Merdeka, a 1999 Celestial 50

We’re still on our pilothouse kick, so we’ll another into the mix. Merdeka, this 1999 Celestial 50 Pilothouse, designed by Bryce Fuhriman, is built for off-shore cruising. Known for their stout construction and smart layout, Merdeka comes equipped with a breadth of gear and space.

Above decks is a nicely placed center cockpit with a commanding view in all directions. The high cockpit bulwarks lend to a dry and safe position to take the helm. High lifelines and roomy side-decks allow easy movement forward and aft and there is a ton of storage in the aft lazarettes and forward lockers.

Below deck entry is gained from the cockpit or the starboard pilothouse door. The raised salon with large picture windows allows for uncompromising views. The interior helm is nicely positioned and has great visibility, something that many pilothouse yachts lack. Lovely quality of rich woods adorn the interior.

Going aft, down the stairs from the salon, is the aft cabin. This cabin is quite roomy and includes tons of storage space. The attached head even includes a soaking tub. Mechanical access is easy due to the large hatches in the salon deck. Gear is easy to service and there is extra storage there as well. A true offshore boat, she is equipped with a sea-chest with twin redundant inlets. This limits the amount of below waterline penetrations to only a few.

Merdeka has travelled near and far. She has been in Northern Europe, several Trans-Atlantic’s, and throughout the US East Coast. She is well poised and priced to continue her journeys.

Listed by David Walters in Annapolis, Maryland.

Tayana 37 Pilothouse

1981 Tayana 37 Pilothouse

These Robert Perry designed Pilothouse Tayana 37’s are hard to find and well-coveted, and for good reason. Robert Perry is one of the most prolific and well-respected designers of bluewater cruisers, and is credited with the creation of the performance-cruiser sector. The Tayana 37 is considered one of his best, and the Pilothouse version has special appeal.

It was designed by Bob Perry and introduced in 1975 as a response to the Westsail 32 which were selling in enormous numbers at the time. Today looking back, with the boat still in production with a boat count of 588, most still sailing, and an active and owners community, its very apparent that Perry succeeded.

This example, HORIZONS, is well maintained for a 1981 vintage, and looks to be a great foundation for further improvements. She has her original Perkins diesel, with 3250 hours on her, with basic electronics like Furuno Radar, two GPS units and autopilot. She comes with a watermaker and bowthruster.

Her interior has two enclosed cabins and one head, and her pilothouse has a full sized navigation table. She sports a new Gennaker, mainsail, jib and 135% Genoa. She appears to be well loved and well-maintaned, and listed at $63K in Vancouver, she shouldn’t be on the market long.

2003 Cabo Rico Pilothouse

Pilothouses often get dinged for their ungainly appearances, but we dare say that this Cabo Rico 42PH has a beautiful profile to match her extraordinary attention to detail. Sea Pilot is hull #1 of the pilothouse version of the successful and proven 42 designed by Chuck Paine. She has benefitted by the care and attention of her original and only owner, who specified the finest equipment and exceptional maintenance.

Her interior features a private forward stateroom, a dedicated and generous galley, and a wonderful pilothouse salon with excellent visibility. Her interior wood work is built to a quality rarely seen today and is in fantastic condition, creating a warm, inviting place to seek respite from the elements. She has storage cubbies galore, and special attention has been paid to temperature control, with screens on every hatch and ventilation throughout.

The pilothouse itself is a special place, with a comfortable, fully-adjustable captains chair, its own AC unit, a large dinette and even a workbench. The headroom in the pilothouse is almost 6.5 feet.

The aft cabin is built for a cruising couple, with plenty of storage, bookshelves and a double berth over 6″ long. The galley is well considered in its design, and features a trash compactor, main and supplementary refrigerator/freezers, fresh and saltwater pumps and even a washer/dryer. The forward cabin is gorgeous, with a full walk around queen sized bed with Pillowsoft spring mattress that lifts to reveal massive storage.

She comes with a full-suite of Furuno electronics, AC and Heat, cellphone booster and Simrad autopilot. Her dinghy is included which rides comfortably on Kato davits while the outboard is mounted on the stern rail and lifted on and off the boat with a mechanical purchase system on its own lift. She comes with abundance of extra high-quality gear that will allow her next skipper to get on board and go. 

Listed by Swiftsure in Seattle for $349,000, Sea Pilot is a special find – ready to take her new owners anywhere in the world.


A Pretty Pearson Pilothouse

Designed by William H. Shaw and built by Pearson Yachts in 1980, this is a fully custom 36′ pilothouse that has clearly been well maintained and thoroughly updated.

Improvements include a completely re-finished interior, new AJR commercial grade windows, a restructured pilothouse for offshore sailing, new standing rigging, winches, windlass, teak comings, 60 HP Kubota with New Twin Disc Transmission, electronics and well, really, the list is too long to capture here.

Designer William H. Shaw cut his teeth at Sparkman & Stephens before becoming the longtime Chief Naval Architect at Pearson Yachts, where he oversaw the design and production of over 50 yacht designs. He reportedly got the gig when parent company, Grumman, grew tired of paying his predecessor Carl Alberg his high royalties during the success of his tenure at Pearson. Shaw’s designs were just as popular. They’re known for being very safe and robust, if fairly conservative in their design and they hold a large and faithful following to this day.

The photos of the interior in particular demonstrate a high quality refit, with a warm and inviting cabin. Inside and out, this boat has clearly been loved. And well set up for many more adventures.

Currently listed in British Columbia for $77K.