Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Santa Cruz 50 DECEPTION

Fully equipped for racing with all of the amenities for comfortable
cruising, Deception has been maintained to the highest of standards. Extensivesail inventory, new rig, new engine, state-of-the-art electronics and more.
Deception's impressive race record, outstanding equipment and excellent
condition throughout rate her turn-key. She represents a unique opportunity to acquire the very last Santa Cruz 50 built! NEW ASKING PRICE $ 215,000

Builder: Bill Lee Yachts
Designer: Bill Lee

LOA: 52'4
Beam: 12'
Draft: 8'
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Engine(s): Single Volvo diesel (NEW 1997)
Engine Model: 45-hp
Engine(s) Hours:
Cruising Speed: 8.3 knots

Fuel: 40
Water: 40

LAYOUT: Chain locker is followed by sail storage forward. Next aft are
settees to both port and starboard. Next aft is the NAV STATION with oversized chart table. Opposite the nav station to starboard is the GALLEY, featuring 4-burner Force 10 propane stove with oven and refrigeration with oversized freezer (mechanical off engine).

Aft of the nav station on port side is the enclosed HEAD with W-C Captain
toilet, sink and freshwater pump. Opposite the head to starboard is an
oversized hanging locker (legal home for life raft). Continuing aft on the
port side is a bench seat followed by two adjustable pipe berths with
excellent access to aft storage. The starboard side features the same bench
seat and pipe berth configuration. Lowered settees eases sail storage and

Electronics and Navigation Gear
Robertson autopilot
(3) compasses
Depth sounder
ICOM VHF radio
Wind speed indicator
GPS With Plotter

Electrical System
12vDC and 110vAC systems; (4) batteries; Heart inverter; dockside electrical
inlet with hook-up cables.

Deck and Hull Equipment
(2) anchors with chain and line; bow pulpit with rails; side stanchions
with lifelines; very large wheel; rigged safety lines for harnesses; full
safety equipment; navigation lights; single electric-controlled search light.
Canvas includes dodger plus winter cover.
Deck material is gelcoat on carbon reinforced plastic. Hull color is white.
All gelcoat topsides white hard bottom paint. Hull is vacuum cured
glass/epoxy uniroving over balsa core; layer of kevlar inside forward of mast.
Deck and house is carbon/epoxy over balsa core (lowers weight - 800# more inkeel). NOTE new mast and rigging 1998.

Additional Equipment

MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT & ENGINE DETAILS: (2) manual bilge pumps; manual fire extinguishing; head plumbed to holding tank with overboard valve. ENGINE was new in 1997 and is freshwater cooled with fuel filters. Fuel shut-off valves for engine and LPG galley stove.


SAILS: Racing

Main 3DL North 2006
#1 Light/medium North 3DL 2006
#1 Heavy Carbon 2003
#2 Jibtop Kevlar 2002
#2 UK Tape Drive
#3 Ulman Carbon 2003

Spinnaker Staysail
Genoa Staysail Kevlar Ulman , 2002

Two .75 oz. symmetrical kite
Two .5 oz. symmetrical kites
5 oz. UK Asymmetrical kite 2004
75 oz. UK Asymmetrical kite 2004

Lot’s of old sails. Winches are Lewmar, Rig is Balanger 4 Spreader replaced in 1998, Check stays added, and Boom replaced in 1998. n-haulers added this year for better upwind performance.
Headfoil, new 2002
Mast collar, new 2004
Masthead sheaves, new 2004
Carbon spinnaker poles, new 2002
Reaching struts, new 2004
Running rigging always current
Hydraulics control backstay, babystay, vang and outhaul.
Navtec hydraulic panel rebuilt, 2003
All hydraulic cylinders rebuilt, 2003
Carbon fiber wind wand at masthead, new 2002


B&G 390 System upgraded in 2000 w/ 20/20 at mast, repeaters in cockpit, laptop computer, VHF, Boat Polaris.


(2) Anchor’s chain and rode, Cockpit table, V-berth with Custom cushions, Boat Cover, Red dot heater, New Sony CD w/ 10cd changer


1. the practice of deliberately making somebody believe things that are not true.
2. an act, trick, or device intended to deceive somebody

When I first meet this light blue boat from Marina del Rey there was no DECEPTION. This was the boat to beat. The year was 1991 and it was the start of the highly competitive Fabulous Fifty’s fleet in Southern California. Owner Dave Meginnity and his new yacht DECEPTION had made a name for herself already in the 1989 Trans Pac by placing forth in her class. At the time the boys from Santa Cruz aboard ALLURE had the most time on the water along with a brand new Ross 45 design named “M-1”. DECEPTION had her hands full that year and Meginnity came back the following seven years with straight bullets in most all the events she sailed. Of course when you have Pete Heck running the program that helps and Pete knows a good bet.
So, Back to 1991 and the Trans Pac. Meginnity had just changed the rig before the start of the race and DECEPTION was locked and loaded. I was on Hull 25 SAMURAI and four 50’s had entered. The race was slowed by light winds during the mid-portion, but we still had a very exciting start and finsh. The starting line was one of the most aggressive starts I’ve seen, for a long distance race, with four boats going over early. For SAMURAI, the finish of the race was very exciting 26.6 knots of boat speed. “ NO SHIT” it was the third wave in a row and I kept that memory still after 17 years as one of the best. DECEPTION, SAMURAI and ALLURE were all heading south. Deception ended up sailing higher and just as fast as us and ended up sailing ten less miles than us to the island. Like I said there is no DECEPTION she is fast.

Around 1995 the Seattle area stared to buy up the Santa Cruz 50’s and at one time had as many as 9 boats on the racecourse. HOOLIGAN (ex: DECEPTION) was now painted white and she was in control of the sound and spent a number of years racing in buoy mode. No water makers, no spare rudder systems, no SSB’s. This class lasted until around 2001.

In 2001 Bruce Anderson was looking for a new boat and I told him a little deception of the “Magic” boat in Seattle. Bruce is close with Bob Perry and when Bruce called Bob and asked about the boat I had a deal. Two weeks later we are sailing down from Seattle. Now if you never have sailed the Oregon coast that is a good thing. KEEP it that way! I never had seen such big waves and the boat did fine. We were trying to keep her from going down the waves and keep her under control in over 45knts of wind and HUGE waves. The boat will take you home in safety.

The next year we raced in the 2002 Pacific Cup with eight Santa Cruz 50’s on the starting line. Just after the start it was easy to see that the three boats to beat was OCTAVIA, GONE WITH THE WIND and us on CHICKEN LITTLE Ex: DECEPTION, HOOLIGAN. We were all very close to each other all the way across the Pacific. It came down to the last day and OCTAVIA sailed very well and found a squall and rode it in the last three hours of the race. She was sailing seven knots faster than us for the last three hours and beat us in by an hour. OCTAVIA crew was the boat to beat and we almost got them with our boat.

Bruce sold the boat two years ago and the boat name was changed back to “DECEPTION” THANK GOD! And the owner has placed a complete North sail inventory on her and was coached by on of the best sailors in our area Kevin Miller. The owner has done whatever the boat needed to keep her in top shape. Deception won the high point series in 06 making her the fastest boat in Ventura County on corrected time as well as boat for boat. She won every major series in Ventura County. Set a new course record for the C. I. to MDR race.

WELL? Now it’s your turn. Yeah, you can buy a 50 for less. Although remember what your dad always told you” You get what you pay for”. “DECEPTION” IS THE MAGIC SC 50 and with the Newport Harbor Cabo race gaining ground and Trans Pac picking up pace. There are now seven active 50’s sailing point to point races and let me tell you there is no DECEPTION that this boat will bring you to the top of the fleet.


NY 36
Looking for something to club race? Do you race were the wind is light and the water is flat? Well this is the fastest boat you can find for under
$ 50,000. A true giant killer the New York 36 was designed for just these conditions. All the sails are fresh and ready to place you at the top of the fleet. The hull was repainted in 06. She looks great! Plenty of interior for the family over at the island. An all around great boat!
New York 36 spec Sheet

The perfect Racer/Cruiser built by Westerly Marine and designed by Carl Schumacher the boat loves the breeze and can sail to her rating up wind or down wind. She is great for cruising and just one of the all time better built boats.

I can’t tell you why this boat has not sold yet. Built by Westerly Marine to a Wylie design this boat at 72 PHRF will win what ever she enters. She was built to do Trans Pac and Cabo. She is the perfect double-handed boat read more further down my blog.WYLIE 38 spec Sheet

Beneteau 405
Great race results, complete North sail inventory. The perfect all around boat!

2006 Racing Results

Hot Rum Series (8 races): 1st in class; 1st overall

Angleman Series (6 races): 1st in class; 1st overall

Bogart Series (6 races): 1st in class; 1st overall

Argosy Series (2 races): 2nd in class

Crew of 2 Around Catalina Race: 1st in class; 1st overall, non – spinnaker division

Newport to Seal Beach: 1st in class

Newport to San Diego: 2nd in class
Beneteau 405 Spec Sheet