Sirius | Hylas 54' 2000

Annapolis, MD

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Yacht Name: Sirius
Builder: Hylas
Model: 54 Raised Salon
Year: 2000
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: German Frers
Hull Material: Fiberglass


To sailors who know boats the words German Frers and Hylas go hand in hand with quality construction, quality engineering, and quality design. In the world of blue water offshore cruising there are few who would look past a Hylas 54 as the ultimate yacht. To many they are the last yacht they will own after a lifetime on the water.

Sirius, the Dog Star, brightest star of magnitude. A fitting name for a Hylas 54 of this caliber. She is a highly customized Hylas, more so than many of her sisterships. From her power plant, to her sail inventory, to her custom added cosmetic features she is a unique vessel. Every part of her outfitting was designed to make her a fast and comfortable boat to sail for a couple. Her sellers have kept her in turn key condition. You will find updated electrical, plumbing, and systems through-out.

Imagine yourself aboard the boat in the photos. Cruising to the islands in the winter, or perhaps crossing over to the Med? You sit on the teak folding seats at the stern rail as the world passes by, enjoying a meal in the protection of the cockpit, spending your days swimming and exploring the shore with the tender. You're aboard one of the worlds best performing and best built sailing vessels ever devised. It's a good feeling.

Her sailing abilities are unmatched in this class of yacht. An in-boom furling mainsail with full battens, giving the helmsman maximum power and performance with push button operation. Furling Quantum genoa and staysail for performance in all wind ranges, plus a Spinex top-down furling asymmetrical spinnaker. When the breeze falls off you are able to fall back to her custom fitted 170HP Yanmar. With over 400 gallons of custom fitted fuel capacity you can cruise the distance at speed and out-run weather or make happy hour at your destination.

Additionally Sirius is fully equipped for blue water passages including a newer dinghy and outboard, life raft, water maker, newer batteries, and much more.

Inside she is fitted with the favored raised salon layout with large picture windows, allowing in the maximum amount of natural light and also great views of the outside world passing by. There are two master cabins, one forward and another aft. The aft cabin is accompanied by a private head. There is also a bunk cabin for guests. Hylas' are well known for their cabin arrangements and also their galley's. A long passageway galley to the aft cabin with custom added refrigeration and counter top space. Your chef will be pleased with the generous room and ability to cook any meal.

Of course anyone can claim to be a blue water boat, but where the term meets its meaning is in the details. Generous mechanical access to the power plant and all systems for monitoring and repair while underway. Under floor access to pumps, tanks, batteries is easy to access. Wiring is laid out appropriately with extreme attention to detail. Compare any of these attributes to another manufacturer and you will see why Hylas is at the top of their game.

Sirius has cruised near and far in her sailing life. From the East Coast to the Atlantic, to the Med, and to the Caribbean she has visited far flung places that many have only heard of. Sirius just returned from the Caribbean this spring after successfully completing the Caribbean 1500. She is in her prime and poised to continue exploring the world. Her sellers have carefully maintained her to be in turn-key condition. Their journeys are over, and yours are about to begin. Compare her inventory, condition, and price to any other Hylas 54 on the market and you will see that she is the right boat for you.

Located on Spa Creek in Annapolis. Call the listing agent today to setup your private viewing of Sirius.


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Length: 54'
Beam: 15' 9
Draft: 7' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 150 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 405 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 54 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4LH-DTE
Power: 176 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 6750 Hours

List of Upgrades


  • Motor mounts replaced
  • 3 Ocean Air screens & shades for larger hatches in cabins
  • Replace portside Lewmar 48 winch
  • All standing rigging replaced
  • Install winch angle deflectors for halyards feeding onto winches
  • Fabricate and install custom spinnaker sprit
  • Bird proof spreaders
  • Dacron Leisure Furl Mainsail (Evolution Sails)


  • Install 3 Frigoboat refrigeration systems (still in service)
  • Install Magnum MS2812 Inverter/Charger
  • Install Magnum Remote RC50
  • Install Magnum Battery Monitor Kit
  • Simplify and centralize battery “kill” switches for all battery banks
  • Replace all halogen bulbs/light fixtures with LED systems, except spreader lights
  • Replace house bank with AGM batteries totaling 1170 AH (since replaced)
  • Unstep mast, sand to bare metal and repaint; clean and rebed mast collar (2010-2011)


