1960 Wm Garden/Eddon Boat Works Ketch Center Cockpit Ketch Used Classic Wooden Boat For Sale in Los Angeles Region


Mast Configuration
Two Mast
Single Mast Type
Two-Mast Type
Hull Configuration
Sail Handing and Equipment Comments
Spars and Rigging Comments
In good condition


Type Of Boat
Wm Garden/Eddon Boat Works Ketch
Center Cockpit Ketch
LOA (feet)
Deck Material
fiberglass over wood
Hull Material
Cedar over Oak


Los Angeles Region


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Engine Model
Engine Year
Fuel Type


Boat Survey
Survey Date
Trailer Make
Trailer Model
Trailer Year
Winter Cover
Dinghy Make
Cabins (number)
Manual Head
Electric Head
Fire Extinguisher
Color of Canvas
Dodger (Forward)
Closure (Vertical)
Bridge Cover
Not Specified
Bimini (after)
Not Specified
Camper Back
Not Specified
Sleeps (Number of People)
Holding Tanks (total number)
Water Tanks

Further Comments

This 53' 1960 William Garden Ketch "Little Revenge" is a bluewater cruiser with a great history and pedigree. She is a center cockpit ketch with a cutter bow, 53' overall with a 14'2" beam and a draft of 5'4". Little Revenge was custom built for John H. Case (of Cutts & Case, Oxford, MD) known for their world class boat designs and vintage boat restorations) at the historic Eddon Boat Yard in Gig Harbor, WA. Edward Hoppen was the builder and master carpenter, who is also famous for building the Thunderbird sailboats. The Gig Harbor Boat Shop is now a museum as a preserved maritime heritage site with boat building, repair and restoration programs with Guy Hoppen, the builder's son as the President and Founding Director. Guy was at the launching of Little Revenge when a boy and recalls the laying of the keel and her construction. It was said that Case and Garden actually picked out trees together in the Pacific Northwest for the boat. When John Case owned Little Revenge from 1960 through 1968, every Spring he sailed her from Newport Beach, CA through the Panama Canal to Oxford, MD at the Cutts & Case shipyard in the Chesapeake. Little Revenge is a fine example of William Garden's work which "celebrates the art of ship design, instantly recognizable as exceptionally seaworthy, sensibly built, and of distinct proportion and grace," as stated by the Blue Book of Boats. Little Revenge is Design No. 420, catalogue No. 96.336 of the William Garden Collection 1906--1999, at the Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library, Mystic Seaport, CT. The plans are available for sale. Little Revenge is also featured in two of William Garden's books, 100 Yacht & Vessel Designs, p. 43, "Character in a Ketch" and Yacht Designs, p. 162. She is a previously documented vessel from 1960 until 2006 and can be documented again. Little Revenge was built with the best materials available in 1960 with no expense spared including an oak frame, yellow cedar planking and silicon bronze screw fasteners. She is wedge seamed (no caulking) and is true and watertight. She is presently floating high and dry in the water. Little Revenge has large aft and fore cabins with an ensuite head, sink and shower in each cabin and a large double skylight salon with fireplace and will easily accommodate sleeping for ten people. There is beautiful word work throughout the boat, including two large curved skylights in the salon and two large hatches in the forward stateroom. She has many large rectangular and round bronze port holes letting the sunlight in. There is also a dinette for seating and two large curved couches. The galley is very spacious with two large refrigerated units with compressors, a 4-burner gas stove and double stainless sink. She has good counter space and many wood cabinets. Note food and beverage pass through between Galley and Cockpit. There is a hot water heater and an emaciator. Little Revenge has an electric circuit breaker panel for both 110 and 12v, many distinctive old lamps, a marine radio and depth sounder. She is equipped with a Detroit Diesel 671 engine that needs work and/or replacement, rod linkage geared steering with rudder brake. I have a 215 hp Ford Sabre marine turbo diesel engine that can be included. Little Revenge has an aluminum main mast with steps and navigational lights and wood mizzen mast, with outstanding standing rigging with bronze turnbuckles. There is a main sail in good condition with a cover attached to the main mast and a mizzen sail in fair condition. She has a wooden rail and a bronze stanchion safety rail system. Many large on deck storage lockers everywhere midship, cockpit and aft. As depicted in the accompanying photos, Little Revenge is a one of a kind seaworthy bluewater cruiser designed with beauty and function by William Garden. She requires finishing work that can be accomplished with original plans and when completed, you will have a beautiful center cockpit quick and stout global cruiser. She has a sound hull and is well-built. Around the Los Angeles area, there are many sailboat salvage shops where you can outfit Little Revenge with period hardware, winches, stanchions, windlass and sails at great prices. We can put you in contact with many of these stores. William Garden over the period of six decades has produced over 650 designs ranging from commercial fishing vessels and tugboats to sailing yachts from which thousands of boats have been built around the world. William Garden together with Bill Hardin, Bill Crealock and Ernie Chamberlain were the pioneers of Taiwan Boat Building for the American market. This is a one of a kind once in a lifetime opportunity to own and cruise on one of the world's best designed and constructed center cockpit ketch. There are few yards that could reproduce this quality of vessel. She was built to last and cruise the world. The center cockpit is a large comfortable command post and gathering place. This is indeed one of the most beautiful William Garden designs ever put to paper. Needs fitting out completed, do it as you want. This is a stout boat that will take you anywhere in the world safely and amazing draft for her size. Vessel located in Los Angeles area. Sale or Joint Venture! Terms Negotiable. We presently have a great opportunity of charter work in the San Francisco Bay Area for a Joint Venture. Please call Jim 404-402-5657 for more photos/info or appointment to see Little Revenge. There's only this one. REDUCED TO 39,950/Best Offer!
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