SKYE 51' Alden Ketch

1980/51 ft/Anacortes, WA

US$ 135,000US

Recent Survey available.

Solid boat with no serious issues. 7 sails, 6 in excellent condition. Recent engine service. Fuel and water tanks inspected and cleaned. 

The Skye 51 Ketch was designed by Kaufman & Ladd of Annaopolis, who were commissioned by the John G. Alden Company. Eighteen original Skye 51's were built under direct supervision of Alden and are highly sought after by world cruisers. The design was for a "performance cruising yacht" easily handled by a couple and intended for world voyaging. Quest is hull #4 and was built in 1980. She is designed to cruise the worlds oceans in comfort and safety. 


As you descend the companionway ladder you will immediately notice the warm varnished teak interior. The varnish finish is original and in fabulous condition. To starboard is the navigation and electronics area. Immediately next to the companionway ladder is a proper wet locker for storing your foulies. To port of the ladder is the large "U-shaped" galley. Forward is the main salon with a large table on starboard with "U-shaped" settee. The table features bottle storage in center and removable fiddles to keep your placesetting in position. Opposite the table on port is a settee, with a cozy pilot berth above and outboard.

The cabinet separating the galley from the settee offers a convenient place for TV & stereo system and has additional bottle storage.

Forward of the main bulkhead is a forward cabin. A double pullman berth is on starboard with a single bunk (adjustable) above. Opposite on port is a sitting area, large hanging locker and generous storage.

As you go forward from the forward cabin is a large head, featuring a separate full size stall shower. The shower has a fiddled shelf and storage comparments

In the "vee" is a large sail locker with a door from the forward head and a sliding 3'x 3' deck hatch. This area is capable of holding all your offshore cruising gear and provides good access to the chain locker and windlass.

Aft of the companionway is the aft-cabin featuring a large pullman double berth and private head. This cabin has a large hanging locker, drawers and storage. Aft of this cabin is the engine room with a walk-in equipment space, engine and ample room for high-capacity system installation.

Throughout the boat the teak joinery is world class with beautiful teak bulkheads, details of cold-molded laminations and solid teak trim. Curved door frames are made of col-molded teak and look fantatstic. Quest was crafted with pride. A beautiful Leroy Niemen signed print of 12 meter yachts racing is framed and mounted on the bulkhead. A brass trawler style oil lantern hangs over the table.

Main Salon

  • Large "U-Shape" Dinette
  • Port Side Settee w lee board
  • Port side upper pilot berth
  • Beautiful Leroy Niemen print
  • Brass "trawler" oil lantern
  • Abundant storage lockers
  • Beautiful teak & holly sole
  • Overhead hatches & ventilation

Forward Cabin

  • Large double pullman berth
  • Upper single bunk - adjustable
  • Port side sitting/reading area
  • Large hanging locker
  • Great storage

Forward Head

  • Full size stall shower
  • Groco Head w/ holding tank
  • Easy maintenance white surfaces

Vee Area / Sail Locker

  • Fabulous storage for offshore gear
  • Chain hause pipe & chain storage bin
  • Large 3'x3' overhead sliding hatch

Aft Cabin

  • Private Aft Suite
  • Large double berth
  • Great Storage

Aft Head Compartment

  • Private to aft cabin
  • Groco head with holding tank
  • Easy maintenance white surfaces
  • Shower Sump pump

Engine Room

  • Yes... Dedicated "Walk-In" machinery space!
  • Clean arrangement w/ room for more

The galley is to port of the companionway ladder and features fore and aft counters topped in white Corian, and wrapped with curved cold-molded laminated fiddles. The aft counter has two top loading doors which access a refrigerator and freezer. The refer may also be accessed by a front door so you can get to the bottom. In late 2010 the Grunert refrigeration compressor was replaced with 2 DC compressors. The refrigeration system is water cooled for offshore efficiency. A pair of thermometer dials monitor the temperature.

A Richmond-Shipmate LPG 2-burner stove & oven is mounted between the counter and is properly gimbaled for use at sea. An overhead ventilation fan vents overboard thru a stainless dorade.

The forward counter has a very deep stainless sink with Hot & Cold pressure water. There is abundant storage space througout the galley for offshore stores. An overhead deck prism floods the galley with natural light.

