Panta Rhei | Van De Stadt 48 1998

Annapolis, MD

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Yacht Name: Panta Rhei
Builder: Van De Stadt
Model: Samoa
Year: 1998
Location: Annapolis, MD
Hull Material: Aluminum

If you know custom cruising boats you know that this is a rare offering. If you are not very familiar with custom cruising boats, well then you are in for a real treat. We would like to introduce to you our offering of a Van De Stadt Samoa 48 called Panta Rhei. She is a thoroughbred blue water cruising yacht, built to the highest standards of Dutch craftsmanship. She is a tremendously safe off-shore passage-maker with a very well protected cockpit (hard dodger and “wrap around” cockpit coaming) and rugged non-skid plates on all walking surfaces. Panta Rhei can easily be handled by a small crew (or even single handedly) despite her substantial sail area. She has been designed, built and fitted out for long distance cruising, with over-specified equipment, simple systems for easy maintenance, large autonomy, luxurious accommodation and exceptional comfort at sea.

Panta Rhei is an aluminum Van De Stadt Samoa 48 commissioned in 1997/98. She was designed by Van de Stadt & Partners and built by Van Toledo Netherlands & Van Mameren interiors. In 1939 Van de Stadt designed the Valk, a plywood (called “hetchout” by the supplier at the time) daysailor still popular today in the Netherlands. Van de Stadt quickly became a highly regarded pioneer of sailing yacht construction, especially when it came to the materials used. Van de Stadt also earned repute when he designed the 12 meter racer Zeevalk. Eventually Van de Stadt designs were available for homebuilt sailboats, the first plans sold in 1952, but designers all over the world did not give repute to Van de Stadt’s ideas until years later. Panta Rhei is an all aluminum hull that is roundbilged and sports a fin keel and a balanced spade rudder, based on the design that Van de Stadt applied years ago. Long story short, you are looking at an excellent blood line here and the investment will be worth it in so many ways.

There is really only a hand full of “serious” offshore shore sailing vessels. These “serious” vessels are designed to go anywhere at any time, meaning high latitudes, if Greenland, to Antarctica, to rounding the Great Capes, is what they do. Robust construction, water tight bulkheads, flush decks, hard dodgers, safe and comfortable watch stations, workable/functional and livable interiors, all with 200 plus mile days are average, and not to mention load capabilities to stay out there. The list is long.

Those “serious” offshore shore vessels are a far and few. If they are the "Bermuda Series consisting of the Apogee and Bougainvillea Series" which are Chuck Paine’s famous series of light-displacement, long-waterline, ocean-voyaging yachts. They all feature collision bulkheads for safety, extensive tankage, high performance rudders, and an attractive pilothouse between cockpit and lower accommodations. Many years ago, there was a rendezvous for these designs held on some Atoll in the South Pacific. A dozen showed up. Boats of this caliber will set back an individual one million dollars plus for a used one.

Our next example in this pedigreed design, would be our good friends, Evans Starzinger and Beth Leonard’s “Hawk”, sister ship to our wonderful offering, Panta Rhei. Everything Hawk is, Panta Rhei is, except Panta Rhei is finished off to more yacht standards. Hawk is industrial. Simply put. Beth and Evens Hawk has sailed successfully further than 99% than most of us ever will. Just google and read their adventures, their choice of the boat they themselves choose, plus go to their photo album is see their Hawk in action. They are the real deal. There is rhythm and reason in their decision/choice of what the proper offshore sailing yacht is and should be.

The so called today’s modern world cruiser would have a difficult time getting to St. Michaels on the Chesapeake Bay. And if they are really adventurous, they do Caribbean 1500, with much needed repairs after just some 1700 miles. Our offering is a different animal. If your vision is a comfortable safe quick passage to anywhere, all from a proven design, then our Van De Stadt Samoa 48 called Panta Rhei is your only choice. She will not disappoint and is everything that we say that she is. We are your choice for Bluewater boats.


  • Tec 24 volt refrigerator & separate Frigomatic water cooled freezer
  • Electric water pressure system (2012) and boiler (2011)
  • Raymarine ST60 PLUS instrument pack (Wind/Speed/Depth, 2011) & ST60 PLUS close hauled (2011)

  • Raymarine SPX30 course computer core pack (2011) & ST7002 Control Unit (2011)

  • Raymarine Raystar 125 GPS (2011), Digital yachts AIT250 AIS transponder (2011)
  • Furuno radar
  • Digital yachts PC & Prolite 115 15" LCD Monitor (2011), Nasa Navtex PC Pro System (2011)
  • Volvo Penta 79 hp diesel engine w/ 4000 running hours on engine
  • Three-bladed feathering Maxprop propeller
  • Lewmar V3 10mm Gypsy/Drum windlass (2011)
  • Hydrovane windvane self-steering system
  • Four deep cycle Mastervolt service batteries (2011)

  • Mastervolt 24/50 automatic battery charger (2012)

  • Vetus 80 kgf electric bow thruster w/ speed control (refitted in 2011)

  • Fisher Panda 6,5kva diesel generator in soundproofing box (approx. 2000 hours, refitted in 2012)

  • Air Breeze wind turbine (2011)

  • 360 watt Enecom solar panels (2011) w/ Morningstar SunSaver MPPT regulator (2011)

  • Stainless steel Dyform standing rigging (2011) with Norseman terminals (2011)
  • Walder boom break (2011)
  • Furling staysail (Elvstrom 2011)

  • Asymetric spinnaker w/ squeezer (2010)

  • Reckmann headsail & staysail furling system (2011)

  • New winches: 2 x Lewmar 54ST (2011), 2 x Lewmar 48ST (2011)
  • Awlgripp two-part marine paint system (hull in 2008, deck and cockpit in 2011)
  • International Interprotect two-part epoxy underwater paint system (2011)
  • Wetline ISO 4man canister liferaft (2011)
  • Series drogue (2011)

Panta Rhei received a major refit in Holland in 2011 (worth over $200,000) and is ready to go cruising. And it’s not just the hull, deck and rigging that have been given much attention. The interior will please you with many classic ship like stylings and touches. Meticulous care and preventative maintenance has been given to this vessel by her owners, and it shows.

Panta Rhei is one heck of a sailing vessel that took her last owners to every corner of the North Atlantic Ocean safely. They sailed with their two young children! This could be your chance to own an awesome, proven bluewater cruising boat. Give us a call if you want to talk bluewater passagemaking.

LOA: 48 ft 0 in
Beam: 15 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 7 ft 6 in
Displacement: 35273 lbs
Ballast: 14330 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 76 ft 0 in
Engine 1:
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Fresh Water Tanks: (264 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (158 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (52 Gallons)
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Full Specifications


The Van de Stadt Samoa 48 is a wonderful three stateroom voyager suitable for a family or for your crew on a circumnavigation. With two staterooms aft and a wonderful owner’s stateroom forward this is a beautiful sailing platform. Not only that, Panta Rhei was outfitted with the lovely interior finish and custom features right from the beginning. She has the classic teak and holly sole and teak trim interior that makes us all feel all warm and nautical inside. Starting forward, the owner’s stateroom has a large V-berth, a cushioned dressing bench, much storage below and above the V-berth and good standing room and floor space. There is a large head and shower adjoining.

Aft of the forward head is the wonderful salon with a luxurious U-shaped settee for dining. The varnished dinner table can comfortably seat six and the blue upholstered settee cushions will keep you comfortable for hours. Across from the dining area is the sit down navigation station, the ship’s office. Here you will find all the necessary navigation equipment, a large pull out chart drawer, lots of storage and a comfortable and secure nav seat with a back support. To starboard and aft of the nav station is the spacious L-shaped galley. First and foremost this is a secure galley in a seaway, and it is located near the companionway to access the cockpit. There is plenty of storage and all amenities.

Aft of the dining area to port next to the companionway is the head which is wonderful while underway as it is near the companionway in the area of comfortable motion. Aft are the two guest cabins to port and starboard. These aft cabins are quite roomy and have good headroom in the forward portion of each cabin above the standing and dressing areas of the berths. Cabinets for storage are found in each cabin. These cabins make wonderful sea berths while underway and offer wonderful cabins for kids if you are a family with a voyaging dream.

  • Three-cabin, two-head layout
  • Secure galley complete with propane stove, fridge and freezer
  • Beautiful large dinette to port with solid table
  • Sit down navigation station
  • Hologen lighting throughout
  • Ample storage space
  • Great headroom (6’ throughout)
  • Teak & holly sole
  • Teak joinery
  • Excellent ventilation


The galley is well thought out and has been designed for off-shore navigation.


