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1987 Tayana 52

  • 52 ft
  • Center Cockpit
  • San Diego, CA, US

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1987 Tayana 52 Sailboat For Sale in San Diego

This world renowned cruiser would make the perfect cruising yacht for a couple or individual looking to modernize a proven blue water boat and set off on their own adventure. 

PolarBear is perhaps the finest center cockpit Tayana 52 ever built. Constructed for famed land speed record holder, Craig Breedlove. She was given the first and one of the only lead keels, which allowed for an oversized, light air mast giving her unusually spritely light air reach and stunning stability in heavy winds and seas.

Mr. Breedlove fitted her with the finest English made stainless steel (rare) and it needs little maintenance to present. With her lead keel, fine sheer and resulting reserve buoyancy, PolarBear takes head seas remarkably well and is masterfully sea kindly downwind.

Polarbear, (then named Wannago) was again refit and circumnavigated by famed sail designer and arguably the best American sailor of his day, Lowell North who took the BaJPur 1500 record with him while passing New Delhi, India. She is a fast, proven world cruising yacht. She has been refit yearly by her present owner who cruised her extensively since 1997.

The Tayana 52 PolarBear is arguably one of the finest large yachts to be found in her delivery range. She sails in light and heavy air better than most cruising yachts, and yet remains notably comfortable and elegant despite her prowess. And with a rare two stateroom layout, she doesn’t really need to be shared.

Polar Bear has a beautiful satin-varnished teak interior with a solid teak and holly sole. Storage space is abundant as is natural light and ventilation provided by eight deck prisms, six hatches, eleven ports, four dorades and six fans.

Starting forward is a single large Guest Stateroom with a queen centerline V-berth, a step to the berth, eight storage lockers, a large hanging locker, 4 large drawers and 6 deep under-bed storage bins. Behind the mirrored forward bulkhead, stand the deck sail and anchor lockers. Given the rare two stateroom custom layout, this is a huge and comfortable Guest Suite with an en-suite sit down makeup/office desk to port, a spacious and well-ventilated bathroom to starboard, and storage lockers in the huge 2 person shower with a teak bench.

The Main Salon, located aft of the guest quarters, features a settee to port with an enclosed TV/ VCR and 3 cabinets. Opposite is a U-Shaped Settee with a large custom dining salon table seating six to eight. The settees are covered in white, leather-like high quality vinyl with button accents, and are replete with large contrasting pillows. Storage cabinets line the walls and are set beneath and behind the settees. Floor panels open throughout the boat for additional storage and easy access to tankage. New custom designer curtains run throughout the yacht, and crystal deck prism lights keep the spacious Hershoff white wall salon and galley uniquely well-lit, bright and cheerful among Tayanas. 

The Elegant Galley is located to port off of the salon, and is well thought out for entertaining at anchor or cooking safely underway. It has abundant locker and drawer space, a deep double bowl sink, as well as a pantry/cook's locker. The countertops are white and brand new. Very roomy refrigerator and freezer are both loading and convertible to front loading. The range/oven and microwave are modern and well-fit to this yacht.

Next aft on the starboard side is a well designed, chart size, Navigation station and table located next to the centerline companionway. The nav desk lid opens to find a hidden computer station wired to GPS for navigation software and Pactor IIe Email, and chart storage, nav tool box. Two large double doors provide excellent access for work on electronics.

Aft of the Nav Station is a large storage locker plumbed and wired for instant installation of washer/dryer. It also holds a 20 GPH watermaker. Further aft is a laundry cabinet with a equipment repair station above with built in vise and tool cabinet.

The Centerline Engine Room is located under the cockpit and aft of the companionway stairs, opposite the Galley. It has notably easy access with floor to ceiling double door starboard side access, a large removable panel with two opening access doors to the forefront behind the entry stairs, a further port side door opening from the aft head, and yet another door reaching aft from the main stateroom. In short, this is excellent and well-integrated engine room access.

The plush Master Stateroom is aft and has a walk-around king centerline berth with a new, extra firm custom mattress as in the guest cabin, both covered in removable custom sunbrella covers (2004). A lovely aft mirror covered bulkhead sets to the lazarette. White leather-like vinyl covered settee sets to starboard and was designed to coordinate with the other fabrics throughout the boat. Copious storage is provided with a grand hanging locker, four standard storage lockers, 8 lockers below berth, 3 lockers below settee, and 9 drawers accompanied by a mirrored dressing table with enclosed TV and storage lockers above. The en-suite Master Head a true enclosed stall shower and a large storage locker. This wonderful master stateroom is truly inviting and comfortable for the ships master and 1st mate/Admiral.

