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1978 Kaiser Gale Force Cutter

US$ 99,900*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 443-223-7864 Cell anytime
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Turn Key World Cruiser!

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Oak Harbor, WA
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 99,900 

The yacht "Mirage" was listed today (5/31/2021). She is a solid, hand laid fiberglass constructed world cruising yacht, built by Kaiser Yachts in Wilmington Delaware.

As my father would say, "She's a powerful ocean cruising cutter, Kaiser designed and built the way good boats ought to be, without compromise of design, standards or price".

Now for sale by her original owners, they have loved their Kaiser Gale Force over the years and have had an amazing sailing life, travelling all over this beautiful world, enjoying their passages to the fullest!

I will be attaching their notes about their travels and their love and enjoyment of this classic yacht, which they have just prepped for the next owners that are ready to take the helm to destinations unknown! Here is their story and many details of their yacht "Mirage".


People go to sea for many different reasons.  For us, it was always about the adventure, meeting new people, traveling to fascinating places, inhaling nature’s beauty, and, testing ourselves under difficult conditions. 

We had “cut our teeth” on a 29 foot Erickson for a couple of years.  I remember us taking it 100 miles off shore from Los

Angeles to San Nicolas Island, the only vessel  there.  Looking West, we swore to ourselves that one day we would go there. 

The following year we went to the Newport Cruiser Film Festival where we saw some awesome films and met the Hiscocks, Pardees, Roths, and Griffiths.  We were Hooked! 

Our search for a cruising boat started out in 1978, and ended with the Kaiser Gale Force,  John and Claire Kaiser were one of a kind, inviting us to their home where we met John Kaiser Jr, their son, age 10, and, now our broker for this boat! 

The boat exceeded our expectations, cost as much as a house, and was the best investment we ever made in a long life.  The name MIRAGE came to me as I grew up in the Nevada desert and loved the water.  Our 42 year adventure was about to begin in earnest. 

Our focus on equipping MIRAGE was to make us self sufficient for long periods of time.  We have 105 gallons of diesel  in 3 tanks which will power the boat over 200 hours.  Three propane tanks, enough for 4 months of cooking.  90 gallons of fresh water, 660 AMP hours of battery power, and space for food and stores for many months.


     --  2 chart plotters

     --  AIS

     --  RADAR

     --  Wind generator

     --  4 solar panels

     --  Monitor wind vane

     --  Auto pilot

     --  4CYL 37HP engine

     --  ½ HP Grunert refrigeration with 0 degree plate

     --  6  GAL water heater

     --  Dickinson stove

     --  Dickinson heater

     --  Lewmar winches

     --  Profurl wih new 130% genoa

     --  Triple reefed main with Jiffy reefing

     --  Binimi

     --  New bottom paint


We are including an itinerary of some of the places MIRAGE has been in its’ 42 years.  Also included are some highlights and wonderful remembrances.



     --  Mountains of ice and snow, Glacier Bay, Alaska

     --  15,000 foot Mt Fairwater on approach to Cape Spencer, Alaska

     --  Anchored in front of 7 mile wide Columbia Glacier, Alaska

     --  Unimaginable sunsets Rose Harbor, Queen Charlottee Islands, Canada

     --  Cloud formations at sea not seen on land

     --  Sunrise Sea of Cortez, Mexico

     --  Lightening storm, Gulf of Panama

     --  View from the top of the volcano on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

     --  4,000 foot spires, Hiva Oa Island,  Marquesas,  most beautiful

     --  Sighting rare silver rainbow in South Pacific

     --  Snorkeling the passes in the Tuamotus 

     --  Papeete, Tahiti, South Pacific island dancing contest

     --  Nuie Island underground caves in Western Pacific

     --  Suba diving in Northern Tonga, unlimited visability with huge and colorful reefs

     --   Sunrise Bay of Islands, New Zealand

     --  Surviving a cyclone and 40 foot waves in the Pacific

     --  Coming into the Aleutian Islands at dawn, Alaska

     --  Soaking in hot springs, Inside Passage, Canada



      --  Cockpit floor rises to the level of the lazarettes creating a great sunning platform or sleeping area on warm nights.  

           It can also be raised to form a table which we have used numerous times for entertaining and dinners.

      --  An additional fuel tank giving us 90 gallon capacity for diesel.

