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1979 C&L Explorer 45

$289,000 USD

Seller's Description

Imagine getting paid to live your dream…to live like you’re on vacation…to go sailing on the deep blue pacific off the tropical shores of Costa Rica, sailing alongside dolphins, whales, manta rays, and sea turtles while catering to happy travelers and locals alike. Now is your chance to live the life of “Pura Vida” while running sailing excursions with the luxurious 45’ double masted sailing yacht.

Since joining TripAdvisor, Sea Bird Sailing Excursions has been honored to receive a Certificate of Excellence every year based on the many satisfied and happy guests of SeaBird year after year. And, the raves continue to this day!

We worked very hard to bring the sailboat down from California, to import her to Costa Rica and get her flagged in Costa Rica, and to get this business and the sailboat operating efficiently, smoothly and profitably. Our 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Facebook is proof that we love the work we do. How can we not? It’s like a permanent vacation!

Take a look at our tour photo albums that date from 2009 all the way up to tours this past week so you can see exactly what Sea Bird and our tours look like today. As you look, imagine yourself in those photos. Imagine living the “Pura Vida” life as the new owner of Sea Bird and the profitable Sailing Excursions.

Photo gallery - https://picasaweb.google.com/SeaBirdCR

Sea Bird is a 45’ C&L Explorer, built in 1979 in Taiwan. She was just hauled out and painted last December 2014. She is a Stay-sail Ketch w/ a center cockpit with sleeping space for nine, (2) fresh water showers and (2) heads, SSB/VHF radios, GPS, Captain’s Charts, am/fm radio, mp3 player with iPod/mp3 player hook-up, speakers all around, US Coast Guard approved safety stock, EPIRB life raft, Perkins 4.108 engine, fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, propane BBQ, linens and kitchen tools. In addition to being completely stocked and ready to step aboard and sail, Sea Bird has all legal documents, up to date navigation papers and she carries the Costa Rican flag.

Sea Bird’s home is Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, the most prestigious area of Costa Rica, sharing the waters with the Four Seasons in the Gulf of Papagayo as well as Occidental Gran Papagayo, the Hilton, Andaz, Mangrove, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Playa Matapalo (home of RiU), and several other well known vacation spots. The Liberia International Airport is a short 25 minutes away. Conveniently, the Marina Papagayo is located here to service vessels.

Whoever buys this business can rest assured that we will help train you to take over and run it as we have, and hopefully you will bring new ideas and make it even better than it already is. We want you to succeed!

Our Website - www.SeaBirdSailingExcursions.com

Email - info@SeaBirdSailingExcursions.com

Local Costa Rica number - 8880-6393. If calling from outside the country first dial 011-506 and then the 8 digit number.

Some videos of Sea Bird in action- https://www.youtube.com/user/SeaBirdCostaRica/videos

Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Bird-Sailing-Excursions/137039496322859

Just Reduced to $289,000 !

Why was the asking price reduced? It would be ideal to transition before the start of the next high season in December. Come mid-December, tours are plenty and we get really busy… government offices close and the whole country celebrates. It’s quite an experience! We love it and are happy (and grateful) to keep doing this until we can find the right people. Sorry, we are not offering owner financing.

It is completely legal for expats, or “tourists” to own a business and reside in Costa Rica. If you have any questions regarding the laws, please ask the experts Click link below. In fact, investing in this business could be your ticket to permanent residency status without restrictions.


Stan Huntingford
C&L Marine Corp
# Built


Length Overall
45 0 / 13.7 m
Waterline Length
45 0 / 13.7 m
12 11 / 4 m
6 8 / 2 m
32,000 lb / 14,515 kg
1,000 lb / 454 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
990′² / 92 m²
Total Sail Area
Sail Area
Air Draft
Sail Area
Forestay Length

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
130 gal / 492 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
146 gal / 553 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.7 kn
Classic: 7.81 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.7 knots
Classic formula: 7.81 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
>350: ultraheavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
40-50: heavy bluewater boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


See EXPLORER 45 (HUNTINGFORD)for more details.

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