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2003 Chuck Paine Kelly Archer Aluminum Ketch

Sidney, British Columbia


Custom Yacht Sales is pleased to present LEONORE: An outstanding creation from Chuck Paine, one of America's most respected designers of performance cruising yachts.

At 80', LEONORE is the largest of his Bermuda Series of fast Blue Water passage makers, aimed at shorthanded, long-distance cruising. Due to their light displacement and long waterlines, they are famous for their high performance -- yet are unusually stable as a result of the renowned “Paine keel” design. Add in “push button” sailing, multiple water tight bulkheads, and the fully functional, low profile pilothouse that flows seamlessly into the lower saloon, one comes close to perfection.

Of all aluminum construction, LEONORE was built by Kelly Archer Boatbuilders, a leading builder of luxury custom yachts out of New Zealand. She is fully equipped for World cruising and is being sold by an experienced owner who prides himself in attention to detail. If you are looking for a top quality, proven World cruiser and do not like to compromise, then getting aboard LEONORE should be a must:  LEONORE offers the complete package -- Canadian landed and duty paid. 

We invite you to make an appointment to view this most impressive yacht now located in Sidney, British Columbia.  

NOTE: For a 3D tour of LEONORE click the link provided in the listing or go to 


W S Yacht Brokers is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Custom Yachts.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: LEONORE
Make: Chuck Paine
Model: Kelly Archer Aluminum Ketch
Year: 2003
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Kelly Archer Boatbuilders, New Zealand
Designer: Chuck Paine & Associates, Inc., Maine USA
Construction: Aluminum
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 80 ft / 24.38 m
Length Overall: 82 ft / 24.99 m
Length Of Deck: 80 ft / 24.38 m
Waterline Length: 73 ft / 22.25 m
Beam: 19'6 ft / 5.94 m
Min Draft: 8.75 ft
Displacement: 115,000 lb
Ballast: 36,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: 6BTA 5.9M3
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 330hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 8200
Cruising Speed: 9 kn
Maximum Speed: 12 kn
Displacement Type: Half Load


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,000 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Aluminum
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 465 gal
Water Tank Material: Aluminum
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 210 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 4
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Pilothouse, Ketch
More Info : 3D Tour of LEONORE



This 80 foot high speed cruising yacht is among the largest of our Bermuda Series of light displacement long distance cruisers. She was built for an American yachtsman at Kelly Archer Boatbuilders in Albany, New Zealand. 

LEONORE is intended as very nearly a singlehanded yacht, whose objective is to be piloted and manually steered (for fun) much of the time by a single person. The wheel steering is hydraulically assisted, a sort of power steering which can be varied in its responsiveness and power between 3.5 and 6 turns lock to lock. Hydraulics are also used to control the impressive power of the sails, making her truly possible to reef and trim singlehanded, if necessary. The engine room on this yacht is probably the largest ever designed on a yacht of this size, has full headroom and enough "excess" space to permit instantaneous access to every service point of every piece of machinery, plumbing or pump without removing or opening access panels.

A large area of open space between the pilothouse and the lower accommodations gives the latter a cathedral ceiling effect, and the entire yacht a wonderful feel of spaciousness and light.

The deck plan is also highly functional. The aft cabin top is nearly flat, enabling the hard bottommed inflatable to be conveniently stored here. A halyard from the mizzen mast is used to deploy and retrieve the dinghy.  A scoop shaped transom has a large deck near water level which facilitates boarding from a dinghy and can be used for swimming and diving. There are full length guard rails to protect the topsides and these are placed so as to shade a considerable number of large hull windows which will introduce an unusual plenitude of light to the interior. Particular attention has been made to provision of solar panels sufficient to keep a very large battery bank charged when the yacht is unoccupied, and these house batteries, weighing over a ton, are housed in the keel cavity to contribute to the yacht's stability.

