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43' Stephens Brothers Tri Cabin


ELIZABETH is a stunningly beautiful 1929 Stephens Brothers Tri-cabin, with cockpit, motoryacht.  It has been painstakingly restored and maintained in Bristol condition as a showpiece in the Northern California fleet of the Classic Yacht Association.  Restored and refurbished to retain the essence of this Classic yacht and upgraded to create an operational yacht to ply the waters of the San Francisco Bay and Delta.  Boatshed kept to preserve the fine woodowrk and exterior finishes.

NEW Bottom Paint October 2021!

  • Make: Stephens Brothers
  • Model: Tri Cabin
  • Year: 1929
  • Length: 43ft
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Engine/Fuel Type:
  • Located In: Vallejo, CA
  • Category: Power
  • Class: Antique and Classics
  • LOA: 42.67 feet
  • Beam: 10.5 feet
  • Max Draft: 2.83 feet
  • Total Engines: 2
  • Engine 1
  • EngineMake: General Motors Marine
  • EngineModel: GM 350 CID K15 V8
  • EngineYear: 0000
  • EngineFuel: unleaded
  • PropellerType: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Engine 2
  • EngineMake: General Motors Marine
  • EngineModel: GM 350 CID K15 V8
  • EngineYear: 0000
  • EngineFuel: unleaded
  • PropellerType: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 gallon
  • Fuel Tank Count: 2
  • Single Berths: 4
  • Cabins: 2
  • Heads: 1

Additional Descriptions

Fixed CO2 Firefighting system for engine room, activated by pull cable on bridge control console or in galley locker  Portable fire extinguishers in galley and bridge  Two automatic electric bilge pumps USCG approved life vests and life ring  LPG solenoid shut off valves for galley range and aft salon space heater  Automatic engine room fume detector, alarm, and ventilation fan 
Electronics and Navigation
Raymarine ST 6000 Digital depth indicator Working vintage Ritchie binnacle compass "Binnacle" inclinometer Velocitek "Speed Puck" Icom IC-M302 VHF U.S. Government navigation charts for Northern California Bay and Delta regions
GM 350 CID K15 V8 gas engines installed 2010 Co2 Fire suppression system XA\INTEX Fume Detector system
Stainless steel double sinks Willis two burner vintage propane stove with oven Hot & Cold pressure water Norcold dual voltage refrigerator freezer Microwave oven
Additional Information
Force 10 propane Heater in the salon Denon AM/FM/CD sound system Toshiba Flat Screen TV Raritan Lectra-San head system in the aft head Complete set of original navigation lights, search light, masthead and anchor light Antique brass bell Polished brass replica bridge telegraph night light with signal bells Twin stainless steel electric trumpet horns Three anchors: One each stockless "Navy" type in hawse pipe, "old fashioned" stowed on fore deck, and Danforth stowed in lazaret, with cables in excellent condition West Marine AC and DC power panels with circuit breakers and led "on" indicators Two 12 volt storage batteries with automatic charger Folding mainmast with yardarm and halyards for flags Complete set of West Marine mooring fenders in excellent condition Walker Bay fiberglass dinghy with mast, sail, oars, and bilge pump Antique dinghy davit with manual winch Two shore power cables with "pigtail" adapters to suit various marina electric receptacles West Marine portable toilet in forward salon Electric toilet, macerator, and Electra San system in aft head Custom fitted canvas covers for anchor windlass, lpg tank, transom, and butterfly hatch over forward salon Custom fitted canvas and clear plastic enclosure for cockpit Fresh water pressure regulated system with electric hot water heater, serving both heads and galley sink AC/DC refrigerator Original antique lpg gas range and oven Microwave oven Television and Stereophonic sound system in aft salon with AM/FM radio and CD/tape player
Dinghy "SNOOKS"
Walker Bay 8' sailing dinghy "SNOOKS" Complete with oars, mast, and sail.

The current owner purchased the yacht as BOUNTY in March 2000 in Cabrillo Point Marina.  It was brought to San Francisco Bay by truck to begin a restoration that has been a labor of love.  Great care was taken to restore the yacht to a high standard with materials and craftsmen dedicated to bringing it to Bristol condition as a working yacht.

The Hull has been completely refastened with all new silicon bronze fastners. Decks and substructure were replaced with new teak. Engines were replaced with GM 350 gas engines. All electrical systems have been replaced with new wiring, panels with breakers and batteries. Gear, drive lines and propellers have been replaced with new. Galley appliances have been updated or restored. Fuel tanks have been replaced with stainless steel tanks. Galvanic current isolator has been installed. Cabin windows were replaced with 1/4" laminated safety glass. All exterior and interior finishes have been renewed with topsides painted, varnish updated and upholstery replaced with new.
History and Background

The yacht was constructed by Stephens Brothers as Hull #575.  It was built to the 1920 list of general specifications for a "42 Ft twin engine cruiser." 

The original purchase price was $12,000, fully equipped with a complete set of engine maintenance tools, teakwood dining table, dining chinaware, silverware, pots, pans, kitchenware, broom, dustpan, flags, horns, anchors, anchor windlass, pike poles, box of spare fasteners, distress signals, teakwood boarding ladder, drapes, bedding, linens, towels, napkins, fire extinguisher, and four folding yacht chairs.

Originally named LILA M, it was delivered on December 1, 1930 as attested by a warranty and acceptance document of that date.  Over the following years, the yacht was renamed ELIZABETH, then BOUNTY, and then ELIZABETH once again.

Notably, BOUNTY served during WORLD WAR II.  Immediatly following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy enlisted all serviceable small craft over 40 feet in length.  BOUNTY and other yachts were inducted at the Oakland Yacht Club on December 8th.  It has been reported that the yachtsmen consumed all of the liquor aboard their vessels that day as the Navy would have otherwise unceremoniously disposed of it.

BOUNTY was assigned to the Captain of the Port of San Francisco and given the navy identification YP127.  BOUNTY was subsequently repositioned to Monterey Bay for harbor patrol duty and in all likelihood spent the duration of the war in that area.

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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