      --  18 gallon tank under the navigator’s bench, giving us additional fuel which can be pumped to the Dickinson heater or the main diesel tanks.       


     --  Workbench up in v-berth which allows minor jobs to be accomplished in addition to providing lots of storage for misc. and smaller parts. 

     --  Navigator’s seat converted to divided storage for small items (pens, dividers, keys, etc.).

      --  Rack for 2 scuba tanks under starboard settee.

      --  Cockpit hot/cold water shower in addition to the shower in the head.



After visiting all of the Channel Islands off of California, we began to search for a proper boat to fulfill our dreams of one day exploring distant horizons. 

After 42 years of owning our Gale Force 34, Mirage, we feel she is a capable cruising boat designed to move and not sit still.  We will never be quite the same again… was the best and biggest event of our lives. 

Our first modest voyages took us to British Columbia, Canada, and the Queen Charlotte Islands, circling Vancouver Island, Canada, and visiting Glacier Bay, Alaska. 

We changed out our kerosene stove for propane, added a life raft, reinforced the rigging putting in insulators for our ham radio.  We laid in 315 feet of high tensile chain.  Among other numerous upgrades before leaving home were Aries wind vane, solar panels, cruising spinnaker, new heater, stronger windlass, ham radio, and various safety gear. 

From Seattle, we made Mexico, and all of its’ delights.  Landfall in the Marquesas Islands was a magical moment after a long sea passage.  We delighted in the ethereal turquoise of the lagoons in the Tuamotu Islands.  We took time to enjoy the Society Islands, Niue Island, Tonga, and New Zealand where we laid Mirage on a grid to paint her bottom.  More upgrades, new Profurl furling system among them. 

We suffered a cyclone midway between New Zealand and Hawaii.  Mirage proved her worth again, being able to handle the worst conditions. 

Going north from Hawaii, we visited Kodiak Island, Alaska, the Columbia Glacier, and Prince William Sound before heading home exploring the Inside Passage of Canada. 

After replenishing the kitty, more changes and upgrades were made based on the knowledge that our previous experiences had taught us.  All waterlines replaced with hot/cold pressure water added.  New 12 volt refrigerator, NEW ENGINE, wind generator, lots of batteries with monitoring system for batteries, solar, and wind.  All new sails.  Conversion of our 18 gallon kerosene tank to diesel  adding pumps to pump diesel  to or from the main diesel tanks as well as servicing our diesel  heater. 

We were ready at last!  We went farther into Mexico, touched on Costa Rica, ventured into Panama and the Canal.  Galapagos was our next landfall with all of it’s unique and rare sights.  After  6 weeks there , the allure of the South Pacific was beckoning.  We again, made the magical circuit of the many islands and once more found ourselves in New Zealand.  This time, necessity caused us to leave Mirage on the hard in Whangarei, New Zealand. 

After 12 years, we shipped Mirage home, to Washington, and fitted her out again for additional adventures. 

The North called us again, doing the West side of Vancouver Island, Canada and voyaging up to Alaska.  We made landfall in Ketchikan, Alaska and circled Revillagigedo Island exploring Misty Fiords.  Heading home, we took the challenge and ran the Nakwakto Rapids in Canada which can flow up to 16 knots.  The isolated inlets were awesome and well worth the excitement of the rapids….Mirage is home now, awaiting additional challenges  and fulfilling adventures.    


     --  Mountains of ice and snow, Glacier Bay, Alaska

     --  15,000 foot Mt Fairwater on approach to Cape Spencer, Alaska

     --  Anchored in front of 7 mile wide Columbia Glacier, Alaska

     --  Unimaginable sunsets Rose Harbor, Queen Charlottee Islands, Canada

     --  Cloud formations at sea not seen on land

     --  Sunrise Sea of Cortez, Mexico

     --  Lightening storm, Gulf of Panama

     --  View from the top of the volcano on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

     --  4,000 foot spires, Hiva Oa Island,  Marquesas,  most beautiful

     --  Sighting rare silver rainbow in South Pacific

     --  Snorkeling the passes in the Tuamotus 

     --  Papeete, Tahiti, South Pacific island dancing contest

     --  Nuie Island underground caves in Western Pacific

     --  Suba diving in Northern Tonga, unlimited visability with huge and colorful reefs

     --   Sunrise Bay of Islands, New Zealand

     --  Surviving a cyclone and 40 foot waves in the Pacific

     --  Coming into the Aleutian Islands at dawn, Alaska

     --  Soaking in hot springs, Inside Passage, Canada

     --  Running the notorious Nakwakto Rapids in Canada which can run up to 16 knots.

