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1987 Celestial 48 Ketch

Lefkas, Greece

£94,950

Celestial 48 Ketch. Centre Cockpit cruiser designed by Bruce Fuhriman /Ted Brewer. In current British ownership since 2007 – A powerful and very well equipped Blue Water Cruising Ketch that benefited from a substantial major refit from late 2009 to 2014. Accom for 4/7 throughout in 2 large double cabins (3 in saloon). Holding tank, deep freeze. Re-upholstered 2014. Powered by the reliable Perkins M92, Generator, Watermaker, Rev cycle Aircon/Heating, Hydrovane steering, AirX wind gen. Substantial sail wardrobe and hardware. Standing rigging from 2008 (with 5 years off the yacht with no use during refit)  Comprehensive Nav & safety gear.  Large number of lockers too many to count. There’s an awful lot of cruiser here! £94,950

Basic Boat Info

Price: £94,950
Tax Status: Paid
Make: Celestial
Model: 48 Ketch
Year: 1987
Condition: New
Category: Sail
Builder: Celestial Yachts, China
Designer: Bruce Fuhriman / Ted Brewer
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel

Dimensions

Length: 48 ft / 14.63 m
Length Overall: 48 ft / 14.63 m
Waterline Length: 36'7 ft / 11.15 m
Beam: 13'7 ft / 4.15 m
Max Draft: 6'7 ft / 2.01 m
Min Draft: 6'6 ft / 1.98 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Perkins
  • Rope Cutter: true
  • Model: M92
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 87hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Folding
  • Engine Location: Center

Other

Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers, Ketch

Contact

Williams and Smithells Ltd
Williams & Smithells Yacht Brokers

Office

Williams & Smithells UK
Wicormarine Cranleigh Road, Portchester
Fareham, GB, PO16 9DR
Tel:+44 (0)1329 827 053


Construction

Built 1987 by Celestial Yachts, Xiamen, China
Designed by  Bruce Fuhriman / Ted Brewer
White GRP hull deck & structure (balsa core)
Teak side decks removed and rebuilt with Corecell & Epoxy/Biaxal Glass
Modified fin keel. Full skeg
Encapsulated lead keel
Wheel steering

LOA: 48’ (15.2m)
LWL: 36’7 (11.15m)
Beam: 13’6 (4.11m)
Draft: 6’6 (2.0m)
Displacement: 15.4 tons (27,000 lbs)
Ballast: 11,800 lbs

Machinery

Perkins M92 (from Dec 2003 bought used in 2011) – 87hp
Serviced Oct 2020
PRM 500 gearbox (new in 2013)
Shaft drive
Auto prop H6 – 3 bladed, bronze, folding
Ambassador Marine rope cutter
Wheel Steering
Hydrovane wind self-steering
Simrad AP26 autopilot

Additional Perkins M92 notes:
Bought second hand without the gearbox in about 2011.
Sent to Golden Arrow in Southampton to be checked.
Golden Arrow service manager said that it was as good as the day it was made, good oil pressure, no smoke or water vapour in the exhaust.
Since installation the owner has serviced the engine yearly himself, last service September this year.
Oil pressure still good and little or no oil used.
The engine hours are unknown.

The following parts have been replaced since 2012;
Coolant pump 2020
Starter motor 2019
Sea water pump 2019
100A alternator 2017
Injection pump and injectors refurbished 2016
Coolant header tank 2014
Engine Mounts 2013
PRM 500 gearbox 2012
Second Alternator mount and alternator 2012

Electrics

230ac/24v/12v systems
Rewired 2010-2014
Charging via wind, solar, engine
House batteries three off 12v 220Ah Xtreme AGM Leisure Battery’s (2019)
Engine start Batteries two off 12v 110Ah sealed Batteries (2019)
Generator Start Battery 85Ah sealed (2019)

Victron Multiplus 3600/120 inverter / battery charger
Victron smart battery monitor
Charles 3600w isolation transformer
Adverc alternator – twin Alternator controller

Beta 7 (6.8Kw 230v AC) diesel generator in a sound enclosure
AirX wind gen – Marine AirX 400
Four 100W solar panels (on Bimini) with Victron 75/50 MPPT controller.

