For Sale: 'SEA DOG' - Stephens 55 Bridgedeck Commuter/Cruiser

Designer / Year:Stephens Bros / 1932
Length:55 ft 7 in
Beam:12 ft 8 in
Weight:36,000 Lbs
Fuel Capacity:220 Gallons
H2O Capacity:150 Gallons
Draft:44 in
Cruise:14 Kts
Mast ht. above water line:18 ft
Top Speed:20 Kts
Engines:Twin 315 hp Yanmar 6LPASTP2
Transmissions:Yanmar 2.43:1
Props:24/18, 4 blade
Shafts:1 3/4 stainless
Hull:1 1/4 Cedar planks w/
Oak framing
Cabin / Transom:Teak
Price:$325,000 (US)
Location:Seattle, WA, USA

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The semi-displacement hull is carvel planked with 1-1/4" thick Port Orford cedar on 1x2" white oak frames, bronze screw fastened. Deck and cabin beams are 3x4"fir. Carlings and stringers are 3x6"fir. Decks are 2" thick raw teak planking with black rubber seams. The transom, wheelhouse, hatches and cabin-sides are solid teak, varnished. SEA DOG was completely refit in 2008. See "Restoration" for a description of the project.


Twin Yanmar model 6LPASTP2 turbo-injected diesels, 6-cylinder, 4-cycle, 315 hp each. New in 2008. Stainless drip pans. Wet exhaust through transom. Model KMH50A 2.43:1 reduction gears drive the bronze propellers via 1-1/2" stainless shafts. Bronze rudders and struts. Electric floor panels in the pilothouse allow easy access to the new walk-in-sized engine room. Top speed is 20-knots. SEA DOG cruises at 12-14 knots.


All new 2008. Two custom aluminum fuel tanks adjacent to engine room with total capacity of 240 gallons. One custom plastic 150 gallon potable water tank located under v-berth, forward. One custom 46 gal. plastic waste holding tank in engine room.


Two 12-volt 85-amp alternators. 2008 Westerbeke model Mini/13, 60 hz diesel generator in sound enclosure. New-Mar 40-amp battery charger. New-Mar galvanic isolator. House battery bank: Four 6-volt Dyno L16ís producing 700 AH. Start banks: three 12-volt (group 27) lead-acid. One for each engine and genset. Blue Seas 360 breaker panel in wheelhouse. King-SL series 240-volt electric heaters located throughout.

Navigation Equipment

Garmin System-3210 depth, speed, and radar all integrated into a 12" chart plotter. The chart plotter is neatly installed at the helm station ahead of the wheel and adjacent to the chart table. The custom teak enclosure provides minimal electronics clutter. Standard Horizon VHF radio.

Deck Equipment

Retractable teak boarding stair, signal mast with flag halyards, Muir electric anchor winch, Navy-type 60-lbs anchor. Rode is 30-ft of steel 3/8-in chain with 200-ft of multi braid rode. Ornamental exhaust stack, Fiberglass 10-ft covered dingy secured in cabin-top chocks. Windshield wipers, navigation and anchor lights, remotely operated search light. 8 fenders, dock lines, 3 boathooks, Buell air horns. Canvas covers for tender, fore hatch and anchor winch. Aft cockpit has side and back Lexan curtains providing for full enclosure. Wicker furniture in aft cockpit. Folding custom wood table for aft cockpit.

Safety Equipment

Winslow 8-person life raft, 18 life jackets, flares, Buell air horns, Stainless swim ladder(side mount aft), Two 4000-gph /one 500-gph bilge pump. Automatic Halon fire extinguisher system in engine room. Seven CO2/Type-ABC extinguishers distributed throughout cabins and galley.

Maintenance (Excerpt from 2014 survey)

"The vessel is a classic twin engine, wood, bridge deck power cruiser. Built in 1932 at Stockton, CA. Built by Stephen Brothers.
In 2008 the vessel under went a total restoration. Extensive work was done to the wood of the hull, deck and house. The finishes were restored to perfect condition, using contemporary materials. The exterior finishes were perfect. New engines, tanks and propulsion systems were installed. 100% of the electrical system was removed and replaced. A generator was installed. Modern electric heating was installed and a sanitary systems was installed. The interior furnishings and soft goods were renewed or replaced. The interior was restored in keeping with the original period appearance. The vessel was returned to its original visual exterior condition.
There were some changes to the interior that deviated from original, mainly in that the galley. It was made more modern. Overall the vessel was like going back in time."
Click here for 2014 Marine Survey
Click here for 2014 Shipwrights condition report
Click here for Equipment Installation Dates
Click here for Recent Mechanical Service Record


Click here for Sea Dog's restoration information


The wheelhouse dimensions are about 12 x 12 ft. This large bright space gives the helmsman 360-degree visibility and has easy access to side-decks through sliding doors port and starboard. An upholstered, L-shaped settee wraps around a large custom teak adjustable height table. Companionways with folding doors fore and aft provide access to the forward cabin and galley.

From the wheelhouse a companionway leads to the forward cabin, which is brightened by 4 ports and a skylight. There's a huge v-berth, storage lockers and dressers, and a head with sink, shower, and storage.

Moving aft from the wheelhouse, down a companionway, we enter the large galley spanning the boat. The galley has commodious storage in drawers and lockers. The countertops are all stainless-steel with backsplashes and integral sink. Hot/cold pressurized water. There's a 4 burner electric stove with oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave.

Walking aft along a passageway there's a head to starboard with sink and bathtub with shower. To port is a large closet and pantry for the galley.

Next aft is a double stateroom spanning the width of the boat, with large bunks port and starboard, bureau and under-bunk storage. There is also a closet here with hanging and additional storage space.

Stepping aft up the companionway we find the cockpit. This large open-air space with teak deck, has a fixed canopy overhead and steps to the deck port and starboard. A hatch in the cockpit floor provides access to the lazarette. Canvas and lexan curtains provide a weatherproof enclosure when needed, then roll up under the canopy for storage.

History and Documents

Click here for Sea Dog's "Owners Manual"

Click here for Vessel History/Dock Sheet

Click here for 2015 Sea Dog line catalog cover

Click here for an article about Panacea (sister ship) on "Discovering Chaplin" site.

Below is a link to the 8mm Charlie Chaplin movie "All at Sea". Filmed on board the "Panacea" which was the sister ship to the Sea Dog.

AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - Film footage of Charlie Chaplin, thought to be lost, and unseen for nearly 75 years, is featured in the Catalina Island Museum's current exhibition, Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair. The exhibition explores the dynamic relationship between the world's most famous actor and his love affair with a young starlet by the name of Paulette Goddard. To escape the gossip swirling around Hollywood, the two often sailed to Catalina Island aboard their yacht Panacea.

The rare black and white silent footage is entitled "All at Sea" and was filmed on a weekend cruise to Catalina Island by Alistair Cooke, an aspiring journalist who would go on to host Masterpiece Theatre. The film shows a relaxed Chaplin aboard his yacht impersonating Greta Garbo, the Prince of Wales and Napoleon, while Goddard suns herself on its deck. The new Casino building, Avalon harbor and the Isthmus are clearly depicted during various parts of their journey.
Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Click here for a magazine article titled "The Boat Show Boat"

Click here for a magazine article titled "The Stephens Brothers"

Click here to see old newspaper clippings about SEA DOG

Click here for Sea Dog Line "Captain of a Classic" article

Click here for Sea Dog Line "History of Sea Dog" article


If you would like to view the Sea Dog in person, please contact Patrick Curry at 206-227-5976, or email: