Secret Water is FOR SALE!

It's with bittersweet hearts we post that our beloved Secret Water is for sale. Our time aboard her has been without a doubt, the best time in our family's lives. But things have changed for us. Covid brought us state-side and as it turns out, we are one of the lucky one's who's work is growing despite the pandemic. And because of that, we can no longer live aboard and work at the same time. 

We've been asked, "Why not keep Secret Water?" The answer to that is, she's a big boat, and deserves to be with a family that will give more time to her than we have. Having her on the hard is 'hard' for us! She needs better than that, even if that means giving her up. 


Please contact Chris at to chat with him about your interest in Secret Water. 

(Interior photos will start at the v-berth and move aft to the stern.

Scroll past the photos to see boat specs.)

V-berth - sleeps two

Side Berth (Port Side) - Sleeps 2

All berths have at least one updated outlet with usb ports.

Head #1 (Starboard Side)

Lower Helm & Nav Station

loads of storage beneath the nav seat.

Salon Area

Couch, sleeps 2


Engine room is through this door on the left. It sits under the upper helm/cockpit.

Master Berth & Head - Sleeps 2


Shower has a small tub with a seat great for little people, or doing laundry!

Secret Water's Current Location: Cabrales Boatyard, Puerto PeƱasco, Mx

Bottom painted in January 2018, Puerto Escondido, MX

Engine Room


Isla San Franciso May 2020

1979 Maple Leaf 54’ Pilothouse

Center Cockpit with lower helm pilothouse





LOA ……………  54 ft  

BEAM ……….. 14 ft 11 in 

DRAFT ………. 8 ft 

TANKAGE:      Fuel .. 400 gal.                         

 Water ..400 gal 


Engine … ……..Ford Lehman 120 HP 6 cylinder

Generator …. Kubota DC Generator rebuilt 2020




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

Diesel forced air heater provided throughout the vessel


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

Salon:  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 Starbd

Pilothouse, with chart table forward of salon. 





Dockside connection –  30 Amp

New 2021 Mastervolt Powercombi 100A inverter charger

Batteries: 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, one hangs on stbd side.  

Midnite Solar Classic 200 MPPT charge controller



(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 OpenCPN to view AIS.

Iridium Go with external antenna





Engine – Ford Lehman  120 6 cyl – (naturally aspirated) diesel – Top-end rebuild 2017 ( 6600 total hours from new)

Separate shift and throttle controls at both helms

Generator- Kubota DC with 175 amp ‘Ample alternator’ - Rebuilt 2019

Water maker/Desalinator – CruiseRO 30 gallons/hour new 2017 – located in engine room

Webasto forced air diesel heater

Bow Thruster – control at helm

3 blade Max Prop

Dripless shaft seal replaced Feb 2018



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, 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




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




Fresh water- (2) tanks 400-gal total

Holding (1) tank, new macerator pump 2020.

Copper pipe throughout, for water and hydraulic steering




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



Stainless Steel steering wheel

Dodger – fixed wood frame and SS tubing

Bimini – canvas on SS tubing




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.       

Full sunbrella winter cover included 

Built by Cooper Enterprises, Ltd, Vancouver, British Columbia.


List of things that need attention:

Finish counter tops on rebuilt fridge. We rebuilt the fridge in El Salvador and didn’t find a counter top we liked. It’s currently white gel coat. Looks nice, but we planned to install formica. 

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. 

New bottom paint before splashing, current paint is Blue Water Copper Shield 45 Admiral Green, ablative. 

Saltwater wash down system, we’ve never used it.


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’s 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.