Tankage

Fuel:      946 ltrs (250 US gals) GRP tank
Water:    946 ltrs (250 US gals) in 2 GRP tanks
Holding: 125 ltr tank

Rig and Sails

Ketch rigged
Standing rigging from 2008 (but had 5 years off the yacht unused during refit)
Rigging replaced by Richardsons BVI 2008
Mast Tangs replaced Richardsons BVI 2008
All Spars by Keyon 1987 repainted Awlgrip 2008
Furlex genoa furler

All Chainplates replaced 2011
Mast Bolts replaced 2013
Solent stay fitted to main mast 2009
Tides Marine Track system fitted to main mast 2015
Slab reefing with 3 reefs to main and one to mizzen.
Extending Whisker pole.

All sails from Dacron
Heavy weight Cruising Main by Doyle 2005
Heavy weight furling Yankee by Doyle 2005
Mizzen by Doyle 2005
Doyle Stack packs 2005
Cruising Chute by Crusader 2013
Mizzen Cruising chute by Crusader 2013
Storm Jib by Crusader 2013
Genoa (unknown)

Main sheet winches Lewmar three speed # 53 ST.
Main halyard winch Lewmar two speed #30ST (2017).
Mizzen main sheet winch Lewmar one speed #25ST.
Mizzen halyard winch Lewmar single speed # 25.
Main genoa halyard winch Lewmar two speed #40.
Spinnaker winch Lewmar two speed #40.
Main reefing winches two Lewmar single speed #25.
Mizzen reefing winch Lewmar single speed #25.
Lewnar40ST ex main sheet and kicker.

Accommodation

Accom for 4/7 throughout
2 double cabins - Aft cabin bunk is a centreline extra king size.
Saloon sleeping for 3 (double/single)
Teak joinery interior
Re-upholstered 2014
2 heads, Jabsco compact plus showers
Approx headroom 6’2 throughout

Domestic

Galley rebuilt 2012 during refit
Various Galley equipment
Reverse Cycle Marine Aircon 2 units (16k BTU& 9k BTU)
Sureflow twin coil 50 ltr calorifier/water heater
Seafresh H20 230v watermaker

220v washing machine – fully plumbed in
Force 10 Gourmet Galley 3 burner + oven & grill
Microwave (Daewoo 800w)
Front opening fridge (domestic style) air cooled
Deep freeze (Frigoboat) keel cooled
Double deep bowl sinks
Filtered drinking water.
JVC car radio with internal and external speakers
Fitted bedding
Towels

Deck

Quick vertical windlass 24v 1500watt with fixed and remote controls
150m 10mm galvanised chain with Manson Supreme 36Kg anchor
Kedge Fortress FX23 with 5m chain plus three strand rode
Storm anchor Fortress FX55
Bronze Barnacle anchor with 30ft 3/8” chain and 100ft ¾” three strand rode
Tank Tender to fuel, main water tank and holding tank.
Deck Scrubber.
Many various mooring Lines.
Winter mooring warps, chains and stainless springs.
Cockpit Sunbrella closed foam cushions
Sunbrela overall sun covers.
Aft deck quarter seats with Sunbrella closed foam cushions (two).
8 Fenders Plus Anchor fender step.
Sunbrella Bimini over cockpit
Sunbrella sprayhood with new windows
Aluminium and Teak Passeralle 2m.
Kayak stainless support brackets.
Kayak plastic one man
Stainless drum with cover for long shore lines.
Aluminium boat hooks (2x) one extending.
Magma gas Bar-B-Que with cover
Hot and Cold bathing platform shower.
Winter cockpit enclosure
Mesh sunscreens to the sides and rear of Bimini
Various buckets and misc equipment

Navigation

Navman 3100 Depth, Log, wind and repeat (2x).
Furno 1623 Radar.
NASA Clipper Navtex with H-Vector antenna.
Lowarance 3600 chartplotter at helm.
Icom M505 VHF with remote Command Mike HM-162E.
Handheld VHF.
Icom IC-M710 HF transceiver with ATU and insulated backstay antenna and KISS ground.
Motorola Satellite phone with data unit.
Digital Yacht AIS class B with dedicated antenna.
Digital Yacht WiFi transmitter.
Simrad AP26 autopilot with electro hydraulic actuator.
Alpha R36 WIFI booster and antenna.

