Impostor | Taswell 56' 1996

Houston, TX

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Ron LePard

Ron, originally, from Michigan grew up sailing with his family in Southern California. He holds a 500-TON USCG license and has had his hands in many different aspects of the Yachting industry, from sail making and sail training to charter operations and shipyards. During his 25 years as a Yacht Captain Ron spent many years running yachts and chartering with his wife Monica thru out Europe, North America and the Caribbean. He has extensive technical knowledge of all types of yachts including their design and construction. Ron has completed many major refits and been involved in new build projects and recently some major superyacht design projects. Most recently Ron was the USA operations manager for an Australian shipyard before joining David Walters Yachts.


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Yacht Name: Impostor
Builder: Taswell
Model: Custom Cutter
Year: 1996
Location: Houston, TX
Asking Price: $599,500
Designer: Bill Dixon
Hull Material: Composite

Couple the outstanding high performance design and sleek traditional lines of Bill Dixon ( UK ), the beautiful teak jointer work and high quality of construction from one of the far east's best yard, with an experienced yachtsman, the " IMPOSTER " reflects the finest Taswell 56' ever built by Tashing Shipyard.

Virtually every appropriate factory option and upgrades were brought to bear in creating a superb blend of performance sailing and elegant accommodations. Her experienced owner has maintained her in pristine condition. She is a joy to sail shorthanded, with her hydraulic push button sail furling and trim, current Quantum sail inventory, the latest electronics, and a confidence to dock with singlehanded assistance from her variable speed bow thruster.

This is a world class yacht with a 3 stateroom, 2 head layout, spacious main salon for entertaining, generous navigator's station, a stand-up engine room with workshop, an expansive foredeck to sun on and sports Tiffany crystal to enjoy unwinding when returning to the yacht club.

She is the definition of a " class act " and the pride of not only her owner but of the yacht club to which she comes home to.

Boat Name
Keel: Full

LOA: 56 feet LWL: 46.75 feet Beam: 16.5 feet Displacement: 48500 pound Ballast: 17750 pound

Engine Power: 140 HP Cruising Speed: 9 knots

uel: 150 gallon Water: 230 gallon Holding: 30 gallon


1996 Yanmar 140 HP turbo diesel engine with 390 original hours, turbo and injectors replaced ( 2014 ), upgraded 2.58 to 1 transmission, 25" variable pitch feathering 3-blade Maxi-Prop propeller ( 2013 ),  9.5 + knot cruising speed,spare fixed 3-blade propeller, fresh water cooling system, 150 gallon fuel capacity.  Exceptional walk-in engine room / work room includes: large work bench, tool organizers, main engine, generator, and Lewmar Command hydraulic system ( updated 2014 ).   The Lewmar Command 8-function hydraulic system controls: sail furling systems, all hydraulic winches, and anchor windlass. Side Power ( variable speed control ) bow thruster ( 2014 ). The Edson wheel steering system ( updated 2014 --- with new push-push cables, shives, oilers, rudder packing gland).


Primary ship's power ( 220 / 110 / 24 / 12 volt systems ) upgraded / replaced to ABYA standards ( 2002 / 2013 ) includes: wiring, Bass 12 volt and 220 volt AC/DC master control panels with digital meters, 110 volt distribution breaker panel, 220 volt bow and stern shore power connections, 220 volt Charles Marine 12 KW Iso-Boost isolation transformer that supplies galvanic  isolation and voltage stabilization of 110 and 220 volt ship's service. Heart Interface Link 2000 with Freedom Pathmaker battery isolator, Heart Freedom Inverter Universal Combi ( 200 watt, 150 amp ) battery charger, Trace 2500 watt inverter, Mastervolt 24 volt / 40 amp battery charger for bow thruster battery bank ( 2014 ).  8 Lifeline 8D house / starting batteries ( 2014 ), 4 Lifeline 6C / 6 volt bow thruster batteries ( 2014 ). 12 KW Northern Lights generator with 104 hours. Numerous 110 volt outlets. 18 Canalupi overhead cabin lights with wall switches, masthead lights, spreader lights, navigation lights ( all LED driven ).


Hot and cold pressure water system with 230 gallon water tank capacity. 12 volt dual fresh water pump and 2 accumulator tanks, 15 gallon 220 volt hot water heater with heat exchanger assist off engine, 3 sinks, 2 separate shower stalls, 2 Par electric ( fresh water flush ) heads with macerator pumps, 2-15 gallon holding tanks, both heads have teak drop down seat covers, fresh water shower on swim platform.


Luxurious accommodations for six.

STATEROOMS: The full width owner's stateroom aft includes: large centerline walk-around queen size berth, exceptional drawer / cabinets / shelves. and large hanging locker storage, and private ensuite head compartment with separate shower stall.  The forward full width guest stateroom includes: a double V-berth with filler, dressing seat, abundant drawer / cabinet / shelves / hanging locker storage, and private access to the forward head compartment with a separate shower stall.     The second guest stateroom ( just forward of the main salon to port ) includes: over and under single berths, dressing seat, drawers, cabinets, and hanging locker.

MAIN SALON includes: a large wrap around settee lounge / dinette area with a beautiful teak inlayed star burst patterned dinette table and two moveable captain's chairs on open side ( great for entertaining up to 10 ), entertainment center ( TV, VCR, stereo system ), and spacious cabinet / shelve / and locker storage.

GALLEY includes: Alpes 4-burner stainless steel propane stove / electric oven with top and face covers, Technicold 220 volt refrigeration system with stainless steel holding plates ( large front loading refrigerator and freezer compartments ), Sharp "square" microwave oven, Siemons 220 volt dishwasher, double stainless steel sink, drop-down trash container under sink, great counter top space / drawers and cabinet storage. Custom storage for eight place settings ( dishes, glasses, silverware, cooking utensils, and even Tiffany crystal glasses are included ).

NAVIGATOR'S STATION includes: a very spacious chart table / desk with two banks of drawers and a three sided instrument console, chart tray, and an adjustable swivel arm chair. Built-in electrical panels and instruments, with space to spare.

ENGINE ROOM / WORKSHOP includes: full standing headroom, work bench, tool organizers with a full set of tools, and mechanical systems.

INTERIOR DECOR: gorgeous light and airy interior, European styling with satin finish varnished bulkheads, high gloss varnished teak trim, high gloss teak and holly cabin sole, oriental rug. Teak framed bulkhead mirror in main salon. The designer interior has color coordinated blue ultra suede fabrics, quilted berth covers, custom pillow covers, ultra suede and fabric decorator throw pillows to accessorize the interior.  All overheads replaced with upgraded Miami Fabrics headliners ( 2013 ).

VENTILATION is provided by: 6 Lewmar deck hatches with hinged teak hatch screens, 19 custom stainless steel ports ( numerous opening ports in lieu of standard fixed ports ),6 chrome dorade vents, custom teak companion-way hatch, ( all with screens ). Seven cabin fans. Cruisair reverse cycle heat / air conditioning system with three 16,000 BTU units ( 2 of the 3 16,000 BTU units replaced in 2015 , the third unit replaced 2017). The entire AC system was upgraded ( 2017 ) with an oversized 1 1/2 hp primary cooling pump and an oversized single central sea water strainer.


Ritchie 6" binnacle compass, Raymarine ST-50 ( depth, knotmeter, wind speed, wind direction ) multi-function units located over companionway hatch in cockpit,   Raymarine ST-60 Tri-Data ( depth, knot meter, wind speed and direction ) located in Navapod at helm,    Raymarine ST-60 multi-function unit mounted at the navigator's station,  Raymarine ST-7002+ hydraulic autopilot ( 2014 ),   Raymarine SPX-30 Course Computer with gyro ( 2014 ).  Raymarine GS-165 16" Premium Glass Bridge Multi-function  Navigation Display with  Radar / Chart Plotter / WI-F ( 2017 ), located at nav. station, with Raymarine 24 mile Quantum enclosed radar dish mounted on Questus gimbaled mast mount. Raymarine GS-125, Premium Glass Bridge Multi-function Navigation Display with GPS / radar / WI-FI ( 2017 ) located at the cockpit helm.  ICOM M-127 VHF radio with DSC Metz masthead antenna, Standard Horizon VHF radio at helm,   ICOM 710 SSB radio with AT-130 tuner at nav. station and insulated backstay antenna.  Weems and Plath brass clock and barometer.



           Quantum furling mainsail, Dacron laminated construction ( 2013 ).

  • Doyle furling mainsail ( 2012 ) ( transit ).
  • Quantum 155% genoa with Captain's navy blue foam luff Sunbrella cover.
  • Quantum 130% genoa with Captain's navy blue Sunbrella cover.
  • Quantum 100% jib, Spectra tri-radial construction ( 2011 ).
  • Quantum staysail.


