UNDER CONTRACT – 56′ William Hand Motorsailer - ID: 43260


Launched 1934
LOA 58' 0"
Beam 14' 5"
LWL 51' 0"
Draft 7' 5"
Displacement 92,000 lbs
41,731 kg
Net Tons 44,000 lbs
19,958 kg
Bridge Clearance 64' 5"

UNDER CONTRACT – 56′ William Hand Motorsailer


GUILDIVE is offered at a significant price reduction, as the owners are motivated to sell. Built at the Wheeler Shipyard in 1934 and designed by William Hand Jr. and drafted by R.O. Davis GUILDIVE maintains the definition of comfort and beauty offering continuous opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures of life aboard. The ample sail plan allows GUILDIVE’s sturdy hull to sail with grace and predictability and can handle light breezes with ease. Her engine is dependable in all sea conditions and faithful to schedule. GUILDIVE’s designer William Hand Jr. was a distinguished authority on the design and construction of boats for open ocean use. GUILDIVE has substantially proven Hand’s skill as she possesses an 85-year track record with thousands of voyaging miles.  Her most recent cruising grounds have been between the Chesapeake Bay to Nova Scotia while her previous history included passages triangles between the Great Lakes, Newfoundland and the Caribbean. Since 2009 she has established her commercial appeal as a charter business on the Maine Coast. Multiple articles have been written on her elegance and suitability for charter service with recent and notable articles from WoodenBoat Magazine (May/June 2015) and Soundings Magazine (Sept. 2016).

GUILDIVE, and its charter business, are in turnkey condition. This motorsailer is one of the most commodious platforms to share the love of sailing and life upon the water. Her spacious accommodations include 2 large cabins, 3 heads, galley, and a main salon. Her pilothouse offers splendid 360o visibility for both the helmsman and guest. The large engine room affords plenty of storage as well as convenient access to both generator and engine. On deck there is generous space on her foredeck and plenty of seating both forward and aft around her raised cabin houses. The vessel is the perfect blend of swarthy living and yacht comfort. GUILDIVE possesses ample freeboard giving the helmsman a keen site of eye and safety for crew and passenger. Her heft provides confident stability, a keen resistance to most wakes and sea states and allows for a sturdy platform for all ages and experience levels. Her current owners have kept her in good condition with practical upgrades on deck, below, and in the engine room.

Guildive Cruises, a daysail business founded in 2009, in Castine, Maine, has been offering charters on the Penobscot Bay during the summer season. Upwards of a 1000 guests each summer sail aboard GUILDIVE. The owners are offering the sale of the business if the buyer is interested.

GUILDIVE’s History:

GUILDIVE has had an impressive history starting with her build on Coney Island, NY at the Wheeler Shipyard in 1934, originally given the name RESTLESS.  She was built to William Hand Jr.’s design who is recognized as one of the most respected yacht designer of the 20th century.  She was first under the ownership of a well known politician and businessman from Long Island.  She spent much of her early life in the waters of Long Island, New York Harbor, and New Jersey.  After a few owners she was taken into the WWII coastal picket force and used as a patrol vessel along the New Jersey and Long Island shores.  A few pieces from that time are still shown on the boat.  She returned to private ownership and was taken to Marblehead.  After her time in New England she was sold and brought to the Caribbean.  The owners were one of the first people in the Caribbean to offer charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Many of her past guests and crew still remember her down there.  Sold in 1980, an extensive 8 year refit in Puerto Rico was completed and they continued to own her for a total of 30 years.  The vessel, at that time, cruised the coast of the United States and Canada and was well outfitted for cruising and double handed sailing.  Presently GUILDIVE is used as a day and overnight charter business along the east coast ranging from the Chesapeake Bay to the Penobscot Bay, Maine.



Builder: Wheeler Shipyard, Brooklyn NY

Designer: William Hand and R.O. Davis

Keel: Full


Engine, Generator, Propulsion:

Engine: Detroit Diesel 4-71

Engine Hours: Post engine rebuild in 2015, 100 hours

Engine Power: 140 Horse Power

Cruising Speed: 6 Knots

Generator: 10kw Isuzu QD-27, 2-cylinder engine with a Lima SN series

Generator Hours: 2100

Propeller: 3 Blade 32” Luke


Fuel: 600 Gallons in 4 isolated tanks

Water: 200 Gallons



Forward Cabin: 1 Double berth, 3 Single berths

Mid-ships cabin: 2 Single berths, Galley Table converts to Double bunk

Aft Cabin: 1 Double Berth, 1 Single berth

Heads: 3 total. 2 with Nature’s Head composting toilets, 1 with holding tank.

Forward head has a shower with a GROHE sink and shower faucet.


