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1980 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz 50

San Diego, California


Hula Girl, the renowned Santa Cruz 50 and legendary West Coast sled is offered for sale! Hula, formerly Elusive and Gone With the Wind, is simply the best of the best. Formerly the personal boat of America's Cup skipper and Volvo Around the World Race winner Paul Cayard, she has been modified and optimized and it truly a special boat. In the 2016 Pacific Cup she set a California to Hawaii record for any 50 footer of 7 days 20 hours, shaving nearly a day off of the previous record.

With the new keel, the boat is lighter and has less drag with the same righting moment. The new Hall rig is three feet taller than standard and has a modern swept-back spreader configuration providing more rig stiffness without the need for runners or checkstays. The new carbon chainplates are built into the boat with no chance for leakage.

Hula Girl flies masthead asymmetrical spinnakers off a long penalty pole. The grinding pedestal in the cockpit and Harken carbon three-speed winches make the long downwind legs a breeze. The large Carbonautica wheel on a Jefa pedestal runs new steering cables through oil filled idler bearings to an upgraded Edson quadrant for a wonderfully light feel. The rudder bearings were pulled and inspected in 2021 (when a new custom prop shaft strut was installed).

See the Sailing Anarchy video on Hula Girl for a full walkthrough!

The boat is in excellent condition. She has recently completed the 2023 Transpac, and is ready to go again. Brand new racing bottom in June 2024.  Free delivery to any West Coast port possible following the 2025 Pacific Cup.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Santa Cruz
Model: Santa Cruz 50
Year: 1980
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: LET500091080
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Bulb Keel


Length: 52'4 ft
Length Overall: 52'4 ft
Beam: 12 ft
Max Draft: 10'9 ft
Displacement: 18,000 lb
Dry Weight: 18000 lb
Ballast: 5400 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH4AE
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 54hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 BladeBronze, Folding
  • Engine Location: Center
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Year: 2008
Cruising Speed: 8 kn
Propeller RPM: 2400


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 gal
Water Tanks: 3
Water Tank Capacity: 30 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 10 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Racers, Racers and Cruisers, Sloop


Patrick Nolan
Sail California


Sail California
1070 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA, US, 94501
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.

Additional Information
  • Modified and optimized in 2000 at KKMI under the direction of Nelson/Marek design team.  Added a strut with 'T' bulb keel, new rudder, sugar scoop extension, taller carbon rig, etc.
  • Paul Cayard overhaul and optimization in 2008 including new engine, new watermaker, addition of carbon interior components, grinding pedestal, etc
  • Complete refit in 2013 including new mast form Hall Spars with swept-back spreaders, new chainplates, removal of all deck hardware and rebedding, new portlights, new steering system, deck and topsides paint, replacement of much of the interior fittings with carbon, etc. 
  • Continually professionally maintained. New racing bottom June 2024. 

Cabinet installed PC computer with Expedition tactical software and two monitors
B&H H2000 with performance processor
(4) Mast mounted B&G 20/20
(4) Cockpit B&G displays
(1) Nav station B&G display
B&G Tall carbon MHU wind wand
B&G Autopilot with Simrad ram (new 2021)
Furuno NavNet radar and plotter and removable radar post
Uniden VHF with wireless remote
Emtek AIS
ICOM SSB with Pactor modem
Iridium satellite phone with ASE docking station
(2) Inverters at nav station
Battery monitor
LED Tricolor and anchor light

Inside Equipment

Electric bilge pump (new 2023)
Manual high volume bilge pump
Marine head, Lavac, new 2017 with holding tank
Hot water heater
Cool Blue refrigeration (holding plate) - 2013
Spectra watermaker (full service 2021)
SS Double sink
Pressure water
Fresh water foot pump
Salt water foot pump
2 Burner custom propane stove
LED lighting, white and red
(4) 100ah AGM Replaced 2022

Sail Inventory

Ullman Main (excellent) 2018
Quantum main (backup)
J1 - Ullman (excellent) - 2016
J3 - Ullman (good)
J4 - Quantum (good)
Jib Top - North (good)
Blast Reacher - North (good)
A1 - Ullman (good)
A2 - Ullman (excellent)
A2 - Ullman (backup)
A3 - Evolution (new)
A3 - North (backup)
A4 - Ullman (good)
A4 - Ullman (backup)
Spin Staysail - Quantum (good)
Genoa Staysail - Quantum (good)
Strom Trysail
Storm Jib
Dacron delivery main (excellent)
Dacron delivery jib (excellent)


