Somerset | Frers 45' 1990

Old Lyme, CT

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Basic Info

Yacht Name: Somerset
Builder: Frers
Model: 45
Year: 1990
Location: Old Lyme, CT
Hull Material: Fiberglass

A stunning example of this racer/cruiser design, she has a Flag Blue hull (98), custom Clearwater Marine keel (7'6"), 8 KW Kohler diesel generator, Marine A/C, electric winches, North inventory, entertainment center, Raytheon GPS and repeater interfaced with Questus mounted radar '02, carbon fiber spinnaker pole & much, much more. This 'gem' is a yachtsman's dream come true.



Length: 45'
Beam: 14'
Draft: 7' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 105 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 46 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Power: 46 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel

Appearance & Configuration

"SOMERSET" has a Flag Blue Awlgripped hull ('98) with a white boottop and gold cove stripe. The bottom and keel received three (3) coats of epoxy and VC Offshore paint . The 7'6" custom keel was designed by Craig Walters Clearwater Marine naval architect ('99).


Layout & Interior

"SOMERSET" accommodates six (6) in three (3) cabins. Forward is the owner's cabin with a centerline queen with the main salon amidships with settees to port and starboard, entertainment center to starboard. The galley is to starboard with the guest stateroom aft. The nav station is to port with the enclosed head aft; walk-thru to generator and work/storage room. The interior is satin-varnished teak with a varnished teak and holly sole. Headroom is 6'3" and the upholstery is blue fabric.


Owner's Cabin

Forward is owner's private cabin with a centerline queen. There is storage under the berth and in two (2) hanging lockers; en-suite entrance to the enclosed head; privacy door. Light and ventilation are provided by an opening overhead main hatch and two (2) small overhead hatches.



The enclosed head is to port with a manual marine toilet; vanity with storage under, hot and cold pressure hand-held shower, storage outboard in lockers, teak floor grate, opening port, exhaust fan.


Main Salon

The main salon is amidships with an "L"-shaped settee to port and a straight settee to starboard. There is storage above and outboard both to port and starboard; Lee cloths The starboard side features an entertainment center above and outboard with a 9" color television with VCR, Sony 10 disc CD with AM/FM stereo with cassette tape player with cockpit remote and four speakers (two in the cockpit and two in the main salon); centerline-mounted fixed table; foot lights and security lights. There is one (1) opening overhead hatches and two (2) opening ports.



The outboard-facing walk-through galley is next aft to starboard. There are double stainless steel sinks with storage under, hot and cold pressure water, water heated off the engine or generator and dockside. The ice box is top-loading with 110-volt Sea Frost refrigeration (also 12-volt dockside). The gimballed stainless steel three-burner Tasco propane stove has an oven and storage below for pots and pans; Sharp microwave. Storage is above and outboard in lockers; opening port.


Nav Station

The sit-down outboard-facing navigator's station is directly opposite to port. There is a lift-top chart table with chart storage under, electronics/instruments mounted above and outboard, teak swivel seat; opening port.

  • Standard Horizon Intrepid VHF radio-telephone with remote microphone/speaker/intercom in the cockpit
  • Brookes & Gatehouse Hydra 330 water temperature/speedometer/distance log/depthsounder/true wind/apparent wind/true and apparent wind angle
  • Brookes & Gatehouse 360 degree analog wind indicator ('00)
  • Northstar 800 loran
  • Garmin 128 GPS interfaced with radar ('99)
  • Garmin Ecomap DV
  • Chelsea ship's clock and barometer in nav station
  • Raytheon radar unit and dome '02 
  • Raytheon Pathfinder RL80C GPS (nav station) '02
  • 406 Mhz EPIRB
  • SEA 235 single side band radio with headset ('00)
  • Furuno radar with Questus mount on backstay with GPS/loran/TV antennae
  • Furuno Navtex-300 receiver
  • Autohelm 7000 autopilot


Aft Head

Aft of the nav station is the head with 6'2" headroom, separate stall shower with 6' headroom; opening port


Wok/Storage Room

Aft of the head/shower stall is a walk-through to the generator and work/storage room; Lee cloths; opening port


Aft Accommodations

The aft cabin is to starboard with a double berth that sleeps two (2); Lee Clothes; two (2) opening ports and hanging locker and additional storage to starboard.


Electrical System

"SOMERSET" has a total of five (5) 12-volt (DC) batteries with cicuit breakers, battery charger, engine alternator, 110-volt (AC) shore power with power cord, interior lights and navigation lights including masthead and deck running lights with emergency battery, five (5) AC outlets.


Hull Construction

The hull is constructed of Vinylester Resin in a hybrid Kevlar/E-glass matrix. Reinforcements are biaxial and triaxial over a balsa core. The emphasis is on high strength and stiffness as opposed to low weight so as not to compromise seaworthiness. The hull is Flag Blue Awlgrip ('98) with a white boot top and gold cove stripe.



The deck is constructed of balsa core and E-glass laminated with polyester resin. In areas of high compression, the balsa is replaced by marine plywood or aluminum. Local reinforcement is provided by uni-directional reinforcements as necessary. The deck is bonded and bolted to the hull flange. The deck is white with white non-skid



The keel is a custom keel by Craig Walters Clearwater Marine naval architect ('99. The draft is 7'6". Three (3) of epoxy and VC Offshore paint . The wing keel was removed and a lead shoe was attached. The shoe is bolted up thru the old keel; it can be reversed to make the draft less. Keel cast by Mars.



"SOMERSET" has Hall painted aluminum spars with double spreaders; stainless steel rod rigging; the mast is stepped on the keel. She has two (2) head foils, Harken roller-furling and Tuff Luff, Quik vang, hydraulic backstay, elkhide leather-covered carbon fibre spinnaker pole by Forespar ('00), aluminum spinnaker pole, Navtec hydraulics in the cockpit, storm trysail track on the mast, new running rigging ('99), new mast step ('99).



There are a total of six (6) self-tailing Barient winches: two (2) Barient #32 ST self-tailing electric primary winches, two (2) Barient #24 ST self-tailing two-speed winches, and two (2) Barient #27 ST self-tailing winches mounted on the cabintop. There are four (4) lock-in winch handles.



"SOMERSET" has a total of 976 square feet sail area. Her PHRF rating is 51, IMS rating of 604, and Americap rating of 598. Sails by Halsey and North:

  • Kevlar main - North - '98 *
  • Dacron main - Halsey - '91
  • 3DL #1 genoa - medium - North - '98 *
  • 3DL #2 genoa - high clew reacher - North - '99 *
  • Kevlar #3 genoa - North - '98 *
  • 3/4 Spinnaker North '02
  • 150% 3DL Genoa North '02
  • Dacron #2 jib - Halsey - '91
  • Dacron #3 jib - Halsey - '91
  • Nylon spinnaker - 1.5 oz. - North - '98 *
  • Nylon spinnaker - .5 oz. - North - '00 *
  • Nylon spinnaker - .75 oz. - Halsey - '91

* In excellent condition. Used approximately 20 days, some less than 3 days


Engine & Mechanical

"SOMERSET" is powered by a 1991 Yanmar 46 HP fresh water cooled inboard diesel engine with approximately 2258 engine hours, oil/water/temperature alarms, fuel/water separator, raw water filter, gauge for main water tank ('00), feathering prop with two (2) blades (Autoprop), emergency rudder, elkhide leather-covered wheel steering, emergency tiller, manual marine toilet with "Y" valve, holding tank and mascerator, two-station manual bilge pump, electric bilge pumps. There is a Lewmar electric anchor windlass, Marine Air reverse cycle air conditioning (two units), 8 KW diesel Kohler generator, saltwater washdown pump in the forepeak ('99), hot and cold pressure freshwater washdown/shower aft.


Additional Inventory

The inventory on "SOMERSET" is complete with the following:

  • Throw rope
  • Docklines
  • Six (6) life jackets
  • Lifesling
  • MOM 8
  • Sun awning that zips to the dodger
  • Outboard motor lift
  • 45# CQR anchor
  • Two (2) manual fire extinguishers
  • Halon fire extinguisher in the generator room & main engine compartment
  • Fenders


Race Record

  • 2nd in Class - Greenwich Cup Spring Series (PHRF) - '99
  • 8th in Class & 15th in Fleet (Electronic Division)(Americap) - Marion, MA to
  • Bermuda Race - 645 miles - '99
  • 1st in Class & 1st in Fleet (Terrapin Trophy) - Block Island Race - 185 miles - PHRF - '99
  • 3rd in Class - "The Race to the Vineyard" - 238 miles - '98 (* see note below)
  • 3rd in Class - Greenwich Cup Fall Series (PHRF) - '99
  • 1st in Class, 3rd in Cruiser-Racer Division, 5th in Fleet (IMS) - Winner of Gillespie Memorial Trophy for the best corrected time by an IMS Cruiser/Racer yacht on the return trip from Buzzarda Bay Entrance Tower to Stamford, CT finish - '99
  • 1st - Riverside Yacht Club three-yacht team (Nirvana Trophy) - second consecutive year - '99
  • 1st in Class, 1st in Fleet - Riverside Yacht Club Fall Regatta (PHRF) - '99
  • 2nd in Class - Block Island (IMS Division) - '00
  • 57th in Fleet, 6th in Class of 20 - Bermuda Race (IMS) - '00
  • Storm Trysail Club Team Trophy - Block Island Race - '00
  • Northern Ocean Racing Trophy '01



* After "SOMERSET" competed in "The Race to the Vineyard" in 1998, the owner was disappointed with her upwind ability. It was then that the wing keel was modified by removing the wings and adding a "shoe" to the bottom of the keel to compensate equally for the weight. Her windward performance improved dramatically as a result of that modification.