  • Tec 24 volt refrigerator
  • Separate Frigomatic watercooled freezer
  • Three burner Force 10 propane stove with oven and broiler
  • Stylish circular double stainless steel sink
  • Pressure water system
  • In-counter storage


  • Electric water pressure system (2012)
  • Hot water heater (2011) powered by engine or 220 volt
  • 264 gallons fresh water in two aluminum tanks
  • Two heads, one with shower
  • 52 gallons of holding tank capacity in two aluminum tanks


At Helm Station

  • Raymarine ST60 PLUS instrument pack (Wind/Speed/Depth, 2011)
  • Raymarine ST60 PLUS close hauled (2011)
  • Raymarine SPX30 course computer core pack (2011) and ST7002 Control Unit (2011)
  • Contest pedestal compass
  • Shipmate RS8300 VHF
  • Hydrovane windvane self-steering system

At Navigation Station

  • ST7002 remote control panel at chart table
  • Raymarine Raystar 125 GPS (2011)
  • Digital yachts AIT250 AIS transponder (2011)
  • Furuno 1831Mk2 32nm radar
  • Digital yachts Aquamedia PC and Prolite 115 15" LCD Monitor (2011)
  • MaxSea TimeZero Navigator (w/ embedded maps for Northern Europe, Mediterranean, East Caribbean and US)
  • Iridium 9555 satellite phone
  • Digital yachts WL500 WIFI antenna
  • Nasa Navtex PC Pro System (2011)



  • Volvo Penta TMD22 79 hp (58kW) diesel (1997)
  • 4000 running hours on engine
  • 158 gallons diesel in two aluminum tanks
  • Dual Racor fuel filters
  • Mechanical gearbox w/ Aquadrive transmission system
  • Whitlock Cobra mechanical wheel-steering (bearings changed 2011)
  • Stainless steel propeller shaft
  • Three-bladed feathering Maxprop propeller
  • Lewmar V3 10mm Gypsy/Drum windlass (2011)
  • Vetus 80 kgf electric bowthruster
  • Hydrovane windvane self-steering system


24 Volt System

  • 4 x deep cycle 200amp Mastervolt service batteries (2011)
  • 60 + 100amp start batteries (2012)
  • Mastervolt 24/50 automatic battery charger (2012)
  • Mastervolt 1000 watt inverter (24v to 220v)
  • Vetus 80 kgf electric bow thruster with speed control (refitted in 2011)

220 Volt System

  • Fisher Panda 6,5kva diesel generator in soundproofing box (approx. 2000 running hours, refitted in 2012)
  • Air Breeze wind turbine (2011)
  • 360 watt Enecom solar panels (2011) w/ Morningstar SunSaver MPPT regulator (2011)

24/220 volt electrical system (2011)



  • Fractional cutter rig
  • Proctor triple spreader mast (anodised), 76’ high
  • Stainless steel Dyform standing rigging (2011) with Norseman terminals (2011)
  • Running backstays
  • Walder boom break (2011)

Sail Inventory

  • Full batten main w/ Harken roller-bearing mast track & lazy jacks (Rolly Tasker 2008)
  • Furling jib (Tasker 2008)
  • Furling staysail (Elvstrom 2011)
  • Asymetric spinnaker with squeezer (2010)
  • Reckmann headsail & staysail furling system (2011)
  • Spinnaker pole stowed at mast


  • 2 x Lewmar 54ST (2011)
  • 2 x Lewmar 48ST (2011)
  • 2 x 46EST
  • 2 x 44CST Lewmar winches


Hull, deck, superstructure and hard sprayhood in Aluminum grade AIMg4,5Mn.


  • Round-bilged hull of Aluminum grade AIMg4,5Mn
  • Mig/Tig welded (ribs and frames: 6-8 mm, hull: 6 mm, keel: 8-15mm, deck: 4 mm, superstructure: 5 mm)
  • Fin keel
  • Balanced spade rudder (bearings changed in 2012)
  • Awlgripp two-part marine paint system (hull in 2008, deck and cockpit in 2011)
  • International Interprotect two-part epoxy underwater paint system (2011)
  • Gebo windows in aluminum framing


  • Aluminum grade AIMg4,5Mn
  • Awlgripp two-part marine paint (2011)


  • Hard aluminum dodger/sprayhood
  • High, wrap around combing
  • Teak floor in cockpit (2011)
  • Awlgripp two-part marine paint (2011)

Ground Tackle

  • Lewmar V3 10mm Gypsy/Drum windlass (2011)
  • Rocna and Fortress anchors


  • Wetline ISO 4man canister liferaft (2011)
  • Ocean Signal E100g Epirb
  • Emergency tiller
  • Series drogue (2011)
  • Fenders
  • Warps
  • Many spares
  • Tools

Adventure's of Hawk, Panta Rhei Sistership

Hawks Adventures

Summary of Hawk’s Voyages to date (approx. 75,000nm) - Custom 48' aluminum sloop

Northern hemisphere seasons:

1998 Summer: sailed offshore direct from Florida to Chesapeake with no interior


1999 summer: Newfoundland

Offshore direct from Chesapeake to Newfoundland (1,150nm)

Participated in CCA/RNYC cruise, then Nova Scotia and Maine to Long Island

(total 2000nm coastal)

Added two new anchorages to CCA Newfoundland cruising guide

1999 winter: Caribbean

Sat out Hurricane Lenny in Antigua (November 9-15)

Caribbean cruising from Antigua south to Guadeloupe and north to the USVI (600nm)

1999 winter/2000 spring: Atlantic crossing

Atlantic crossing - BVI direct to Azores to Ireland (3,400nm)

2000 summer: Ireland & Scotland (1,000nm coastal)

Participated in CCA/CCC cruise

2001 summer: Ireland, Scotland, Faeroes and Iceland (1600nm island hopping)

Circumnavigations of Ireland & Iceland

Contributed corrections to ICC “west coast” cruising guide

Sailed directly along Arctic circle on summer solstice

Offshore direct Iceland to Canaries (2,200nm)

2001 fall: Atlantic crossing - Canaries, Cape Verdes, Uruguay (4,600nm total,

3,750nm non-stop)

Weathered major breaking wave storm off Uruguay

2001 winter: Argentina (1500nm coastal)

Contributed new harbor to RCC guide, with sketch chart and tide analysis

First sailboat in ‘recent memory’ to enter Puerto San Julian

2002 all year: Chile (2,500nm, coastal)

Unusual double traverse, cruising both South-North and North-South; sailed around Cape Horn

Encountered 60kt front while approaching Cape Horn; a German boat was

lost with all hands

Produced 'best anchorages routing summary' for Chilean channels

2003 spring: Atlantic & Indian Ocean crossing - Chile to Australia

9,000-mile non-stop Southern Ocean passage across 2 oceans in 59 days

Weathered 956mb low passing directly overhead

Discovered undocumented 4kt Agulhas counter current, passed under Cape Hope

Essentially flawless passage; no broaches, knockdowns or major equipment


2003 Fall: Southern Australia & Tasmania (2,500nm)

Rounded two Great Capes - Cape Leeuwin & Tasmania's Southwest Cape

Nonstop Southern Ocean passage from Albany, West Australia to Port Davey, Tasmania

2004: Tasmania to North Island, New Zealand and cruising North Island (2,100nm)

Delivery of 104-foot Royal Huisman yacht from New Zealand to Fiji (1,000nm)

2005 Fall and winter: To South Island New Zealand and Stewart Island

Sailed from Whangaroa on the top of the North Island to Nelson on the top of the South Island down the west coast of New Zealand

From Nelson, sailed down the South Island's west coast to Thompson Sound and spent a month exploring Fiordland

Rounded the fifth Great Cape - Stewart Islands Southwest Cape (1,500nm)

2005 Spring: Passage to Austral Islands, Hawaii and British Columbia, and cruising Queen Charlotte Islands and the West Coast of Vancouver Island (12,500nm)

2006 Spring & summer: Cruising From Desolation Sound to Ventura, CA (2200nm)

2007 Sailed to Mexico and explored the sea of Cortez (1,628nm), sailed down the central American coast to Costa Rica (2,200nm). Nonstop passage from Costa Rica to Gambier Island (4,100nm), nonstop passage from Gambier Island to Puerto Montt Chile (3800nm). (11,728nm for the year)

Winter 2008 Puerto Montt, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina (1,200nm)

2009 We sailed to the Falkland (535nm), South Georgia (980nm), St. Helena (3100nm), Antigua (4,500nm), St. Thomas (235nm) and the back to the Chesapeake Bay (1,600nm). We returned to the same slip we left, 10 years (less 2 days) later (10,950 nm for the year)

Captain: Evans Starzinger and Admiral: Beth Leonard


Length: 48
Beam: 15'
Draft: 7'6
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate