Wasque 32

Phippsburg, ME, United States

Wasque 32 - Wasque 32 Dockside
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Wasque 32
Used power boat for sale (SOLD)
Length overall
9.75 metres
Phippsburg, ME, United States

About this Wasque 32


Tabasco boasts the highly sought over hard top cabin design with affixed glass windshield and well maintained teak decking in her cockpit. She's the ideal petit cabin cruiser for New England. 

She rides as a traditional displacement hull with a 10-foot beam, a shore-hugging draft of less than 2 feet and a 20-mph top end speed. The self-bailing cockpit is safe and practical as her cockpit engine box can doubled as a working surface or comfortable sun lounge. 

Built by Martha’s Vineyard native David Thompson, this 32 foot classic with a cuddy-cabin was based on the lobster boat hulls of Maine designer Jarvis Newman and customized for the Vineyard waters. It was named after Wasque Point, a favorite Vineyard fishing ground. About 50 of the 32s were built since the 1960s. 


The Wasque 32 is a traditional Downeast hull with her keel running 2/3rd the length of the boat, protecting the propeller and supporting her rudder. 'Tabasco' has limited thru hull fittings, simple on board systems and shines brightly with her teak cockpit decks and blue awlgrip. 



  • Fresh water: 20 gal. 
  • Fuel: 100 gal. 


The boat is powered by a MerCruiser 350MPI Horizon gas inboard engine which was installed as part of her 2005/2006 refit at Casco Bay Boatworks in Phippsburg, Maine. 


Ascending via her removable swim ladder on the starboard side, one enters Tabasco's cockpit over her washboards and tapered toe-rails. The deck is finished teak over 3/4 mahogany no-void plywood. The gunnel height is a safe and comfortable 24 inches. The two aft deck bomar hatches house extra storage gear and access to the vessel's running gear. Aft is a full beam bench for fender, line and accessory storage. 

Centerline is her raised engine box, 22" tall, finished in the bright Herreshoff white, and comfortably optioned with a blue leather cushion to match the vessel's other soft goods. Just forward of the engine box/ lounger, and within easy reach from the helm station are three deck hatches: the first hatch to port is extra storage, the center line hatch reveals the vessel's battery bank and fuel manifold and to starboard is access to additional storage. 

Her helm station features a simple and clean layout of her engine controls, Raymarine chart-plotter and compass. Towards her companionway is her 12 volt panel. The captain and co-pilot seating flips up or down to easily accommodate passengers and gear movement. Standing head room at the helm is a palatial 6'9" plus with the boat's custom hard top. Overhead is her VHF radio. Forward is a fixed glass windshield providing ample protection from the elements and to either side are sliding plexiglass windows for natural cross ventilation. 

Moving forward along her side-decks, there are sturdy mid-ship cleats to both port and starboard. On her foredeck is stored the vessel's anchor and her bow is graced with a stainless steel bow rail at her foremost point.  




Just through the 1" high-gloss teak companionway door you'll notice her galley to port and head to starboard. The standing room height below deck is 5'10" with a natural teak sole. The finished is Herreshoff with teak trim. There are four operating ports, each with screens and a 22" x 22" overhead teak crown hatch, making for a naturally very well lit and ventilated cabin.  

To port, the galley countertop is waist height and laid out cleanly. Starting aft, a teak panel reveals her deep ice chest, there's an open prep space and impressively deep stainless steel sink. Outboard are teak deck organizers for your galley accessories and navigation equipment and her under-counter doors reveal ample storage for tools and cleaning supplies. 

To starboard, the head, enclosed with a solid teak door for privacy, has her own operating port, mirrored medicine cabinet and ample storage locker. The marine toilet have been replaced with an ultra simple "porta-potti" which negates the need to maintain a black water system or holding tank aboard this vessel. 

Forward of the head and galley is the vessel's v-berth and impressive storage configuration. There are teak shelves above the berth and forward is her open chain locker. The v-berth is lined with a comfortable 3" cushion in the matching blue to the rest of the vessel's soft goods. 

Additional Info:


'Tabasco' was first launched in 1973 and spent much of her life cruising and fishing along the east coast. She underwent an extensive refit/ re-power in 2005/2006 with her current owner at Casco Bay Boatworks, where she has been stored and maintained each offseason. Her exterior brightwork is due to be wooded and refinished. She is a USCG documented vessel and is ready to be enjoyed this 2021 season!  

Soundings Wasque 32 Article: May 2017 Issue

When fishermen who are fishing aren’t talking about fish, they often talk about fishing boats. At least, that’s what Martha’s Vineyard angler David Thompson and his friends would do back in the 1960s.

They fished all around the island off Massachusetts, going after stripers, bluefish — whatever was in season — in various local craft. As they did, they exchanged ideas about the ideal fishing boat and how they’d go about building it. But Thompson was different from most; he followed up the talk with action.

In 1969, Thompson launched his dream fishing boat, a 32-footer with a cuddy cabin, built of newfangled fiberglass. It was based on the lobster boat hulls of Maine designer Jarvis Newman, tweaked for the local waters. It was named after Wasque (pronounced WAY-squee) Point, one of Thompson’s favorite Vineyard fishing grounds.

Vineyard Yachts first built the Wasque 32 commercially. Riding a traditional displacement hull with a 10-foot beam, the boat had a shore-hugging draft of less than 2 feet. Standard power was a 280-hp diesel, which gave the boat a 20-mph top end.

The self-bailing cockpit was “self-sufficient and business-like,” as one writer put it. There were gunwale rod holders to port and starboard, and the cockpit engine box doubled as a working surface. Options included tackle stations, bait wells and fishboxes. The raised double helm seat gave good visibility from behind a distinctive wood-framed windscreen.

The 32 bred more boats: There was a Wasque 26, followed by a 21. Some 50 of the 32s were built over the years, along with more than 30 of the 26-footers and a half-dozen 21s. After the original builders retired, C.W. Hood took over construction in 1995, and the 26 continued in production.

An attempt to build the Wasque 32 on the West Coast failed when the mold was destroyed in a trucking mishap. Today, a redesigned Wasque 32 is available from C.W. Hood, which builds boats in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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