1996 | Able Apogee | Newport, CT | $499,000
On Display at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis
The Apogee 50 designed by Chuck Paine and built by Able Marine is among our ultimate favorite sailing vessels for a couple to sail anywhere. She was designed to be easily sailed by a couple and good for a solo voyager to sail single-handed. Apogee 50’s have circumnavigated the globe, rounded the Horn, and chalked up numerous ocean crossings.
The Apogee is sleek and fast with an easily driven hull shape. Her long waterline of 45 plus feet and her powerful sail plan spells speed and comfort. With her lead ballast keel weighing in at 11,400 lbs, a carbon fiber mast and roller furling boom she has remarkable stability and momentum. She sails to weather exceedingly well and with the wind on the quarter she screams. This modern hull design, combined with the easily managed sail plan, makes this boat very special. Everything about the Apogee is designed with purpose and function as the foremost consideration. The hard dodger is incredible because you are out of the weather. The large area under the dodger is essentially another nav station as you can have all your equipment right there. It is so comfortable, so safe, and so secure, enabling you to sail relaxed, warm, and dry under a wide range of conditions. With two step down levels under the dodger, you can stand up completely in the companionway and have total visibility. With the autopilot remote you can steer from this secure vantage point. This vessel is designed for comfort and security both outside and inside.
Just two additional steps from the cockpit to the galley, head, and nav station make it easy to transit between the cockpit and cabin level and to communicate between areas. While the Apogee is first and foremost an amazing sailing vessel, she is also a lovely yacht down below that is a wonderful home for a couple and occasional guests. The quality is evident everywhere you look. From the teak and holly sole to the sweet cherry joinery the interior is perfection. She is light and bright and warm and solid. The Apogee is as delightful at anchor or at the dock as she is romping the ocean. Although technically you could sleep six , there is no reason you would want to because she is so easy for two people to sail.
And sail they did! Since taking delivery in the spring of 1997 the owners of Aponivi have enjoyed living aboard for extended periods and have made two trans-Atlantic crossings as well as north-south voyages between Martinique and Maine. The first trans-Atlantic voyage took them to Portugal via Bermuda and the Azores and then into the Med to enjoy the south coast of Spain, Ibiza, and Mallorca. They shipped the boat back on a Dockwise yacht transport. The second trans-Atlantic voyage took them back to England to hang out in Falmouth and enjoy the Channel coast of England and the South Coast of Ireland and later on to Wales and Scotland and ultimately back to the Med for more of the Spanish Coast and Balearic Islands. After another westward Dockwise transPort to Martinique they lingered to enjoy the Caribbean and then the Virgins, Turks and Caicos and Bahamas before rejoining the US coast and sailing onward to a new base at Mystic Connecticut. They loved the boat and they loved being aboard and so continued to cruise in summers in Maine and Cape Cod and all the beautiful “local” cruising grounds. It has been a wonderful retirement for the owners who have loved and enjoyed their Able Apogee 50. After about 20 years of enjoying and meticulously maintaining the boat the time has come for them to do other things and for someone new to enjoy Aponivi. Someone who is very lucky will get to own a great boat!
Highlights of the Able Apogee 50
Aponivi is a “dearly loved” vessel that has been maintained by her original owners since 1996 when she was built new to their specifications. She has been continually upgraded and equipped for safe and comfortable cruising. We are thrilled to represent this amazing vessel. She will be in the Newport Boat Show, so call now for your appointment!
The owners of this incredible rare and sought after vessel have loved Aponivi well and enjoyed living aboard and making several transatlantic passages. Over these years they have maintained Aponivi as they would their home. She is the ultimate comfortable cruising home for a couple who loves to sail far. They have lived aboard in England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, and islands across the Atlantic and Caribbean. Having the best of all worlds they enjoyed being part of the community – shopping in the local markets and joining in local festivities -- while enjoying the comforts of their own home. They even chose to continue living aboard Aponivi after returning to Connecticut. Never mind the water front home they owned! They loved being aboard Aponivi.
