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Year Build  -  1938

Designer  -  George L. Craig

Builder  -  Fellows & Stewart

Design Type  -  Yawl (converted from 7/8 Cutter)


Length Overall  - 73.2 feet
Length Water Line  -  49 feet

Beam  -  13.3 feet 

Draft  -  10.5 feet

Displacement  -  95,000 Lbs

Construction  -  Wood

Construction Methodology  -  Double-Planked

Type  -  Philippine Mahogany on Oak Frames

Deck  -  Teak

Name  -  DIAMOND HEAD...Previously L'APACHE

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One of the few great classic yachts for sale, the DIAMOND HEAD is breathtaking with a seductive and awe-inspiring presence.  She is a sleek, historic yacht from the era of millionaire yacht owners, a soulful beauty, inviting nostalgic thoughts of a rich, glamorous and classy era of elegance. Having just completed a 4,000-mile voyage from Seattle, Washington to Cartagena, Colombia, which underscores her strength and reliability, the DIAMOND HEAD has further plans to continue toward for-hire opportunities in the West Indies.  She could be delivered to any part of the Mediterranean for the upcoming sailing season, should a buyer wish.  This would be included in the price. 

Her profile has unmistakable beauty.  Her varnished teak cabin and toe rail gleam, and her bronze and chrome hardware echoes back to a different era.  Below decks, her interior accommodations are tastefully appointed with an emphasis on efficiency.  Her large salon windows provide spectacular views from a raised dinette.  Aft, she has a large galley with u-shaped stainless steel counter surfaces and forward, has a spacious captain's quarters. 


DIAMOND HEAD was built in 1938 at the Fellows & Stewart Yard in Wilmington, California to a design by George L. Craig.  Fellows & Stewart was well-known for building high-quality yachts and only the best components were used. The yard reportedly spent years acquiring a cache of long boards for her "single sticker" hull planking which is double-planked Philippine mahogany. Frames are 3" by 3" bent oak on 15" centers. She is fastened with bronze screws. Her deck is teak over pine planking on 2.5" by 3.5" deck beams on 13" centers. Her keel is cast lead fastened with bronze bolts.  DIAMOND HEAD's hull design is a classic full-keel racing configuration with long, graceful overhangs.

She has a colorful history as a Transpacific racer, perhaps most notorious for a man-overboard incident in the 1951 Transpac when Ted Sierks, a 40-year-old photographer aboard to document the race, fell overboard 800 miles from Hawaii. After L'APACHE (previous name of the DIAMOND HEAD) and several other boats searched for him in vain, Navy vessels joined in and miraculously found him alive having spent almost 30 hours in the water.

Today DIAMOND HEAD is one of a select few wooden boats for sale having a well- documented past, with over 80 years of incredible history. 

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   Perkins 120 HP 6-cylinder engine 3544 M
   Borg Warner hydraulic transmission AS7-72
   Three-blade fully feathering 900FG Max-Prop 
   Dripless shaft seal
   2" stainless steel shaft

    (4) large 12-volt batteries make up the house battery bank
    (1) large 12-volt battery is dedicated as the starter battery
    (4) 8-volt batteries make up the 32-volt battery bank
    12-volt charger
    32-volt charger
    12-volt and 32-volt bilge pumps
    12-volt charging alternator
    32-volt charging alternator
    3-stage Heart charging regulator
    ProMar Intelligent Alternator Distribution System
    (1) 250-watt solar panel

   Forward captains quarters has a private head and two berths,                    one double and one single
   Mid stateroom has four berths two of which convert to couches
   Salon and mid stateroom share a mid-ship head
   There are two crew berths in the fore-peak for a total sleeping                  capacity of nine people

   Roller furling headsail
   Fully battened mainsail
   Mizzen sail

   Freshwater tanks, fiberglass with 400-gallon capacity
   Fuel tanks fiberglass 450-gallon capacity

    Electric autopilot, Com Nav Commander
    Binnacle with large Kelvin & White compass
    Garmin radar/chart-plotter
    VHF radio
    Garmin InReach with SOS
    Backup handheld Garmin GPS


Rigging/Decks and Anchors
    Aluminum main mast and mizzen mast
    75-lb fluke anchor 250' of 1/2" 
galvanized chain and nylon              rode extension
    45-lb fluke anchor
    Vertical electric stainless steel anchor windless
    Stainless steel stanchions and double lifelines
    Bronze chaulks at bow with stainless mooring cleat
    Teak cockpit table
    Two Barient 37 ST electric winches
    Extra blocks and tackle

    Force 10 propane four-burner stove/oven
    Front-loading fridge
    Stainless steel U-shape counter-tops
    Two 30-lb propane tanks mounted in deck lockers

    Inflatable tender
    9.9 HP tender outboard
    Two Vacuflush heads with holding tank and overboard                    configuration