Salt Yacht Brokerage
20838 Rock Hall Ave
Rock Hall, Maryland, US, 21661
Tel:(410) 639-9380
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1979 Custom Bugeye Ketch

location icon Rock Hall, Maryland
Year 1979
Length 38 ft

WIND SONG is a custom built one off Bugeye Ketch. She is stunning and harkens back to a bygone era. Built with a solid fiberglass hull she is a breeze to handle with Marconi rigged self tacking sails and easy to maintain!

Featuring a large, open cockpit she is set up for comfortable, easy and safe handling. Having just returned in June from a 7 month trip down the ICW to Key West and back she is in top condition and looking for her next owner. Her current owners have sailed her for over a decade and completed many extensive upgrades. She is fast, elegant and perfect for day sailing, weekending or extended cruising.

Preliminary Listing

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Year Built 1979
Category Sail
Length Overall 54 ft
Length Of Deck 38 ft
Beam 10'6 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID bugeye000079
Displacement 14,760 lb

Traditional in appearance but with a contemporary underbody, Wind Song is unique!

  • Shoal draft with shallow cutaway forefoot 
  • Fin keel
  • Faired centerboard foil 

She is capable in all conditions yet will ghost along in the lightest of breeze.  With a 3 foot minimum draft she will allow you to go where similar size boats can not.

Inboard balance spade rudder with Edson steering gear.

Built by Don Loweree in Oxford Md.

Launched April 1979

NA: Kaufman and Ladd 


38’ LOD

33’ LWL

54’ including bowsprit and dinghy in davits

10’-6” beam

3’-2” draft with centerboard up

7’ with board fully down

Sail area of 750 SF

Displacement 14,760 #

Down Below

Large and airy main saloon with 6’-6” headroom. Custom drop leaf table and convertible 7’ berths. Lots of storage under berths and in floorboards, as well as along sides.

  • Galley with 2019 Dickenson propane stove 
  • New refrigerated ice box that operates on 12 volt and 110.
  • Large storage drawer and custom storage for cookware.
  • Hot and cold pressurized water.
  • LED lighting throughout.
  • Dickinson Chesapeake diesel heater.


Spacious head with Raritan WC with

  • 30 gallon holding tank.
  • Stainless basin and hand held shower with teak grate and sump pump.
  • Custom medicine cabinet with mirror.
On Deck
  • Deep Bulwark and double lifelines for secure deckwork
  • Primary anchor is a 35# CQR stainless steel on 150’ chain 
  • Lewmar windlass.
  • Secondary anchor is a Fortress 150’ of 3/4” nylon with 30’ chain.
  • Custom Dinghy Davits
  • 9’3” hard dinghy with oars and two sailing rigs, rudder and daggerboard. Stows in davits when underway.

  • Full sunbrella boat cover for winter storage.
  • Custom Bimini over cockpit
  • Full deck awning 

  • Custom sunbrella covers for winches, steering wheel, binnacle and all hatches and companionway.

  • All required safety equipment.

  • Raymarine Tri-data for speed, depth and wind instruments
  • Raymarine Below  Deck Autopilot.
  • Garmin HD radar
  • Garmin GPS
  • West Marine built in VHF with DSC
  • Built in charging station for USB devices
  • Bluetooth stereo with four built in speakers and power amp
Engine and Mechanicals
  • New Beta 30 Diesel installed in 2019.
  • This included all systems including fuel, exhaust, engine, electronics and panel. The engine currently has 482 hours and has been impeccably maintained.
  • Three bladed max-prop
  • New cutlass bearing
  • 45 Gallon aluminum diesel tank with racor primary filtration.

    She cruises at 6.5 knots at 2750 RPM while burning .6 gallons/hr of diesel.  Top speed is 7.5 knots at 3500 RPM


Sails and rigging
  • Sails are “Egyptian Cream” with lazy jacks and stack packs by Doyle Annapolis 2010.
  • Hollow aluminum spun tapered spars were refinished and painted with awl grip in 2010
  • Self tacking jib with club boom and Harken roller furler.
  • All standing rigging was replaced in 2010 by Oxford Boatyard.
  • Custom Winter Cover
  • Performance under sail: 

  • Reaching over 7.5 knots for an extended time in the open ocean. She surfs at over 8 knots on swells. On a 135 degree reach, she will sail half the true wind speed in flat water!



Hull Built of solid fiberglass, hand laid using Sea-flex lath over a male mold. Bottom soda blasted and five barrier coats applied in 2018. No sign of blisters.

In 2016, teak decks and substrate were removed and new decks were installed with non skid paint by Cutts and Case.

Impeccable craftsmanship and joiner work throughout.

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. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

cell 410 714 4721