Designed by the legendary NZ designer Laurie Davidson, the Davidson 52 is one of the most stunning and competitive cruiser/racers to come out of the 80's. This vessel is an incredible example of the design, and with its gleaming blue topsides, immaculate varnish work, and racing finish hull, it represents a great opportunity to race or cruise with speed and comfort.
As a racer, this vessel has an exceptional IRC rating of 1.143 which is the envy of many smaller yachts. This vessel has achieved top ten finishes in the Sydney to Hobart Race 5 times, and was the overall winner in 1990 including taking the record for best corrected time across all handicaps. This vessel has continued to be raced locally under the current ownership and is rarely off the podium, proving to be one of the top IRC performers in Hobart. Originally built for a Double Handed Transpac Race, this vessel would also make a serious contender for the inaugural Double Handed Division of the 2020 Sydney Hobart Race, or the 2023 Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed Race.
Inside, the varnish work is truely immaculate and has been maintained to an exceptional standard by the fastidious owners. The accommodation is generous and comfortable for both cruising and racing. There are two large aft double cabins, one with a full ensuite, four singles in the saloon, and a single and large double in the forepeak adjacent to the main bathroom. The well appointed U shaped galley is to starboard and features large top loading fridge and freezer, two burner stove with over, and ample storage space. The saloon has a large dinette with room for a full race crew, or perfect for entertaining.
On deck, the cockpit is set up to be easily managed short handed or with a full race crew. Both the primary winches, backstay, and mainsheet are easily accessible from helm position, with all other lines coming to the cabin top. The vessel has an excellent inventory of race sails including a NEW 2018 Doyles Carbon Stratus No. 1 and No. 3 Headsails, and all deck equipment is in excellent condition. The vessel is powered by a 48HP Bukh which has been very well maintained and provides comfortable cruising speeds of 7 to 8 knots.
This vessel presents a great opportunity to race competitively at the highest level both inshore and offshore, whilst still having a comfortable cruising boat with all the modern convenience. Seriously priced to sell, with Australian Registration, this vessel is ready to go.
An inspection will not disappoint. For more information please call Jo Breen on 0432 031 100 or John Radonic on 0459 322 862.
Derwent Boat Sales offers the information on this vessel including condition, in good faith as provided by the Owner/Vendor. While confident about the accuracy we cannot Guarantee or Warrant it but will assist any prospective purchaser verify this as part of the purchase process.
Laurie Davidson of New Zealand.
McGaffin of New Zealand.
51' 10" - 15.79m
Keel / Ballast
Fin Lead Keel. Balanced Spade Rudder.
Composite Timber New Zealand Kauri, Cedar, S Glass and Kevlar construction.
Laid Teak over Marine Ply.
Bukh DV48SME 48hp 3 Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Engine room under companionway steps with excellent access from front and sides.
7 to 8 Knots
Sail-drive and a 2 Blade Folding Propeller.
250L in S/S Tank
700L in 2 S/S Tanks.
Exceptional accommodation for both a race crew, or cruising. There are two double aft cabins, one with ensuite. The forward cabin features a double and single berth. The saloon comfortably provides an additional 4 single berths.
Large galley with S/S Sink with Pressurised & Hand Pumped Cold Water. Mariner Princess LPG 2 Burner Stove with Oven.
S/S Top Loading Eutectic Fridge & Freezer.
Mariner Princess LPG 2 Burner Stove with Oven.
Spacious Forward Starboard Bathroom with S/S Vanity & Manual Toilet. Portside Aft Cabin Ensuite with Manual Toilet & Vanity.
Clarion CD Radio Stereo
Full Boat cover
Wilkie Electric Anchor Winch.
Danforth Anchor with Chain & Warp.
Plough Anchor with Chain & Warp.
LPG Gas Detector.
2 x Horse-shoe Life-rings
1 x Manual and 1 x Electric
10 Person Hard Packed Roaring Forties Life raft ( last serviced in 2007)
Fire Extinguishers x 3
12V System with 3 x 12V Batteries.
Marinetics Circuit Breaker Switchboard.
Multi Battery Switch.
Brookes & Gatehouse (B&G) Hercules 2 System 290 for Depth, Boat Speed, Wind & Compass
6 x B&G Displays in the cockpit
2 B&G JR284 Mast Displays
GME GX600 VHF Radio
ICOM Hand-held VHF Radio
Danforth Constellation Pedestal Compass
Clock & Barometer
NEW 2018 Doyles Stratus No. 1 Headsail
NEW 2018 Doyles Stratus No. 3 Headsail
Fully battened Mainsail with Rope Cord Luff
No. 4 Headsail
2 x Mast Head Spinnakers
Complete and Competitive sail inventory for inshore and long races.
Mast / Rigging
Allspar 7/8th (Re-Painted & Serviced in 2008) Alloy Mast Keel Stepped with 3 In-line Spreaders and Double Runners.
Painted Alloy Boom
Spinnaker & Jockey Pole
S/S Wire Rigging New in 2000
Twin Groove Gemini Head-foil
NEW 2010 Main Cabin Windows & Surrounds
2 x Lewmar 65s Three Speed Primary Winches
2 x Lewmar 48s Two Speed Spinnaker Sheet Winches
2 Lewmar 42s Two Speed Runner Winches
2 Lewmar 30s Self Tailing Mainsheet Winches
2 Lewmar 12s Self Tailing Halyard Winches.
Navtec Hydraulic Backstay & Runner Fine Tune.
Mooring Lines & Fenders.