66 ft
Hull Material:
John Paynter
West Coast Salvage
Year Built:
430hp Caterpillar 353B TA Diesel
Asking Price:
Bainbridge Island, WA, US
Contact Name:
James King
Contact Phone:
(206) 718-6361

Off Center Harbor's Remarks

A spectacular boat if there ever was one, maintained in the style she deserves.

Description from Boat's Main Listing

(Was $290,000) Built in 1962 for the British Columbia (BC) Forest Service to be part of their survey and patrol fleet, HECATE RANGER was designed to operate in the waters of Hecate Strait and around the Queen Charlotte Islands. The largest boat ever built by the BC Forest Service, HECATE RANGER was the queen of their fleet.

In 1984 the Forest Service auctioned off their fleet and HECATE RANGER was purchased by Frank Huff of Seattle who cruised her to Alaska a number of times as a private yacht.

In 1994 HECATE RANGER was purchased by John Woodard of Seattle who, in 1999, engaged Anderson Shipwrights to undertake extensive modifications including enclosing the aft deck and covering fantail, extension of the upper deck, and replacement and reinforcement of the bulwarks as well as many custom interior touches that transformed the vessel into a regal and comfortable home. John lived aboard and cruised HECATE RANGER from her home port on Bainbridge Island for almost 22 years.

In 2015 the current owners purchased HECATE RANGER and under their careful stewardship she has been the beneficiary of continual upgrades and additions, most notably to have the bottom refastened and re-caulked by Haven Boat Works in Port Townsend. This substantial investment, which involved 4,000 new fasteners and 285 linear feet of new planking, will extend the life of this classic vessel for many more years.

On the market for the first time in over 25 years, HECATE RANGER represents a rare opportunity to own a Northwest icon, doted upon by three owners and luxuriously converted to a private yacht while maintaining all the character and appeal of a classic workboat. HECATE RANGER is ready for cruising Pacific Northwest waters today.

LOA: 66 ft 3 in
LWL: 63 ft 1 in
Beam: 17 ft 5 in
Draft: 8 ft 3 in
Displacement: 200,000 lbs

Engine: 430 HP Caterpillar diesel
Model: 353B TA
Type: Inboard
Hours: 8000
Propeller: 3 blade
Cruising Speed: 8 knots @ 900 RPM & 5 gph

Number of single berths: 4
Number of double berths: 1
Number of cabins: 4
Number of heads: 3

Hull material: 2”-2 ½” Fir planking
Hull Fastenings: 3 ½” & 4” Galvanized iron screws
Rudder: Steel
Frames: 4” X 2 ¼” Oak on 10” centers
Deck: 2" marine plywood w/ fiberglass cloth, elastomeric membrane & non-skid
Hailing port: Eagle Harbor, WA


Fuel – 6 tanks - 2,900 gal total - mild steel
Water – 6 tanks - 1,200 gal total - stainless steel
Sewage – 1 @ 30 gal - poly
Lube Oil –20 gal
Grey Water – 18 gal
Hydraulic – 20 gal
Generator Day Tank – 12 gal


(4) Staterooms, 6 Berths, 4 of which have spring mattresses
(3) Vacuflush Heads, 1 shower
Cedar lined closets
Stainless steel galley – fully equipped
Corian countertops w/ mahogany door cabinets
Trash compactor
Amana Refrigerator
Bosch electric range
Main Machinery & Equipment:

Caterpillar 353B Main Engine – six cylinder, fresh water cooled, turbo charged, approximately 430 HP w/ pre-heater, air start , air controls; burns approx. 5 gallons per hour at 8 knots
Twin Disc MG521 transmission
4 1/4" propellor shaft
56" x 48" bronze, three blade propellor
Steering System: NFU with rudder angle indicator; (2) Wagner hydraulic wheel steering helm stations with 120 VAC steering pump w/ jog levers and autopilot
Nissan 29kw Generator
Rowe hydraulic anchor winch
400# Navy style anchor, 105’ galvanized chain, 380’ galvanized wire rope (treated w/ preservative, replaced 2016)
Quincy 310 air compressor – main engine driven
Quincy 308 air compressor – 120 VAC electric motor driven
18" Hydraulic bow thruster – main engine driven
1 ton hydraulic boom with optional hand tackle (hydraulics currently disabled)
Brass air horn
Note: Engine hours are estimated at 8,000 - the engine hour meter stopped working at 5,530 hours and the current estimate is based on annual usage and cruising logs.


120/240 VAC Ships power
12VDC for navigation equipment, auxiliary lighting
24VDC Outback Inverter/charger (2016) w/ (10) 155 Ahr (@ 12V) AGM Batteries (6 years old)
Xantrex Truecharge 40 battery charger
Salt Water Service system – Headhunter Stingray 16 gpm water pump
Fresh Water Service – Hot and Cold -Headhunter Mach 5 20 gpm water pump (new 2014)
Salt Water Cooling – Main Engine with fresh water heat exchanger
CO2 Fire suppression system
240 VAC Bilge system – All compartments
12 VDC Bilge system – Shaft sump
Circulating hot water heating – Kabola Diesel Boiler
Solaris 30 gallon hot water tank heated from boiler
Engine room ventilation – (2) large air supply fans, natural exhaust
Hydronic heat using radiators throughout vessel including fantail
Saltwater wash down at bow, galley and fantail
Audible bilge high water alarm
Navigation system – New 2016:

Multi Function Display: Simrad NSS12 Evo2 (in pilothouse)
2 Depth sounders; one on MFD plus a Furuno FMV-601 Sounder
Radar Antenna: Simrad Halo 4 Pulse (displays on MFD)
Autopilot RFU: Simrad RF300
Autopilot Control: Simrad AP70
Autopilot Computer: Simrad AC70
Autopilot Compass: Simrad RC42
AIS Transponder: Simrad NAIS 400
Gofree Wifi: Simrad WIFI1
Antenna splitter: Simrad NSPL400
Charts: Navionics West Coast
VHF #1: Simrad RS 12 w/ AIS-C
VHF #2: Sailor RT 2047
Brass binnacle with large Dirigo card
LED navigation and running lights


Rugs, furnishings, appliances, tools
Extensive library w/ historical books
(2) 16’ fiberglass kayaks
8’ inflatable w/ 5hp Honda 4 stroke outboard
Dock cart
Deck chairs – (4) Directors Chairs, (2) teak “liner” recliners, (2) teak “liner” chairs
Fantail furnishings and carpets
Rigging, fenders, mooring lines
New 8 plait mooring lines
Engine room/workshop w/ standing headroom
Drill press
Extensive lighting – bulbs 95% LED
Extensive canvas including fully enclosed fantail
Wool rugs
Main decks - Brazilian Cherry
New Marmoleum (Dark Red) flooring for replacing lower deck floors
Interior includes brass lamps, stained glass windows, varnished mahogany cabinets doors, hand knotted rugs
Whirlpool washer/dryer
Vessel design drawings/specifications
Digital library of vessel documents including extensive historical photos
Weber barbecue
Crab cooker
Bose Stereo with speakers in main salon and fantail
Through-hulls serviced 2016
Designed with four water tight bulkheads

Recent Maintenance 2015-2016:

Substantially re-wired pilothouse
Engine raw water intake seacock inspected, serviced and lubed
Propeller shaft packing removed, inspected and replaced
Refastened below waterline with 4,000 galvanized screws
All seams below waterline reefed out and recaulked
285 linear feet of hull planking below waterline replaced
Bottom scraped, sanded and painted

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