1985 Custom Steel Ketch 47

£ 158,979
Brunswick, GA
Interested in this boat? Toll-free: 877-876-2708
Tel: 919-602-4068
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Roberto Hosmann Design!

Engine/Fuel Type:
Located In:
Brunswick, GA
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 199,900 (£ 158,979) 
2010 survey and audiogauge available

Shambhala, a classically handsome sailing yacht, is currently offered for sale.  Her finely rounded hull and classic hourglass stern have been admired in many anchorages and marinas in the US and foreign ports. Her timeless beauty, combined with the strength and safety of her steel hull and deck make her the perfect long distance voyager. Her traditional interior with bright finishes and traditional woods give the feeling of comfort and home.

Ready for World Cruising

The simple staysail ketch rig makes Shambhala easily handled by a small crew. Her performance under sail is comparable to more more lightly constructed vessels while the ketch rig allows many efficient sail plan choices. The solid steel construction and traditional design makes her a truly seaworthy boat.

Fully equipped and meticulously maintained by her current owners, this beautiful vessel is ready for cruising in comfort and style.

Built to the Highest Standards

Steel construction to American Bureau of Shipping Standards.  German shipbuilding steel used throughout with 3.2 mm steel in the deckhouse and decks, 4 mm in the hull, from the bulwarks to slightly below the waterline, and 6 mm steel used from below the waterline to the keel

The lead ballast was hot poured into the internal keel cavity.  Frames are located on approximately 16" to 20" centers throughout the vessel.  The hull was built right side up, and was properly sand-blasted and zinc sprayed, inside and out.  Coal Tar Epoxy was applied to all internal steel from the bottom of the vessel to one foot above the waterline. 

From the water line up, and into the decks and house sides and house top, there is sprayed-in polyurethane foam to eliminate internal condensation, to insulate the accommodations from extremes of both heat and cold, and to provide exceptionally fine sound insulation.  As a result, SHAMBHALA is capable of handling equatorial heat and Arctic cold with equal aplomb, and is a very quiet steel boat, with none of the rumblings and reverberations often times associated with steel construction. 

The exterior surfaces are incredibly fair, and needed only a small amount of epoxy based fairing compound prior to application of the finish paint coatings.   The deck's non-skid coatings as well as the hull and cabin sides are Awlgrip two-part epoxy finished.

There are two separate steering systems: a wire to quadrant unit that is connected to the wheel and pedestal in the cockpit, and a hydraulic unit that services the steering station in the wheelhouse.  The Robertson autopilot is integrated into this hydraulic system.  All through-hull fittings are heavy duty stainless steel units, several of which incorporate lever-type back up units for the ultimate in security.


Type: Sailboat
Model: Aft Cockpit Pilothouse Ketch
Designer: Roberto Hosmann
Builder: Mar Dulce Yard, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Launched: January 1985
Location: Brunswick, Georgia, USA

LOA: 47' (14.42m)
LWL: 39' 4"(12.0m)
Beam: 13' (3.9m)
Draft: 6' (1.8m)
Air Draft: 61' (18.6m)
Hull Material: Steel 6 mm
Deck Material: Steel 3 mm

Weight: 34,000 lbs.
Ballast: 11,250 lbs. – poured lead
Tankage Fuel:  100 U.S. Gallons in 2 Steel Tanks w/sight glasses
Tankage Water: 165 U.S. Gallons in 3 Steel Tanks
Tankage Waste: 30 U.S. Gallons in 1 Plastic Tank


Engine: Single 48/hp diesel – Perkins 4-203
Engine Hours: 4,910
Speed (approx): Cruising: 6K @ 1500 rpm, Maximum: 7K @ 1800 rpm.
Fuel Usage (approx): 1.0 Gallons per hour.
Range (approx): 600 Miles.

Transmission: Borg-Warner Velvet Drive Model 72-C, 2.03:1 reduction
Propeller: Three Blade feathering Autoprop Propeller
Spare fixed three blade bronze propeller
Drive Shaft: Stainless Steel, 1.25 inch diameter
Fuel Pumps: Two Facet Electric Fuel Pumps
Fuel Filters: Two Racor 500 fuel/water separators with 2 micron filters
Two Algae-X Fuel guards
Copper fuel lines with flared brass fittings

Rigging and Sails

Rig Type: Ketch Rig, separately stayed masts with staysail on main mast
Main mast: Aluminum spar by Kemp, keel stepped on 1/2 inch stainless mount
Mizzen mast: Aluminum spar by Kemp, stepped on cockpit sole
Main sail: by Super Sailmakers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Full Battened with three reef points, Doyle Stackpac and full Lazy-jacks
Mizzen sail: Super Sailmakers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Full Battened with one reef point, Doyle Stackpac and full Lazy-jacks.
Head sail: Genoa, 150%, by North Sails, Roller furled on Pro-Furl N42
Head sail: Yankee by North Sails, Roller furl rigged for Pro-Furl N42
Stay sail: by North Sails, on Facnor Code 0 Furler

Spinnaker: Cruising spinnaker by Hood with new dousing bag
Down Wind: Twin down-wind headsails on furlers
Poles: Two aluminum spinnaker poles with deck mounts and mast mounts

Winches: Stainless steel Andersen winches in all applications - total 17 winches
Self-tailing winches for all sheets and halyards
Cabin mounted winches for mainsail reefing

Tracks: Antal anodized aluminum slider tracks on main and mizzen masts
Stainless sail tracks welded to caprail with Garhauer blocks for headsail
Stainless sail tracks mounted on deck with Forespar blocks for staysail

Fixed mast steps to the top of both main and mizzen masts.


Cabins: Three separate cabins with full doors for privacy
Each cabin fully air-conditioned and heated with Cruisair reverse air units
Opening hatches and ports in each cabin

Berths: One King, One Double, One Single

Heads: Two separate heads, one with enclosed, stand up shower
Scanvik fully adjustable shower control
Blake Lavac vacuum toilets with high loops and hand pumps
Alpen Glow LED lighting, red and white, dim and bright settings
Large oval mirrors with overhead lighting
Whale foot pumps for fresh water distribution

Salon: Seating for eight with fold out mahogany table
Custom 12 v. lighting, traditional oil lamp style
Plush suede microfiber upholstery
Deep fiddled bookcases and positive locking vented doors
Rich mahogany trim

Galley: Broadwater two burner propane stove with grill and oven
Double stainless steel sinks, hot and cold pressure water
General Ecology water filter with separate on/off control
Manual foot pump for fresh water at galley sinks
Open storage with sliding Lexan doors
Large pantry adjacent to galley with fiddled shelves and positive locking door
Alpen Glow LED lighting, red and white, dim and bright settings

Refrigerator: 8 cu. ft. top opening, 12 v.Sea Frost Cold Plate, electronic controls
Freezer: 3 cu. ft. top opening, two 12 v. Sea Frost Cold Plates, electronic controls
Separate control units to allow refrigerator and freezer independent operation
Glacier Bay custom vacuum insulation for refrigerator and freezer compartments


GPS: Garmin 5212C color touch screen plotter
Radar: Garmin Model GMR Hi-Definition radar overlaid on 5212C plotter
45 mile maximum range.
AIS: Garmin AIS Model 600 overlaid on 5212C plotter
Class B Transmitter/Receiver

Garmin coastal charts for all US East Coast and world planning chart
Garmin Bluechart SD Card for Jacksonville to Turks and Caicos.

VHF: Icom M-502 VHF radio with Smart-Mic connection in cockpit
Includes DSC and emergency distress switch
Autopilot: Simrad AP-22 Autopilot coupled to Robertson hydraulic steering
Sounder: Datamarine Corinthian Fathometer located in pilothouse
Second Datamarine Fathometer located on cockpit binnacle

Electrical Systems

12,000-watt Bridgeport Magnetics Torodial wound isolation transformer
Three shore-side receptacles for 30-amp and 50-amp input
Power input selector switch for 120, 208, or 240 amp input
Blue-Sea shoreside Power Monitor
Ward Electric Distribution Panel for A/C System
Ward Electric Distribution Panel for D/C System
House Batteries - Six 6-volt LifeLine AGM batteries (900 Amp Hours)
Engine Start Battery - One LifeLine AGM 12-volt
Heart Interface voltage regulator
Magnum MS-2812 pure sine wave inverter with 100amp battery charger.
Heart Intereface Link 1000 battery monitor
Two Vetus battery select switches

Ground Tackle

Nilsson vertical capstan electric anchor windlass.
66 lb (30 kg) Bruce anchor on 400 ft of BBB chain
75 lb (34 kg) CQR anchor on 100 ft of 3/8 chain and 200 ft 7/8 nylon rode.
60 lb (27 kg) Danforth anchor in cockpit locker.
100 lb (45 kg) Luke Storm anchor in brackets in the bilge.


