Mola Mola | Taswell 49' 1997

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Yacht Name: Mola Mola
Builder: Taswell
Model: 49
Year: 1997
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Designer: Bill Dixon
Hull Material: Fiberglass


MOLA MOLA – The ultimate blue water sailing yacht. Fully loaded with nearly every imaginable piece of gear, hardware, and cruising equipment.  This is a boat unlike anything you’ll find for under $300,000. The Taswell 49 Bill Dixon design is strong, fast, and sea-kindly with an interior that is so comfortable it’s borderline “plush”. With proper displacement and balance for passagemaking and interior volume perfectly suited for ideal accommodations at sea, Mola Mola is as capable of a world cruiser as you could ever hope to find.


  • Stainless steel standing rigging replaced in 2012
  • Spacious and comfortable main salon with many custom features, lots of natural light though large deck salon windows, and updated with new upholstery
  • Three well appointed staterooms with accommodations for seven and two heads each with electric toilets and separate stall showers

  • A galley that is the envy of all sailors – Massive refrigerator and freezer space, abundant cabinetry customized for maximizing storage and functionality

  • Superb access to machinery and all major systems

  • Large 8kW Onan generator and 110hp Yanmar engine – Maintained for years by one of the most mechanically inclined sailors this broker has ever met. Absolutely fastidious about maintenance!

  • 3-Zone air conditioning with recently updated units

  • All the systems to make sailing safe and easy such as bow thruster, full compliment of electric winches, versatile sailplan with newer sails (Genoa new in 2018!)

  • Low maintenance deck with non-skid and just enough teak to give the boat that beautiful look – Teak on the foredeck replaced in 2012

  • Gorgeous flag blue hull repainted in 2012

  • A roomy cockpit that’s well suited for offshore sailing – can be fully enclosed by one of the best canvas enclosures you’ve ever seen aboard a cruising boat. The previous owner went through four iterations until he perfected the design

  • Fully loaded with recently updated electronics – redundant autopilots, newer Raymarine instruments, AIS, and everything you could desire for distance sailing

  • Every safety item and piece of cruising gear you’ll need – two liferafts, multiple EPIRBs, a set of 5 Personal Locator Beacons, brand new auto-inflating life vests, multiple ditch bags stocked with supplies, and enough spare parts to practically build another boat.

  • 9’ AB Dinghy with a brand new 9.9 hp Yamaha outboard and stainless steel Kato davits

Vessel Walkthrough

"Mola Mola" features a beautiful matched grain contemporary varnished teak interior. The spacious, well ventilated, bright accommodations offers living space one would expect in a much larger design.

The interior accommodations begin with a large VIP guest cabin forward with V-berth and filler embraced by cedar lined and lighted hanging lockers, with drawers under, port and starboard. A second guest cabin is just aft to port with lower and upper berths, a hanging locker, storage drawers and night stand with locker under. The upper bunk with its four-inch thick base doubles as a work bench. Across the hall to starboard is the guest head featuring a separate stall shower with acrylic shower door, electric head, vanity with Corian counter tops and medicine locker outboard. 

All cabins have been extensively customized especially the main salon. On the forward bulkhead near centerline and adjacent to the teak covered mast is a backlighted vertical cabinet with detents to display crystal. Below this centerpiece is a cabinet to portect your fine wines. An L-shaped seven-foot long settee compliments a glowing teak table with decorative inlays and fiddles. (The table can be lowered to convert the settee into a double berth.) Amidship on the inboard side of the table settee are two ultra suede chairs. These chairs, when rotated 180 degrees, form a conversation/entertainment area. Two similar chairs are aligned to starboard with decorative table between with wine storage under. Outboard of the seating, on both sides of the salon, are bookshelves, port lights, recessed lighting and other decorative touches. 

Aft of the spacious L-shaped sette to port is the office style navigation station with black leather 360-degree swivel barrel chair, the captain is presented with the complete array of flush mounted electronics, radio, monitoring devices and Bass electric breaker panel. 

To starboard is the extended passageway galley. Includes extensive counter surfaces, three-burner stove with oven/broiler with powered vent hood (discharging directly outside) and multiple storage lockers and drawers. Opposite the stove is more counter space with double stainless steel sink on centerline and trash compartment. Both upper and lower refrigerator and freezer boxes are accesed from front opening upper and lower doors. 

The luxurious aft-cabin is designed to be comfortable in all sailing conditions. A forward-facing seat and bureau of drawers are flanked to port by a full double berth and on the starboard by a single berth. On centerline forward is a dressing table with swing-out swivel seat and large mirror opposite the sleeping area. The ensuite head incorporates a vanity, electric head and  separate stall shower. Outboard of the shower is the combination washer/dryer.