Heating: 2 Reflex Diesel Heaters, large one in main Cabin and small one in Owners Cabin



Solid slate deep basin sink with both pressurized water and foot pump

Open top refrigerator/ Freezer

4-burner Force 10 propane stove (propane kept on deck in a dedicated locker with solenoid switch)

Ample storage with original William Hand designed drying racks


Deck and Pilothouse:

Deck: Teak, 3/8” teak applied over 3 layers of ½” sub plywood deck

Deck Seams: Teak Decking systems, redone in 2010

Deckhouses: 1” Marine Plywood sheathing with 6oz cloth and epoxy coating

Forward deckboxes: Teak, original to the vessel, either side of Mainmast

Forward hatch: sliding hatch with Lexan skylight


Helm: Original to the vessel with Wheeler ShipyardBrooklyn New York inscription on backside

Construction plate: Hull 604, Wheeler Shipyard, mounted below the helm

Compass: Kelvin White

Pilothouse curtains: New in 2010 with full length vinyl inserts


The electronics and navigation equipment are as follows:

Raytheon Radar

Horizon Depth Sounder

Airmar weather station (new 2012)

Maretron Display (new 2012)

AIS Receiver (new 2011)

ICOM VHF Radio with Repeater Speaker (New 2011)


Sails and Rigging:

Sail Area: approx 1800 sq ft, all sails

Sail plan: All sails heavily constructed with 9oz Dacron cloth

Main, new in 2012

Mizzen, new in 2013

Stays’l, new in 2014

Genoa, new in 2012

Asymmetrical Spinnaker

Storm Trysail

Storm Jib

Headsails are rolled on Shaffer furlers

Main and Mizzen slide along Tides Marine low friction tracks


Rigging: 1 x 19 stainless wire

Masts and booms: Sitka Spruce, painted in tradition of William Hand Design

Sail handling equipment: The sheets are controlled by 5 bronze self tailing Barient winches while the 4 halyards are bronze reel-winches.


Deck Equipment, Anchors, and Safety Equipment:

GUILDIVE is a great compromise of period design and modern sail handling equipment. All deck cleats and chocks are bronze and she has a forward Sampson post and after bits for docking.  On the stern is an electric capstan while on the bow she has a Lunenburg Windlass.  Her main working anchor is a 100lb CQR with 4 shots of anchor chain.  The first 200 feet of chain is housed about 8′ aft of the bow and the rest further aft.  On the bow there is a seawater wash down spigot and an outlet for a search light or anchor light.  On the transom are heavy gauge aluminum davits capable of holding a 500 lb dingy.  She also has a teak fold down swim deck with an aluminum swim ladder.

All safety equipment has been kept up to date and is USCG complainant

10 Man Viking A-pack liferaft

3 Portable Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers

1 Halon Fire Extinguisher

ACR Automatic Deployment EPIRB

15 Type -1 Adult PFD’s

3 Type-1 Child PFD’s

2 Type 3&5 Workvests

1 dog lifejacket

2 Throwable life rings

1 MOB pole with Flag and Light

6 Child and Infant life jackets of various sizes

Spare CQR Anchor and Luke stern anchor



Mechanical and Electrical:

GUILDIVE’s machinery, batteries and fuel tankage is located below the pilothouse where there is ample space for tools, spares, lubricants and miscellany storage.  The overall dimensions are 12′ X 16′ with 2 hatch accesses.


Engine: Detroit Diesel 4-71

Engine Hours: Post engine rebuild in 2015, 100 hours

Engine Power: 140 Horse Power

Generator: 10kw Isuzu QD-27, 2-cylinder engine with a Lima SN series

Generator Hours: 2100

Propeller: 3 Blade 32” Luke


Fuel: 600 Gallons in 4 isolated tanks, port/stbd fuel fills with no corrosion or rust


Fuel is supplied to both generator and main engine through Racor fuel filters before the engine mounted primary fuel filters.  Propulsion is transferred via the Capitol Marine Gear 3:1 reduction gearbox to the 2″ stainless Aquamet 22 main shaft with a 32X28 full feathering Luke propeller.  The shaft linkage is made up of a primary shaft and a stump shaft to allow in-water service of the propeller.  The Luke propeller is well matched to manage GUILDIVE’s 46ton displacement and offers ample power in forward and reverse through all tide, current and sea conditions.


The potable water system was renewed in 2011 with PEX piping, new pressure tank, 32volt pump and new storage tank in 2013.  The hot water system is heated through both heat exchange with the main engine and 120volt water heater.


Electrical power is managed through 3 battery banks: 2-32volt banks and 1-12volt bank, all new 2012.  Charging the batteries is accomplished through the main engine alternator for 32volt banks and the generator alternator for the 12volt bank.  Additionally, there are two AC 120volt 12volt chargers and one AC 120volt 32volt charger for shore power supplied battery charging.


GUILDIVE’s electrical panel is divided between 32volt,12volt and 120volt systems.  The 32volt system includes the majority of house and deck lighting, navigational lights, radar, 32volt/120volt inverter, potable water and shower discharges while the 12volt system operates navigational equipment (AIS, NEMA-2000 Weather Station), VHF Radio, LED house lighting, Sounder, cook stove solenoids, stereo, blowers and fans.  All wiring is modern construction and sized accordingly allowing for potential expansion of 12volt or change to 24volt systems.  The AC 120volt system is supplied via the Lima generator or via shore power connection.  The shore power connection is provided through an Isolation Transformer.  The AC 120volt system provides power for the refrigeration/freezer unit, battery charging, hot water heater and standard 120volt outlets in the main cabin, engine room and aft cabin.

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