1995 Bill Garden Troller style cruiser

  • 27 ft
  • Trawler
  • Rockport, ME, US

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KISMET is a well built William Garden design based on the West coast troller/cruiser models of which he has done several.  She has been well cared for and lightly used, and the owner reports :"As Kismet stands she is fully functional and ready for sea. She has proved to be a
comfortable vessel for both short and longer term cruising and we are only giving
her up due to our increasing ages. We will miss her greatly, not only for her looks
and her comfort, but also for her performance and sea keeping abilities."


Basic Information

Bill Garden
Troller style cruiser
Year Refit:
Rockport, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

27 ft - 8.23 meter
9 ft - 2.74 meter
Draft - max:
3 ft - 0.91 meter
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
105 gallons - 4 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
70 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
15 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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Carvel 1" yellow cedar and mahogany planking(along the turn of the bilge), SS screw fastened to 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" oak frames on 9? centers. Stem and sternpost are gumwood. Manual hydraulic steering to SS rudder post, rudder, and skeg bar.  Deck is two layers of 3/8" ply with 1/2" teak overlay.  Housetop is two layers of 3/8 ply with fiberglass over, and house sides have overlay of v-grooved staving. Teak over cedar double planked transomENGINE
70 HP Isuzu 4 cylinder FWC diesel with app 400 hours as of spring 2018.  7 knot cruise at 1 gph. Hurth 2.47:1 reduction gear; 21RH15 SS propcutters on shaft;Two steering stations with dual Kobelt hydraulic controls.  Engine compartment got new 2" lead/foam sound insulation 2017.TANKS
app 105 gallons fuel in2 alluminum and 2 poly tanks app 70 gallons water in SS tank 15 gallon poly holding tankELECTRICAL
12 volt DC system with 2 house and one starting batteries(all new 2016). Three way selector switch;20 amp battery charger; 110vac outlet in dining area.ACCOMMODATIONS
Chain locker is right forward in the forepeak with v-berth (custom inner spring mattresses) next aft with drawer stowage under, and Par manual head (with holding tank) head under cushioned seat between the berths.    Aft to port is a Nova Kool 12/110 volt refrigerator followed by a dinette with 4" green cushions that convert to single berth.  Forward to starboard is the inside helm station. Teak butterfly hatch forward. The galley is next aft with Dickinson Bristol diesel stove, counter top butane stove, counter with SS sink and pressure cold water, stowage lockers, knife rack, spice rack, and paper towel rack.ELECTRONICS
Raymarine chart plotter and depth sounder new 2017 Motorola Triton II VHF Two Ritchie compasses AM/FM cassette radioEQUIPMENT

Ideal electric anchor winch with S/S bow roller chock.
20 lb Bruce anchor with 125´ of 5/16? galvanized chain. 15 lb Danforth anchor with 200 ft nylon rode 2 new larger 9" bow chocks.
2 electric bilge pumps.
1 portable manual pump.
3 fire extinguishers.
Bell, electric horn.
6 PFD?s, 2 life rings.
7" brass searchlight.
Nylon docking lines.
Spruce boat hook.
4 fenders,
MOB/boarding ladder.
Fitted cushions for stern bench.
Electric wipers.
Running lights.
2 ring buoys
Courtesy cockpit lights.
Charcoal cooker in cockpit. Cockpit boarding stoolwhich doubles as base for cockpit coffee table Riding sail. Boom tent.
2 stern bitts.Teak swim platform.
Laminated fir varnished mast and boom 8' hard rowing dinghy with recent 2 1/2 HP outboard.Owner's Comments
When we hit the ripe old age of 89 and 81 respectively, we realized it was time to face reality, and so we said goodbye to our sweet sailboat ELF after fourteen years. The next day we were so miserable that we called our broker back and asked if he had any ideas...... He had only one boat to offer us, and within a few minutes we had fallen in love .... again!

Even before we launched we could tell she was the ideal boat for us --- a handsome design by William Garden ( see WoodenBoat, July 1994), excellent construction by the original owner's boatyard in Vancouver, B. C., not too big at 27 feet, but plenty of headroom, two bunks with inner spring mattresses, a diesel heating and cooking stove, a dinette for harbor watching, and a generous cockpit for entertaining a few friends with a glass of wine as the sun goes down ...in addition the swim platform makes access easy along with a very stable dinghy. The diesel engine had hardly been used - just 200 hours after 20 years. Her draft of only three feet adds the fun of gunk holing as well as the advantage of being able to go well into most anchorages.

We have had two lengthy cruising seasons of over 40 days each on KISMET, and we hope to have another one this summer, but we know it is time to turn her over to another couple who will appreciate all of her user friendly features. this is a great boat in every respect. Even her name KISMET in Arabic means ";A Happy Accident bringing Good Fortune".


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