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Center Cockpit 1983 Celestial Center Cockpit Cutter Ketch

Off Market since Jul 23rd 2016

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The Celestial 48 is a graceful, traditionalstaysail, center-cockpit ketch. She is a Bryce Fuhrimanmodification of an exceptional Ted Brewer design.TheCelestialsoffer rugged construction and enviablehigh quality of workmanship inside and out. This sought-after layout provides exceptionally comfortable and secure accommodations with lavish stowage to store everything needed for an extended voyage.

Further modifications were made to Perseverances skeg and keel in 2002 by lengthening the keel fore and aft by abit over a foot. These changesgaveher morelift, enhanced the balance of the helm, and also gave her higher pointing ability. These improvements to herperformance capabilities were easily noted in her spinnaker PHRF-GB rating of 143 and her spinnaker Pt-Pt offwind rating of 108.With new North sails in 2015, she sails well and will likely surprise you with her upwind capabilities.

Her convertible cutter-ketch rig with the in-boom roller furling mainprovides an easily managed set-up for short-handed sailing. All sail handling can be done from the cockpit solo. Her substantial bulwarks allow for secure footing and her 32 lifelinesare a plus for added safety. Perseverance was re-powered with a 100 HP Yanmar diesel in 2002 and has been maintained to the highest standards. She now looks forward to carrying you to whatever destination you desire.

This Exceptional Blue Water Passage-Maker Will Impress You.

Early Viewing is Highly Recommended.

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name

Keel: Fin

LOA: 50 ft 0 in
Beam: 13 ft 5 in
Length on Deck: 48 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 2 in
Ballast: 12900 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 63 ft 0 in
Dry Weight: 38000 lbs

Total Power: 100 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 2002
Engine Model: 4JH3-HTE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 3445
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 100 HP

Cruising Speed: 7 knots
Maximum Speed: 9 knots

Fresh Water Tanks: Fiberglass (300 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: Fiberglass (200 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 2 Fiberglass (20 Gallons)

Number of single berths: 4
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

Electrical Equipment
Electrical Circuit: 110V

Outside Equipment/Extras
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6
Electric windlass

Vessel Walkthrough

Access forward from the cockpit is made easy with her wide side decks. Her decks are Marine Deck 2000, a composite cork product, with all the benefits of teak without the upkeep and with a longer lifespan. The center cockpit has a removable sole for significant engine room access. Cockpit seating is made comfortable with raised coamings andwill comfortably accommodate six sailors around the pedestal wheel. Access to the cabin is via the bridge-deck companionway with solid teak steps, complete with lockers underneath each step. The cockpit has a wonderful full enclosure as well as a custom bug screen. The main and mizzenmasts and the topsides were painted with Awlgrip in 2012.

Perseverance sleeps 6-8 adults, two in each of thetwo luxurious private staterooms, plus 2-4 in the main salon. The spacious V-berthis 82 inches wide by 76 inches longand offers abundant storage in addition to generous hanging and linen lockers. The guest head and shower isto port and to starboard is the washer/dryer locker. The bright salon has fore and aft straight settees withpilot berths outboard for stowage or additional crew. All four salon bunks have lee cloths. The fold-down leafdining table lays center-line and has a wine stowage bin, and additional stowage lockers. The forward bulkhead in the saloon has a custom-builtdrop-down leaf fitted for chart-kits and stowage.

Aft and starboard of the salon is the secure U-shaped galley. To port is a true, beautifully equipped forward-facing sit-down nav station. Venturing further aft and to port is the passageway to the master stateroom. Outboard in this passageway is a beautifully designed and spacious customized sail lockerandinboard the passageway is thedoor to the largeengine room. One of the Celestials designed-in attributes is the vast amount of space in the engine room providing ample access to all systems.

The comfortable master stateroom is aft and offers a center-line queen berth with a custom mattress. Significant stowage is below this berth. This is also true of all other berths aboard as all the vessels tankage is low beneath the sole in integrated fiberglass tanks. Large clothing and stowage lockers are outboard on both sides. A private head with a separate shower stall is to starboard.

Ample stowage lockers and spaces are found throughout the entire boat. A diagram of the storage locations are included in the photo section. There is also excellent ventilation throughout the interior with the following:

  – 9 - 12v Hella fans, 2 speed
  – 13 opening Hood ports w/ interior Sunbrella canvas coverings
  – 7 Hood hatches w/ exterior Sunbrella canvas coverings
  – 6 Dorade protected cowl air scoops
  – 2 Solar powered deck vents
  – All through-deck vent fittings come with heavy weather threaded plates
  – All openings have insect screens
  – Locker doors have hand-woven cane fronts for ventilation
  – HyperVent for air circulation under V-berth and pilot berths


  – Secure with abundant stowage
  – White Corian countertops
  – Microwave
  – Force 10 stainless PPG 3-burner stove w/oven broiler
  – Top-loading, heavily insulated refrigerator with 2 separate Seafrost refrigeration systems
  – Seagull IV activated carbon drinking water filter system
  – Freshwater foot pump
  – Integrated knife rack and cutting board storage
  – Xintex propane safety monitor


The electrical systems were replaced throughout in 2001-2003. Including the engine roomwith the exception of a small amount of the cabin lighting wiring. This included new panels, distribution wiring, circuit protection, switches, light fixtures, etc. A complete set of wiring diagrams is aboard provided by the system installers.

  – LED running lights (new 2015)
  – Five new red/white LED interior light fixtures (2015)
  – ProMarine 30amp Zinc Saver II galvanic isolators are installed in each shore power ground circuit
  – Most thru-hulls/seacocks are isolated (main intake bonded); the mizzens port aft chainplate is grounded to the central ground system; includes engine, prop, shaft, generator,ground bus, all 110v outlets, batteries.
  – Main mast grounded to a bilge stud connected to copper tube inside leading edge of keel down to a toe plate at the bottom of keel.
  – Bottle brush lightning dissipater is at the masthead
  – All wiring replaced inside mast

AC Power

The AC is wired for two 30amp 110v shore power cords. #1 Buss feeds a 140amp, 12v battery charger and ships AC panel #1. When shore and generator power is unavailable, the 3,000-watt 110v inverter is available to supply the #1 ships AC panel. Buss #2 feeds ships AC panel #2 when shore or generator power is available, however, the shore or generator provides power to both AC panels.

  – Westerbeke 8BT 8kw Generator 2288hrs w/ excellent access on all sides

DC Power

Three 8D AGM 12v house batteries and one G24 AGM 12v engine starter battery. The engines 80amp alternator, the generators 25amp alternator, or theFreedom Marine (Heart 30-12, 3,000 watt inverter)140amp 12v charger/inverter can charge the batteries. Batteries are selector switch protected and can be loaded or charged in a number of ways suited to the need. Perseverance has two identical inverter/chargers aboard, one is a spare and is stowed away and the one in use is mounted near the load centers and the sources.


  – Yanmar 4JH3-HTE turbocharged 100HP (engine new in 2002, 3445 hours)
  – Kanzaki KBW21 transmission
  – Aqua-Drive CV joint self-alignment shaft coupler
  – PSS drip-less prop shaft seal
  – Larger shaft refitted increased size to a1.5 diameter
  – Additional Mylar/lead/foam insulation for sound deadening engine room
  – Custom four blower ventilationsystem, one w/ adjustable thermostat for automatic activation
  – Dual intake and dual dischargeventilation blowers
  – Exhaust gas filter/re-circulation system for minimizing diesel/exhaust odor in the engine room/cabin
  – Dual Racor fuel filters for Yanmar
  – Fuel Polishing system - pump moves fuel through the Algae-X Racor filters in a re-circulating manner
  – AutoProp - bronze feathering 3-blade
  – Spare fixed 3-blade prop
  – 10 inspection plates installed in fuel tanks
  – Algae-X magnetic fuel conditioners, 1 - LGX400, 2 - LG-X200
  – Tank Tender
  – Water contamination alarm at cockpit engine gauge panel
  – Trend lube oil analysis


  – ACR 406 MHz GPS EPIRB (new 2015)
  – AIS receiving Standard Horizon VHF at helm (new 2015)
  – 3 - automaticbilge pumps, 1 - Henderson manual, 1 - portable 12v submersible emergency
  – All cabinet doors and hatches (cabin sole, refrigerator, etc) have additional exterior latches
  – Sea-Fire automatic Halon 1301 in engine room
  – Five fire extinguishers
  – Two smoke alarms and one CO2 detector
  – High water alarm on float switch
  – Forespar man overboard pole and strobe light (both new 2015)
  – Lifesling man overboard system
  – See electrical section for bonding system/lightning protection
  – Triple stainless steel wire lifelines, increased to 32 tall
  – Dual autopilots - see electronics
  – Emergency tiller with easy thru-deck access
  – 5 SOSpenders inflatables w/ safety harness
  – Deck spreader lights wired to main switch/breaker in master stateroom to act as security lights to potentially ward off uninvited boarders
  – 6-person life raft in canister, new in 2006
  – AnchorWatch sonar monitor (note: never used by current owner)



  – Furuno 1883C - NavNet Display Control, Chart Plotter, Depth Sounder, GPS, rate compass, and speed temp transducer
  – Furuno 1833C -36 mile radar w/ Questas gimballed antenna mast mount
  – ICOM M710 HF-SSB with AT 139 antenna tuner
  – ICOM 502 VHF w/antenna mounted top of main mast
  – FAX 207 Weather fax (note: never used by current owner)
  – Nexus Multi Control
  – Emergency Standard Horizon VHF backup (power antenna disconnected)
  – Weems and Platt electronic barometer (new 2015)


  – Nexus wind, speed depth


  – Nexus Multi Control
  – Nexus Wind Data - Steer Pilot Autopilot
  – Lowrance Elite 5 Chirp GPS
  – Standard Horizon Matrix VHF w/ AIS Receiver
  – InterphaseTwin Scope sonar scans forward, side to side down
  – Danforth Constellation 6-3/4 Binnacle
  – Nexus and Simrad autopilots
  – Note: above dual autopilot systems have their own independent control, display, power supply, flux gate compass. An on/off/on switch sends power and activates the autopilot function to either the Nexus or Simrad systems.


  – 7 X 50 Binoculars with integral compass
  – Cobra handheld waterproof VHF


  – Marine Deck 2000 decking - simulated teak-like cork decks replaced in 2012
  – Deck, coach-roof, and masts awl-gripped in 2012
  – New bottom paint in 2015
  – Sunbrella dodger and Bimini with full Strata-glass enclosure
  – Tides Marine Strong luff track at mizzen mast (new 2015)
  – Numerous running rigging components replaced in 2015
  – Leisure Furl In-boom roller furling system (2004)
  – Harken furlers for headsail and staysail
  – 2 - Navtec hydraulic backstay adjusters (cylinders rebuilt in 2015)
  – Custom SS main traveler at aft cabin bridge
  – Removable inner forestay (staysail)
  – Both sea and fresh water wash down at fore and side decks
  – Custom SS removable dinghy chocks mounted on foredeck
  – 4 PVC pipes serve as protective conduit for steering cable
  – Steering cables replaced in 2008
  – Lifelines are in triplet uncoated SS wires
  – Stem fitting - custom SS flat bar thru-bolted
  – Standing rigging - all new since 2002 - replaced at different intervals
  – Chainplates have been replaced


  – New North radial cut sails in 2015: Full batten main sail with three reef points, Full batten mizzen with two reef points, and a 135% Genoa with two reef marks
  – Spare sails: Cuben Fiber roller furling Mainsail w/battens (2008), Quantum 155% Genoa, dacron Mizzen
  – Spinnaker - .75 oz, Quantum cruising chute with very light use (2003)
  – Heavy weather staysail
  – Heavy weather jib
  – Carbon fiber reaching strut
  – Aluminum Whisker Pole


  – 1 Harken #46 electric - 2-speed self-tailing (cabin top)
  – 2 Lewmar #55 - 3 speed self-tailing (primaries)
  – 2 Andersen # 52 - 2 speed self-tailing (secondaries)
  – 1 Lewmar #40 2-speed self-tailing (main mast)
  – 1 Lewmar #40 2 speed (main mast)
  – 2 Andersen #40 2 speed self-tailing (main mast)
  – 1 Andersen #28 2 speed self-tailing (mizzen mast)
  – 1 Lewmar #24 2 speed (mizzen mast)

Additional Gear

  – Rocna 55 - 121 lb anchor with 200 of 3/8 G4 high tensile all chain rode (both new 2015)
  – Spade 55 lb galvanized anchor with 200 of 3-strand nylon rode and 50 of 3/8 high-test chain
  – Fortress FX-23 aluminum with 200 of 3-strand rode and 50 of 5/16 high-test chain
  – Lofrans Tigress Windlass - 1,200 watt chain/line gypsy
  – 2 - Cruise Air 8,000 16,000 BTUs A/C units with dehumidify and heating
  – Spectra MPC3000 reverse osmosis 14 GPH watermaker
  – Splendide 2000S washer/dryer
  – 15 HP Mercury outboard, 9-ft rigid bottom Caribe dinghy (not included), and s/s deck-mounted removable chocks
  – Extensive inventory of mechanical, electrical, electronic, plumbing, and rigging spare parts (estimated spare parts value $12,000+)
  – Spur rope cutter on prop shaft
  – Magma BBQ grill
  – Stern shower with both hot and cold (new 2016)
  – 12 Gallon hot water heater,driven by engine, shore or generator
  – Brinks valuables safe
  – AM/FM CD MP3 stereo
  – Interior Bose speakers
  – Zeta Tube - 2 - Zeta water protectors. One is for the RO membrane from biological fouling, The other more broadly protects the water intakes for the Spectra, the 2 raw water-cooled AC pumps, refrigeration compressor.

Personal Effects

Listing excludes personal belongings and gear not listed in listing specification.

Additional Information

Appraised Value October 2012 = $260,000

Appraised Value April 2015 = $240,000 ( upgraded since)


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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