• 54.75'
  • 2002
  • Lymington, United Kingdom
  • £440,000


Totally sorted Discovery 55 with a Hall Spars carbon spar and in-boom furling and a massive specification for blue water.  Many of the updates are new and she is ready for all 7 seas.

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: DISCOVERY
  • Category: Cruising Sailboat
  • Model: Discovery 55
  • Model Year: 2002
  • YearBuilt: 2002
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: VAT Unpaid
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 3/0 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/0
  • LOA: 54' 9" (16.69m)
  • LWL: 44' 9" (13.64m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 14' 8" (4.47m)
  • Min Draft: 7' 3" (2.21m)
  • Max Draft: --
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 7 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: 1,800 RPM
  • Cruise Speed Range: --
  • Max Speed: 9 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: 2,400 RPM
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 28,000 Kilos
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: 850 Liters
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,080 Liters
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: 6
  • Heads: 2
  • Sleeps: N/A
  • State Rooms: 3
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: GRP
  • Deck Material: Teak
  • Hull Configuration: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: Ron Holland
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: N/A
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: Ken Freivokh
  • Manufacturer: Yanmar
  • Model: 4LHA-HTE
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Broker's Comments

TeApiTi is a great example of her class.  She had many customs features incorporated into her build particularly in terms of some lovely joinery details.   This owner has sailed her extensively but has also refitted her extensively.   Much of this work was done at Berthon to ensure total reliability, comfort and ease of sailing for 2 people.  Her in-boom furling systems works perfectly and she continues to give excellent service.  


An evergreen blue water yacht, she will be sold in ready to sail condition. 

Owner's Comments

Since being able to read my father’s books about sailing in remote countries I had the dream to fulfil what my father never did but always wanted to do, go someday around and visit the country my mother came from, New Zealand.


When we started our search for a yacht to take us to NZ and around the world, we were interested in the Discovery 55 because of her sea keeping, livability and the fact that she was designed with the idea in mind that a crew of 2 could sail her far.


Since purchasing TeApiti, in January 2006 as the second owner, we have totally upgraded her to make her, for us, the perfect 2 person world cruising yacht.   Every detail aboard the yacht has been designed to make for safe and easy sailing from our in-boom furling, the carbon Hall Spars mast, a little higher than the original aluminium Selden, the Tecnautic autopilot with AIS connection to a possible MOB and automatic stop and go to the MOB, and an extensive inventory of spare parts. You can ask Berthon for the file on these as it is essential when cruising blue water to be self-contained, guaranteeing the reliability of your yacht.  We have always upgraded and maintained the yacht to a standard, and never to a price.


Of course we have also sailed far and have seen some amazing places and met with tremendous people.  Follow this link to a piece that we wrote for Berthon for their lifestyle magazine about just a small part of our adventure –


  (Ref page 52-53)


TeApiti has exceeded our expectations in every way and was an important part of our family.  Now we are in the Mediterranean again, the dream has come to a successful end and she is now ready for her next owner and new adventures and we hope that these new owners will enjoy her as much as we have. It is not easy to part from a home like TeApiti but the project is completed which is why we sell her with mixed feelings and let us start the next chapter of our life. 


RCD Status: The yacht conforms to the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorized A – “Ocean” and was constructed in a Lloyds approved laminating facility.


Hull Construction:

·         Female molded vinyl ester resin, vacuum bagged around balsa core.

·         Double isopthalic gel coat finish.

·         Kevlar reinforced below the waterline and full length stringers.

·         Teak and stainless steel external trim - teak capping rail.

·         Two water tight bulkheads forward.


Deck Construction:

·         Balsa-cored GRP with moulded bulwark, bolted and glasseddeck/hull joint.

·         Overlaid with teak.

·         The keel ballast weight is 9,500kg giving a high ballast ratio of 42.5% with half tanks.


Keel & Rudder:

·         Lead cast keel with 3% antimony hardening, through bolted to the hull stub with cast – in stainless steel bolts.

·         The rudder is semi-balanced on a massively reinforced half skeg.

·         The rudder shaft sits in two bearings.