The pilothouse is the central focal point of the entire design. It is of a long, low design- so low in fact that the helmsman is able to see over its top from the steering position, standing upon a purpose built step which doubles as a storage box. The very large size of the wheel further improves visibility past the pilothouse. There is a sheltered steering station inside the pilothouse which uses the autopilot controls rather than a wheel for steering. Engine controls and navigation monitors are provided here as well. This area is largely open to the forward accommodations, enhancing the feeling of light and space.   The elevated pilothouse makes a great dining location, and a large chart table and conning station is to starboard, all with wonderful views out the large windows. A U-shaped dinette capable of dining four persons occupies the port side of the pilothouse, and it is elevated so that the diners may enjoy a full 360 degree view from comfortable seating positions. A larger dinette is provided belowdecks for use by the crew, or at sea. The pilothouse is fully watertight, with a sealed door to the cockpit so that it may be heated or air conditioned and kept dry in heavy weather.

The full width owners' cabin is aft with private access to the deck, seaberth to Starboard, double to Port. 

There are two guest cabins forward each with its own head and access to a huge shared shower stall. This shower is designed with an overhead hatch to be left open in the tropics, providing a blast of natural ventilation at all times - the hatch being located in the shower stall needs not be shut each time a tropical rainsquall passes by. The Starboard guest cabin has ensuite access to the forward head and has an opening hull port.

The heads are beautifully lit and entirely awl-gripped to make them easy to keep clean (4 heads onboard: 3x Vacuflush and 1x manual).  A beautifully crafted galley with huge amounts of stowage, refrigeration and freezer capacity.

A combination of exceptional stability and a long and lean hull design make this yacht a very high speed passagemaker in tradewind conditions, with 11 to 13 knot sailing speeds possible. When the wind doesn’t blow, a powerful main engine is connected to the propeller by a Hundested VP4 pitch control unit, capable of up to 12 knots under power. For fast passages, overpitching the Hendested allows motorsailing days runs of over 250 miles while consuming only moderate amouts of fuel.

  • All Aluminum: Type 5083-H321 
  • 5 x water tight compartments with heavy doors at engine room, forward salon/guest quarters, and at end of galley to master stateroom
  • Hatches have intergal black out sliders and screens, all built in.
  • Exterior Designer ­ - Chuck Paine
  • Interior Design ­ - Chuck Paine / Kelly Archer

LEONORE is a totally custom Aluminum yacht built in New Zealand by Kelly Archer -- considered to be one of the best builders in the world for a yacht of this caliber. The original owner of LEONORE had sailed thousands of offshore miles in his previous Amel and Swan 76, plus other charter yachts prior to commissioning the design and building of LEONORE. Every detail of LEONORE was coordinated with the owner's vast experience while he lived full time in New Zealand during her construction.

The end result of this rigorous design and build process was over 12 years of  amazing Ocean voyaging of almost 100,000 miles. (See Description: THE TRAVELS OF LEONORE).

After mid-life refits, LEONORE was sold to the current owner who has maintained her in pristine condition with continued upgrading. She is ready for new adventures to cruise the Worlds' Oceans in safety and comfort.  



  • Extensive refit in New Zealand. All major systems including mechanical, steering, ground tackle, electrical, domestic and safety equipment, were thoroughly gone through in preparation for the return voyage to North America.  ($223,000 U.S.)


  • Rod Rigging refit. Spreaders repainted both Masts. Navigational and Spreader lights replaced. Maxpower bow thruster hydraulic hose refit.  ($100,000 U.S.)

2016 - 2017 

  • Three new AC units and service to other units. Upgrade shore power to 100 amp. 
  • New navigation equipment with state­-of­-the­-art B&G electronics ($50,000).
  • Replaced all the primary running rigging, from halyards to sheets, along with replacing blocks and other required items. 
  • Interior refit: Wall coverings, lights and soft goods.

