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1968 Abeking & Rasmussen S&S Ketch - 55'

Year 1968
Length 55ft.
Price USD $219,000
Type: Pre-owned
Location Newport Beach, CA, United States
Hull Material
Engine type Single
Contact Information
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens, Inc.
Beam: 16 ft 5 in
Max Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 58953 lbs
Engine(s): Gardner
Engine Model: 6LX
Engine(s) HP: 127 HP
Fuel: (1100 Gallons)

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens, Inc.
Flag of Registry: United States
LOA: 55 ft 0 in
Beam: 16 ft 5 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 58953 lbs
Total Power: 127 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Gardner
Engine Model: 6LX
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 127 HP
Fuel Tanks: (1100 Gallons)
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 3



TOREA’s design offers unusually wide beam compared to other sailing vessels of the same vintage; the result being a very spacious interior. She features a large mid-cockpit protected by a low profile fixed dog house forward.  A companionway leads down aft to the great aft cabin with large berths port and starboard, private head with separate shower stall and adjacent nav station with chart table.  The mid-engine room underneath the cockpit can be accessed through doors from the aft stateroom or the galley area forward.

A companionway leads down forward from the cockpit to the sea-going galley to starboard and a large settee/dinette opposite to port. Going forward is a double guest stateroom to starboard with lower twin berths and private head.  To port is a day head with access to the forepeak cabin with upper/lower berths port and starboard.

  • Alaska 4-burner electric stove & oven
  • GE microwave/convection oven
  • Double s/s sink
  • Built-in s/s lined refrigerator & freezer w/(2) Tekumpseh compressors & condenser pump



  • Icom IC-M800 SSB & IC-M80 VHF
  • Simrad CP33 GPS navigator
  • Furuno D-fax
  • Cybernet CTX 1000 loudhailer
  • Datamarine wind speed/direction indicator
  • Kenyon knotmeter/log
  • Furuno FR 803D radar (36 mile range)
  • Wood Freeman Model 500 autopilot w/remote
  • Datamarine International offshore digital depth sounder w/alarm & 3030 remote
  • Danforth Constellation 5 ½” compass
  • Wood Freeman 5” flat compass

  • Gardner Model 6 LX with Model 2 UC reverse gear
  • Onan MDJC15 diesel auxiliary generator w/acoustic blanket
  • Main engine-driven 24V & 32V generators
  • (3) Rule 3700 electric auto bilge pumps
  • 32V manifold bilge pump
  • (2) Manual diaphragm bilge pumps w/waste & gray water tank suctions
  • DC gray water pump
  • Electric water heater with (2) pressure pumps

  • Heart Interface 3000 watt inverter
  • Newmar 24V-15 amp, Dynamote 12/v-40 amp & 32V-100 amp battery chargers
  • Newmar 300 watt inverter & (2) 32V-12V converters
  • 12, 24 & 32VDC; 110/220VAC
  • 4 - 8V Batteries
  • 3 - 12V Batteries
  • Wiring - non-metallic sheathed & conduit w/master vapor proof switches & circuit dist. panel



  • Roller furling Yankee
  • Main
  • Mizzen
  • Mule bent on
  • Fore & mizzen stays’ls
  • Trys’l

  • Givens 6-man life raft
  • Life jackets
  • Emergency tiller
  • Signal flares
  • Bell
  • Dual electric horns
  • 5# Dry chemical fire extinguishers (2)
  • 5# Halon 1211 fire extinguishers (2)
  • 35# CO² fire extinguisher - automatic and manual fixed system in engine room


TOREA’s design was inspired by Irving Johnson’s S & S ketch, “YANKEE”, which was well documented in numerous National Geographic articles of his world-wide passage making.

While based on YANKEE’s design, TOREA features many improvements with more beam and full keel vs. centerboards. She enjoys perhaps the best pedigree in sailing auxiliaries; the combination of a classic Sparkman & Stephens design coupled with superb workmanship from Germany’s Abeking & Rasmussen, one of Europe’s finest yards.

Her classic lines and clipper bow are admired wherever she voyages. In 1988, the original rig was replaced with in-mast furling main and mizzen, with the main mast height increased for better light-air performance.



Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be true and correct but cannot be guaranteed.  


Specifications and details of this vessel are provided in good faith for informational purposes only.  Data regarding the specifications, operating characteristics, and condition of the vessel was obtained from sources believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers.  Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, capacities, consumptions and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided and agrees to instruct his agent or surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase.  Vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price and inventory changes and withdrawal from market without notice.

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker has been told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters.  The broker cannot and does not guarantee the true hours.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise, and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

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