Stevens 47 Custom Cutter For Sale - Laying Opua, New Zealand.
Fantastic Value at US$160,000
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 worlds 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, Id 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
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.
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.
660AH for house plus oversized cranking battery
New 316L S/S targa incorporating wind
generators, solar panels
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
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
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.
upgrade including; new upholstery, laid teak decking (7/8) on sole and seats, new paint
, new speakers.
New class B AIS
transceiver installed, plus automatic antenna
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
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
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
etc, to be viewed in the cockpit
without installing a second E120.
Spacious main salon
with leaded glass cabinets and oil lamp
Three private cabins/stateroom
Aft stateroom with en-suite head
Forward stateroom is a spacious V-berth
has upper & lower bunks
, there are a total of nine berths
Inner sprung mattresses in aft stateroom and portside cabin
is in-line to port in walkthrough to aft cabin
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
Low wattage LED cabin lights three x red/white
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