Rigging and Hardware

Forespar aluminum double spreader cutter rig painted Matterhorn white, Navtec rod rigging throughout, Sailtech hydraulic backstay adjuster ( updated 2013 ), quick release staysail lever, Lewmar  main traveler system, Lewmar tracks and cars, all halyards and sheets replaced ( 2015 ), Forespar rigid boom vang, Forespar Stow Mast hydraulic mainsail furling system, Harken hydraulic headsail furling system.

WINCHES: Primary winches upgraded to hydraulic 66-CHST Lewmars with stainless steel bases, main sheet winch upgraded to hydraulic 44-CHST Lewmar with stainless steel base, secondary winches are 43-STC Lewmars, main and genoa halyard winches are 43-STC Lewmars, staysail and spare halyard winch on mast are 30-STC Lewmars.  All hydraulic winches are controlled by the Lewmar Command System, with new ( 2017 ) updated sail control switches.

Safety Equipment

Bow pulpit, stern rail, double stainless steel lifelines ( 2012 ) with boarding gates port and starboard, manual Whale Gusher bilge pump,  Rule 3500 electric bilge pump and Rule 1200 electric bilge pump are both ( Super-Switch controlled ), engine room blower, 4 handheld fire extinguishers, 2 white horseshoe life rings, Lifesling man-overboard safety pack ( in hard  case ),  6-man Avon Offshore canopied life raft in a fiberglass canister mounted on a stainless steel cradle, 2 jack lines fore / aft, 4 safety harnesses, man-overboard pole / float, 6 adult Kapok life jackets with reflector tape. Emergency tiller, Forespar lightning rod with integral hull grounding plate , radio grounding system, isolation grounding on all thru-hulls,  60 LB. CQR polished stainless steel anchor with 250' of high tensil chain anchor rode,  32 LB. Fortress anchor with chain lead and 250' rope anchor rode. 

Additional Equipment

Large fenders, numerous dock lines, boat hook, folding stainless steel swim ladder mounted on swim platform, varnished teak flag staff with ensign, custom helm Navapod instrument cluster with stainless steel grab rail, custom 44" teak steering wheel, teak cockpit seating, teak cockpit grating, external vented propane locker for two 20 LB propane tanks, Simson Lawrence V-3000 hydraulic windlass, large divided chain locker, double stainless steel bow anchor rollers, teak seat built into bow pulpit, aft deck and transom storage lockers, teak swim platform, teak sun bathing recess on fore deck.  Kato Marine stainless steel dinghy davits with tie pole and lifting block and tackle, Kato Marine stern rail mounted engine lifting hoist with block and tackle.  Avon Rib 2-man inflatable dinghy with rigid aluminum sole. 

EXTERIOR CANVAS: All exterior canvas is Captain's Navy Blue Sunbrella. fabric covered close-cell foam cockpit cushions, cockpit dodger ( with grab rail, roll-up windows and covers for Eisenglass ), cockpit bimini ( with grab rails, forward windshield which attaches to dodger, and a sail viewing window for helmsman ), covers for all deck hatches, covers for teak toe rail, covers for teak hand rails, wheel and binnacle cover.

Hull and Deck

The sleek low profile hull recently ( 2015 )  painted a custom deep  Endeavour Blue  Awlgrip  ( using base coat / clear coat , 5 coat process ) with white double boot stripes and white double cove stripes. Rub rail with polished stainless steel guard trim. The teak decking uses concealed fasteners and epoxy for installation. All exterior teak brightwork has a fresh 18 coat Awlgrip Allwood ( 2015 ) glossy finish, protected with Sunbrella covers. 

BELOW THE WATERLINE: custom fairing around the bow thruster to minimize resistance, all thru-hulls forward of the mast have been replaced with flush mount thru-hull seacocks, Interlux 2000 blister guard ( refreshed 2014 ), 3 coats of Micron 66 ( 2014 ).  The hull is built in excess to Lloyd's specifications, using vinylester resin and high tech methods of construction. The steering system was overhauled / upgraded with new Edson Pull / Pull cables, shives, turning blocks, rudder post stuffing box ( 2014 ).


The condition of this vessel shows the pride that this owner has taken in this beautiful and well maintained blue water cruiser. She is turnkey ready to cruise. He is anxious to move on to new adventures and a larger yacht. With a crew or single handed Impostor is ready to sail to any destination with systems designed for shorthanded or even single handed sailing. 

Favored by both designer and builder as one of the best Taswells ever built, you will not be disappointed when you see her. 


Length: 56'
Beam: 16' 6
Power: 140 hp