Nearly thirty years ago esteemed naval architect, Tom Fexas, was central to the development of the ‘picnic launch’ style of yacht design.  A unique blend of the stylish elements borrowed from the famed New England Lobster Boat traditions with modern technology, including diesel power and jet drive propulsion, with simple, subtle and classy interior touches.

The former owners worked closely with Fexas to create this exceptional custom design, a yacht he called an “Express.” Her hull was laid up by hand at the shop which grew to become Back Cove Yachts (under the Sabre Yachts name). The build was fully completed by Malcolm Pettegrow Yachts, acclaimed in their own right for a lifetime of exceptional quality custom yacht construction at their shops of Southwest Harbor, Maine. She has twin Cummins 6B-TA diesels with fewer than 1,500 hours.  Her Northern Lights 5kW generator provides ample power while cruising, and she is moved along smoothly by twin Hamilton Jet drive propulsion. 

When we ran the boat from Bellingham to Seattle we reached 30 kts skimming along, and she cruises quite comfortably at close to 20 kts.  With both traditional wheel steering and a ‘joy stick’ controller at the helm, she is simple to handle in close quarters. 

We’ve spent the past spring and summer on the myriad details needed to bring her to her very best condition.  So, if you fancy yourself a unique kind of yachtsman, you need to give us a call on this one … quickly.  You’ll be impressed!

David: 206.225.3360




Dimensions and Details:

LOA: 41’ 3”

LWL: 30’

LOD: 40’

Beam: 12’ 6”

Draft (maximum): 2’ 7”

Dry Weight: 20,000 lbs, approx.

Clearance: 10’

Interior Headroom: 6’ 6”

Fuel Tanks: 2 x 150 gal., hull integral, fiberglass

Water Tank: 50 gal., fiberglass

Waste Tank: 40 gal., fiberglass

Designer: Tom Fexas Yacht Design, Inc., Stuart, Florida

Builder: Malcolm Pettegrow Yachts, Southwest Harbor, Maine

Hull Layup: North End Composites (owned by Back Cove Yachts/Sabre Yachts), Rockland, Maine




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Twin Cummins 6B-TA M3, “Diamond Performance” inline six cylinder, 370 hp. each

Velvet Drive transmissions

Fewer than 1500 hours on main engines

Hamilton Jet model 273, jet drive propulsion



30 amp. shore power with 50’ cord to aft deck

125/250 to 30/30 amp “Y” cord pigtail

20 amp to 30 amp pigtail

Northern Lights/Lugger Generator 5 kW, 725 hours [installed new in 2006]

