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Night Runner
Perry Custom 42
$99,000 USD
42ft in

The Legendary Night Runner

Possibly no other yacht has achieved greater success in the realms of both cruising and racing than Night Runner. Designed by Robert H. Perry for Seattle sailor Doug Fryer, she is a well known “wolf in sheep’s clothing” in Pacific Northwest waters with a classic appearance above the waterline and modern lines below. It is said that she is Perry’s favorite design. Under Fryer, she won just about every notable race in the Pacific Northwest. She is a veteran of 38 Swiftsure International Yacht Races (three times first overall), a singlehanded Transpac, four Victoria to Maui races (including a first in class) and four Van-Isle 360 races (Division II winner in 2009). At the same time, she served her owner as a comfortable and capable cruising platform, extensively exploring Pacific Northwest waters north to Alaska and a dozen circumnavigations of Vancouver Island. As if that is not enough, Night Runner completed a 21,000 mile voyage around South America by way of Cape Horn and the Panama Canal for which Fryer received the Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America in 1998. To say that Night Runner knows her way is an understatement.

Night Runner’s cold molded construction by Cecil Lange and Son of Port Townsend, Washington provides the beautiful interior and exterior aesthetics of a traditional wood boat in a strong and lightweight package that stands the test of time. Night Runner is truly an heirloom boat.

New teak decks – repowered diesel – Balmar alternator – extensive sail inventory – forced air heat – Raymarine electronics

Name of vessel Night Runner
Model Perry Custom 42
Year 1980
Builder Cecil Lange & Son
Designer Robert H Perry
Price $99,000 USD
Location Anacortes, WA
Length (feet) 42
Beam (feet) 12'6"
Draft (feet) 8
Displacement (pounds) 24000
Ballast (pounds) 9000
Engine model Westerbeke 55D Four
Engine horsepower 55
Engine hours 151
Fuel tank capacity (gallons)
Water tank capacity (gallons)
Holding tank capacity (gallons)

Interior Accommodations

Night Runner’s interior is beautifully finished. In the typical cold molded style, the interior of her hull is bright finished and all her structure is visible, giving a wonderful aesthetic. An offset companionway allows for a roomy aft stateroom and salon layout that feels larger than her 42 feet. Her U-shaped seagoing galley is opposite a stand up nav station. Forward, the centerline drop leaf table is flanked to port and starboard by straight settees with pilot berths outboard. Large skylights provide great light into the salon space. There are gimbaled tables for food and drink that mount on both the salon table and above the engine compartment at the galley. Forward of the salon, a passageway leads to the head with separate shower stall and the fo’c’sle with ample storage in large lockers to starboard, a work bench with vise, and sail storage bins.

Force 10 propane three burner stove and oven

Xintex S2A propane solenoid control

Propane tank

Pressure water – plumbed but not currently in operation

Fresh and raw water foot pumps at galley sink

Top loading refrigerator/freezer (2013)

Jabsco toilet

Espar Airtronic forced air diesel heater


Electronics and Navigation

Raymarine radar/chartplotter with radar antenna on pole (2012)

Icom IC-M120 VHF radio

Kenwood TKM-707 SSB radio

Kenwood MAT100 antenna tuner

Raymarine X30 autopilot computer with linear drive
Autohelm Speed and Depth displays and Raymarine ST70 Wind display at cockpit

Autohelm Multi display in salon

Danforth Constellation compass at binnacle

Garmin GPS72 handheld GPS

West Marine VHF 460 handheld VHF (floating and submersible)

Running lights, deck light, anchor light, and LED masthead tricolor

Sony AM/FM/Cassette stereo with two Sony speakers


Electrical Systems

12v DC and 120v AC electrical systems

Weems and Plath AC distribution panel

Marinetics DC distribution panel

DC voltmeter

Heart Link 2000 panel

Magnum inverter/charger with external control panel

(2) Interstate 6v batteries

Pow R Surge 908D battery

Interstate SRM 8DS battery


Mechanical Systems

Westerbeke “55D Four” diesel engine (151 hours)

