1979 Vector Jay R Benford designed Cutter

39 ft



THE FOLLOWING FROM THE "CRUSING YACHTS" ARTICLE IN 1983 – " This design is the result of a commission for a modern offshore cruising boat that would be a fast passagemaker and comfortable home afloat." 


Do not hesitate on this one! Y’SHUA is gorgeous! Not what you would expect from most owner finished vessels, she will impress you from stem to stern with thoughtful deck arrangement, stunning cabinetry, and incredibly well laid out and constructed systems. Even the Yanmar 51hp Diesel that only has 369hrs on it, looks like it’s straight out of the box.

Curb appeal!? Oh yes!……and plenty of it! These Vector 39’s were designed by the well known Jay R Benford with one thing in mind……..a reliable, fast, world passage maker, that looks gorgeous while doing it! He definitely got that very very right! The builders, Vector Marine, were known to be high quality builders, as evidenced in this passage from the Cruising Yachts article written in 1983, and on their end product which you can see for yourself once aboard Y’SHUA.

" Vector Marine did a first-rate job of building the tooling, and was consistently being complimented on the quality of their work, both on the tooling and the building of the boats" 

Once on deck, the applied marine decking system is incredibly "grippy" underfoot, and light enough in color that it will not get too hot on the sunniest of days. The mast, rigging, and deck hardware are all arranged in such a manner, as to allow ease of movement, and ease of operation. All control lines and halyards etc are led aft to the cockpit, running through the base of the very sturdy hard dodger. The boat is easily handled from the cockpit with three self-tailing winches, and ample halyard/line clutches. All of the gear used is Harken or Lewmar. The vessel is equipped with Banks Sails, Garhauer Rigid Boomvang, Edson Steering Pedestal, and Harken Roller Furling Systems on the Headsail and Cuttersail. The Ratheon RL9 Radar is angled using a Trimmaster Ram, so can be set for the best angle of attack while under sail. Up on the bow, you will find a 35lb CQR anchor, with 400ft of chain. Aft of the cockpit, there is Fortress stern anchor with 50ft of chain and 250ft of Nylon rode. Everything you need! 

Down the companionway, and into the salon, and I dare you not to say "wow!". The owner has performed an outstanding job in his effort to create an amazing yacht interior, one well worthy of a good jaw dropping. Immediately to stbd, you have the engine panel, and below that the washer/dryer combo unit. Immediately to port, you can move into the master stateroom, with an almost queen sized berth, and plenty of storage. Aft from the master, there is access to more storage, tankage, and the steering gear, all wide open and easy to get to. 

From the entryway, moving into the salon, you have the ample chart table/nav center to your stbd side. Most of your gauges, switches, breakers etc are located on the back panel, and when opened up (see pics), you can see the owner’s commitment to doing things properly from the neatness and correct materials selection of his electrical work. Immediately to port is the large and well equipped galley, with propane three burner stove and oven, large fridge/freezer ( Glacier Bay with cooling pump under cabin sole), microwave oven, dual stainless steel sinks, and plenty of storage. The counter and sink arrangement forms the engine cover, and the owner has arranged the systems with quick disconnects, so that getting to the engine is made easier. Once opened up, you would think that the Yanmar was installed yesterday it’s so clean. Owner even leaves all the belts de-tensioned so they do not stretch whilst not in use. 

Forward of the galley is the large salon with the L shaped settee and table to the stbd side, and seating and small berth to port. There is plenty of storage under all of the seating, and a beautiful Sigmar Diesel Cabin Furnace with tiling forward. This Sigmar will warm the entire vessel effortlessly, and there is a Red Dot Auxillary heater, because why not. Redundancy is a wonderful thing! The mast is keel stepped, so runs through the center of the salon, and is encased in a lovely wood box, which provides a place to attach the ships bells, the inclinometer, and the salon table. all of the cabinetry in the salon (whole boat) is finished is a rich hi gloss coating, that lets the true beauty of the woodwork shine through. Cool fans and plenty of portlights, and a big deck hatch allow for great air movement through the salon and the rest of the boat. 

Forward of the salon and to stbd, the head is located. As you would expect, the joinery and finish work is outstanding, and there is a Manual Raritan Marine Head, shower with curtain and rail, stainless sink, large mirrors, a portlight and plenty of storage. From the head, you move forward to the v-berth and chain locker. The v-berth has a large counter top to the port side with two big drawers underneath for all kinds of storage. The well sized berth is to stbd, and can accommodate your visitors comfortably. Once again, the joinery is breath taking, and finished in high gloss. There is also more storage under the berth, and in the hanging locker forward and to port. 

Overall, Y’SHUA is a 9.5 out of 10, and won’t disappoint. She is ready for new owners, has every manual and systems diagram possible, and want’s to go cruising. The owner would be happy to run through the boat once she has been moved on to her new owners, and show you every little detail he built into her. So, pick up the phone, and call the listing broker now to schedule your appointment to view Y’SHUA today, and don’t miss out on this rare and gorgeous gem of a world class passage maker. Often compared to the Valiant 40, I believe Y’SHUA to be a much better boat. 

Please contact Jason Whitaker on 971-244-2667, or [email protected]

Call Direct! Jason Whitaker 971-244-2667

Vessel Year:
Engine Type:
Engine Mfg:
1 Yanmar
Engine Model:
4JH2(B)E Inboard
Engine Hours:
369 | Hrs

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