  • Install MasterVolt 24V charger (thruster charger) & reconfigure to create one 24V battery bank
  • Install MasterVolt 12V charger (engine/genset)
  • Install canvas covers for hatches, winches, dorade boxes, recover all cushions in main salon
  • Purchase offshore Zodiac ISAF 6 person liferaft canister
  • Fabricate new stern rail to mount life raft on stern rail
  • Fabricate and install “antenna mast” on stern rail for AIS, Sirius radio and other equipment, including sat phone
  • Install new nav station chair sourced directly from Hylas and covered with same salon cushion material
  • Install 42” LED TV in main salon which is wired to nav station for display of nav information and DVD
  • Install TV antenna on top of mast
  • Install LED TV in aft cabin on swivel mount
  • Install and wire AC meters on distribution panel
  • Install: Furuno Radar DRS40, Furuno Backbone/Hub NMEA 2000; Fusion stereo and iPod dock station; Furuno auto-pilot (Nav Pilot 500); AIS VHF antenna (Shakespeare);
  • Furuno AIS FA50; F150 Furuno depth and speed package; Furuno Hydraulic pump; Furuno Sirius Weather Receiver BBWx2 (does not communicate with new chart plotter);
  • Speco 340W PA Horn; ICOM 604 VHF; ICOM Command Mic (on pedestal) (have backup Horizon VHF at nav station); Blue Sea Meters; Furuno 30 meter wind instrument; SS
  • Radar dome bracket; lightning diffuser; new 2011 Leisure Furl flexible feeder mast track
  • Recut genoa as 105 jib (we used as primary headsail during our recent trip)
  • Step mast; polish and inspect all fittings for cracks and replace as needed;
  • Replace transducer
  • Install staysail furler Profurl NCI 42 and control line hardware, including furling block and other hardware
  • Insect screens for cockpit enclosure
  • Replace large sheaves in Lewmar Genoa cars
  • Install new Reverso Oil Change Pump (impeller replaced 2019)


  • Install Forespar boom vang for 20/7 and 25/8 booms
  • Install Dutchman boom brake
  • Replace bilge pump float switches
  • Install Raritan PHHBII toilet in forward head
  • Interior window coverings for raised cabin windows in main salon
  • Replace all seacocks and through hulls
  • Rebed fwd deck cleats and inner forestay chain plate
  • Install ProFurl Top Down Furler for asymmetrical spinnaker, including all necessary fittings and hardware
  • Purchase Asymmetric spinnaker to fit boat and furler


  • Install Maxwell vertical rope chain windlass 12-10 (RC 12)
  • Install AA 560 Rode Counter with sensor cables and foot/deck switches
  • Install new Harken main sheet system, including new track, cars and blocks
  • Install new mast turning blocks
  • New Spinnaker halyard
  • New solid washboards from Queen Long Marine (Hylas/Taiwan)


  • Replace shiftbox on pedestal


  • Lehr 9.9 15” shaft propane outboard with two tanks secured under amidships seat
  • Install Northern Lights M773LW3 9KW generator with S-3Cf compact control panel in nav station
  • AB Lammina 10 AL dinghy with lifting bridle magnetic tri color bow light
  • Rebuild and repair engine transmission
  • Substantial engine maintenance/repair, including replace fuel injectors, various gaskets, coolant hoses, coolant and sea water pumps, heat exchange assembly and other equipment
  • Install new water heater Torrid Marine 15 gallons
  • Install new Furuno rudder reference
  • Install fuel polishing system
  • Custom transom cover
  • Custom boom cover
  • Repaint transom
  • Re-engineer cockpit table for easier use (original design did not work well)
  • New AGM batteries for engine and generator banks (4-D AGM 240AH)
  • Replace Racor dual fuel filter assembly 500MA
  • Install fuel filter warning whistles for all 5 fuel tanks
  • Install Racor fuel vacuum gauge
  • Install wooden frames with screens made at QL Marine for main salon hatches


