Blue Nomad



Accomodations: 3 Staterooms
Length: 54' / 16.46 M
Beam: 15' 0" / 4.57 M
Draft: 7' 3" / 2.21 M.
Year Built: 1982
Model: Ketch
Engines: Volvo Penta MD70C 145 H.P.
Cruising Speed: 8 Kts. / 9 MPH
Max Speed: 9 Kts. / 10 MPH
Location: Dania Beach, United States
(Florida - S.E.)
Asking Price: $70,000 USD
54 Van Dam Cruising Ketch 1982 - Newly Offered for Sale!  Boat is in poor condition but has $100,000 worth of standing rigging. 


Blue Nomad has a 3 Stateroom layout with 2 heads and a full salon.

Leaving the cockpit area and moving forward and down the companionway steps is the main salon.  The dining area is to port, furnished with a large rosewood dining table accompanied by C­-shaped, cushioned seating .  Adjacent to the dining area, starboard side, is the navigation table with large chart table, storage inside, and large pilot seat.

Leaving the main salon area and going forward through the corridor are port and starboard staterooms, furnished with over and under berths. The lower berths have drawers below and there are hanging lockers.  There are two (2) opening port lights in the port and starboard staterooms. Both staterooms have separate en­suite baths with showers and Jabsco manual flush heads. There are opening hatches and opening port lights in both en­suite baths. The chain locker can be accessed through the starboard head forward bulkhead  hatch. 

The  galley  area  is  located starboard side and is accessed from the main salon aft, starboard side and stepping down. Further aft is a large working Corian countertop with a drop ­in storage compartment, storage cabinetry, and drawers. Proceeding aft down the starboard corridor is the aft stateroom furnished with double berth to the portside. There is also a single berth positioned athwartship, along the base of the transom, and a sitting chair built­ in between the portside berth and starboard side cabinetry bulwarks. There is a desk and stool on the starboard side. There are two (2) port and starboard opening port lights and an opening hatch above. The aft stateroom has an en­suite bath with vanity with sink bowl, shower stall with opening hatch above,  and a Jabsco manual flush toilet.

Absolutely elegant rosewood interior, as would befit a pedigree yacht such as this.   (2) Cruiseair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle AC units 2011.


  • Functional galley whether at sea or at anchor. Features include:
  • Force 10 4­ burner propane stove and oven, gimbaled with solenoid
  • GE microwave oven
  • Double integral Corian sinks with filtered drinking water spigots
  • Refrigeration: 24v holding plate system. Large boxes, both top loading and front loading. Freezer: Large top loading box located under navigator's seat
  • 24v Echotech 38 GPH water maker with dedicated stainless steel water tank
  • Drinking water to galley plumbed through coils in refrigerator to provide chilled water 
  • Hot water heater, 20 gal
  • Numerous lockers and cabinets for storage
  • Coffee maker

Deck Equipment

Blue Nomad is a center cockpit ketch well designed by Robert van Dam. Features include:

  • Sparcraft alloy masts and booms stepped on deck Air draft is 63.5 feet 
  • SS standing rigging, Dacron running rigging
  • North mainsail with Dutchman system (2007)
  • North mizzen (2007), 130% genoa , staysail
  • Some older sails on board
  • Canvas covers for main and windlass
  • Harken roller furlers
  • Twin downwind poles
  • Muir Electric windlass with 75lb CQR with 300' of 1/2" chain
  • Danforth spare anchor
  • SS pushpit and SS pulpit, mast pulpit
  • Double lifelines
  • 6 sheet winches, 6 halyard winches 1 davit winch SS davits
  • Passarelle
  • Dinghy cradle, holds Carolina skiff
  • Outboard bracket
  • SS BBQ
  • 4 solar panels, 360 watts at 24V
  • Rutland 913 wind generator on mizzen mast



The cockpit on Blue Nomad is enclosed with a semi doghouse dodger where you are well protected from the elements when running the boat. There are large windows for good vision and solar panels on the top. Other features include:

  • Teak steering wheel
  • Deep well protected cockpit
  • 6 halyard winches, 6 sheet winches, 1 davit winch
  • Electronics are to the left of the companionway, storage to the right
  • Custom cockpit table
  • Louvered  teak doors


  • The electronics were replaced in 2011
  • Simrad GPS/chartplotter
  • Simrad AP24  autopilot
  • Simrad BR 24/Northstar radar
  • Simrad IS 20 wind, depth, speed
  • EchoPilot forward looking sonar
  • Ritchie compass
  • Vesper Marine AIS
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS VHF
  • Icom IC­710 SSB
  • Iridium sat phone
  • Pactor 3 weatherfax


  • Volvo Penta MD70C 145 hp diesel engine (5890 hrs)
  • Onan Generator , 8MDKDBIB 240/120v (912 hrs)
  • Side Power bow thruster
  • EchoTech 38 gph water maker
  • Marine Air Systems air conditioning
  • 70mm stainless steel shaft with 3 blade prop
  • Racor fuel filter system
  • Custom holding plate refrigeration
  • Approved toilet systems with holding tanks

Electrical Equipment

  • 8  KW Onan generator Sentry 24V60A
  • 9  X 12v batteries
  • Outback 24/120/30 amp inverter
  • Maytag washer/ Maytag dryer - 2 separate units
  • Custom electric panel


  • 8 man Avon liferaft, needs inspection
  • Navigation lights
  • Anchor light
  • Deck lights 
  • 2 horseshoe Life rings
  • Lifesling
  • MOB pole
  • Numerous life vests
  • FE 241 engine room fire extinguisher
  • 3 X portable extinguishers
  • Carolina skiff with 5 hp Mariner outboard (2011)


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.

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