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1978 Fisher Motorsailor

North East, Maryland


Wayward Wind
Updated: 27 Sep 2023
Vessel Identification
Vessel Type: Ketch Motorsailer
Vessel Model: Fisher 25
Builder: Northshore Yachts, Itchenor Chichester Sussex, England, UK. Year Built: 1978. Fisher Hull Number: 18 (117th Fisher 25 built)
Vessel Name: Wayward Wind
USCG Documentation Number: 600694 Hailing Port: Dymer Creek, VA
Hull Identification Number: DSK00018M78B

Vessel LocationShelter Cove Yacht Basin
230 Riverside DriveNorth East, MD 21901

Vessel Condition
Vessel in Very Good Condition and Well Maintained

Significant Non-Factory Update Features added by Current Owner
Reefurl Roller-Reefing-Furling systems on all four sails (Genoa, Mainsail, Mule Sail, and Mizzen Sail) - makes sail handing very easy; can raise, reef, or furl all four sails in 2-3 minutes from rear cockpit. Eliminates going up on deck to handle sails.
Mule Sail Fills the gap above and aft of the mainsail. This sail is self-tending, adds speed, and makes tacking easier 
Autoprop Propeller  Automatically adjusts pitch for all operational modes (sailing, motoring, and especially motorsailing)
Cabin Airconditioning - Great for overnighting at marinas in hot weather
Integrated Autopilot System - Coordinates GPS, chartplotter, autopilot, and other instruments 
New Upholstery (redone in 2020)
Bimini Top for rear cockpit - Easy to put up or take down and protects from sun and light rain

Fisher Motorsailers - General Historical Information
Fisher motorsailers were designed by David Freeman and Gordon Wyatt and, starting in the early 1970s, more than 1,000 have been built; including more than 260 Fisher 25s. There have been many Fisher models including lengths of 25, 30, 31, 34, 37, and 46 feet. All Fisher models have a trawler-style wheelhouse. Fisher Motorsailers have been built by several firms. UK firms including Fairways Marine and Pennington Yachts built the earliest models. Northshore Yachts has built the majority of Fishers. Currently, Fisher motorsailers are being built in Sri Lanka through Neil Marine (see information below).

Neil Marine: and

Fisher Owners Association:

Fisher 25 Hull Specifications

Hull Statistic Measurement Comments
Hull Material Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Teak external trim, and teak and mahogany internal woodwork
Cabin Layout: Enclosed pilothouse. 4 births. Forward V-Bunk cabin; closed-in head; hanging closet; main cabin with galley, couch-bunk and quarter birth.
Dry Weight Displacement 10,080 lbs. Very heavy displacement for 25' length vessel. Loaded weight displacement estimated to be 12,000+ lbs.
Overall Length 25' 3"
Waterline Length 21' 0"
Beam 9' 4"
Draft 3' 10"
Documentation Gross Tonnage (GRT) 7
Documentation Net Tonnage (NRT) 6
Documentation Depth 6'
European Marine CE Category A Class A yachts are constructed to be self-sufficient in oceans.
Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR) 35.6 Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats shows that the Fisher 25 is more comfortable than all similar sailboat designs. This is a comfort value significantly above average.
Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) 1.73 indicating that this boat could (if evaluated by this formula alone) be accepted to participate in ocean races
Immersion Rate 648 lbs./inch The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level.
Length Beam Ratio 2.70 Compared with other similar sailing vessels the Fisher 25 is more spacious than 85% of all other designs
Ballast Ratio: 43% This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 66% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) above average.
SA/Displacement 10 Typical for heavy displacement motorsailer
Displacement Length Ratio 489 This categorizes the Fisher 25 among 'heavy cruisers'.
Maximum Theoretical Hull Speed (THS) 6.1 kts When going above the theoretical hull speed, a great deal of additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.
Mast Height above waterline 31' 0" Includes 1 ft. wind transducer on top of mainmast

Sail and Rigging Information
Rig Type: Ketch with Mule StaySails: Four Tanbark Sails - Genoa, Mainsail, Mule Sail, and Mizzen Sail
Sail Maker: Latell Sails, Deltaville, VA. (
Sail Controls: All four sails are controlled by individual Reefurl Roller-Furling-Reefing systems ( that are easily controlled from the rear cockpit. With this customized upgraded rigging, it only takes 2-3 minutes to raise, reef, or furl all four sails even when sailing single-handed.
Whisker Poles for Genoa: Two (one heavy duty and one light duty)
Sail Areas:
Sail Estimated Sail Area (sq. ft.) *
Genoa 150
Mainsail 85
Mule Sail 30
Mizzen Sail 35
Total 300

* Corrected for roller furling rigging

Propulsion (Engine and Propeller)
1978 22-HP Yanmar 2QM20H. This engine still works perfect after more than 3000 engine hours. It does not burn a drop of oil and always starts instantly, even in cold weather. Modifications and repairs that have been made on this engine include: replacing the original alternator and regulator with a Balmar 100-amp alternator and Balmar Smart Regulator system; replacing the starter motor; replacing the fuel pump; replacing the thermostat, and replaced the engine controls, wiring, and control cables.

