“The upgrades & restorative effort have greatly influenced Zora’s long-term serviceability as well as her overall current value. The program was carried out to high level of craftsmanship & workmanship. In many respects, the vessel is better suited than when originally built, exhibits much above average for age condition and is in the hands of very knowledgeable owners.”


Semi-Custom Mariner 39 Center Cockpit Sloop

Zora is a handsome, semi-custom and well-found, New England-built center cockpit sloop. In 2004 she underwent an extremely comprehensive rebuild. Safety and build quality were of paramount importance as the boat was to be sailing offshore and off-the-grid for extended periods with a young family aboard. Only the best quality materials and techniques were used. The owners essentially took the boat down to a shell of hull and some interior structure, and rebuilt a new, custom boat on that platform. Since then, the boat has been carefully maintained by a professional marine systems technician. Many more systems upgrades and new equipment have been added in recent years.

Zora's owners are experienced and knowledgeable bluewater sailors. One is the head systems technician at a well-respected marina in Portland, Maine. The other has been a writer for Cruising World magazine as well as a five-time judge for the Boat of the Year competition at the Annapolis Boat Show. Their 2004 refit, done with the highest quality components and design, improved an already very solid and well-built vessel. (The New Hampshire based Mariner Yacht Company built sailboats for offshore cruising from 1977 until 1983. )

Well-maintained, comfortable, and fun to sail, Zora represents an exceptional value at the recently lowered price of $85,000. ZORA IS SOLD

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With her separate aft master cabin and forward stateroom, each with it’s own head, dresser, and cedar-lined locker, Zora is well suited for cruising, living aboard, or extended voyaging.

The V-berth, with a cedar closet, teak chest of drawers and lockers, outboard shelves, and Hella fan, has a sliding door for privacy. There is a large opening hatch and two opening ports for ventilation. Just aft is the forward head to port with an opening port and hatch, full standing headroom, large gasketed storage locker and a hot-and-cold pressure water shower. Opposite is the vanity with hot-and-cold pressure water, drawers and cabinets. The two doors allow the area to be configured as a toilet/shower stall, full head, or to create a private suite for the forward stateroom.

Just aft is the main salon, with custom outboard storage, UltraSuede cushions, a centerline drop-leaf table with center storage, stereo, Hella fans, bookshelves and storage cabinets both outboard and behind the seatback cushions. Salon settees have lee cloths for use as sea berths. There are two large opening hatches and four opening ports. Moving aft, the nav station is to starboard of the main companionway, with a custom electrical panel, 110-volt inverter, radio, radar and chart storage, with more storage below the desk and nav seat.

Through the starboard-side passageway (with storage cabinets outboard,) past the dedicated engine room, is the large aft master stateroom, also accessible through its own companionway to the cockpit. The spacious berth has Hella fans and reading lights both fore and aft, allowing you to sleep in your most comfortable orientation. Built-in teak dresser and cedar closet, outboard shelves, custom outboard lockers, and under-berth storage hold lots of clothing and gear. There are three opening ports and an opening Bomar hatch. The large private aft head has hot-and-cold pressure water, an opening port and hatch, and more storage.


The U-shaped galley is a joy to cook in, both in port and at sea. It was custom built in 2004 (and is unlike any other Mariner 39) and designed for optimal safety, ease of use, and maximum storage. An opening hatch and port and Hella fan provide ventilation, while multiple hand holds and guard rails ensure safety while cooking underway. Two large top-load refrigerator/freezer compartments in a Corian countertop, designed for long-term cruising, have high-tech vacuum-panel insulation and a 2009 Seafrost system. The deep double stainless steel sink offers hot and cold pressure water, a foot pump that can deliver either salt or fresh water, and a dedicated Seagull drinking water faucet. The Force 10 three burner propane stove w/oven and broiler was new in 2004.


Large comfortable cockpit with full-length seats and high, comfortable coamings. New custom cockpit cushions 2012. Stainless destroyer wheel with binnacle-mounted teak cockpit table and drink holder. Coaming lockers and cockpit shower (hot and cold). The sturdy dodger (new 2013) has two roll-up Strataglass windows and excellent visibility. There is an easily retractable bimini (new for 2014) for added protection from the elements. Two separate companionways lead into the main cabin and aft cabin. There is a cockpit locker under the port side seat. GPS is on the binnacle, sailing instruments are in a custom teak box over the companionway (visible by crew either at the helm or seated further forward) and radar is next to them under the dodger.

Zora's Full Equipment List is available HERE

A Comprehensive list of upgrades and work is available HERE



  • Raymarine Pathfinder Plus Radar/chartplotter (with displays at nav station and in cockpit) with mast-mounted radome

  • Raymarine ST60 depth, speed, wind and multi instruments (cockpit and nav)

  • Garmin 541 color chartplotter at helm

  • Simrad Autopilot

  • Danforth Constellation Compass in stainless binnacle at helm

  • Icom IC-M504 VHF at nav station

  • Icom Commandmic II VHF at helm

  • CD player, radio with speakers in main cabin and cockpit

  • Firdell Blipper Radar Reflector


  • Complete engine rebuild 2014
  • Vari-prop feathering propellor new 2009

Sails & Rigging

  • Aluminum single spreader mast
  • Aluminum boom
  • All new chainplates, stem- and stern-fittings (2004)
  • Stainless wire standing rigging (all replaced or dye-tested 2004; backstay has insulators for use with SSB)
  • 7 self tailing winches (2x Barlow 28ST; Lewmar 30ST; 2x Barient 17ST; Lewmar 40ST)
  • Rolly Tasker full-batten Mainsail w/ maximized roach
  • North Sails 115%genoa on Selden Furlex 300S furler
  • Cruising spinnaker with ATM dousing sock by Bayview Rigging and Sails
  • Storm jib
  • Additional 100% genoa
  • Removable inner forestay with Spectra running backstays
  • Garhauer rigid boom vang
  • Garhauer mainsheet traveler
  • Inner and outer genoa tracks
  • Sunbrella mainsail cover
  • Lazy jacks

Full Equipment List is available HERE