50' Santa Cruz 50

50' Santa Cruz 50

NOTE: This boat is currently held in a California LLC. This is available with the boat if you want to keep her in CA...as you are buying a company and the boat is an asset of the company, there should not be any sales tax.  Consult with your attorney or tax professional about this.

Owners Notes:

Deception is the last of the Santa Cruz 50’s produced by Bill Lee, the “Fast Is Fun” Wizard of Santa Cruz.  The SC 50’s were modeled after the original yacht Merlin that set the 1976 Transpac record that held for 20 years.  Today the Santa Cruz 50’s are generally said to be the best boat to do the Transpac or Pacific Cup races based on their winning combination of speed, stability, ease of handling and below deck comfort.  And whereas most boats race in divisions with a broad array designs and ratings, the SC 50’s and 52’s generally race as a single division within a narrow range of ratings.

As the last SC 50 built, Deception has features not found on other SC 50’s. She was the only SC 50 built with an open transom which adds a level of cockpit spaciousness. She also lacks the structural box that obstructs the cabin floor on all other SC 50’s. This opens up the interior and gives a level floor the full length of the cabin – something much appreciated when you are loading sails below without having to climb over “the box.” Another unique feature is her deck is a light weight carbon deck, an innovation that was being developed at the time. Also, her mast is placed 9 inches forward for improved upwind performance.  Finally, she sports an elliptical keel and a modified rudder with a titanium rudder shaft.    

Deception has provided us with many miles of wonderful, exciting sailing over the past 11 years.  We have sailed four Hawaii races (a Pacific Cup and three Transpacs), placing 2nd in division in three of the four.  We’ve also sailed two San Diego to Puerto Vallarta races, two Mexorc’s, and all four of the California Offshore Race Weeks (2016-2019).  We campaign actively in the San Francisco Offshore YRA races (Farallones, Lightship, Duxship, Half Moon Bay, Waterhouse etc.), the Rolex Big Boat Series, Long Beach Race Weeks, and countless races in SF Bay.  And of course, we like nothing better than taking Deception out for social sails such as Opening Day on the Bay or watching the Blue Angels. 

Throughout our ownership, we have maintained Deception in top shape.  The running rigging is kept up to date and is in good shape. Examples of the improvements we have made include:

New Ballenger spar and standing rigging, 2009

(The rigging was pulled  & inspected 2015, and new mast partner was installed.)

New Engine (Yanmar JHE38) 2014 (regularly serviced every year)

New Harken cabintop mainsheet winches (new in 2011)

New Force 10 3-burner stove 2013 (no known problems; replace battery in propane solenoid)

New Lower Rudder Bearing 2017 (TPac is hard on rudder bearings; replaced in Hawaii in 2017)

New cabin floor 2018

New bottom paint every two years (most recently November 2019). The boat has not left the dock since then but the diver has done the bottom on an approx. 60 day schedule and reports it is still in good shape.


Sail Inventory


Main (short cut) North 3di (2014 but was mis-cut by the loft; about 4-5” short on the foot but otherwise a good 3di sail. We have used it consistently for all the local races since then except the Rolex Big Boat Series in which we use the full cut main.)

Main (full cut) North 3di (New in 2014, North replaced the mis-cut sail.  We have used the full cut main for Mexico, the 2017 Transpac, 3 or 4 Cal Offshore Weeks (here to San Diego), and probably 4 Rolex Big Boat Series. It’s still good for at least another Hawaii race.  


J1 North 3di (New in 2013. It’s getting harder to shape exactly but is still serviceable. We change down to the J3 around 11-12 knots anyway. 

J3 North 3di  (New in 2015. Quite serviceable.)

J4/Blast Reacher North 3di (New in 2017. The current favorite sail on the boat.  We often put it up in place of the J3 if there is a chance of the wind building because the sail performs so well.  It also serves as a blast reacher offshore.)


A1 North (new 2018) (Very new, and excellent shape)

A2 North (new 2019) (Very new, and excellent shape)

A2 Ullman (new 2016) (A strong sail, still in good shape. Carry as a backup on long offshore races, and use in place of the new A2 in races that matter less. This is an Ullman sail we bought virtually new from the SC 50 Hana Ho in Mexico after we blew up our A2 in the race to Puerto Vallarta.)

A3 North (new 2015)(Perfectly serviceable.)

A5 North (new in 2019) (We used it once in in the California Offshore Week and blew it up.  North repaired it.  Perfectly good storm spinnaker.)

S4 North Symetric Spin (New in 2010 but not used frequently since it’s intended for deep sailing and we’re mostly an asym boat.Still a very serviceable sail.)

