JK3 Yacht Sales
San Diego, CA, US
Office: 619.224.6200
1978 Sparkman & Stephens 53' Dorade modification
Boat Type: Antique and Classic Address: San Diego, CA, US Price: $135,900


Olin Stephens was asked by a client in 1997 if he would review his design of the legendary Dorade and make any modifications or improvements to the design which was completed in the 1920's (Dorade is currently racing in the original races she won years ago by her new owners who restored her)

Upon completion of the design for Kay of Goteborg, Walsteds of Denmark was chosen to build her.  The yacht was completed in 1978 using double planked teak and oak framing.  The planks were reportedly epoxied together.  The deck is teak.

The many interior and exterior pictures attest to the quality of her design and construction.

According to a survey completed in November 22, 2017 the surveyor indicated that Kay is heavily build with superb craftsmanship. He added that Kay has the potential to be a highly valued yacht.  He placed her replacement value at $2,000,000. U S dollars.  She was hauled out in 2017 at Baja Naval Boat Yard where the bottom and hull sides were  painted.

Due to the owner's declining health, deck and mast varnishing issues were neglected.

She has a Mercedes diesel with 80 horse power which propels her easily at hull speed.  This listing agent crewed aboard Kay when she was motored to haul out for survey and to her current slip in Mission Bay, near San Diego and can attest to her performance under power.



Basic Information

Manufacturer: Sparkman & Stephens Vessel Name: Kay of Goteborg
Model: 53' Dorade modification Boat Type: Antique and Classic
Year: 1978 Hull Material: Wood
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: San Diego, CA, US Designer: Olin Stephens
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 53 ft - 16.15 meter Draft - max: 8 ft 5 in - 2.57 meter
LOA: 53 ft - 16.15 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Beam: 13 ft 5 in - 4.09 meter Dry Weight: -


Make: Mercedes Engine Type: Inboard
Model: Drive Type: Surface Drive
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: - Horsepower: -
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: -
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 100 gallons - 2 tank(s) Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: -    


Total Cabins: 2 Crew Cabins: -
Total Berths: - Crew Berths: -
Total Sleeps: - Crew Sleeps: -
Total Heads: 1 Crew Heads: -
Captains Cabin: -    


53' Sparkman & Stevens Yawl

This custom Olin Stevens designed yawl which was launched in Denmark by Walsteds and build using  teak planks over oak frames was crafted to  the highest standards of wood construction in the world. The teak interior is expertly built and very functional for offshore passages. A fireplace in the cabin fireplace will take the chill off the air for crew on the off watch in high latitude sailing.

The yawl rig provides for many sail configurations to easily reef in heavy wind conditions.

The hull form provides for good performance in all wind conditions

The 80 h.p. Mercedes diesel will easily propel Kay up to hull speed.

The rig plan and interior plans are included in picture section of this listing.

Kay should be restored to her original exterior condition and proudly displayed in a nautical museum like setting where  wood boat experts may view and truly appreciate her construction, beauty and utilitarian design by the legendary Olin Stevens.


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JK3 Yacht Sales
San Diego, CA, US
Office: 619.224.6200