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The Ultimate Pocket Cruiser

For Sale $74,900 – St. Augustine, FL


s/v Empty Pocket

Custom Hunter 255

Cruising is the freedom to explore remote islands or have waterfront property in every city. Empty Pocket is fully outfitted and ready for world cruising. Untie the lines—live your sailing dreams today.

Make: Hunter
Model: 255
Year: 1984
LOA: 26′
Beam: 9′ 3″
Draft: 4′
Mast Height: 34′ from water
Tonnage: 5500 lbs
Cruising speed – sail: 6 knts
Motoring speed: 6.5 knts


Interior is primarily teak, mahogany, and other assorted hardwoods

Galley –

Seaward Princess Twin-burner propane stove

Panasonic 800W Microwave

Keurig coffee machine

Dometic ice machine

12V Blender

Magma stainless nesting pots/pans


Awl-Grip 2000 finish with custom sprayed non-skid surfaces

Rear rail seats

Structural T-Bar toe-rail protects hull and provides rigging/utility options

Aluminum swim-deck with dive ladder and incorporated rudder assembly

Encapsulated keel with stainless steel “grounding” shoe

Wichard/Windline anchor points, eyes, and other deck hardware

Canvas and rail-storage solutions throughout deck areas

Magma infra-red polished grill


Honda BF 15 with electric start and hydraulic trim (2012)

PowerThruster installed at propeller

Garelick HD engine mount and hoist

Custom extending /foldaway tiller with comfort handle and rudder-lock arm

High-performance rudder with breakaway base (for accidental grounding)

Fuel Tank – 12 Gallon Popropylene with sender/gauge (gasoline)

Fuel filter/separator

Blitz “vent-style” jerry cans for deck (rare and hard to get)

Nav & Coms

Icom 706MKIIG HAM/MARINE transceiver

Icom AT140 antenna tuner with noise suppression filter

Sta-Lok Insulated backstay

Pactor P4 Dragon DR-7800 Bluetooth HF radio modem for ship email and GRIB

Icom 506 VHF with Command Mic

Icom AIS receiver

Wirie WiFi and 3G data/phone modem


Blue Seas 12V/120V distribution panels, circuit breakers and switching

12V 400AH Battery Bank –

300AH “House” battery – Northstar BLUE 100 AGM (x3)

100AH “Engine/Reserve” battery – Northstar 105 AGM (x1)

Solar Stik (the original one!) –

Twin 55W Shell solar panels (mono)

Air-X Silent 400W wind generator

Blue Sky Energy 3024iL Duo MPPT control with Pro-Remote display

Air-X amp-meter


INFLATABLE TENDER (a.k.a. “Pocket Lint”)
Zodiac Fastroller Cadet 325 with inflatable floor/keel (11’ length, 80 lbs.)

Honda 5HP 4-stroke (2012)

PowerThruster installed at propeller

Lifting harness for easy on/off storage on rear rail

Honda 3 Gal. fuel tank with custom white vinyl cover

Custom white vinyl V-Bag which includes:

Mantus anchor, 20’ SS chain. 50’ 3/8”rode

Manual and electric pumps

Rigid seat with custom storage pockets and compartments

The Story

What began as a salvage job on a 1984 Hunter 255 in 1996 turned into a passion for creating the ultimate “Pocket Cruiser”. The venerable Empty Pocket is a sailboat that is well known throughout the cruising community for her intrepid voyages as well as her groundbreaking design.

Empty Pocket has been continually refined for nearly 20 years, using two reference points:
1.) The experiences of full-time cruising
2.) The goal of being as self-sufficient as technology and design will allow

She is built to be as “Maintenance-Free” as is possible while underway, but also provide the comforts and amenities normally found on +45’ yachts. Empty Pocket is a much easier boat to handle, maintain, and cruise, at a fraction of the cost of a similarly-equipped larger vessel.