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1987 Holby Marine Tripp 37

Price Reduced
$37,500 USD

Seller's Description

Ticker is a fully loaded 37’ race boat that is also comfortable for cruising. She features a high-aspect ratio sail plan, fin keel, a deep, balanced spade rudder and tiller steering. Ticker has done the Newport to Bermuda race and is fully equipped for the Mackinac races. She rates 90 under MWPHRF, 654.7 under ORC.

Ticker was designed by William Tripp III who was chief designer for Doug Peterson. She was built by Holby Marine in 1987. The data on the Tripp 37 can be found at:

Ticker’s asking price reflects that over $20,000 has been spent on upgrades since 2020 including carbon fiber racing sails, a dacron cruising mainsail, B&G instruments and other upgrades.

Ticker she is a USCG documented vessel and was surveyed in March 2022.

Construction The Tripp 37 has a divinycell closed foam cored fiberglass deck and hull with an aluminum structural grid. Ticker has a lead keel and a fiberglass rudder. There have been no issues with water intrusion.

Ergonomic Cockpit Design Ticker has a unique cockpit layout. The primary winches are forward. This creates a standing platform so the trimmer can put his leg muscles into trimming the jib. There are seats aft for 4 guests. The tiller steering saves weight in the stern and enables the helmsman to sit further forward.

Interior Tickers’s main cabin is unfinished teak which belies its potential beauty. The photo of a sistership shows how Ticker will look with 3 coats of varnish. Add new cushions with the varnish and Ticker will look like a Nautor Swan down below. The main cabin has full headroom, galley and nav station. It comes with a B&G chart plotter mounted on a swivel arm so it can also be used on deck. The main cabin has two settees, two pilot berths, and a removable table. There is a two-burner Origo alcohol stove, icebox, and sink. Forward there is a V-berth, enclosed head with sink and marine toilet with macerater pump (both new in 2022). Remove the aft berths and there is almost no weight in the aft third of the boat.

Equipment: Racing Sails Mainsail: Carbon Fiber/Twaron new in 2020 and lightly used 152% genoa: Carbon Fiber/Twaron new in 2020 also lightly used and cut to fit the Harken Mark IV roller furler Windseeker Drifter Spare 152% genoa Kevlar No. 2 Kevlar No. 3 Challenge WarpDrive Kevlar No. 4

.75 oz asymmetric .5 oz. spinnaker .75 oz. spinnaker 1.5 oz. spinnaker

Cruising Sails Dacron cruising mainsail new in 2020 with Stack Pack Dacron 135% genoa new in 2020

Electronics B&G Zeus2 9 GPS chartplotter on cockpit-visible swing-arm mount 4 B&G Triton2 color displays; B&G sensors: masthead wind speed/angle and tri-ducer (boatspeed, depth, and water temperature) new in 2020. Standard Horizon GX1850 VHF with remote RAM4 cockpit unit new in 2021 Em-trak AIS B954 class B transceiver networked to chartplotter; includes stealth switch new in 2022 Boss Bluetooth stereo with cabin and cockpit speakers new in 2022 Two batteries Running lights; masthead light; LED steaming and deck light new in 2021 interior cabin lighting, red cockpit and head LED courtesy lights new in 2022

Propulsion Yanmar three-stroke 3GM30F diesel engine with v-drive and folding prop. The engine underwent major service in 2022 replacing the pulley, belt, filters and exhaust hoses (partially replaced) There is a new spare starter still in box along with other spare parts.

Spars, Rigging & and Sail Handling Triple spreader, aluminum Hall Spars mast with continuous rod rigging Aluminum boom Hall QuikVang Aluminum spinnaker pole 8 Barient winches (4 self-tailing). Navtec hydraulic backstay 2:1 checkstays led to primary winches Main halyard new in 2022 Two spinnaker halyards, topping lift and foreguy Genoa halyard Addjustable jib leads Harken Mark IV genoa roller furler Stack pack for mainsail (new 2020, never installed). Mainsail cover (new 2022). Stainless steel lifelines (new 2022). Winch handles, genoa sheets, afterguys, spinnaker sheets and changing sheets.



William H. Tripp, III
Holby Marine
# Built
FG w/ DC core


Length Overall
37 0 / 11.3 m
Waterline Length
29 9 / 9.1 m
11 9 / 3.6 m
6 9 / 2.1 m
11,300 lb / 5,126 kg
5,400 lb / 2,449 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
645′² / 59.9 m²
Total Sail Area
645′² / 59.9 m²
Sail Area
288′² / 26.7 m²
43 2 / 13.2 m
13 3 / 4.1 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
357′² / 33.2 m²
49 6 / 15.1 m
14 5 / 4.4 m
Forestay Length
51 7 / 15.7 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
30 gal / 114 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
65 gal / 246 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.8 kn
Classic: 7.32 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

8.82 knots
Classic formula: 7.32 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
>20: high performance

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: stiffer, more 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
100-200: light

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
20-30: coastal cruiser

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


Rig dimensions from ORC cert. ‘FUSION’-

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