NAME: ALICE EX: ACADIA
TYPE: Sailboat-Aft Cockpit
BUILDER: ABLE MARINE
MODEL: ABLE Whistler 48
DESIGNER: Chuck Paine
ENGINE: Single 100/hp diesel Westerbeke
SPEED(approx): Cruising: 8K @ 2200 rpm
LOA: 48′ LOD: 48′ LWL: 40’3″
BEAM: 13’11” DRAFT: 5’11″
YEAR: 1985, built for Robert Kells
RIG: Cutter Rig
HULL MATERIAL: Fiberglass
HULL: Keel, WEIGHT: 36000 lbs
BALLAST: Lead – 13600 lbs
Fuel: 180 gals – Aluminum
Water: 107 gals – Stainless Steel
ACCOMMODATIONS & LAYOUT:
ALICE is an exceptionally graceful aft cockpit design which provides fore and aft staterooms in a unique raised saloon configuration featuring an inside steering station.
The FORWARD STATEROOM includes a V-berth with filler, bureaus aft of starboard berth, cabinets above and a large hanging locker to port and starboard. Three opening ports and a large escape hatch provide abundant light and ventilation. Additional features include individual heat/AC controls, shipstrike and barometer, directional brass reading lamps and a collector quality, Dutch oil lamp. While debatable, this stateroom is likely to be favored over the aft cabin for the owner’s quarters.
Next aft to port is a generous head compartment with shower stall. Concealed beside the shower is a Sanyo 1l0v clothes dryer. Marine toilet is a Groco full size with holding tank.
To starboard is some additional hanging storage and a solid fuel, Luke soapstone fireplace in polished brass with matching brass firewall backdrop exuding as much charm as it does warmth. Aft of the stove is a settee with a folding backrest that converts to a transom/pilot configuration. Bookshelves are outboard to either side of a liquor locker framed in leaded glass.
Opposite to port is the residential sized U-shaped GALLEY. The galley is ideally configured for cooking while passaging. It is located on the vessel’s mid-ship axis and separated from the saloon by a serving space. There is 16 sq. ft. of counter space in a U-shape which is partially tiled. Other features include: double s/s sink on centerline, top opening deep freeze and refrigerator with Sea Frost holdover plates cooled by engine or 110v compressors.
Also included is a 3-burner LPG stove (two 20 lb. bottles stored in cockpit), microwave (driven by an inverter), stainless pots and pans, matched flatware and china service for six in custom fitted storage, vacuum cleaner and trash receptacle.
Two steps up is the raised MAIN SALOON with dinette to port that comfortably seats six. Visibility from all the dinette seating is superb. To starboard is the full helm station. An innovative custom helm seat serves the nav station aft.
Space under the dinette is cleverly configured to allow a work bench with vise and full spares locker when the outboard seating is removed.
One step down is the private AFT STATEROOM with a double berth to starboard, drawer storage beneath and a handsome hanging locker on centerline with five more drawers and mirrored backdrop. To port is the enclosed head with shower.
North Carolina cherry trim in hand-rubbed, satin finish contrasts with white panels and bulkheads in Herreshoff style. Cabinet and locker doors are louvered in solid cherry. Overheads are white with exposed deck beams. All doors are recessed and cherry-faced drawers are flawlessly dovetailed. Ference Mate’s “The World’s Best Sailboats” goes to considerable length to convey a sense for the quality of finish and degree of innovation aboard ACADIA, now named ALICE, but comparison is the best medium. We invite and welcome specific comparisons with yachts from the best custom boat builders in the world.
