swan Island are particularly secure and safe due to the sheltered location and the access being restricted by the Department of Defence.


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