Northern Lights

  • 50'
  • 2000
  • Diesel Duck
  • LaBelle, Florida, United States
  • $375,000


 Northern Lights delivers on the dream.This yacht started as Gorge Buehler Diesel Duck designed and was enhanced by this one time owner. The enhancements takes an outstanding designed and makes it an exceptional blue water trawler that will circumnavigate the world in a safe and secure environment while providing a stable, comfortable journey across the seas.

The engine efficiency , drive train, prop and fuel capacity delivers a 5,000 mile range per Fueling; allowing a trip across the Atlantic and back. The covered quarter deck, extended pilot house, aft stateroom and forward salon with a full galley makes living aboard this vessel a real joy.

Boat Name
Northern Lights

Builder: McNally
Designer: George Buehler
Flag of Registry: Canada

LOA: 50 ft 0 in
LWL: 50 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 6 in
Dry Weight: 76000 lbs

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: John Deere
Year Built: 2000
Engine Model: 45 Turbo
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2000
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 150 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: 1 Aluminum (100 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 4

Number of double berths: 3
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

GPS - Gramin 450 2013
Radar - JRC 3000 - 24 miles
DVD player
Navigation center - Maptec Ocean Voyager
Autopilot - COMNAV - 2007 - Hydraulic
TV set

Inside Equipment
Battery charger
Fresh water maker - Little Wonder 400 gls./day
Marine head
Refrigerator - Full Refrigerator 2011
Microwave oven
Bow thruster - Hydralic
Electric bilge pump
Washing machine
Electric head

Electrical Equipment
Inverter - 2 Invertors: 3kW -Magmum; 3kW - Freedom 30
Generator - Kobota 10 kW 2000
Shore power inlet - 30 Amps

Outside Equipment/Extras
Solar panel - One panel - Trickle charge for batteries
Wind generator - 2 - KISS units - 2012
Swimming ladder
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6
Hydraulic windlass

Bimini Top

General Description

Northern Lights has cruised extensively throughout the  Caribbean and Central America - It's a boat that delivers on the dream!

Northern Light is a steel haul, blue water trawler, It based on a  George Buerhler Diesel Duck design. The owner had added his own enhancements and desires to the original blueprints and had the boat manufactured at the McNally Boat yard located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The vessel was constructed in 2000.  

The designs enhancements included extending the length to 50', creating a12' x 12' covered quarter deck on the top deck; ideal for relaxation and entertaining, creating a spacious pilot house by extending to 16'; providing space for a lounge area, behind the helm, that includes an arm chair and a sofa bed. So captain and crew can cruise together.

It is well equipped and ready for its next adventure.

Engine, Fuel, water and drive system

The engine is original and is a John Deere 45 Turbo - 4 Cycle 150 hp. It has approximately 2,000 hours on it.This Diesel Duck has two separate fuel polishing systems. They are Racor systems.The first system was installed in 2000, The second a heavy duty model was later installed in 2007.

The fuel capacity of Northern Lights is a total of 1,200 gallons. There are four steel tanks that holds the fuel. 2 of the tanks capacity is 450 gallons each and 2 are 150 gallons each. There is also a 25 gallon day tank. Water is stored in a 100 gallon aluminum tank.

IT's a direct drive shaft is a 3" stainless steel shaft connected to a 3 Blade - 34" diameter/ 22" pitch prop


When in port this vessel power connection is a 120 V -30 A cord.The power generator is a diesel Kobota 10kW with 8,000 hrs on it. There are two inverters : 3 kW Magnum and 3 kW Freedom 30. 2 - Kiss wind generators were installed in 2012 and there are two small solar panels used to provide a trickle charge to the batteries.


The navigational electronics includes a Maptec Ocean Voyager chart plotter installed in 2005, A COMNAV hydraulic autopilot acquired in 2007, JRC 3000 radar - 24 mile range. 2013 Gramin 450 GPS and depthfinder. 

Communication: Single Sideband (SSB), Pactor Modem( emails), Standard VHF radio, Motorola 9509A Sat Phone, ERIB,  Entertainment: radio,video player and TV.




Northern Light has a full galley along with expansive counter space and plenty of storage. The double deep sink is constructed of stainless steel. The full refrigerator was upgraded in 2011. There is a microwave and an electrical three burner/oven combo(220 V).


The Aft stateroom has a center line queen size bed. Built in dresser along both sides of the bed with a double hanging closet located near the decorative pane glass cabin door. Off the stateroom is a head with a full bath and shower.

as you proceeds to the forward salon you'll pass a day head right before entering the salon. This is a roomy area with a settee and two arm chairs-the galley is located next to the salon. Forward of the salon is a double size V berth with storage.



Ground Tackle and docking

This Duck has a 10" hydraulic bow thruster and Muir  windlass with a 2500 lbs lift. The boat has 1/2 chain with 80 lbs Kingston plow anchor, 100 lb Fisherman backup storm anchor and a 30 lbs. Danforth anchor.

Additional Information

There is a little Wonder water-maker 400 gals./day - 1 hp - 240 V motor.

20 gals stainless steel hot water tank ( 120 V) 

New Bimini Cover on Quarter deck


Broker notes:

Northern Lights has been very well maintained by the owner, who is the original owner. The boat has been consistently  upgraded and well cared for.

The quarter deck and pilothouse truly makes this vessel a comfortable place to live and cruise. The cruising range and steel  hull design makes this boat both safe for any ocean crossing.

  • Basic Information
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  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: Diesel Duck
  • Category: Motor Yacht
  • Model: Enhanced 50
  • Model Year: 2000
  • YearBuilt: 2000
  • Year Refit: N/A
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  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
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  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 2/0 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/0
  • LOA: 50' 0" (15.24m)
  • LWL: 50' 0" (15.24m)
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  • Max Draft: 6' 6" (1.98m)
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  • Displacement: 76,000 Pounds
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  • Berths: N/A
  • Heads: N/A
  • Sleeps: N/A
  • State Rooms: 2
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
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  • Manufacturer: John Deere
  • Model: 45 Turbo
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel