Sea Angel | Stephens 88' 1986

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Yacht Name: Sea Angel
Builder: Stephens
Model: Deck Saloon
Year: 1986
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Hull Material: Aluminum

A strong, beautiful, and classic Sparkman & Stephens sailing yacht, Sea Angel is a unique world cruiser.  Sea Angel (Sparkman & Stephens design number 2455), built at Stephens Marine in California, was one of the groundbreaking motorsailer ketches designed in the 1980's.  With accommodations for 6 - 8 owners and guests, and 4 - 6 crew, she can handle a large family and many guests with ease.

Constantly upgraded and maintained.  Sea Angel looks even better than her photos.  She is ready to leave on her next adventure!

Additional photos available upon request.


Length: 88'
Beam: 20' 6
Draft: 8'
Water Tank Capacity: 1502 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1720 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 178 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Mercedes
Engine Model: OM 422W
Power: 275hp
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 5100


A strong, beautiful, and classic Sparkman & Stephens sailing yacht, Sea Angel is a unique world cruiser.  Sea Angel (Sparkman & Stephens design number 2455), built at Stephens Marine in California, was one of the groundbreaking motorsailer ketches designed in the 1980's.  With accommodations for 6 - 8 owners and guests, and 4 - 6 crew, she can handle a large family and many guests with ease.

In 2011, her rig was modernized to employ a carbon fiber "pocket boom".   With the hydraulic halyard winch, raising and lowering the main is almost effortless.  This improvement allowed for a fully battened mainsail and a reduction of weight aloft, while eliminating the chance of a fouled in-mast mainsail.  Moreover, her sailing characteristics were greatly improved by this upgrade in mainsail size and shape.

Sea Angel enjoys constant maintenance by her very knowledgeable owners.  New bottom paint in March 2020.  She is ready to leave on her next adventure!

Some of her features:

  • 2,100 + nm range on engine alone
  • 275 hp Mercedes OM422 diesel
  • Hundested Variable Pitch Propeller 
  • Two generators
  • (2019) Ocean Air Chilled Water Reverse Cycle AC/Heat
  • (2019) New ASEA 12 kw power converter
  • (2019) New 15 kva Isolation Transformer
  • (2011) James Betts Carbon Fiber "Pocket" main boom
  • (2017) New Genoa and Mizzen Sail
  • (2017) Simrad Navigation Suite (radar, chart plotter, AIS, autopilot, go free wifi, GPS)



Accommodations aboard "Sea Angel" include 6 staterooms/cabins in total, providing berths for 12.  Crew accommodations are forward, with 3 or 4 of the staterooms for owners and guests.    Please see layout diagram for specifics.

SALON:  There are three large windows to port and to starboard, three ports across the forward section of the house and two opening overhead hatches; combined these give the area a great deal of light and fresh air if desired.  The salon is finished in teak paneling with high gloss teak molding and trim.  Across the forward part of the salon is a wet bar and storage cabinet for glasses and table linens.  The wet bar has a gold plated sink and faucet.  On the port side of the salon is a built-in L-shaped settee with new (2017) upholstery.  Starboard are two teak cabinets with sliding louvered doors.  Aft, near the companionway and within feet of the helm, is a desk for office use or for use of the navigator as a secondary station.

OWNER AND GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS:  A four-step companionway leads from the centerline aft to the guest and owners’ accommodations below. Here the yacht is finished in an off-white linen textured wall covering.  Moldings and door frames are varnished teak, and all hardware is brass.  Doors have painted white louvers which are framed with teak moldings.

Moving aft from the salon, you’ll encounter port and starboard identical staterooms, each with two twin-sized berths.  Both have built-in teak bureau with marble inlaid top between the berths, a large mirror, teak drawers beneath the berths, and a cedar lined hanging locker.  Door handles and other hardware are of solid brass.  At the aft end of the both staterooms are ensuite heads with showers.  Each head has a Corian sink and countertop,, Vacuflush toilet, and a teak and holly sole. 

The Master Stateroom is all the way aft and features a queen sized centerline berth with larger drawers underneath, two cedar line hanging lockers, a wrap-around vanity with chair to starboard and matching wrap-around desk with chair to port.  Aft of the desk and vanity on each side are built-in bureaus, each with 4 sizeable drawers.  At the very aft end of the master stateroom are ensuite his and her heads with a shared tub/shower in between them.  Both heads have Corian sinks and countertops, teak storage cabinets, mirrors, cupboards for linens[1] .  There are two large opening overhead hatches here as well as two opening ports on each side.  Adjacent to the port hatch is a foldaway ladder with can be used as an emergency escape egress. 

FORWARD ACCOMMODATIONS:  A curved stairway leads from the forward starboard corner of the main salon to the galley, engine room and crew’s quarters below.  The engine room itself is accessed via a door from the aft end of the lower companionway.  Forward of the engine room entrance, and to port, is the large and well ventilated galley.  The galley boasts extra large refrigeration and freezer capacity, white Corian countertops and extensive storage.  Please see Galley section for more information.

Opposite the galley to starboard is a stateroom with an upper and lower berth.  Because of this stateroom’s location, the owner uses it sometimes for family/guests and sometimes for crew.  Immediately forward of the galley, on the port side, are a Bosch washer and dryer.  Adjacent is a crew ladder which leads up to the foredeck.  Opposite is a crew dinette with file drawers beneath the seats.  Further along the companionway to port is the captain’s cabin with upper and lower berth, additional built-in drawers, a hanging locker, opening port, and 2 deck prisms.  Just forward to starboard is the crew head with sink and shower.  The shower is a shared with a second head which is located immediately forward.  All the way forward to port is another upper and lower bunk crew cabin. 

Interior Highlights include:

  • (2019) 60,000 BTU Ocean Air chilled water unit plus ciculating pumps
  • Additional Chilled Water Reverse Cycle AC and heat
  • (2017) New overhead lining in salon
  • New TV and Bose Sound system
  • Forward opening ports in Saloon provide excellent ventilation when desired
  • Gorgeous split burled wood hi-lo dining table in salon
  • His and Her desks in master stateroom
  • His and Her heads with shared shower/tub
  • Dedicated crew's mess



Sea Angel boasts a large galley.  There is an immense amount of storage and the galley is sizable enough and properly equipped for preparing meals for a crowd.  

  • Corian White galley countertops with high fiddle
  • Refrigeration and freezer boxes run about 6 feet under countertops, with front opening doors
  • (2019) New Sea Frost refrigeration compressors (1/2 hp for refrigeration and 1 hp for freezer)
  • Bosch full sized clothes washer and (2017) clothes dryer
  • Viking Professional 4 burner propane stove and oven
  • New propane valve, gas sniffer, solenoid (2017) 
  • Sea Recovery, Aqua Whisper Watermaker – total 1200  gpd.  


Electrical Systems

Electrical equipment includes a 24v DC system and 110v/220v AC Side.  Navigation electronics are primarily run on dedicated 12v DC system. 


  • 33 kW Northern Lights generator, 18,000 hours. 
  • 20 kW Kilopak generator (2005), 8,500 hours

Other Electrical equipment:

  • (2019) New ASEA 12 kw power converter
  • (2019) New 15 KVA / 50 amp Isolation Transformer
  • (2017) new 8d batteries (2) for navigation needs
  • (2017) new starter battery for the smaller generator(one spare)
  • (2015) 24v battery banks for house service and lighting
  • 110/220 vAC shore power system with (2) 50 amp inputs:  one is dual 50/60 cycle ASEA POWER CONVERTER 8KVA  (installed in 2015) and one is 60 cycle only with a 10 kva isolation transformer on input
  • 120 amp alternator on main engine for the 24v DC system
  • 50 amp alternator on main engine for the 12v DC system
  • Xantrex 4000 watt inverter
  • (2017) Xantrex Pro battery monitoring system (house and nav)
  • Global Power Converter GP2126-CO (2000)


Electronics & Navigation

In 2017, the electronics aboard “Sea Angel” were upgraded.  A new Simrad Navigation Suite was installed in the wheelhouse.  This includes radar, chart plotter, AIS, go free WIFI, Autopilot, and GPS.  The dashboard was redesigned and updated to house this equipment.  On the dash is also an alarm system with indicator lights for hatches, portholes, and bilge.  Gauges for the main engine and both generators are located here, along with joystick controls for both the bow thruster and for the Hundested variable pitch propeller. 

Other Electronics:

  • B&G electronic suite h2000 (wind, depth, rudder angle indicator  above nav station)
  • Icom IC710 SSB radio with Pactor 3 email interface
  • SEA 156 VHF radio
  • Ram MIC VHF 
  • Sea Hail Loudhailer
  • (2017) Sirius XM radio and weather
  • (2017) EPIRB



Sea Angel’s large, covered deckhouse has isinglass curtains on three sides (new 2017), a fixed windshield forward and an opening overhead hatch.  Around the aft part there is U-shaped seating with 2 tables.  An additional custom tabletop stored under the chart drawers can be fitted easily to provide comfortable dining for up to 8 people.  There are doors port and starboard to access the side decks.

  • (2017) New Simrad Navigation suite at helm.  Includes radar, chart plotter, AIS, autopilot, go free WIFI, GPS
  • Completely new and redesigned dashboard at helm to accommodate the Simrad Navigation Suite
  • Wet bar in wheelhouse
  • (2017) New icemaker and refrigerator in wheelhouse
  • (2017) New cockpit isinglass enclosure
  • (2017) New cockpit seating: upholstery is navy blue with white piping
  • (2017) New cockpit solar mesh sun protection
  • Built-in chart table and drawers
  • Reupholstered helm chair


