1996 Santa Cruz 52

  • 52 ft
  • Sloop
  • Mamaroneck, NY, US

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1996 Santa Cruz 52


This boat is in stunning condition!

“Bombardino” is hull number 12 of the widely successful Santa Cruz 52 racer/cruiser.  The SC 52 is a great cross-over boat that, unlike most racer/cruisers, actually excels at both.  The boat is very comfortable for cruising, with plenty of ventilation and light.  Berths and accommodations are very generous so that you feel like you are on a much larger boat.  When you hit the race course, you have nothing to fear.  The light displacement allows the boat to perform in the lightest of air, and also perform like a champion when the wind comes up and you are surfing downwind with the spinnaker!  Anywhere you see a Santa Cruz 52 racing you see them at the front of the fleet.

Bob Perry (yacht designer and reviewer) quotes:

“We are talking horsepower, and whether we are talking the family yacht, minivan or ski boat, few of us are immune to its attraction. In a racing boat it means you have the power to execute your tactics rather than sit and wait. The SC 52 may be a boat that defies labels. Whatever you choose to call it, I'm sure it will be fast.”

She has been maintained by a captain since new, with nothing held back to keep the boat in great shape.  Much of the maintenance on the boat is done pro-actively, like replacing the fuel tank and rudder bearings before the need arises.  Bombardino is capable of winning any race or keeping you safe on a cruising passage.  She is the perfect boat for the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race!

Notable race finishes:

Around Block Island Race – 1st Overall

Newport to Bermuda Race – 1st in Class

Vineyard Race – 1st Overall

AYC Spring and Fall – 1st in Class many times

(Too many other race victories to mention)


Basic Information

Santa Cruz
Mamaroneck, NY, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
4128 - MMB
Boat Type:
Hull Material:
Hull Type:
Hull Color:
Bill Lee
Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

52 ft - 15.85 meter
174 ft - 53.04 meter
14 ft - 4.27 meter
Draft - max:
9 ft - 2.74 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:


Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Fuel Type:
62 (Individual), 62 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
84 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
143 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
25 gallons - 1 tank(s)





Displacement to Length ratio  93
SA/D ratio 27
Limit of positive stability is 119 degrees

Sail plan:

I 64.5’
P 60.5’
J 19’
E 21’



Throughout the boat you will notice the classic white with varnished trim look.  This keeps the interior bright, while giving it a yacht look.  Varnished floorboards add a touch of elegance.

The FORWARD CABIN features a large V-berth with ample storage areas.  Bright and comfortable as an owners cabin.

The FORWARD HEAD features a manual head, separate stall shower, s/s sink.  Nice storage.  Head can be discharged overboard or into holding tank.

The SALON features a very bright and well ventilated area for comfortable seating, dining, navigation and cooking.  There are new windows in the salon.  Plenty of opening hatches, along with Hella fans for ventilation.

The NAV STATION to starboard features a full-size chart table with all electronics and instrumentation within easy reach.

The GALLEY features an L-shaped work area with plenty of counter space, double s/s sink, gimbaled stove/oven and 12V refrigeration system.

The STARBOARD AFT CABIN features a wide berth, which makes this a great VIP cabin.  Good ventilation and plenty of storage.

The AFT HEAD features a manual head, s/s sink.  Head can be discharged overboard or into holding tank

PASSAGE from aft head to custom pipe berth in port lazzarette storage area.  This is great for sailing offshore or to store equipment on while cruising.  The lazzarette can be reached from the cockpit as well.

Starboard cockpit locker for storage of life rafts.


Double s/s sink

Fresh & salt manual foot pumps (one doubles to drain refrigerator)

Glacier Bay 12V refrigeration (works directly from battery banks)

Force 10 3-burner propane stove w/oven

Ample storage

Hot and cold pressure water


All Harken deck gear

Quick release button for hydraulic vang at steering wheel base

Navtec hydraulic panel with vang, backstay and outhaul functions

Lewmar halyard stoppers

Lewmar jammer for main halyard

Spinnaker pole storage mounts for both sides (2 carbon spinnaker poles)

2 Harken 560 aluminum top cleat 3-speed primary winches

2 Harken 48 ST aluminum mainsheet winches

2 Harken 48 ST aluminum running backstay winches

4 Harken 42 ST aluminum halyard winches

Light & ventilation provided by Lewmar deck hatches (3 new 2016) (acrylic "glass" replaced on all during the past 2 years-last 3 in progress now), many opening ports, 4 fixed cabin ports refurbished 2014, salon "windows" replaced 2015, numerous Hella fans.