Engine Item Number Comment
Diesel Engine Brand Yanmar
Engine Model 1978 2QM20H
(Serial No.: N3855) Yanmar full-gauge C-type Instrument Panel added in 2004. Balmar 70-80 Alternator and MC-612 Smart Regular added in 2004
Transmission Engine Reduction Gear Kanzaki with 2.13:1 Reduction
Engine Shaft HP 22
Current Engine Hours 3041 (current reading of 1826 + 1215) Current Engine Hour Meter is the third one. Previous meters had readings of 315 and 900. True engine hours are the current reading plus 1215
Cooling Raw Water Have periodically cleaned out the cooling system.
Exhaust System Wet ? Stainless Steel Water Lift Replaced around 2016
Fuel Diesel Owner has used B20 Biodiesel for the last 15+ years
Fuel Tank Moeller Marine 27-gallon Crosslink Polypropylene tank (Part #FT2738)
Owner replaced the original steel tank with current polypropylene fuel tank in 2010. Also added fuel gauge and fuel tank hatch in rear cockpit.
Propellor Type 3-blade 16? Autoprop Model H5-430
(Serial No. 9693) This custom AutoProp propeller replaced a standard 3-blade propeller in 2016. The new AutoProp propeller automatically changes pitch to fit the sailing mode and sea conditions - folded for sailing, full pitch for motoring, and varied pitch for motorsailing. The AutoProp propeller has significantly improved performance in all operational modes.
Fuel Consumption 0.5 at 5.6 kts @1700 RPM) Have used B20 Biodiesel for the last 15+years
Steering Main steering from wheel in pilothouse. Back up steering from emergency tiller in rear cockpit.

Engine-RPM Speed Table with H5 AutoProp Propeller
Motoring Mode
Engine RPM Approx. Water Speed (Kts)*
2400 6.4
2300 6.3
2200 6.2
2100 6.1
2000 6.0
1900 5.9
1800 5.8
1700 5.6
1600 5.4
1500 5.2
1400 5.0
1300 4.7
1200 4.4
1100 4.1
1000 3.8
* Clean bottom and no wind.
THS = 6.1 kts

Navigation Electronics and Equipment: The Navigation Electronic System is all interconnected, displayed on the Chartplotter, and includes the following systems:
Garmin GPS Chartplotter model XSV
Garmin Radar System
Raymarine Autopilot System which includes: Raymarine Mk II SmartPilot Wheel Drive; Raymarine ST6002 SmartPilot Controller; and Raymarine S100 Wireless Remote Controller
Raymarine ST40 Wind Instrument
Raymarine ST40 Depth Meter and Water Speed
Simrad RS-35 VHF Marine Radio with Receive AIS. VHF Antenna is a top-line Shakespeare 6db antenna mounted at the top of the mizzen mast (approximately 30? above the waterline)
Richie Magnetic Compass (replaced in 2021)

Electrical System
All 120VAC and 12VDC wiring and panels were totally replaced and updated in 2003. New electrical components included:
UPM 19 Circuit DC Panel
30 Amp Shore Power
UPM 5 Circuit AC Panel
Battery Banks: House System: Three Size 31 AGMs. Engine Start System: One Size 31 AGM
Balmar 100-amp alternator on Engine
Balmar Smart Regulator system
Xantrex Freedom Marine Inverter-Charger Combi Model 20
Digital Link 2000 Smart Charger
Balmar Digital Duo Charge (separately charges the house and start battery banks)
Guest Model 2433 Galvanic Isolator

Cabin HVAC and Cooking
Wallas Safeflame Kerosene Mini Cooker/Cabin Heater Model 800/210 ? A one burner stove that converts into a cabin heater by flipping lid. Exhaust vents to outside.
Taylor Made Cool Mate 5000 BTU Marine Air Conditioner ? located under pilothouse bench seat. Will vent to cool pilothouse and/or main cabin.
12VAC Fan in Pilothouse
Boatsafe Maine Engine Heater Model Jr-250W. Keeps the engine water from freezing during the cold months. Comes on at about 35°F.
Norcold 12VDC/110VAC Refrigerator

Ground Tackle
Primary Anchor: 17 lb. Bulwagga ? this anchor holds well in all bottoms
Primary Anchor Rode: 190 ft. (90? of chain attached to 100? of 3-strand ½? nylon line)
Secondary Anchor: 13 lb. Danforth
Secondary Anchor Rode: two available 100? lengths of ½? 3-strand nylon line
Bow mounted Simpson-Lawrance Horizon 400 Windlass and Windline URM-3 Anchor Roller/Mount

Cabin Plumbing
20 Gallon Bladder Type Water Tank in bow area. Replaced in 2016
Automatic Water Pressure Pump. Replaced in 2004
Galley Sink with cutting board cover
Head: Jabsco Head: Totally redone and updated in 2020
5 Gallon Waste Holding Tank
Head and Holding Tank: Set up with several y-valves so that: (a) head can be flushed with either fresh or raw water; (b) waste can be pumped from head to holding tank or directly discharged; and (c) holding tank can be pumped out from deck at marinas or directly to sea.