Main 110/12v panel at the companionway entry

Northern Lights control and gauges duplicated at main elec. panel

Two Lifeline Deep Cycle AGM Sealed batteries 4D – 1550 amp crank

12v generator start battery in engine compartment

Sentry “Cruisair” Battery Charger, 12v-3 bank, 40-amp, SM 1240 Series

Battery Isolator and CAPAC galvanic isolator system 


Helm Controls and Electronics

Helm control with Allpa ‘Oceanhelm’ hydraulic wheel steering

Helm control with Control Engineering ‘Joy Stick’ controller

Danforth 4” helm compass

Garmin GPSmap 5212 

Garmin radar dome

iCom model M-45 VHF 

Bennett Trim tabs

Four manual bilge pump switches

Tachometers, voltage, oil pressure, water temp., VDO engine gauges

Marinco signal horn

Lorans’ windlass power supply switch

Engine exhaust temperature alarms

High water alarms for bilge compartments

Fireboy alarm system activation

Ultrasonic hull antifouling system



Main Cabin Salon

Full length port side settee with storage beneath

Large mirrored hanging locker

Three-drawer enclosed cabinet with ball bearing slides

Book racks and shelving

Clarion M-1205, a 12-disc CD changer

Alpha Marine M-5475 Stereo, 30 watt X 4

6” Pioneer TS marine speakers in cabin and at helm

Three 12v Caframo circulating fans

Six opening portlights 8” x 20” with curtains

Fireboy CO2 monitor

Two 110v GFCI plugs 

12v plug

12v brass reading lights

12v overhead lighting

Adjustable LED lighting in curtain valances

Bomar 24” aluminum deck hatch for ventilation

Caframo model 9206 electric portable heater

Vinyl headliner


Forward Cabin Area

Queen ‘Island’ Berth 88″ x 70″

Custom ‘Handcraft Marine’ innerspring Queen mattress

Storage beneath the berth 

Two 110v GFCI plugs

Two brass reading lights

Overhead 12v directional lighting 

Two 12v Caframo circulating fans

Bomar 12” deck hatch for ventilation

Mirrored cabinet door access to chain locker

Electrolux ‘Ergorapido’ cordless rechargeable upright vacuum

Fitted exterior canvas covers for all deck hatches



Atlantic Marine T4-C hot water heater, 9 gallon stainless steel

FloJet Quad II Freshwater pump, 3.3 gpm

14” stainless single galley sink with faucet and sprayer wand

Hand soap dispenser pump in countertop

Recessed 12v rope lighting in curtain valance with controller

Black and Decker “Classic’ toaster oven

Sharp Carousel microwave

Nov-Kool R3800 refrigerator/freezer  110/12v

Three storage cabinets with shelving

Two GFCI outlets, one 12v plug

Bomar 16” deck hatch for ventilation

Hand towels and cleaning supplies


Head and Shower

12” stainless sink with Kohler faucet control

Soap dispenser pump in countertop

Large wall mirror with LED overhead lighting

Large under-sink storage cabinets

Two opening portlights with curtains

Separate enclosed shower with faucet wand, seat and opening portlight

Shower sump discharge overboard

Vacu-flush toilet with separate water supply and Flojet pump

TankWatch monitoring system

One 110v GFCI plug, one 12v plug

Bomar 16” deck hatch for ventilation

All interior cabinets have brass push button secure latches


Helm and Cockpit

Full zippered canvas enclosure for inclement weather

Locking Bi-fold companionway door with sliding hatch

Adjustable Captan’s chair with footrest

Helm bench seating with storage beneath

Folding mahogany helm settee table

110v GFCI and 12v plugs

Eva-Kool 60 ice chest

Overhead hatch for ventilation

Vinyl headliner

New exterior carpeting for the helm area

Aft cockpit engine box cushions (removable)

Cockpit courtesy lights


Equipment Room

Two Integrated 150 gallon fuel tanks and fill hoses

Centerline fiberglass waste tank

Vacu-flush pump and pressure tank

Hot water heater, freshwater pump, lines and filter

Water tank for Vacu-flush with separate freshwater pump

Joystick controller module and hydraulic pump

Main engine and house batteries

Battery control panel and switching

Battery charger, isolator and shore power main breaker

Lofrans’ windlass power breaker

Stored engine spares and filters (see inventory below)

Stored plumbing and loose spares

Compartment 12v fan and exhaust blower

Newly repainted tank tops and storage


Exterior Details

Foredeck and Aft Cockpit:

Lofrans’ Model 1500 electric windlass w/foot control switches

Bruce galvanized 44 lb anchor in stainless bow stem fitting

50’ of 3/8″ chain and 150’ of 5/8” nylon line rode

Fortress FX-11 Danforth-style ‘lunch hook’ on aft deck

100′ of 3/4″ laid line rode for spare anchor

Engine cover box opens in two large sections

Cushion Set for engine compartment box seating

Pneumatic lifter and electric servo lifters

Latching transom gate

Large aft swim step with boarding ladder

Hanging storage for dock lines 

Fuel measurement rods for deck fill fittings

Boat pole, four fenders (light brown or black), mooring lines


Engine Compartment

Insulated engine compartment box with pneumatic lifters and brace

Full aft deck hatch raises with 12v driven risers

Sealed 12v illumination in engine compartment

Twin Cummins 6B-TA M3 “Diamond Performance” main engines

Dual Racor 1000 water separators for main engines

Hamilton Jet Drive pumps

Northern Lights 5 kW diesel generator

Dual Racor 500 water separator for genset

Interstate 12v deep cycle generator start battery

Cummins blocks freshly detailed and painted


Miscellaneous Mechanical Spares Onboard

Rule 555 bilge pump – 3,700 gph capacity

SeaLand macerator pump for vacu-flush system

SeaLand maintenance kits; seals, gaskets, etc.

Panish brand dual control throttle/shift assembly lever

Freshwater system spares; PEX fittings and tube cutters

So-Pac windlass controller module

Assorted; wire hangers and other shackles, thimbles, pump screens, drain plugs, etc.

Assorted electrical; halogen bulbs, fuses, terminals, etc.


Generator Spares

Lugger maintenance manual

Lugger marine maintenance kit; gaskets, seals, belts, injector sealer, in hard case

Exhaust elbow, belts, raw water pump


Engine Spares

Engine maintenance and repair manuals

Sherwood raw water pump (complete), assorted seals and gaskets

Sherwood 25120 raw water pump shaft assembly

Oil and fuel filters, Racor filters, oil filter wrench, funnels

Cummins engine gaskets, seals, Permotex sealer, O-rings, etc.

Hydraulic hoses, seals, engine pulley belts

12 qts, Rotella 15-30 engine oil, coolant, steering pump fluid, diapers, hand pump


Hamilton Spares

NEW Hamilton Jet, model 273, complete and crated in our shop

Hamilton install and operations manuals

Jet drive seal kits



Husky box wrench set; 10 – 19 MM

Craftsman box wrench set; 12-15, 16-19 MM

Craftsman ‘Dog Bone’ dual head metric ratchet wrench

Snap-On flare tube wrench set; 12 – 21 MM and 7/16”

