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80' Vic Franck 1961 Tatoosh

San Diego, CA, US

Previously Asking $385,000

Off Market


Designed by the famous yacht designer Ben Seaborn with project consultation and sail plan/rig by Sparkman and Stephens, the magnificent 80' wooden ketch fondly known as Tatoosh was built for the Boeing family in 1961. Actor Peter Fonda purchased Tatoosh shortly after the success of the movie Easy Rider in 1969 and sailed her extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Tahiti and California up until he sold her in 1985. The Cadranells of Seattle and San Diego bought Tatoosh from Fonda and owned her for 29 years. Tatoosh has been immaculately maintained throughout the years and aside from her rich history, she is an extremely well-built sailing yacht constructed with 2" Alaska yellow cedar planking, Everdur  bronze fastenings and a bronze structural frame.  She would make an awesome charter boat or private yacht.  Don't miss the 360 degree panoramic photos on this listing to get a more personal tour.

Yacht Overview

  • Yacht Details 80' Vic Franck 1961
  • Location San Diego, CA, US
  • Engines
  • Beam 19' 6''
  • Draft
  • Staterooms 3

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  • Cruising Speed: 8 kn
  • Beam: 19' 6''
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Fuel Tank: 1 x 700|gallon
  • Fresh Water: 1 x 600|gallon
  • Holding: 1 x 300|gallon
  • Single Berths: 1
  • Double Berths: 4
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 3
  • Dry Weight: 134,000 lb

Walk Thru

Fore peak area forward with access to the anchor locker. Next aft are crew quarters with two staggered berths fitted with foam cushions. Five runged ladder leads to hatch on the foredeck. Hanging locker, with washer/dryer and storage areas. Aft of this is crew head.
Aft of the crew quarters is the galley and dining area. Dinette seats six to eight people and a hand rubbed solid teak dining table.

Engine room aft of the galley area. Engine room space is insulated with one inch think fiber sound insulation, huge work bench and abundant storage space.

From the galley, access to the main salon is via a companionway and four step stairway. The salon measures approximately sixteen by fourteen and is completely paneled with teak. The sole is varnished teak and holly. On the port side of the salon is a built-in settee. To starboard are two chairs and a hi-lo table. In front of the port settee is a hi-lo cocktail table (both hi-lo tables combine to form a dining table for eight to ten). Four large windows give excellent visibility. To port and starboard are built-in cabinets and there is much storage space throughout this area. Forward is a large navigation area with chart drawers.

Aft in the salon is an electronics area to port and cabinet to starboard. The living quarters are accessible from the aft end of the salon down two steps to a hallway which ends at the master stateroom.

The living quarters are teak and holly and paneled in hand rubbed teak. The passageway has built-in linen cabinets and houses the centerboard retracting mechanism. To port is a guest stateroom with one double and one single berth. To starboard is the second guest stateroom with one large double berth. One guest head and shower. The owner’s stateroom is aft and has two large double berths and ensuite private head with shower. There is an escape hatch in the overhead with a plexiglass skylight built in. At the aft bulkhead is a desk with bookcase. Two large hanging closets and numerous drawers complete the owner’s stateroom.

Access from below deck to the cockpit area is via a four-step stairway from the aftermost end of the salon. The cockpit is located on top of the trunk cabin and has teak decking. There are contoured seats on each side capable of seating ten people and a center steering console. The steering console has a 36” spoked teak wheel, rimmed with brass, and topped with compass in binnacle.


Master Stateroom


  • (2) large double berths
  • (2) large hanging lockers
  • Private head with shower
  • Desk with book case
  • Built-in dresser drawers
  • Plexiglass skylight, hatch
  • Teak and Holly Floor


Guest Staterooms


  • Port stateroom with one double and one single berth
  • Starboard stateroom with one double berth
  • Built-in dresser drawers
  • Shared head and shower


  • (4) burner gas stove w/oven & broiler
  • (2) refrigerators
  • Wine cooler
  • Freezer
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Bar Sink
  • Faux marble countertops
  • (12) drawer storage
  • Oodles of cabinet space
  • Separate work areas
  • Pantry
  • Broom Closet
  • Washer/dryer
  • Raised Holly Floor


  • Built-in settee
  • Built-in cabinets
  • Four large windows
  • Nav Station
  • Signal Flag Cabinet
  • Teak and Holly floors
  • 7’ Headroom

Navigation And Electronics

  • Chelsea’s ship clock and barometer
  • (3) Furuno Navnet units
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS+GX2150 VHF
  • Handheld VHF
  • Chart table
  • ComNav autopilot
  • Danforth Constellation compass
  • Autohelm wind instruments
  • Datamarine speed/distance log
  • Autohelm depth instrument
  • Danforth White compass
  • Navigational and anchor lights

Engine And Mechanical

  • Caterpillar D333 180hp diesel
  • Water pressure pump with accumulator tank for domestic system
  • (2) refrigeration compressors
  • Sea Recovery water maker
  • Electric waste discharge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Engine driven bilge pump
  • (2) electric automatic bilge pumps

Electrical Equipment

  • 12VDC/32VDC systems
  • 12V/32V batteries
  • 7kW Yanmar diesel auxiliary generator
  • 60amp Alternator

Sails & Rigging



  • Winches:
  • (4) Barient #32
  • (1) Barient #30
  • (2) Barient #28
  • (3) Barient #26
  • (3) Barient #22
  • Boom gallows
  • 2 Spruce Masts
  • Stern electric capstan
  • Double drum windlass (electric)
  • Butterfly hatch




  • Elliott Patterson main (new 2014)
  • #1 genoa
  • #2 genoa
  • #3 genoa
  • Jib (new 2010)
  • B & C mizzen (new 2014)
  • Mizzen staysail (new 2013)
  • Gennaker
  • Staysail (new 2010)
  • Drifter


(5) dry chem portable fire extinguishers

Halon 1301 fixed fire suppression

PFDs and throwable PFDs

Distress flares

(1) six person life raft

(1) eight person life raft

(2) Danforth type anchors

(1) Navy type anchor




  • Emergency tiller handle
  • RIB with 7.5hp outboard
  • (2) boarding ladders


Denison Yacht Sales offers the details of this yacht in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of this boat for sale. A yacht buyer should instruct his yacht broker, or his boat surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This yacht for sale is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.