Victoria | Cherubini 48' 1983

Palm Beach, FL

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Yacht Name: Victoria
Builder: Cherubini
Model: Schooner 48
Year: 1983
Location: Palm Beach, FL
Asking Price: $430,000
Designer: John Cherubini
Hull Material: Fiberglass

The Cherubini 48 Staysail Schooner is stunning. Long and low, with a clipper bow, bowsprit, and schooner rig, she integrates classic themes in American sailing, the clipper ships, the Grand Banks fishing schooners, and racing schooners of the 1930s. Below decks, she embodies the classic elegance of the finest yachts. While traditional in appearance, she is fast and fully contemporary in her construction and outfitting. She is a modern classic.

The Cherubini 48 was designed by John Cherubini and is similar to her smaller sister, the Cherubini 44. She has a long waterline, narrow hull, large divided rig, and shallow Scheel keel which opens up vast areas of Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. She combines a Marconi-rigged main with fore and main staysails to establish a plan that can be easily handled by two people. The staysails  are set up to be self-tending, and the large main is furled.

The divided sail plan allows the ultimate in versatility from an enormous sail area in light wind to a very short rig when conditions demand. Offshore sailors will appreciate the Schooner’s ability to heave-to in comfort under a deep-reefed foresail. The Cherubini 48 is a “go anywhere” boat, designed and constructed for the rigors of the long passage, yet capable of exploring the hidden backwaters of the world with its Scheel Keel drawing only 5 feet, 10 inches.

The Cherubini 48 preserves the classical appearance of yesteryear while offering the strength of fiberglass construction. Hand-finished teak, highlighted by custom stainless steel and bronze fittings and ports, incorporated with the latest construction methods and materials, will tell you that this is a yacht crafted with care and an understanding of the sea.

Below deck, the same high standards of quality and traditional elegance have been carried throughout. The standard layout is designed to accommodate a cruising couple with occasional guests very comfortably.


Length: 48'
Beam: 13'
Draft: 5' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 185 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 140 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 20 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Ford Lehman
Engine Model: 2715
Power: 120 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 200 Hours


Very few sailing yachts attract the worldwide attention of yachtsman like the famous classic schooners of the Cherubini family. John Cherubini created the proud descendant of the famous ?Ticonderoga?, designed by L. Francis Herreshoff, and in doing so, continued the dream of every romantic yachtsman. 

Nothing is more elegant than a black hulled schooner with slightly swept back spars, elegant clipper bow, and low profile cabin tops - the perfect description of VICTORIA. 

Below deck the exquisite varnished mahogany is highlighted by the finely crafted raised panel details done in classic Herreshoff satin white. Add to this, teak and holly sole, varnished mahogany overhead beams, cane locker doors, and the finest hardware available, the result must be seen to be appreciated! 

The bronze port lights are designed and built by John Cherubini and are unique to the boatbuilding industry. They can be left open in the rain for air circulation and drain directly overboard in all weather conditions?simple and elegant! 

The hull and cockpit are constructed of hand rolled and squeegeed resin with both unidirectional and biaxial fibers. The keel ballast is internal and completely resin covered and bonded into the hull laminate. 

The deckhouse and side decks are cold molded mahogany with epoxy saturation between all layers



Starting forward is the Guest Cabin with a V-berth, numerous drawers and storage lockers, plus en-suite head with shower and sink.

Next aft is the main salon with full size port and starboard settees with drop leaf dining table. Overhead is an elegant, butterfly opening mahogany skylight, allowing fantastic ventilation and natural light throughout the salon and galley area. There are numerous outboard bookshelves and storage lockers as well as properly placed reading and overhead lights.

The large U-shaped galley is aft to port and open to the salon and dining area.

The master stateroom is aft with its own private entrance from the cockpit. There is an offset double berth to port and settee aft to starboard with library-style bookshelves, drawers, and cane front storage lockers. Forward to port is the en suite head with sink and shower, and the navigation station against the forward bulkhead, over the main engine.