Engine control panel with tachometer, oil pressure, voltmeter, temperature gauges

HBW 250 direct drive transmission

Packing gland shaft seal

1 ¼” stainless propeller shaft and folding propeller (new 2009)

Balmar 100 amp alternator with ARS 5 external regulator

Racor primary fuel filter

Fuel gauge

Manual bilge pump below deck

Whale Gusher 10 manual bilge pump at cockpit


Deck and Hull

Night Runner’s was constructed by Cecil M Lange and Son in Port Townsend, Washington. Her hull was built in the cold molded style with four layers of 1 ¼” red cedar set in epoxy with the outer layer of planking laid longitudinally. The hull is stiffened by a laminated cedar keel, laminated frames, and bulkheads bonded to the hull, and a stainless grid that bears the load of her mast and keel. Her ballast is lead fasten with stainless bolts. Her topsides are finished bright with black and white boot stripes. There is a rub rail along her hull sides. A short bulwark and double lifelines surround her deck. Then decks are plywood with teak overlay, replaced in 2014. A large foredeck space with vertical capstan windlass and samson post is well configured for handling ground tackle. The cockpit serves well for both racing and cruising. The mainsheet is sheeted from the end of the boom to a Harken traveler just forward of the large wheel. There is good cockpit seating aft with storage below and lockers below the aft deck.

Simpson Lawrence V2000 anchor windlass

Bruce anchor with chain and rode

Danforth anchor with chain and rode
Fortress FX37 folding anchor

Samson post

Green canvas mainsail cover and binnacle cover


Sails and Rigging

Black anodized aluminum mast and boom

Solid rod standing rigging (2009)

Strong Track low friction mainsail track

Storm trysail track

Hydraulic backstay adjuster

Furlex 400s headsail furler (2009)

(2) spinnaker, (2) jib, staysail, (1) mainsail halyard, (1) spinnaker pole topping lift

Removable (adjustable) inner forestay and babystay

Dyneema running backstays

Spinnaker pole and reaching strut

Harken mainsheet traveler

Port and starboard boom preventers

(3) Barient 26 winches on mast

(1) Barient 22 winch on mast

(1) Barient 20 self tailing winch on cabin top

(1) Barinet 23 self tailing winch on cabin top

(1) Lewmar 50 self tailing winch on cabin top

Barient primary and secondary winches

Sail inventory:

Mainsail (tri-radial) – Dacron – Ullman Sails

Mainsail (tri-radial) – Dacron – Lidgard Sails

Mainsail (cross cut) – Dacron – Shattauer

#1 genoa – Carbon – Hodges

#2 genoa – Tape Drive – UK

#3 jib – laminate – Hodges

#4 jib – Dacron

#5 jib – Dacron

(2) .5 oz spinnakers

.65 oz spinnaker

.75 oz spinnaker

1.5 oz spinnaker

1.5 oz reacher spinnaker

2.2 oz spinnaker

Genoa staysail – Dacron

Spinnaker staysail – Dacron

Jib top – Dacron

Drifter (older) – Dacron

Code 0 windseeker

Storm trysail


Miscellaneous and Safety

Lifesling in custom canvas bag


Ditch bag

McMurdo 406 EPIRB (battery expired May, 2018)

Sea anchor


Avon roll up inflatable dinghy

Charcoal BBQ

Boat hook


Notable recent maintenance and upgrades

August, 2003


New Engine, Regulator and Exhaust – $21,774

North Harbor Diesel


January, 2009


Roller furler – $4,630

Rod Rigging – $5,819


New folding prop and shaft

Canoe Cove Marina – $4,136


Summer, 2012


Radar and chart plotter


January, 2013


New bowsprit, king post and cockpit hatch covers

David’s Custom Installations – $18,652


May, 2013


Refrigeration – New compressor, plates and water pump

Sea Freeze of America – $4,317


September, 2014


New main sail

Ullman Sails – $7,382


October, 2014


New teak deck

Townsend Bay Marine – $ 41,877


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