2017 - 2021 

The current owner has maintained a strict maintenance regimen along with the following improvements: 

  • New Kabola Compact 7 hydronic heating system (2017)
  • New Engine After-cooler  & Transmission rebuild (2018)
  • New House batteries  (7/2018)
  • New Main and Mizzen Sails and Sail covers. (2021)
  • Fresh bottom paint and zincs (Spring 2021)

           ALL NEW B&G PACKAGE AS OF 2017:

  • Navico  Zeus2  7" multifunction display. Built-in Insight charts
  • Navico Zeus2  12" multifunction display. Built-in Insight charts
  • Navico  20/20HV (High Vision) display pack for H5000 or Triton systems
  • Navico  B&G H5000/H3000 analogue indicator/apparent wind angle (+/­ 180o)
  • Navico  B&G H5000 autopilot. The record­ breaking B&G pilot features dedicated steering modes and sailing algorithms including gust response, recovery and high wind response. It has been proven in the toughest conditions and most testing environments and is ideal for short­handed cruisers or racers.
  • Navico  B&G. The H5000 Hydra CPU is the brains behind the ultimate cruiser/racer system. Its ultra­fast ARM processors deliver data in an instant and the browser ­based setup allows straight forward and flexible configuration. Unique sailing features ensure the H5000 remains ahead of the fleet.
  • Navico B&G H5000 colour graphic display
  • Navico B&G ST800 passive Speed/Temp sensor 
  • Navico B&G The Precision­-9 compass.
  • Navico B&G The ZG100 antenna with built in rate compass provides high accuracy position at a 10 Hz update rate. 
  • Navico B&G Broadband 4G radar bundle for B&G Zeus series includes B&G broadband 34TM radar scanner
  • Navico B&G GoFree WIFI-1 wireless module 

  • Robertson AP22 autopilot (back-up)
  • Icom M710 MF/HF SSB transceiver + Icom AT-130 SSB antenna tuner
  • 3 x Garmin GHS 10 VHFs ­ 1 helm, 2 interior stations 
  • Panasonic KXTAS308 and Samsung 730B Monitors 
  • Furuno DFAX Fax-208 Mark-2 


  • Ketch rig
  • Carbon spars and booms by Matrix Marine, New Zealand
  • 2 Carbon whisker poles 
  • BSI Nitronic 50 SS Rod rigging­ (Seahawke Rigging carried out an 8 year rod rigging refit with BSI components in November 2015 -- detailed notes available)
  • New running rigging as of 3/2017
  • Split backstay with backstay hydraulic adjusters. 


  • New Main -- Titanium Double Taffeta, fully battened with 2 reefs 
  • New Mizzen -- Titanium Double Taffeta, fully battened with 2 reefs
  • New Mainsail and Mizzen covers 
  • Genoa / 150% reacher / Storm staysail 


  • 2 x Reckman hydraulic reacher and genoa furlers
  • Furler for storm jib/staysail is manual 


  • 10 electric Harken self-tailing winches (all serviced as of 4/2017)


  • Cummins turbocharged 6BTA 5.9M3, 330 hp.
  • ZF IRM 301 A-Z transmission (rebuilt 2018)
  • Hundested propeller --  VP4 pitch control unit
  • 4 x Racor fuel filtration
  • Kobelt engine controls in pilothouse and cockpit pedestal
  • Maxpower R300 hydraulic bow thruster, 20 hp
  • Cruise Air air conditioning ­ 2 new units in the pilothouse (increased in size from 10 BTU to 16 BTU) plus 1 new unit by salon dining table.
    7 total air conditioning units; (2) in pilothouse, (2) in salon, (1) in master, (1) each in forward cabins
  • Sea Recovery "Aqua Whisper" watermaker, 1500 GPD
  • Kobelt steering system with emergency back up
  • Large engine-room work bench with electric grinder/wire wheel and vise 
  • Wide array of manual and power tools and spare parts 
  • Shore power:­ 100 amp with 100 amp isolation transformer, new as of 3/2017
  • AC power:  110 / 220 volt 
  • DC power:  12 and 24 volt systems
  • Batteries:
    - 2 House banks of 12 x 2-volt TAB Tubular Flooded Lead Acid --825 Amp hours per bank (7/2018)  
    - 2 Group 31 AGM starting batteries
  • Solar panels: 10 x 80 watt + 2 x 85 watt 
  • Gen Set: Northern Lights 20 kW, Output ­220/110v, single phase, 60 Hz.
  • Inverters: 3 kW and  2.5 kW 
  • Chargers: 3 x Mastervolt Mass 24/1000 and 2 x Mastervolt IVO 
                     2 x 145 amp engine alternators + 90 amp alternator
  • 4 Burner Alpes Inox Propane Stove/Oven  
    (3 x 20 pound aluminum propane tanks stored on deck)
  • Microwave: Panasonic
  • Refrigeration: Grunert 24V and Custom 110V. Refrigeration boxes and freezer have separate coils for two separate refrigeration systems with totally separate controls. Insulation comprises both foam and custom vacuum panels with superior "R" factors.
  • Freezers: Grunert 24V and Custom 110V.
  • 110V Dishwasher ­Fisher Paykel
  • Splendide Combo washer/dryer


