Sam Crocker Ketch


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Samuel Sturgis Crocker
Hauled for winter, now on the hard in Stonington village, Connecticut. The classic American ketch designed by Samuel Sturgis Crocker. Built at Chute & Bixby of Huntington, Long Island, completed in 1936. The thorough 'very major', definitive refit and impeccable rebuilding program was concluded in 2002 by Nathan Greeley at his boatworks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. At that time, RANGER was declared to be: bascially a new vessel by one of the most respected wooden yacht surveyor's on the east coast.

Carvel mahogany planked on steam bent oak frames. Fastened with copper rivets and bronze screws. Full custom cut main'sl. Evolution jib and mizzen sails new in 2012. Also a new set of cotton sails (for antique class regattas). Auxillary power provided by 47 hp Westerbeke diesel engine rebuilt 2000, estimated @ 600 hours since rebuild. Her interior is spacious and appointed with five comfortable berths. Awarded the prize as Most Pleasing Sailboat at Mystic Seaport Wooden Boatshow 2011.

RANGER is a well found, seaworthy, traditional cruising boat. The beauty of RANGER is everything needed to be done has, and she remains original in concept and true to her era. She stands ready and able for classic regattas, easy evening sails, coastal and bluewater cruising. Call for appointment. The price has been reduced by motivated seller for off season sale. Offers encouraged.

RANGER was custom designed by Samuel Stugis Crocker, Manchester Massachusetts and was originally built in Huntington, Long Island by Chute and Bixby in 1935-36 (design-build hull# 166).

A very major' and complete re-building program of RANGER began in 1992 and was finished by early summer 2002. Nathan Greeley's Boat Shop in Portsmouth NH completed the impeccable re-construction.

The hull (full keel) is mahogany carvel planked over milled 2 steam bent oak frames. Hot dipped galvanized keel bolts, cast iron ballast. Rounded bow with fir bow sprit, varnished mahogany transom. Topsides painted dark green with white boot and bottom painted red. The reconstruction included replacement of nearly all of the frames in the vessel with exception of a few in the stern, found to be in good condition. The floor timbers were replaced and additional ones were added in the heart of the bilge. RANGER'S stem and transom were also replaced during this time. A new deck was built of 2 x 2 and 2 x 2 deck frames with 1/2 laminated plywood subdeck with a 1/2 laid teak overlay. The forward corner posts of the cabin were replaced and a new cabin top was fitted. Tongue and groove sole.

A re-built 47 HP Westerbeke 4-107 was installed during the refit, and after that work was done, a new interior was constructed. Some of the original joiner work was saved and refitted giving the vessel much of the original look.

As the interior was being installed RANGER was totally rewired to NFPA-302 codes. RANGER was surveyed by Capt. Paul Haley (of G.W. Full and Associates Inc. Marine Surveyors & Consultants) Marblehead MA), in June of 2002, for insurance purposes and he reported: At this time the vessel is basically a new vessel.

Since 2006 she has been meticulously maintained by current owner. Her oven and holding tank have been removed (a two burner stove remains above a trash bin), cabinetry added in main cabin, new green cushions and she has been painted out/varnished annually most recently this spring (2013).

Accommodations and layout below

RANGER has a traditional cabin plan and five comfortable berths. Chain locker forward followed by forepeak. There are two folding canvas pipe berths port and starboard in the forecastle. Below each is ample stowage. An overhead varnished teak hatch provided ventilation and two opening cast bronze portholes provide ambient light. Abaft is the full width head and shower. It is a stand up hot/cold pressurized shower with sump amd sump pump. The head itself isa traditional Groco Imperial manual. To starboard is a hanging locker. Abaft the head is the main cabin. To starboard is a settee with a dropdown double and to port is a settee berth. Traditional drop leaf table midships adjacent to bulk head mounted stove. Outboard are lockers and cabinets (to port). Aft to starboard is the navigation station, abaft of which is a double quarter berth. The clean and well appointed galley is aft to port and features a two burner Force Ten propane stove, double bay stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurized water, insulated ice box, ample storage for provisions and kitchen equipment with cabinets, drawers lockers and a trash bin below the stove. For ambient light and ventilation there are two overhead varnished teak hatches with double dead lights, and eight bronze opening portholes. The custom made green interior cushions were new in 2011. Fixed and adjustable traditional lights in main saloon, head and forcastle. Engine access is behind companionway stairs. The companionway has an access hatch with teak weatherboards.

Deck, ground tackle and sundry equipment

Teak deck in like new condition. Spacious cockpit with two lazerettes and dedicated propane tank locker. Custom cockpit awning

Traditional bronze manual windlass with chain gypsy

45lb CQR bower anchor with 150' chain lead and 150' 5/8' nylon rode

30lb Danforth with 100ft chain

Six docklines, three fenders with painters.

Custom weather covers for deck hatches

Wooden boat hook(s)

Nine life jackets, horseshoe life ring.

Dry chemical fire extinguishers

Sails and Rigging

Ketch rigged. Main'mst (stepped on keel) and mizzen (also keel stepped), and booms, are glued round Sitka spruce. The standing rigging is 1x19 stainless steel wire with poured ends. The running rigging is three strand dacron.

The sails consist of full custom cut mainsail, mizzen (Evolution, new in 2012), staysail, genoa (Evolution, new 2012) and spinnaker. There is a new set of cotton sails made for RANGER, to allow racing as antique class in regattas which do not permit modern sails. There are miscellaneous awnings and covers.

Four traditional Merriman Brothers bronze sheet winches (mainsheet winches are mounted on cast bronze elevated pedestals) and two traditional boom outhaul Merriman winches. Fir bowsprit. Varnished transom bumpkin.

Bronze rod traveller for the main, with traditional block and tackle, end-boom sheeting. Self tending jib.

Addtional: Sail battens, canvas mast base weather boots, sail ties, sail bags, winch handles, open-barrel cast bronze turnbuckles.

Traditional cast bronze stanchions, double vinyl-coated lifelines

Electronics and navigational equipment

Autohelm Autopilot
Regency Polaris VHF
Garmin GPS Map 546 Chartplotter
COLREGS nav lights.
Navy brass bell


All wiring updated during refit: 12 volt DC wiring is marine grade multi stranded copper with insulated PVC, AC is 600 volt Boat Cable. Two house marine 12 volt batteries, one dedicated engine battery, 120 Volt AC shore power (via Marinco 30 amp/125 inlet and 50 foot Marinco shore power cord), Blue seas circuit breakers, NewMar battery charger, 55amp 12v DC alternator.

Engine and Mechanical

Auxillary power via 47 HP Westerbeke 4-107 with approximately 600-650 hours since rebuilding by manufacturer (2001). Fresh water cooled with raw water heat exchanger. Traditonal bronze yachtsman's wheel (with rack and pinon steering), cast bronze shaft, bronze three bladed propeller. Transom hung rudder with cast bronze hardware.

Additional comments

RANGER'S level of reconstruction, upkeep and maintenance place her above many of her peers. She presents an outstanding opportunity for purchase

Not to be conveyed

A few certain personal and treasured items aboard not to be conveyed for example: some tools, a hand held radio in custom box, charts and a few other navigational aids.


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Sam Crocker Ketch was posted on 05-05-2019 by KodyWallice in the Sailboats forum.
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