Emergency tiller


Hall Spars carbon triple spreader mast with carbon boom

Standing rigging replaced 2007

C-6 Carbon backstay

Kevlar running backstays

External hydraulic mast jack system for rig tuning

Two carbon spinnaker poles

Reaching strut

Harken MK 3 roller furler

Harken staysail roller furler

Harken racing headstay foil

All Harken blocks & sheaves updated 2014

Navtec hydraulic panel w/backstay & vang control

Inner forestay wire rope

Asymmetrical block & tackle for downhaul

High spec halyards, sheets & guys


2014 North 3DL 600 m main

2004 Z Sails cruising main

2004 Z Sails cruising jib

2012 North 3DL light/med. 153% #1

2016 North 3DL 860 m 143% #2

2013 North 3DL L 100% #3

2014 North Kevlar 90% #4

2014 North Kevlar 140% jib top

1999 North Kevlar 109% spinnaker staysail

2002 North Norlam 3.2 asym. Code 0A

2004 North Airx 600/700 Spinnaker A1

2004 North Airx 600 asym. Code 2A

2015 North Norlon .75 asym. Code 3A

1997 North Norlon 1.5 heavy AP spinnaker

2013 North Airx 700 S4 spinnaker

2004 North Airx 700 4S asym. chute 

North spinnaker snuffer


Raytheon RL 9 LCD radar

Custom lightweight aluminum radar mount for backstay

Simrad AP 20 auto pilot

Ockam wind indicator 60" carbon pole

4 Ockam displays at companionway

1 Ockam display at nav station

3 Magnum displays on mast

Northstar 6000i chart plotter

ICOM VHF radio

ICOM SSB radio

Garmin AIS 600 Class B transceiver

2013 ARC Global Fix Pro 406 EPIRB



30 Amp shore power system with cable

2000 Watt Heart inverter/charger

3 2014 Lifeline batteries (2 8D house, 27 engine start)

High-output alternator & standard alternator


Oversize aluminum steering wheel (optional at build time)

2015 Starter motor

2015 Engine mounts

2012 84 gal. Fuel tank (replaced pro-actively)

Rudder bearing replaced (pro-actively)

Martec 2-blade folding racing prop (serviced 2013)

Carbon rudder & shaft

Halon fire suppression system in engine compartment

2 Groco manual heads (overboard discharge or into 1 holding tank)


2010 Viking 8-man life raft, 2010 Viking 6-man life raft, Switlik MOM, custom Fairclough canvas winter cover w/internal framework, hot & cold pressure water stern shower; Fortress FX-37 anchor w/rode, Fortress FX-55 anchor w/rode, Gale Rider storm anchor


The Santa Cruz 52 features both speed and luxury. Her well thought-out interior has two large private staterooms, each with double berths, and a separate stall shower in one of the two heads. The large salon provides dining for seven and includes two roomy pilot berths. There is ample storage throughout the cabins. The teak and holly cabin sole, solid teak trim, and white-accented paneling combine to produce a warm, yet light and airy environment.  The wiring and plumbing systems are readily accessible, thoughtfully laid-out, and fully marked and identified. The Santa Cruz 52 is designed and engineered to be very strong, with specifications well in excess of ABS Standards. Advanced technology has enabled designers and builders to produce yachts which are both strong and light, so it is no longer necessary to equate strength with weight. Every piece of furniture, every panel and every cabinet is fully and carefully bonded to the hull and deck, providing an integrated hull support structure. The forward section of the hull includes a Kevlar collision mat and a watertight bulkhead. The IMS Stability Index of 121 degrees (Designers LPS 1119) indicates that this is a very stable and safe yacht. The large cockpit is secure, with substantial coamings, easy access through the companionway, and the ability to drain very rapidly through the open transom. The SC52 is organized so it can be sailed from the safety of the cockpit.


The Santa Cruz 52 has been designed to be fast, not according to some race handicap rule, but just plain fast! The SC52 has a powerful sail plan, but its light displacement results in lower loads. Lower loads, lighter sails and the SC52 deck layout mean high performance can be achieved by both short-handed cruisers and full racing crews. The SC52 moves well in light air, but if the wind dies, you will cruise at 9 knots with its 62 hp Yanmar diesel.

In addition to terrific cruising performance, the SC52 wins races, both first-to-finish and handicap (IMS, PHRF, or whatever is next), and has compiled an extremely successful race record. Most of these races have been won with a full cruising interior, demonstrating the SC52 may be the only true dual-purpose racer/cruiser available.


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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