Sotalia | Spindrift 46' 1984

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Derek Jarvis

Raised in the small mining towns of northern Ontario, Derek found his interest for all things ocean watching Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt, the 1950s television series. While backpacking in Europe in 1972, Derek was offered his first position as crew on a pre-war wooden cutter bound for Brazil. This is when the passion came to life. Derek learned navigation and seamanship during this voyage, and his talents have grown exponentially over the years.

By 1986, Derek had owned 2 of his own sailing vessels and spent 12 years cruising the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Derek then captained sailing yachts up to 80 feet in size both privately owned and by charter and has delivered vessels to all corners of the globe.

He has logged over 175,000 nautical miles and completed 7 trans-Atlantic and 3 trans-Pacific crossings. In 2002 Derek began a new chapter as a yacht broker, working for a local brokerage in Fort Lauderdale. It wasn’t long before Derek’s knowledge and expertise brought him to the forefront as the “go-to guy” for sailing vessels within the firm. Honest, easygoing and knowledgeable are a few of the adjectives previous clients have used to describe Derek. He now hopes to help you achieve the dream he has lived.

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Basic Info

Yacht Name: Sotalia
Builder: Spindrift
Model: 46
Year: 1984
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Asking Price: $99,500
Designer: Doug Peterson
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Sotalia is a branch of the Kelly Peterson 46 tree. This very well known design from Doug Peterson was first seen in the KP 44. The design was stretched to 46 and taken over by Formosa Yachts after design royalties not being paid to the designer. Formosa Yachts built this design for four years and the product was not nearly as good as the boats overseen by Jack Kelly or Ron Hillier.

In 1984, Australian, Ron Hillier took over production using the same molds and built the 46 as the Sprindrift 46.

The SPINDRIFT 46 was built by Formosa Yachts using the same molds that built the FORMOSA 46. (1980-1984). Ron Hillier, of Brisbane Australia, oversaw the building of this yacht which was to be sold in the US for Bristol Yachts of Newport Beach CA. For the Australian market, they were called the HILLIER/PETERSON 46. Hillier ran afoul of designer Doug Peterson who filed a law suit. Hillier died and the suit was shelved.  These boats were in the same quality level as the KP 46 and thus have retained a higher value than a regular Formosa 46

Features include:

  • Fresh bottom job in Jan 2018
  • Spectra watermaker
  • Recent electronics
  • Powerful 90 hp diesel engine
  • Dinghy and outboard.
  • Extra sails


Length: 46'
Beam: 12' 10
Draft: 6' 4
Engine Manufacturer: Ford Lehman
Power: 90 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel


Sotalia is a 1984 Spindrift 46 with the total construction overseen by Australian Ron Hillier. The quality is comparable to the Kelly Peterson 46 which is well known as a terrific bluewater cruiser.

All the way forward is the V berth with an insert that makes into a fine double berth. There is storage on both sides and a hatch above for light and ventilation. Next aft is the head with marine toilet, with mirror, sink, and vanity. There is storage access here as well.

As we enter the main salon the first thing of notice is the fine teak interior and teak and holly sole. There is a teak folding table that seats up to 6 people. Across to starboard is a long settee with bookshelves and lockers outboard.

There is a bulkhead mounted TV with DVD player for onboard entertainment.

Also, there is a beautiful cabinet for glassware for when there are guests on board.

Moving farther aft we arrive at the galley. It is an L shape with good areas for preparing meals and serving either to the table or cockpit.

Opening ports make it very comfortable either on passage or at anchor.

Directly across from the galley is the navigation station with opening chart table, communication gear and electrical panel.

Next aft along the starboard side is the walk thru to the aft cabin.

Along with this passageway, space can be a sea berth or storage area. There is also the entrance to the engine room here.

Finally, we arrive at the aft cabin featuring a large double berth with adjacent seat and drawers beneath plus head and private entrance.



  • Refigeration and freezer with 4" insulation
  • Double SS sink with hot and cold pressure water
  • Stove with oven
  • Garbage bin
  • Dish and cup holder
  • Spice rack
  • 10 gal Hot water heater (2013)
  • Numerous drawers and cupboards for storage
  • Salt water foot pump
  • Lockers are teak lined
  • Formica work area


Electronics & Navigation

  • Raymarine chartplotter (2013)
  • Raymarine autopilot (2013)
  • Raymarine type 2 Autopilot drive (2013)
  • Raymarine ST 60 wind and speed (2013)
  • Icom IC-710 SSB Needs attention
  • Icom IC-M45 VHF radio
  • Neiko 1000W inverter (2014)
  • Xantrex 20 amp battery charger
  • Richie compass
  • Clock and Barometer


Engine & Mechanical

  • Ford Lehman Super 90 hp diesel engine (Full service in 2013)
  • Borg Warner transmission
  • Racor fuel filters
  • SS exhaust
  • 70 amp alternator
  • 1 1/2" SS prop shaft
  • Fully insulated engine room
  • Stop solenoid
  • Full engine instrumentation
  • Engine room blower
  • All seacocks are bronze with SS ball valves thru hulls replaced in (2013)
  • 2 X VDO tank guages
  • Fuel sight glass


Deck & Sailing Gear

  • Well constructed fiberglass hull with modified keel
  • Double spreader alloy mast with alloy boom
  • Lofrans electric windlass 1200 watt
  • 45 lb CQR anchor with 300' of 3/8" chain
  • 45 lb CQR anchor as backup
  • Double lifelines
  • SS pulpit and pushpit
  • Perko spreader lights
  • Double backstays
  • Jiffy reefing
  • Internal halyards
  • Flag halyards
  • SS boarding ladder
  • Outboard motor bracket
  • Salt water wash down pump



  • 2 X mainsails with 3 reef points
  • 2 X furling jibs
  • 150% furling Genoa
  • 100% furling Genoa
  • Spinnaker
  • Storm jib



  • All winches are ST Lewmars and have covers
  • 2 X ST 55 primaries
  • 2 X ST 46
  • Main sheet ST 46
  • Main halyard ST 40
  • Jib halyard ST 40
  • Staysail ST 30 Reefing winch ST 30



  • Bimini and dodger (2013)
  • Full awning (2013)



  • Well designed center cockpit
  • 5/8" cockpit sole
  • 34" destroyer wheel on pedestal with compass guard and teak ring
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit table and glass holder



  • 6 X 225 amp Trojan batteries (2013)
  • 90 amp starting battery (2013)
  • 45 amp solar panel
  • 400 watt wind generator (2014)
  • LED navigation Lights
  • 12v electrical panel
  • 70 amp alternator
  • Sharp DVD and TV
  • 2 X 50' shore power cords
  • 500 watt Honda generator
  • Spectra watermaker



  • Eprib
  • 2500 Rule bilge pump with Rule sensor
  • Companionway locks on both entrances
  • LED navigation lights (2013)
  • 6 person life raft (needs service)
  • 2.7M dinghy with 5 hp Mercury and 2 gas tanks
  • Life vests
  • Flares