Main Salon
  • Custom layout with four ultra suede covered custom teak swivel arm chairs
  • L-shaped settee to port with newer upholstery.
  • Custom inlaid teak dining table lowers to proivde a double berth
  • Custom side window blinds for privacy and UV protection
  • Custom cabinet for glass storage and wine locker
  • Two overhead hatches with recessed sun shade and screens
  • Custom Cantalupi designed lights
  • Custom Alpen Glo dual white and red overhead lights in decorative trimmed teak boxes
  • Starboard side table between two of the swivel chairs with bottle locker

Master Stateroom
  • Large double berth to port and single berth to starboard including designer covers and lee cloths
  • Vanity with large mirror, swing out seat and 2 drawers (on forward bulkhead)
  • Large cedar lined locker with door activated lights
  • Four pull-out drawers (two are extra deep)
  • Ensuite head compartment with separate stall shower
  • Vanity with stainless steel sink and Corian counter
  • Large overhead hatch with retractable screen and blackout shade

Forward VIP Guest Cabin
  •  V-berth with center insert to convert to a double
  • Custom designer covers and bedding
  • Two tall cedar lined hanging closets with door activated lights and four drawers
  • Large overhead hatch with custom screen and sun shade
  • Full-length mirror


Port Guest Cabin
  • Upper and lower single berths including lee cloths
  • Vanity with four pullout drawers and mirror above
  • Large pullout storage drawer under lower berth
  • Cedar lined locker with three drawers above
  • Overhead hatch with screen and sun shade

Navigation Station

Custom 'office layout' with file drawers, navigation table, bookshelf and flag storage locker. Designed with flush mounted computer screen. Double opening top to access storage under the table with accent lighting. Drop down instrument panel for easy access to electronics. 

  • Passageway style galley with inboard and outboard Corian counters
  • Custom refrigerator and freezer with front opening upper and lower boxes
  • Force 10 3-burner stove including oven with broiler.
  • Custom exhaust fan above stove
  • Two 30 pound aluminum propane tanks in an outside locker
  • Double stainless steel sink with cutting board tops
  • Custom spice racks
  • Sharp carousel microwave and convection oven
  • Fresh and seawater foot pumps for galley sink
  • Nine galley storage drawers and five galley storage lockers
  • Round double shelf and under counter storage locker
  • Custom sink faucet
  • Seagull freshwater filter with separate faucet


  • Seafrost refrigeration/freezer with 110 volt compressor and separate engine driven compressor
  • Custom large upper refrigeration and lower freezer boxes with front opening doors
  • Dual holding plates in freezer and oversize single plate in refrigerator compartment

  • Raymarine i50 Wind, Speed, Depth over the companionway and i70 multi-display (2015)
  • Electrical breaker panel dedicated to instruments
  • Furuno model 1831 radar IB
  • Furuno GPS 32 Navigation (in box new back up)
  • (2) Autohelm multi-unit display(2005) and spare 
  • Autohelm ST 6000 control and display at Nav Center and ST7000 at helm (spares)
  • ICOM M802 SSB (2005)
  • Furuno weather fax model 207
  • SAT phone- Iridium 9555 (2010) - voice or data/email 
  • Pioneer AM/FM radio MP3/iPod and CD player (2012)
  • Teak holder for iPad at pedestal
  • Dell computer display (2012)
  • Vespar AIS transponder and receiver with independent display screen (NEW 2018)
  • VYachts wifi projects AIS & instruments to iPad
  • ICOM  M602 VHF
  • Weems and Plath clock (2015)

Helm Electronics:

  • Raymarine C50 wind, depth and speed and i70 multi-display (2015)
  • Autohelm ST 7000 auto pilot control head
  • Simnad RS12 VHF (2016)
  • Autohelm instrument including wind, speed & depth
  • Control for Side Power bow thruster
  • Windlass controller
  • Ritchie compass

Electrical System
  • Onan model MDKD 8 KW diesel generator - New water pump installed in 2018 (2,650 hrs)
  • 12V DC, 110 & 220 VAC electrical system
  • 12 volt DC and 110 volt AC Bass breaker panel flush mounted on inboard bulkhead in navigation center. Includes amp and volt gauges
  • Blue Sea (battery only) milli-Amp & milli-Volt multimeter
  • Remote generator control panel (2016)
  • Generator sub breaker in engine room (remote)
  • (3) 5amp solar panels
  • Custom stainless steel stern arch installed in 2009 for solar panels and radar pole 
  • 110/220 shore power and inverter auto switching system
  • Xantrex 3500 Inverter charger (2013) and battery monitor panel 
  • Pro watt 1000 True Sinewave Inverter (2015)
  • Xantrex True Charge 60amp
  • Heart 700 inverter isolated for laptop computer
  • 30/50 amp shore power system
  • Four 8D Gel batteries, Two 8D forward, Two 8D amidship (Nov. 2015)
  • 4D starting battery with cross over switching (2013)
  • Zinc Saver corrosion control system
  • Custom LED Cantalupi lights throughout
  • Six Alpen Glo dual white and red salon lights

Mechanical Equipment
  • Yanmar 4LHTE turbo diesel, 110 hp
  • Remote engine oil changer (Yanmar & Onan 8kw)
  • Oil change pump system for engine and generator
  • Dual racor filters
  • Fuel 50 gallon and 120 gallon tanks (total 170gal.)
  • Strong shaft seal, dripless- one new and 2 spares on shaft
  • Two 2000 GPH bilge pumps (2015)
  • Sidepower 7 hp bow thruster
  • Three blade Max prop - Serviced by manufacturer in 2017
  • 160 Balmar alternator  & voltage regulator with spare
  • Engine room automatic halon extinguisher system
  • Bilge pump selector panel with remote control and alarm functions (2015)
  • 12000 BTU AC - Aft stateroom
  • 15000 BTU AC - main salon
  • 12000 BTU AC - forward cabins
  • PUR 160E watermaker (high pressure pump, motor and reduction gear replaced in 2007)
  • Manual bilge pump -Henderson


