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Old 07-04-2014, 04:15   #1
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Stevens 47 Custom Cutter

Stevens 47 Custom Cutter For Sale - Laying Opua, New Zealand.

Fantastic Value at US$160,000


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Much has been written about the quality of the Stevens 47. Many people have espoused its sailing qualities, achievements and pedigree. However, no amount of reading or talking can substitute for actually sailing one. Over the course of two and half years we were continually impressed, even surprised, by her performance and comfort. She sometimes surprised others too, those who she left in her wake, and were impressed enough to ask about her. The Stevens 47 was designed by the renowned firm of Sparkman & Stephens, who are responsible for designing some of the world’s greatest ocean sailing vessels: Running Tide, Bolero, Tenacious, Brilliant, plus eight Americas Cup Winners, to name just a few.

The Stevens 47 was one of Rod Stephens favourite designs. He felt that it was a yacht where he had “put it all together.” Rod Stephens: “I knew the Stevens 47 was going to be fast when we designed it. Then I sailed on it during Antigua Race Week and was just delighted. Each day we showed we had it right, especially when we got on the wind. The 47 won six trophies in the series. And yet, for all her speed, the Stevens 47 is a true cruising boat, with accommodations that offer all the amenities and then some. Quite an accomplishment, I’d say.”

The Stevens 47 was named by Sail Magazine as one of the best designed, best built sailing vessels under 50 feet sailing the oceans of the world today. Built in 1984, Next Chapter was fortunate in that she was never a charter vessel. Although designed by Sparkman and Stephens, the name Stevens 47, comes from Bill Stevens, who bought many of these magnificent yachts from the highly respected boat-builders Queen Long, for his Caribbean charter fleet. Next Chapter, under three of four different names and owners, spent much of her life in the fresh-water of Lake Superior, and was well looked after. She still has the original warm teak interior, including the teak and holly sole. Over the years she has undergone a couple of refits, and more recently, many upgrades to make her a fully equipped and self-sufficient ocean cruising yacht. With an in-mast furling mainsail, and of course, furling headsail and staysail, she is very easy to sail short-handed, or even single-handed. I recently sailed her single-handed across the pacific, from Panama to Tonga without any difficulty. Next Chapter is still fully equipped and ready to take you on your life-changing journey. She is fast, safe and beautiful.

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Is this your Next Chapter?

In 2008/10, the previous owner carried out a great deal of work and upgrades, including the following, most of which was not used until I bought her in 2011.
New in-mast furling mainsail with vertical battens by Doyle Sails, including new traveller, track and running rigging.
New 150% genoa by Doyle Sails with foam luff, – (new Sunbrella U.V strip fitted 2012)
New Trumax Gennaker by North Sails including North Sails Snuffer – works brilliantly.
New running rigging.
New standing rigging.
New Garhauer boom vang.
New steering cables.
New Force 10 galley stove
New fridge and freezer – these have subsequently been replaced again in 2012 with 12V units.

In 2012 we carried out significant upgrades including;
New 12v Frig-o-boat fridge and freezer. Two independent units for redundancy.
New batteries – 660AH for house plus oversized cranking battery.
New 316L S/S targa incorporating wind generators, solar panels, davits, engine crane, liferaft launcher, and rear seating. At the same time, we replaced the lifelines aft of the gates with one inch 316 tubing. This makes mounting BBQ, lifesling, kayak etc much easier.
New solar panels 2 x 160W and MPPT controller.
New wind generators 2 X 500W Marine Kinetics fitted with high efficiency external regulators/controllers.
Nav station completely rewired. Sundry electrical improvements and upgrades.
Replaced lower half of alloy fuel tank which showed signs of pitting, and fibreglassed same.
Installed high capacity fuel scrubber.
All anti-foul removed, hull sanded & inspected – nothing found – two coats of Interprotect applied.
New gel-coat on topsides, new boot stripe etc.
New 25kg Rocna and 100 metres 3/8” chain.
Cockpit upgrade including; new upholstery, laid teak decking (7/8”) on sole and seats, new paint, new speakers.
New VHF and RAM.
New class B AIS transceiver installed, plus automatic antenna splitter.
New masthead VHF antenna. Second VHF antenna fitted to targa.
Replaced mainsail, genoa and staysail furling lines.
New infra-red Magma Catalina Gourmet series BBQ

All routine maintenance has been carried out systematically. The engine oil/filter every 100-120 hours. The fuel has been scrubbed at each fill, then a new 2 micron filter fitted. All winches, turning-blocks, steering gear etc, serviced every six months.

The engine runs faultlessly, as you would expect from a Yanmar with < 2500 hrs. Starts instantly and runs smoothly, and at 3 lph is very economical.

Many cruising yachts we have met have difficulties with autopilots, either drawing too much power to use at sea, or being unreliable. Our autopilot (Raytheon 6000 linear drive, Raymarine computer and two control heads) steers every mile at sea allowing the crew to relax. And even though we have the 12V fridge/ freezer, we never have to run the engine to charge the batteries at sea.

The installed Raymarine E120w is a great instrument, but coming from a computing background I preferred to control everything from a laptop. Just a personal preference. The laptop is networked to the Raymarine system and the NMEA data for AIS. Again, my personal preference is to use OpenCPN, and so the system is fully configured to run OpenCPN and Raymarine, side by side. This also allows all data, charts, radar etc, to be viewed in the cockpit without installing a second E120.

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Accommodation:
Spacious main salon with leaded glass cabinets and oil lamp

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Three private cabins/stateroom
Aft stateroom with en-suite head and shower

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Forward stateroom is a spacious V-berth
Third cabin has upper & lower bunks
With salon, there are a total of nine berths
Inner sprung mattresses in aft stateroom and portside cabin
Galley is in-line to port in walkthrough to aft cabin

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Large head/shower to stbd adjacent to fwd cabin
All upholstery is Seafoam green in good condition
Good ventilation & light with twelve opening ports, six overhead hatches and three large Dorade vents.
Insect screens for ports and companionway.
Low wattage LED cabin lights – three x red/white
Nicro solar fans
Teak and holly cabin sole
Good sound system with inputs at nav station and salon table
Folding cockpit table
Custom made cockpit cushions – seats eight comfortably

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this one is a little far from me..
but i *really* love these stevens 47 (i almost bought one)
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:25   #3
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this one is a little far from me..
but i *really* love these stevens 47 (i almost bought one)
Grab a bargain and sail it home!!
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Beautiful boat AJS. Why are you selling?
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:11   #5
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Beautiful boat AJS. Why are you selling?
After a total of sixteen years and > 100,000 nm, on two yachts, it is time to do other things. We are very sad to see her go, but she is made to sail oceans not sit around a dock waiting.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:31   #6
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Sure wish you were closer to North America....Beth and I would be first in line to have a go at this one. We had an accepted offer on a 1981 Stevens 47, but she failed survey miserably. Love this yacht!

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Grab a bargain and sail it home!!
unfortunately i ended up buying another boat..

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Sure wish you were closer to North America....Beth and I would be first in line to have a go at this one. We had an accepted offer on a 1981 Stevens 47, but she failed survey miserably. Love this yacht!

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curious what came up in survey?

iirc, there were 3-5 for sale along east coast...and i was looking closely at all of them.
would it be prudent to reveal the boat? (or at least the state)

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Are you still laying Opua and is the boat still available? We are nearby and interested in looking at the boat. Please reply to northseamama@gmail.com. Thanks
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Can you please tell me your asking price?


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Wow, what a beautiful set up and vessel. I love it, (Please don't tell my "Rose"). If I were in the market, I would be knocking on your door right now. S & S have always been the gold standard in my book.
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Ok, thank you. Found full listing info once I opened in web view.
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Hi there,
Lovely vessel . Has it sold yet ??



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