Schucker’s ‘Back Porch’…

Michael Crafton with Captains Linda Thompson and Paul Truelove
Schucker’s “back porch” serves a multiple of purposes from storage to launching platform as well as the perfect deck for sunset viewing with friends.

Schucker Motorsailers enjoy one common characteristic: a backporch.

Used by many for storage for bicycles, dinghy motors, gas cans, docklines, or fenders…you name it.  Or, as a launchpad for going ashore in a dinghy or as a dive platform, it is multi-functional.

But, for those of us who enjoy good company and pleasing sunsets, it is the perfect deck for sharing our watery environment with good friends.  Captain Linda Thompson and Captain Paul Truelove are slipmates of ours at the Jekyll Harbor Marina, Jekyll Island, GA.  They own the Schucker Motorsailer Truelove next to us.


    • Jan, thank you. for inquiring about Sandpiper. I will try to answer your questions:

      Price: $69,900

      Engine hrs: approximately 3300. Perkins 4-236. Previous owner installed in 2000, replacing the original 4-108 and removing the mast. We installed new mast, standing rigging and chainplates in 2006 (after we completed The Loop).

      Our diesel mechanic recently checked over the engine and made small adjustment to one injector, cleaned heat exchanger and replaced exhaust elbow with new SS piece.

      We have cruised the Atlantic ICW, St John’s River, the Keys, Gulf Coast and America’s Great Loop. Bridge clearance is 47’, making it possible to transit the Okeechobee Waterway without any height restrictions. For that matter, factory draft is 3’2”. In all our cruising, we have never had an issue with anchoring because of the depth of our keel.

      Sails: We purchased used sails, main and genoa, from a fellow Schucker owner. We have not sailed much since then. The main has been used more for steadying sail. Genny is a 150, more than adequate.

      Our tendency has been to leave the boat as originally designed, adding or replacing equipment as needed or desired. Some owners have completely redesigned the interior and/or exterior. Equipment replaced include stove/oven, refrigerator, toilet, faucets in head and galley. We lived aboard full-time for four years, but have been “snowbirds” since then.

      We did not take Sandpiper to the Bahamas since we had been there the previous years, but many Schuckers have cruised there. It is where we saw our first Schucker, Mixed Blessings.

      My site at has several pages I hope you will look at that show the interior, the exterior, her gear as well as a video of he beinng launched. Check both blog posts and menu buttons.

      Thank you for your interest, Martha and Mike.


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