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1978 CAL 39 MK II

Seattle, Washington



Cal39 MkII with Three Cabin Layout for sale

Tetacus is a Cal39 MkII Tall Rig with the sought after three cabin plan layout and was built at the Cal‑Jensen yard in California in 1977 – Hull #CABJ0505M78C. This fiberglass vessel is 39’ length overall, 12’ beam, and the fin keel draws 6’8”.  The vessel’s gross tonnage is 15 marine tons and its net tonnage is 14 marine tons.  Mast, boom and spreaders are all aluminum.  The vessel is powered with a 51 HP Perkins 4.108 diesel engine and propelled by a Martec 16” diameter, right hand, two blade, bronze, folding propeller.  Fuel is stored in the 32 gallon, 5052 aluminum diesel fuel tank located under the rear stateroom bunk.  The vessel bottom was painted in April 2021 with Dark Blue Sea Hawk Cukote Bottom Paint .

The boat is well appointed for sailing – both cruising and casual racing:


  • 2 Barient #28 self-tailing winches in cockpit
  • 2 Barient #28 winches in the cockpit
  • Barient #23 self-tailing winch for management of the main sheet in the cockpit
  • Barient #10 for management of the topping lift in the cockpit
  • Barient #22 on the mast for fore sail halyard management
  • Barient #18 on the mast for main sail halyard
  • Barient #10 on the boom for adjusting the main outhaul

Forespar Yachtrod solid boom vang

Frurlex 300 S drum, head sail roller furler

Hydraulic backstay

Lazy-jacks for mainsail handling

Dual halyards for both the jibs and the spinnaker

Lifesling Overboard Rescue System

Harken Big Boat Traveler with Torlon bearings on a custom shaped, Harken 560 High Beam track

 The sail inventory (each in their own sail bag) includes:

  • Full-batten, Dacron, cuising mainsail with three reef points by North Sails
  • Partial-batten, Dacron, cruising mainsail by North Sails
  • Light air, mylar, Windseeker by Watts Sails
  • 110% Dacron jib by Northwyn Sails
  • 130% Dacron jib with UV cover by Hood Sails
  • 150% Dacron jib by Hood Sails
  • 0.75 oz Nylon Tri-radial spinnaker by Northwyn

 Ground tackle is managed using the mounted Simpson Lawrence Hyspeed 510 manual windlass and includes:

  • 26 lb. hot dip galvanized, fluke style anchor attached to 80’ of 5/16” chain rode and 250’ of 5/8” braided nylon rode
  • 35 lb. hot dip galvanize, CQR hinged plow style anchor attached to 65’ of 5/16” chain rode and 150’ of 3/4" three‑strand nylon rode


The dodger (easily removed for racing) provides a weatherproof entry to the main cabin as well as a comfortable windbreak for inclement weather sailing.  There are a folding table and beverage holders attached to the steering binnacle.  Engine controls and the 54” stainless, Classic Destroyer Edison Wheel are also mounted on the binnacle which houses a 6” Danforth steering compass.  Engine instrumentation is mounted in the port-side combing. 

Next to the manual bilge pump handle fitting, the aft cockpit locker provides handy line and winch handle storage.   The extra deep lazarette locker provides handy access to engine systems; MarGas propane tank; Isotemp, stainless steel, 8-gallon, hot water heater; emergency tiller; half the house bank batteries; and refrigeration system.  The lazarette locker also provides plenty of storage for the extra sail inventory and other essential equipment.

In the forward cockpit combing is the cockpit shower plumbed into the pressure hot and cold water system.  Three 4”, Garmin GMI 20 instrument displays are mounted alongside the companionway.

As you enter the companionway ladder, you will notice the convenient location of the Icom IC-M127 VHF radio and the Garmin GPSMap 742XS Plus chart plotter/display for the Garmin GMR Fantom 18 40W dome radar to port.  The Fusion MS-RA70NSX stereo is connected to the navigation system via the NMEA 2000 communication backbone.  Speakers for the stereo mounted in the main salon and the cockpit.  Below the VHF is the Xantrex TrueCharge 2 battery charger remote monitoring panel, the bilge pump switches, the raw water washdown switch, and the engine alarm master switch.

Past the electronics on the port side are the aft stateroom, the aft hanging locker, and the navigation station.

Looking aft at the bulkhead, you’ll see the engine / alternator control key, the AC and DC control panels, the propane master control, and the AMP-Hours+ 2 battery monitoring panel.  The forward access to the engine compartment is beneath the top half of the companionway ladder.  Beneath the bottom half of the companionway ladder is the other half of the house bank batteries.

To starboard of the companionway is the gally with in-counter access to the voluminous refrigerator. The double sink in the galley is served by a single, high spigot with a single throw control and a spray unit.  The pressurized water system draws from 120 gallons of water stored in two 60-gallon, baffled, stainless steel tanks under each of the settees in the main salon.  Under the lift-and-slide counter forward of the sink is the gimballed, 4 burner, Ocean Mariner stove and oven.  If the flame on a burner of this stove goes out, the propane flow is stopped by the safety solenoids.  Note: the left rear burner piezo-electric igniter does not work but all other aspects of that burner, including the safety system, do.

There is a tremendous amount of storage on this vessel.  Ample dish and utensil storage is available in the galley.  There are large storage lockers behind both settees as well as above both settees on both sides of the main salon.   All of the storage lockers except the navigation station locker and the medicine chest locker in the head have been insulated and provided pass through ventilation openings.  Small, 3 1/4” computer fans are mounted inside the lockers -  both the hanging lockers and the storage lockers – to increase the natural flow of air.  There are three solar powered vents installed in the vessel to facilitate additional ventilation.

Forward of the main salon on the port side is the head.  The head is equipped with a Coast Guard approved holding tank, pump-out valves, and a macerator pump.  The 20-gallon holding tank, located under the V-berth, is equipped with the Tank-watch system; the monitoring panel is located conveniently in the head.  The toilet is a Raritan Engineering PH II.  The spigot for the head sink may be mounted on the wall bracket to facilitate a shower in the head.

Across from the head are the two forward hanging lockers.  Storage under the hanging lockers is accessed by lifting a panel in the floor of the aft hanging locker.  Through the connecting door forward is the V-berth with ample, built-in shelving attached to the bulkhead above the berth.  There is also access to the second hanging locker. The custom V-berth matress is made by Custom Comfort.  There is significant space for storage under the V-berth bunk.

The vessel has a galvanic isolator in the shore power system.  The alternator is a heavy duty, 105 Amp hour Balmar alternator and the regulator is a Cruising Systems “smart” 3-stage regulator.  The house bank batteries are two sets of two Group 31 AGM batteries for ~400 amp hours.  A separately wired starter battery is located under the aft stateroom bunk and is protected from being drained by an Ample Power isolator to allow a trickle charge to the starter battery whenever there is more than 13.2 volts of charge current going into either of the house banks.  In the unusual event the starter battery becomes drained, the house bank may be used to start the engine.

 This thoughtfully appointed and well-maintained Cal 39 is a very comfortable NW cruiser and casual racer; perfect for exploring the Salish Sea and all that it offers.   

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: TETACUS
Make: CAL
Model: 39 MK II
Year: 1978
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: CABJ0505M78C
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 39 ft
Length Overall: 39 ft
Beam: 12 ft
Max Draft: 6'8 ft
Displacement: 17,000 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'3 ft
Ballast: 7,000 lb
Double Berths: 2
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: perkins
  • Model: 4108
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 42hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 Blade, Bronze, Folding
  • Year: 1978
  • Engine Hours: 1137


Fuel Tanks: 50
Fuel Tank Capacity:
Water Tanks: 90
Water Tank Capacity:
Holding Tank Count: 20
Holding Tank Capacity:


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Manual
Stock Number: 00000
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers


Paul Fredrickson
For more information on our listings contact Paul Fredrickson at 253-355-3527cell and text or e-mail
NW Yachtnet


NW Yachtnet Seattle
Lake Union Waterfront Office 1500 Westlake Avenue N., Suite 102
Seattle, Washington, US, 98109
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.

Sail Inventory

Sail inventory: 7 sails

Dacron full batten, 3 reef point main

Dacron half batten main

Dacron 110 jib with UV cover

Dacron 110 jib lapper

Dacron 200 jib Mylar

Windseeker staysail jib

0.75 oz triradial spinnaker 


Customer upgrades:

New Garman Chart Plotter and Radar.

3 new Garman displays in cockpit for wind, depth and speed + other date from chart plotter

Icom M-125 VHF Radio

Installed a solid boom vang

Upgraded the traveler   Replaced the roller Furler   Replaced the port lights   Upgraded the bilge pump   New anchor chain   The maintenance items:   New exhaust system   New transmission    New wind-x   Replaced dodger 
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

For more information on this yacht call Central Listing Agent, Paul Fredrickson at

253-355-3527 cell and text or e-mail me at


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