Lady M | Nauticat 51' 2000

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Lady M
Builder: Nauticat
Model: Pilothouse
Year: 2000
Location: Annapolis, MD
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This is an amazing opportunity for you to own a beautiful Nauticat 515! If you want a great world cruiser of quality and substance, keep reading. Lady M has just received a major influx of serious money and rigorous and thoughtful maintenance; she has received upgrades for the planned voyage ahead. Well, the plan is changed; now she is an opportunity for you!  This is the type of situation people hope to find. You found it! This one is a great opportunity for you! Keep reading…

First of all, the Nauticat 515 pilothouse is a serious blue water live aboard vessel of the highest quality. She is built in Finland and the quality is evident! The boat reminds me of the Hallberg Rassy 53 we owned and sailed. Lady M was built by Sitala in Finland! You know all the best boats are built in that part of the world where the North Sea leads you out to all the oceans of the world. The Nauticat 515 is designed by the most amazing yacht design firm of Sparkman Stevens! You will clearly see this in her hull shape and which indeed is well regarded ,,,, solid, stable, and comfortable and most of all robust. The Nauticat 51 is a real bluewater cruiser with a displacement of 53,000 pounds and ballast of 18,500 lbs. With her classic S&S long fin keel and skeg mounted rudder she rides as comfortably over the ocean under sail and more amazingly she can motor sail or just go under power as conditions demand. She has an 1850 nm motoring range extended with her sail plan. Just go anywhere you want. .

If you want a live aboard cruiser that can carry your family on a world voyage, you will love this four stateroom pilot house vessel with a motoring range of 1850 miles. The accommodations are amazing. The engine room is even more amazing. It gets even better!

Lady M is amazing because she was recently purchased not even a year ago. The new owners went over the boat with a fine toothed comb to address every single thing to make her as perfect as she could be. Basically they went through the boat stem to stern through every system to inspect, maintain, and upgrade as necessary. It is exactly what you would want to do if you bought a boat. And someone did it for you. Everything has been checked out, serviced, repaired, maintained or upgraded; I did say everything including the mechanicals, electrical, domestics, rigging sails and safety gear. Everything! The Lady is ready to go! And she is ready to go with you!

But before you buy her, let’s just take inventory to let you know why this Lady is so special.

  • Beautiful boat in lovely condition with four staterooms.
  • She has all new standing rigging with new hardware
  • The engine has just had all major maintenance and with 2770 hours it is perfect
  • The generator has complete maintenance including filters, fluids, impeller, belts, and heat exchanger
  • The watermaker is all tested and serviced and ready to go
  • The in mast furling engine is completely rebuilt
  • All sails inspected and repaired by Doyle
  • Winches serviced including all the electric winches
  • Windlass rebuilt with new deck switches
  • Fuel tanks cleaned and new tank gauge senders
  • Running gear all inspected and major maintenance complete with new cutlass bearing, new shaft seal packing, new Shark line cutter added for those pesky pots in Maine, and that wonderful prop antifouling paint applied.
  • Bow thruster rebuilt and fully maintained
  • Every pump inspected and replaced or serviced
  • And comfort items like new mattresses, new stove, new custom linens
  • Even new charts and cruising guides
  • And she is in sail away condition in Annapolis MD

In twenty years, we have seen only a few situations like this. Here we have a beautiful boat that is really ready to move aboard and go. The owners have just done everything for you. If you want to have an adventure with a big live aboard ocean going cruiser, do it!  Do it now! Things can change.

You can do it on a boat like this one! You will feel really safe and your family will feel safe. This is a great boat of pedigree with an amazing hull shape, powered by incredible engineering. This vessel is a sailboat that will keep you safe and she is a motor sailor to get you where you are going. You will love it! A Nauticat is legendary for its seaworthiness, toughness, durability. The pilot house is the ultimate with the unbeatable combination of performance under sail and under power. And with 360 degrees of magnificent ocean view you just can’t beat it. Lady M just arrived in Annapolis.

Builder: Nauticat
Flag of Registry: United States
Keel: Fin
LOA: 51 ft 0 in
Beam: 15 ft 0 in
LWL: 40 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 2 in
Displacement: 53000 lbs Half Load
Ballast: 18100 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 77 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 8 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Nanni Man
Engine Model: 6660E
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2770
Engine Power: 150 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (425 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (415 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (63 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 4
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 4
Number of heads: 2

Full Specifications


Nauticat Yachts has been a family owned company for 45 years and has built over 2900 yachts. These people are the pioneers at building traditional pilothouse sailing yachts. The Nauticat is built meticulously in every way from the hand-laid fiberglass, to the rather exquisite teak interior to the amazing accommodations. The four stateroom layout is perfect for a family as it is every bit as spacious as a water front condo. The master cabin aft is huge and comfortable with its ensuite head and shower. The forward v-berth cabin will ensure that your guests never want to leave. Two additional cabins with the uppers and lowers mean you can bring the whole family including the grandkids. This is a wonderful live aboard cruiser but that is not what is so special. So spacious and so lovely and with 6'6" to 6' 8" headroom throughout the boat all of you tall sailors will be happy also.

So if you or your mate likes a boat with a view, and you don’t want to live in a cave, you will love the large raised pilothouse and the large dinette seating area on the port side. You will have full visibility for the helmsman and for everyone in the pilothouse sitting around the table and gazing out the windows. These are very stout windows made of marine toughened safety glass set into alloy frames. The pilothouse and salon seating have with harbor and ocean views. It is wonderful at anchor as well as at sea. And you can operate the boat from the inside pilothouse. Every control is at your figure tips.

Most important, you will see the strength in the construction throughout the yacht. The furniture is solid teak and the cabin sole is marine plywood with thick teak and holly bonded to it. The large galley counter is granite and the bathrooms have Other high use areas like the head and shower are fiberglass for easy maintenance. Everywhere you look, you see substance and quality with the craftsmanship that says style! The beautiful teak joinery is satin varnished. The cabin sole is teak inlaid with holly. The interior is classic and lovely.

This gentleman cruiser has four sleeping cabins so you can bring the whole family with all the grand kids. She accommodates eight adults comfortably and the grand kids can fit in anywhere.

The luxurious Master suite has a centerline queen berth, drawers, hanging lockers (more like closets) and book shelves. The owner’s ensuite head has the vanity and sink, an electric flush toilet and separate shower. You’ll love it that the shower stall has 6'6" headroom! The shower stall and the vanity are ceramic tile. Opening portlights and hatches provide light and ventilation. 

For your family or guests there are three more cabins! The V-berth cabin has a true V berth making the most use of space and in the most comfort. There are two additional guest cabins on the port side. One is just aft of the V berth cabin and sharing the foreword head. The guest head has a vanity and sink, an electric toilet, and a faucet type shower. There is a mirror and cabinets and of course the overhead hatch for ventilation.

The other cabin is just forward of the owner’s aft cabin and it provides access to the mechanicals space which is amazing and it even has a chart table or ships office designed for your captain or just for you if you are captain of your own ship!. And if you do have a captain, this is the perfect boat!

This is a perfect family cruiser with ample space of everyone and just the right space in all conditions. There are four staterooms and two heads. The spacious cockpit and aft deck provide the crew and guests with great choices to have. The pilothouse is great for dining even in an evening thunderstorm.And the foredeck is vast and set up with a hammock for especially lazy days.

Creature comforts:

  • Room with a view
  • Secure cockpit
  • Aft deck
  • Air conditioning
  • Heat
  • Jabsco Quiet flush 24v electric toilets!
  • Electric in mast furling and electric winches
  • Davits, new dinghy and a 20 hp outboard


The galley is forward of the main salon and down two easy steps. It is located on the port side. The granite counter is amazingly large so counter space abounds. The circular dinette to starboard has a lovely teak table and just like home, people will definitely hang out there! This is an awesome galley.

  • Force 10 two-burner gimbaled stove with fiddles, pot retainers, safety bar, oven and broiler with solenoid switch and proper propane system
  • Front Refrigerator, with Isotherm 24v DC refrigeration system new 2014
  • Isotherm Freezer, 24 volt DC, all freezer components replaced in 2008
  • Granite counters and backsplash
  • Microwave Convection oven
  • Stainless steel double sink
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Isotherm hot water heater 220v
  • Mixing faucet with sprayer
  • Excellent storage in cabinets and lockers
  • Custom butcher block lid on a custom teak top loading storage bin (replaced a prior dishwasher)
  • Propane tank is located in chain locker forward, isolated from the interior cabins


  • Amazing water capacity – 425 gallons
  • Owners aft ensuite head with separate stall shower
  • Forward guest head and shower
  • Sinks with mixing faucets
  • Shower sump pumps
  • Jabsco Quiet flush 24v electric marine toilets in both heads.
  • Toilets equipped with Y valve and holding tank with deck pump out and overboard manual pump-out offshore (24 liter)
  • Pressure water pump and accumulator tank
  • Deck fill
  • Hot water heater, 15 gallons, electric and engine heat

Navigation and Communication:

As a pilothouse design, you can basically do most everything from down below. The heel o meter is on the inside of the companionway. She is a North Sea kind of boat. The helm in the pilothouse is pretty wonderful. You have everything. And in the cockpit you also have everything you need. It is truly a magnificent ocean cruising boat.