Frostmate 10 cu. Ft refrigerator
Frostmate 10 cu. Ft deep freezer
Force Ten 4-burner stove w/broiler, baking oven, bronze griddle and wood cutting board
Microwave oven
Pressure water system w/hot water heater
Set of Victoria dishes
Set of 6 cut crystal wine glasses (hanging in starboard side mahogany wine cabinet)


Projects Completed in 2018-2019

Projects done on Victoria:

Stripped all wood on cabin top ,repaired and varnished with multiple coats of Epifane varnish

Rebuilt name boards and running light boards stripped and varnished and painted Victoria name ..Cleaned connections and light bulbs.

On main hatch cover cut and epoxied new wood to fill the voids, on skylight plugged screw holes..Removed hardware where it existed and reattached it wherever varnishing was done.

Rebuilt boomkin filling and plugging all holes from the old traveller and wherever soft wood was present..Coated the wood with 3 coats of West System epoxy, primed with Awlgrip 545 and painted with 1 part paint . Installed new stainless steel eye for mainsheet with new backing plate.

Repaired teak grating on boomkin with wood dowels and epoxy.

Pulled out all anchor chain and rope from lockers, cleaned lockers and remarked chain for anchoring

Removed rotten wood from starboard side anchor locker, repaired with new wood and epoxy. Cleaned teak seams and filled with Teak Decking System caulk.

Replaced propane tank solenoid

Removed rotten wood from propane locker and cleaned out locker and surrounding area (new piece of wood replaced to support back hatch area to propane locker and seal propane locker)

In cockpit repaired teak grate where needed by gluing new squares of teak as well as gluing broken pieces. Used 2 part cleaner on grates to clean and then applied Just Teak to seal

Repaired scratches on hull with West System epoxy, primed with Awlgrip 545 and painted larges sections of both port and stbd sides with 3 coats of Awlgrip paint.. The remaining parts of the hull not painted were compounded and waxed..

Refaired port and stbd areas where thru hull fittings were replaced..Replaced 2 thru hulls that were leaking.

Installed new pump in forward head Raritan PHII. Stripped andVarnished mirror area of forward head

Stripped andVarnished interior below the skylight
Stripped andVarnished interior of aft head hatch
Stripped and Varnished port and stbd light boards
Stripped and Varnished holder for odds and ends at entryway Stripped and Varnished wood piece that holds entry ladder Repaired and varnished drawer of chart table

Stripped old paint off forward Bomar hatch - sealed and painted

Removed non functioning blocks of wood on deck.. Filled the voids with epoxy, faired the deck and primed and painted with non skid material.. Painted the waterways.

Polished cabin house with cut polish/wax

Cleaned (polished) stainless stanchions

Installed new float switch on main bilge area near main engine

Installed new float on aft head shower sump

Installed new bilge pump and float switch in fwd bilge

Installed new zinc in generator and cut an access hole to allow for easier installation

Had cockpit awning repaired and secured Sunbrella for covering the generator and small repairs on awning

Installed new switch on oil changing pump

Changed engine oil and filter on main engine

Changed starting solenoid on main engine

Replaced impeller on raw water pump for generator

Removed and replaced 7 4D batteries with AGM Glassmat along while installing new terminal connectors and adapting battery cables to connectors on battery.

Filled voids in deck with West System where there was water intrusion , cut new grooves for caulking and recaulked with Teak Decking System.

Fuel tank and gray water tanks cleaned

Oversaw new fuel pump installation on main engine as well well as cleaning both racor fuel filters

Installed anti chafe strips where necessary for ropes leading to cockpit. Stripped old paint off interior of dorade vents

Installed dorade cowlings and newly chromed dorades

Cleaned deck with 2 part cleaner and applied multiple coats of teak sealer Installed strainer and new pressure switch on fresh water system

Tightened packing on propeller shaft