·         The lower one, outside the hull, ordinary braze bearing with two half-shell parts and the upper one a JP3 bearing with flange and needles, aluminium counter plate, flanged composite housing and half rudder tube + ring + seal. Installed in October 2009.

·         Rudder Hydraulic: Two Hydraulic linear drive VHM50, RV3, 24 Volts, (Lecomble & Schmitt) together with Tecnautic Autopilot installed in June 2006 and November 2007.


Engine & Gearboxes:

·         1 x Yanmar 4LHA-HTE, 140hp (103kW) 4-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine.

·         Water cooled with water separator.

·         2.1:1 Hurth reduction gearbox, additional Separ dual fuel filters.


Maintenance & Performance:

·         Engine hours – 3626.4 as of 15.7.2015.

·         Engine last serviced: full service with taking it out of the boat January 2013.

·         Cruising speed – 7 - 8 knots @ 1800 -1900 rpm.

·         Maximum speed – 9 knots @ 2400 rpm.

·         Fuel consumption at cruising speed – approx. 8 - 10 litres per hour.

·         Range @ cruising speed – approx. 750 Nm.


Propulsion & Steering:

·         A 42” stainless steel wheel controls the Whitlock steering system.

·         Aquadrive coupling, P bracket, Varifold VF – 120, 4 blade folding propeller installed April 2010.

Electrical Systems

Voltage Systems:

·         12vDC/24vDC domestic system with 220v/110AC ring main from generator, Solar Panels installed 2012 and/or shore power.


Battery Banks:

·         12 V / 60 Ah engine start battery.

·         12V / 60 Ah Generator start battery. Can be switched in parallel to the engine battery.

·         24 V / 500 Ah Service battery consisting of 12 x 2 V cells connected series. “Sonnenschein” Batterys heavy duty, deep cycle, sealed gel batteries (new 2009).

·         24 V / 240 Ah Battery for the navigation equipment consisting of 2 x 12 V batteries connected in series.

·         24 V 2 x 12 V connected in series for the bow thruster.


Battery Chargers:

·         1 x Victron Inverter Charger for the service batteries 24 V / 80 A. Inverter output 2000 W at 230 V.

·         1 x Victron Charger for the navigation batteries 24V / 50 A.

·         1 x Charger from the Wind generator switchable to either of the batteries. 300 W at 25 kn windspeed.

·         1 x Solar charger connected to the service battery, supplied by a solar panel. 20 A at 24 V.


AC / DC Converters:

·         1 x Victron Orion 24 V to 12 V 20A down converter. 

·         1 x 24 V to 12 V downconverter feeding the AIS and its GPS, the antenna splitter, Radar See Me Box.

·         1 x 24 V to 230 V 300 W inverter for the 2 Computer screens.



·         Engine with a 55amp/h 12 V + a 100amp/h 24 V to supply the main 24 V system.



·         Onan / Kubota, 11 KW, with its own 60 ah start battery, fully insulated with exhaust fed to an HMI water separator. 

·         Additional Separ dual fuel Filters only for Generator.

·         Generator hours – 2625.8 as of 15.7.2015.

·         Generator last serviced:  August 2011.


Shore Power:

·         1 x Fully automatic isolation transformer. Input voltage 230 and 110 50 or 60Hz, output 230 V to all the 230 V appliances.


Other Electrical:

·         4 x Victron Solar panels 7.7m2 300W – 24V mounted on the stern.

·         Superwind 350, wind generator 350 W.

Plumbing Systems

·         Hot and cold fresh water system, with two freshwater pumps, if one fails the second one can be switched on by its own switch. 

·         Pressure tank, warm water heater heats with 24 V and hot cooling water from the engine.

·         24 V circulating pump from the hot water can be switched on if wanted.

·         This hot water is also connected to the heating racks in the forward and aft heads.

·         Saltwater pump with outlet in the galley, the automatic aft toilet and the anchor washing supply.


Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

·         Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

·         Fresh water warm and cold in all heads and galley plus on stern at the bathing ladder.

·         Water heater Isotemp 40 L New installed 3/2013.

·         Rainwater catching system.



·         Seafresh, capacity 90 liter / h.


