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First Light
Sceptre 41
$195,000 USD
41ft in

The Sceptre 41 is one of the most respected and sensible Northwest cruising sailboats ever built. With the raised dinette one can take advantage of the beautiful scenery without suffering in the elements. The galley is optimally placed near the companionway and on level with the dinette salon area. The cockpit is well-sheltered behind a windshield and canvas dodger. A walk-through transom with swim platform makes for easy access to the water, dock or dinghy. Tankage for fuel and water are generous and storage space, both on deck and below, is abundant. Top quality construction details and materials have enabled these boats to hold their value over the years. While many Sceptre’s have remained in the Northwest, others have ventured forth, circumnavigating, rounding the great Capes and providing safe, speedy and comfortable passage for their crews.

First Light has had two caring owners and been cruised lightly and locally in the Pacific Northwest. Her layout and interior details are well conceived. She has the preferred raised dinette and twin nav station/watchstanding chairs. The forward stateroom has an offset double berth and the aft cabin is enclosed. Her teak interior shows extremely well with minimal signs of wear or use. She is clean and odor free. Custom cabinets hold mugs, Lennox china, and Danish silverware.

A new 54hp Yanmar engine was installed in 2012 and has 550 hours. Dual heating systems ensure warmth when heading north to Alaska. Electronics have been sensibly updated over the years. New upholstery in staterooms.

Name of vessel First Light
Model Sceptre 41
Year 1988
Builder Sceptre
Designer Hein Driehuyzen
Price $195,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 41
Beam (feet) 12'8"
Draft (feet) 6'1"
Displacement (pounds) 21500
Ballast (pounds) 8700
Engine model Yanmar 4JH5E
Engine horsepower 55
Engine hours 550
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 76
Water tank capacity (gallons) 190
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 25


The interior joinery is of solid teak and teak veneers. The teak is oiled with selective trim work gloss varnished. The overhead is removable white vinyl over marine ply with teak battens. There are teak handrails on the overhead. The sole is solid teak and holly over marine plywood. There are 110V outlets, overhead and reading lights throughout.

New upholstery was recently completed in the staterooms.  New fabric and foam has been purchased for the watch standing chair, raised dinette, and small seat cushion for the forward stateroom.  This work is in process at Mac’s upholstery in Ballard.  Estimated completion is late April for this work.  The old dinette cushions are still available and are what is shown in the photographs.  Marine grey Berber carpets with skid-resistant rubber backing were fabricated by Mac’s upholstery to protect the cabin sole and enhance underfoot comfort.

Starting forward is a master stateroom with an offset double berth. A mirror is affixed to the bulkhead at the foot of this berth. There are reading lights and an overhead light. Shelves run along the hull sides, below the deck. Below the bunk, there are three drawers. A very large hanging locker is adjacent the doorway to port. A small dressing seat is also to port. Two opening ports in the hull sides and one large opening overhead hatch provide natural light and ventilation. Ensuite access is provided to the head/shower.

A passageway leads to the raised salon area. To starboard is the head and separate shower. The shower is forward with a teak grating, shower curtain, overhead light and outboard locker. There is a seat for showers underway although there is ample headroom to shower standing up. The head is trimmed with varnished teak and has a china basin, mirror, storage cabinets, varnished teak towel bars and a teak grating on the sole. The passageway to port has very organized storage in two drawers, two lockers with shelves and a hanging locker.

The raised salon area is up one step. To starboard, a “U” shaped dinette on a raised platform affords excellent outside visibility while seated. Storage drawers, lockers and cabinets are outboard and under the settee. To port is a pilot station with a lifting pedestal chair, allowing forward views over the bow, while standing watch inside.  An electrical gage/switch panel is outboard of the helm. A navigation station is aft of the helm with a swiveling armchair, chart table and chart drawer and storage cabinets. Aft of the dinette to starboard is a hanging wet locker with drain to the bilge.

To port of the companionway is the galley. To starboard is an enclosed aft stateroom. This space has sink, mirror, two reading lights, overhead light, hanging locker and double berth and an opening port in the hull side for ventilation. There are four steps up the companionway to the cockpit.



The galley is located immediately to port of the companionway with easy access to the cockpit or saloon. This provides excellent ventilation and outside viewing through the large salon windows.

  • Force Ten three burner propane stove/oven with broiler
  • Deep double stainless steel sink with Moen single lever faucet
  • Manual salt and freshwater hand pumps
  • Fold out trash bin under sink
  • Lift out dust pan recessed into galley sole
  • Microwave oven
  • Stainless steel stackable pots and pans
  • Lenox china in custom storage drawer
  • Danish silverware in custom hanging cabinet
  • Top loading fridge/freezer space with sliding acrylic shelves
  • Bottle storage

Electrical & Navigation:

  • Garmin GPS Map3206 chartplotter mounted in Navpod on binnacle guard
  • Garmin GPS Map XS at inside nav station
  • Raytheon SL70 LCD radar display mounted at companionway
  • 2KW closed radome atop stainless steel Garhauer radar pole on port quarter with leveling device
  • Autohelm 6000 autopilot with remote control and three control heads: helm, nav station, and companionway
  • Autohelm Type 1 linear drive mounted below decks to steering quadrant
  • Furuno RD30 at navigation data display at nav station
  • Airmar weather station linked to the Furuno RD30 that displays programmable weather information
  • Kenyon Marine speed, depth, and wind instruments at companionway
  • Vesper Marine Watchmate Vision at nav station
  • Icom IC M502 VHF at nav station and RAM microphone at outside helm
  • 12V outlets at companionway, inside and outside helms
  • Sony MEX-M100BT stereo with cockpit, salon, and stateroom speakers
  • Windex on masthead
  • VHF antenna on masthead
  • Omnidirectional TV antenna on masthead
  • LG 27″ TV in salon
  • Wempe clock, barometer, hygrometer, thermometer
  • Ship’s brass bell
  • Gemini compass on steering pedestal
  • Saturn compass at inside nav station

