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1978 Dickerson 41 Ketch

New Bern, North Carolina


This is your opportunity to own a highly desirable Dickerson 41 Ketch known for their long distance cruising capability with stable, predictable and smooth sailing characteristics. DOWN HOME has been well maintained by her two owners since new and is in excellent condition with updated equipment, custom hard-top enclosure and modern electronics.  All lines lead to the cockpit for secure handling in any weather.

DOWN HOME was built by Dickerson Boatbuilders in Trappe, MD and features a solid fiberglass hull, encapsulated lead keel and fiberglass over plywood deck.  Lovingly cared for her extensive updates include:

  • 4'6" draft modified full keel
  • B&G Electronics with charts for North and South America
  • Radar
  • Autopilot
  • Yanmar 4JHT2TE diesel engine
  • Refurbished decks and cabin sides
  • Custom doghouse and enclosure
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning
  • Updated electrical panels and wiring
  • Many many more updates

If you are seeking a capable long range cruiser that will take you anywhere with style and comfort DOWN HOME needs to be at the top of your list.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Dickerson
Model: 41 Ketch
Year: 1978
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: DBB002540478
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 41 ft
Length Overall: 41 ft
Beam: 12'6 ft
Max Draft: 4'6 ft
Displacement: 24,500 lb
Ballast: 8,500 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH2TE
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 63hp
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Feathering
  • Engine Hours: 3806


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 117 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 300 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 45 gal


Heads Count: 1
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Ketch, Cruisers


Kenneth Ferguson
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Neptune Yacht Sales and Services


Neptune Yacht Sales and Services
302 East Front Street
New Bern, North Carolina, US, 28562


DOWN HOME features a traditional but roomy layout with ample ventilation and 6'6" headroom in the main salon. The entire interior has been refurbished with Ash bulkheads and lots of teak trim which brightens the interior considerably.  The cabin sole was replaced in 2020 using mahogany reclaimed from an 80 year old wooden sailboat.  The sole has 16 opening hatches providing excellent access to systems and additional storage throughout.

Beginning forward there is a large v-berth guest cabin with overhead hatch and opening ports.  Just aft there is a marine head to starboard and large hanging locker across to port.  The main salon features a teak table dinette and blue leather covers all cushions in the cabin.  Custom cabinets were fitted in the main cabin to starboard and   Two ocean sea berths with lee cloths can be fitted in the main cabin but are not visible until needed.  Hidden sliding screens are fitted to each companionway and each hatch has a folding screen for easy use.  The galley is located to starboard with Corian counter tops, single stainless steel sink, refrigerator/freezer with tope and side access, Force 10 oven/stove and ample storage in 9 drawers and 5 cabinets.

There is a walk-through to the owners' aft cabin on the port side with access to the engine room.  The owners' cabin has been reconfigured with a queen sized berth which is hinged to lift providing access to storage and the steering quadrant.  There is ample storage with 2 hanging lockers, 8 drawers and 6 large lockers.  The mizzen mast base was customized to allow for more space and mobility in the cabin improving on the original design.

  • Force 10 propane stove/oven
  • Corian counter tops
  • Nine (9) storage drawers
  • Five (5) cabinets
  • Deep single sink
  • Multiple spice racks on wall
  • Large freezer/refrigerator with top and side access 
  • Refrigeration compressor and electronics NEW in 2020
  • New evaporator in 2021
  • Xintrex electric solenoid for propane system
  • Full suite of B&G electronics
  • Zeus3 9" chartplotter with integrated radar
  • B&G 4G color radar dome
  • Tri lens radar reflector
  • Navionics charts for North and South America
  • Hydraulic/electric autopilot
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Depth
  • Overhead displays display boat speed through water
  • B&G VHF with integral AIS send/receive
  • AIS antenna
  • VHF antenna
  • Remote cockpit mic
  • Fusion radio with CD player
  • Two (2) cabin and two (2) cockpit speakers
  • B&G rate compass
  • Completely rewired with new DC and AC panels
  • AC panel can accept 30amp or 50amp input cable
  • 2000Amp True Sine Wave Inverter - New 2022
  • 16,000 btu reverse cycle air conditioning
  • Four (4) 8L16 - 6V industrial batteries (740 amp hrs at 12V)
  • 12V starting battery
  • Xantrex 40Amp battery charger
  • Balmar 110Amp alternator with separate Balmar 614 regulator
  • Solar panels mounted on hardtop - 350W total
  • Dedicated solar MPPT controller 
  • 500W Rutland 1200 wind generator
  • Dedicated MPPT controller for wind
  • Link 2000 monitor
  • Balmar Duo Charge system
  • LED lighting throughout
Sails and Hardware
  • 140% genoa (2016)
  • 100% jib (2021)
  • Main (2017)
  • Mizen (2017)
  • Stack packs for main and mizzen
  • Roller furling
  • All lines lead to cockpit for sail handling and reefing
  • Tides system teflon luff groves
  • Two (2) Lewmar 52ST two-speed winches
  • One bronze Lewmar 40ST two-speed halyard winch
  • Masts removed, reconditioned, rewired and repainted (2015)
  • Retractable mast steps
  • LED masthead and deck lights
Deck and Cockpit
  • Deck stripped, reinforced and refinished (2015)
  • Hull repainted 2020
  • Custom hard top doghouse made from Coosa (2015)
  • Water collection drains on hard top
  • Full cockpit enclosure 
  • Pedestal steering 
  • Cabin sides replaced with Coosa and New bronze ports
  • Three (3) new Lewmar Ocean hatches
  • Two (2) bronze dorade vents
  • Teak toe rails replaced and up-sized (2021)
  • Teak cockpit coamings refurbished (2021)
  • Custom split aft stern rail (2018)
  • Dinghy davits
  • Custom fold-down stern platform
  • Propane locker with two (2) 20lbs aluminum tanks
  • Deck non-skid areas painted in Kiwigrip
Ground Tackle
  • 55lb Rocna anchor on bowsprit
  • 200ft 3/8 HT chanin
  • Custom leader line with rubber snubber
  • Maxwell windlass
  • Anchor raw water washdown
  • Spare Danforth with 150ft 7/8 braided rode
  • Yanmar 4JH2TE 63hp diesel engine (3806hrs indicated)
  • 3-blade feathering Kiwi Prop
  • Two fuel tanks, approx 117 gal total
  • Electronic fuel guages
  • Racor 500
  • Custom external bronze cutlass bearing housing
  • Two (2) 150 gallon water tanks (300 gal total)
  • Electric water pump 
  • Eight (8) gallon hot water (AC or engine driven)
  • Seagull IV water filter to dedicated faucet
  • All water lines replaced using PEX tubing with quick disconnect fittings
  • Manual fresh water foot pump plumbed but not hooked up
  • Forty five (45) gallon holding tank
  • Portabote dinghy
  • Lehr 5hp propane outboard motor
  • Engine mount on stern rail
  • Block and tackle for lowering and lifting outboard
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.
Additional Contact Information



KEN FERGUSON 252-571-1581

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