AU $225,000
45' 0" - 13.72m
Sydney NSW
Launch Year
Hull Material

Description: Bowman 45
Bowman 45 loaded with bluewater cruising features galore and with a complete refit in 2022. Exclusively For Sale with DBY Boat Sales, this classic 1978 heavy displacement yacht is in outstanding condition and ready to go anywhere.
This unique and beautifully designed Bowman 45 is a hand-crafted yacht built and equipped for long distance blue water cruising. She has proven herself with two circumnavigations, six Atlantic crossings and a competitive track record for ocean racing in her day. Designed by the legendary Holman and Pye and built by Bowman Yachts (Emsworth, UK) in 1977, launched 78, she is a renowned, heavy displacement yacht that will take you anywhere. Traditional GRP hull and deck construction with foam insulation, fin keel (4.5 tons ballast), skeg hung rudder and a beautiful new synthetic teak deck laid in 2019.
Moonshiner underwent an extensive refit in 2022/23 at a cost of over £150000 ($290000) for a short-handed cruise from the UK to Sydney. Highlights of her upgrade include new standing and running rigging, new engine, new mainsail, complete re-wire with renewables, 2 new chart plotters, autohelm, radar, all new hatches and upholstery. Hull below the waterline was completely cleaned and freshly antifouled along with new anodes in October 2023.
A recent 2022 survey and detailed inventory are available upon request.

Please contact DBY Boat Sales for more high-res photos and inventory information on or email . We can also arrange an inspection at your convenience.

Designer: Holman and Pye
Builder: Bowman Yachts
Water (Potable) Capacity (l): 650
Hull Construction Material: Fibreglass
Hull Type: Mono
Deck Construction Material: Fibreglass, Synthetic Teak deck professionally laid by Mantis Marine, UK in 2019.
Country Origin: UK
Length (feet): 45 feet
Length (m): 13.7 m
Length Waterline (m): 10.1 m
Beam/Width (feet): 12'11 feet
Beam/Width (m): 3.95 m
Draft (m): 2.1 m
Draft (feet): 7 feet
Keel/Ballast: Lead fin keel, 4.5 tons ballast. Keel bolts removed and inspected 2017
Number of Helms: 1 x Wheel with autopilot
Displacement: 17 tons

Engine Notes: Vetus 4.45 marine diesel engine with new TMC gearbox. New 2022 Walter V drive overhauled and new coupling, shafts and mounts in 2022
Number Of Engines: 1
Stroke: 4
Engine Hours: 560
Horse Power (hp): 45
Drive Type: Shaft with dripless seal. 3 blade Max prop feathering propeller with rope cutter.
Engine Room: Located under steps/galley floor area
Generator: Mastervolt 3.75Kva diesel generator in sound proof box secured in lazarette. Marlec Rutland 24v 1200 wind generator with associated MPPT controller. 2022
Number of Batteries: 4 cell 24v domestic supply with Victron battery monitoring. cell 24v system for windlass and bow thruster. x 12v for engine start, generator start, watermaker. 12v Victron battery monitors. 2022
Fuel Type: Diesel
Number of Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 360 + 40,400 in total
Propeller: 3 blade Max prop feathering propeller with rope cutter.
Steering System: Cable wheel steering (serviced and new cables fitted 2017) with skeg hung rudder and emergency steering system. Wind Vane steering
Bow Thruster: Sidepower bow thruster. New 2016

Accommodation Notes: Spacious accommodation with 8 berths in 2 cabins including saloon with new upholstery (2023) and recently stripped and re-varnished interior wood and floorboards Double forepeak cabin with memory foam mattress (2022) Spacious heads to starboard with Baby Blake cast bronze toilet, wash basin and shower Large sail/storage locker big enough to store surf/foil boards if required located opposite heads to port Comfortable saloon with large 'U' shaped dinette arrangement to starboard with one excellent sea berth to port and 2 in the saloon with lea cloths Steps up to dog house allowing excellent visibility and the option of maintaining a good watch from inside during heavy weather Well equipped galley to port with gimballed 4 burner gas stove / grill/ oven, large chest fridge, 2 sinks, fresh and sea water taps Navigation station / chart table with large Garmin plotter Companionway steps up to bridge deck with excellent access to engine compartment under dog house sole Aft cabin with single sea berth to starboard and double berth to port. Excellent hang rail for wet weather clothing, access to front of engine and large storage cupboard with access to steering cables Aft companionway steps up to well protected self-draining cockpit with wheel pedestal Excellent stowage throughout the yacht including forward store, numerous lockers / shelves in all cabins, cockpit lazarette and gas locker with 2 bottles
Number of Berths: 8
Number of Showers: 2.1 inside, 1 at transom swim platform.
Shower Type: Hot and cold pressurised plus transom swim platform shower
Number of Toilets: 1
Toilet Type: Baby Blake cast bronze toilet
Air Conditioning: Eberspacher diesel cabin heating. Unit removed and fully serviced 2022 Electric cabin fans (3)

