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Kittiwake 23, 1978, Patchogue, New York, $7,500, Price reduced 2/29/12 to $6,000, SOLD 3/3/12

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Kittiwake 23, 1978

  • Length: 23'6"
  • Beam: 7' 10"
  • Draft: 2' 10"
  • Displ: 3700 lbs.
  • Inside Lead Ballast: 1500 lbs.

    This River City built Kittiwake is a great boat for any sailor who appreciates traditional design, quality construction, and understands the expense and effort involved in rebuilding and upgrading this type of sailboat to better than new condition. With over 20K invested, she is for sale due to a change in the owners circumstances.

    Purchased from the owner of River City Sailcraft and the last Kittiwake built before the molds were destroyed in a fire. She is a semi custom made boat that conforms to class specifications & sails exceptionally well against her PHRF rating. Construction differs from the more common Kenner built Kittiwakes in several ways:

  • deck cored with closed cell foam
  • mast supported by a compression post stepped on the keel
  • lead ballast cast to conform to keel cavity and glassed in place
  • foil-shaped vinylester rudder
  • no motor well
  • demountable motor bracket slides into a heavy tube glassed into the stern
  • motor and mount can be completely removed
  • mid boom sheeting with full width traveler

    Complete rebuild included:

  • hull stripped and faired
  • bottom epoxy barrier coated with Interlux Interprotect
  • Awlgripped deck & topsides
  • exterior teak REPLACED and finished with Epifanes varnish
  • custom cast broze portlight frames
  • running rigging and most deck hardware replaced
  • all halyards run aft to cockpit
  • new Lewmar halyard winches and stoppers
  • Harken Heli-Foil jib furler - split drum can be removed for racing
  • new Harken traveler & ball bearing car
  • new continuous genoa tracks installed over new toe rail
  • new lifelines and stanchions
  • new interior cushions & paint
  • pressure cold water with 5 gallon flexible tank
  • new cabin lights
  • new running lights
  • new 12v electrical panel
  • guest battery charger

    stored inside since being rebuilt


  • Doyle flat-cut Dacron mainsail: excellent condition, little use
  • full length lower battens and two sets of reef points
  • Dutchman mainsail self stacking furling system
  • Harken luff track & delrin slides
  • 155% mylar code zero genoa: never used
  • 155% mylar genoa: used six times
  • 155% dacron genoa, good condition
  • 110% dacron working Jib, good condition
  • original Dacron Mainsail: fair condition
  • original spinnaker & equipment included but not installed


  • Mercury 5hp long shaft -- 2 stroke -- low hours -- excellent condition

    My boat has been sold just a few days after being posted on Thanks again for all the assistance and super fast response to any questions. SailingTexas is an incredibly valuable resource for the sailing community.
    Patchogue, New York

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