1980 Custom Bill Garden Design Trawler

$ 550,000 CAD

1980 Custom William Garden Design Trawler

Sayonara was William Garden's response to a request for a heavy, deep draft vessel patterned after the West Coast commercial halibut schooners for a Mr. William Trenholm.  Mr. Trenholm was well known in Victoria, British Columbia’s yachting and fishing community.  He previously had built 2 Garden designed boats.  After 23,000 hours of labour by Mr. Trenholm and his crew, Sayonara was built.  As the two black and white photos, taken by William Garden during her construction illustrate, Sayonara is a massively built vessel using sister keelson construction with oak ribs and fir planking.  The planking is with 1-3/4" fir on 2”x4” white oak frames spaced at 10” centers.

Approximately ten tons of gumwood are used in the Sayonara, including the stem, sternpost, keel shoe, ring timbers, engine beds and cap rails.

She is ballasted with lead ballast bars in lieu of the standard concrete.

Sayonara is powered with a Gardner 8L3 diesel engine driving a 3:1 reduction gear to a 3 ¼” stainless steel shaft to a 4 blade 54/44 RH bronze propeller providing the best of reliable power while being extremely economical at 4.5 gallons per hour at a cruise speed of just under 9 knots.

She was designed and built with an expedient type of cruising in mind and has cruised every year to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, including a voyage to Alaska.

Sayonara has been housed in a boathouse since the day she was launched.  She resides in that same boathouse today. 

The present owner has undertaken extensive interior refinishing over the last few years.  This work has included new holly and teak cabin soles in the wheelhouse, galley, salon, aft cabin and aft head.

Wheelhouse counter tops were replaced with natural Quartz stone.  The old electronics were removed and replaced with new Garmin radar, GPSMAP, AIS, and VHF.  The original Wagner Auto Pilot was retained. All existing wiring in the wheelhouse was redone and redirected to be hidden behind custom teak covers.

Sayonara has a 3 station hydraulic steering system, which include wheelhouse, bridge deck and aft deck.  This commercial hydraulic system was rebuilt this summer 2023.

Her diesel heating furnace, used to preheat the engine and the fore and aft cabins, is new.

The galley has custom stainless steel refrigeration with a second freezer aft of the main salon. She has a commercial Dickinson diesel range that, along with the engine, heats a substantial hot water tank.  The galley countertops have been replaced with natural Quartz stone and a new galley sink and faucet, with indirect LED lighting, were installed.

Main salon and settee were rebuilt and reupholstered.  The main table was replaced so it could be permanently mounted with a lift mechanism to allow coffee table and dinning table configuration. 

The aft cabin provides two queen berths with the new starboard berth configured to provide a lounging area as well.  The aft head was gutted and expanded, to provide a new electric head, washing machine, and laundry hamper.  The aft head provides a full size shower, indirect LED lighting and natural Quartz stone countertops.

Sayonara has a commercial Harrison and Robbins hydraulic anchor winch with 110’ of 5/8 chain and 600’ of 1” nylon rode and utilizes 350lb Forfjord anchor.

Port and starboard gates were recently installed with custom made bronze hinges and latches.  A boarding step and a custom landing platform were recently built to provide easy access to her aluminum hull Ocean Air RIB.  The dinghy is launched by a hydraulic winch and boom system.

The renovated interior work listed above is new and has not been used.  The vessel is for sale due to a recent change in the owner’s plans. Due to this change in the owner’s plans, the forward cabin and forward head, which were scheduled for renovation this winter, are in their original condition and configuration. The owner, an architect, will be available to assist in this future project if the potential new owner wishes.

Viewing by appointment. Please contact our office to schedule your personal tour of this amazing trawler.  



  • New teak and holly floors.
  • New Quartz countertops.
  • New Garmin GPSMAP 1242xsv  multifunction display chart plotter/radar
  • New GMR Fantom 6 open array radar antenna
  • New ICOM M605 VHF
  • New Garmin AIS 800
  • New RGX8 COAX for VHF and AIS
  • New MORAD 162 Mhz dedicated AIS VHF Marine Antenna New Raymarine depthsounder. Wagner Mark 4 autopilot



  • New teak and holly floors.
  • New stainless steel galley sink and faucet.
  • New galley cabinet doors.
  • New Quartz stone countertops. Dickenson diesel stove Fridge is custom stainless steel with teak door. Custom freezer in aft passageway.


  • New upholstery in salon.
  • New dining table with a new custom lift mechanism.
  • New teak and holly floors.


Aft Cabin:

  • New organic custom shaped queen mattress with new Hypervent mattress underlayment.
  • New Headboard upholstery.
  • New teak and holly floors.
  • New heaters


Aft Head:

  • Complete reno of aft head with new sink, toilet and shower.
  • New Huebsch washing machine in aft head.
  • New teak and holly floors.
  • New Quartz stone countertops. New electric head, never used 12 volt macerator 42 gallon black water tank, never used.


