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54' American Marine Pilothouse Ketch


Has "Live Aboard" approval for the current owner.  Transfer is subject to approval of the Harbor for the buyer.

Designed by by the renowned Eldredge-McInnis, specifically for extended cruising, LADY JADE was is a one of the finest pedigree wooden yachts on the Bay. She was custom built of solid teak (almost unheard of even then and prohibitively expensive today) in British Hong Kong by American Marine (later made famous for building the classic Grand Banks and Grand Alaskans). She has logged an estimated 130,000 miles sailing the South Pacific, Mexico and Alaska and has been refit at regular intervals over the years. 

From 2019 - 2021, she underwent a major restoration with over $160,000 invested and is now being sold due to unforeseen family circumstances. This is an incredible opportunity to own one of the most capable and comfortable classic yachts of this era. She is ready for a new, loving steward, who is looking for either a blue-water proven craft for long-term cruising, a full-amenity live-aboard, a breathtaking Bay-cruiser, or a proven group charter. Owner will accept payment in USD or crypto currencies.

  • Make: American Marine
  • Model: Pilothouse Ketch
  • Year: 1962
  • Length: 54ft
  • Name: Lady Jade
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Located In: Emeryville, CA
  • Category: Sail
  • Class: Pilothouse
  • Keel: Full Keel
  • Designer: Elridge-McInnis
  • Builder: American Marine
  • LOA: 54 feet
  • LWL: 42 feet
  • Beam: 15 feet
  • Max Draft: 7 feet
  • Total Engines: 1
  • Engine 1
  • EngineMake: Detroit Diesel
  • EngineModel: 4-71
  • EngineYear: 0000
  • EngineFuel: diesel
  • PropellerType: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 750 gallon
  • Fuel Tank Count: 1
  • Water Tank Capacity: 200 gallon
  • Water Tank Count: 1
  • Double Berths: 1
  • Twin Berths: 4
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 2

Additional Descriptions


Lady Jade

One of San Francisco’s finest 'pedigree' wooden yachts

S/V Lady Jade was commissioned and custom designed for the commodore of the St Francis Yacht Club in the early 1960s. She follows 'motorsailer' design principles focussed on ocean crossings and holds an impressive 750 gallons of diesel, 200 gallons of fresh water. She was designed expressly for long-distance, blue water and coastal cruising in comfort, with and without crew. 

She has just finished a painstaking 2.5-year, $160,000 restoration - maintaining her heritage, but adding many modern amenities. Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, the owner sadly is forced to sell her immediately. This is an incredible opportunity to own an important piece of San Francisco’s maritime history.

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She is ready for a new steward that is looking for either a blue-water proven craft for long-term cruising, a full-amenity live-aboard, a breathtaking Bay-cruiser, or a proven group charter.

Fully Insured | Perfect Hull Condition | Recent Survey | Live-Aboard Permission



Designed for Comfortable Cruising, with or Without Crew

Lady Jade is full of beautiful hand crafted, old growth teak on nearly every surface.  The extreme attention to detail from the American Marine boat yard and the Eldredge-McInnis design is evident in every square foot. The pilot house includes 270* of windows that cast beautiful teak-tinted light throughout the boat. She is classic, without the stuffiness of many classic yachts.

The center cockpit, pilothouse layout lends itself to privacy while cruising or living aboard for multiple couples, crew or a family with children. She has been home to each of these many times over the years. The layout also lends itself to incredible hosting opportunities for dinner and drinks on the bay or in the slip. There is ample room for 12 adults to be seated and comfortably at tables in the pilot house, fly bridge and aft deck table.

Accommodation Details:

Forward: Head with full-length hanging closet (includes modern 12v active air circulation to keep stored clothes and linens fresh, large anchor locker access door (anchor locker also includes recent 12v active air circulation to dry anchor rode) and 4 large cabinets for toiletries, bedding and general storage. Solar powered ceiling vent and full-size porthole with removable Teak-framed insect screen and adjustable bracket. 2X bronze portlights with original bronze chains to prop open. All trim is original Teak.

Next Aft: Large settees and pilot berths on either side (4). All settees and pilot berths can be pulled out/extended for flexible sleeping arrangements. This is an incredibly well designed and executed feature for long term cruising with combinations of single and “couple” crew or visitors. Layout options include: 2 double berths OR 1 double and 2 single berths OR 4 single berths. Curtain rails are built into the ceiling around each berth for privacy. 

Next Aft: A very large and newly redesigned and rebuilt galley (2020) (below).

Up and Aft: To pilot house/salon with fully equipped lower steering station, settees, new telescoping dining table, which converts into another double berth, beautiful Teak bar cabinet, and much additional storage. This room is stunning, with all original Teak trim, helm and 270* of windows. Doors open to deck port and starboard.

From Pilot House, Up and Aft: To flybridge, with a fully equipped steering station and seating for 8. In 2019/20, the flybridge has was fitted with a custom bimini, dodger and full wraparound enclosure. All Sunbrella. This project was completed at a cost of $11,000 and creates incredible options for additional hosting, sailing and guest berths year-round and panels can be removed/added based on weather and preference. 

From Pilot House/Salon, Down and Aft: To master stateroom, with double berth (Memory Foam mattress), large hanging closet, 15+ drawers and cabinets, original pull-out ironing board, and new 110V washing machine and matching dryer (incredible for liveaboards and long-term cruising). Just forward is a newly re-designed and rebuilt master head (below). Brand new hot water heater from Kuuma in master closet.  

From Flybridge, Down to Port or Starboard and Aft: Aft deck with “Winch Table”. The aft deck is home to three enormous stainless steel winches. A table and two stools have been custom fabricated to fit into these winches, when not in use, to provide a supremely romantic spot for evening drinks or watching a receding shoreline.

Air Conditioning and Heating 

Newer, dual, high-output Dometic Envirocomfort HVAC units under settee - three-zone (forward, pilothouse and aft/master).

Galley & Head


Newly Rebuilt, Modern Galley. All appliances, cabinets, and hardware were purchased and installed new in the last 2 years. Includes:

  • 110V dishwasher

  • 3-burner induction stovetop

  • Chopping block countertop

  • Large ceramic farmhouse-style sink

  • 4 brushed bronze faucets (each with a different water source to support various cruising situation. 12V pumped fresh water, foot-pumped freshwater, 12V pumped salt water, and 5-stage Reverse Osmosis filtered water. The first three are all flexible/removable-head style faucets.

  • Sink also includes new Insinkerator garbage disposal.

The large capacity, custom refrigerator and freezer were installed by the prior owner and use the highest quality “holding plate” cooling technology. This is an ultra-efficient technology and is ideal for both long term cruising and living aboard (currently in need of compressor replacement). 


Toilets are Dometic VacuFlush automatic vacuum heads and have both been rebuilt in the last 2 years with new parts, including pumps, valves, etc. They work great and each flush into individual holding tanks. The shower in the master head is a brand new panel-style shower with 9 faucets and 4 modes (spray hose, waterfall, top-spray, and 6-output full-body spray). Large shower pan was added during the rebuild, as was a new ceramic sink with modern hardware.

Electrical Systems

Electrical Systems

Lady Jade is equipped with three independent electrical systems for optimal redundancy. Systems include 110VAC, 12VDC, 32VDC.

110v supplied by 30 amp shorepower service, Northern Lights 3QM 12kw generator (1983)(Inoperative), and 1500 watt Heart Inverter.

12v supplied by brand new 100ah AGM deep cycle battery (2021). Space available and prepped for 4X additional house batteries.

32v supplied by 4X 8V batteries (new from 2020). These are used for starting the engine, as well as house and nav lights. Charging for 32VDC system via a new state-of-the-art Analytic Systems 32V charger, purchased in 2020, and engine alternators.