  • 10' Avon RIB (1999) with 20HP Honda (2021)


  • Built-in treadmill in salon with viewing TV in closet
  • Muir 4500 24volt windlass  (+ spare motor)
  • 110kg.­ Bruce, Anchor c/w ­450' chain + Fortress spare
  • Dive Compressor (needs certification)
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder 
  • Stern boarding gangway (manual) + Stern swim ladder
  • Hot and cold shower in transom
  • Fore and aft saltwater wash-downs; mid­-ship fresh water wash-down 
  • Cockpit cushions ­(2016)
  • Magma propane BBQ
  • Televisions: 1 x Sharp in salon; 1 x Sharp in master; 1 x Sharp in exercise space
  • DVDs: 1 x Sony in salon 1 x Sony in master
  • Stereos: 1 x Bose in salon 1 x Bose in master
  • CD Player: 1 x Bose in master
  • Speakers: Bose in cockpit, pilothouse, salon and master
  • 3 x fire/heat/smoke detectors in galley, engine room and forward spaces 
  • 6 x fire extinguishers in lockers, galley,
  • Engine room "Fireboy" suppression system
  • 1 x sea water firefighting station in cockpit
  • Engine driven emergency bilge "crash" pump
  • 1 x motion detector in salon
  • 1 x Ship's safe in master stateroom 

Her travels have taken her from New Zealand and Australia throughout the South Pacific to Japan and from eastern Russia to Alaska down to the U.S. onward to South America, around Cape Horn and up the east coast of South America to Europe. She cruised the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea, back to northern Europe and Spitzburgen and onward to Iceland/Greenland and Newfoundland, down the east coast of the U.S.  and back through the Panama Canal to the Pacific again for another tour of the North Pacific before returning, via the Panama Canal, to Florida.

LEONORE ITINERARY - 2003 to­ 2017

2003 ­ New Zealand, Tonga, Wallis, Tuvalu, Kirbati, Marshall Islands, Fiji, New Zealand Log = 9,588

2004 ­ New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronisia
Log = 17,187

2005 ­ Micronesia, Palau, Japan, Russia, Bering Strait, Alaska, British Columbia, San Francisco
Log = 30,199

2006 ­ San Francisco, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile Log = 38,524

2007 ­ Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Canaries, Gibraltar, Balearics, Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Italy, France
Log = 48,878

2008 ­ France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Rumania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Italy, Spain
Log = 53,480

2009 ­ Spain (Mallorca), Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Svalbard, Norway
Log = 59,532

2010 ­ Norway, Shetlands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Baffin Island, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nantucket, Charleston, West Palm Beach
Log = 65,895

2011 ­ West Palm Beach, Key West Log = 66,092

2012 ­ Key West, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Mangareva, Tahiti Bora Bora, Penrhyn, Suwarrow, Pago Pago, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand
Log = 77,075

2013 ­ New Zealand, Raivavae, Tahiti, Tuamotos, Honolulu Log = 82,867

2014 ­ Honolulu, San Diego Log = 85,367

2014/2015 ­ San Diego, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Key West, West Palm Beach Log = 89,293

2016 Travels complete ! LEONORE prepared for sale.

2017 LEONORE SOLD!  --  Shipped to Sidney, British Columbia where her second owner has lovingly maintained her for continuing adventures. 

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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