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Used Fisher 46 Motorsailer Cutter Motorsailer Sailboat For Sale 12 pictures

Boat Description

Sunshine, an impressive Fisher 46 is a stout blue water cruising boat descended from the rugged North Sea fleet with unmatched sea-keeping ability and incredible comfort below decks. On deck, her high bows and massive bulwarks make for secure and dry deck work in all conditions. She may be steered from the outer cockpit helm or from the comfort and security of her pilothouse. Her economical, yet powerful, Ford Lehman diesel engine and generous tankage provide dependable propulsion with an impressive range under all conditions. Her full keel and long waterline keep her tracking as if on rails with an easy motion in even turbulent seas. Below decks, the Fisher 46 boasts the space of a shore-side home with the practical design features sought by experienced live-aboard cruisers.

Boat Name "Sunshine" Specs Builder: Fairways Marine
Designer: Gordon Wyatt/David Freeman
Flag of Registry: United States
Hull Shape: Displacement
Dimensions LOA: 54 ft 0 in
Beam: 15 ft 0 in
LWL: 40 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 46 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 6 in
Displacement: 50000 lbs
Ballast: 20000 lbs
Engines Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Ford Lehman
Year Built: 1977
Engine Model: 6.2 Liter 6 Cyl.
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 120 HP
Tanks Fresh Water Tanks: Stainless steel (175 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: Stainless steel (600 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (40 Gallons)
Electrical Equipment Electrical Circuit: 12V
Outside Equipment/Extras Total Liferaft Capacity: 8
Electric windlass

Vessel Specifications


Going from stem to stern; chain locker in bow (two deck feeders), next are two guest cabins port and starboard with double opening hatches above. The main salon to port has shelving and storage outboard, upholstered half round settee (seats 4-5) outboard with storage under, leafed dining table. Aft of the settee is the U-shaped sea galley. To starboard one will find shelving, enclosed bookcases aft of forward cabin bulkhead, enclosed TV cabinet and bookcases outboard, keyboard beneath the bookcases, small desktop/worksurface, storage under (on forward side of head bulkhead). There is plenty of room for two swival chairs in this area. Next is the enclosed head with sink and shower and a small secure locker inboard. Centerline is the companionway to the pilothouse, engine compartment if under the pilot house. Starboard of the companionway is the walkthru to the master stateroom. Outboard of the passageway are storage compartments and the diesel tankage, inboard is the engine access panel and battery compartment with small work surface. The master cabin has an athwartships berth aft, a small settee, and a locker outboard and storage beneath. In the pilot house one will find the inside helm to port with swivel seat and storage behind. to starboard is an upholstered settee with storage beneath. Engine access is from the sole and is tremendous.


The galley was redesigned for a more efficient galley. Large double stainless steel sink with storage under. Outboard is an enclosed microwave oven. There is a 4 burner stove with oven, icebox with no less than 5" of insulation, and a Norcold AC/DC refrigerator. Terrific amount of counter space and open and closed bulkhead mounted shelves and racks for plenty of storage.


SSB Radio Kenwood

Garmin GPS Map 361 GPS

Garmin 2010C Chartplotter

Raytheon R40X Radar

AIS radar system

2X VHS Radio

2 X Self steering system Ratheon and Cetrek

3 X Compass

BG System (not currently operating)

FAX connected to SSB

Loud Hailer

Laptop Station


8KW Westerbeke generator w/ soundshield

12 volt DC

125 volt AC

4 deep immersion batteries

2 battery chargers

200 amp heavy duty alternator

Shore power

3000 watt inverter

Shore power isolator

Large breaker panel for all systems


Aft cockpit steering station and a pilot house steering station.

120 HP Ford Lehman diesel with Racor filters, and emergency CAV/Lucas manual spring starter

Micro Commander electronic throttle linkage with manual override

Newage 401 MUR 3 3:1 reduction hydraulic gearbox

Shaftlog- 2 1/4" monel tube with Lasdrop seal a32X22 3 blade bronze prop.

Whitlock heavy duty steel torque and bevel box steering system and an emergency manual deck tiller steering post aft.

2 Rule 563 (4000 gph each) bilge pumps, a bulkhead mounted manual pump and a bilge alarm.

(2) 16000 BTU A/C units, Heat is supplied by an Espar DL5 diesel fired 15,000 BTU forced hot air.


Aluminum spars and booms by Kemp spars, UK, white Awlgrip coating.

One self-furling genoa on Profurl N42 headstay, one self-furling staysail on 1 Profurl L31 inner forestay.

Her standing rigging is 1 x 19, 5/16, 3/8 stainless steel. Her running rigging is 7 x 19 stainless with rope tails.

All sails tanbark, in good condition


Her cockpit is teak laid, and the fwd deck is equipped with a large enclosed top opening storage bin (forward of cabin trunk), Salt water deck wash pump forward to port, enclosed storage for (3) 12lb propane tanks, stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, 5 mm stainless steel lifelines with plastic coating, 4 double opening Bomar deck hatches (forward, midships and aft), capped emergency tiller steering post aft, stern dinghy davits, Tinker pram w/ sailing kit, teak handholds on pilot house and cabin roofs, Simpson Lawrence electric and manual windlass with drum and gypsy for rope and chain, 1 - 75lb CQR with 400' of 3/8 chain, 1 - 35lb Danforth with 35' 3/8" chain and 600' of 7/8" braid Samson line. During refit an 8' Freeman designed stainless steel bowsprit was added. Also an 8 man liferaft is aboard.


Sunshines construction is hand laid solid GRP (glass reinforced plastic). No blistering or deterioration, awlgripped flag blue topsides, awlgripped white non-skid decks, Cetol coated teak rub rails, and awlgripped white cabin and pilot house roofs and coamings.

Owners Comments

The flagship of the Fisher range is a true world cruiser capable of the most arduous passage in safety and comfort. The wheelhouse provides lots of space and retreat from hot sun or cold rain.

Originally this yacht was commissioned by the astronaut Charles Pete Conrad in which he cruised the Pacific. Then to another owner who sailed with his family from Los Angeles to Virginia. The boat was then decommissioned and an extensive refit began in 1990 and finished in 2001 when I became the owner. I have sailed this boat around the Caribbean and up the East coast of the USA with my family. My age has caught up and I am ready to pass the boat on.

During the refit the modifications to this boat included a bowsprit designed by Wyatt and Freeman, conversion to a cutter rig, the aft cabin made to a double, and a new galley.

The boat was awl gripped including the mast and still shows bright. Also air conditioning, generator, new wiring and plumbing were replaced.

Approximate boat location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida