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Bill Tripp Abeking & Rasmussen 55 ft Cutter 1965 - Sold



Bill Tripp Abeking & Rasmussen 55 ft Cutter 1965

Designer Bill Tripp
Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
Date 1965
Length overall 55 ft 0 in / 16.76 m
Length deck 55 ft 0 in / 16.76 m
Length waterline 39 ft 0 in / 11.89 m
Beam 13 ft 9 in / 4.2 m
Draft 8 ft 6 in / 2.6 m
Displacement 22 Tonnes
Construction Welded 5054 aluminium
Engine Beta Marine 60, CE certified 2014
Location New Zealand
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



DANCER is a very special, one - off yacht, built in 1965 by Abeking & Rasmussen. As AVENIR She was designed as a CCA ocean racer by Bill Tripp and is a sister to famous ocean racer ONDINE II. These designs have proven over time, to be very capable and comfortable yachts also for ocean cruising – and DANCER is demonstrably a superb blue water cruiser. She has been maintained with the best materials and workmanship; a current refit program detailed below has just been concluded.


Owners comments

55 ft flush deck, Tripp Abeking & Rasmussen aluminum cutter. That was all we needed to hear before jumping on a plane in Boston for Florida the next day. It took us one look and 15 minutes to make a deal with the owner. That was over 32 years ago and in that time we have sailed Dancer about 125,000 miles, the last 20 years enjoying the remote reaches of the Pacific. .............All our miles have been done by just the two of us, and whether ghosting along, or shortened down in a gale, Dancer has been an easy, forgiving yacht to sail...........

.........On long ocean passages we can keep pace with similar size modern monohulls and catamarans. Dancer is the perfect yacht for a couple or family to cruise, long enough to comfortably knock off 200 mile days, but easy enough for one person on watch to handle. Her incredibly strong aluminium hull and top quality sail handling gear are a great peace of mind when you are thousands of miles from port. The mechanical systems are simple, high quality and redundant.........details of which can be found below.



- Welded 5054 aluminium, keel 3/8th inch hull 5/16th inch, deck plate thickness
- Cockpit; teak decks and grates new 2002
- Teak toe rails and mid deck boxes new in 2002 finest quarter sawn teak
- All fasteners isolated from hull


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Deck painted with Tread Grip non skid
- Custom 1 ½ inch stainless steel genoa track
- Large sliding fore hatch
- Dodger allows fore hatch open at sea for cabin airflow or as wind scoop at anchor
- Mid deck boxes for spare gear and 2 x 20 lb Propane bottles
- 2 x Large chrome bronze cowl vents on mid deck boxes
- Foam core epoxy/glass companionway dodger with Lexan window
- 4 inch aluminum radar pole with gimbals
- 44 in SS wheel on custom chrome bronze Edson pedestal with glass dome White compass
- Kobelt engine controls
- Avon 3.4 M rib with 25 HP Yamaha outboard (2016) secured upright on SS rack mid deck
- (Can be deflated, turned and lashed to rack for low profile stowage when offshore)
- Locker stowage in cockpit for outboard etc
- Heavy duty stainless steel bimini with 2 x 80 watt solar panels

Barient winches
- 2 x 36 SS self tailing primaries [size similar to Harken 65]
- 2 x 32 SS secondary
- 2 x 30 SS runners
- 1 x 27 self tailing main sheet
- 1 x 21 self tailing genoa furling
- 2 x 28 SS deck winches
- 2 x 27 self tailing spinnaker halyard
- 1 x Main halyard reel winch
- 1 x 21 staysail halyard winch
- Profurl N-52 furling gear

- 2 x Danforth P-1800 plough anchor
- Fortress FX-37 anchor
- Fortress FX-125 storm anchor
- 200 ft Suncor 3/8th inch stainless steel chain
- 200 ft Acco 5/16th inch G-4 high test chain
- ¾ inch nylon rode
- Hydraulic anchor winch with dual capstan


Accommodation and domestic equipment

From the cockpit access is by sliding hatch and companionway steps down.
- Solid teak soles
- Lift out panels for complete access to bilges and clean out ports on the fuel and water tanks