Deck Details

  • Dual capstan hydraulic windlass with separate rope gypsy
  • Salt water washdown
  • 180 lb. CQR anchor on roller with 610 ft. chain
  • 120 lb. Danforth anchor
  • Zodiac 14’ RIB with Yamaha 50 hp outboard (checked and serviced 2017)
  • Aluminum deck chocks for dinghy
  • 8 person life raft (2015)
  • (2107 ) Canvas shade for fore and aft decks
  • (2017) Teak decks were painstakingly refurbished. They were sanded, cleaned and recaulked stem to stern. Beneath the planks, they are firmly glued to sub-decks.
  • (2017) Replaced all deck prisms'
  • (2017) All plexiglass in the hatches was replaced
  • (2017) Bluetooth deck speaker and amplifier
  • (2017) Teak folding table and director’s chair for use on aft deck
  • (2017 ) New Fenders and 8 docklines
  • Boarding ladder/ramp/articulated staircase
  • Swim ladder
  • (2017) White canvas hatch covers
  • (2017) Sunblock mesh covers for deck saloon windows, cockpit windows, and pilot house
  • High stanchions with double 1x19 s/s wire lifelines
  • Storm windows for salon windows


Sails & Rigging

In 2011, Sea Angel's original stowaway rig was replaced with a more modern arrangement.  She now has a standard (and lighter weight) Sparcraft aluminum spar with a Betts carbon fiber pocket boom.  This system allows for a fully battened mainsail, vastly improving her sailing characteristics.  In addition, it is jam-proof and keeps the weight lower and closer to the center of gravity.  The pocket boom will "catch" the mainsail beautifully making reefing or dropping the main easier on the crew.  And raising the main is done with hydraulic winches.


  • (2011) Doyle Fully Battened Main. Serviced and reinforced in 2017 by North Sails
  • (2017) Doyle 110% Genoa
  • (2017) Doyle Mizzen
  • (2011) 130% Genoa
  • MPS
  • Staysail
  • 2011 Mizzen Staysail


  • (2011) New Mainmast:  Sparcraft  2 spreader rig, stepped to the keel.  Fitted with Harken Switchtrack,[1] 
  • (2011) Custom James Betts Carbon Fiber pocket boom
  • (2011) Navtec rod rigging
  • (2011) Harken hydraulic genoa furler
  • Rondal Hydraulic stowaway on mizzenmast
  • Both the Rondal and Harken hydraulic systems are powered by Lewmar Commander hydraulic power pack
  • (2011) Harken tensioner on removable inner forestay.  Can now be removed to ease tacking of genoa
  • (2011) Navtec hydraulic backstay and main boom vang
  • Lewmar Winches.  Those that are hydraulic are designated with an “H”.(2) 98H 3-speed primary winches
  • (2) 65 for running backstays
  • (3) 48 and (1) 43 on mizzen mast
  • (3) 65 on Foredeck
  • 65H for main sheet
  • 65H for Main halyard
  • (2) Lewmar 65 on mainmast


Engine & Mechanical

“Sea Angel” boasts an engine room with 5’ 3” headroom and walk-around access to the main engine and all equipment.  The main engine is a Mercedes OM 422W diesel with approximately 5,200 hours since rebuild.  She has a range (under power alone) of over 2000 nm.  Her maximum rpms are about 2700, and the owner cruises her usually at about 1400 rpm. 

For maximum safety and seaworthiness, “Sea Angel” has only 2 thru-hulls.  Both are located in the engine room and all raw water needs are fed from these.

  • (2019) all new raw water intake hoses for AC, refrigeration, watermaker, engines\
  • (2019) New fresh water and AC expansion tank
  • (2019) 24 volt fresh water pump
  • Richfield 50hp bow thruster
  • Marine Gear Twin Disc MG509
  • Flo-Scan fuel monitoring system interfaced with GPS
  • Halon fire control system
  • Hundested variable pitch propeller, model VP5-FROA, 3 blade, 36” diameter.  In 2017, the 24v electric drive and the gearbox were both replaced (2017)
  • Engine fuel shut-off valve
  • Emergency engine stop
  • Emergency electric bilge pump, 24v and 110v


Hull & Tankage

Sea Angel’s hull is of all electric welded aluminum construction, reportedly 5083-H1116. This designation was seen on a few of the plates. She is built on 57 frames. The framing spacings vary from 16 ¼” to 18 ½” on centerline. The floor frames are 3/8” plates with a 2” flange in the way of the mast step and high load areas. Other floor frames are 5/16” plate. The tank tops are ¼” plate. Her keel plating and garboard plate are ½” plate. The next plate up is 3/8” and then the topsides are 5/16”.

Fuel Tankage:

  • Forward Centerline 220 US gallons/832 liters
  • Port forward:  310 US gallons/1,173 liters
  • Starboard forward:  310 US gallons/ 1,173 liters
  • Port aft:  440 US gallons / 1,665 liters
  • Starboard aft:  440 US gallons / 1,665 liters
  • TOTAL:  1,720 US gallons / 6,511 liters

Water Tankage:

  • Port forward tank:  375 US gallons / 1,420 liters
  • Starboard forward tank:  375 US gallons / 1,420 liters
  • Port aft tank:  376 US gallons / 1,423 liters
  • Starboard aft tank:  376 US gallons / 1,423 liters
  • TOTAL:  1,502 US gallons /  5,686 liters

Holding Tanks:

  • Forward tank:  78 gallons / 295 liters
  • Aft tank: 100 gallons / 379 liters


  • One forward and one aft, each holding 25 gallons / 95 liters