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1979 Choate Sloop

San Pedro, United States


Hurrah is a familiar boat in the Southern California racing community. She is race ready with a very competitive sail inventory (over 30K spent in the last 4 years), including new rod rigging, non skid, electronics custom swim ladder, folding dinette table and more.. Hurrah has a competitive SoCal PHRF rating of 81/84/81. The Choate 40 was one of the most iconic racing yachts of the IOR era, and she is ready to race or cruise tomorrow.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Hurrah
Make: Choate
Model: Sloop
Year: 1979
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: CFJ040089079
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 40 ft
Length Overall: 40 ft
Waterline Length: 32'7 ft
Beam: 12'6 ft
Max Draft: 7'7 ft
Dry Weight: 16,000 lb
Ballast: 6,000 lb


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Aluminum
Water Tanks: 4
Water Tank Capacity: 20 gal
Water Tank Material: Plastic
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Racers, Sloop


Eric Gustafson
For more information or an appointment to see this fine vessel please contact Eric Gustafson at 562-716-0447 or e-mail at
The Shoreline Yacht Group


The Shoreline Yacht Group
Cabrillo Marina 210 Whaler's Walk, Suite 123
San Pedro, California, US, 90731

Electrical and electronics

(3) Marine Batteries,  Lewco Automatic Charger. Wired for 12V DC and 110V AC.

Furuno GPS,  Standard Horizon VHF,  New Bluetooth Stereo w/ Cockpit Speakers.

Benmar autopilot. Recently rebuilt. (a very powerful AP usually installed on larger yachts)

NEW Raymarine Autopilot P70. Linked to rudder angle indicator and WS/WD.

     steers to compass heading or wind direction. 

Raymarine I40 Knotmeter/Log/Sea Temp

NEW Raymarine I60 Windspeed/windpoint

Pedestal mounts for IPhone and IPad.

All new LED lighting throughout.




 (2) Double berths and (5) Single berths. Navigation station. Hurrah has an open accommodating layout that works well for sleeping crew on overnight races as well as family Catalina cruising. 

Galley has double SS sinks, a large reefer/freezer ice box, CNG Stove/Oven.

The Norcold refrigeration has not been used since covid stopped local racing a couple years ago and needed service then. The current owner used ice in the cooler and has not looked into trying to make the Norcold unit operational.

Enclosed head and sink. Holding tank has deck and overboard discharge with a 12V macerator pump.

New dinette table that folds onto salon bulkhead.




Sails and rigging


All NEW Rod Rigging by Sea Tek Rigging. (4/2018)- $10,000.

New Garhauer Boom Vang (2019)

New Garhauer Adjustable Genoa Lead System.

Navtec Hydraulic Backstay adjuster.

Harken Roller Furling.

10 Winches : (6) Lewmar 24 2spST deck winches, makes for easy, efficient pit work.

                      (2) Lewmar 55 3sp primary winches and (2) Lewmar 48 2spST secondaries.

Sails:  Ullman Dacron Main with Harken Mast Cars.

#1(155%) and #2 (140%) Ullman Carbon GPL-LS Genoas. 

(1) Kevlar #3's, Dacron #4

Newer Ullman .75 oz symmetrical spinnaker,  Newer .75 oz reaching spinnaker.

Ullman Code Zero,  Ullman Asymmetrical A2

Spinnaker Staysail / Windseeker,  Genoa Staysail.

Short hoist Dacron roller furling cruising jib (130%)

Engines and mechanical

Yanmar Diesel 3J2HE, 37hp, FWC.  New in 1997.

Entire fuel system has been serviced, cleaned and flushed including removal of fuel tank, all filters and lines. (2021)

New engine water and oil gauges.

New flares and fire extinguishers.

Martec folding prop.

Deck layout, equipment and gear

One of the best features about this Choate 40 is the deck and cockpit layout. Whether you are blowing up a dinghy on the foredeck or have 10 crew traveling from the low side to high side on a fast tack, maneuvering around Hurrah makes sailing on her a joy. The cockpit is large and spacious. It makes crew work easy and is comfortable when riding on her mooring at Catalina.

For full disclosure, this listing agent has owned Hurrah for about 13 years I have many family Catalina trips and about 500 races on her. She has been raced with 20+ crew and I have raced her singlehanded many times. However one wants to sail her, she does it beautifully.

When I decided I wanted Hurrah (her original name BTW) I owned a Choate 37 (CF) that I bought 10 years prior, had her refurbished at Baja Navel and she was the family Catalina boat and we also raced her.

After owning Choate boats for 23ish years I can say this about them. They sail like a dream. They are fast, well balanced, look beautiful on a mooring at Catalina. They are very well built, strong and sailing them in bad weather gives one confidence and a feeling of safety. They were designed and built to sail hard and cross oceans.

Deck gear includes:

Custom swim/boarding ladder. (See photos)  Also includes another mahogany swim  ladder. 

2 anchors, chain and rode. New forward deck hatch, emergency tiller.

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

Eric Gustafson

(562) 716-0447

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