PolarBear is a truly elegant, fast and well-built yacht. She is one of her kind even among her sisterships (with a new cost of 1.2 million). She is well-kept and well-equipped for a circumnavigation in her current condition. She is a very comfortable live aboard/cruiser for 2 couples or a small family. This is a yacht you will be proud to own as a condo coastal yacht or to take on a Pacific cruise without delay.


Please contact Capt. Chandler Moore to schedule your viewing. No walk ins please, this vessel is NOT located at our office.

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Basic Information

San Diego, CA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Polar Bear
Boat Type:
Center Cockpit
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Dimensions & Weight

52 ft - 15.85 meter
52 ft 6 in - 16 meter
15 ft 1 in - 4.6 meter
Draft - max:
6 ft 10 in - 2.08 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:
38570 lbs


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Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
80 (Individual), 80 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
160 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
150 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:


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Equipment Inventory


General Info:

  • Very Rare Lead Keel option 18600lbs: Allowed for an oversized, light air mast
  • Fuel: 160 Gals

  • Water: 150 Gals

  • Sail Area: 1353 Sq Ft

  • Builder: Ta Yang Yacht Building Co.

  • Model: Tayana 52

  • Hull: Fiberglass

  • Deck: Teak (recaulked in 2015)

  • Rig: Cutter with hydraulic backstays & Boom Vang

  • Engine: Perkins 4-236, 85hp 4904 hours

  • Onan 12K diesel gen set 2299 hours

  • Propellor: Max Prop 3 blade reversible + spare original prop

  • Edson cable steering with standby tiller

  • Teak and holly cabin sole

  • Teak doors and frames

  • Bulkheads and inside of cabinets varnished teak veneer; heads and shower spaces covered with formica

  • Hershoff interior: white walls, cabin, and ceiling interior (bright and cheery)

  • 4" custom covered foam cushions on all settees and berths

  • Hull and deck gelcoat epoxy covered white with grey and black trim

  • 6'6" to 7'1" head room

Navigation & Electronics:

  • ICOM M-70 MK HAM/ SSB/vhf (2005) PactorIIE email and fax ready? Standard VHF with Cockpit Microphone send/receive

  • SGC SSB second as backup system

  • (2) Selectable VHF radios--(1) Standard with mike in cockpit and second mike in navigation station (2003), (1) ICOM VHF in navigation station as backup
  • Mounted 406 EPIRB emergency locator

  • 2 Handheld VHF units for mobile communication with ship

  • Bullet proof Roberson autopilot (1998) with hydraulic linear quadrant drive unit

  • Gimbled aft aluminum radar tower mount

  • Link 5000 depth, wind speed, speed instruments with cockpit and nav

    station controls

  • Garmin handheld GPS (2003) mount to cockpit pedestal

  • Garmin GPS installed in navigation station (2002) – with wiring set up for laptop computer to drive nobeltech or Captain navigation software with charts

  • Kelvin-Hughes ships clock and Seth Thomas barometer statiion

  • Richie compass in cockpit and handheld pelorus shot compass in

    navigation station

  • 2million candlewatt power spot lamp

  • AM/FM cassette deck with 6-disc CD changer and six speakers-2 cockpit (2004), 2 salon, 2 stateroom

  • (2) TVs and (1) DVD/VCR (2001) with high gain electronic TV antenna on mast

  • Cable TV and telephone receptor built in

  • Water towed sailing power generator (Redwing) convertible to wind and



  • Top and front-loading Adler Barbour refrigerator and freezer 
  • 2nd Engine Drive refrigeration compressor large capacity Fleeming custom
  • Force 10 Deluxe, gimbaled propane stove/oven w/20lbs propane in aft deck locker (2 safety switches/overboard discharge).

