Principles | Cherubini 48' 1988

Treasure Cay, Bahamas

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

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Yacht Name: Principles
Builder: Cherubini
Model: Staysail Schooner
Year: 1988
Location: Treasure Cay, Bahamas
Asking Price: $525,000
Hull Material: Fiberglass

The Cherubini 48 staysail schooner designed by John Cherubini is just one of those amazing yachts that you can’t stop starring at. She is stunningly beautiful exactly as in your heart you just instinctively know that she is exactly perfect. Just like a sailing yacht should look; the Cherubini 48 is long and graceful with a beautiful shiply clipper bow sweeping back with a graceful sheer. With her low freeboard and handsome transom with derives from the original Grand Banks fishing schooners and racing schooners of the 30’s. She is built to impeccable standards to be a modern classic yacht.

Cherubini Yachts has long been recognized as a builder known for exquisite detail and uncompromising standards. She looks like a classic yacht of the 1930s, but she is built using modern materials and strong solid fiberglass construction. The hull is immensely strong with woven roving layup about a ½ inch thick at the bulwark to 1 1/2 inches thick at the keel.

The yachts are often customized by the first owner and in this can Principles, as she is called, was ordered with carbon fiber masts, and rod rigging with Schooner racing in her future! Modern construction and classic finish; Finish in the colors I might add. A principle has an impressive race record! The hand-finished teak gleams and is set off with the custom stainless steel and bronze fittings and ports. Everything is put together with the latest construction methods and materials. She is robustly built to the demands of the ocean and she is finished to flawless perfection. Below deck you are transplanted to a time when elegance was the standard to which a yacht was held. The teak wood is sumptuous and the joinery is superb. She is finished down below to the same high standards of quality with the richness of classical elegance. The layout is perfectly designed for a cruising couple with occasional guests. And also know that Cherubini Yachts is still in the family operating still after four generations!  

The Schooner is a perfect cruiser for a couple and a graceful racer against all the other beautiful schooners. This Cherubini 48 Staysail Schooner has done a lot of racing with her second owner and his daughters with a well known racing captain. I understand they did very well. Her current owner previously owned a Cherubini 44 and simply fell in love with Principles the moment he saw her back in 2008. He always wanted her and in 2012 he got is opportunity and although he was then in his late seventies, having sailed all his life and owned beautiful yachts, he could not resist. He sails with his wife and has lived aboard and cruised from the Abacos to Massachusetts each year for the past five years.He even more now appreciates the layout which is perfect for a couple to sail with a crew and maintain their own privacy. He added an electric winch for the mains’l and the main stays’l so he can single hand her. Last fall he made the single hand passage down the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis to Norfolk anchoring at night and enjoying his Schooner. He says, “…as you can tell from the impressive list of race victories that she is fast… a 200 nm day on an ocean passage is not unusual. With her sea-kindly motion she is a breeze to sail.”  

She is so easy to handle with just a couple or even sail singlehanded. The hull shape is sea kindly with an easy, comfortable motion. The shoal draft Scheel keel provides perfect sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, Bahamas and even the West Coast of Florida. The tall, divided schooner rig makes for easy sail handling with two self tacking mainsails and roller furled Yankee headsail. The divided sail plan offers so many configurations that it is easy to set just the right amount of sail for everything from a lightest breeze to a gale. The schooner is easily sailed by a couple and she is the ultimate passage-maker at home on the ocean. She is heavy and safe and will heave-to sweetly with just a deeply reefed foresail. And when you sail in to any harbor all heads will turn your way to admire her stunning good looks.

Admire her, you will as she is maintained to exquisite perfection. Each year during the four or five non sailing months Principles has been indulged with all necessary maintenance and all the upgrades to the whim of the owner who loves her quite dearly. He said if he had a dollar for everyone who had admired her, he’d be a wealthy man.

Here are some of the highlights:

2013 Dog River Marine works 35K

  • New Lectrasan in the forward stateroom
  • New mahogany cabinetry with wicker panels to match existing

2013-2014 Hinckley Yard Savannah 213K

  • Rebuilt the galley
  • Convection oven
  • New Refrigerator and freezer
  • Chests of drawers
  • Laminated counter tops
  • New teak cabin sole in the aft cabin
  • New LED lighting
  • All portlights removed and rebedded and refinished to perfection
  • Binnacle and pedestal removed, and re-power coated and rebedded
  • Lighthouse windlass remote
  • Anderson electric mainsail winch

2014-2015 Ft Lauderdale Supersailmakers 14K

  • New Doyle mains’l, new Yankee, new drifter,
  • All other sails inspected and rest itched as needed

2015 Rybovich Yard Riviera Beach 165K

  • New standing rigging all new rod rigging!
  • New Running rigging
  • Pull sand and paint both masts
  • Refrigerator-freezer rebuilt as a larger refrigerator and smaller freezer
  • New display console for sailing instruments over the companionway
  • Second autopilot added for redundancy and safety
  • All new canvas

2016 Fairhaven Boatyard and YMG Dania Beach 37K

  • New batteries – Four 8D batteries for house bank
  • New shaft seal
  • New Awlgrip topsides
  • New gold leaf name paint
  • New holding tanks
  • New air conditioner in the forward cabin

2017 Gloucester (about 15K)

  • Two new 6D Marine batteries for 24volt system
  • Freedom Inverter charger with Xantrex monitor controller
  • Generator overhaul  
  • Main engine major service including injectors



Length: 48'
Beam: 13'
Draft: 5' 10
Water Tank Capacity: 130 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 90 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: 2008 Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH4-HTE
Power: 115 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel


The Cherubini 48 Staysail Schooner is a timeless beauty. She is lovely in every sense of the word. She is as beautiful below decks as she is above. The gorgeous Mahogany joinery is made even more sumptuous with classic hardware and signature caning on the locker doors. Cherubini is well recognized for exquisite details and beautiful workmanship. The salon is lovely with six headroom and white wood panels and mahogany deck beams. To a person, everyone who has come aboard has said she is beyond lovely. The layout is especially perfect for a cruising couple providing space for captain also. There are two companionways as is expected for a sailing schooner. The main saloon has a companianway from the deck and the aft cockpit has a companionway that enters the aft cabin and navigation area. This classic layout offers many advantages.

Main saloon is classic and traditional with a large drop leaf table with settees on port and starboard. Outboard there are beautiful mahogany cabinets and bookshelves. Of course there is storage behind and also under the settees. Just aft to port the galley is on is fitted with a Force 10 ceramic cooker as well as a small convection oven. The 24volt system powers the stove. There are plenty of drawers and also sliding door lockers. On the starboard side there is a built in refrigerator and freezer. The walkway on the starboard side of the companionway leads through to the aft cabin. There is a good pilot berth outboard in the wall through. The aft stateroom is of a good size with many features. Starting from forward, there is a workbench with chest of drawers under. There is a hanging locker and a nice little sofa with lockers above and behind. The aft companionway leads up into the cockpit and helm station. Between the companionway and the port side of the hull is a nice double berth then a hanging locker. Forward of that is the head with an electric toilet, Mira shower and vanity with a wash basin. A door at the forward end of the head provides access to a service room with generator and large water heater. Up forward, there is a rather unique guest cabin or captain’s quarters has a nice berth with a wash basin with pull out shower and manual toilet and privacy.

The creature comforts abound from the lovely cockpit with beautiful cushions

  • Traditional interior layout with two companionways
  • Aft stateroom with access to the helm station
  • Forward companionway to saloon
  • Spacious main cabin with 6.5 headroom
  • Traditional centerline drop leaf with two settees
  • Beautiful mahogany joinery feels like fine furniture, looks beautiful
  • Teak and holly cabin sole
  • Cushions are dark green in good condition
  • Strip lighting brightens the cabin (its concealed)
  • Large galley remodeled with 24volt cooker
  • Owner’s private aft stateroom
  • Lovely custom sofa in the aft cabin (owner has Velvet he secured from the UK to recover them)
  • LED lighting is remote controlled with dimmers
  • Forward cabin with private toilet and lockers
  • Pilot berth/stowage in the walkthrough
  • Nav station in the aft cabin with large desk over the engine
  • Electrical breaker panel at the nav station
  • Beautiful joinery throughout
  • Air-conditioning with reverse cycle heat
  • Wonderful ventilation with hatches and ports and fans
  • CD player with interior speaker system
  • Interior speakers system
  • Wi-Fi booster antenna



The large workable galley is located to port

  • 12v refrigeration – Nova Kool 4500
  • Electric cooking Force 10 – 3 burner stove
  • (No gas…a proper English Yacht)
  • Convection oven -
  • Single stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water
  • Formica counters with tile backsplash
  • Water filtration system  
  • Propane system w/dual gauges & selector switch
  • Hot water heater Isotherm
  • Formica counters with lots of space
  • Flatware drawer
  • Cutting board
  • Knife rack
  • Galley ware conveys – dishes
  • Electric tea kettle
  • Trash bin
  • Liquor storage
  • BBQ grill


  • 140 gallons of fresh water in two tanks under galley/salon
  • Hot water heater 6 gallons
  • Owner’s ensuite head in aft stateroom has Elegance electric toilet
  • Forward cabin has Raritan manual toilet with Y valve overboard offshore
  • Holding tanks, 30 gallons each with deck pump out; aft head has overboard macerator pump offshore
  • Shower has Mira thermostatically controlled
  • Wash basin and vanity in each head


Navigation & Communication

Nav Station (describe): A large desk at the forward end of the cabin, main engine underneath.  A distribution board above the desk on the port side has all the electric circuit breakers dc and ac, the generator controls, the Xantrex inverter/charger panel and shore power switch. A panel forward of the desk contains the air conditioning control, AIS, VHF radio and a Garmin 5300 chart plotter 

  • Ships office in aft cabin
  • Large nav desk 33” by 32” with chart storage
  • Garmin 18HD mast mounted radome
  • Redundant Garmin 24 radome
  • Radar on all chart plotters (there are three)
  • AIS integrated with Radar Plotter
  • ICOM IC-M422 VHF radio
  • Garmin GMI 20 sailing instruments
  • Windex at the mast head
  • Raytheon hailer – fog horn
  • Binnacle mounted Constellation compass
  • DC outlet in the cockpit
  • Simrad Robertson AP24 autopilot with Ray marine linear drive 2015
  • Ray marine ST70 with linear drive 2016 (independent)
  • Barometer



  • Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 115 HP turbo-diesel 2008
  • 140 gallons of diesel in four new tanks (new tanks in 2013)
  • Fuel burn is 2.25 gallons per hours estimated
  • Cruises at 6.0 knots 1800 rpm
  • Dual Racor system with pressure gauge
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Water filter system
  • Direct drive shaft with Aquadrive coupling
  • Prop has Spurs cutters for New England and Maine
  • Spare prop
  • Wheel steering with cable and chain Edison
  • Emergency tiller
  • Northern Lights 6kw generator installed in engine room
  • Engine instrument panel
  • Spares – filters, impellers, fan belts
  • Most receipts for maintenance
  • Generator – Northern Lights 6kw
  • AC system with two compressors (one is new)
  • 12v refrigeration



  • Three 8D house batteries 2016
  • 840 amp hours
  • Installed under sole in aft cabin
  • Charged with Balmar 110 alternator and Balmar smart regulator
  • Xantrex Battery monitor
  • Electrical distribution panel in aft nav station

DC Electrical System

  • DC Breaker Panel
  • Navigation lights
  • Tricolor masthead light LED
  • Anchor LED
  • Anchor light
  • Stern light
  • 12v outlets at chart table and watch station
  • Cabin lights
  • Anchor wash down pump
  • Electric bilge pumps – engine room and deep bilge
  • 12v Refrigeration
  • Freshwater pump

AC Electrical System

  • Northern Lights 6kw generator charges batteries and runs AC and Induction stove
  • Generator 2524 hours
  • Inverter 3000 watts
  • Shore power – 50 amp
  • Two power cords with adapter
  • Freedom 3000 150 amp Charger
  • Main AC breaker and volt and amp meter
  • Xantrex monitor
  • AC Breaker panel
  • 24 volt stove
  • Air conditioning system
  • 110v outlets 11
  • Electric kettle



  • All new rigging by Rybovich 2015
  • Schooner rig - ease of sailing by a couple
  • Masts pulled and painted in 2015
  • Carbon fiber masts 63’ not counting antennas ( ICW Carefully)
  • Mast height above the water 65 feet
  • Double spreaders on both masts
  • Mast and boom painted in 2015
  • Rod rigging
  • Rigging and chain plates new in 2015
  • Chain plates rebedded in 2015
  • Insulated backstay for SSB antenna
  • Sea-Tech hydraulic backstay adjustor
  • Hood stowaway mainsail in-mast furling system
  • Roller furler for Yankee 2015
  • Inner forestay for staystail
  • Genoa tracks – moveable cars
  • Traveler aft of the helm station in the cockpit
  • Main boom-end sheeting for mainsail
  • Downwind pole carbon fiber mounted on the power foredeck against stanchions used once in 2016 GCBSR for 3rd place!
  • Halyards (ten halyards)
  • Line stoppers where needed
  • Furling mainsail is unfurled from the cockpit
  • Reefing in the cockpit on furler
  • Four halyard winches on the mast – Barient 28 port and Barient 40 port
  • Line stoppers on the mast
  • Spreader lights (deck light)
  • Control lines run aft to the cockpit
  • Raise and reef from the cockpit
  • Electric winch for mainsail added
  • Trysail track on the main mast
  • Control lines in the cockpit for mainsail, headsail, inner staysail
  • Line stoppers in the cockpit



  • Barient winches upgraded with strategic Anderson Electric!
  • Primary sheet winches – Barient 32 with fair lead to Anderson
  • Anderson Electric #40ST on the combing port side
  • Genoa furling line winch – uses primary
  • Winches maintained with good care


Sail Inventory

  • Doyle in mast furling mainsail 2015
  • Doyle-Allen Yankee headsail
  • Drifter – new in 2017 hardly used
  • Two spinnakers – 1.5oz and ¾ oz overhauled by supersailmakers in 2017!
  • Other sails include a lightweight fisherman, fisherman, and collywobbles!


Hull & Deck

Cherubini Yachts is well regarded for high quality modern construction with traditional schooner design. The hull is solid hand laid fiberglass with a fiberglass sandwich deck. All of the structural bulkheads are glassed both to the hull and deck. All the furniture is built into and tabbed into the hull sides for additional strength. The robust build and classic design provides speed, safety and comfort.

  • Newly Awl gripped topsides of Flag Blue with a double boot stripe in red.
  • Solid fiberglass hull with Scheel keel shoal draft and clipper bow with bowsprit
  • Keel hung rudder
  • Fiberglass is ½ inch thick at the bulwark and 1.5 inches thick at the keel - ROBUST
  • Ballast 16,000 lbs lead!
  • All thru hulls inspected and serviced or replaced
  • Original Sea Chest was replaced with Marlon seacocks
  • Other seacocks are bronze
  • New epoxy bottom
  • New bottom paint – Jan 2017 Sea Hawk
  • Bow thruster – 24 volt
  • Lovely transom with the name plate in real gold leaf!



  • Aft cockpit is a beautiful t-shape with sumptuous curves!
  • Deck aft of the helm station
  • Two companionways – one from the aft cockpit and on deck
  • Stanchions are 30 inches – very secure feeling
  • Double lifelines new in 2016
  • Boarding gates port and starboard
  • Boarding ladder
  • Stainless steel stern rail
  • Teak toe rail
  • Cabin house is painted white with cream new in 2017
  • Exterior teak wood is varnished and well maintained
  • Gorgeous aft cockpit with sumptuous cushion and comfortable seating
  • New Beige dodger and bimini and all canvas
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Two opening deck hatches – one teak skylight with screens
  • Wind scoops
  • Ten opening ports with screens
  • Dorade with teak box over forward cabin
  • Ten opening ports with screens
  • Deck fill for four diesel
  • Deck fill for water
  • Deck pumpout for holding tanks fore and aft
  • Anchor locker forward
  • Lift points on the hull
  • Dinghy davit system
  • Motor mount on the stern rail
  • Two large deck boxes on the aft deck



  • Aft cockpit is a beautiful t-shape with sumptuous curves!
  • Deck aft of the helm station
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Comfortable seating for six
  • Small cockpit table
  • Cockpit has dodger, bimini, and full enclosure
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Two cockpit lockers – satisfyingly large


Ground Tackle

  • Double bow rollers
  • Divided chain locker
  • Lighthouse electric windlass with foot switch and remote
  • Primary bow anchor Delta 55 with 300’ chain
  • Fortress anchor stowed in chain locker with 50 ft of chain and ¾ nylon rode
  • Drogue with multiplat rode in canvas bag



  • Achilles LSI310 2012
  • HIN 0005f112
  • Stows in sail locker
  • Outboard Suzuki 2.5 Stows on stern rail (29lbs)


Additional & Safety

  • Viking Life Raft in cradle on foredeckPFDs
  • Flares
  • PFDs
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Engine room Halon system
  • Radar reflector
  • AIS system integrated
  • MOM Overboard system MOMBA 6/16
  • Horn
  • CO Detector two
  • Lee cloths
  • Jack lines
  • Electric bilge pumps two
  • Bilge high bilge alarm
  • GFCI Outlets in head and galley
  • EPIRB 406
  • Emergency tiller