Escape Velocity | Bennett S&S 48' 1992

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Escape Velocity
Builder: Bennett S&S
Year: 1992
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This is a terrific vessel and an amazing value. She was built by one of the finest custom builders in the US in Wilmington NC. Bennett Brothers Yachts. Each vessel is custom built to the owners’ specifications and this particular boat is a stand out yacht. Her first owners from Long Island NY commissioned her and spared no expense in her construction. They loved and cruised lightly mostly in Long Island Sound with a couple sailing adventures to Bermuda. When they were done sailing twenty years later, they completely refit the vessel to make her as beautiful as the day they launched her. The even replaced the teak and holly cabin sole and headliners as well as refinishing the Cherry interior. Every system was gone over with a fine toothed comb to make her perfect. The new Stars and Stripes Awlgrip paint job on the topsides made Escape Velocity incredibly beautiful .This is no ordinary 1992 vessel. Her owners donated her to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and eventually she was offered for sale. Her current owners where the lucky recipient and they have carried on to maintain the boat in ship shape condition.

Of course you know that any boat designed by Sparkman and Stevens will sail as beautifully as she looks. This is a performance cruiser with liveaboard comfort. The underbody is very modern with a wing fin keel and a spade rudder. The hand laid fiberglass hull and sandwich deck construction give her a  moderate displacement. The sail plan with a Furlboom mainsail system and furling headsails give her the power to move while being easily sailed by a couple. The wing keel provides great stability with  shoal draft nice in the Bahamas and other spots on the East Coast. With her 64 foot mast height she is just intercoastal capable at about 64. Mind the wind and tide, but she can do it. We like having a choice sometimes.

Escape Velocity is a luxurious the stateroom center cockpit yacht. There is plenty of space for a couple and guests or a small family. The master stateroom aft has the sought after centerline queen berth and ensuite head and stall shower. The forward cabin is large with a true V-berth and wonderful cabinetry. The salon is spacious and comfortable with a dining table for eight. The cherry interior joinery is elegant and the interior is thoughtfully finished with lovely upholstery and beddings. It is a home!  Her owners have enjoyed living aboard and light cruising in the Bahamas in the East Coast for the last four years. They have loved and cared for Escape Velocity. .

Escape Velocity is enroute to Annapolis and once more offered for sale. She is a spectacular value and completely ready for the next owner to step aboard. Escape Velocity is owned by responsible sailors and she is polished and ship shape from top to bottom.

Recent Maintenance Includes:

  • Beautiful new cockpit enclosure and hatch covers
  • Wind generator
  • Solar panels
  • Outboard lifting crane
  • Improved davit system
  • New chain! 125’ GH3/8th chain
  • Engine maintenance and going over with new engine mounts
  • New high output alternator
  • New batteries
  • New inverter charger
  • New windlass motor and servicing

This is a beautiful cruising boat that is really special. We are proud to offer her to our followers. There are not so many good boats left from this amazing era. Escape Velocity is a very special offering.

Do not miss this opportunity!

Keel: Fin
LOA: 48 ft 0 in
Beam: 14 ft 4 in
LWL: 40 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 3 in
Displacement: 36000 lbs
Ballast: 12000 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 64 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 6 in

Full Specifications



The S&S Bennett 48 was designed and built for the ultimate cruising and liveaboard comfort. She has all the style and substance you will ever find and she was built in the way real boats are built. You will instantly see her quality and loveliness. She is a two stateroom center cockpit vessel with ample space and storage for everything. With two heads and two stall showers she’s exceedingly comfortable when you have guests aboard. The cherry joinery of the highest quality and it was completely refinished in about 2003. The custom features are done so nicely they look as though they were always there. The cabin sole is teak and holly that was installed in 2003. The navigation station is a complete ships office. It is incredibly large with a chart table to accommodate an ocean chart. The U-shaped galley is tucked to port at the companionway and it is large enough to cook up a feast when you want to seat eight at your dining table in the main salon. Reportedly, the owner has served ten people. You can have Thanksgiving aboard in your anchorage! The cabinhouse windows let in lots of light and let you see the world. The headroom will delight the tallest of sailors at 6’6” and the ventilation is very good with opening ports, overhead hatches, dorades, and fans.