  • Raymarine E80 Multifunction displays at the Nav Station and cockpit helm pedestal 
  • Raymarine 4kw 48 mile radar with custom SS mast platform by Kato Marine
  • Kato Marine custom 316 stainless steel radar scanner mast platform with wrap around sail guard
  • Raymarine ST7000+ Autopilot Controls at Nav and Helm
  • Wind instruments….I60 wind gauge & wind vane ( 2016)
  • ST60 depth & speed (2017)
  • Raystar 25 GPS
  • ICOM VHF at Nav Station
  • Echo pilot forward looking sonar (renewed 2017)

Mechanical Systems:

We can’t even describe wow amazing this is. There is a large and very accessible engine room accessed through the aft guest cabin. The engine room houses all the mechanicals from the engine and generator to the water pumps, bilge pump, water heater, batteries, battery chargers, and water maker. It is wonderful to have a true mechanicals space and it is a well insulated space with an insulated door.

  • Nanni Man Diesel, 150 hp, with only 2770 hours. Serial No. 38232
  • Low RPM engine (1300 rpm yields 8-8.5 knot motoring, with possible 10 knot upper limit)
  • Racor dual filter configuration for quick switch
  • Electric oil change pump attached to manifold for easy oil changes of the engine and the generator
  • The propeller shaft is 40mm stainless steel with a bronze support bracket.
  • Maxprop 27" bronze three bladed feathering prop
  • Engine room blower
  • Morse controls
  • The steering system is hydraulic by Seastar with Teleflex controls, dual helm with steering from pilothouse or the cockpit
  • Engine spares and rebuild kits
  • Spare water pump for main engine

More Mechanicals

  • The generator is a Westerbeke 7.5 kW 220v enclosed in its own sound shield box in the engine room. Serial number 27371-E002 
  • Bow Thruster by Side Power, with upgraded controller board 
  • Water maker by Sea Recovery (23 gallons per hour) completely maintained with new fresh water back flush capability 2017 with spare filters and maintenance items
  • Air conditioning, Flagship, 18,000  BTU with digital control-display in salon, ducting throughout boat
  • Water heater by Isotherm (heated via 220v and from engine)
  • Engine driven bilge pump 
  • Automatic Jabsco diaphragm 24v bilge pump
  • All potable water pumps are Jabsco diaphragm units

Electrical Systems:

Complete 110v and  24v and 12v systems with shore power connection and charging system, solar charging system, and  Westerbeke Genset with under 1000 hours!

Generator: 7.5 kW Westerbeke generator provides 220v. (Roughly1240 hours!) Entire electrical generation back end replaced 2016

24/12 Volt System:

Batteries, all new in 2015.

  • Six 8D house batteries and one start batte
  • High output 24v alternator
  • Solar panels: New 375 watts of solar power in 2016
  • Alternator 24v high output
  • Solar panels, two Kyocera KC85T panels mounted on dinghy davits with Ammeter and Controller located in engine room
  • Masthead Tri-color and Anchor lighting LED 2017
  • Spreader lights, deck lights all new LED 2017

110 v Shore Power System:

  • Shore Power connection for 50 amp service
  • Shore power cords and adapters
  • Two Mastervolt battery chargers 100 amp total output, both new 2014 & 2015
  • 3.7 kw Isolation transformer by Trafotek
  • Mastervolt inverter 24v to 115v AC new 2015
  • Two Mastervolt converters 24v to 12v 40 amp output 
  • AC Breaker Panel
  • 16,000 btu air conditioning system
  • Microwave convection oven

Sails and Rigging:

The Nauticat 515 is a true sailing motor sailor. She is as comfortable under power as she is under sail. With a motor range of 1850 nm and generous sail plan with a sloop rig that includes a mast head jib and a mast head genoa for downwind there is nowhere you can’t go. Truly this vessel meets the needs of a modern cruiser. People complain they motor too much, but that is because they choose motoring weather it make a passage. Now you can truly choose your weather. If you want to sail, go with wind and you’ll have wonderful pilothouse conditions and with Lady M, its push button sailing! The winches sail furlers, and outhaul are all electric! It’s so easy and safe and comfortable.

  • Keel stepped aluminum mast 77.8 feet high
  • Sloop rig with two headsails, mast head genoa and mast head jib
  • Sparcraft electric in-mast furling mainsail system
  • Stainless steel rigging new in 2017
  • Internal halyards
  • Garhauer boom vang
  • Profurl 52 electric furling genoa - New 2008
  • Profurl 42 electric furling on staysail
  • Spinnaker pole stows on mast track
  • Harken traveler
  • Jib tracks with double cars
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Rigged for spinnaker mast mounted downwind pole
  • Boom end sheeting to traveler at the aft end of the cockpit in easy reach of the helm
  • Easy reefing system electric furling in mast
  • Preventer system mid boom break

Sail Inventory:

  • Doyle sails- Cruise Laminate Carbon Fiber GPLDT28
  • In mast furling mainsail
  • Furling genoa
  • Furling staysail
  • Spinnaker with a new ATN sleeve


