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1981 Skookum 53

Brinnon, Washington


This professionally maintained and upgraded Skookum Center Cockpit Pilothouse Ketch, designed by Ed Monk Jr., is in excellent condition and ready to go sailing!

Phoenix Rising was built in Port Townsend, WA by Skookum Marine and finished by the original owner in Port Townsend. The current owners are the 3rd owners and have had the boat for 9 years. They are moving to a smaller vessel. The current owner runs Hood Canal Marine and is a professional ABYC certified marine technician. Phoenix Rising underwent a refit with the second owner from 2007-2011 on the Cabin House, Spars and Standing Rigging then underwent a Systems, Power Train, Main Electrical and Electronics Upgrade from 2015-2017 by the current owners. 


  • Rebuild of the Cabin House: New Windows, Fiberglass Work, New Portlights ($135k+)
  • New Electrical System and Battery Monitoring Systems
  • New Engine and Gearbox
  • New Propeller, Shaft and Cutlass Bearing
  • New Garmin, B&G and Raymarine Electronics System
  • New Standing Rigging, Refinished Masts and New Mast Steps
  • New Harken Roller Furlers
  • New Tender and Outboard
  • New 30 Gallon 120V and Calorifier Hot Water Heater
  • New Engine Riser (2019)
  • New Starter and House 8D Batteries (2019/2021)
  • And More!

Last Haul Out, Bottom Paint and Zincs: April 2022

Last Engine Service: 50 Hours

Last Oil Change: 150 Hours

Current Hours: 192

Cutlass Bearing Replaced: 2017

Cruising Range under Power: 3000NM

Fuel Consumption: 1.2 Gallons/Hour at 6.5-7 knots

The Cockpit is fully enclosed, spacious and comfortable with Helm Steering and all sailing lines are run to the cockpit for Single Handing Sailing. The side decks are wide and easy to maneuver fore and aft. The fore deck and aft deck are also roomy and well laid out and there are good hand holds and life lines for safety. The Main, Staysail and Jib are all on Harken Furlers. The Mizzen sail is raised and lowered from the Mizzen Mast. There is a ¾ canvas cover for the boat included.  

Going down below the Galley is immediately to port and hosts a Double Stainless Sink with Hot and Cold Pressure Filtered Water, a reach-in Refrigerator and Freezer, LPG Stove and Oven and lots of Storage in drawers and Cabinets. Opposite of the Galley on starboard is a large storage cabinet. Forward of the Galley to port is the Wheelhouse Steering Station with a comfortable Captain’s Seat and great visibility out the port forward window. Navigation Systems are available at the Wheelhouse Station as well as in the Cockpit. To starboard is a comfortable U-shaped Dinette. The visibility in all directions is incredible with the large windows in the Cabin.

Going forward from the Galley and Wheelhouse takes you into the Salon with an L-shaped Settee to port, that can be used as a single berth, bookshelves and opening port lights. To starboard is a full work desk, shelves and Dickinson Diesel Stove. All carpets throughout the vessel have opening hatches to access bilge areas. The surface under the carpets is marine plywood. The forward Head is forward of the Salon to port and has a VacuFlush Head and Sink, with Hot and Cold Pressure Water, that slides out over the Head and the floor has a Shower Drain (no shower currently installed).

The Forward Cabin host two bunks, an opening hatch and lot of storage as well as access to the chain locker.

Going aft from the Galley takes you into a breezeway with a Work Bench, opening port lights and Engine Room Access which also has lots of room for gear storage. The Engine Room has separate soundproof housing around the engine that easily lifts away to service the engine. There is also a Fuel Polishing System in the Engine Room. The batteries are well stowed and secured.

The Aft Cabin is large with lots of storage, a Queen Bed, opening port lights and an overhead hatch. The Aft Head is spacious and has a VacuFlush Head, Sink with Hot and Cold Pressure Water and a full Shower Stall and partial Tub.

The interior and exterior on this vessel are both in excellent condition and well cared for. The bilges and storage spaces are all clean and well maintained. This is a gorgeous boat that has been incredibly well-maintained, upgraded and cared for throughout her lifetime and she’s ready to go sailing with her next owners now!

Showings available by appointment, thank you!


W S Yacht Brokers is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Port Townsend Boat Company.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Phoenix Rising
Make: Skookum
Model: 53
Year: 1981
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Skookum Marine
Designer: Ed Monk Jr
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: SKK00142M77K
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Full Keel
Range: 3,452.34 mi


Length: 53 ft / 16.15 m
Length Overall: 60 ft / 18.29 m
Length Of Deck: 53 ft / 16.15 m
Waterline Length: 49 ft / 14.94 m
Beam: 16'6 ft / 5.03 m
Range: 11'7 ft / 3452.34 m
Min Draft: 8.75 ft
Displacement: 60,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 65 ft / 19.81 m
Cabin Headroom: 6'9 ft / 2.06 m
Electrical Circuit: 12 V
Single Berths: 3
Double Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Beta Marine (New 2017)
  • Model: 105 Turbo 4-Cylinder
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 105hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 2017
  • Engine Hours: 192
  • Engine Location: Center
Cruising Speed: 6.5 kn
Maximum Speed: 9.5 kn


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Pilothouse, Center Cockpit, Ketch

  • Model: Pilothouse Ketch
  • Location Built: Port Townsend, WA
  • Underwater Profile: Full Keel
  • Hull: Fiberglass 3/4"-1 1/2"
  • Cabins and Decks: Fiberglass over 3/4" Ply, painted
  • Bulkheads: Plywood
  • Frames: Fiberglass
  • Ballast: Internal
  • Steering: Hydraulic Dual Station Wheel Steering 
  • Stuffing Box: PSS Dripless
  • Shaft: 1 1/2" Stainless
  • Propeller: 26" LH 21" 3 Blade Bronze
  • Designer: Ed Monk Jr.
  • Builder: Skookum Marine
Electrical System:
  • Ship's System: 12 VDC and 110 VAC
  • Shore Power System: 30 Amp Smart Plug
  • Inverter: Magnum 2850 Watt with Remote Display
  • Bonding System: Yes
  • Battery Charger: ProMariner ProNautic 12-40P
  • Alternators: 60A for Start Battery and Balmar 160A External Regulator for House Banks
  • Starter Battery: AGM 8D (New 2019)
  • House Batteries: (2) Full Banks of (2) 8D, (4) 8D Total (New 2021)
  • Battery Monitors: (2) Blue Sea Systems M2
  • GFCI Outlets: Yes
  • Isolation Transformer: Tierney Electrical Mfg 15KW
  • Reverse Polarity Indicator: Yes
  • Bilge Pump(s): (4) Rule Submersible. Pump Capacity 2700 & 1500 GPH 
  • High Water Alarm: Yes
Electronics and Navigation Systems:
  • Multi-Function Chart Plotter/Radar: Garmin 7610XSV (In Wheelhouse) & Garmin 7608 (Cockpit)
  • VHF: ICOM 506 with AIS and DSC
  • Handheld VHF: Standard Horizon HX870
  • Autopilot: ComNav, controlled from Cockpit or Wheelhouse (New 2008)
  • Rudder Indicator: Yes
  • AIS: Yes
  • Speed: Raymarine i70 and Airmar DST810
  • Depth: Raymarine i70 and Airmar DST810
  • Sonar: Garmin GT50M-THP, Dual CHIRP down and Side Scanning Modules. Depth and Temp included
  • Compass: Dirigo 5", 1 Fluxgate, 1 Solid State
  • Radar: Garmin HD18
  • Barometer and Ship's Clock: Yes
  • Weather: Garmin GDL30A Sirius XM and Radio
  • Network: NMEA2000 and NMEA 0183 interconnected with Actisense NGW-1
  • Wind: Vulcan 7FS and Garmin Wind Transducer
  • Navigation Lights: LED with Working Status Indicator
  • Radar Reflector: Yes
Galley and Cabin Equipment:
  • Galley Stove and Oven: Force 10 2-Burner LPG, with 4 Externally Stored LPG Tanks
  • Sink: Double Stainless Steel Sink with Pressure Hot and Cold Water, Salt Manual Pump and Filtered Water Faucet. All water runs through a Carbon Filter. Filtered Water also runs through Reverse Osmosis System. 
  • Hot Water Heater: 30 Gallon 120V and Calorifier 
  • Refrigerator: Cold Plate System
  • Freezer: Cold Plate System
  • Cabin Heat: Dickenson Antarctic Stove
  • Heads: (2) Eco-Vac Toilets - to Holding Tank or Overboard
  • Shower(s): Forward Head has floor drain for shower (Not currently installed), Aft Head has Separate Shower Stall with Tub
  • Light Fixtures: LED
  • Custom Queen Bed in Aft Stateroom
  • Stereo: Fusion Stereo with Speakers in Cabin and Cockpit. Bluetooth and iPhone Enabled and can be controlled from Garmin Chartplotters
Sails and Rigging:
  • Sails: Mainsail, Mizzen, Staysail and Jib (Condition: Good)
  • Furlers: Main, Staysail and Jib on Harken Mark IV Furlers
  • Winches: (2) Barient 32 Self-Tailing Primaries, (2) Barient and (1) Electric Winch
  • Standing Rigging: 1x19 SS Wire (New 2008)
  • Mast and Boom: Aluminum painted white
  • Lifelines: Double SS with Plastic Sheathing
  • Fuel Tank: 600 Gallons Total, (2) 300 Gallon Tanks. Fiberglass over Wood Framing Integrated into Hull
  • Water Tank: 750 Gallons, (3) 250 Gallon Tanks. Fiberglass over Wood Framing Integrated into Hull
  • Holding Tank: 75 Gallons, Poly
  • Dinghy: 14'6" Avon Fiberglass RIB
  • Outboard: 9.9 Yamaha 4-Stroke with Electric Start
  • Davits: Electric Winch Controlled at Davit's or by Remote FOB
Ground Tackle:
  • Windlass: Maxwell Nilsson 12 VDC
  • Primary Anchor: Bruce 110lb with 375' 3/8" BBB Chain with Stainless Swivel
  • Spare Chain Rode: 200' 5/16" BBB
  • Fire Extinguishers: (4) ABC
  • Fixed Fire Extinguishers: FireBoy FE-241
  • LPG Solenoid: Yes
  • Boarding Ladder: Yes
  • Safety Harness: Yes
  • MOB/Life Sling: (2) LifeSling II Systems
  • Flares: Yes
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Yes
  • Horn: Dual Electric operated from Cockpit or Wheelhouse
  • Searchlight: Handheld
  • Hailer/Foghorn: ICOM 506
  • Float Bags: (4) Emergency Float Bags with (4) Oxygen Tanks (To keep boat afloat in emergency)
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.

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