Deerfoot and Sundeer History

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Greetings, SetSailors! Sarah Dashew here, Steve & Linda’s younger daughter and a fairly new member of the SetSail crew. For the past several months, I’ve been rummaging through our sail inventory, so to speak: cleaning, updating, organizing, and generally digging around.

One of the most interesting projects on my plate at the moment is compiling an owner history of our Sundeer and Deerfoot yachts. We thought it was time, after 30 years of designing and building yachts for like-minded cruising sailors, to finally start putting together a record of where these vessels have voyaged. We’ve been in touch so far with 32 of the current owners, and their yachts have an average of 55,734 nautical miles under their respective keels. Shown above is the Deerfoot 73 Wakaroa, the Sundeer 64 Raven, and the FPB 83 prototype, Wind Horse, anchored together at Malololailai, Fiji.

If you are or have been one of our owners, or have voyaged on one of these yachts, please contact me at, and fill us in on your history. Let us know if you have a dedicated web site. We’d also love to have photos of these yachts, both for our own viewing pleasure and that of the extended SetSail family.

For current owners, we have recently created an owner forum. Click here for info on how to sign up.

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Three Sundeers anchored together above.


There are many more Deerfoot and Sundeers cruising the world’s oceans. We’ll update the list for you on SetSail as information comes in.

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The photo above, by Carol Parker, is of the Sundeer 64 Raven, anchored near La Paz in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California. I have fond memories of being there with my folks on the Sundeer prototype several years ago. If any of you are into diving, this area has some of the best around, including night diving. But that’s a story for another time.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 25, 2012)

16 Responses to “Deerfoot and Sundeer History”

  1. Warren Cottis Says:

    This is a great idea Sarah

    As a long standing fan of the designs I’ve often wondered about this information.

    Will it be possible for non-owners to read the owner forum posts and simply not have the ability to make posts?

    That would be excellent.

    Warren Cottis

  2. admin Says:

    Hi Warren, unfortunately at the moment the forum is for owners only. However, we are working on creating a more integrated forum for cruisers to use and peruse!

  3. David Sutton Says:

    Hello Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing these photos and info.
    I’m looking forward to more of your posts.

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks David, I’ll be writing more and more as time allows.

  5. marcus petraska Says:

    it would be fantastic if you could includes links to any websites or sailblogs of the above owners/boats. it would be most interesting to read of their adventures

    many thanks


  6. Sarah.Dashew Says:

    Marcus, that is a great idea and something we are compiling right now..

  7. Carol Parker Says:

    Hi Marcus,

    Here’s a head start – we own Avatar, hull #1 of the FPB64 series, and previously owned Raven, a Sundeer 64. I have a lot of fun sharing my adventures and would be happy to share them with you as well. I know many other owners have blogs as well with a variety of interesting things to say and share!


  8. Tim Gardner Says:

    I sailed / circumnavigated aboard “EMMA” a Deerfoot 62, originally (I believe) named “Pegasus”. Built in South Africa and then sailed throughout the Atlantic Basin…….totally spoiled from that point on….nothing compares for comfort, speed and ease of sailing…..I think she (EMMA) is in Central America or on her way around again….this time to the West. Thanks for all you and your folks do for us that are not “out there”
    Tim Gardner

  9. Sarah.Dashew Says:

    Thanks for the history, Tim! The info is very helpful…

  10. Ged Tiller Says:

    Sarah… Enjoyed the history. Owned/Cruised on Sundeer 60 “Alpha-Tango” US East coast south to Grenada, then Bermuda, New England and more Bahamas. She was origionally named “Orion”. Have fond memories of her but have lost touch – would love to have current info on her. I am now in the Bahamas on power cat “Rhumba”, which your dad visited briefly while in Georgetown, SC – loved seeing “Wind Horse” and visiting with your folks – please give them my regards.

  11. Sarah.Dashew Says:

    Hi Ged, Thanks for the comment. I’ll work on getting that contact info for you!

  12. David Says:

    Great music! Keep it coming…

    For review go to

    I love “Where I Belong”.

  13. admin Says:

    Thank you kindly, David. 🙂

  14. Tom McDonald Says:

    Hi Sara,
    I am the original builder/owner of sundeer 60 “Orian” which apparently has been renamed “Alpha Tango”. I cruised the East Coast from the Canadian border to Florida where I regrettably had to sell her. Would love to know her history since then.

    Tom McDonald

  15. sarah dashew Says:

    Hi Tom, Nice to hear from you! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to locate a contact for the current owners of Alpha Tango. I do believe she was sold again in the last few years…I’ll continue searching for current info!
    cheers, sarah

  16. Thomas E Mcdonald Says:

    Thanks Sarah. Great thing your doing.