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NARWHAL is an iconic 48’ Cherubini Staysail Schooner. Her clipper bow with bowsprit, schooner rig, low freeboard and raised bulwarks aft, along with varnished teak cabin trunk sides, are reminiscent of L. Francis Herreshoff’s TICONDEROGA as ably interpreted by John Cherubini. She is a proven performer in near coastal waters, on the racecourse and crossing oceans. Her combination of shoal draft, spirited performance, a well-balanced helm and easy sail handling, along with drop-dead gorgeous lines, make her a true standout.
NARWHAL has a beautiful Aristo Blue hull with a wide white shear stripe, matching single white boot stripe and red bottom. Her cabin top and decks are painted Moondust non-skid with gloss white waterways; cabin house sides with teak eyebrows, trim, handrails, toe rails and cockpit helm seating are in varnished bright teak. Her spars are painted to match the non-skid decks, and her canvas is off-white.
Below decks is a world unto itself: Comfortable, traditional and seaman-like with plenty of light and ventilation, and storage befitting a proper cruising yacht. Mahogany joinery with raised-panel bulkheads and hull ceilings painted white in the Herreshoff style frame her living quarters beautifully.
NARWHAL has cruised both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but in recent times has been U.S. east coast-based. In the last seven years, she has seen only seasonal use in New England, with indoor heated storage as the norm and professional service by Niemec Marine of New Bedford and The Concordia Company of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
NARWHAL has benefited from extensive refitting during her present ownership - primarily in 2013/2014 - with details to be found in the listing below, including a new Yanmar diesel, refrigeration, A/C and a completely new electrical system with all new wiring, chargers etc. She is a well-found yacht and a must-see for anyone seriously considering a Cherubini Schooner. There is good reason why this builder and design were included in Ferenc Mate’s seminal work “The World’s Greatest Sailboats.” Come see for yourself! We invite your inspection.
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Large single-berth cabin forward with overhead hatch for light and ventilation, which is large enough to pass sails through. Next aft to port is an enclosed head with en-suite shower. A bulkhead and door are aft and provide privacy for the head and cabin forward of the mast.
Aft of the mast is the spacious salon which features a lovely mahogany table (center storage and matching lift-outs) with folding leaves, and a shallow U-shaped settee to port. A snug offshore-ready pilot berth is outboard to port, with its own non-opening hull port for light and a view. Across from the table to starboard is a straight settee that doubles as an additional sea berth with lee cloth. Outboard and above there is an open shelf with another hull port, with hull staving in a lighter wood that takes advantage of the full beam of the yacht and adds a nice contrast to the darker joinery. Bronze plaques from the Dunhill San Fernando Race in 1995 and the South China Sea Race in 1996 attest to the true globetrotting nature of this capable design and the miles NARWHAL cruised in her “early teens”!
There is a large butterfly hatch overhead in the salon; numerous custom Cherubini-designed and -built opening ports, and raised-panel bulkheads painted satin white with exquisite mahogany and teak joinery in the form of deck beams. Substantial knees, handholds, fiddles, cabinetry and ceiling trim offset the white panels on the overhead, lockers and countertops, all in the Herreshoff style.The soles throughout the boat are of teak and holly and varnished bright.
The U-shaped galley is aft to port, and while still a part of the salon, is offset by overhead custom cabinetry. Large undercounter refrigerated iceboxes are located forward, with beautiful inset tilework depicting the yacht. The sea-going stove and oven are located outboard and the twin sinks are aft. There is plenty of counter space and storage in this working galley.
Across from the galley to starboard is another huge insulated icebox with shelf on top. A good-sized hanging locker is just forward, also with storage on top and large shelf above.
Moving aft from the galley and salon, a passageway leads by the master head with separate stall shower to starboard, and through a doorway into the aft cabin and nav area, with proper forward-facing nav table and chair on a swivel.
The aft cabin features a large double berth offset to port. This is a lovely space with hull staving and an additional hull port, a wrap-around shelf at the head of the berth and bronze ocean Frigast reading lamps. Inboard of the berth is a large counter top for all manner of storage. The cabinetry space forward of the berth allows for built-in drawers and double-fronted hanging lockers behind. There is another large counter, this one in solid mahogany. All of the lockers throughout the yacht have cane doors with wood trim for ventilation and a classic look. There is a small settee at the forward end of the cabin with large mirror mounted on the bulkhead. The aft cabin may be closed off from the rest of the boat with bi-fold raised-panel doors. Ventilation and light are provided by opening ports in the deckhouse. There is a ceiling-mounted compass above the berth, overhead lights and solid handholds, which double as gutters along the cabin trunk base here and throughout the yacht, sculpted to be comfortable to grip.
The navigation station is to starboard with a full complement of updated electronics. This is a snug spot for the navigator, situated next to the companionway leading up to the cockpit.
Aft of the nav station a door opens into a passageway leading aft into the machinery space and engine room, with access from a large hatch in the cockpit as well. There is lots of useful storage built-in outboard.
NAVIGATION STATION AND MACHINERY ROOM
As referenced earlier in the listing, NARWHAL underwent an extensive $300,000 refit in 2013/14 with particular emphasis on all mechanical and electrical systems, which were removed from the vessel. Virtually all of the mechanical and electrical systems, including all new electronics (excluding the generator which was replaced in 2019), were replaced new at that time. The handful of items that were not replaced new, such as the bow thruster, were rebuilt or refurbished as needed. Follows is a partial list of highlights:
The hull and cockpit hand laid fiberglass with Vinylester Resin. The decks and cabin house are wood and fiberglass; painted nonskid on top, solid teak sides and eyebrow; teak handrails; teak companionway hatch hood. Painted non-skid decks with high-gloss painted waterways in white. All bulkheads are glassed into the hull and deck on both sides for maximum strength.
Steering area is separated by partial dividers with wide teak coaming boards on top, with Lewmar 52 self-tailing winches, one each, port and stbd., within easy reach of the helm. Access is excellent under helm seat to quadrant (rudder stops were re-glassed in 2017) and autopilot ram. Dual-lever engine controls on pedestal. Large cockpit forward with wide and long seats, good for lying down. Wide, raised bridge deck across the front of the cockpit. Teak companionway is offset to starboard, with smoked Lexan hatch board.
Fold-down table, cockpit coamings, traditional spoked wheel, pedestal storage cubbies and helm bench seating (raised on center) are all varnished teak.
The owner’s personal effects are excluded from the sale.