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Old 12-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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1981 Great Lakes 33 Trawler (Canadian built) $78,500US

Specifications
Builder: Ontario Yachts Ltd, Burlington, Ontario
Manufactured: October 1981
Length Overall (LOA): 32’ 6”
Length at Waterline (LWL): 30’
Length with Dinghy: 40’
Hull Speed: 7.34 kts
Beam: 11’ 6”
Draft: 3’ 2”
Displacement: 11,000 lbs
Fuel: 187 gals. (2 tanks)
Water: 187 gals. (2 tanks)
Waste: 25 gals
Engine: Volvo-Penta TMD40A, 117hp, turbocharged diesel
Engine hours: 4700


Accommodations
Large vee berth forward, hanging locker to starboard, head with integral shower to port. Lower steering station is to starboard and copilot’s seat with storage below to port. Galley is along the port side with three burner propane stove and under cabinet refrigerator/freezer. The settee and dining table is to starboard with seating for four and storage below each seat. Settee converts into a double berth. Large covered and enclosed aft cockpit provides entertaining space and an additional salon. Large lazarette and deck storage integrated with seating. Flybridge has a steering station and additional storage above.

Electronics and Navigation
Furuno 1715 Radar (new 2006)
Furuno LS4100 Fishfinder (new 2009)
Uniden UM525 DSC VHF (lower station)
ICOM IC-M45 VHF (upper station)
Raymarine ST60 depth sounder (new 2006)
Raymarine ST6001 autopilot (new 2006)
Raymarine wireless autopilot controller
Brookhouse NMEA multiplexer
Computer with 15” display running Coastal Explorer
Davis Weather Wizard III wind/temp instrument
Ritchie compass
Ships clock and barometer
Garmin GPS17xHVS
Garmin GPSMap76

Deck
Rocna 33# anchor w/300’ of 5/16” chain
Lewmar Pro-1000 windlass (new 2005)
Spare 33# Bruce anchor
8 ’ AB fiberglass RIB with 6hp Suzuki
Saint Croix dinghy davits on stern
Custom hardtop over cockpit

Owner’s comments
Saratoga Sue is an extremely comfortable, well built and economical cruiser ideal for a couple and an occasional guest or two. She has been to Alaska and northern BC numerous times and is ready again. The electronics and electrical systems have been extensively updated. The 450 ah house bank provides an easy two to three nights at anchor without the need to recharge. Fuel burn is 2 gals/hr at 7 knots. The cushions, mattresses and upholstery were completely replaced in 2004 and the interior is in excellent condition. The vessel was one of less than 30 built by Ontario Yachts Ltd in the early 1980’s. The company is most noted for their 28’ and 32’ sailing vessels. She is an excellent example of superior Canadian maritime craftsmanship. Her fiberglass hull form is that of a semi-displacement, downeast lobster boat which handles weather and waves nicely. This particular boat, hull number 7, was featured on the cover of the Pacific Yachting in June of 1982. You will not be disappointed with this boat; the owners are moving up to a larger vessel.
The vessel is located in the northern portion of Puget Sound in Washington State. For complete spec sheet and more photos please contact steppen@frontier.com.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Love the boat. Some of our favorite visitors to our little cove on Key Biscayne were these GL 33's. Never saw them together, but they knew one another according to the guy on the fly-bridge in the 2nd photo. Neat boats.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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Step,
I've always lusted after your boat.
What's the rated rpm and displacement of the Volvo?
Do you have a good descriptive pic of the after end below the WL?.
Has Saratoga Sue made some passages up Saratoga Passage?
We got tired of Saratoga Passage and got a slip at LaConner.
Perhaps we'll sell our house in Alaska before you sell SS.
Good luck to both of us.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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WOT is like 3100 RPM, she cruises nicely at 2100 and gives an honest 7 knots (with no wind and current) and 2 gals/hour. Displacement of the TMD40A is 220 cubic inches and the owners manual says 117hp through the BW Velvet Drive.

We live on Saratoga Passage so travel it all the time. Winds can be significant on the passage, yesterday we were showing 25 knots sustained and gusts up to 45.

This is the best shot I have of the stern. She's got a BIG rudder which really enhances close quarter operations.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:40 AM   #5
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Very nice boat. I believe I was on it back when it was very young, as I understand that it was in the Vancouver boat show around the same time as Pacific Yachting did their coverage of it. I recall being very impressed with it.

It looks like a hard overhead was added to the aft cockpit at some point, which I'm sure added to its capability.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
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Yes, it is a nice boat. I have read however, that the hull is cored right to the keel rather than only above the waterline. Reading Pascoe is enough to dissuade anyone from buying a boat at all, but he is particularly concerned about cores below the waterline. What do you think?

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Old 12-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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Thank's for the pic Steppen,

Yea I see she's over a ton less than Willy. Must go fairly fast for a 32 w less than 125hp. Deep forefoot smooths the ride, big keel and rudder keep her straight and wide flat stern keep her steady. Nice boat Step ... should sell fine.

Poor man's Krogen Express.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:30 AM   #8
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Step,
I've always lusted after your boat.
What's the rated rpm and displacement of the Volvo?
Do you have a good descriptive pic of the after end below the WL?.
Has Saratoga Sue made some passages up Saratoga Passage?
We got tired of Saratoga Passage and got a slip at LaConner.
Perhaps we'll sell our house in Alaska before you sell SS.
Good luck to both of us.
Eric/Step
Here is a pic of my 33 from directly astern. They are wide and flat. Hope the picture attaches I haven't attached one before on the forum.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:20 PM   #9
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is Saratoga Sue still for sale?
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:42 PM   #10
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La Bomba, do you keep her at Johnny V's? I see you have it listed with Ed too.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:47 PM   #11
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The boat is currently listed with a local broker. Please see the listing at:

1981 Ontario Yachts Ltd. Great Lakes 33 Power Boat For Sale -

Price is now $74,500
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:34 PM   #12
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Yea Stepp the waether's been a little like SE Alaska lately.

Still lusting after your boat. Always enjoy looking at more pics and LaBomba your picture is excellent .. tells just about all. And I can see how she'd swing around smartly considering her stern, keel and rudder. She'd be closer to a perfect boat for me down here but for economical reasons I better keep Willy.
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Boat sold.
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