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35' Spencer 35


WU WEI is the former BLACK HAWK that was well known in both racing and cruising circuits in the Pacific Northwest. She was cruised to Alaska where she was heavily upgraded by an owner who loved her dearly. Her current owner was preparing her for a circumnavigation when he fell in love with a larger cruising yacht. She has new Standing Rigging, mostly new running rigging, a brand new Pineapple Genoa, a newer Lofrans Windlass with foot pedal switches (2006), a Reconditioned Engine, new Lifeline Batteries, and most systems have been serviced and or upgraded. She is ready to enjoy immediately.

The Spencer 35 is a semi-custom bluewater cruiser designed by John Brandlmayr. Many of them have made offshore passages, including the well known ?Whisper? owned by noted author Hal Roth. There were 64 hulls produced in Canada by Spencer Boats Limited during a production run that lasted more than twenty years.

Spencer Boats began production of moulded fibreglass sailboats in 1958 with the Spencer 28. The yard was located on Canada?s west coast, in the town of Richmond, British Columbia. Eventually, the line of sailboats grew to include numerous models up to 53 feet in length. The most popular was the Spencer 35, introduced in 1962.

The popularity of the Spencer 35 was no doubt helped by several books written by Hal Roth. These books, classics of early cruising literature, described the adventures of Hal and Margaret Roth aboard their Spencer 35 Whisper, which was built for the Roths in 1966.

Most of the models in the Spencer line were designed by John Brandlmayr, a prolific designer of a wide variety of pleasure and commercial vessels and co-founder of the company. John died suddenly in 1974, and a few months later his partner Phil Hantke also passed away. John?s wife Pat, who had been involved in the business since day one, carried on the business for the next decade with the assistance of their son Grant (who went on to become a naval architect himself) and the company?s skilled employees.


  • Make: Spencer
  • Model: 35
  • Year: 1968
  • Length: 35ft
  • Name: WU WEI
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Located In: Alameda, CA
  • Category: Sail
  • Class: Cruisers
  • Designer: John Brandlmayr
  • Builder: Spencer Boats - Richmond BC Canada Hull # 34
  • LOA: 35 feet
  • LWL: 25 feet
  • Beam: 9.5 feet
  • Max Draft: 5.25 feet
  • Cabin Headroom: 6.33 feet
  • Ballast: 4500 pounds
  • Displacement: 12000 pounds
  • Total Engines: 1
  • Engine 1
  • EngineMake: Perkins
  • EngineModel: 4-107
  • EngineYear: 0000
  • EngineFuel: diesel
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 35 gallon
  • Fuel Tank Count: 1
  • Water Tank Capacity: 35 gallon
  • Water Tank Count: 1
  • Cabins: 1
  • Heads: 1

Additional Descriptions


The Spencer 35 is an attractive traditional design. With an overall length of 35’ and a displacement of 12,000 pounds, it has a full keel with a cutaway forefoot and an attached rudder. It has a narrow beam of 9’6” and a waterline of 25’ that lengthens considerably when heeled. There are traditional wineglass sections and 4500 pounds of lead ballast encapsulated in the fiberglass hull. The standard rig was a sloop, with optional ketch and cutter rigs. Tiller steering was standard, although the occasional boat can be found with a wheel.

Yachts built by Spencer Boats enjoy a reputation of being very well constructed. Spencer Boats attached the bulkheads and deck to the hull while the hull was still in the mould, to ensure that the hull remained undistorted. The hull deck joint is heavily fiberglassed, forming a strong monocoque structure. The bulkheads are bonded to both the hull and deck, and the furniture is also bonded to the hull for additional support.

One advantage of the wineglass sections is that there is room in the bilge area for tankage, and this is where both the fuel tank and the main water tank are found. This keeps the considerable weight of the fuel and water supplies down low, and also frees up space above the cabin sole for storage. The tanks are moulded of fibreglass and then glassed into place.

Additional Features

  • OVEN
  • VHF
  • GPS

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. Buyer should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht, and should instruct his agents, or his surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.

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