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The Explorer 45, designed by Stan Huntingford, will bring you "a little peace, a lot of independence". This vessel is an exceptional cruising boat of moderately heavy displacement with full keel offering a stable, sea kindly ride. There were approximately 30 made, some with aft cockpit. Most Explorer 45’s were staysail ketch rigged, this one according to prior owner has always been a cutter rig. The interior floor plan is similar to that of the popular Kelly Peterson 44, but with additional headroom, and brighter larger port lights. Her design will give you standing stability in a heavy seaway. From the thick fiberglass hull to her warm interior, the Explorer 45 is a worthy, comfortable and safe blue water cruiser

Engine power HP
Boat Condition Used
Boat Class Cruisers
Hull Material Fiberglass
No of Single 1
No of Double Berths 1
No of Cabin 1
Keel Type Full Keel
Flag of Registry US
LOA 45
Beam 13
Maximum draft 6.67
Displacement 30000
Water Tank 198 Gallons
Fuel Tank 75 Gallons
No of Fuel Tank 1
Holding Tank 15 Gallons

Comments by Designer Stan Huntingford

As a designer of cruising sailboats, I am frequently in contact with people who, with the trade
wind skies in their eyes and the rustle of palm trees in their ears, are looking for a suitable boat
for off shore cruising with the idea of sailing around the world.
Over the years of cumulative experience in drawing many deep water designs and through
cruising on our own 39′ cutter (I designed her twenty-five years ago) I have evolved certain
criteria for offshore cruising yachts. These criteria have been formulated by analysis of a boat’s
behaviour in adverse sea conditions. Of course even the most seaworthy boat requires proper
handling by her crew if the boat is to be considered truly seaworthy. The most important
requirement for the ocean ‘cruiser is that the hull should sit in the water rather than on it. The
result should be a hull with substantial deadrise (the amount of rise to the bottom from the keel
to the turn of the bilge), generally with reverse curves in the sections at her keel. Such a hull
wiU have a heavy displacement, resulting in an easier motion, a shape not apt to pound in a
seaway and a performance that is less affected,by the necessary loading. Safety at sea calls for a
positive stability at any angle of heel, while comfort calls for a good initial stability. A tender
boat sailing on her ear is miserable to live on and forces her crew into frequent and sometimes
exhausting sail changes. Long low overhangs at the stem are undesirable, as they pound and
apply leverage through wave action to throw the poat off course. A well tucked up, moderate
overhanging counterstern, terminating with a transom gives reserve bouyancy, without reacting
overly to wave action. A good beam and more room above and below decks. The cruiser
should, of course, be strong and the decks and cabin coamings should be as strong as the hull.
One should not confuse bulky unscientific construction with strength.
Although all boats are a compromise, most modern design features that produce speed are in
direct opposition to recognized seagoing requirements. As an example of compromise, the over
reduction of wetted surface has resulted in the light displacement cutaway underbody which
increases speed at the expense of directional control and produces excess leeway, heavy
pounding, and quick motion. The ideal ocean cruising boat is one that is neither compromised
to the extent that she lacks sealcindliness, nor is she robbed of the turn of speed that makes her a
pleasure to sail. Some cruising men say that speed is .unimpcrtant, however, good sailing is
desirable as otherwise the boat can be a bore to her crew and will lack the ability to fight contrary
winds and currents to complete her passage in reasonable time. On the other hand, a boat
capable of extreme speed can only be difficult to live on. A quick jerky motion intensifies the
possibility of crewmen falling or being pitched overboard. A high speed, light displacement hull
design and a rough sea are not compatible with either comfort or safety. A proper design wiU be
infinitely easier on the crew because it minimizes exhaustion.
A nonnal displacement ocean cruiser can be designed without incorporating bad qualities, so that
even in adverse conditions she is easy to handle and pure fun to sail There are many yachtsmen
who have never sailed aboard such a boat, and not many boats are being built today that fill the