  • Two Harken 64.2 self tailing electric primary sheet winches for the genoa
  • Two Harken 56.2 self tailing winches for the staysail
  • Two Harken manual winches for controlling the boom mainsheet
  • Walder Boom Brake to prevent damaging accidental jibes
  • Primaries: Harken electric self tailing jib sheet winches on the cockpit combing
  • Secondaries: Harken electric self tailing sheet winches on the cockpit combing
  • And the third set of sheet winches on the coaming
  • Halyard winches on the mast


Sitala Yachts builder of the Nauticat 515 takes pride in the strength of their hulls that are solid fiberglass construction. The skeg mounted rudder has a robust solid stainless steel rudder post. This boat is built to take the demands of the ocean. She is built solidly like real boats are built with a grid of longitudinal stringers and latitudinal stringers to form a monolithic grid. Of course the bulkheads and structural elements are tabbed in and bonded to the hull sides and the deck to further stiffen and reinforce the structure.. The fiberglass decks are of molded sandwich construction with teak overlay that is the best nonskid you can ever have.  

Personally, I love the deck handrail that is literally like a ship! It is a Nauticat signature element and once you lay your hands on it, you are hooked. The solid teak handrail mounted on robust stainless steel stanchions higher than most boats. It is a wonderful secure feeling to walk around on a Nauticat. In fact everything about the boat is sort of overbuilt. But, overbuilt for what. When you sail in the ocean, you really cannot say what overbuilt it. She is built for what the ocean will throw at her and you’ll be glad of that.

The hardware on deck is chosen with large working loads in mind. "A little bigger is better" clarifies the philosophy regarding deck gear. Aft of the cockpit is a very large, almost stand up height, full beam aft deck lazarette. In the Aft Lazarette is the fitting for filling Dive Tanks. The compressor is located under the Master Stateroom bed. All through hull fittings have bronze seacocks.

Custom dinghy davits made from 6061 aluminum with reinforcing in stress areas with manual Anderson winches which are mounted on the davits for dinghy lifting.

Two Kyocera Solar panels are mounted, out of the way on the dinghy davits provide additional power to battery banks. The dinghy motor is lifted aboard with a block and tackle with a Kato Marine stainless steel lift arm. A outboard motor mounting is installed on the handrail near the motor lift arm.

  • Forepeak locker suitable for spare anchors, sails, fenders, lines. 
  • There are eight NEW Gebo deck hatches, all lockable
  • Several hatches recently rebedded
  • All windows are safety glass mounted in sturdy alloy frames
  • Six large- throat heavy duty deck cleats; two forward, two mid-ship and two aft. 

Cockpit Details:

The center cockpit provides wonderful visibility and security. It is also very comfortable with the new dodger and bimini built by Beaver Brand Canvas in Fort Lauderdale in 2015.It’s lovely light gray Sunbrella to match the sail's sun covers,

  • Spacious comfortable cockpit
  • Helm seat
  • Complete navigation instruments, radar, plotter, wind speed and depth, and forward looking sonar
  • Excellent sail control from the helm station with winches in easy reach
  • Easy access to mainsheet and electric sheet winches
  • Pedestal with complete array of electronics
  • Excellent visibility from the helm


Pretty amazing anchor platform with lovely bow seat and two magnificent anchor rollers. There is a deck opening anchor locker that has the anchor wash down in it. Lofrans Titan windlass with a hand held controller for up and down. The windlass has a break that allows for quick anchor deployment bypassing the electric controller.

  • Bow sprit and anchor platform with bow seat integrated with pulpit
  • Double bow roller system with chain locker  and wash down
  • Lofrans Titan 24 volt windlass with controls at both the foredeck and at the helm as well as hand held remote
  • Windlass break
  • Primary anchor is 60Lb plow anchor with 330'/100M which is 330 feet new 12mm chain 
  • Spare anchor: Custom 55lb 316 stainless steel folding fluke anchor
  • "AutoAnchor" electronic chain counter
  • Anchor wash down system at the bow in the locker
  • Snubber system

Other and Safety Equipment

  • AB 10’6” aluminum bottom inflatable 2017
  • Honda 20 hp outboard
  • Kato Marine dinghy motor lift with multipart block & tackle
  • Bauer compression for refilling dive tanks stored under aft berth with new tank fill hose 2017
  • Winslow life raft (six person) needs certification repacking
  • Towing line – 2” diameter heavy tow line
  • Passarelle for the bow
  • Folding passerelle for med mooring
  • Side boarding ladder for access to the dock
  • Four fire extinguishers 2017
  • Life jackets
  • Tethers
  • Jacklines
  • Manual bilge pump operated in the cockpit
  • Propane detector
  • And likely more items….



Length: 51'
Beam: 15'
Draft: 7' 2
Power: 150hp
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate