Sail California
1070 Marina Village Parkway Suite 108
Alameda, California, US, 94501
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1996 Santa Cruz 52

location icon Alameda, California
Year 1996
Length 52 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Santa Cruz Yachts

The Santa Cruz 52, no question one of the finest racer/cruisers ever built.

City Lights was originally built as the ultimate cruiser with the standard 7.5' keel and standard rig.

City Lights was then put into race mode by adding some sails to her inventory and went on to win the Big Boat Series in the 52 class.

With electric primaries she is easily handled by a couple in cruise mode with all the lines coming back into the cockpit.

The 52’s interior finish and accommodations rival that of the finest yachts in the world. Finished in teak and beautiful fiddleback maple veneers, City Lights spacious two stateroom layout and well-appointed main salon and galley will comfortably accommodate owners and guests for an extended cruise.


With the inventory City Lights has the boat is ready to go offshore cruising and can be easily set up to do the 50th anniversary Transpac coming up this summer.

Lying in San Francisco, CA


Year Built 1996
Category Sail
Length Overall 52 ft
Beam 14 ft
Max Draft 7'6 ft
Cabins 2
Double Berths 2
Construction Composite
Keel Fin Keel
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 62 hp
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 85 gal
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 115 gal
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 26 gal
Ballast 9,100 lb
Displacement 24,000 lb

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar Turbo Diesel
Model: 4JH(2)-HTE
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 62hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
Year: 1996
Engine Hours: 1990


Inline four-cylinder diesel Yanmar  4JH-(2) HTE

Freshwater heat exchanger

Horizontal wet, turbo-assist, through hard-wall marine exhaust hose, fiberglass water-lock, and exits transom

Morse single-lever, with solid push/pull cables

Yanmar factory panel, with tachometer, oil pressure, water temperature, high water temperature & low oil pressure light & audible alarms, hour- meter (current reading = 1990 on 2/6/19)




Fresh Water: 115 gal (2 tanks)

Construction: Hull and Deck

The Santa Cruz 52 was designed and engineered to yield high strength to weight ratios with specifications that meet and exceed ABS Standards. 

The hull is constructed of hand laid fiberglass and end-grain balsa core sandwich bonded with vinylester resin and epoxy using vacuum bag technology in a female mold. 

All interior bulkheads and furniture are bonded directly to the hull to provide an integrated support structure that is stiff and light. 

The forward section of the hull includes a Kevlar collision mat and a watertight bulkhead for safety. 

The deck is constructed of hand laid fiberglass laminate incorporating balsa core on the cabin top and side decks to save weight where appropriate.


A very comfortable layout for cruising or racing. 

Teak interior with oiled & hand rubbed finish. 

A large master stateroom forward with double berth and a private head. 

The salon has pilot berths above full length settees with a large dining table. 

The aft quarter cabin has a double berth. 

There is an ample U-shaped galley. 

A second head w/shower is located aft of the galley followed by stowage in a large garage.

  • Custom Features:
  • (2) Cockpit Opening Ports
  • (1) Aft Cabin Hull Opening Port
  • (3) Hull Windows
  • (3) Additional Small Ventilation Hatches
  • Force 10 Stove/Oven
  • Microwave Oven in storage
  • Frigaboat Refrigeration & Freezer
  • Dbl SS Sink
  • Pressured Water
  • Fresh & Salt Water Foot Pumps
  • Galley Solar Vent
  • Water Heater
Safety Equipment
  • Satellite 406 EBIRP 
  • Switlik MOM 8 
  • Life Sling
  • Automatic Bilge Pumps
  • Manual Bilge Pumps
Propulsion and Steering
  • Yanmar Turbo Diesel 4JH(2) HTE
  • 3 Bladed bronze "Max Prop" feathering propeller
  • SS Wheel
  • SS Chain for cable to quadrant
  • Emergency Tiller
  • B&G Hydra Auto Pilot FFD @ Nav Station & Helm
  • New Zeus Display at the Nav Station
  • Furuno 24 mi Radar w/display @ Nav Station
  • Radar array on gamboled backstay mount, not installed
  • B&G Hercules Performance Unit
  • B&G Barometric & Clinometer Sensors
  • B&G Mast Head Unit on C.F. Wand
  • Instrument Pod Companionway w/4 20/20's & 1 Analog
  • Ritchie Compass
  • Stereo AM/FM,CD,MP3 (interior speakers)
  • ICOM IC-M710 SSB w/auto tuner,insulated backstay antenna,computer receiver
  • HyVision  Monitor on adjustable arm @ Nav Station

The boat has two sets of racing sails in serviceable condition plus some of the original sails.

Doyle Sails


#1 Genoa

#2 Genoa

Second #2 Genoa

#3 Jib

#4 Jib

.75 oz Spinnaker

1.5 oz Spinnaker

2.2 oz Spinnaker

Roller Furling Genoa


Quantum Inventory:

Mainsail with a Dutchman system currently on the boat

#1 Genoa

#3 Jib

Blast Reacher


.5 AP Spinnaker

.75 AP Spinnaker

1.5 AP Spinnaker 


Pineapple Sails Inventory:

Cruising Asymmetrical Spinnaker in a sock

Storm Jib

Storm Trysail

135% Genoa

95% Jib

Jib Topsail

.6 Spinnaker

1.5 oz Spinnaker

Electrical and Plumbing
  • 12 Volt DC system
  • Backlit panel w/28 breakers & analog condition meters
  • Custom exterior sailplan running light indicator panel
  • Heart Link 2000R battery monitor/regulator
  • 150 Amp alternator
  • 50 Amp Yanmar alternator
  • 2 255 Amp-hour GPL-8D batteries (500 Amp/hrs.)
  • 1 100 Amp-hour GPL-27 battery
  • 1-2-all crossover battery switch
  • On/Off battery switch for house batteries
  • Grounded rigging system
  • Engine box lighting
  • 110 Volt AC system
  • Backlit panel w/breakers & analog condition meters
  • 4 GFI protected outlets
  • 1 50' Marinco shore power cord
  • Hidden 30 Amp Marinco shore power inlet
  • Heart 2000 w inverter / battery charger with Link 2000 remote monitoring/control panel
  • Heart Freedom 20 inverter w/integrated 100 Amp battery charger
  • Transom shower with hot and cold pressure water
  • Fuel and water tank monitoring system
Additional Equipment


  • Village Marine Watermaker
  • Tank Tender Water & Fuel Tanks
  • Ground Plate SSB
  • Lighted Windex
  • Foredeck Lights
  • (7)Cabin Circulation Fans
  • Diesel heater w/3 Zone Space Heater & Water heater
  • Spare Rod Backstay
  • Composite Backstay


Deck Hardware
  • Winches:
  • (2) Harken Primary, Powered 560
  • 3-speed self tailing
  • (2) Harken Secondary, 48 2-speed self tailing
  • (2) Harken Mainsheet, 48 2-speed self tailing
  • (4) Harken Cabin-top, 42 Speed 
  • Harken Main Sheet Traveler
  • Harken Deck Leads
  • Lewmar Spinlock Stoppers
  • All Reef Lines Lead to Cockpit
  • Harken Roller Furler
  • SS Rod Standing Rigging
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker Gear w/retractable deck mounts
  • (1) Custom Asymmetrical/Symmetrical C.F. Spinnaker Pole
  • (1) Carbon Fiber Symmetrical Spinnaker Pole
  • Reaching Strut
  • Navtec 3-function Hydraulic System (backstay,vang,outhaul)
  • Removable Inner Forestay
  • Dutchman Mainsail Flaking System
  • Quick Release Vang Button @ Helm
  • Tuff Luff Jib Foil
  • Mast Slides
  • (2)Mast Steps
  • Lewmar LP1500 Electric Windlass (storage)
  • Custom Bow Roller (storage)
  • Bruce 20KG Anchor w/chain & rode
  • Canvas Covers Helm,Winches
  • Bimini (retractable)
  • Dodger
  • Deck Shower, Hot & Cold In Cockpit
  • Mesh Stow Line Bags
  • 8 Self-draining Deck Drink Holders (4 more than usual)
  • (2) Cockpit Opening Ports
  • (1) Aft Cabin Hull Opening Port
  • Fresh Water Hose Bib
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 Contact Information

Contact Norman Davant

cell (510) 685-7453