Tenders

AB 2.9m RIB (2005) In need of replacement
15Hp Mercury two stroke outboard with remote tank

Safety

Viking RESCYOU 6 in canaster (2008) last service 2018
EPIRB
Firdell Blipper radar reflector on Mizzen Mast.
Baltic horseshoe life buoys with LED lights (two) 2019
Baltic 150N lifejackets (four)
Dan Buoy
Rescue line and sling
Powder fire extinguishers (three)
Fire Blanket
Offshore Flare Pack

The condition or level of safety equipment on board is not to be negotiated on following survey. It is likely to be listed by most surveyors but is not structural or an integral working part of the vessel and is not to be used to further negotiate the price down after survey. We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide new safety equipment rather than relying on second hand gear.

Should you become the new owner of this yacht then the responsibility to re-register or update official bodies for items such as EPIRB, VHF, MMSI or AIS becomes yours.

Cruising History & Refit 2009-2014

Cruised Caribbean until 2007/8
Refit in UK from 2009-2014
Sailed in the Med from 2014 to present day
In current British ownership since 2007
2 Previous owners.

She was brought back across the North Atlantic to the UK in 2009 and she proved to be an excellent sea boat.
Major refit started in 2009 and carried out the following finishing in 2014:

Replaced the engine with a 24v Perkins M92 with a new PRM500 hydraulic gearbox.
New duplex propshaft with a new tube, cutlass housing, Tides marine shaft seal
Replaces the Generator with a new Beta Gen7 with an acoustic cover.
New copper fuel lines with Racor 500 twin filter for main engine and Racor 500’s for the Generator and fuel polisher.
Twin 12v 100A alternators with a Adverc controller.
Adverc 12v to 24v electronic battery chargers for engine batteries (2 x 10A).
Rewired for 230vac with an isolation transformer and a Victron multiplus 3600/120.
New twin coil 25l calorifier with 230vac immersion heater.
125l Tek Tank holding tank with 2” gravity discharge and pump out facility.
Refurbished 230vac Seafresh watermaker plumbed in.
All new domestic battery’s and cabling (95mm for inverter).
Teak side decks and balsa core removed and replaced with Epoxy Glass over Corecell.
New vertical Quick windlass fitted with new chain pipe.
New custom stemhead with twin rollers.
Steering system rebuilt with new Lewmar engine controls, all bearing renewed, new stainless-steel cables, new rudder top and bottom bearings. Rudder split and rebuilt and a new custom stainless rudder heel fitting.
New Stainless bathing platform with integrated five ste p swim ladder.
Superstructure, decks and bulwarks sprayed with Awlgrip Matterhorn white paint.
Underfoot deck areas painted with Dulux Gardenia textured masonry paint.
Gas locker door replaced, gas regulator and pipework replaced.
New pocket sprung split mattress with three lee cloths in aft cabin.
New thermostatic shower control in aft heads.
New Jabsco compact toilets fitted to both heads.
Lewmar Ocean 70 hatch fitted to fore Cabin.
All 15 Portlights replaced with custom Stainless Steel ones with fly screens.
Force Ten American standard 3 hob cooker with oven and grill fitted.
Galley rebuilt with new formica worktop and extra drawers and cupboards.
Frigiboat keel cooled compressor fitted to new top opening Deep Freeze.
Dometic stainless front opening fridge with air cooled compressor fitted.
All new Alcantara type cushions fitted to the Saloon and fore cabin.
Most light converted to 12v LED type.
Dometic Cruseair 9000btu reverse cycle air conditioning in aft cabin.
Dometic Cruiseair 16000btu reverse cycle air conditioning in the saloon/fore cabin.

Title Documents and Tax

Listed below are the documents/or copies of what we have seen on listing this yacht.

Current British SSR Registry/Flag
T2L C88 UK Customs form issued 2019
RCD Directive 2003/44/EC- Exempt Certificate of Declaration of Conformity (2008) issued by Ce Proof with official HIN and authority number.
Portuguese Customs Import forms VAT paid on import to EU, Horta (June 2009)
Copy RYA Bill of Sale to current British owner (2007)
Copy US Coast Guard Bill of Sale (2004)

Disclaimer and Travelling to Inspect

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Additional Contact Information

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