  • 3-burner Richmond Shipmate w/oven
  • Refrigerator (top & front opening)
  • Freezer (top load for efficiency)
  • Pressure water
  • Corian counter tops - cold molded curved teak fiddles
  • Force Ten 11-gallon hot water tank - shore power & engine heated
  • LPG w/ Seaward control & solenoid
  • High Efficiency 12v DC Refrigeration system
  • Compressors for Refer & Freezer (one each)
  • Hot and cold pressure water system
  • Kitchen ventilation exhaust fan
  • Microwave oven

The sailing electronics were updated with a new Raymarine system in 2009.  The system will display speed, depth, wind speed & direction, as well as computed functions such as VMG, true wind, and race timer. There are two Raymarine displays at the binnacle and a Raymarine E120 chart plotter w/ GPS is located at the binnacle. GPS serial output is provided for a laptop. A KVH Sailcomp is located at the binnacle.  A Raymarine Radar unit is at the nav-station, but is also wired for use at the binnacle. Apelco 5200 VHF is integrated to the E120 plotter at the binnacle. An Autohelm 5000 under deck autopilot with linear drive is direct acting on the quadrant, with contols at both the nav and cockpit, or may be used with a remote (25' cord allows use under the dodger!). An Icom handheld VHF with bulkheaded mounted storage/charger is included.  A wireless remote for the Uniden VHF with charging cradle is at the inside wall of the main hatch

  • Uniden 625C VHF Radio
  • Uniden WAM w Charging Cradle
  • Raymarine System with 2 displays (ST60 plus & ST60 Multi) - Speed, depth, timer & wind
  • Autohelm 5000 w/ linear drive - controllers at Nav & Cockpit - 25' remote cord
  • KVH Sailcomp compass - Display at binnacle & nav
  • Raymarine 4kW Radome
  • Raymarine E120 Plotter & GPS at Binnacle
  • Salem ship's clock and barometer set
  • 23' Viso TV
  • Panasonic VHS player
  • Coustic AM/FM/Cassette - nice box speakers in salon - waterproof speakers in cockpit
  • 2 Ultrasonic Level Sensors for Fuel Tank display on E120
  • 2 Capacitance Level Sensors on Holding Tanks
Electrical & Systems

Quest is equipped with quality gear for extended cruising. Her systems reflect this design criteria and are of the highest quality. There is a dedicated engine/equipment room to allow proper installations and easy maintenance.

The Perkins 4-236 Diesel engine is fresh water cooled. This 85HP engine is a large displacement, low rpm design for great durability. The Max-Prop 3-blade propeller minimizes drag while sailing and offers excellent reverse thrust. The engine is equipped with a 95 amp high capacity alternator for battery charging. Fuel is kept clean with a Racor fuel/water seperator.

Quest has a house bank of Six (6) deep cycle 6-volt "golf cart batteries, and a a seperate engine starting battery. A NewMar #ABC 12-50 battery charger is mounted in the full size engine room. A Bass full size 12-volt DC and 110-volt AC panel at the nav-center controls the power with individual circuit breakers/switches.

A Webasto forced air diesel furnace is mounted to port of the engine and is ducted throughout the boat. The heat system provides forced ventillation and is great on those winter cruises, night watches or when in the northern latitudes. All thru-hulls have been replaced with Forespar synthetic "Marethane" modular style which allows easy rebuild. The Marethane construction is fiber reinforced plastic and is corrosion and electrolosis resistant.

  • Yamaha 2000 Quiet Genset w/ Propane connection in cockpit
  • Bass Breaker Panel 12VDC & 110VAC
  • 6ea 6V "Golf Cart" Batteries (2010)
  • 1ea - 12V Engine Start Battery
  • Mar 50amp battery charger
  • Perkins 4-236 FWC 85HP Diesel Engine
  • - Fresh water cooled
  • - Racor Fuel/Water seperator
  • - Groco water strainers
  • - strainer for engine
  • - strainer for refer system
  • - Engine alarm system
  • - Low oil pressure alarm
  • - Water cooling flow alarm
  • - Water temp alarm
  • New starter (2010), New SS exhaust manifold & exhaust elbow (2009)
  • 95 amp high capacity alternator
Sails & Spars

John Alden speciifed only the best gear, including the Hood Systems main and mizzen spars. Sails include Hood Main with full battens and lazy jacks, Hood Mizzen with full battens, Hood Staysail, Hood Mizzen Staysail, Hood Yankee, Hood Spinnaker with North snuffer sock, North Norlam 160% Genoa with only 6-seasons and an older North Norlam 155% Genoa which could be easily cut to a 125-130%.

This Ketch sailplan with large genoa on Schaeffer 3000 system roller furling, a a releasable inner forestay, powerful main and mizzen was designed for safe short handed sailing. The sailplan is spread over many sails allowing for easy adjustment of any one, with large winches and deck hardware providing the muscle. Quest carries the same PHRF handicap as a Hobie 33, she is capable of great performance yet her sailplan allows you to change gears as neccessary to weather storms or work through the lulls.