Galley Notes: Well equipped galley to port with fresh and sea water taps
Stove: Gimballed 4 burner gas stove / grill/ oven
Refrigeration: 1 x large chest fridge 24v compressor
Number of Sinks: 2 stainless steel

Entertainment and Appliances Notes: Boss marine stereo system, Bluetooth. 2x saloon speakers, 2x cockpit speakers. 2023
Anchor / Winch: Maxwell v anchor windlass. New 2017
Bilge Pump: 4 main electrical bilge pumps rewired. 2022
Deck Gear: S/S davits with integrated surfboard rack and solar panels. Transom s/s boarding ladder s/s cockpit rail mounted gas BBQ. Steel storm cover for forward hatch. Cabin dorade vents
Mast/Rigging: Standing rigging. Running rigging. New 2022 Mast stepped and fully checked/serviced 2022 New chain plates 2022 Proctor silver anodized double spreader keel stepped mast with steps and slab reef boom Boom cradle Twin spinnaker poles (1 x carbon and 1 x alloy) Harken track system with ball bearing cars for the main sail plus seperate track for a tri-sail. Detachable secondary forestay for storm jib/hank on yankee sail
Sail Inventory: Fully battened mainsail by SKB sails, UK. New 2022 Foresails (Yankee and Staysail) inspected and UV strips replaced in m2 asymmetric with snuffer Tri sail and storm jib Additional hank on yankee foresail Mainsail lazy bag / boom cover with lazy jacks

Electrics: Full rewire (Oceanflex) with new batteries. v (new 2023) and 12v (new 2022) alternators Stainless steel gantry mount for solar and wind. v 720 watts Victron panels with Victron MPPT charge controller. 12v 180 watt Victron panel with Victron MPPT controller. 2023 Marlec Rutland 24v 1200 wind generator with associated MPPT controller. 2022 Victron Centaur 40amp 12v battery charger. 2023 Mastervolt 24v 50amp battery charger.
Electronics Navigation: Navigation lights (2023) including combined steaming light / deck light, masthead Tri-colour (2023) / anchor light ICOM IC-M330 DSC VHF radio Iridium Skylink satellite wi-fi network. x Garmin 12" plotters to cockpit and Nav station. 2023 Auxiliary Raymarine GPS with independent antenna. Em-trak AIS. 2023 Garmin colour 6kw digital radar. 2022 Airmar DST810 smart bluetooth transducer. Depth, log and temperature. 2022 B&G depth sounder (electrical unit replaced 2023) 4 x Simrad multi-function displays - wind / navigation instruments (cockpit) B&G Triton autohelm. 2022 Raymarine Type 2 12v rotary drive unit. Serviced with new clutch and gears 2023 Hydovane self-steering gear. Mounting for tiller pilot for use as emergency steering. Bulkhead compass (chart table) Clock and Barometer Sestral hand bearing compass Sestral pedestal mounted compass
Dinghy: AB aluminium hull, inflatable tender with 9.8hp 2 stroke Tohatsu outboard and fuel tank
Covers: Sprayhoods to both companionways. New 2023 Cockpit cushions. New 2023 Full deck tent. New 2022
Safety Gear: Plastimo 6 man liferaft in s/s bracket on foredeck. Serviced 2021. GME 406 GPS EPIRB 3 x manual bilge pumps. 1 above, 2 below deck + 4 electric bilge pumps Lifejackets x3 Jackstays. Storm windows and hatches Offshore flare pack. Fire extinguishers x 2 Galley fire blanket Para-anchor sea anchor Automatic electric bilge pumps (3) with alarms. Serviced and re-wired 2022 Manual bilge pumps (2)
Ground Tackle: 60lb CQR main anchor with 90m of 3/8 chain. New lb CQR kedge anchor, 10m chain with stern roller for easy deployment.
Watermaker / De-Sal: Pur Powersurvivor 12v watermaker.
GPS: Garmin primary GPS and Raymarine secondary
Has Navigation Lights: Navigation lights (2023) including combined steaming light / deck light, masthead Tri-colour (2023) / anchor light
Radio: ICOM IC-M330 DSC VHF radio Iridium Skylink satellite wi-fi network. 2022
Number of Life Jackets: 3

Vessel name: MOONSHINER

New South Wales
Sydney NSW
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Launch Year
45' 0" - 13.72m
Hull Material


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