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Crystal Sea

Reduced for summer!

Our crew spent more than sixteen weeks and a couple thousand man-hours taking her exterior down to wood, making cosmetic repairs and prepping “Crystal Sea” for a full professional refinishing.  From keel to anchor light she’s been faired, primed, sprayed, varnished and top coated.

Now, all of that tedious and time-consuming hand labor is finished, and you can be the proud owner of this true Northwest classic motoryacht that turns heads at every moorage as she arrives.

Architect William Garden said of this modified ‘Coastal Express’ design; “This is a yacht for the connoisseur…don’t think a boat like this can be built by anybody.  It takes great craftsmanship…the work of Philbrook’s crew is superb, especially in the interior finishing.”

Her hull is double-planked cedar with a fine entry described by Garden as, “the most efficient shape possible for a boat of this displacement and velocity”.  An August 2014 survey while hauled out reported her hull and topsides to be structurally sound and in “good condition, better than many of her peers”.

Crystal Sea transports you in style and comfort.  Her twin 370hp Cummins are capable of 19 kts. and with an extraordinary 1,100 gallon fuel capacity, her designer says she can make a run to San Diego without refueling.  Would make a beautiful live aboard yacht for a couple or small family, too.

Jump to the ‘full specs’ below for extensive details and 50 photos – she’s a beauty.



Please call David Wallace at 206.225.3360 or email [email protected] to inspect this boat.


Photo Gallery: 54′ William Garden Coastal Express 1968


Full Specs: 54′ William Garden Trawler 1968

  • Boat Name: Crystal Sea
  • Year: 1968
  • Located in Seattle, WA
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Twin diesel
  • LOA: 53 ft 10 in
  • Beam: 16 ft 6 in
  • Maximum Draft: 3 ft 5 in
  • Headroom: 6 ft 6 in
  • Dry Weight: 40,000 lbs
  • Total Power: 740 HP
  • Cruising Speed: 16 knots @ 2400 RPM
  • Maximum Speed: 20 knots
Engine 1:
  • Engine Brand: Cummins
  • Engine Model: V-903
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 4,150

Engine 2:

  • Engine Brand: Cummins
  • Engine Model: V-903
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 4,150
  • Fresh Water Tanks: 2 Stainless steel (360 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: Aluminum (1100 Gallons)
  • Holding Tanks: Plastic
  • Number of twin berths: 2
  • Number of double berths: 2
  • Number of cabins: 2
  • Number of heads: 2
Outside Equipment/Extras
  • Electric windlass
Interior Design and  Accommodations

Enter “Crystal Sea” on the enclosed aft salon through the transom, or through the Pilot House portside entry.  The main engines, genset and all 8D starting battery banks are easily accessible below the aft deck via four fully insulated hatches, and there is enough room for spares and deck gear in the built-in lockers and bench seat in the aft salon.  With more than a sixteen foot beam, this aft salon area is very spacious.

The main salon entry is through two sliding doors with a step down to the carpeted sole.  To the starboard is a full length settee and a hi-lo table for dining or cocktails.  To the port are cupboards and open shelving along with access to the main electrical panels, the inverter, and the 12v and 32v battery charging systems.  There is a full width cabinet with a built-in bar, ice maker and dish storage, along with an entertainment system against the forward salon bulkhead.

The galley is to starboard in the companionway.  Stainless sink with disposal, trash compactor, four burner electric stove top and oven with a ventilated hood, dual stainless commercial grade refrigeration and freezer, and a microwave.  You’ll have ample storage for cookware, provisions and linens.

The guest stateroom is down two steps to the port side adjacent the galley.  Twin bunks, a vanity, storage cabinets and a hanging locker.  The guest head wth separate shower adjoins.

Continuing forward, the laundry with stacked W/D and a hanging storage area is to starboard ahead of the galley.

Forward to the Master stateroom with queen sized berth and built-in cabinets.  Also gain access to the forepeak storage area from here.  The ensuite master head and shower stall are private.

