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Welcome to "Bide-A-Wee"

Serious blue water sailing machine suitable for world cruising and the adventure of a lifetime.

April 2015 Survey available to interested parties.

She is technically a 1972 vessel due to the fact that is when the hull was laid up and the engine installed but she was not launched until 2007 and with her modern rig and electronics she shows much more like a modern boat but with the charm and beautiful lines of a classic sloop with graceful overhangs and the shear line of a J-Class yacht.

The boat was started in the early 1970?s.  She was worked on over the years as Ken and Mabeth who had the time and were in the Country.  She was launched in February 2006 in California and in June of the same year, she was trucked to Bellingham, WA where she was put into a marina and the current owners finished the project.  The boat was complete below deck but did not have any mast, rigging, sails or electronics, which were purchased and installed through a local rigging shop.

Therefore while the hull is 1972, everything else on the vessel was still new in 2006.

The hull is 1? solid fiberglass.  She has a 6? full keel and a 6? bronze dagger-board (16,000 pounds) that is hydraulically operated that provides a choice of draft between 6? and 12?. 

With her lines and design, she is a true sailers boat. She has a very modern sloop rig with leisure furl in-boom furling and a towering and powerful rig. The hull is painted in beautiful Awl-Grip and the hull is as shiny as new. Deck has low maintenance non-skid that is soft and cool under foot and the interior is stunning rich solid woods throughout.

The Islander 55 is a Bruce King designed flush deck sloop with small pilothouse and full keel plus a deep centerboard for upwind work.

She has ample storage for extended cruising and the tank-age to support remote cruising around the world.

With diesel "Hurricane" heat to keep you warm in the winter and a light flush deck to keep temps down in the summer or tropics she is a great year round boat for live aboard or extended cruising.

Bide-A-Wee is a very special boat looking for a special new owner to take on the next adventure.

She is currently located at Pender Harbour, BC and will be re-positioned to Victoria soon.  She's available to view via appointment only through the Listing Broker.

  • Price: CAD $229,000
  • Model Year: 1972
  • Boat Ref: 5155722
  • Location: Vancouver BC, Canada

Broker Information

Contact James Neil
Mobile: 604.306.1215 Toll Free: 1.877.609.0985 Office: 1.604.609.0985
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  • Builder:
  • Designer:
  • Construction: GRP
  • Length: 55
  • Beam: 14' 0"
  • Displacement: 50000 lbs
  • Min Draft:
  • Max Draft: 7' 8"
  • Ballast:
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
  • Max Speed: 9 knots
  • Engine Number: 1
  • Engine Make: GM
  • Engine Model: 353
  • Engine Year: 0000
  • Engine Fuel Type: diesel
  • Engine Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Engine Hours: 955
  • Engine Horsepower: 101 horsepower
  • Fuel: 1 x 200 gallons
  • Water:
  • Holding:



  • Depthsounder
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Navigation center
  • Plotter
  • Autopilot
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • VHF
  • Radar
  • Radio
  • CD player
  • Cockpit speakers


  • Fully battened mainsail
  • Furling mainsail
  • Genoa
  • Furling genoa
  • Gennaker/Cruising spinnaker


  • Steering wheel
  • Spinnaker pole

Inside Equipment

  • Battery charger
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Sea water pump
  • Oven
  • Marine head
  • Refrigerator
  • Deep freezer

Electrical Equipment

  • Shore power inlet
  • Generator

Outside Equipment/Extras

  • Teak cockpit
  • Swimming ladder
  • Outboard engine brackets
  • Radar reflector
  • Tender


  • Mainsail cover
  • Genoa cover


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.

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