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Abaco Yacht Services, Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas


Burgoo – 38’ 1962 Pearson Invicta - Bill Tripp design

Duty-paid/Bahamas registration, famous, and affordable

For sale by owner. This boat means the world to me. My dad passed, I’m really far away, and alone I can’t bring her from the Bahamas to Florida for the new mast. Burgoo is a treasure and built for ocean racing. She was the first fiberglass boat to win a major race (Newport – Bermuda 1964). Books have been written about her, she’s been in National Geographic Traveller India, and she’s in the Encyclopedia of Sailing. Burgoo has also been the stage of countless adventures for us for over 20 years.

Burgoo is currently on the hard at Abaco Yacht Services on Green Turtle Cay. Duty has been paid (saving you time, money, and letting you stay in the Bahamas or return - she flies a Bahamian flag). She also has US documentation (supersedes registration requirements for most boats).

Rig: Yawl.

Hull: The inch thick laid fiberglass hull is basically bullet-proof.

Draft: 4.5’ (7.7’ with the drop keel)

Beam: 10.7’

Hull speed 6.7kn

Engine: Brand new 2018 Diesel Yanmar. The engine had three months use before Dorian and she’s been on the hard ever since.

Mast: Bought and paid for (being held in Stuart, Florida). With the new engine, Burgoo can easily be motored to Florida for the new rig. Buyer responsible for installing mast and associated costs.

Boom: Classic wood and bronze

Drop keel: Solid bronze, original

Bronze and slate pot-belly wood burning stove (removable) with removable chimney pipe

Teak floors and navigation table

She went through hurricane Dorian on the hard at Abaco Yacht Services. She lost her main mast, has a superficial scrape on the starboard hull (in what had been a recently finished Awlgrip paint job). The engine and alternator remained dry at all times.

Water has entered a small portion of the starboard deck toward the stern, creating minor blistering. Dorian also loosened a stanchion on the port side of the foredeck. The deck has a couple minor soft spots. My understanding is all this can be cleaned out, filled, and stabilized, and the blisters can be ground out and repaired with some minor fiberglass work (this can be done at AYS). One rear hatch blew off in the storm. We recovered it, but it needs to be reinstalled. One interior cabinet door needs to be repaired and veneer on one cabin surface needs to be touched up.  

All of the following was checked and is in good shape:

  1. No cracks or damage to deck and hull
  2. The joints appear firm and aligned where the bulkheads meet the hull
  3. Rudder is aligned and moves freely
  4. Engine is firmly mounted and propeller shaft is stable, properly aligned, and free
  5. Engine and alternator are free of any water damage
  6. Wiring free of water damage

Rigging: New (before Dorian), most of it will be able to be reused

Gas stove, electric 12v fridge (needs a new kit or also works really well with a frozen gallon of water)

Foot pump for water in galley sink

Roritan head (will need new kit)

Solar panels (has batteries but will need two new batteries)

Sails: Full complement of sails in working condition

Tackle: Heavy duty Plow and Danforth anchors. Plenty of anchor chain and very good-condition anchor line

Teak whisker pole

Cushions and cushion covers for interior bunks are new

Sunbrella cream-colored bimini with privacy flaps

Sunbrella cream colored sail cover

Toe rail is teak and needs minor repair in a couple spots. Teak lazarettes in cockpit have been painted white but could be brought back to natural wood

Cockpit floor as been recently replaced and strengthened

7-foot Inflatable dingy

SUPER BONUS:  I’m including our 11-foot whaler and 15 HP Yamaha Enduro outboard. It is the perfect run-about for Abaco. Small Danforth anchor with chain and anchor line for fishing or snorkeling excursions

If you appreciate a boat that is built to sail, and don’t mind people stopping by to tell you they love your boat, you will love Burgoo. I really want her to go to someone that will enjoy her and take care of her, like I wish I could! She’s a dream!



  • Seller jzqcuwbx
  • Manufacturer Pearson
  • Model Invicta - Bill Tripp Design
  • Year 1962
  • Length 38 ft / 11.58 m
  • Beam 11.0 ft / 3.35 m
  • Draft 4.5 ft / 1.37 m
  • Displacement 19000 lbs / 8618.27 kg
  • Condition Good
  • Location Bahamas, Caribbean
  • Material: Fiberglass
  • Rigging: Yawl
  • Hull: Monohull
  • Keel: Full Keel
  • Sailboat Type: Racer/Cruiser
  • Covering(s): Bimini Top, Cockpit Cover, Mainsail Cover, Sun Shade
  • Cabin Layout: Foreship Cabin
  • Fresh Water: ?
  • Holding Tank: ?
  • Fuel Capacity: ?
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: YM Series
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Fuel Capacity: ?
  • Engine Hours: 200 hrs
  • Horsepower: 35 hp
  • Propulsion: Shaft-drive
  • Steering: Tiller
  • # of Cabins: 1
  • # of Bathrooms: 1.0
  • Bathroom Layout: Toilet Only


  • VHF Radio
  • Batteries (Marine)
  • Battery Charger
  • Electric Bilge Pump
  • Inverter
  • Main Circut Breaker
  • Solar Charger
  • Solar Panel(s)
  • 12v System
  • Dinghy
  • Radio
Rig / Sails
  • Head/Jib Sail
  • Genoa
  • Mainsail
  • Spinnaker Pole
  • Storm Jib
  • Toppping Lift
  • Whisker Pole
  • 2 Burner Stove
  • Gas Cooker
  • Gimbaled Stove
  • Ice Box
  • Nav Station
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Sink
  • Dock Lines
  • Fenders
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Life Jackets
  • Life Lines
  • Anchor
  • Anchor Chain
  • Backup Anchor
  • Chafing Gear
  • Claw Anchor
  • Danforth Anchor

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