Silicone sealers, drivers, misc. small tools

Grease gun with Zerk fitting


Safety Gear

Main cabin: Rule 3700 bilge pump with float switch

Equipment Room: NEW Rule 3500 bilge pump with float switch

Engine Compartment: NEW Rule 3700 bilge pump and float switch

Center Engine Comp. Bilge: NEW Whale ‘Gusher’ 220 with manual switch at helm

High water alarm floats in each bilge compartment

Threaded bronze thru hulls and sea cocks below waterline

Nylon sink drain thru hulls above the waterline

Fireboy CG2-370 Halon engine compartment fire suppression

Xintex CMD carbon monoxide monitors

Three hand held fire extinguishers

Multiple marine First Aid kits and supplies



~ ~ Performance ~ ~

We ran the boat from Bellingham to Seattle (approx. 75 nm) late last fall.  She performed flawlessly.  The jet drive propulsion with joy stick controller provided exceptional maneuverability in close quarters.  The wheel steering is taut and comfortable coming up to speed.  We encountered 3-4’ seas with strong SW winds for a duration in Possession Sound and her hull design proved quite stable and stout. 

During the recent mechanical inspection/survey in October with Hatton Marine Diesel technician aboard, we ran her out to Lake Washington for demonstrations. Here is the graph of RPM/speeds obtained (expressed in knots and MPH)


~ ~ Recent repair work ~ ~

Over the past months we have taken care of a number of small repairs on this exceptional boat. All of her electrical and plumbing systems have been carefully checked and brought to proper operation by replacing switches, bulbs, breakers, etc., including three bilge pumps and floats that were intermittent.

The pros from Hamilton Jet replaced bushings at the steering control arms to eliminate a small leak, and performed a general mechanical inspection for the drives. Her Cummins main engines were inspected by the crew from Hatton Marine the week of October 17th, with oil samples tested for mains, gearboxes and the genset. The survey included a performance run up to top speeds. Hatton Marine prepared a mechanical inspection report that will be made available to her next owners in the process of completing a sale. Their findings are favorable with no immediate concerns to address.

Additional specific attention was given to overall appearance and cosmetics; teak trim cleaned and sealed, topsides waxed and polished. New paint finish for the bow rail, along with a very thorough cleaning both inside and out. Engine compartment was well cleaned, detailed, and the main engines were repainted with correct Cummins beige.

While the boat was on the hard in Bellingham the bottom was painted in 2022 and zincs replaced. We had a hull survey completed as well and then moved the boat immediately to our freshwater moorage in Seattle. That report, along with the Hatton mechanical inspection report and details of the jet drive inspection will all be made available to her next owners in the process of completing a sale. No need for additional haul out expenses.

Some original hull blueprints by Tom Fexas, main wiring diagrams, fuel and freshwater plumbing system schematics, and manuals for all systems — along with proper Cummins and Hamilton operations and repair manuals — are all onboard and organized.  Correspondence between designers, owners, builders, along with historical ownership records are also present.


~ ~ Historical Information ~ ~

Imagine what a thrill it must have been to take your ideas to legendary designer Tom Fexas, invest those hundreds of hours in discussions of creating the perfect custom personal yacht … and then to see her realized in a ‘one-of-a-kind’ design of such beauty as this 40’ ‘Express’ picnic launch. Original USCG paperwork from the builder shows transference of ownership at more than $600,000 in 2000.

The family for whom she was built were very knowledgeable yachtsmen.  In fact, they owned and operated one of the largest marinas on the east coast of Florida.  The boat would spend some summers in Maine and was kept in heated indoor storage during the winters up North.  Many winters she would be down south in Florida kept under cover on a HydroHoist, having been carefully prepared for trucking each way.

The family sold the marina a few years ago and the boat found its way to Northwest Washington three years ago with the son of the original owner.  A combination of recent pandemic travel restraints, minor health issues and a desire to support our nonprofit programs led the owner’s decision to make this donation to Pacific Marine.

We have been communicating with Pettegrow Yachts and with the curator for Tom Fexas’ design studio in anticipation of receiving additional historical information to forward to new owners. She is currently state titled in Washington. We have USCG Builder Certificates from North End Composite and Pettegrow Yachts. These would be a necessary part of converting to USCG Documentation, if so desired.


~ ~ About Our Pacific Marine Foundation ~ ~

We are selective about the vessels we accept into our program and we pursue a very rigorous process before they are listed for sale.  This begins when we first meet with our donors to discuss the condition and recent upkeep of their boat.  Once accepted, each new arrival undergoes a thorough examination, similar to what a marine surveyor will do.  This allows us to prioritize our attention to any deferred maintenance or repairs that may be needed.

Over the years we have performed just about every kind of marine repair, from electrical and plumbing issues to all types of appearance enhancements and even rebuilding engines.  If something is not working right we fix it, simple as that.  We prove that her electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems are correct, safe and functioning properly.  By doing all of this we know our boats quite well from top to bottom and present them fairly and honestly to buyers.

We encourage you to have our boats professionally surveyed as a part of your purchase process.  By the time we’ve finished and the boat is advertised, we’re confident you will receive a strong report from your surveyor.

Thank you for considering PMF boats in your search !