  • Microwave oven in cabinet

  • Double stainless steel sink

  • Hot and cold pressurized water

  • Rigged for installation of combination washer/dryer (existing unit removed)

  • Cooling Fans, light prisms, safety belts, custom cutting boards

Electrical Equipment:

  • 12V DC system with outlets
  • Immaculate, well-laid Electrical panel
  • 110V AC system with many outlets

  • Onan 12 kw generator

  • Heart 2500 watt inverter/charger

  • 8 deep cycle batteries (house)

  • Isolated 12v start battery (engine/generator)

  • 50' shore power cord

  • 30 amp shore power hook-up with multiple cruising adaptors

Deck Equipment:

  • 10’ AB aluminum inflatable' dinghy with low time 15HP Yamaha Enduro outboard
  • Teak decks (no leaks at all/ super safe at sea)

  • Huge Sail/Anchor locker w/false floor (very rare on center cockpit 52)

  • Huge aft lazzarette with cabinet built over quadrant

  • 66 lb Bruce anchor (2004) with 300' chain

  • New Fortress FX 85 2nd anchor with 300' rode

  • 2 large Danforth back up anchors w/ storm rodes

  • Sea anchor

  • Maxtor/Neilson Large electric windlass (rebuilt/remounted in 2003) +exact same spare windless also completely rebuilt

  • English Stainless steel bow pulpit, stanchions and lifelines (best SS for lowest maintenance)

  • English SS Anchor pulpit with custom removable spinnaker sprit (easy spinnaker jibes)

  • Powerful Saltwater anchor wash down

  • Freshwater deck wash down (aft)

  • Aft deck shower at swim/dive platform (fish cleaning station)

  • Custom Swim/dive platform with Stainless boarding ladder

  • Custom stainless outboard lift system

  • 6 person offshore plastismo LIFERAFT (refurb in 2008)

  • Foam cockpit cushions with white leather/like covers (2007)

  • 3 part Grey Sunbrella bimini and dodger (flexible deployment) with windows including sail sight window and placeable sunchaser (these are in tired condition)

  • Deck sunshade/awning with instant down for quick hit storms at anchor (1 minute down new in 2007)

  • Grey Sunbrella hatch covers (2007), wheel station cover, and winch series covers

  • Edson pedestal with 38" stainless steel wheel with teak trim....(cable replaced 2003)

Sails & Rigging:

  • Custom aftermarket Aluminum keel-stepped raked, bendable SPAR upgrade by Lowell North (1995)
  • This is an oversize light air mast and is designer approved
  • Standing rigging replaced in February 2012 with Norseman fittings
  • 18600lbs LEAD KEEL instead of the standard cement/iron ballast

  • New custom white epoxy paint on boom

  • Cutter rigged with removable inner forestay

  • (2) Lewmar 55 self-tailing winches Genoa

  • (2) Lewmar 46 self-tailing winches Staysail

  • (2) Lewmar 46 self-tailing winches Reefing, Halyard

  • (1) Lewmar 46 self-tailing winches Mainsheet control

  • All lines lead aft for easy singlehanding including reefing (no deck work under sail)

  • Mainsail: (2000), fully battened, heavy cruising with Sunbrella cover and lazy jacks

  • Genoa: Ulman cruising 100%

  • Staysail: Excellent deck mounted or stowable

  • Spinnaker/gennaker

  • Spinnaker bow sprit: Removable; used for easy jibbing

  • Forespar Telescoping spinnaker/genoa pole with deck mount and spar mount

  • Harkin Genoa furling System

  • Navtec Hydraulic BoomVang with cockpit controls (refit 2015)

  • Navtec double Backstays hydraulic adjusters (rare & refit in 2015) with one insulated for Radios

Engine & Mechanical:

  • Perkins 4-236 and Onan 12k Genset in great condition with mechanical and electrical fuel pumps
  • Clean engine room and Bilge w/great access
  • 2 mechanical heads w/one Lectra san class one onboard sewage treatment system

  • 6 water pumps with spares

  • Vantage Marine watermaker, 20 gph w/power for 60 gph w/2 more

    filters...separate boost pump, quality monitor (needs new low pressure pump)

  • Automatic and manual bilge pumps

  • 2 Racor fuel filter systems

  • Fuel transfer system tank to tank and barrel to tanks (use all of your fuel)

  • Maxprop 3 blade feathering propeller

  • Bilge blower

  • Automatic Halon fire control system

  • Lead/ foam engine room sound insulation

Additional Items:

  • Rugs, many decorative bed pillows, linens, vacuum cleaner
  • Tools: all that is needed to fix anything aboard


  • Electric windlass


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Captain Chandler Moore
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