1985 Southern Ocean 80' Ketch "Too Elusive"

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80' Southern Ocean 1985 "Too Elusive"


Too Elusive is an outstanding ocean cruising sailing vessel designed by Doug Peterson. The hull design and vessel number one of this series of sailing yachts were built by Southern Ocean Shipyards for the Around the World race; all her sister ships have proven their world cruising and racing heritage. Built to Lloyds 100 A class she has the strength to go anywhere and the ability to enjoy daysailing and racing.

For the past 12 years Too Elusive has been sailed 5 months out of 12 and kept in a heated shed when not sailing. Please keep this in mind with regards to use during the past 12 years and the upgrades and replacement of equipment during the winter months. 

Too Elusive has been owned by a renowned sailor and cruised with his family extensively. During the past 12 years, she has been sailed in the summers for 5 months in New England and kept at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine in a heated shed during winters. During the 2012-2013 winter she had an extensive refit. She was fully repainted in flag blue Awlgrip, and a shoe was installed on the keel. Several mechanical upgrades were made on TOO ELUSIVE, most significantly her steering system and rudder bearings. Her aft cabin had a complete rebuild while most of the main salon also was rebuilt, removing and rebuilding including crafting, overheads, and replacing all the wood. The nav station was updated and new electronics were installed.

Additionally, her rigging was given a facelift with new paint on her main and mizzen masts. Front Street’s riggers replaced much of her running rigging and some of her standing rigging. Finally, she was outfitted with all new sails.

Too Elusive’s ketch rig makes her easy to sail in all conditions and allows her to be handled by a small crew. Her sails can be balanced to match all weather conditions, she is a safe, seaworthy, world sailing vessel that is sea-kindly in adverse conditions and a pleasure to sail. 

Too Elusive's unique split-level saloon design makes it very easy to move from the interior to the cockpit, increasing safety for children and pets to move from the inside to outside and vice versa.  

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by All Ocean Yachts. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel

Full Details

Stove/oven: Force 10 4 burner, replaced in 2014

GE convection/ microwave oven replaced 2014

Large refrigerator with holding plates, to top loading doors and one side loading door.

Extra large freezer with holding plates, four top loading doors.

All plates and compressors new in 2014-Grunert/Dometic system.

Gas BBQ, Magma-Catalina, all stainless steel, new 2020

Electronics and Navigation

1 x Icom ICM604, in cockpit, new 2014

1 x Icom M59 at Nav desk

1 x Icom ICM 710 SSB, at Nav desk, new 2014

Danforth Constellation 6” compass at helm

Fluxgate compass, Simrad & C42N connected to Nav equipment 2013

Radar, Furuno model 1835 75 mile with ARPA 

Radar, Garmin digital, 72 mile, model 24XHD 2014 at helm 

10’ Garmin glass screen 8000, multi-function display, plotter/radar at helm-new 2014

1 12” Garmin 8000 series in cockpit, New 2014

1 15” Garmin 8000 series at nav station, New 2014 

B&G Multifunction Display model 8300

B&G depth sounder with two heads

B&G wind angle with wind speed, wind angle and magnified wind angle

B&G wind speed

Garmin AIS 600



240/220 v, 60 cycle 

2 x 50 amp cord, split, one for air conditioner feed, one for main house service. 

Northern Lights 25 kw gen set with 8622.5 hours as of 8/10/2021, 5000 hours valve service and gen end checked. Installed 2012 SN: 8642-47038C

Kohler 9 kw,, 6410 hours 8/10/2021, will service all house systems but AC system. 

2x Victron multi plus 24v/3000/701 inverter charger. New 2020

2 x Master volt charges 24/100 amp

Auxiliary 24 volt alternator for house bank off main engine for house bank plus engine start alternator with Belmar controller 

Auxiliary 24 volt alternator for house bank off 25 kw gen set, plus engine start alternator with Belmar controller  

16 x 6 volt AMG DC400-6 group: L16, 20 hr rated: 415 amp hour “Fall River Batteries" new 2020. House bank has total of 1800 amp hours and will operate sailing system and basic house systems for over 4 days. 

Victron BMV 801 battery monitor

Victron digital Multi control inverter/charger monitor new 2020 

1 x Charles Boost transformer 

All major lighting replaced with LED in 2011

Mechanical and Plumbing

Main engine hours, Aug 10 2021: 7239.6 value adjusted at 5000 hours, next major service 8000 hours,

Valves check, fuel pump serviced. 

Oil changed every 200 hours

Estimated fuel burn at 2400 rpm @ 8.5 knots 5 gal per hour, range at 8 knots estimate 1350 NM

There is an older spare main engine in working condition in storage.

Sea Recovery 800 GPD 

5 x heads, Head Hunter Royal Flush

5 x showers- all diverters replaced-

8 Marine Cruise Air AC/ Heat, with independent controls and heating- new 2013 

2 x washer/dryers, front loading Splendide combi system 

Rule 24v light de-watering pumps in all major bilge spaces

Engine driven bilge pump in all major bilge spaces

Hot water tank, 40 gal, A. O. Smith electric, supplies galley and Master stateroom 

Hot water tank, 60 gal stainless custom tank with Ogden fast recovery heating element,. Supplies guests and crew cabins. 

Sea water wash down on foredeck

Fresh water hose bib on foredeck 

Fresh water hose bib on aft deck

2x Head Hunter 24 volt 3/4 hp Jet pumps model BA 36485330-9-56J, one pump supplies fresh water to house system one to head system. There is a cross over valve. 

Transfer pump for head tank to black water tank is Scott 24 volt 3/4 hp 

Macerator pump for direct overboard is Scott 24 volt 3/4 hp.

At this time there is no deck discharge but there is room to install one.

The whole head system was installed by Head Hunter in 2000

Mamba 10 steering pedestal, completely rebuilt 2020, mechanical steering to rudder, all components replace 2020

3 blade Max propeller, removed and rebuilt by Max propeller 2017

Shaft Spurs on main shaft

AV System

Niles component rack system

Every cabin and interior guest area has access to Niles system and has Sonance “Merlot” overhead speakers. The cockpit has Bose waterproof speakers.

Niles system consists of APC power controller

Niles amplifier 

Anthem CMRX 520 receiver 

MSC 400 universal remote sensor

WE entertainment system

There are 2 x Sennheiser HDR 100 remote headphones 

TVs in all cabins, main saloon, and dining area

Sails and Gear

Mainsail, fully battened, Doyle Ocean Weave new 2013

Mizzen sail, fully battened, Doyle Ocean Weave

Genoa, 150 Doyle Ocean Weave, new 2007

Genoa 110 Doyle Ocean Weave, New 2013

Staysail, Doyle Ocean Weave

Mizzen Staysail Doyle Ocean Weave with sock

MP, Doyle Ocean Weave with sock

Over the last 10 years the sails were sent to Doyle for inspection and cleaning every year, up to 2020

Mast and boom are built by Proctor masts.

All masts and booms repainted 2012 

Main and mizzen booms both have Lazy Jack systems with sail support on both booms, Lazy Jacks were new in 2012 

In addition to the sails listed above there are older useable “delivery sails” in storage

Carbon fiber / Kevlar running backstays with Harken air blocks new 2016

Harken Multipoint main sheet traveler new 2016

Antal spinnaker pole control new 2016

Reckmann headsail furler, new 2012 

Carbon fiber spinnaker pole new 2017

Aluminum spinnaker pole

All standing rigging inspected each year during prep for winter storage and any issues found corrected. 


One hydraulic Reckmann deck winch at main mast 

2 x hydraulic Lewmar 88, 3 speed primaries aft, new 2007

1 x Lewmar 48, 2 speed main sheet winch in cockpit 

4 x Lewmar 55, 2 speed running backstay and staysail sheet winches 

2 x Navtec Hydraulic backstays, serviced 2017

1 x Navtec hydraulic boom vang

Mizzen mast 2 x Lewmar 43

Main mast 3 x Lewmar 55, 1 x Lewmar 65 


Large sailing dodger that covers front and sides of cockpit  

Awning that goes over boom and covers full cockpit  

Mainsail cover

Mizzen cover

Cockpit table cover

Interior floor covers

Interior table covers

Deck Equipment

Teak cockpit 

Teak sidedecks 

Cockpit cushions 

Cockpit table 

Swimming ladder 

Windlass and Anchor Gear

Lofrans-Titan Model B with two rope gypsies and one chain gypsy, completely rebuilt 2020

Chain, 300’ of Acco 1/2” 

Anchor CQR 140 kg 

Folding aluminum Danforth style anchor in Lazarette with 150’ of 1” 3 strand rode

Spare CQR with bent tip in storage

Other Gear and Items

Passarelle in storage

Keel is steel with 14000 pounds of lead at bottom. Keel was fitted with steel shoe in 2013 to protect lead as the boat was hauled each winter. Steel plate of keel was audio gauged in 2018 and no wastage was found in any of the 8mm plate. 

Vessel had grounding under sail in 2020 with minor damage to lower front of keel. Vessel and damage was inspected by Mike Whitten, surveyors. Engine mounts checked and only damage found was to fairing on keel, and a mizzen spreader required repair. Damaged area was allowed to dry in heated shed during normal winter storage and area re-faired per surveyor.  

2013/2014 Refit

Hull bottom completely stripped to remove built up bottom paint. Bottom resealed with Interlux epoxy, bottom faired and repainted with Pettit Hydra coat SE bottom paint. Same brand of bottom paint is on now. 

Hull topsides, fully sanded, repainted with Flag Blue Awlgrip and clear coated

Master cabin and main saloon completely refit 

All new set of sails

All new running rigging

Main mast and mizzen mast repainted 

Hull and bottom repainted 

Steering system completely redone 

Engineered and installed new headsail foil, 2012/2013

New Garmin electronics package installed at helm and nav station


1 x Life Raft, 6 person Viking purchased 2016, last service 2020

1 x Life raft, 8 person Viking purchase 2019 

EPIRB 406 ACR Cat 1 auto deployment, Model LRB-41

MOB, serviced 2020, next service 2022 

Life sling

Various life jackets


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.