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 modelled 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 new 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 many miles of wonderful, exciting sailing since launch. The boat has proven to be one of the best having been on the podium the last four Hawaii races.
The boat is turn key ready to go to Hawaii again lacking for nothing mechanically, safety or equipment wise.
The boat is also held in an LLC so for anyone wanting to keep her in California the LLC is available.
Throughout her current ownership the boat has always been maintained in top shape
The running rigging is kept up to date and is in good shape.
Examples of the improvements made include:
New Ballenger spar and standing rigging, 2009
New Engine (Yanmar JHE38) 2014
New Harken cabintop mainsheet winches
New Force 10 3-burner stove 2013
New Lower rudder bearing 2017
New cabin floor 2018
New bottom paint every two years (most recently November 2019)
Main (short foot) North 3di
Main (long foot) North 3di
J1 North 3di
J3 North 3di
J4/Blast Reacher North 3di (new 2017)
A1 North (new 2018)
A2 North (new 2019)
A2 Ullman (new 2016)
A3 North (new 2015)
A5 North (new in 2019)
S4 North Sym Heavy Air Full Sym 1.5 oz.
Heavy Air Small Reacher 1.5 oz.
Delivery Main, Dacron 2/3 luff height
Dacron Storm Jib
Yanmar 38 HP Model 3JHE38 New in 2014, regularly serviced.
Two blade Martec folding race propeller (refurbished 2019)
Three-blade fixed delivery propeller
AGM house batteries
Separate dedicated Engine Battery
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)
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)
Standard Horizon GPS/Chartplotter
Standard Horizon DSC VHF
Single Sideband Radio & Pactor Modem
Two EPIRBs (Type I and Type II)
Four berths in Main Cabin
Four pipe berths aft
Enclosed head (toilet replaced 2014)
Inflatable Dingy (West Marine 2014)
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
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