1979 Maple Leaf 54ft – Center Cockpit Cutter



SV Secret Water is Maple Leaf 54 center cockpit pilot house cruising boat that sets the standard for room and comfort at sea. With 3 Cabins and comfortable sleeping accommodations for 6, this boat would be perfect for the cruising family or couple that is looking or space and comfort at sea. Dual helm stations in the cockpit and down below in the pilothouse make passages and night watches safe and secure. Equipped with 975W of Solar, 175A DC Kubota Generator, and 30GPH water maker, SV Secret Water is set up for true off the grid cruising.

After cruising the Sea of Cortez with their family, the owners currently have the boat stored in the Cabrales boat yard in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. The Cabrales yard is only 1.5hrs south of the US/Mexico Border and 3.5hrs south from Phenix, Arizona making the location ideal for starting a Sea of Cortez cruise.

Add a Starlink receiver and then for $75/Mo you can work remotely from one of the hundreds of anchorages up and down the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico.

For additional photos and specs, you can view the YachtWorld Listing at: 1979 Maple Leaf 54ft Center Cockpit Cutter Pilothouse for sale – YachtWorld

Buying a boat in Mexico can have some tax advantages in saving you State sales tax and the boat is already where you want to start cruising. When buying a boat in Mexico, all of the title transfer, paperwork, and funds transfers are handled in the United States by a Marine Documentation Services Company for your convenience and peace of mind.

The owners of La Paz Cruisers Supply and Brokerage are cruisers themselves and have been living and cruising aboard in Mexico since 2008. Our team has crossed oceans, sailed to the South Pacific, delivered catamarans from South Africa and
sailed around the Caribbean, Mediterranean and world. Our goal isn’t to waste your time, but to help you find a boat that fits your budget and dreams.

Full Specifications

Engine: Ford Lehman 120 6 cyl., naturally aspirated diesel, Top-end rebuild 2017 (6600 total hours from new)
Generator- Kubota DC with 175 amp ‘Ample alternator’ – Rebuilt 2019
Bow Thruster – control at helm
Dripless shaft seal replaced Feb 2018
Webasto forced air diesel heater
Water maker: CruiseRO 30 gallons/hour new 2017 – located in engine room
Separate shift and throttle controls at both helms

3 cabins – (1) cabin with queen berth, (2) cabins each with 2 single berths

Large Master with queen berth
Lots of windows and ports for ventilation
Lots of storage with full wardrobe and hanging lockers
Full bath with vacuflush head, shower, and tub

V-Berth bunk bed forward with opening skylight/hatch

Two single berths, bunk bed style
Storage and hanging locker
Forward head – No shower

Rebuilt fridge/freezer 2019. 2 compressors, 1 AC, 1 DC.
Force 10 – 4 burner stove w/oven, propane tank stored in aft lazarette

Three opening skylight/hatches
Very bright and airy with large windows and opening hatches. This is a cozy area with nice storage shelves, bookcases, and cabinets.
Updated upholstery 2017
Huge Spacious area with seating to Port and Starboard
Pilothouse, with chart table forward of salon.

Owners Notes
Secret Water has been the best boat for our family of 5. We sailed from Washington to Panama to Puerto Penasco 2016-2020. We’re the third owners. Second owner purchased Secret Water in 2005. She lived in Vancouver her whole life, except for the last 4 years. We didn’t plan to sell her now, but things have changed for our family and we hope to find her the best new home. Secret Water is a simple boat and can be sailed from the center cockpit or pilothouse. We loved the pilothouse on all night passages, it’s safe and secure.

Mainsail: Quantum sail on easy-furl by Forespar roller furling system
Genoa: sail on roller furler new forestay 2019
Jib: Sail on roller furler new inner forestay 2019
Spinnaker: A-sym. currently stowed in aft cabin, like new condition.

Rigging is old and in good shape. Anyone interested in crossing the Pacific will likely want to refit the standing rigging. We replaced the forestay and inner forestay in Panama 2019.

Hull: FRP (fiberglass) w/ closed cell foam core
Modified fin keel with bulb ballast, fully protected skeg hung rudder w/ prop cutout

Deck – fiberglass

Ground tackle:
40kg Rocna – on bow roller,
Bruce as secondary stowed in lazarette. 400’ ⅜” bbb, 150’ ⅜” for secondary anchor.
Windlass: Maxwell HWC15 electric -new 2017, with center cockpit controls
Teak Swim platform w/ SS Ladder

Fresh water- (2) tanks 400-gal total
Holding (1) tank, new macerator pump 2020.
Copper pipe throughout, for water and hydraulic steering

Engine room – opening port light and seat in center cockpit above work bench.
Accommodations – Owner’s cabin – opening overhead hatch, opening port
Main cabin/Galley – (3) opening hatches
V-Berth – Opening hatch
Crew cabin – Dorade

Fuel: (4) tanks – (1) day tank, 2 main tanks. Aluminum, 400-gal total. Polished tanks in Anacortes WA 2016.
Day Tank in engine room, gravity feeds 2 Racor filters, to manifold with 3 shut offs: 1 shut off for engine, 1 shut off for generator, 1 shut off for diesel heater.
2 independent pumps to fill day tank, 1-electrical with button at lower helm, 1-manual in engine room

Fresh Water – 2 tanks total 400 Gal
Hot water tank in engine room

Holding – 1 tank

(2) VHF – updated 2019 Lower helm Standard Horizon GX2200 RG-8 cable up the mast and new Morad Whip antenna, Upper helm older model new antenna 2017
RADAR – Furuno it’s old and kicks butt
Chartplotter – We’ve always used an iPad pro and Navionics. We also installed a raspberry pi with Open CPN to view AIS.
Iridium Go with external antenna

Dockside connection – 30 Amp
New 2021 Mastervolt Powercombi 100A inverter charger

West Marine 8d AGM, new 2016 – (1) engine start, (2) for bow thruster and windlass.
(2) house batteries.
(3) 325 watt Canadian Solar solar panels. (2) located on top of center cockpit, (1) hangs on starboard side.
Midnite Solar Classic 200 MPPT charge controller

Rebuilt fridge/freezer 2019. 2 compressors, 1 AC, 1 DC.
Force 10 (4)burner stove w/oven, propane tank stored in aft lazarette

Make: Ford Lehman, 6 Cylinder
Engine Year: 1979
Total Power: 120hp
Engine Hours: 6600
Engine Type: Inboard
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller Type: 3 Blade
Propeller Material: Bronze

Speed & Distance
Cruising Speed: 5.5kn
Max Speed: 7.5kn

Length Overall: 54ft
Max Draft: 6.33ft
Beam: 14.7ft

Windlass: Electric Windlass
Electrical Circuit: 12V/110V

Fresh Water Tank: 400 Gal (Aluminum)
Fuel Tank: 400 Gal (Aluminum)
Holding Tank

Single Berths: 4
Double Berths: 1
Cabins: 3
Heads: 2

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.