Primary Harken 65.3 ST (Carbon drums) (2)
Cockpit Grinding Pedestal (Carbon)
Secondary Harken 48 ST (2)
Main Sheet Harken 44 ST (2) on cabin top (new 2007)
Spin Halyard Harken 40 ST (2) Port and STb at mast
Main Halyard Harken 42 ST Stb side aft at mast
Jib Halyard Harken 42 ST Port side aft at mast

Mast, Spars, and Deck Hardware

Hall Carbon Fiber 3-Spreader tall rig - New 2013
Ohmahundro Carbon Fiber Boom
Antal Mast track with cars
Harken Ball Bearing Traveler System
Harken Ball bearing Geona track system
Aluminum mast partner collar with ?Spar tight?
Full Set of Spares for Rigging
Carbon fiber spinnaker pole from Forespar
Carbon Fiber Forespar Reaching Struts (2)
Harken carbo foil on headstay
Navtec hydraulic boom vang with quick release at helm
Navtec hydraulic backstay
Sailtec hydraulic pump (new 2022)
Spinlock rope clutches (2007)
Tri color light at masthead

Safety Equipment

10 Person Liferaft Superior Life Saving, New 2021
Ditch Bag
Spare VHF antenna
(2) 406 EPIRBs
Richie 5 inch compass on pedestal
Offshore first aid kit in Pelican case
Danbuoy mounted on stern pulpit
Life sling mounted on stern pulpit
30 ft throw rope mounted on stern pulpit
Clipping points at companionway, grinding station, and helm station
Jacklines (2)
Offshore Solas flare kit
Radar reflector
Tool kit
Cockpit knife attached to main grinder pedestal
Deck knife at boom vang
Manual bilge pump in cockpit
High capacity manual bilge Edson bilge pump next to chart table
Tricolor light at top of mast
Complete Emergency Rudder Set Up for Stern Scoop
Emergency tiller
3 hand held fire extinguishers
Fireboy engine room protection system
Fortress Anchor w/Rode & Chain

Hatches and Portlights

One large opening foredeck hatch
Two small opening hatches on cabin top forward
One small opening hatch in head
Large sliding hatches on cabin top
Four opening ports in cockpit (new 2013)
Two opening ports in transom
Sliding hatches and companionway with new custom sliders
Two hull windows in aft cabins
4 large windows in main salon (replaced 2013)
1 aft deck hatch to steering gear
4 cockpit ?Cubby? holes

Features and Upgrades

Bottom sprayed March 2022
Cockpit Shower
Carbon Rudder & Post
Custom two burner racing cook top
Hot water thermos mounted on galley bulkhead
Foot pump for salt water at galley
Foot pump for fresh water at galley
Pressure water system for fresh water in galley, handheld shower in head and shower in cockpit
Double SS deep sinks in galley
Interior cushions replaced 2018
Carbon table in main salon (currently not installed)
Carbon seatbacks
Carbon nave table and galley pieces
Carbon engine box
Original teak table and galley cabinets available (in storage)
Two ice boxes under raised floor in main salon
Water tanks and batteries under raised salon
Water Heater
Sink, manual water and pressure water in head
Open bow pulpit for ?A? sails
Double corner stern pulpits
Double SS 1x19 uncover life lines
Gates in life lines at transom
Tack point on bow for ?A? sails
Running lights on bow pulpit
Track for staysail on foredeck
Deck chock for spinnaker pole
Molded in toe rails on bow
Flat ?Tee? track rails aft of shroud
New carbon chain plates
Custom SS hand rails on cabin tops
New Spinlock rope clutches for jib main and jib halyards
Adjustable jib leads for # 1 & # 2 genoas lead to cockpit
Separate # 3 jib tracks with adjustable jib leads
Harken traveler mounted on cabin top with 5 to 1 control lines
Double end main sheet
Double ended ?A? sail tack lines with clutches on cabin sides at cockpit
Kelp window in hull to inspect keel
8 recess drink holder in cockpit

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.