  • Replace all six electric winch switches
  • Replace FWD hatch with hatch that opens FWD and AFT
  • Install Furuno NavNet TZ Touch 2 15.3” chartplotter with new pod in cockpit
  • Relocate old NavNet 3 chartplotter to nav station
  • New Certificate from Vane Brothers for Zodiac OS 6 person liferaft
  • Re-certify MOM module
  • Replace 6 AGM house batteries AGM L-16, 6V, 400 AH
  • Replace 2 AGM 4D AGM 240 AH (thruster batteries)
  • Install Leece Neville Alternator 270A, Heavy Duty (old alternator in locker and could be repaired)
  • Install KVH sat phone system (Fleet BroadBand One/Inmarsat system)
  • Rebuild bow thruster solenoid, replace contacts and bearings, springs
  • Install new Quantum staysail
  • Install Shaft Shark line cutter
  • Install new Rocna 55 (kg) anchor and refit roller for proper fit
  • Install new anchor chain 250’ 3/8” for primary anchor (Rocna 55)
  • Replace macerator pumps in both heads; replace AFT Y valve
  • Install Rogue Wave WiFi Extender system
  • Install USB charging sockets in FWD and AFT cabins and at nav station
  • Install mechanical engine temperature and oil pressure gauges as backups to engine panel display
  • New Quantum 135% Genoa


  • Install 2 Solbain solar panels SP137 & Victron solar power regulator and controller (panels are zipped onto new bimini)
  • Install new bimini cover and new side curtains for cockpit enclosure
  • Install Catalina 340Z water maker
  • Raise and modify outboard hoist and install clutch for easy lifting of motor
  • Send Maxprop to manufacturer for maintenance and service
  • Repack rudder post
  • 3 Textilene external window coverings for raised salon windows
  • Rebuild and service Simrad autopilot (backup system)
  • Install new cutlass bearing
  • Install Echo-Max radar reflector
  • New running rigging, including: topping lift, main halyard with Tylaska shackle, staysail halyard, genoa halyard, genoa and staysail sheets and replace main boom furler feeder
  • Install Raritan Elegance toilet in aft head; replace sanitation hoses
  • Replace transom shower fittings and mixer
  • Replace bilge pump in aft lazarette


  • Replaced primary and backup fresh water pumps: West Marine Model:14153266 50 psi; 4 gpm
  • Replace engine start battery alternator with Balmar 60 100A kit, including external regulator



Interior Accommodations

One of the primary reasons the Hylas 54 has enjoyed such popularity over the past 20 years is the luxurious 3 stateroom accommodations and magnificent varnished teak woodwork. With her long waterline and generous beam carried well aft, there are no compromises made to any of the sleeping, living, galley and navigation areas

When building a new Hylas there are hundreds of choices and therefore differences are sometimes significant. The owners of Sirius wanted to maximize the light and ventilation and tankage for long passages, therefore they chose the raised salon deck. A few examples of the custom additions were: adding a third refrigeration box; redesigning the entry steps, making them wider and deeper with reduced angle; raising the salon sole to improve visibility; adding an extra dish storage and drain locker outboard of the larger custom sink; and adding a dedicated wine locker.

Sirius' owners made good choices for each sleeping cabin to maximize storage and provide maximum comfort for couples or singles. The forward guest cabin has a large V berth with filler that converts it to a double. The second guest cabin has a wide lower berth with vanity and comfortable upper berth. The aft cabin features a centerline queen berth with two single and one double hanging locker plus numerous drawers and small lockers. Both the aft master and the forward guest heads have separate stall showers.

Forward VIP Stateroom

  • Full width V berth forward with 6'9" in length with filler
  • Three rows of drawers underneath berth with two separate isolated storage bins portside vanity with drawers under and locker above with shelves
  • Starboard side full height hanging locker
  • Multiple cabinets above the berth for added storage
  • 12V fans for air circulation
  • OceanAir deck hatch sunshade and bug screen
  • Two LED reading lamps
  • Lee cloths
  • 12k BTU Air Conditioner (Also supplies guest cabin).

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Forward Guest Cabin

  • Upper and lower berth with night table adjacent to the head of the wide lower berth.
  • Hanging locker with additional storage under lower berth.
  • Lee cloths

Forward / Guest Head

  • Wahlee Stone counters with Moen faucet and separate stall shower
  • Raritan manual head
  • TankWatch holding tank monitor
  • 27 gallon holding tank with dual "Y" valve systems for direct overboard, deck pump out and electric macerator direct pump out of holding tank. New hoses Poly-X recent macerator pump
  • Shower sump pump

Aft Master Stateroom

  • Queen size aft berth set centerline with custom latex mattress
  • Port and starboard lockers with shelves and drawers below
  • Full length deep hanging locker centerline
  • Portside vanity with fold up mirror and drawer with three separate cabinets and drawers under owners berth
  • Bulkhead-mounted LED TV.

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Aft Head

  • Raritan Elegance toilet and sanitation hoses- new 2019
  • Vanity with Wahlee Stone counters and Moen faucet
  • Separate shower stall
  • 27 gallon dedicated holding tank with dual "Y" valve systems for direct overboard, deck pump out and electric macerator direct pump out

Main Salon

  • Solid teak dinette with removable leaf for smaller table size. Dinette drops down easily to create a full double berth
  • Full length starboard settee pulls out an additional 9" for a wide sea berth
  • All tankage in main saloon is located below the sole allowing extensive storage under all seating areas and behind the dinette and settee
  • Custom insect screens with wooden frames for all main hatches
  • Slide out inboard seat with storage for added seating at table or use as an ottoman.

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Engine & Mechanical

Sirius was designed for long duration offshore cruising and was outfitted with several custom options to enable her take on those journeys. One of those features is her power plant. She was built with one of the largest engines that would fit, a 170HP Yanmar 4LH-DTE. Typically found in sport fishing and commercial towing applications, this engine was chosen for it's reliability and high speed cruising compared to other vessels of her class. Her owners have carefully maintained the engine to Yanmar spec by Yanmar certified technicians. Detailed records are available and the engine is in top running condition. She has less than 7000 operating hours and is capable of much more, this is not a pleasure duty Yanmar reaching the end of life, she is in her prime.

Sirius was also fitted with a fifth fuel tank, located under the aft berth. This allows for Sirius to hold over 400 gallons of fuel, she is practically unimpeded with where she can cruise to in comfort and speed compared to any other vessel in her class.

  • Yanmar 4LH-DTE 170 hp 4-cylinder turbo diesel intercooled engine with single-lever cockpit controls and complete alarm system.
  • Fuel polishing system
  • Fuel warning whistles for all tanks
  • Vacuum fuel filter pressure gauge
  • Mechanical oil pressure and temperature gauges
  • Vetus bowthruster
  • Spectra Catalina 340Z watermaker - new 2017
  • Morse single lever control system to protect against high RPM gear shifting
  • Oil change pump
  • Fire retardant engine room sound insulation - Fire Buoy system
  • Two independent bilge pump systems, one Rule system, one Par system. Total of 2500 gallon/hour with float switches
  • Cable steering
  • Maxprop - Factory serviced 2018
  • Dual Racor filter system
  • 3 Cruisair air conditioning units with SMX 10 digital controls


Plumbing & Tankage

  • 150 gallons water in three 50 gallon tanks
  • 405 gallons of total fuel tankage in five tanks
  • All tankage for water and fuel is stainless steel
  • Two independent holding tanks, one dedicated to each head
  • 15 gallon hot water heater heated via engine driven system or AC supply
  • All through hull fittings are bronze with seacocks or valves and bonded - new 2012
  • Primary and backup fresh water pressure pumps 50 psi 4 gpm - new 2019


Hull & Deck

The Hylas 54 was designed by German Frers, arguably the pinnacle of offshore blue water designers. Frers thoughtfully designed the hull of the Hylas 54 to be not only one of the strongest and safest, but also one of the top performers in her class.