Aponivi combines the high tech hull design for which Chuck Paine is famous with the warmth of a traditional yacht interior. A real teak and holly cabin sole accentuates the soft glow of fine cherry joinery with beautiful cherry bulkheads and lovely accents. The ceiling beams of Above the cherry furnishings bright maple ceiling planks surround the long windows, contributing to the light and airy feel. All of the wood piecesare impeccably cut and varnished. Everything about the interior is as beautiful as it is reassuring. You have only to look around you to confirm that the boat was extremely well built. Able Marine employed many of Maine’s finest craftsmen.
The interior design can be well appreciated at the dock but its brilliance fully emerges at sea. It is only in a seaway that the true genius of yacht design becomes apparent. Handholds are always within reach just where you want them. Furniture edges are nicely rounded and not just for beauty! The cabins,designed for safety at sea, are cozy and purposeful. Although space is ample there are no giant open spaces where you can be thrown across in rough seas. The forward cabin is the “owners’ stateroom.” With a lovely double berth 6’ 7” long two people two people can sleep in comfort. Built into the bed is a full size chart drawer as well as six clothing drawers. A separate dresser, large hanging locker, and comfortable reading chair completes the cabin. It is well lit with a large overhead hatch, two long windows, four overhead lights and three reading lights making the cabin a bright space at all hours. The large overhead hatch and two air scoops provide ample ventilation. With headroom 6’ 4” throughout the owners’ cabin and the main saloon, galley, nav station, head and inside the entrance to the aft cabin even the tallest of sailors will be pleased.
The aft cabin accessible through a cabin door at the base of the companionway, is an ideal bedroom when coming off watch. It is smaller than the owners’ cabin but comfortable, with a 6’ 8” long bed that varies from a 3’ 10” width at the back end to 4’ 11” at the forward end. A large reading chair, hanging locker, combination of large and small drawers, and wrap around shelves, provides comfort and storage for an owner or other crew member.
The main saloon just aft of the forward bulkhead is traditional with port and starboard settees 6’ 8” long on either side of the cabin and a large centerline drop-leaf table. It is a traditional layout because it totally works! Of course there is the necessary built in liquor cabinet and flatware drawers in the table. There is ample storage behind above and outboard of the settees with beautiful cabinetry. It is comfortable space for relaxing, dining and, for additional sleeping berths on a passage. A Chelsea clock and matching barometer are mounted on the forward bulkhead.
The galley and nav station are just aft in the main saloon area located near the companionway. These essential areas are beautifully designed with voyaging in mind. Separate white and red lighting systems in the aft cabin, galley and at the base of the companionway allow crew members to come on and off watch without impairing night vision. It’s just one more feature that reveals the designer’s attention to detail.
The nav station is more than just a place to navigate. It is a ships office. The chart table is 3”2” wide x 2’6” deep for chart work, home work, or facebook work. The nav station is surrounded by all the ships instruments with displays, monitoring gauges, navigation equipment, radar and chart plotter, and communications equipment including the VHF radio, single side band radio, and Iridium Satellite phone. The ship’s office is a perfect spot to sit and relax or plan your next passage.
The galley is also something you appreciate even more underway. It is designed with wrap around counters and cabinets to provide a secure working space in all sea conditions. All that without sacrificing amenities because you have everything you need with a propane stove and oven, microwave, heavily insulated refrigeration and freezer compartments, and stainless steel sink. Louvered storage areas above and below the counters complete the galley. Hatches and air scoops above the galley and nav station keep them airy, and the hatches combine with overhead lights and long windows to keep them bright.
Everything is designed with purpose and safety in mind and as you’ll spend a lot of time below decks, it is lovely and comfy also. The cushions throughout the boat have been replaced and are upholstered with ultra suede fabric and are in excellent condition. Seats within the main saloon and at the nav station have been protected by cruising covers throughout their life and look brand new. You will be very pleased with everything you see.
The living quarters we’ve described are essentially a boat inside the boat with all the “business end” located in specifically designed spaces at the bow and at the aft end. You will be amazed at how well thought out all the storage and systems installations are. At the bow, there is a large walk-in storage area, accessible from the forward cabin through a watertight door and also accessed from the deck through a large hatch. This fabulous feature gives you room for sail bags,fenders, lines, and all your other equipment. At the aft end of the living space a watertight door provides access to the amazing full widthengine room and work space, housing all of the boat’s mechanical systems. . This mechanical space is home to the Yanmar diesel engine and generator, steering system, refrigeration and water making equipment, as well as a work bench and storage compartments for years’ worth of filters, spare parts, and tools. At sea as well as at the dock, the engine and other mechanical systems can be accessed and tended do in an instant without the need to disassemble anything. Threefuel tanks hold enough diesel to motor from Newport to Bermuda with many gallons to spare.
The accommodations don’t stop with the interior of the boat. The thought that went into the interior carries through to the cockpit, where the highly desirable and unique “hard dodger” enables two crew members to sit and operate the boat in comfort, surrounded on three sides by wrap around windows, while enjoying protection from the weather. Aft of the cozy space under the dodger there is ample space to lounge under the protection of a Bimini or sit in the sun all within the safety of the high cockpit coamings. Solid stainless steel railings surrounding the cockpit provide a lot more security than those little wire “life lines”.
This is a sailing yacht of the highest order build for the demands of the sea and providing the comfort and security that enable you to have a great time while passage making across oceans.
Galley & Plumbing
The galley of the Apogee 50 is one of the best designed galleys for safety at sea. It is secure in a seaway with wrap around counter space and it is designed to work as well on a passage as it does at anchor. The Force 10 stove, new in 2013, has three burners with an oven and the essential broiler. The microwave mounted within a louvered cabinet is great to have in the tropics or anywhere for that matter. The refrigeration system is excellent. It is a 12 volt Seafrost DC 5000 system that keeps the separate top opening refrigerator and freezer compartments as cold as you like and It has proven to be reliable and efficient. The separately controlled refrigerator and freezer compartments are well insulated and easily managed. The double stainless steel sink located on about the centerline has pressure water with a water mixing faucet. The Seagull filter water system provides water for drinking and cooking. There are foot pumps for fresh water and sea water which is a wonderful thing. I like the hands free element and also sea water for filling pots and prewashing dishes. I just like saving water even if there is a watermaker. I like the seventeen square feet of counter space also. It is great to spread out with ample work space. There is plenty of space for galley ware and ships stores. A cabinet almost seven feet long with sliding louvered doors runs the full length of the galley,providing ideal storage for plates and glasses in one compartment and leaving two others for stores. An open shelf running atop the full length of the cabinet provides additional storage space behind a tall fiddle. A custom rack attached to a ceiling panel above that cabinet securely holds eight wine glasses. A second cabinet above the refrigerator and freezer provides several square feet of additional storage alongside the microwave. Two compartments for pots and pans, a large trash bin, and draws for silverware and other utensils, are located beneath the countertops. With other storage spaces in the main saloon and other cabins you will have had no trouble stocking the boat with enough food, beverages and other supplies to feed a four person crew for a month.
Propane for galley stove
Navigation and Communications Systems
Grand navigation station and ships office with large chart table and chart storage. Wrap around instrumentation to control all the ship’s systems. A “jewel Box” mounting over the nav station desk holds an H3000 full function display and an H3000 Autopilot control, enabling the autopilot to be operated from the nav desk.
Weather charts and services are accessed through the single side band or the sat-phone and displayed on a flat screen monitor mounted above the nav station desk. The boat has Raymarine RL80c Radar/Chart Plotters, mounted at the nav station and at the helm. The radar antenna is mounted on a radar arch that spans the aft end of the cockpit. The chart plotter is equipped with electronic charts covering the eastern seaboard, much of Europe’s Atlantic and Western Mediterranean Coasts, and other areas where the owners have cruised.
A varnished wood panel above the companionway contains a series of gauges that can easily be read by the person at the wheel. These include a B&G H3000 Autopilot control panel (supplemented by a remote control that can be used anywhere in the cockpit), an H3000 full function display, two large read-out H3000 displays (with pushbutton controls at helm station to select display mode), and a center mounted H3000 analog wind direction indicator.
Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems
Engine room and mechanical space is the entire aft section of the boat extending the entire beam of the boat. There is excellent access to this space with the main engine, small engine for charging, and all the mechanical systems along with the workbench and all the engine spares and supplies. The mechanical space is accessed through the watertight door from the head. An overhead hatch can be opened from the cockpit to bath the engine room in sunlight. It is simply fabulous. The vessel is powered by a Yanmar 4JH2 turbocharged diesel, rated at 88 hp. The drive train is connected through a V drive to a 1 ¼ inch prop shaft turning a feathering three-blade MaxProp. The engine has been maintained to the highest standards and after several Atlantic passages it has less than 4,000 hours. It’s in mid life with 3,813 hours on the meter and it has just undergone a very deep maintenance to inspect and renew and replace anything and everything that did not look perfect. The dripless shaft seal and cutlass bearing were installed prior to the 2017 season during this recent inspection and maintenance process. The owners simply instructed the finest mechanic in a particularly fine yard to examine everything and do whatever it took to assure worry free operation.
The engine is supplied by three aluminum fuel tanks; two 70 gallon tanks and one 80 gallon tank for a total of 220 gallons of fuel. At 2000 rpm, and a cruising speed of approximately 7 knots, the burn rate is less than 1.75 gallons per hour which is a good number for conservative planning purposes. A range of about 800 miles is expected in most conditions. The dual Racor filters provide a nice comfort in that you can instantly switch filters with the flick of a valve without shutting down the engine. . The engine and filters are easily accessed simply by walking through a watertight door from the head to the engine room. Filters and other spare parts are at your fingertips in boxes and trays that are securely attached to a full work bench.
Aponivi is designed to be at home with US and European current. The shore power is fed to a Mastervolt IVO 12/50-3 Smart Charger that is designed to accept shore power anywhere in the world. To keep the electrical system simple a DC system is used throughout. The system includes a large battery bank, high output Balmar alternators mounted on the propulsion engine and on a small block Yanmar 2GM diesel to charge the batteries. It is a very efficient system. An inverter provides 110 volt AC current to the microwave and other small appliances. This system has proven to be perfect in the US, on the ocean, and in Europe.
On the US side there is one 30 amp cable attachment to run all systems other than the air conditioners and a separate 30 amp attachment dedicated to air conditioning. Both have galvanic isolators. A 50 amp splitter is available on board, as well as a 50 amp adapter, to enable either or both cables to be run from a single 50 amp power source.
Batteries are organized into three banks:
As with the starter batteries the utility and house banks can be linked with the flip of a switch, producing a combined 1,098 amp hours. All batteries are securely mounted in boxes and strapped in place to prevent movement under any conditions.
A Magnum MS2012 Inverter/Charger, installed in 2011, converts DC to AC power whenever needed, in amounts sufficient for kitchen appliances, hair dryers, and similar devices.
DC 12v Electrical System
AC 110v Shore Power System:
Rig and Sails Inventory
The Able Apogee is a true cutter rig design with a keel stepped GMT carbon fiber mast, rising 72 feet above the water line. A GMT carbon fiber spinnaker pole is mounted on deck. The mast is secured by rod rigging which was completely replaced in 2015 including the shroud turnbuckles. She is normally rigged as a sloop, with the removable inner forestay always ready to be deployed for use with a stay sail or storm jib. Because she is designed for serious voyaging, a storm trysail track and dedicated trysail halyard are part of the mast design. Back up halyards are installed as well.
The Leisure Furl boom was added in 2006 and installed at the Hinckley Yard in Portsmouth RI. Unlike in-mast furling, the roller furling boom allows use of a full batten mainsail, and also reduces weight aloft when the sail is reefed. Inspired by the wonderful traditional vessels at Mystic Seaport the owners added a fold-down stainless steel boom cradle to the top of the hard dodger. It is so fabulous to secure the boom in a leather covered cradle whenever the mainsail is not in use. A traveler on the track attached to the top of the hard dodger makes use of a continuous line control system keeping things neat. A boom brake and preventer are in place to provide an extra safety margin. The boom rests on a heavy duty spring loaded Forespar boom vang that was installed in 2011. The boom was stripped and repainted with AwlGrip in 2014. Up front a ProFurl roller furling system, with a line led back to the cockpit, provides simple trouble free furling for the Genoa.
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