As you enter the companionway, the well appointed galley is located port with the large nav station and ships office to starboard. The spacious main salon spreads out before you. The L-shaped dinette to port with seating comfortably for eight. There is a straight settee berth to starboard. Both settees are also awesome sea berths. The cherry cabinetry outboard is just right and the teak and holly cabin sole is in incredible condition The upholstery in natural tones in complemented with pillows to create a homey and comfortable environment. There are “delivery” slip covers for all the cushions to keep them nice and fresh.

The large, sit down forward-facing, nav station has a beautiful comfy seat with wrap around instrumentation. The passage to the aft cabin has incredible storage outboard in lockers with both hanging and shelving. Of course the engine room access is fantastic and functional.

The owner's stateroom aft gives you that private aft stateroom with the highly desirable centerline queen berth with custom bedding. There are ample hanging lockers, drawers and cabinets. The ensuite head is large with a separate stall shower. The cabin is light and spacious with plenty of ventilation.

The guest stateroom is up forward, with spacious true V-berth with an insert to make a full double. There is ample stowage in lockers, shelves, and drawers. Your guests will not want to leave with their private space and forward head and stall shower. The guest head forward of the bulkhead to port has access from the main salon as well as from the forward cabin. It has a features vanity with a sink and shower faucet and the toilet.

The boat is delightfully romantic with a light and bright feeling. With the totally workable galley and a spacious salon with nice big dining table she is great for entertaining or showing the grand kids the ropes.  The cherry interior is warm feeling with plenty of light from the windows and ports. The joinery is excellent with many nuances of the period that you will never find on a Clorox bottle boat. This is a lovely sailing vessel that looks like a real boat. Cabinets have l louvered doors for ventilation. The teak and holly sole is in good condition. There is great ventilation with fans, dorades, and opening ports and hatches. The upholstery is pleasing and  she has a lovely ambiance and every creature comfort.

Creature Comforts:

  • Beautiful cherry joinery and satin varnish
  • Many beautiful custom features all perfectly integrated
  • Air-conditioning system with reverse cycle heat
  • Flat screen TV DVD in the salon and another in the master cabin
  • TV Antenna
  • Nice low amp cabin lighting
  • New cushions, which were always covered
  • Stereo and CD player
  • Satellite radio – just need your subscription
  • Interior and exterior speaker system
  • Large center cockpit with dodger, bimini and connector
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Stall shower in aft cabin and in the guest cabin
  • Opening transom gate with swim ladder


Galley & Plumbing

The galley was completely refit with new cabinets, new counter, and all new everything. It is really nice with everything you need and want.

Galley Details:

  • U shaped galley with nice space, light, and air
  • Corian counter top with generous space
  • Ample storage, counter space and drawers
  • Good access to the cockpit
  • SeaFrost refrigeration system and engine driven compressor
  • Refrigerator is front and top opening
  • Separate freezer top opening
  • Ice Maker!
  • Garbage compactor!!
  • Force 10, three-burner propane stove with oven and broiler with vented exhaust
  • Microwave over the stove
  • Double deep stainless steel sinks
  • New faucet
  • Hot and cold pressure water with mixing faucet
  • Manual hand pumps for fresh and sea water
  • Trash bin
  • Spice storage
  • Flatware drawer
  • Cutting board
  • BBQ grill with propane hook up
  • Liquor storage


Propane for galley stove

  • Starboard deck locker
  • Properly vented with solenoid
  • Three 10 lb tanks to run the stove and BBQ

Plumbing Details:

  • 180 gallons of water in three integral fiberglass tanks
  • One deck fill
  • Two heads, both with stall showers
  • Ensuite owners head accessed from the aft cabin
  • Sink with vanity and separate stall shower
  • Aft cabin owners head has a ventilation fan
  • One electric toilet and one manual
  • New hoses for head
  • Holding tank, 20 gallows with deck pumpout
  • Diverter valve for direct overboard
  • Forward guest head is large with a vanity sink shower faucet and toilet and stall shower
  • Pressure water pump
  • Hot water heater 110v and engine


Electronics & Navigation

Grand navigation station and ships office with large chart table and chart storage. Wrap around instrumentation to control all the ship’s systems

  • Raymarine HD Radar 2013
  • Raymarine radar and chart plotter E120 display at the helm and at the nav station
  • Integrated AIS
  • Single sideband radio Icom 802 with insulated backstay and copper grounding
  • Pole mounted radome
  • Raymarine autopilot 2013
  • B&G Hydra Sailing Instruments
  • B&G wind, speed, and depth
  • B&G displays at the nav station and at the helm
  • Standard Horizon VHF Radio w/ DSC and full function cockpit mic
  • Richie binnacle compass 6”
  • Windex on the masthead

Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems

Engine room and mechanical space is under the cockpit with access panels port and starboard as well as under the companionway.


