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1959 De Anza III Custom

by Randy Woods
1959 Custom Denison
Photo by Jason Smith

Denison Yachting invites you to own a piece of Canadian historythe dynamic and dreamy De Anza III.

Before we get into details, take a second to drink in this latest gem offered by Denison Yachting. From the tip of its elegantly curved prow to the forward cant of the aft sundeck framing, the De Anza III Custom is a dynamic representation of speed, even when it’s at anchor. First launched on April 2, 1959, by Canada’s Western Craft Ltd., this work of art may be one of the most beautiful flush deck motoryachts currently knifing through Puget Sound waters.

This wood-hulled classic abounds with exquisite decking materials, including yellow cedar planking below the waterline and red cedar planking above. Framing is made of bent oak and the stringers are made of longitudinal fir. The rebuilt transom includes fir plywood and solid Honduras mahogany, and the decks are fir plywood with teak sheathing.

The salon is practically a museum exhibit of mid-century modern design, including plush deck carpeting, matching teak armchairs, an L-shaped black leather couch, and a drop-leaf coffee table. Amidships, the galley—to port and below the forward salon windows—features teak and holly sole cabinetry, Corian countertops, and a teak dinette with built-in bench seating upholstered in silk. Appliances include a Smeg oven, a GE Advantium microwave, a Thermador dishwasher and trash compactor, plus a new Isotherm refrigerator/freezer.

The pilothouse, accessed from either the aft deck or salon, features large windows providing 360-degree views from the helm chair. Aft of the wheel is a custom-made raised bench with black leather cushions. Helm electronics include a Sitex/Koden radar, a Furuno color depth sounder, two GPS antennas, and an AIS (Class B) system. A rudder angle indicator, MK4 Autopilot with remote, and tiller and jog steering are all supplied by Wagner Engineering.

The extended aft sundeck, partly covered with skylights, is equipped with a wet bar, a separate Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, and three Sunbrella cushioned bench seats. The seating surrounds a varnished teak table with built-in coolers and a pop-up Magma BBQ.

For accommodations, the owner’s stateroom includes a centerline island queen berth, Honduran mahogany woodwork, and a spacious en suite head with a tub and shower. The guest VIP stateroom has two single berths and access to the guest head across the companionway, featuring a tub/shower combo. The forward guest/crew stateroom includes single berths and an en suite head in the bow.

After more than 60 years on the water, De Anza III has had four extensive refits, in 1981, 1999, 2004, and 2017. In its most recent overhaul, the owners spent significant dollars on structural and mechanical improvements—and it shows. The cabin top, A pillars, and air intake system were all replaced, and the teak-sheathed decks were completely refurbished. The vessel received new engine block heaters and new Tecma toilets were installed in all three heads. Cruising at 10 knots, the De Anza III can reach top speeds of 15 knots with its twin Detroit 6V92TA diesels. Both engines were repowered in the 1990s and each have about 4,000 hours of use.

Specs & Info                                                       
LOA 70’0” · Beam 16’5” · Draft 5’1”
Tankage (Fuel/Fresh/Black)
720 gal. / 400 gal. / 110 gal.

Twin Detroit 6V92TA Diesels


Denison Yachting
Seattle, WA
Jason Smith

Photo by Jason Smith

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