ELECTRONICS AND NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT:
Raymarine autopilot w/remote
Raymarine Axiom Multifunction GPS at helm
Standard Horizon DSC VHF
Datamarine Link 8000 (speed/log, depth, wind)
Furuno GPS with computer link
Furuno 803D 36 mile radar
ICOM M-710 SSB w/100 sq.ft. counterpoise in hull laminate
Pactor modem for SSB email
ACR 406 EPIRB
ACR Rapidfix 406 EPIRB
CD stereo system w Pioneer speakers w/ 2 Pioneer weather speakers in cockpit (‘2006)
Telephone wiring and jacks for land line
Electrical systems, both 12v DC and 110v AC, are laid out to the highest standards with tinned copper wire in conduit, soldered terminals and color-coded, numbered circuits. Control panels were reconfigured in ’95 with spare breakers added.
5 AGM 8D batteries, (4 for ship’s service, 1 for engine start)
Emergency start parallel system
2000W Trace inverter/charger
TrueCharge 40 amp Battery Charger
Balmar 140 amp dual output alternator
Shore cables – two 30 amp (125v) x 50’
Westerbeke 8KW generator in sound shield
DECK & HULL:
Hull configuration is modified fin with a full skeg and Scheel keel, 3-blade Max prop protected within skeg aperture. Hull is Airex cored, topsides were Awlgripped flag blue in ‘2005. Decks and deckhouse were Awlgripped in white with contrasting San Mateo Wheat in ‘2006. Side decks covered with 5/8″ laid teak. Brightwork is maintained to impeccable yacht standards with white acrylic fabric suncovers. Additional features include:
Full deck awning
Foredeck & cockpit awning
Custom triple-leaf Able cockpit table at binnacle (seats 4)
Custom boathooks in deck chocks (2)
Stainless steel LPG barbecue w/railmount
Fresh & saltwater washdown
Fenders and docklines
Custom outboard bracket of teak and stainless
Custom binocular box at binnacle
SAILS & RIGGING:
The rigging plan is suitable for shorthanded sailing with sail controls led to the helm wherever possible. Soundspar double-spreader furling mainmast is stepped on the keel, Profurl units for staysail and headsail and electric primaries, electric mainsheet winch, hand secondary and reefing winches. Navtec hydraulic vang and backstay. All spars Awlgripped in Spring 2004.
Stoway mainsail – North ’04
Yankee – North 2011
Club staysail – North ’02
Genniker – North
Storm trysail – North (w/separate mast track & halyard)
Storm staysail – North
(2) Barlow #325T electric
(1) Barlow #285T electric
(1) Barlow #27 ST
(1) Barlow #25 ST
MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT & ENGINE DETAILS:
Cruiseair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning (this has not been used for several years)
Espar diesel fired, forced hot air heater – rebuilt 2020
Hydraulic bow thruster
Edson manual wheel steering
Spectra Watermaker (This has not been used for several years)
1 Automatic bilge pump
2 shower sump pumps
2 holding tank heads, new 1999
Fresh water cooling system
Lube oil transfer system
Engine alarm and emergency stop
Engine and stove fuel shut off valves
Raw water sea strainer
Scatra thrust bearing – replaced ’95 (w/spare)
Lasdrop shaft seal – installed ‘2005
Wheel clutch (disengage) on cockpit & inside station wheels
Redundant electric fuel pump
Tank Tender system for water and fuel
Paragon Senior fresh water and salt water pressure system
12-gallon stainless hot water heater – dual function
Extensive spare parts inventory
Custom bowsprit/anchor platform w/dual rollers providing permanent stowage for Danforth, CQR and Bruce
Nilsson anchor windlass
Pushpit anchor (Fortress) with chain & 100′ rode
– 65 lb. CQR
– 35 lb. Bruce
– 100 lb. Luke Yachtsman (stock in hanging locker)
– 65 lb Danforth
– 22 lb Fortress
Givens 6-man liferaft in cannister
Deployable storm stay
(6) Switlick safety harnesses
100 gph manual bilge pump in cockpit
Masthead strobe light w/tri-color
The Able 48 Pilothouse was built by one of the finest custom yards in the world with the only criteria that each component be the best available.
ALICE achieves that elusive goal of blending a pilothouse profile into a classic and enduring hull design, an objective recently attempted by a variety of other builders.
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