Steps lead from the galley area up to the Pilot House.  Here you have full 360 degree visbility, a captain’s chair and a large forward helm bench.  To the aft in the Pilot House is an enormous seating area with a table for studying charts, or for lunch and visitors.  There are three separate helm and engine controls in the pilothouse, forward on the Portuguese bridge, and at the starboard aft deck.  There is a full canvas pilothouse enclosure that attaches to the Portuguese bridge for winter storage.

The cabinetry throughout “Crystal Sea” is beautifully fitted and has a gorgeous finish.  There are Berber carpets in all spaces and individual electric forced air heaters as well as a central radiating Webasto heat system.  Headroom throughout the boat is at least 6′ 6″. The Northern Lights 12kw genset will provide for your needs while cruising and she has both 30 and 50 amp shore power at the dock.

Enter the foredeck through the Portuguese bridge to the windlass and spare Danforth anchor.  The two mid-ship deck storage boxes are for house batteries (two new 4D’s) and stowage for extra line or fenders.  The boat deck chocks hold a 10′ AquaPro hard bottom inflatable dinghy with oars and a brand new canvas cover, and the davit is operated from here.  The swim platform is entered off the transom, has cleats for mooring the dinghy, and a folding swimmer’s boarding ladder.


  • Kenmore electric four burner stove and oven
  • Ventilating stove hood with light
  • Large commercial grade stainless refrigeration
  • Large commercial grade stainless freezer
  • Kenmore Trash compactor
  • Stainless sink with Dishmaster faucet and brush wand
  • Tappan “Turnabout’ microwave
  • In-sink-erator disposal
  • U-Line ice maker
  • Kenmore model 91901 stacked washer and dryer
  • Mansfield heads with Vacu-flush system
  • Fiberglass shower stalls with sump and shower wand
  • Webasto furnace and forced air electric heat systems
  • Individual electric thermostat controls built-in throughout

Machinery, Deck and Electrical

  • Twin Cummins V-903 with 4150 hours.
  • Northern Lights 12kw genset
  • Halon “Quencher Mark III” engine room system
  • 12v and 32v charging system
  • Freedom 20 Inverter
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering
  • Albina electric drum anchor windlass with chain rode
  • Davis Seahook anchor on pulpit and spare Danforth anchor on foredeck
  • Ring bouys, flare kit, fire extinguishers, lifejackets, dock lines and fenders

Navigation and Electronics

  • Datamarine Navigator Log and depth sounder.
  • Motorola Triton VHF
  • Cybernet CTX 7800 VHF
  • Midland CB radio 79-892
  • Trimble Navigation NT200 GPS
  • Datamarine Chartlink plotter
  • Wagner MK4 Autopilot
  • Wagner 10 inch compass
  • Furuno radar and model 1941 display
  • Apelco AH100 hailer
  • JVC CH-Z11 twelve disc CD changer
  • JVC KS-FX11 cassette deck
  • Panasonic PVQ 25″ television with built-in VCR
  • Winegard Omni-Ceptor 82 channel TV antennae
  • Clock and barometer in Pilot House

A bit of history …

Crystal Sea was custom built from William Garden’s plans in 1968 at the Philbrooks Yard in Sidney, B.C., and is highlighted in his 1999 publication “Yacht Designs”.  She was commissioned by a member of the Vancouver Yacht Club and was the subject of a lengthy article in Pacific Yachting Magazine at her launching.

Her recent owners of more than a decade took her back to builder Philbrooks for routine maintenance on a regular basis as they planned their annual summer Alaskan cruises. Years of ship’s logs aboard offer an entertaining read about those trips.

The August hull survey and a detailed photo log of our recent work are available for new owners.  After the work that’s gone into her this summer, she’s ready now for another wonderful fall and winter cruising season this year .. and for years to come!


This vessel is being marketed by the Pacific Marine Foundation, a Seattle nonprofit organization supporting arts and education for kids and young adults through boat donations. We are the owners of this fine motoryacht, we are not brokers representing third parties.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.