  • Yanmar 4JH2-HTE 75 HP with complete overhaul by Bennett Bros in 2014 (Estimated 2000 hours since overhaul. Receipts available.)
  • New engine mounts 2016
  • Shaft 11/4 inch
  • Cutlass bearing new in 2014
  • PYI dripless shaft seal
  • New PYI Max Prop three blade 21”x13”
  • Spurs – line cutters
  • Fuel – 180 gallons in two fiberglass tanks
  • Fuel burn about 1 gallon per hour at 2000 rpm
  • Cruising range about 800 miles
  • 7 knots at 3200 rpms
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Perco sea water strainer
  • Electric oil change pump
  • Good engine room access
  • Engine room blower
  • Fire suppression system
  • Steering system cable on quadrant
  • Emergency tiller stowed in lazarette
  • Receipts for major items available
  • Annual service
  • Maintenance spares, filters, impeller


Other Mechanicals

  • Cruisair AC system
  • Electric toilet
  • Seafrost 110v Refrigeration



Electrical system includes charging through shore power, main engine alternator, Northern Lights 5kw generator and solar panels and wind generator with an ample battery bank.

DC 12v Electrical System

  • Eight Trojan T105  batteries new in 2016 house bank 225 amp hours
  • Navigation bank = Two AGM batteries
  • Separate start battery – AGM battery
  • Main engine alternator 50 amp plus Balmar 130 amp alternator for charging with Balmar regulator
  • DC electrical breaker panel
  • 12 Volt Systems:
  • Voltmeter and Ampmeter
  • Nav lights new port and starboard deck level nav lights
  • Tri-color masthead navigation and anchor light LED
  • Anchor light LED
  • Stern light
  • Steaming light
  • Deck Lights
  • Mast junction box at mast base
  • Cockpit light
  • 12 Volt outlet at the nav station
  • Cabin lights - new main salon LED
  • Electric bilge pump with automatic float switch Rule 3700 high water bilge pump and Rule 2000 keel sump bilge pump
  • Second electric bilge pump manually operated
  • Emergency manual pump in cockpit locker
  • Various electrical spares


AC 110v Shore Power System:

  • 120v 50 amp connection
  • 50 ft. shore power cord
  • Xantrex 2000 inverter charger
  • AC breaker panel has master on-off breaker and reverse polarity indicator
  • 110 v outlets
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Ice maker
  • Seafrost BG 100 110v refrigeration compressor
  • Marine Air air-conditioning system 16,000 btu for salon and 12,000 btu in aft cabin


Solar and Wind Power Generation

  • Kyocera 145 watt panels (two) installed on stern arch
  • Custom SS arch
  • AirX wind generator with silent blade upgrade on a custom mount


Northern Lights 5kw Generator

  • Located in the galley
  • 2800 hours
  • Not used for the last two years

Rig and Sails Inventory

  • Sloop rig with inner forestay for storm jib
  • Keel stepped mast
  • Furlboom – in boom furling system
  • New mast track insert in shower newer installed
  • Bridge clearance specs say 64’
  • Single spreader rig
  • Standing rigging 1/19 ss wire rigging inspected in 2013
  • Running back stays for use with storm jib
  • Furling mainsail system with Selden Rod Kicker rigid vang
  • Preventer system
  • Line stopper on the cabin house to manage mainsail outhaul and furling line
  • Boom end sheeting to traveler aft of the helm station
  • Running backstays for use with staysail in ocean conditions
  • Harken furler for genoa
  • Genoa tracks (starboard track rebedded 2013)
  • Downwind pole mast mounted
  • Main halyard led to cockpit
  • All sail control lines led to the cockpit
  • Reefing in the cockpit with Furlboom
  • Halyard winches on the mast



