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38 metre classic yacht Sacajawea to be sold at auction

13 May 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Originally delivered as a military vessel in 1936, the 38 metre classic yacht Sacajawea is set to go under the hammer on June 23.

She will be sold without a reserve price by Boathouse Auctions, and because of her historic status she is eligible for nearly-complete engine upgrades through grant-based funding.

She is currently lying in Oakland, California and all of her most recent survey documentation is available to view on the online auction listing.

All photos credit: Boathouse Auction

With a rich history behind her and a bright future ahead, the yacht has had a number of functions over her 83-year lifespan, including surveying the Alaskan seafloor and serving in WW2.

The classic yacht was built by Lake Washington Shipyard and she was designed to withstand extreme conditions in the Bering Sea. Her hull is constructed of high-iron riveted steel that’s thought to be purer than the steel used in modern ship construction.

Sacajawea is now a popular charter yacht that operates around Northern America, including in Alaska and San Francisco. Prospective owners will be able to continue her charter legacy as early as this summer.

She accommodates twelve guests plus up to eight crew in nine cabins. The owner’s suite adjoins the pilothouse, with an ensuite bathroom and generous wardrobe space attached.  The remaining guest accommodation is found across the main deck and lower decks.

It’s rare that yachts for sale offer the chance to offset the cost, but Jack Mahoney, director of Boathouse Auctions, said that “the repower that would likely be fully covered by the US government through established grants to keep these beautiful and historic vessels in service, yet, with a considerable reduction in emissions”.

The current owners have lovingly maintained Sacajawea over the years, most recently with an overhauled crane system that now boasts a lifting capacity of 6,123 kilograms and a 2.4 metre radius.

Her interiors are warm and inviting, with an industrial edge that her owners could polish to a more luxurious finish if they so choose.

Bidding opens on June 23, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT.

More about this yacht


Lake Washington Shipyard   38.1 m •  1936