MIRAGE HISTORY 1978-2021: 

1978  -  Travel to Wilmington Delaware and order Mirage. 

1979  -  Mirage being built and shipped to Redondo Beach, California

           -      Mirage moved to Ventura Marina, California

           -       Multiple trips to the Channel  Islands  (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Catalina, Santa        

                   Barbara, San Clemente, San Nicolas, San Miguel) 

1981  -  Mirage shipped to Seattle eventually moored at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island, WA

-           Many short trips (Blake Island, Desolation Sound, San Juans, Barkley Sound, Canadian

           Gulf Islands)

1983  -  7 week cruise to Canadian Queen Charlotte Islands and first time in the Inside Passage           

1984  -  Voyage to Glacier Bay, Alaska via the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, Queen Charlotte  Islands,  and the Inside Passage.

 1985-1987  -  Many short trips and preparation for 2 year circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean

 1987-1989  -  Voyage from Seattle , Washington calling at:

                          San Francisco,  Sacramento’s Delta,  San Diego, 

                          Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,  La Paz,  Revillagigedo Islands

                          Marquesas Islands,  Tuamotu Islands,  Society Islands (Tahiti etc.),  Niue Island, Tongan    


                          New Zealand

                          Cook Islands,  Hawaii

                          Kodiak Island, Alaska,  Kenai Peninsula,  Prince William Sound,  Columbia Glacier, Valdez,

                          Gulf of Alaska,  Juneau, Alaska, and the Inside Passage back to Bainbride Island, WA

1990  -  Back to work and preparation for second voyage to New Zealand with many short cruises to test out equipment.                                                        

 1997  -  Mirage southbound to San Francisco and San Diego

 1998-2001  -  Voyage to New Zealand calling at:

                         Cabo San Lucas,  Mazatlan,  Loreto,  San Carlos,  Manzanillo,  Puerto Vallarta, 

                          Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Acapulco

                          Costa Rica,  Panama (canal) and it’sPearl Islands,  Galapagos

                          Marquesas Islands,  Tuamotu Islands,  Society Islands,   Niue Island,  Tongan Islands

                          New Zealand

2002-2013  -  Mirage on the hard at Whangarei, New Zealand  -  Mirage shipped to Tacoma, WA and

                          Moved to Bellingham, WA


2014-2015  -  major  refit and extensive maintenance


2016-2020  -  numerous short cruises to San Juan Islands, West Coast of Vancouver, Canada

                         Voyage to Misty Fiords, Alaska

 2021  -  Preparation for sale of Mirage


       -  Cruising spinnaker

      -  Profurl roller furling

      -  Recut genoa for roller furling

      -  Furuno radar

      -  ARIES wind vane

      -  ICOM ham radio

      -  Avon 10ft inflatable

      -  Mercury 8 horse outboard

      -  2 solar panels mounted on Dodger

      -  4 six volt batteries + 12 volt for Ham radio

      -   AVON 4 man life raft

      -  Stainless rails on cockpit sides to optionally mount solar panels

      -   Anchors CQR 45 plow, 22H Danforth

      -  Upgrade standing rigging

      -   Dyer sailing dinghy



 1997  -  New Westerbeke/Mitsubishi  engine  4 CYL/37 HP ��                                                     $10,000

               Fairwinds Wind Generator                                                                                                     3,000

               Grunert ½ HP 12 volt Refrigeration                                                                                      5,000

               Battery box upgrade                                                                                                                3,000

               6 six volt batteries  for a total of 660 AMP hours                                                               2,000

               PUR 35 water maker                                                                                                                2,000

               Stainless arch with 2 more solar panels                                                                               2,000

               Schattauer triple reef main and lazy jack system                                                             10,000                

               Schattauer genoa for roller furling                                                                                        3,000

               Shipmate propane stove                                                                                                         2,000

               All new water lines                                                                                                                      500                                                                                                        

               Pressure water system with hot/cold water                                                                       1,000

               EPIRB                                                                                                                                              500

               Dodger, Jack lines                                                                                                                     2,000

               315 feet 5/16” high tensil chain                                                                                             1,000

               CQR 35 plow anchor, Danforth 35H anchor                                                                            500

               Multiple lines including 2  300 ft ¾ “                                                                                     1,500

1998  -  Monitor wind vane                                                                                                                    3,000



2013  -  Mirage shipped from Whangarei, New Zealand to Tacoma, WA then trucked to Bellingham, WA


2014  -  Mast repainted with all new wiring, tri-light, VHF antenna, anemometer               $5,000

           -  Fuel tanks cleaned and inspected                                                                                      1,000

           -  All new bronze thru hulls                                                                                                     4,000

           -  New life lines and stainless welding                                                                                  1,000


2015  -   New speed, wind, depth, and apparent wind gauges                                                   2,000

           -   New Standard Horizon VHF radio with AIS                                                                         500

           -   New weather cloths and canvas repairs                                                                             500


2016  -   New blocks                                                                                                                            1,000

           -  Simrad auto pilot                                                                                                                   1,000

           -  Remove all cabin battens and replace insulation       

           -  New waterlines

           -  Pressure water (hot/cold – 6 gal tank)                                                                               2,000

           -  New wiring                                                                                                                                 500

           -  Stereo, speakers                                                                                                                        500

           -  Pumps, fuel switch, fuel  transfer, sureflo fresh water, salt water, bildge, manual   1,000

           -  Dickinson diesel heater                                                                                                         2,000

           -  Dickinson 3 burner propane stove with oven                                                                    3,000

           -  Engine upgrade – starter motor, heat exchanger, new wiring harnesses, gauges      2,000


2017  -  4 new Lewmar winches                                                                                                          2,000

           -  New Profurl rolling furler                                                                                                       4,000

           -  6 new six volt 220AMP HR Lifeline AGM batteries  (2016 & 2018)                                 2,000


2018  -  Chart plotters (B &G Vulcan with foreward scan capability, B&G Zeus)                      3,000

           -  Vesper Marine XB 600 AIS with antenna splitter                                                              1,000

           -  Simrad 3G radar, platform, and console                                                                             3,000

           -  Misc dorades, poles, distress, EPIRBs                                                                                  1,000

2020  -  New Schattauer 130% genoa                                                                                                6,000          


               TOTAL                                                                                                                                    104,000

                                                                MIRAGE CONVEYANCE LIST:



SAILS  -  Triple reef main, single reef staysail, new 130% genoa, storm jib, cruising spinnaker

LINES  -  Jib lines, roller furling, down haul, topping lift, staysail, main, jiffy reefing

DOCK LINES  -  4  18,000 lb test ¾” nylon


DOCK POWER CORD  -  50 ft Marinco dock power cord 30AMP

BOAT COVER  -  3 piece sunbrella custom made

COCKPIT DODGER  -  Sunbrella with roll up opening front window and covers for all windows

WEATHER CLOTHS  -  4 pieces sunbrella

SOLAR PANELS  -  Two ARCO M55 panels and two SEIMENS SP75

WIND GENERATOR  -  FourWinds Caribbean II 2 blade 20AMP output





FENDERS  -  4 Cylinder, 2 balls

ANCHORS   -  45lb CQR, 35H Danforth, 22lb Danforth 

CHAIN  -  315 feet high tensile 5/16 inch, 50 feet  high tensile 5/16 inch

PROPANE TANKS  -  2 primary, 1 spare



SAFETY GEAR  -  floating EPIRB 10 year battery  registered

                          -  2 hydrostatic inflatable PFDs, with re-arm kits

                          -  2 safety harnesses

                          -  25,000lb test stainless U bolt for harnesses installed in cockpit

                          -  bosun’s chair

                          -  jack lines for port/starboard safety access

                          -  2 fire extinguishers

                          -  overboard horse shoe and strobe light

                          -  life sling

                          -  rubber snubber setup for main    

                          - 2 float coats

                          -  2 sets foul weather gear

                          -  2 survival suits

                          -  LEXAN entry drop board for wet weather viewing of electronics


ELECTRONICS  -  Standard Horizon VHF with AIS    

                           - Standard Horizon submersible HX280S hand held VHF with charger

                           -  Vesper SF600 AIS

                           -  B&G  Vulcan 7FS chart plotter with built in forward scan sonar and interface to tablet or PC

                           -  B&G Zues2 9 inch chart plotter with radar interface

                           -  Alpine radio/CD receiver with blue tooth capability

                           -  4 stereo speakers,  2 inside and 2 outside


CORE SAMPLES from Mirage construction


DINGHY  -  9 foot Achilles

DINGHY  -  Dyer sailing dinghy with mast, sail, lines, rudder, and oars

DINGHY   -  Honda 5 HP engine (50 HRS)

LINE         -  300 foot 18,000 test nylon ¾”

CHARTS   - software for B&G

CHARTS  -  numerous paper charts

CHARTS  -  cruising guides

SCAFFOLDING  -  for any maintenance in boat yard


For immediate email contact: or text me @ 443-223-7864 cell for service and showing instructions on any of my listings *** "To make an offer on any of my beautiful listings, please call me to have an electronic Yacht Purchase and Sale Agreement emailed to you immediately" My customers & clients will tell you I am direct, honest and fair. I love to sell previously owned yachts that are very well maintained and priced fairly. I look forward to working with you! Please email your questions directly to me for a quick response. All questions answered asap!

*** Yacht View Brokerage LLC announces our new 7% direct sale, 8% complimentary Annapolis dockage and 10% co-Brokerage listing commission incentive.

We will successfully market your yacht from her current East Coast location or arrange delivery to our secure dockage on the Severn River for yachts from 30’-80’ (Power/Sail ). Located 20 minutes from BWI airport, our listings are easily inspected and demonstrated to prospective buyers. Targeted print advertising & MLS internet exposure with wide angle/high resolution photos and video. 30 yrs proven customer service!

Call/text USCG 100 ton Master Capt. John Kaiser, Jr. @ 443-223-7864.

Email yacht details to:.

All email offers encouraged with follow up signed yacht purchase and sale agreement and 10% deposit to be held in Escrow. Yacht View is a 50/50 corresponding brokerage.

Please contact John Kaiser for her history details and to arrange your personal inspection.

Thank you for considering my professional Brokerage service. I work equally helping you either sell or purchase your yacht. We go the extra distance for you!


If you would like to be pre-qualified for marine financing, please contact each of the following Marine finance representatives for a competitive quote. All lenders are locally based in the Annapolis area and offer slightly different programs and rates based on your specific needs and credit history. Remember, many boats qualify as second home mortgage deductions and many times you may incorporate your state's "Use Tax" into the loan! 

I would highly recommend the following lenders: Laurie Kiser @ 443-223-8425, Dave Trostle @ 410.268.1545, Jane Tayman @ (888) 386-3121 (These professionals will pre-qualify your financing needs to prepare your budget for your yacht purchase. Be certain to let them know I referred you!) 

For your Marine Insurance I would highly recommend Hub International/Henry Murray, Call Greg Clem @ 410-349-5086.

Feel free to interview these local Marine Surveyors I have worked with for many years: Todd Taylor Marine Surveyor, 410-725-1641 , 301-807-7593, Tarn Kelsey, Kelsey Marine Survey, 410-353-3822, Jim McGlincy of Bay Shore Marine Surveys @ 410-808-3849. Also contact for a complete list of SAMS or for NAMS surveyors nationwide. Always interview your surveyor and ask them for sample reports!

Local Yacht Detailing and management: Williams Yacht Management Company @ Email: 410-268-1634

Local Mobile Interior and Cushion Cleaning: Annapolis ChemDry, "Josh" @ 410-255-8200. 

Local Marine Service on Systems, electronic and general repair: Steve Catz @ 410-231-3191 or his web site @ or Patrick at Marine Electric Systems @ 443-790-5783 or

Local Marina: Smiths Marina, Crownsville, MD. 35T travel lift, excellent service including fiberglass repair, bottom service and land/water storage. Contact Rick or Valerie Smith, 410-923-3444.

Local Marine Mechanics, both gas and diesel: Ken Navis/Severn River Marine Services @ 410-923-1373, Jeff Leitch/Bay Shore Marine Engine Service/ @ 410-263-8370

And remember....."Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So...throw off your bowlines...Sail away from the safe harbor...Catch the trade winds in your sails.....Explore! Dream! Discover!" (Mark Twain)

Yacht View Brokerage LLC is always interested in very well maintained yachts to list, market & sell. Call or text John Kaiser for a detailed current market appraisal of your yachts market value @ 443-223-7864 anytime!

Please contact John Kaiser at 4432237864

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