Well, this one’s special. A 1965 Bill Tripp designed aluminum cutter built by the famed Abeking & Rasmussen. She was designed as a CCA ocean racer and is a sister to Ondine II, one of the most famous ocean racers ever. These designs have proven over time to be some of the the most capable and comfortable yachts for ocean cruising. Dancer is long enough to comfortably knock off 200 mile days, but designed and modified for one person on watch to handle. Combined with a strong aluminum hull and top quality sail handling gear she should bring great peace of mind when you are thousands of miles from port. The mechanical systems are simple, high quality and redundant. She has clearly been well-maintained her whole life and a recent refit has just been wrapped.
A&R’s founder, Henry Rasmussen, known as Jimmy, was born in Denmark in 1877. A talented child of a boat-building family, he pursued his vocation in Bremen, which was a shipbuilding hub at the time. In 1892, the young engineer was taken on by the famous Vulkan shipyard. In 1907, he launched the Abeking & Rasmussen yacht and boatyard in Vegesack-Lemwerder, close to Bremen. Although the company mainly focused on legendary sailing boats at the outset, it shifted towards motor yachts in the 1970s. Today, the shipyard is building a diverse range of customized yachts up to 100 metres, which continue to enthral customers and set new benchmarks.