  • Electric Windlass, rebuilt gearbox and new motor
  • Primary sheet winches on the combing Harken 66 ST two speed
  • Secondary winches in the cockpit Harken 48 ST two speed
  • Electric Cabinhouse winch to manage Furlboom Harken 66
  • Mainsheet winch aft of the cockpit near the traveler
  • Cabin top winch Harken 46 two speed
  • Mast winches – Harken 46 two speed
  • Furlboom downhaul on the mast
  • Good winch care and condition



  • Total sail area 945 sq ft
  • Mainsail is a full batten carbon furling mainsail
  • Furling genoa 135% carbon fiber
  • Working jib 110% Dacron
  • Storm jib (hank on) Dacron
  • Asymmetrical cruising chute with a sock
  • Storm trysail

Hull Construction and Design Features

  • Modern cruising fin keel with wing
  • Spade rudder
  • Lead keel 12,000 lbs ballast
  • Displacement 28,000 lbs
  • Solid fiberglass hand laid construction
  • Custom aluminum toe rail
  • Marlon thru hulls
  • Teak rub rail
  • Stars and Stripes blue Awlgrip paint
  • White boot stripe
  • New bottom paint 2016 (Pettit Ultima SR60)


Deck Details:

  • Fiberglass sandwich with Balsa core deck reinforced for deck fittings
  • Teak decking overlay
  • Some deck hardware rebedded in 2013
  • "Tropics-Friendly" low maintenance toe rail
  • Virtually no wood on deck
  • Stainless steel hand rails on cabin house
  • 32" high SS stanchions thru bolted with backing plates
  • Bow and Stern pulpit
  • Double lifelines
  • Port and starboard boarding gates amidships
  • Boarding ladders port and starboard
  • Aft deck with large lazarett
  • Walk through aft deck with swim ladder
  • Cockpit shower
  • Two fiberglass dorade boxes with 4 inch SS cowls and guards
  • Four large deck hatches with covers
  • Nine stainless steel Hood opening ports
  • Bow, stern and midship cleats
  • Motor mount on the stern rail
  • Stern arch for solar panels and antennas
  • Pole mount for radome
  • Wind generator mount


Cockpit Details

  • Center cockpit with great seating
  • Flat coamings you can sit on
  • Great winch placement for single hand sailing
  • Handholds everywhere
  • Dodger, bimini and connector panel and full enclosure 2015
  • Full cockpit enclosure has screens and plastic windows
  • Binnacle/pedestal with steer steering and nav pod
  • All navigation displays in the cockpit
  • Leather covered wheel
  • Single lever engine controls
  • Engine instrument panel
  • Compass-Richie compass binnacle mounted
  • Teak cockpit sole
  • Four large cockpit drains
  • Teak cockpit table stows on the pedestal
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit shower – hot and cold
  • Lazarett lockers on the aft deck
  • Propane locker in starboard lazarette
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit


Ground Tackle:

  • Stem fitting with single bow anchor roller
  • Mako 1512 electric windlass 2013
  • Anchor wash down system
  • 66 lb Bruce anchor with 125 ft of G4 chain and 200’ ¾ nylon rode
  • Fortress FX storm anchor
  • Gale rider sea anchor



  • West Marine 310 10’3” dinghy (Tender to Escape Velocity)
  • Johnson 15 hp two stroke outboard
  • Custom dinghy davit system
  • Motor mount on transom stern rail

Additional and Safety Specifications & Items

  • Life raft (expired certification)
  • Life raft stows in canister on deck
  • Throwable flotation , life ring or horseshoe
  • EPIRB GlobalFix ACR 6/2018
  • PFDs 
  • Flares (new electronic flare)
  • Fire extinguishers (type, number, location. charged and are they current):
  • Engine room fire suppressant
  • Automatic fog horn
  • CO detector (two)
  • Propane detector
  • High water bilge alarm
  • Manual bilge pump below decks
  • MARPOLE garbage placard
  • No Discharge placard
  • Jack lines
  • Lee cloths for sea berths
  • GFCI protection for AC outlets
  • Emergency tiller


Length: 48'
Beam: 14' 4
Draft: 6' 3
Power: 75hp
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate