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1981 Sparkman & Stephens 50

Lymington, Hampshire


The fifth Palawan designed by Sparkman & Stephens for the then CEO of IBM. The design brief was for a boat that could be easily handled by two couples, be comfortable, seaworthy, with excellent directional stability and to have a wind-vane steerer. She was robustly built of Aluminium in Maine by P E Luke. Re-engined in 2011 (  with a Sole / Mitsubishi 95hp ), as recently as 2013 she was passage-making through the Western Isles, Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland, up to the Arctic Circle and down to Norway. She is now looking a little sorry for herself and is in need a new paint-job. A gorgeous boat in need of some TLC.

Basic Boat Info

Price: £75,000
Tax Status: Paid
Boat Name: Palawan V
Make: Sparkman & Stephens
Model: 50
Year: 1981
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Aluminum
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 50 ft / 15.24 m
Length Overall: 50 ft / 15.24 m
Waterline Length: 36 ft / 10.97 m
Beam: 13 ft / 3.96 m
Max Draft: 6'9 ft / 2.06 m
Min Draft: 6'9 ft / 2.06 m
Displacement: 18,263.44 kg
Ballast: 6,803.89 kg
Electrical Circuit: 240 V
Single Berths: 5
Twin Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Sole ( Mitsubishi )
  • Model: SM-105
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 95hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 2011


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 800 L
Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 1,000 L
Water Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 50 L


Heads Count: 2
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Ketch


William Rhys-Jones
BH Boat Sales


BH Boat Sales
The Agamemnon Boat Yard Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour
Beaulieu, Hampshire, GB, SO42 7XB
Tel:+44 (0)1590 616316

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