Engine Room:

  • Engine – Gardner 8-L3 Fuel Type, Tank - 2 painted steel tanks totaling 2200 gallons – tanks are full.
  • Gear Type -Twin Disc 514 with Omega drive system gear ratio 2.92:1
  • Engine Control  - Hynautic system
  • Steering gear - Wagner T-10 hydraulic
  • Generator – Kohler diesel, rebuilt 200 hours ago
  • New 2022 Webasto DBW2010 24v furnace
  • New Rule 2000 Bilge pump and float switch
  • Fire Suppression – Halon System


  • Charging system - 80 amp engine alternator


  • AC system: 120 volt
  • DC system: 12, 24 and 32 volt
  • Batteries – 8 – 4 volt lead acid, 2 - 6 volt genset starter batteries
  • Bilge pumps – 4 with check valves and float switches
  • High water alarm
  • Fresh water tanks – 675 gallons, SS


  • Refinished upper deck.
  • Rebuilt the steering ram 2023.
  • Custom cast Bronze rail gates.
  • Stabilizers - Para vane system. Welded alloy tubing;
  • Anchor 350 LB Forjford. Rode - 110’ 5/8” chain and 600’ 1” nylon rode on a Harrison & Robbins hydraulic winch.
  • Propeller 4 blade bronze 54 /44 RH
  • Fire extinguishers – 4 – 10lb ABC, 2 – 3lb ABC
  • Built in vacuum system
  • Life saving Equipment:
  • Life ring with light
  • Epirb


Contact our office today for details on how to buy this yacht or to schedule your viewing.

We help coordinate everything during the purchase, including your pre-purchase survey, mechanical inspection and sea trial through to insurance or even financing.

LOA 59.42 ft
Beam 16 ft
Maximum Draft 8.5 ft
Displacement 170,000 lb
Hull Wood
Heads 2
Double Berths 1
Cabins 3
Fuel 2200 gallon
Water 675 gallon
Holding 42 gallon
Engines: 1
Engine Total Power: 152 hp
Engine 1
Engine Brand Gardner
Engine Model 8L3
Engine Type Inboard
Engine Fuel Type diesel
Location Center
Drive Type Direct
Engine Power 152 horsepower

Specifications and Equipment



8L3 Gardner, 152 HP @900 RPM

Twin Disc transmission with Omega control, 2.92/1 reduction with PTO propeller 54" X 44" 4-blade 3" SS shaft

Full set of Whitworth spanners for Gardner engine

Finally, her wonderful Gardner diesel engine provides reliable power for a one hour cruise or all day long. She is silky smooth, trouble free and extremely economical (4.75 gallons per hour or 18 litres per hour at a cruise speed of 8.6 knots!)

Fuel System

2 tanks in engine room

Quick change filters

Fuel transfer pump




Bench seat with perspex wind screen

Manual & pilot controls

Full engine controls


Engine controls


Hynautic 3-station


Anchor system

Harrison & Robbins hydraulic winch drum on deck

2,000lbs pull at full drum

350 lb Forfjord anchor

110' 5/8" chain

600' 1" nylon rode



Manual steering

Wagner Mark 4 pilot 4-station

2 - VHF radios

Stereo, Sirius

Electrical panel

Engine gauges


Alarm system

Heat sensors in engine room

Bilge water level sensors in bilge areas

Monitors engine oil, coolant, temperature


Fire suppression

Halon system in engine room, automatic & manual



Wagner T-10 ram, hydraulic

Belt driven pump on engine powers system




Dickinson oil stove (heats main deck level plus domestic hot water)

Refrigerator 8cu ft with 4cu ft freezer under

Ample drawer and cupboard storage

Range hood with exhaust fan over stove




Horseshoe settee with large teak table seats 6 or 8 in a pinch

Dish storage

Glass cabinets securely housing cocktail glasses and dishes

Storage in cupboards and within seats




4 berths

Escape/ventilation hatch


Middle cabin


2 berths

2 piece head with comfort fan

Drawers and cupboards


Aft cabin


Two queen size berths with drawers under vanity with drawers and mirror cupboards and hanging locker

Skylight above

Storage under berth

3-piece heads with comfort fan




Kohler 12.5 kw light plant

32, 24, 12 DC systems and 110 AC system (principal system is 32v)

lighting - DC bulbs switched locally

LED lighting throughout switched by remotes

Outback inverter/charger 2400 watts AC output 45 amps DC charge @32v

Constavolt 30 amp 32v charger

La Marche 25amp 32v charger

Batteries - 650 amp hour mining-type (8 4-volt batteries in series)

32V 80amp Dickinson alternator engine belt driven

Wiring enclosure above fridge




Compressor provides air to a receiver at 110lbs for whistle and maintenance      


Domestic water 


Water is in two tanks, one forward, the other in the lazarette

Pressure is provided by a Paragon pump delivering through a filter into 3 Filtrol pressure vessels

Pump is set to 20lbs start & 45lbs stop




Galley - as described above - 32 volt

Aft companionway - 16 cu ft freezer - 32 volt

32V open compressors fridge & freezer in engine room




3-trumpet Air Chime




Under water paravane type (like typical fish boat)




12' RIB tender with 20 hp Yamaha outboard

Boom with hydraulic winch for launch/retrieval                            


Deck gear


Vessel is fully equipped with fenders and lines


Safety Equipment


Vessel has all Canada Coast Guard prescribed safety gear


Vacuum system


Built in vacuum, 2 outlets forward & aft




Ducane BBQ on trunk cabin aft


LOA                                    59'        

Beam                                 16'        

Draft (loaded)                 8'6"      

Displacement (loaded)  170,000lbs        

Fuel                                    9,000 litres (2,380 US gallons)   

Fresh water                      600 imp gallons

Photo album


A comprehensive photo album is available detailing construction from commencement to completion