Docking Tackle
Heavy Duty Center Bow Cleat
Starboard Bow Cleat
Port Bow Cleat
Starboard Stern Sampson Post
Port Stern Sampson Post
Four 25? lines with eye loops
Two 35? lines with eye loops
Several 100? lines and y-lines for towing assistance
Two large, blow-up fenders
Two mid-sized fenders
Two boat hooks (One on starboard side of cabin top. One in rear cockpit)

Safety and Emergency Equipment
Stern-mounted Lifesling Overboard Rescue System
Emergency Flares/Visual Distress Signals
Davis Radar Reflector (mounted under mainmast port spreader)
Six plus PFDs
Several blow-up PFDs
First Aid Kit
Automatic Rule electric bilge pump with alarm and counter
Heavy duty manual bilge pump (located in transom)
Portable 12VDC Pump
Running Lights (can easily be set for motoring, sailing, or anchoring modes)
Four Fire Extinguishers (one in transom, one in pilothouse, two in main cabin)
Charts (local and Chesapeake Bay areas
Flood Light (on mast)
Search Light
Stern Boarding Ladder
Double Life Lines

Bunk and Cushion Upholstery
Totally redone and updated in 2020

Maintenance and Inspections
Vessel is regularly maintained and inspected. For the last 20 years, this vessel, in addition to pleasure cruising, served as a training vessel for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. As such, it has received and past yearly operational US Coast Guard Aux operational inspections.

Fishing Equipment
Two Standup Storage Rod Holders on forward bulkhead of rear cockpit
Two Trolling Holders on railing on each side of rear cockpit

Other Equipment
Vessel has all equipment necessary for normal Inland and Coastal cruising: Fenders; Dock Lines; Towing Lines; Heaving Line; Binoculars; Tools; Spare Parts (including running light bulbs); Kicker Skiff Hook; Boat Hook; Boarding Ladder; Red-White Cabin Lights; Tide Tables; Tidal Current Tables; Navigation Rules; Light List; Flag Halyards, etc.

Logs and Operation Manuals
Operation and Maintenance Manuals for almost all of the vessel equipment is onboard
Log Book of Vessel Maintenance and Fueling is onboard
Notebook of most correspondence and research on Fisher 25 and vessel is available
Electronic Files of 20+ years ownership and maintenance are available

Basic Boat Info

Make: Fisher
Model: Motorsailor
Year: 1978
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: DSK00018M78B
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Other Keel


Length: 25 ft
Length Overall: 25'3 ft
Beam: 9'4 ft
Max Draft: 4 ft
Bridge Clearance: 31 ft
Dry Weight: 10080 lb
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: YANMAR
  • Model: 2QM20H
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 22hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct
Cruising Speed: 6 kn
Maximum Speed: 6.4 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 27 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 8 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Motorsailers, Other, Pilothouse


Stephen Parker
Parker Yacht Sales is located in North East, Maryland. Our dealership offers a wide range of used boats from leading manufacturers including fishing boats, pontoon boats, ski boats, and more. Whether you're an experienced boater or a first-time buyer we have or can locate the perfect boat to meet your needs and budget. At Parker Yacht Sales, we believe that boating should be a fun and stress-free experience. We are committed to providing our customers with high-quality boats, and competitive pricing. Come visit us today and discover why we are the go-to destination for boaters in the area.
Parker Yacht Sales


Parker Yacht Sales
230 Riverside Drive
North East, MD, US, 21901
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.

Chart plotter plus Cheapeake Chartbook
Depth sounder
Portable VHF
Autoprop feathering 3 blade prop
Dual helms: Wheel in pilothouse, Tiller in cockpit
4 Group 31 AGM batteries
Xantrex Charger/Inverter
50' and 25' 30 amp shore tie cables with multiple adapters
Marine reverse cycle 5000BTU HVAC with ducting and seawater cooling
Multiple installed fans
Kerosene Stove/Cabin ducted heater with Charley Noble
Portable Fridge/Freezer
New marine head
New holding tank and all plumbing
Roller furling on all four sails, which can be set, trimmed and furled from cockpit.
Heavy duty and light duty Whisker poles in chocks
Cockpit Awning
Double Lifelines with gates
Multiple fenders, lines, towlines with bridles, PFDs, CG safety gear,etc
Power windlass with Bullwaga primary and Danforth secondary anchors and rhodes
Mounted swim ladder
Complete file of all equipment manuals and instructions
Abundant tools and spares
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.