Bilge Pumps:

·         3 x Automatic (the aft one with 13300 L/h) and 1 manual in cockpit + 2 semiautomatik in Transom & midship.


Grey & Black Water:

·         Grey and black water have overboard and in tank valves.



·         Total capacity of 1,080 litres in 3 x rigid high density polyethylene tanks.


Fresh water:

·         Total capacity of 850 litres in 2 x rigid high density polyethylene tanks.


Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:

·         2 x 60 litre blackwater tanks.

·         1 x 180 litre greywater tank.

Navigation Equipment

·         Furuno Blackbox system MFDBB with Furuno Navnet.

·         Furuno Radar DRS 4D  24’’

·         Forward looking sonar INTERPHASE iSCSN 180.

·         TECNAUTIC autopilot, Nav and Wind connected.

·         Multiple GPS systems.

·         MaxSea time Zero software connected to Furuno Navnet.

·         AIS.


In cockpit:

·         Furuno Plotter.

·         TECNAUTIC autopilot displays / working units / fly by wire engine control.


At chart table:

·         2 x PC’s with 2 screens connected to PC or Furuno Blackbox.

·         Electronic nav. charts of maxsea time Zero + Furuno Blackbox.

·         Autopilot displays / working unit /fly by wire station of Tecnautic Autopilot.


Communications Equipment:

·         VHF Sailor 5022.

·         HF, MF iCom M710.

·         Inmarsat - Mini C; FBB 500 including sat phone. 

·         Epirb - 2 McMurdo G5 auto.

·         S4 rescue sart, McMurdo.

Domestic Equipment


·         Stove / oven Force 10 gas burner, gimbaled (new 2012).

·         Miele steam oven (new 2009).

·         Large fridge 300 L and deep freezer 175 L   24 V Frigomatic.


Washing Machine:

·         Miele WT Washer Dryer New installed in Jan. 2011.



·         Aft: Tecma electric toilet / Shower separate; the shower compartment gives access to washing machine and walk in engine room.

·         Forward: Jabsco pump toilet / shower separate.

·         Both toilets have fresh or salt water options.

·         Bathing shower with hot and cold water next to the bathing ladder.


Heating & Ventilation:

·         Ebersbächer D9W hot water central heating system with regulators in each cabin.

·         Air-conditioned: all pumps were replaced in 2013; Each pump serves a separate unit with its own regulation; Forward one pump for Pullman and forward cabin; Main cabin 2 pumps for main cabin and galley; Aft one pump for masters cabin and aft shower.



·         In the main cabin car FM radio with CD, + MP3, WMA, MPEG1, USB & SD cards.

·         Stereo Speaker system (4) in the main cabin + (2) in the cockpit or in each location separate.

·         In masters cabin car FM radio with CD and 2 stereo speakers in the cabin.

·         The PC screen No 1 on the nav. table can be turned toward the main seating area of the main cabin to enable watching any DVD you have.


Lighting (Outside):

·         Decklight.

·         Spreader up and down light.

·         Cockpit table light fixed on the boom.


Lighting (Inside):

·         In all cabins ceiling halogen lighting and separate individual lights in main saloon and sleeping cabins.


Summary of Accommodation:

·         6 x berths; master cabin with king size centreline berth with split mattress on special battens with 4 large lockers under the bed and ample stow room under mattresses; Pullman guest cabin to port with 2 bunks; lockers under lower bunk and cupboards on both sides; forward main guest cabin with kingsize berth with split mattress on battens; with lockers under the berth and on both sides, not to forget ample space for spare parts under the 2 mattress.

·         Throughout the living area there are wooden soleboards and no carpets.

·         The joinery is executed in American cherry.

·         The saloon has a raised seating area with upholstery in Seagull Sunbrella with quick dry foam around the saloon table that folds out on each corner.


Description of layout from forwards:

·         Anchor locker with 120 m chain.

·         Sail locker with bulkhead to the aft.

·         Forward cabin.

·         Pullman cabin to port.

·         Forward heads and shower for the two cabins on starboard.

·         Seating around the table on port with lockers and deposits for charts on starboard.

·         Under the seating area main battery and storage for working tools + -machines.

