Description and History

The Sundowner 32 is a very salty pilothouse tugboat. She is a very solid, seakindly boat and has a tremendous character all her own.

She has a full keel with a proper, heavy-duty stainless steel shoe/skeg to protect the rudder and propeller.

A huge pilothouse with a comfortable helm and pilotberth make piloting a real pleasure in any kind of weather.

The Sundowner has a generous bulwark all the way around for a great feeling of security. Real sidedecks eliminate the "tip-toeing" around the salon as you work your way aft -- unlike those found on other boats. A proud, proper bow to intimidate rough seas.

Inside, all woodwork is solid teak or teak-faced wood. It is all hand-shaped. This adds to her tremendous warmth and character --- she feels like a true friend.

The principal specifications are:

  3ft 8in
  15,000lbs (light)
  Single Perkins 135 NA
  Two 75gal with cleanouts
  100gal stainless w/cleanout
  30gal fiberglass
  6gal engine/electric

This particular Sundowner was custom built in 1988 especially for the Midwest importer of Sundowner Tugs from the Valor Yacht yard in Taiwan. Because of this, there are upgrades and better construction methods that are evidently superior to other Sundowners. The rudder shaft log and support is one example - it is a single, solid, stainless steel assembly. I am only the second owner of the gorgeous vessel.

The boat spent the first 12 years of her life very lightly used, and sailed in fresh water only. She was stored in a covered building during the long winters. The most recent 3 years of her life has been spent up on a lift, out of the water entirely except on weekends and short trips. Since the boat is up on a lift, you can skip the haulout cost and inspect the bottom right where she is!

Meticulous records and documentation have been religiously kept by the previous owner and myself. With the boat are included all manuals, schematics, engine shop manual and parts book, and every single yard receipt with work description and parts used since 1988.

This Sundowner is by far the most up-to-date and cleanest Sundowner to be found anywhere. The custom, no-maintenance aluminum windows and locking aluminum pilothouse doors alone make this Sundowner very unique.