Electrical systems:

  • Heart Link 2000-R battery monitor and inverter/charger control panel
  • Heart 12V 100amp charger/2.0kw inverter
  • West Marine Group 31 engine start battery
  • (2) Lifeline 8D AGM house batteries (510 amp hours total)
  • Battery isolation switches
  • Balmar Model 60-120-SR-IG, 120 amp alternator with Balmar ARS-5 regulator
  • 120V AC and 12V DC switch panel with analog amp and voltmeters
  • 30 amp shorepower and cordset
  • 120 watt Kyocera solar panel atop dodger
  • 45 watt flip up solar panel on port lifeline railing
  • Spare Hitachi 80 amp alternator and spare regulator

Mechanical & Plumbing:

  • 2012 Yanmar 4JH5E 54 hp engine (550 hours)
  • Kanzaki KM35P transmission
  • PSS Shaft Seal
  • Vetus Raw water strainer
  • Three blade feathering Max-prop
  • Aluminum fuel and water tanks (bow water tank is plastic)
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Espar D5L C diesel, forced air cabin heater
  • Ballmar bulkhead mounted diesel heater with stack fan
  • Pressurized hot/cold water system
  • Atwood stainless steel 10.5 gallon 120V/engine hot water heater
  • Outside helm with Edson pedestal, engine control/alarm panel
  • Teak trimmed, stainless spoked, destroyer type steering wheel at cockpit helm
  • Tank Tender fuel and water tank level indicating system
  • Raritan marine head with 25 gallon holding tank, Y valve, macerator, deck pump out, and overboard discharge
  • Whale Gulper 220 shower sump pump
  • Rule 450 engine space electric bilge pump
  • Edson 258AL -150 manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Rule large capacity 12V electric bilge pump
  • Waterpuppy 12V salt water washdown pump
  • Sureflo model 4091-4212 water pressure pump
  • Groco PST-1 water pressure accumulator tank
  • Novacool 12V refrigeration system
  • Xintex S1A propane solenoid, alarm, switch
  • (2) 20# aluminum propane tanks
  • Rule Sentry CO/smoke alarm
  • All Marelon fiber reinforced plastic through hulls
  • West Marine bilge high water level alarm
  • Courtesy light at base of companionway

Hull & Deck:

  • Flag blue hull with white boot and double sheer strips
  • Light grey molded-in nonskid decks
  • Off white gelcoat cabintop
  • (3) opening ports in hull sides
  • (2) opening ports into the cockpit
  • One opening port over the stove in the cabin side
  • (4) overhead, opening Lewmar hatches
  • (4) dorade vents
  • (2) stainless steel dorade vent guards
  • Stainless steel bow pulpit and stern pushpit
  • Stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines
  • Opening gates port and starboard and stern
  • Solid top railings on both sides from stern pushpit to midship’s boarding gate
  • Walk-thru transom with closure
  • Stainless steel and teak swim platform on transom
  • Platform-mounted stainless steel swim ladder with teak treads
  • Stainless steel handrails on coachroof and foredeck
  • Stainless steel grab rails on transom
  • Goiot aluminun toe rail
  • Glass windshield on cabintop with windshield wiper on center section
  • Canvas cockpit dodger attached to windshield top
  • Canvas cockpit bimini
  • Canvas covers for hatches, windows, outboard, winches, swimstep, helm/binnacle, gps, and genoa sheets
  • Lower mast base cover
  • Full winter boat cover
  • (8) alumunimum mooring cleats
  • (6) open chocks
  • Maxwell Nilsson Electric anchor windlass with up/down buttons
  • Double anchor roller on bow
  • Bruce 20kg anchor with 250ft of chain
  • Danforth secondary anchor with line rode
  • Salt water wash down with outlet in bow locker
  • Hot/cold stern shower
  • Garhauer ouboard hoist on radar pole
  • 8hp Yamaha outboard(1999)
  • Zodiac 10′ RIB (2000)
  • Outboard engine storage mount on stern
  • Fold-away helm seat at walk-through
  • Dickenson Sea BBQ propane grill mounted on stern rail with fixed line to propane tanks
  • Bottomsider cockpit cushions
  • Varnished teak, drop leaf cockpit table
  • Docklines and fenders
  • Custom teak/aluminum boarding step hung from midships gate

Sails & Rigging:

  • Pacific Spars double spreader aluminum mast stepped on the keel
  • Pacific Spars aluminum boom
  • Mast and boom painted white
  • In mast mainsail furling with control lines led aft to cockpit
  • Forespar telescoping, mast-mounted whisker pole
  • Rod rigging on shrouds
  • Wire rope backstay
  • Schauttauer furling genoa
  • Harken furling on headstay
  • Schauttaer furling mainsail
  • Spinnaker halyard
  • Foredeck light on mast
  • (2) Lewmar 43ST halyard winches on mast
  • (2) Lewmar 53ST primary winches on cockpit coaming
  • (2) Lewmar 40ST winches on coach roof
  • Spinlock sheet stoppers for mainsail furl in and out, mainsheet, topping lift, and boom vang
  • Boom vang
  • Dutchman boom brake
  • Davis radar reflector on backstay
  • Signal halyard on backstay and spreaders
  • (2) winch handle pockets in cockpit
  • Teak drink holder mounted on outside steering pedestal
  • Lifesling and holder
  • Lifejackets, flares, and fire extinguishers

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