The hull is constructed of fiberglass-twaron, a carbon aramid fiber with alternating solid FRP glass layup. This is the same material used in bullet proof vests. The glass is hand laid with no core and utilizes vinylester resins and isophthalic gel coat for superior protection against osmosis and hull blistering. The deck is cored with aircraft end grain balsa except in high-load areas such as deck fittings where it is solid. The hull and deck joints are chemically and mechanically fastened with a wide flange and 3M 5200 and stainless steel bolts on 4" centers with backing plates. Interior bulkheads are tabbed on all sides. Massive floors create a rigid hull with plenty of athwartship support. The fin keel is solid lead and bolted to the hull with 35mm stainless steel bolts, which in turn are supported by an 8mm stainless steel backing plate. The rudder is protected by a partial skeg.

  • New bottom paint, ablative - 2019
  • Improved rudder installed 2008
  • Watertight stern sections across large aft lazarettes that drain into bilge
  • Divided anchor locker with separate locker for fenders and docklines
  • Very large step down sail locker with deck hatch access. 5' deep and over 4' long
  • Custom stainless steel antenna mast mounted on stern deck
  • Stern garage with dedicated Rule auto bilge pump with manual override in cockpit
  • Molded contrasting non skid in linen beige
  • Solid stainless stem head fitting with split bow roller with stowage
  • Overhead hatches and ports throughout
  • Stainless coachroof handrails
  • Solid teak varnished cockpit table with two leaves and teak drink holders
  • Custom higher teak toerail
  • Custom rubrail - rubber with outer S/S strike plate
  • Teak cockpit floor grating
  • Stern pushpit seats that fold with canvas covers
  • Extended stern rail
  • Stern pushpit with opening gates with lifelines
  • Aft facing opening ports wider 5 x 19" model
  • Custom outboard lift and bracket
  • Stainless side boarding ladder with teak steps
  • Teak transom steps and platform with folding stainless steel swim ladder
  • Extra cleats (transom/side cockpit)
  • Solid teak custom Hylas companionway drop boards in addition to original custom Hylas louvered drop boards

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Ground Tackle

  • Maxwell RC-12 electric windlass - new 2013
  • Rocna 55 kg primary anchor - new 2017
  • 250' 3'8"anchor chain - new 2017
  • Chain counter at helm
  • System 40 3/8" galvanized chain for secondary anchor
  • AA 560 chain/rode counter with sensor cables and foot/deck switches
  • Solid S/S striker plate for bow protection
  • CQR secondary anchor
  • Barnacle Fortress alloy spare/stern anchor
  • Stern anchor roller
  • Heavy duty Shark drogue with rode and swivel
  • Washdown pump



  • Companionway dodger with zipper window and grab bar - new 2017
  • Cockpit Bimini with connector - full enclosure w/ screens - new 2018
  • Removable cover for mainsail and boom
  • Dark green cockpit cushions
  • Full custom transom/mooring cover
  • Full custom covers for davits

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Electronics & Navigation

Full L-shaped Nav station with two desk areas and adjustable swivel chair. Dedicated computer desk with slide out computer shelf and split instrument panel for instant access to wiring harness and connections.

  • Backup Furuno NavNet 3 chartplotter
  • Furuno DRS40 Radar
  • Furuno backbone/hub NMEA 2000
  • Furuno AIS FA50 with Shakespeare antenna mounted on stern tower
  • Icom M604 VHF
  • 1 Standard Horizon VHF radio
  • ICOM IC M710 SSB (Partially functional)
  • Furuno GPS
  • Airmar Tri-Ducer Depth, Speed, Temp
  • Airmar In-Hull Depth
  • Rogue Wave WiFi extender system - new 2017
  • Tank tender (fuel and water)
  • Magnum inverter/charger
  • Digital volt meter
  • Sat Phone - Sailor One w/Cobham handset
  • Sirius radio with Fusion stereo
  • Northern Lights S-3Cf generator start panel

Cockpit Electronics

  • Furuno NavNet TZ Touch 2 15.3" chart plotter and pod - New 2017
  • Furuno Nav 500 Autopilot
  • Backup autopilot Simrad AP22
  • ICOM VHF Command transceiver at helm
  • ST60 depth sounder, speed log and windspeed indicator over companionway
  • Depth ST40 port side helm
  • Speco 340W horn/hailer
  • Richie compass

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One of the great selling features of all Hylas yachts is the galley. Sirius' galley is over 7' in length with Corian counters inboard and outboard. She is also equipped with an additional third refrigerator.

  • Custom storage locker inboard of sink with drain feature for stacking wet dishes
  • 3 Frigoboat 12 volt keel cooled units with thermostatic controls and temperature gauges that allow operation as refrigerators, freezers or any combination
  • Double routed counter fiddle
  • Force 10 three burner stove with Xintex propane monitor and two sensors
  • Oversized sink
  • Extra inboard opening cockpit port
  • Microwave oven
  • Trash compactor
  • Manual foot pumps (currently disconnected)

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  • 12 volt DC and 110 volt AC electrical systems
  • Northern Lights M773LW3 9 KW generator - new 2015
  • 6 AGM house batteries AGM L-16, 6V, 1170 AH - new 2017
  • 2 AGM 4D 240 AH for thruster - new 2017
  • 2 Solbian semi-flexible SP137 solar panels with Vic iron regulator/controller mounted on bimini with zippers, generates 48W - new 2018
  • LED lighting throughout - below deck and navigation including anchor light
  • Blue LED mast up/down lighting
  • All wire is tinned, no copper wiring except Selden supplied masthead lights
  • Two 3" copper strips running bow to stern both port and starboard for grounding
  • Balmar 60 100amp alternator with external regulator for start battery - new 2019
  • Second alternator mount and pulley installed for house bank. A 2017 Leece Nevile heavy duty 270amp high output alternator is available but not presently installed.
  • Shore power connector; 50 amp/110v
  • Magnum MS2812 inverter/charger
  • Magnum battery monitor kit
  • Two 30 amp shore power cords with adapter to 50 amps
  • SSB grounding plates port and starboard
  • Insulated backstays
  • 42" LED bulkhead-mounted TV with masthead-mounted digital antenna in main salon w/ wiring to display NAV data from NAV computer
  • Bulkhead-mounted LED TV in master stateroom


Sails & Rigging


  • Evolution furling mainsail
  • Quantum 135% Genoa in new condition
  • North 90% Jib
  • Quantum staysail in new condition
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker with Spinex furling system (see video demo)
  • Spare genoa


  • Selden Anodized Aluminum Mast with double spreader rig
  • Mast unstepped, sanded bare and refinished in 2011
  • Leisure furl stowboom led aft to electric winches with full removable cover
  • All standing rigging replaced in 2009, Hasselford standing rigging with Stalock terminals
  • Discontinuous rigging for optimal strength and increased hardware Dyneema single line running backstay
  • Forespar boom vang new 2012 vang 4:1 purchase
  • Dutchman boom brake
  • Complete Harken mainsheet traveller - new 2013
  • Furlex 400 Series roller furling cutter rig forestay
  • Staysail stay with permanent Profurl furler
  • Deck whisker pole extendable mounted on mast
  • Running rigging replace with new in 2018 including: topping lift, main halyard with Tylaska shackle, staysail halyard, genoa halyard, genoa and staysail sheets and main boom furler

Lewmar winches:

  • 2 primary winches, CST 66 1?2s, electric
  • 2 secondary winches, CST 54 1?2s, 1 electric, 1 manual
  • 1 mainsheet winch, CST 48, electric
  • 2 cockpit winches, CST 48, electric, either side of companionway with triple stoppers
  • Halyard winch, CST 48 on mast
  • Dutchman boom brake

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Safety Gear

  • Zodiac ISAF 6-person liferaft in canister - recertified in 2017 - with custom S/S stern rail mount
  • Lexan storm shutters
  • EPIRB Rapid Fix 406 plus backup spare
  • Emergency tiller with double block-and-tackle for added purchase
  • Echo-Max radar reflector
  • Whale emergency hand pump
  • Inflatable PFD's and jack lines



  • 10.5' AB aluminum hard bottom RIB dinghy, new 2015 with full canvas cover, lifting bridle and magnetic tri-color nav light
  • 9.9 hp Lehr propane short-shaft outboard with 2 propane tanks mounted below center seat - new 2015
  • Kato Voyager davits mounted on transom steps with independent manual Harken winches - painted to match hull - new 2015


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