Santa Cruz 50 For Sale

Alameda, CA 94501
United States

50.00 SF
12.00 SF
Year Built


Deception is one of the last of the Santa Cruz 50’s produced by Bill Lee, the “Fast Is Fun” Wizard of Santa Cruz. The SC 50’s were modeled after the original yacht Merlin that set the 1976 Transpac record that held for 20 years. Today the Santa Cruz 50’s are generally said to be the best boat to do the Transpac or Pacific Cup races based on their winning combination of speed, stability, ease of handling and below deck comfort. And whereas most boats race in divisions with a broad array designs and ratings, the SC 50’s and 52’s generally race as a single division within a narrow range of ratings.

Deception has features not found on earlier SC 50’s. She was one of the few SC 50's built new with an open transom which adds a level of cockpit spaciousness. She also lacks the structural box that obstructs the cabin floor on all other SC 50’s. This opens up the interior and gives a level floor the full length of the cabin – something much appreciated when you are loading sails below without having to climb over “the box.” Another unique feature is her deck is a light weight carbon deck, an innovation that was being developed at the time. Also, her mast is placed 9 inches forward for improved upwind performance. Finally, she sports an elliptical keel and a modified rudder with a titanium rudder shaft.

Deception has provided many miles of wonderful, exciting sailing since launch. The boat has proven to be one of the best having been on the podium the last four Hawaii races.

The boat is turn key ready to go to Hawaii again lacking for nothing mechanically, safety or equipment wise.

The boat is also held in an LLC so for anyone wanting to keep her in California the LLC is available.

Recent maintenance Items

Throughout her current ownership the boat has always been maintained in top shape

The running rigging is kept up to date and is in good shape.

Examples of the improvements made include:

New Ballenger spar and standing rigging, 2009

New Engine (Yanmar JHE38) 2014

New Harken cabintop mainsheet winches

New Force 10 3-burner stove 2013

New Lower rudder bearing 2017

New cabin floor 2018

New bottom paint every two years (most recently November 2019)

Sail Inventory

Main (short foot) North 3di

Main (long foot) North 3di

J1 North 3di

J3 North 3di

J4/Blast Reacher North 3di (new 2017)

A1 North (new 2018)

A2 North (new 2019)

A2 Ullman (new 2016)

A3 North (new 2015)

A5 North (new in 2019)

S4 North Sym Heavy Air Full Sym 1.5 oz.

Heavy Air Small Reacher 1.5 oz.

Delivery Main, Dacron 2/3 luff height

Delivery Jib,

Dacron Storm Jib

Storm Tri-sail


Yanmar 38 HP Model 3JHE38 New in 2014, regularly serviced.

Two blade Martec folding race propeller (refurbished 2019)

Three-blade fixed delivery propeller


AGM house batteries

Separate dedicated Engine Battery


Fuel, fixed tank estimated 42 gallons diesel

Fuel, four 20 gal plastic drums plus three 5 gal diesel cans

Two freshwater tanks total 39 gals

Six 6 gal. plastic water jugs

Watermaker (Katadyn, pickled between uses)

Saltwater foot pump at sink

Propane tank with mounting bracket for exterior propane locker

Propane hose attachment, optional to use small 1 lb. tanks


Ockam Navigation System (4 mast displays, 2 in cockpit, 1 at nav station)

AIS Class A (transmit & receive)

Standard Horizon GPS/Chartplotter

Standard Horizon DSC VHF

Single Sideband Radio & Pactor Modem

Two EPIRBs (Type I and Type II)

Raymarine Autopilot


Four berths in Main Cabin

Four pipe berths aft

Hanging locker

Enclosed head (toilet replaced 2014)

Miscellaneous Equipment

Inflatable Dingy (West Marine 2014)

Carbon Spinnaker Pole plus an extra emergency spinnaker pole

Two Reaching Struts

Carbon Helmsman Stand (detachable) for reaching

Anchors: One Fortress and One Danforth, plus 120’ rode & chain

Emergency Rudder,

MOM & Lifesling

Mounted turning blocks for crossover spinnaker sheeting offshore

SOLAS flares meeting 2019 offshore requirements

Force Ten 3-burner Stove & Oven (new in 2013)

Canvas covers on Mainsail, Spinnaker Poles, Wheel & Winches

Thomas Sitzmann
310 Magothy Rd
Severna Park MD 21146
United States
Sail1Design Thomas Sitzmann
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A lifelong sailor, Tom Sitzmann brings a broad range of sailing experience to Sail1Design. Tom has a great deal of dinghy and PHRF racing experience, competing successfully in the Laser, J/24, and J/22, winning several regional and district championships in those classes, both in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. While in Maine Tom also won several PHRF regattas aboard his J/24 & J/33, and more recently in his J/120.
Also a lifelong educator, Tom has coached sailing and directed sailing programs from Maine to Annapolis, and was an assistant offshore & dinghy coach at the USNA, head intercollegiate coach at Bowdoin College, and currently head coach at Severn School, where he guided the team to a National championship, the first and only Chesapeake Bay school ever to win the prestigious Mallory Trophy.
Tom ‘s offshore experience includes many distance races in New England, a transatlantic passage, a celestially-guided Marion-Bermuda Race, and most recently he brought his family to Bermuda aboard their J/120 Airwaves.
Tom's focus with Sail1Design is managing the Brokerage Marketplace, and Sail1Design's Career Center & Job Board. You can reach Tom at

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