Misc Sails

Heavy Air Full Sym Spinnaker 1.5 oz. (pre-2010 but amazingly solid)

Heavy Air Small Reacher 1.5 oz. (same as above; we use as a delivery spinnaker because it is strong, smaller and easier to control)

Delivery Main, Dacron 2/3 luff height (pre-2010 but serviceable for a delivery main)


Delivery Jib, Dacron (got it 8-10 yrs ago from North; was a jib made for a smaller J Boat) 


Storm Jib (pre-2010 but OK for the required Storm sail)

Storm Tri-sail Jib (pre-2010 but OK for the required Storm sail)

Sails in Storage

There are a couple of other sails in the storage locker, including a couple of practice spinnakers.  


Engine Yanmar 38 HP Model 3JHE38   New in 2014, regularly serviced.

Two blade Martec folding race propeller (refurbished 2019)

Three-blade fixed delivery propeller (new in 2014 or 2015) 



 AGM house batteries (New in 2012. They still seem to charge up well.)

Separate dedicated Engine Battery (Same.)



Fuel, fixed tank estimated 42 gallons diesel

Fuel, four 20 gal plastic drums plus three 5 gal diesel cans 

Two freshwater tanks total 39 gals

Six 6 gal. plastic water jugs 

Watermaker (Katadyn, pickled between uses) (Pre-2010 but has worked fine in all the Hawaii races. Always removed and pickled between Hawaii races.)

Saltwater foot pump at sink

Propane tank with mounting bracket for exterior propane locker

Propane hose attachment, optional to use small 1 lb. tanks 



Ockam Navigation System (4 mast displays, 2 in cockpit, 1 at nav station)

AIS Class A (transmit & receive) (New in 2017).

Standard Horizon GPS/Chartplotter (New in 2010.)

Standard Horizon DSC VHF (New in 2010.)

Single Sideband Radio & Pactor Modem

Two EPIRBs (Type I and Type II)

Raymarine Autopilot (New in 2010.)



Four berths in Main Cabin

Four pipe berths aft

Hanging locker

Enclosed head (toilet replaced 2014)


Miscellaneous Equipment

Inflatable Dingy (West Marine 2014) (Hardly used. Used for Mexico deliveries only.)

Carbon Spinnaker Pole plus an extra emergency spinnaker pole

Two Reaching Struts

Carbon Helmsman Stand (detachable) for reaching

Anchors:  One Fortress and One Danforth, plus 120’ rode & chain 

Emergency Rudder, MOM & Lifesling

Mounted turning blocks for crossover spinnaker sheeting offshore

SOLAS flares meeting 2019 offshore requirements

Force Ten 3-burner Stove & Oven (new in 2013)

Canvas covers on Mainsail, Spinnaker Poles, Wheel & Winches


Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Builder: Bill Lee
Designer: Bob White
Flag of Registry: United States
Keel: Fin
LOA: 50 ft 0 in
Beam: 12 ft 0 in
LWL: 46 ft 5 in
Maximum Draft: 8 ft 0 in
Displacement: 16000 lbs
Ballast: 8000 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 4 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 2014
Engine Model: JHE38
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Center
Engine Hours: 1000
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 38 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: 2 Plastic (39 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Aluminum (40 Gallons)
Number of heads: 1
Navigation center
Wind speed and direction
Gennaker/Cruising spinnaker
Asymmetric spinnaker
Storm jib
Battened mainsail
Steering wheel
Spinnaker pole
Inside Equipment
Manual bilge pump
Fresh water maker
Hot water
Electric bilge pump
Marine head
Sea water pump
Battery charger
Electrical Equipment
Shore power inlet
Mainsail cover


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.


Email drew./harper@me.com or call anytime, 415-867-8056. USCG Master, 500 ton all oceans. Your Bluewater Expert all gained from 45 years of boat ownership and some 200,000 miles sailed in every ocean. Boats that I have owned in the last 45 years are Santa Cruz 27's (6), Santana 22's (11), Andrews 21's (12), J/80's (2), Santa Cruz 70, Santa Cruz 50, the 1933 78' 49 passenger Brigantine Rendezvous, the 65' Commercial 49 passenger Sea Runner Catamaran "Sea Raven" the 90' 90 passenger Topsail Schooner "Bay Lady." I know what a good boat is. I look forward to guiding you properly, always with fiduciary responsibilities towards you. Honesty, integrity, love for our ocean and appreciation for the beautiful vessels that sail upon her are passions I share with you. Sailing is not a hobby for me, it is my life! We remain dedicated to serving our clients and specializing in vessels of quality, style, and substance which we match with the specific requirements of each individual. We are always "Your Choice for Blue Water Boats." We don't inherit our planet from our ancestors...... We are borrowing it from our children. Please contact Drew Harper at 415-867-8056

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