Galley to port accessible to cockpit and saloon for cooking at anchor or underway
- 5 x Opening ports for ventilation
- Force 10, 3 burner stove gimballed with safety bar
- Microwave oven
- Propane on demand hot water 2017
- Fridge freezer with 2 independent Sea Frost 12 V units with SS evaporator plates
- Cold water tap built into refrigerator
- Double stainless steel deep sinks
- Stainless steel counters
- Gimbaled teak cutting board
- Halon fire extinguishers

Main saloon settee amidships to port with fold up leaf table
- Head off main saloon
- Owner’s cabin amidships starboard
- Watertight door to forepeak dedicated to sail bins, work bench, spare lines and gear
- Locker space for all equipment and spares for long distance cruising
- Large navigation area and quarter berth to starboard
- Navigation area has a comfortable seat to starboard of companionway stairs
- Pull out, gimbaled tray for a laptop


Rig Spars Sails and Canvas

- Aluminium spars by C&C 1968, double spreader, tapered, air draft 75 ft
- Custom aluminium boom 1994 has internal doubler for vang and pipe rack for reef / furl
- Profurl N-52 furler for genoa
- Harken MK4 furler for staysail new 2014
- New Harken Main and Spinnaker track 2007
- New electrical wires 2007
- All standing rigging new 2014
- 316 SS wire with Norseman fittings
- Insulated backstay for SSB
- Navtech-22 Hydraulic backstay tension adjusters 2020
- Southern Spars carbon spinnaker pole 2000

- Main Dimension Polyant Hydranet tri-radial 2015
- Genoa Maine Sailing Partners Hydranet 115% tri-radial genoa 2005
- New Sunbrella cover 2016
- Spinnaker Maine Sailing Partners 1.5 oz tri-radial symmetrical with ATN sock 1997
- Spinnaker 3/4 oz crosscut symmetrical
- Staysail Dimension-Polyant Hydra Net 2014
- Hood multi purpose genoa [code 0] with sock
- Storm trysail [never used]


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Beta Marine 60, CE certified, 2014
- Borg Warner 2.5:1 velvetdrive
- Aqua Drive CVA flexible drive coupling
- Aquamet 22 1 ½ inch shaft
- PYI shaft seal
- 3 Blade feathering prop
- Spurs line cutters
- 120 A alternator with Balmar regulator
- Spare 120 A alternator and regulator
- 10 gpm 2,500 psi hydraulic pump
- 2 micron Racor filter
- Remote oil filter and 1 micron bypass oil filter
- Prelube and oil change pump
- Halon automatic fire extinguisher
- Kubota 16 HP diesel driving 12 V generator (2012), 10 gpm hydraulic pump and 120 A alternator with Balmar regulator
- 2 x Spare alternators for Kubota
- Racor 2 micron filter for Kubota
- 12 V 660 Ah 6 x 6 V Discover AGM traction batteries, 2015
- Engine start AGM 2012
- Prosine 1,800 Watt sine wave inverter 120 V with GFI outlets
- 600 W, 220 V inverter
- 100 W, 120 V inverter
- Blue Seas electric systems monitor, 2018
- 5,000 btu air con in owners cabin
- Alpenglow cabin lights
- LED cabin lights
- LED tricolor and running lights
- 2 x 80 W solar panels with Blue Sky controller
- 6 Gallon day tank with 30 micron Racor filter and electric pump for fuel polishing
- 130 Gal fuel tank integral in keel
- Spectra 18 GPH 12 V water maker new shurflo pumps, 2017, new membrane 2018
- Clark Watermaker; pump rebuilt 2021
- 300 gallons fresh water in 2 tanks integral in keel FDA approved coating for potable water


Navigation communications and electronics

- Raymarine E97 GPS, 2015
- Furuno GP-32 GPS
- Furuno 1832 radar with ARPA
- Vesper Marine AIS
- Furuno 4100 depth sounder
- SEA 235 SSB with Pactor 3
- 2 x Icom VHF
- Silva Nexus instruments with displays inside and cockpit
- Garmin mast head transducer, GNX wind & GMI data instruments, GND 10, all 2017
- Airmar DT800 depth transducer, 2020
- Airmar ST850 speed transducer, 2017
- NEMA 2000 instrument backbone, 2017
- AutoHelm 6000 autopilot with KVH compass and hydraulic drive
- WH P3 Autopilot with hydraulic drive
- Silva / ComNav autopilot control
- Xaero direct satellite weather receiver
- Thrane and Thrane Mini M Satcom
- KVH TracPhone FleetBroadband FB250 Satellite phone and Internet
- Sony stereo
- LCD multi region TV with DVD player



- Avon 6-person liferaft



- Bauer Dive compressor, hydraulic drive
- Raritan ElectroScan waste water treatment system, 2015
- Tank Tender gauge for bilge, fuel, water, sump
- 12,000 BTU vented Force 10 propane cabin heater
- Awnings and rain catchers
- Spares
- Rocket stand-up inflatable paddle board & paddle 2019



The owners have refitted Dancer as if they would be keeping her for another 30 years - replacing many items even where they may be still serviceable. For example, the main engine would have lasted for many years but has now been replaced with a new more powerful one.
* New engine, Beta Marine 60, CE certified
* All standing rigging replaced
* Added new Harken MK4 furler for staysail
* New Dimension-Polyant Hydra Net stay sail
* New Dimension-Polyant Hydra Net main sail
* Bottom abrasive blasted to bare aluminium and immediately primed with 504 epoxy primer, followed with 3 coats of 640 epoxy at 150 microns per coat and 2 coats of Vivid antifoul paint at 75 microns per coat
* Replaced hull windows with 15 mm toughened glass
* Topsides painted with Awlcraft 2000 – Midnight Blue
* Cockpit and cabin top painted with linear polyurethane – eggshell white
* Winch bases sand blasted, primed and painted with LPU
* All exterior varnish taken back to bare wood and refinished with Allwood Marine Aliphatic multi year gloss varnish
* Forepeak stripped bare, epoxied, painted with linear polyurethane, wood trim re varnished
* Rebuilt refrigerator box and hatch
* New stainless steel galley counter top
* Built new cockpit locker hatches
* New cockpit teak deck
* Service hydraulic systems
* New engine panel switches
* New Traction batteries as specified
* New GPS as specified
* New hydraulic clutches
* New head seacock
* New head hoses
* New waste water treatment as specified
* Fuel tank emptied, cleaned, inspected and repaired where needed
* New fuel vent
* New gaskets for fuel tank cleanout ports
* Water tanks emptied, cleaned, inspected and the coating replaced where needed with FDA approved epoxy coating for portable water
* New gaskets for water tanks
* Head and shower cabinets removed and rebuilt
* Added new fibre glass shower pan and rebuilt floor structure
* Varnished head woodwork
* Bilge cleaned and painted with 2 part epoxy
* Lazarette and cockpit lockers cleaned and painted with 2 part epoxy
* Removed and rebuilt bilge pumps
* Varnished interior of mid deck hatch
* New shaft seal
* Removed and serviced sea cocks
* New gaskets for sea cocks
* Removed Kubota diesel 12 V generator and hydraulic unit and service
* New pulleys for Kubota
* All new hull zincs
* Re pitched prop for new engine
* Removed all winches, cleaned and greased
* New exhaust hoses
* Rebuilt mufflers
* New fresh water plumbing
* New galley sump pump
* New propane sensor and control
* New galley tap and plumbing
* New diesel day tank
* New fuel gauge for diesel day tank
* New fuel hoses A-1 USCG / CE rated
* New Profurl N52 lower unit and extrusion
* Rebuilt Profurl upper unit
* Refurbished Avon RIB
* New main cover
* New mast boot cover
* Varnished dinette table
* Main and genoa serviced and repaired where needed
* New intake hoses
* New cockpit drain hoses
* New forward dodger
* Re veneered and varnished bulkhead
* Refinished chart table
* Refinished cabin lights
* Refurbished bow anchor rollers
* Installed all new engine room sound insulation
* Rebuilt forward hatch
* New stove guard bar
* New pactor modem
* Vent blower system
* Painted deck
* Painted deck head
* New keypad in SEA 235 SSB radio
* Serviced life raft


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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