·         Raised chart table with two PC – screens and navigational instruments on starboard.

·         Gangway in the center with easy steps

·         Underneath the gangway the Generator with soundproofing

·         Galley on port with the passage to the owners’ cabin perfect to cook in heavy weather conditions.

·         On starboard behind the nav. table and under the seat is the washing machine.

·         Walk in engine room in the center between the galley and the aft shower.

·         Owners’ cabin with passage to the aft shower and engine room.

·         Lazarette lockers on port and starboard on port side with the Ebersbächer heater and stow room.

·         On starboard side stow room and hydraulic for the two piston of the autopilot steering.

·         In the transom center the steering mechanics of the rudder.

·         Transom lockers for the outboard petrol.

Deck Equipment


·         Carbon mast in 34-700 standard modulus carbon fiber with 3 set carbon spreader by Hall Spars NL; 25 m from waterline (higher than original Discovery mast!).

·         2 x Forestay with Reckmann RS2000/40 furling system for Jib and Genoa.

·         Rod shrouds on new chain plates installed in NZ.

·         In boom furling by Furlerboom DK with Bamar furling motor.

·         Hydraulic boom vang Sailtec Model -40BV with double acting pump Model T5-1.

·         Backstay rod and with holmatro Backstay Adjuster and Spinnaker pole stowed on deck bb.

·         Jockey pole stowed on deck starboard.



·         2 x Andersen 68 STE, primaries.

·         1 x Andersen 52 STE, mainsheet.

·         1 x Andersen 52 STE, reefing lines, main halyard, spinnaker halyard, self-tacking jib sheet, preventer.

·         2 x Andersen 46 ST, on mast for halyards, topping lift, second spinnaker halyard, storm jib, spinnaker boom lift.

·         Jib and Genoa Halyards are controlled by a tensioning system on the mast.


Sails (North Sails):

·         Purchase date:  Aug 2010.

·         Main for furler boom - 75.94 m2 - 817.47 sq. feet.


Note: This main sail went back to North DK, to alter in May 2011 and has not been used since!


·         Genoa to furl - 95.04 m2 - 1023.1 sq. feet.

·         Jib to furl - 54.24 m2 - 583.89 sq. feet.

·         Trysail - 16.27 m2 - 175.15 sq. feet.

·         Storm jib - 15.88 m2 - 170.95 sq. feet.

·         G2 Gennaker - 202.51 m2 - 2180.01 sq. feet.

·         Purchase date: May 2011.

·         No 2 Main for furler boom - 75.94 m2 - 817.47 sq. feet.

·         Spinnaker 230m2.



·         Bimini on a rigid fixed frame and sprayhood.

·         Large varnished mahogany folding cockpit table with integral unit.

·         Stainless steel bathing ladder recessed into transom.


Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

·         Anchor Capa Ultra 45 kg with swirl.

·         Chain 120 m stainless A4 (1.4462, Duplex) 10 x 28 mm.

·         Windlass MAXWELL with electronic chain control and counter, can be operated from cockpit and remote

·         Stern anchor Manson plough 20 kg with a special dropping equipment and line on a spool.


Covers, Canvas & Cushions:

·         Covers for all windows and winches.

·         Covers for cockpit table, pedestal, steering and flagpole.             

·         6 x Cockpit cushions.


Tender & Outboard:

·         Southern Pacifik, Rib, 3.10m, rigid aluminum hull, inflatable.

·         With blue canvas over the upper side rubber.

·         Yamaha, 8 HP, 2 stroke, outboarder.


Safety Equipment:

·         Viking life raft for 6 persons (new 2010, serviced 2013).

·         Grab bag.

·         Jon bouy, Dan buoy.

·         2 McMurdo G5 auto.

·         AIS receiver / transceiver.

·         Firework.

·         200 m linethrower rocket.


Fire-fighting equipment:

·         Gas detector.

·         Smoke detector.

·         FirePro  aerosol Fire distinguishers with automatic release (long lasting no service necessary); in engine room; generator compartment; galley / main cabin; transom in heating  compartment; Electronic cabinet; forward compartment where the bow thruster is located.