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53′ Murray Peterson Coastal Cruiser Schooner

Sara Jane is one of Murray Peterson’s “Coaster” designs.  Built in California in 1981, Sara Jane delivers every ounce of the romance and grace promised by the idea of a classically rigged schooner. She sails beautifully under just her lowers – or go all-out and hoist the topsail and fisherman. The clipper bow, pleasant sheer, bulwarks, monkey rail and attractive transom give the vessel a traditional appearance. She is comfortably at home on the New England Coast – or in any ocean of the world.

Sara Jane has had the benefit of a good hull and deck maintenance schedule over the years. Updated in 2005, 2008 and 2015/2016 she is in top condition. A summary of the 2008 and 2015/2016 updates are below.

Located in Rockport, in the water and ready to go.

A fresh survey is available upon request and a gallery of photos are found at this link:


LOA: 53 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 9 in
LWL: 32 ft 11 in
Length on Deck: 41 ft 2 in
Minimum Draft: 6 ft 3 in

Total Power: 100 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Volvo
Year Built: 2008
Engine Model: TMD 31S
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 456
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Engine Power: 100 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (100 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 2 (75 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 (19 Gallons)


General Description:

Hull, Deck Structure and Interior Outfit

The vessel is built with cedar planking fastened with iron boat nails to oak frames, the plank butts are fastened with screws (per Rockport Marine).

The interior is bright and well ventilated with opening portlights, cowl vents and skylight. The white painted interior with varnished mahogany trim and teak and holly soul is inviting and nicely appointed. There is a large drop leaf table between the main cabin settees. Pilot berths are located behind the settees. The forward cabin has two berths with hanging locker and draws.

There is plenty of storage in lockers, cabinets, drawers and shelves throughout the vessel.

The galley is functional with an icebox fitted with a cold plate, two burner propane stove/oven, and pressurized water and sink. There is ample storage for provisions and galley items.

Sara Jane has plenty of room on deck, and has the feel of a larger vessel. The teak deck provides good footing.

Simpson Lawrence 12 volt horizontal windass (needs new motor, used as manual) with dual rope chain gypsies, (1) 45lb CQR anchor with chaine to rope rode and (1 45lb CQR with 150 foot chain rode attached. 4 new dorade vents added for cabin ventilation. There is also a Edson bilge pump accessible through the cockpit deck. Engine room exhaust blower, engine room intake blower, cathedral/”skylight” type Danforth White Constellation compass mounted on a pedestal at helm. Traditional Edson worm gear steering with fisherman-type steering wheel.


The schooner sleeps six in two cabins. There are two berths forward including an expandable width berth to starboard. The head with shower is located aft of the forward cabin. The forward companionway is located next to the head. The engine is positioned mid-ship with a passageway aft to the main cabin. The engine has 360 degree accessibility. The main cabin has two unique slide-out pilot berths on each side and two extension width settees. A mahogany drop leaf table is located between the settees. A mahogany sit down desk with cabinets is located in the forward end of the main cabin. The galley is located adjacent to the aft companionway and has a propane stove and oven and refrigeration unit. The galley sink is aft near the center line. A gimbled two-burner propane stove is on the port side. There are numerous galley lockers and storage areas in the galley. The interior is trimmed out with handcrafted varnished mahogany and original brass and bronze hardware, solid and/or leaded glass doors and lighting fixtures throughout.

Sails & Rigging:

Gaff rigged schooner with traditional details: deadeyes, mast hoops, etc. Main sail throat halyard 12 volt winch updated in 2008 with manual backup, Oceanus sails refurbished in 2007 by Jasper & Bailey, Furlex roller furling on bowsprit for jib, main tops’l sail, fisherman top sail, and light air drifter sail. All standing and running rigging in good condition. Steering wheel and electric winch.

Mechanical Systems:

2008 Updates:

  • New 100 HP Volvo 4 cyclinder fresh water- cooled diesel engine with 2:1 reduction gear.
  • Engine room insulated.
  • Cockpit engine panel provides a tachometer, oil pressure gauge, volt meter and a coolant temperature gauge.
  • A lever type throttle and shift control is installed at the helm.
  • 80 amp alternator.
  • New pumps, hoses, wiring, 5 new 100 amp batteries.
  • Dual Racor fuel filter/water separators with a selection valve and vacuum gauge.
  • 50 gallon black iron fuel tank and new 25 gallon fuel tank
  • New engine exhaust system
  • New 12 volt bow thruster (see comments)
  • Bronze three-blade right hand propeller
  • Engine room ventilation improved

The engine room offers plenty of space for system installation. There is good access room for maintenance and repairs

There are dual Racor fuel filters installed, fuel flow is controlled by a manifold system.


Depthsounder – Raymarine ST60 Tridata

Plotter – Chartplotter is part of Raymarine RL 70C

VHF – Icom IC-M504 with cockpit mounted CommandMic

Radar – Raymarine RL 70C

Log-Speedometer – Raymarine ST60 Tridata

GPS – Raystar GPS Antenna feeds RL 70C


12VDC electrical distribution panels provide DC volt meter , battery test switch, main breaker, 13 labeled breaker protected 12V circuits, 6 spare breakers 3 battery switches to isolate and combine, by Blue Sea Link, the independent house and engine batteries. 40 AMP True Charge multi-stage battery charger, Quicksilver galvanic isolator, and a Xantrex/Pro XM 1000 inverter and a 110V control panel.


100 gallons of fresh water in two tanks, all new fresh water system including pumps, hoses, six gallon hot water tank, sinks, faucets, etc., all old gate valve type seacocks, replaced with new bronze seacocks, all hose clamps replaced with new, two new Rule automatic 12 volt bilge pumps, one original large manual bilge pump located in cockpit, new shower system located in head, 12 volt sea water anchor wash down system, New electric head installed 2016, new 25 gallon holding tank with deck pump out and manual Gusher pump overboard discharge to seacock.


Equipment manuals, first aid kit, power horn, bell, 6 lifejackets, flare kit, flashlights, portable anchor light, bilge pump handle, portable boarding ladder, docklines, 4 fenders, bucket, barometer and clock, deck plate tools, galley supplies, shore power cord, miscellaneous spares, mast wedges, sail ties, ensign and staff, three fire extinguishers. Two 30 AMP power cords, an 8-foot “Fatty Knees” rowing dinghy, sail covers (2008) and Fairclough winter cover (2008)

2015/2016 Updates:

Bottom work

  • Partial replacement of three bottom planks to repair grounding damage
  • Repair deadwood and wormshoe


  • Strip and coat taffrail, exterior companionways and combings, hatches, nav box
  • Varnish railcap, spars, pins and pin rails, re-lettered name boards, all misc. exterior varnish
  • Paint cabin houses, cockpit, top timbers, waterway, windlass, hull
  • Paint interior floor ceiling


  • New headstay
  • Blocks varnished and serviced


  • New sewage discharge pump
  • New raw water pump
  • New Isotemp water heater
  • Repaired fittings/upgraded hoses in black water system


Price $170,000
Name Sara Jane
Type Sail
Length 53 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer Murray Peterson
Classification Schooner

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