  • Two electric toilets (one with macerator pump), two holding tanks (20 gallon and 14 gallon) both with overboard discharge macerator pumps
  • Custom Whale pipework system throughout (freshwater) with spare.
  • Dual pressure fresh water pumps - Shur Flow with accumulator
  • Seawater deck wash down system
  • Custom Grohe shower fixtures

Deck Equipment

Fiberglass sandwich deck with gray molded non-skid. Center cockpit design with three storage lazarettes aft and one sail storage locker forward. Cockpit lighting under boom. Centerline teak decking forward of mast (replaced 2012) (no teak on side decks)and in cockpit. Custom teak deck box on stern deck (2012) custom stainless steel storage panel arch (2009). Extended stainless steel stern rail (6.5 feet for safety and storage, including custom wood work bench/table) 

  • Maxwell 3500 windlass with two chain stoppers (remote at helm) (new motor 2015)
  • 30kg Rocna Vulcan Anchor (2015) with stainless steel chain on deck and 400ft 5/6 high test chain 55lb Fortress anchor with 35 feet chain and 165 feet 1" double braid line.
  • Custom stern s/s radar pole on aft deck with outboard lift, LED flood lights (facing forward & aft), 2 GPS antennas, weather fax antenna, VHF antenna & AM/FM antenna
  • Kato stainless steel davits that swing flush with stern pulpit
  • Custom teak deck box for lin storage on stern (2012)
  • Custom folding swim boarding ladder (longer than standard)
  • Custom hand rails on transom platform
  • Hot & cold freshwater shower on transom
  • Elk hide covered wheel plus 18" elk hide wheel cover for use w/auto pilot
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Teak cockpit grating
  • Custom teak folding seat extension
  • Stainless Steel Sovereign BBQ

Sails & Rigging
  • Standing Rigging replaced (2014) including Hahn turnbuckles
  • Running Rigging recently updated
  • Profurl furling systems -genoa and staysail (rebuilt 2014)
  • Forespar boom strut and vang
  • Whisker Pole
  • All halyards lead back to electric winch on cabin top
  • UK fully battened main with extended roach (2009)
  • Harken batt car system with lazy jacks and Doyle stack pack
  • Sperry Sails 135% genoa (2018)
  • Doyle Yankee (2004)
  • Staysail
  • North cruising spinnaker with carbon fiber horse collar and snuffersock
  • Two Lewmar 64CST electric primary winches (routine service)
  • Two Lewmar 40CST staysail winches (routine service)
  • One Lewmar 43CST main sheet winch (routine service)
  • One Anderson line drive winch to control traveler position (rebuilt)
  • One Lewmar 40 electric CST halyard winch mounted at forward end of cockpit for furling sails
  • Two Lewmar 40CST halyard winches on mast

  • Custom "Wave Stopper" hardtop for cockpit companionway dodger with Barrett glass
  • Full length bimini with vinyl side curtains (2015), aft curtain (2013)
  • Custom toe rail covers (2012)
  • Raft cover (2009)
  • Cockpit cushions (2012)

Other Features
  • New Awlgrip (hull, deck and mast) 2012
  • Interior teak upgrades done in Thailand (2012)
  • 9.5 ABB RIB dinghy (Sunbrella cover) with 2018 9.9hp Yamaha outboard
  • Washer and dryer
  • Smoked plexiglass port inserts for privacy
  • Custom shades for fixed ports and hull ports
  • Automatic lights for all lockers
  • Good access to shaft seal in aft cabin
  • Screens & shades for deck hatches and all ports 
  • Fireboy model S-2A fume detector and solenoid (New 2010)
  • Carbon Monoxide detector (2016)


  • Zodiac 6 person offshore life raft  (3 year certification in October 2015) with ACR ResQLink PLB (2015), water, space blanket, food, medical kit & flares
  • Additional backup Switlik model 6 man coastal life raft mounted on custom designed stern rail cradle

  • Gale Rider drogue with 300 feet 5/8 inch double braided line in sunbrella storage on back of stern rail.
  • RLB 35 EPIRB
  • Small ditch bag with VHF, ACR Globalfix Pro EPIRB, flares, rations and fishing gear 
  • Large ditch bag with assortment of flares, rations , water, gloves, blanket
  • LifeSling on aft rail
  • TriLens Radar Reflector (2016)
  • 70' amsteel line for emergency shroud and stay replacement
  • 6 Offshore auto-inflate life vests (NEW 2018)
  • 5 Personal Locator Beacons (NEW 2018)
  • 3 Handheld VHF radios (NEW 2018)
  • Emergency tiller


Length: 49'
Beam: 15'
Draft: 6'
Engine Hours: Josh McLean