Californian 55 Cockpit Motor Yacht

1987/55 ft/Blaine, WA

US$ 189,000US

Californian's 55 Cockpit Motor Yacht continues to be one of the most accommodating designs in her class. With an easy access cockpit, a fully enclosed sundeck and flybridge, few models can compare in terms of usable living space. This two cabin, two head model features a full beam aft cabin with king berth and shower/tub and an island queen forward. The down galley and dinette are ideal for life aboard and entertaining. New hardwood floors throughout add warmth to the interior decor.  

Lady J has benefited from numerous upgrades to various systems, including heating, battery and electrical, navigation electronics, mechanical maintenance, canvas bridge enclosure and hull paint. READ THE DETAILED MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADE HISTORY!

Well maintained, low hour and strong running Detroit 6V92TA's allow an honest 10 knot cruise with an 18 knot top speed. Recent bottom paint, shaft, cutlass bearing and prop work. 

Lady J is berthed in Blaine Marina in a prime location and comes with 1 year of assumable moorage! 

Available for showings by appointment. Vessel maintenance and upgrade history available upon request, as is a high resolution photo album. Contact our office today to learn more about Lady J.

Preliminary listing. Stand by for updates and corrections.....

Vessel History, Layout and Equipment Description

Lady J is the culmination of a lot of love, labor, and effort, put in to what was planned to be a forever Cruising Yacht. However, as life changes, and crew (ie: read as adult kids with their kids) scattered to the 4 corners and their own lives, the owners have found she is more boat than they really need. The “recent Work Done list” will show that they did most of the heavy lifting, and you can be the benefactor of this labor of love. Well maintained by current owners, she is a two stateroom design with a spacious V-berth with its own En-suite head, and shower. The Master suite is massive. With lots of beautiful Solid Teak cabinets, 3 closets, and drawers. The quality, and quantity of beautiful teak within Lady J is very hard to find now. The Master suites giant King bed makes sleeping, well, a dream.  An En-suite head, and shower/bathtub are private to the Master suite. An amazing feature is an aft entry/exit door port side from the master to the aft cockpit. This is a great safety and convenient access feature. Access to the Aft upper deck by a solidly built ladder to starboard. Boarding Lady J is also extremely easy. With a spacious swim step at dock level, going to a wide cockpit aft, makes boarding with armloads of provisions and groceries a breeze.


Galley and Built in Dinette is forward of the salon and lower level, with a builtin microwave, electric stove, large working oven, and refrigerator, all easily accessed on the port side. The dining settee, recently fully recovered with great fabric and new easy clean sidewall vinyl  is starboard of the galley. The Salon has an expansive custom couch with the same fabric as the dinette, has storage below the cushions. Aft is an expansive upper fully enclosed ‘California Deck' as it’s called, has custom teak furniture. This space makes for wonderful dockside and cruising comfort, and entertaining, as well as a fantastic layout for dock parties. Easily sleep 7, or 8, with room for more if using the aft deck. An amazing family boat. And as a potential Liveaboard, this is the yacht that can provide a home, and then pull away from the dock and really go places! She was moved on her own hull from Southern California to Blaine, WA in 2021, and has cruised the San Juan and Gulf Islands as recently as September 2023. Dual Detroit 6v92TA Turbo Diesel engines give stability and power when needed. With two generators, its possible to get the extra power when needed from the 15KW main, or the 8Kw auxiliary generator. 

Assumable Moorage!

This is truly an outstanding boat for the next owner. With a 12 month sublet slip immediately available after purchase in Blaine Washington, this will give the new owners time to enjoy being literally right next door to Canada, and amazing access to the Canadian Gulf Islands. Leave Blaine Marina, and within 2.5 hours you can be checked in to Canadian Customs, and on the Dock at Poets Cove on Pender Island. Vancouver Marina is only 50 miles coastwise to the north, and the Sunshine cost just above that. AND, with - 350 feet of brand new bbb 3/8” Peerless (made in U.S.A) chain, plus 150 feet of 3 strand braided rope, anchoring at Reid Harbor, (on Stuart Island, in the USA San Juan Islands) is a fantastic start to your cruising trips. This is the northern tip of the San Juan Islands, within only about 2 hours 40 Minutes to the South West of Blaine. Literally speaking, this is "THE boat, and slip, that’s right in the heart of some of the most beautiful cruising grounds in world".

Equipment List and Upgrade History

As of Oct 2023: What’s been done to the Californian 55 - Lady J


Fall 2023:

- New bbb 3/8” Perless (made in U.S.A) chain ground tackle. 350’

-New 3 braid rope spliced to chain, 150’

- New oil changes/filters 

-New fuel filters (all)

- New Transmission oil-filters

- Winter antifreeze



- House Battery bank rebuilt with new wiring and 8 NEW Firefly house batteries model FF12D1-G31 batteries

- ( -2019 - Starting batteries = 4 ‘West Marine’ 8D AGM, separate from house, separate charger. New Diesel truck Jumper cables to jump to house Bat if needed.)

- New 5 mile LED fwd Navigation Light, with LED 5 mile All around white light 

- Virtually all cabin lights are LED

- New Detroit diesel starting motors

- New Standard Horizons Marine VHF, integrated AIS Receiver, NEMA 2000 to chart plotters.

- New Standard Horizons Horn/PA

- New Simrad Large yacht autopilot pump system w/NEMA 2000 

- New Simrad autopilot compass

- New Simrad autopilot rudder sensor

- Engine Control Throttle and Shifting Cables, changed/New on Port and Stbd flybridge engine controls

- Hydraulic Steering Rams rebuilt, system flushed, refilled

- New Hydraulic Steering Reservoir, Fluid flushed, replaced

- Heat Exchangers on Detroit’s removed and rebuilt (2022)




- All bottom paint stripped to F.G.

- All blisters properly removed 

- Hull/blister locations allowed to dry 3 months in So. California summer

- New bronze thru hulls, and seacocks for 2 Generators, A/C, and s/ water pickup. 3 unnecessary thru hills removed and holes glasses in.

- Hull professionally moisture tested in no less than 50 spots, and all blister areas until 3%-2% dryness

- Blister area repairs using PETTIT Blister repair and prevention standards Tech bulletin 1000

- Hull (bottom) sealed with PETTIT Protect 4100 white, then 4700 Gray Epoxy barrier coat. Total 11 gallons.

- Hull (bottom) painted with 2 coats of Red Trinidad Pro non ablative paint

- Hull (bottom) painted with 3 additional coats of Blue Trinidad Pro non ablative hull paint

- Above water line - New boot stripe, New Hull paint up to Deck, and “California room sides” professionally painted, high gloss chip-resistant Awlgrip two-part polyurethane enamel

- Diesel tanks (all 3) inspection plates added, professionally drained, vacuumed tanks, filtered + new Diesel added.

- View level pipe added for Lazarette Diesel tanks.

- New fuel guage in Main Diesel tank

- New FULL Electrical panel, installed, and rewiring of panel and distribution area

- New Eberspatcher Hydronic Heat System with Diesel heat source and 110v electric Shore power heat source

- New Bronze Sea strainers on both Detroit engines 

- New Sea strainer hoses

- New more efficiently sized Bronze propellers (Wilmington Propellers, professionally sized for efficiency)

- New Spurs Rope cutters on propellers

- New Cutlass bearings (all 4)

- New PYI Dripless PSS Shaft seals-packing 

- New (2) Raritan Atlantes Freedom masserating toilets. One Fw, 1 S/w.


2018/early 2019:

- New Victron 120/30/3000 inverter-charger

- New Simrad Radar, Chartploter

- New Simrad fishfinder-depth sounder

-New Simrad Sonar forward scan

- New West marine water heater

- New 5/8 Solid teak Salon floor, and aft cabin head floor

- New extra high grade carpeting in Master cabin and V-Berth



New Honda 9.9 4St put on tender

Californian 55 Specifications and Inventory

Lady J - 1987 55 Californian, (Marshall Marine)


USCG DOC #909789

IMO: JCMY5506J687

GROSS Tons: 52 GRT

Length: 55 feet, (61.3 overall)

Width: 15.4 feet

Depth: 4’ 6”

Haling Port: Anacortes, WA

Restrictions: None

Propulsion: Two Detroit 6v92TA, Turbo Diesel. Fuel: Diesel Hours: Port 1885, Stbrd: 1881

Fuel Tanks: Aluminum, 3. One main (225Gal), two Lazarette (150Gal each) Total: 525 Gal

Fresh Water tank: Believed to be 200 Gal

Holding/Black Water: 80 Gal

Generators: 2. Main = ONAN 15Kw, Hours believed to be 1450, Lazarette ONAN 8Kw Believed to be 1390 (gauges broken)

Electrical: New Main Panel. 

Inverter Charger: Victron 120/30/3000 inverter-charge

Batteries: 2 banks. House: 8 Firefly house batteries model FF12D1-G31. Starting:  8D AGM, separate from house, separateWest Marine charger.

Heater: Rixen Hydronic Shore power (2 x110v heater) 3 cabin zones, 3 thermostats, with 4th available to be installed anywhere aboard.

Heater - Offshore: Eberspatcher Hydronic Heat System with Diesel heat source 

Tender: 2004 Caribe C12, with Newer Honda 9.9 outboard. HULL ID: EMD12066D404

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.


  • Boat NameLady J
  • Model55 Cockpit Motor Yacht
  • Model Year1987
  • LOA61.25 ft
  • Engines Total Power1,100 hp
  • Number of Engines2
  • Engine BrandDetroit
  • Engine Model6V92TA
  • Engine Power550|horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel

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