  • Schaeffer 3000 Roller Furling System
  • Hood Systems Main Mast
  • Hood Systems Mizzen Mast


  • Hood spinnaker w/ North snuffer
  • Hood mizzen staysail
  • North Norlam 160% genoa (newer)
  • North Norlam 155% genoa (older)
  • Hood large yankee
  • Hood staysail
  • Hood main (full batten & lazy jacks)
  • Hood mizzen (full batten)


  • Dodger w/ zip-out window for storage
  • Mainsail cover
  • Mizzen sail cover
  • Winch covers
  • Wheel / Binnacle cover
  • Companionway cover
  • Windlass cover
  • Cover for Teak Varnished Toerail w/ weighted sandbags
  • Cockpit rain & sun shade
  • - supported by mizzen boom
  • Covers for Dorade Boxes

Quest has a beautiful low profile house that is accentuated by the long teak deck strips. She has a powerful, sleek and memorable look that is timeless. The deck hardware is of the highest quality and sized for easy handling of the sails. There are many opening hatches and dorades for quality ventilation. The deck coring is Airex (closed cell foam) and the spars are from Hood. 


  • 2 ea. Lewmar 65AST primaries
  • 2 ea. Lewmar 53AST secondaries
  • 2 ea. Lewmar 30A on mizzen mast
  • 1 ea. Lewmar 42AST mainsheet
  • 2 ea. Lewmar 42A spinnaker halyards
  • 1 ea. Lewmar 42AST main halyard
  • 2 ea. Lewmar 42C on main mast
  • 1 ea. Lewmar 8C


  • Spinnaker pole (new paint)
  • Reaching strut (new paint)
  • Detachable inner forestay
  • Granny safety bars at main mast

Ground Tackle

  • Muir electric windlass
  • 65# plow anchor w/350' chain
  • 45# plow anchor
  • Stern strap 50' nylon anchor hook & line.
  • Deck and anchor wash-down recessed in forward deck.


  • 5ea - 2'x2' opening hatches
  • - with MR10 UV proof Lexan
  • 1ea - 3'x3' opening hatch
  • 4ea - large dorade vents with boxes
  • Bow dorade w/ Bullwork Girder vent
Additional Equipment
  • Avon Hypalon roll up inflatable dinghy
  • Mercury 2.5 HP Engine (New 2009 - stored indoors)
  • Max-Prop 3-Blade Propeller
  • All thru-hulls are Forespar modular nylon
  • - Synthetic resists electrolosis
  • - Modular design allows ez rebuild
  • Aluminum LPG Tank in vented locker
  • Webasto Forced Air Diesel Furnace
  • - HL65-12 - 7.5KW
  • - Heat is ducted throughout yacht
  • - Racor fuel filter for furnace
  • Halon Automatic Extinguisher
  • - Oversize
  • - Mounted in engine room
  • Galvanic isolator on shore power
  • Solar powered forced air ventilation
Construction Details

Kaufmann & Ladd designed a performance voyaging yacht that is timeless and beautiful. Her "hull has a moderate draft, a high lift keel and rudder, long waterline with a fine entry and powerful stern - The necessary elements of a fast cruising hull".

The hull is made of solid FRP structure reinforced by a series of PVC foam core stringers and frames, laminated in during hull lay-up. All fasteners are silicone bronze or stainless steel. Hull to deck joint is through bolted with 3/8" stainless bolts on 4.5" centers, sealed w/ 3M-5200 Marine Adhesive, then the Bullwork Girder (tm) is fiberglassed in position triangulating the joint.

The deck & house are a fiberglass sandwich with 3/4" Airex PVC foam core to allow a stiff and strong structure that will resist moisture penetration. Hardware is fastened in localized hardwood reinforced areas and through bolted. Solid teak planking is overlaid on a butyl rubber bedding.

Kaufman & Ladd designed a unique hull & deck seam reinforcement they trademarked as the "Bullwork Girder". This FRP lamination triangulates the hull and deck with a lamination that runs the full length of the boat on both the port & starbord sides. This channel provides exceptional strength, an easy access to the joint bolts, a ready conduit for future wiring and completes a ventilation system throughout the yacht. In the bow area is a integrated large "dorade box" formed by the tip of the bow and vented by "shark fin holes", drainage scuppers drain the dorade. This dorade is vented to the forward "vee" cabin, and ties directly into the "bullwork Girder" allowing fresh air to move through the boat. The conduits are vented to all outboard storage lockers, heads, cabins and the engine compartment. Airflow can be controlled thru a plexiglass damper. This system is ingenious!

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. Owners personal effects are not included with the vessel.

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  • Boat NameQuest
  • BuilderSkye
  • Model51' Alden Ketch
  • Model Year1980
  • DesignerAlden / Kaufman & Ladd
  • LOA50.83 ft
  • Beam14.17 ft
  • Engines Total Power85 hp
  • Number of Engines1
  • Engine BrandPerkins Diesel
  • Engine Model4-236 (FWC)
  • Engine TypeInboard
  • Engine Power85|horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel
  • Cruising Speed8 kn
  • Maximum Speed8.5 kn
  • Fresh Water Tanks300|gallon
  • Fuel Tanks182|gallon
  • Holding Tanks20|gallon

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