Aries wind vane steering.
Hydraulic steering at inside steering station.
Manual chain driven steering at outside cockpit steering station
Inside electric switch to activate hydraulic steering for auto pilot
Robertson AP-22 Auto Pilot


Complete wiring schematic.
Most wiring numbered and recorded along with connectors and locations.
Manuals for all equipment.
Complete original designer's plans

Additional Equipment

Caribe 10'6" RIB inflatable dinghy.
Mercury 9.9 hp Outboard Motor
Windbugger Wind Generator
Spare parts and rigging equipment

Shambhala is classically handsome; reminiscent of a Herreshoff design or the latter day Cherubini 44.  The hull and cabin sides are so fair she is often mistaken for a fiberglass boat.The pilothouse is well integrated, easy to see over from the cockpit, and has an inside steering station for all-weather protection.

The decks are wide and unencumbered, and are finished with Awl-Grip non-skid.  The hull and cabin house are finished with high-gloss off white Awl-Grip. A low maintenance 316 stainless steel caprail tops the high bulwarks which provide added security in a sea-way. The full length freeing ports allow any sea water that finds its way on deck to get overboard quickly without the worry and bother associated with deck scuppers and their attended plumbing.  The clipper bow and flared entry keep her dry and sea kindly, while the wineglass transom, with its gradual buoyancy increase, keeps her motion predictable, and prevents hobby horsing

In the cockpit, the stainless steel binnacle is very substantial and houses a Danforth 6" 'Constellation' compass with red LED compass lights.The engine tachometer is located in a stainless steel box on the starboard binnacle leg and a Datamarine ‘Corinthian’ Sounder is mounted in a similar box on the port side leg.

There is bracketing and wiring on the binnacle which allows the the Garmin 5212 Chart Plotter to be easily be moved to the cockpit location when navigating in waterways or close to shore. A custom-made stainless steel cockpit table attaches to the front of the binnacle station and serves as a great place for relaxing and entertaining.

The entire cockpit is covered with a Sunbrella cover attached to a substantial stainless steel arch and forward bow hardware. Extra Sunbrella shades provide complete cover for the cockpit area. Additional sunshades can be attached to the bimini frame for side protection. Teak seats cover three large lazarette storage areas. All lazarette covers are lightweight aluminum.

Four integrated stainless steel dorade boxes with with lexan tops provide ample air circulation in the cabin. Each fiberglass funnel is covered with a stainless steel safety rail that also serves as a handrail for movement on deck. Safety rails are provided on both sides of the main mast for security while raising, lowering or reefing sails.

Sails and Rigging

The rig is a Double Headsail Ketch. Both masts and booms are 'Kemp/Seldon' of the U.K. Both masts are fitted with 'Antal' tracks and cars for easy raising and lowering of the sails. Main and mizzen sails are full battened and rigged with Doyle Stackpacs for easy raising and storage of sails.

The main mast is keel stepped with double spreaders. The main boom is rigged for slab, or jiffy, reefing with three reef points. The reefing lines are led to 2 Andersen winches on the cabin top. The boom is sheeted to the pilothouse roof with blocks on either side running to two Andersen Winches in the cockpit.

The mizzenmast is deck stepped on the cockpit sole with a compression block between the fuel tanks. The mizzenmast is rigged independently from the main mast. The boom is sheeted to the bimini arch and the sheet is run to an Andersen winch on the back of the mizzenmast.

All standing rigging is 1x19 wire with swage fittings at the top and either Norseman or Stayloc fittings at the lower ends.

The headsail is on a Pro-furl N-42 single-track furler with the line lead to the cockpit thru a Lewmar Rope Clutch. The line from there can be lead to any of three winches as is appropriate.

The headsail sheets are lead through Garhauer Genoa cars on tracks on the caprail. They could also be lead through cars mounted on tracks on the deck.

The staysail is rigged with a Facnor Code-0 furler making it very easy to drop the sail on deck when short-tacking the large 150 Genoa. The sheets are led to the cockpit through Schaeffer cars mounted on tracks on the deck.

The main mast is fitted with running back stays at the upper spreaders. These can be lead through blocks, aft, to either of the Andersen primary winches in the cockpit. The mizzenmast also has running backstays fitted at the masthead, which run through blocks to Lewmar Rope Clutches in the cockpit.

Complete spinnaker gear is provided with 2 deck-mounted poles that can also be used for the twin headsails or to pole out the Genoa as needed. The poles attach to the main mast by two bayonet type pole receivers. There is a Proctor 'Sidewinder' unit on the mast for raising and lowering the inboard end(s) of the poles.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine is a 48 HP – 4-203 Perkins diesel.

Engine Cooling:
The engine is fresh-water cooled. The engine and heat exchangers hold approximately 2-gallons of antifreeze. The water pump is driven off the same belt as the motor alternator.

A Sherwood raw water pump is engine driven thru a Lovejoy Coupling located on the port side of the motor. It draws seawater thru a hull inlet strainer and a ball valve and thru a Perko Strainer. The water then cools the transmission heat exchanger and the engine oil heat exchanger before going thru the engine heat exchanger and the exhaust manifold where it exits the boat thru a water-jacketed exhaust pipe to a muffler then overboard.

Replacing the antifreeze (engine coolant) is done by opening a small bleed cock near the left rear corner of the engine block. This is the lowest point in the system. The attached hose allows the antifreeze easily be collected in a jug for disposal.

Engine Lubrication:
Oil is carried in a standard wet sump with a standard Perkins submerged oil pump. The system incorporates a dual remote oil filter unit mounted off to the side of the motor for ease of filter changes. The system holds approximately 7 quarts of oil (depending on what size oil filters are used).

Changing the engine oil is done with the 'Reverso' oil pump located by the right side of the engine on the engine cover frame. The attached hose allows the old oil to be collected in a jug for disposal.

The Gearbox is a Borg-Warner Velvet Drive with reduction gear 

Fuel System:
There are 2 independent fuel systems aboard Shambhala

Fuel is carried in two 50-gallon steel tanks located under the cockpit sole. Each tank has a large inspection port in the front for physical cleaning. Each tank has a small sump at the lowest part with a ball valve at the bottom for purging the tanks of water, etc. Each tank is equipped with a sight glass and gauge for easily determining the quantity of fuel remaining. Accidental leakage of fuel from a damaged sight glass is prevented by the ball valve at the bottom of each sight glass tube.

There are two Facet Electric Fuel Pumps located under the floor on the bulkhead under the companionway ladder. These pumps draw fuel from the tanks thrrough two Alge-X fuel filters and two Racor-500 water separators (with 2-micron filters) and deliver it to the engine thru a manifold valve system and a CAV fuel filter on the side of the motor block. Excess fuel is returned to the appropriate tank via the same manifold system.

The fuel manifold valves allow fuel to be 'polished' without the necessity of hiring it done. There is also an extra valve between the fuel tanks, which allows the transfer of fuel from one tank to another or the ability of drawing fuel from either tank with either fuel pump.


Esse Quam Videri


Owner/Broker Grace Yachting Group

919-602-4068 CELL


Esse Quam Videri


Are you in interested in selling your boat
or are you ready to buy a boat?

I have been very fortunate to have spent much of the last 12 years cruising aboard our boat with my amazing family. I have cruised the east coast from Maine to Florida several times and have sailed to Bermuda. I rode out hurricanes Sandy and Irene. With that cruising life came the knowledge developed from the personal restoration and reconfiguration of our boats both sail and power. I am eager to share the knowledge gained in my hands on approach to boating and the passion I have for this incredible lifestyle!  I am always looking for new quality listings to connect to new owners.

I work tirelessly for my clients in assisting them in locating, previewing and purchasing boats in addition to selling their boats. If I can assist you in your pursuit of “simply messing about in boats” I would be honored.

919-602-4068 CELL



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