|1980 68' DEERFOOT Performance Cruiser|
Deerfoot 68’ was conceived by the California industrialist Stanley Dashew, an experienced sailor who had owned a 39’ Friendship sloop, 76’ Alden schooner, 60’ Alden ketch and a large catamaran. Based on the boat market, at that time as well as his personal requirements, Dashew observed that there was a market for a large, fast, simple performance cruising yacht that could be handled by two people, with separate accommodations for three couples and a paid hand if needed. Most important was good performance with every possible comfort. Dashew had met up with Bill Lee and the “Fast is Fun” crowd in Santa Cruz and was able to sail aboard Merlin and was impressed by the concept of ultra-light sailboats. He presented his concept, of an light weight performance cruiser, to Doug Peterson in San Diego, who designed the hull, keel, and rig plan for Deerfoot. This boat you are looking at today was built by Salthouse Brothers yard in New Zealand under the close eye of Dashew. Detailed planning of the interior and construction was done during construction. New Zealand was chosen for building after Stanley Dashew’s son Stephen stopped there during a world cruise. Both Dashews were impressed by boatbuilders and their employees in New Zealand. Who built their boats for the demands of the Southern Ocean. Along with the availability of native kauri timber, used extensively in Deerfoot, also played a big role in choosing the Salthouse Brothers yard. The original concept of a shallow, light displacement performance cruiser was preserved, and although the displacement had been increased considerably with added creature comforts, and in spite of the cruising rig, Deerfoot kept most of her desired characteristics. Since Deerfoot is intended for long ocean passages, great attention was paid to safety at sea. There are watertight bulkheads fore and aft, plenty of pumps-manual and electric. Fire-retardant resins where used during construction and there are extra large hatches over every cabin and compartment.