Note: vessel rewired in the early 1980s and again in the early 2000s.



Engine, Fuel, Drive and Emergency

1980 Detroit Diesel 4-71 diesel. Rebuilt in 1993. Starts in 2-3 seconds and runs like a charm

750 Gallons of Fuel stored in 4 independently operated and balanced tanks

Dual Racor Water-Separating Turbine Filters

Industrial Fuel Manifold with built-in, multi-input/output transfer pump, fuel polishing and jerry can pickup

Capital hydraulic transmission

Fireboy 1301 automatic Halon system in engine room (inoperative).

Engine driven high capacity Jabsco bilge pump with manual clutch

Three-zone, dual voltage (32v/12v) redundant bilge zones (Independent 3x Jabsco 3,500 GPH DC bilge pumps, 3X Jabsco 12V diaphragm bilge). 

Dual hydraulic helms (in pilot house and on fly bridge). Both have full throttle and transmission control.



Sails and Rigging

Sails and Rigging

 New, custom, Sailpack-style sail covers were added to both the main and mizzen in 2019/20. 

These are attached to jack lines and make raising and lowering both sails under way safe and fast.

  • Mainsail (1983)

  • Roller furling jib (recently removed for UV cover replacement) (1983)

  • Staysail (1983)

  • Mizzen staysail (1983)

  • Storm trysail (1976)

  • Storm jib (1976)

  • Hood roller furler (1983)

  • Stainless steel standing rigging with Norse fittings, 1/2" Samson Braid running rigging 

One Barient #35 winch, two Barient #27 self-tailing, three Barient #26, one #22, one #21, two #19 self tailing, one #3, one #1.

Communications and Navigation

Communication and Navigation

  • Newly installed US Navy Vintage Henry Browne & Son Ships Compass 

  • Furuno FG11 recording depth sounder

  • Wind speed/direction indicator

  • Speed/ distance log

  • Wood-Freeman 500B autopilot. Famously bulletproof analog autopilots. 

  • ICOM IC-M80 VHF radio

  • Kenwood HF transceiver with ICOM 500 watt amp

  • Danforth compass aft

  • KVH fluxgate compass

  • Chelsea ships clock.


Hull and structure


This vessel was built in British Hong Kong by American Marine, the yard that went on to build the legendary Grand Banks and Grand Alaskan trawlers. She's constructed of old-growth Teak (an extremely rot-resistant wood, hard to find today and unbelievably expensive) on Oak frames and had new Teak decks installed in 1990. During survey, the surveyor commented "she has the best wooden hull I have seen in 10 years". The boat was cruised to Mexico as recently as 2000 and is actively sailed on the Bay.




Unparalleled craftsmanship, materials, strength, and artistry in the modern era

Designed by the renowned Eldredge-McInnis, Lady Jade was custom built on commission for the commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club, specifically for extended cruising.

Lady Jade is built of solid, old-growth Teak, which was almost unheard of in the 1960s and beyond prohibitively expensive today. She was laid up in British Hong Kong by American Marine, who was later made globally famous for building the classic Grand Banks and Grand Alaskan yachts.

Lady Jade has been home-ported in San Francisco Bay and Hawaii since she was first delivered. Through a series of owners, she has logged an estimated 130,000 miles sailing the South Pacific, Mexico and Alaska.

Additional Details

Sale Details (Just listed mid-2021)

Accepting payment in USD, Bitcoin, and Ethereum

For sale exclusively through Rubicon Yachts in Emeryville, CA. Available for showing by broker and owner. 

  • Has sought-after "Live Aboard" approval in marina (Transfer subject to harbor approval)

  • Recently surveyed (October 2020)

  • Fully Insured (value + liability)


Additional Features


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.

Broker Details

Bill Adams

Yacht & Ship Sales
415-425-5099 - mobile
415-484-1300 - office
3300 Powell St., Ste 105
Emeryville, CA 94608

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