needs for a good perfonning, seak.indly coastwise or ocean cruiser. Let’s look at one. She ts a
larger model of a boat that we still own, in which we have cruised and raced for many thousands
of miles over the last twenty-three years, and she is a happy compromise of seagoing ability and
speed. She is a good example of what an able cruising boat can be. The EXPWRER meets the
requirements for an ocean cruiser. Her vital statistics are: WA 45’5"; LWL 34′: Beam 13’0";
Draft 6’8". She displaces a healthy 30,000 pounds. Her iron keel of 10,450 pounds combined
with her low placed tanks and diesel motor gives her great stability and sail-carrying power.
Sail area is 805 sq. ft.
The secret of the EXPLORER 45’s ability lies in her easily driven hull, which sits in the water
as all ocean cruising boats should. By modem tandards her wetted surface and lateral plane
looks excessive, but she points as high as a boat can, foots very fast and goes where she looks.
Her ample deadrise, moderately hard bilges, good beam and low balli:ist combine to make a
stable platfonn and give a non-pounding hull with a related easy motion. Her hull is powerful,
one that can be driven hard when the occasion ari es, there is no stopping her when she is
driv’ing to windward in a 25 to 30 knot wind Her profile is just right and allows her to be easily
slipped for bottom painting.
A cruising boat like this EXPLORER 45 which is stable and easily driven prevents fewer sail
handling problems to her crew than one that is tender or requires constant driving to make a
reasonable speed. When beating with the EXPWRER, for instance and comfort calls for the
shortening of sail, down comes the mainsail, this sail is furled and under the two headsails she
maintains the same closewindedness and her speed drops from seven to six and a half knots.
Going downwind is almos.t as easy. The mainsail is dropped and furled, the halyard switched to
the storm trysail, which is on its own track. All one has to do is hoist away and trim the sheet.
There is no need for reefrng the main while cruising.
INTERIOR: 198 gallon water tank., hot and cold pressure water system in head and galley, with
manual back-up pump. Two heads; one wifh ,hand-held shower, two marine toilets with basins.
Batteries with 3-way switch, fully fused electric breaker panel with 110 volt shore side power
and duplex outlets. Complete navigation and cabin lights. Ice box with foam insulation. All
through-hull fittings with bronze sea cocks.
All interior woodwork is solid teak planked, including laid teak and holly cabin sole, and teak
shower grates. Large dinette with tanned leatherette salon cushions "U" shaped galley,
stainless steel sink, large lockers and book cases, foul weather hanging locker, large chart table
and storage area. Two berths within walk in forward stateroom, pilot berth aft cabin with large
double berth and aft quarter berth, all cushions and mattresses to be 4" with fabric and tanned


Forward cabin features a upper and lower berth to starboard with line and sail storage to port. Moving aft there long settee 6’6" to starboard and a dinette to port followed by a U-shpaed galley. Navigation center to starboard with full sized chart table and drawers, lockers under and book/electronics shelves on either side. Moving aft is a sea berth to starboard with engine access to port. Aft cabin has very large berths double and single crossing the width of the aft stateroom. Two enclosed heads one in aft cabin which does not have a head at this time. And one for use from salon or forward cabin. There is a very large storage area accessible from the cockpit and engine room.


Auxiliary Power is a Perkins 4108 with Velvet Drive Transmission with 3108 hours at this time.

Recent Upgrades

2012 Survey indicated an issue with the black iron fuel tank which was replaced with a custom aluminum tank along with $30,000 of upgrades including new gelcoat for hull and decks along with a epoxy barrier coat below the waterline.

2012Garmin Radar


2012 Wind Speed and Direction

2014 Ulman Mainsail

2015 Raymarine Smart Pilot

2015 Samsung Flat Screen with Mast Antenna

2019 Haul Out and Bottom Paint




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.

Owner’s personal items excluded.  Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller’s personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.

Contact Information

45′ Explorer 45 1979

Oxnard, CA

Status: Active