• 50.5'
  • 1949
  • Cork, Ireland
  • 75 000 €


NORTHELE is a captivating sailing yacht and we are proud that she was built to designs by AK Balfour in 1949 and she has been turning heads ever since.  She is a powerful and well found cruising yacht that is delightfully original and which has been cherished by a series of smitten owners.

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: BERTHON
  • Category: Cruising Sailboat
  • Model: Berthon 50
  • Model Year: 1949
  • YearBuilt: 1949
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: VAT Paid
  • Country: Ireland
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • 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' 6" (15.39m)
  • LWL: 35' 0" (10.67m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 11' 1" (3.38m)
  • Min Draft: 7' 6" (2.29m)
  • Max Draft: --
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: --
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: --
  • Max Speed: --
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 18,143 Kilos
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: 341 Liters
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 181 Liters
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: 5
  • Heads: 1
  • 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: Wood
  • Deck Material: Wood
  • Hull Configuration: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: AK Balfour
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: N/A
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Perkins
  • Model: 4108
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Broker's Comments

NORTHELE was built by Berthon in 1949 and is a captivatingly pretty yacht as well as being a powerful and rewarding sailing yacht. We have followed her progress down the years and we are delighted now to have been tasked with finding her a new owner to cherish and enjoy her in the 21st century. As with all yachts built by Berthon, records of her build are retained in our Shipyard archives.  

Owner's Comments

The yacht is very good overall condition and in my ownership she has had a series of nautical makeovers.


In 2003 all the paint was stripped off above and below the water line.  All timber above and below checked and any areas requiring attention were repaired.  Replaced iron fastenings with silicon bronze where necessary. Repaired the stem and replaced the forestay fastenings.  Removed the bow thruster and repaired the timber under the skin fitting.  Replaced four ribs two on each side of the mast support.  She had damage to planking aft on both port and starboard which required planking to be replaced.  Then primed the timber above and below the waterline before she was fully painted.  Varnished the bright work mast and boom with several coats on each.  Serviced the engine and can confirm it is running smoothly to this day.


She had another refit and refurbishment carried out in Crosshaven boatyard in 2008. Stripped out her mild steel superstructure supporting her mast and replaced all oak frames and ribs supporting the steel which supports the mast.. Replaced the steel superstructure with new steel floors made on site by a skilled German trained shipwright. This was fastened to the new oak frames and ribs with silicon bronze fastenings with insulators to stop any action between the bronze and steel. Her hull paint was stripped primed and repainted. Her bright work and mast was stripped and re varnished. Engine serviced and running very well.


In 2012 her deck had all caulking removed and was re caulked.  All varnish removed from topsides mast and boom. Re varnished with Coelan coating. Removed the Radar from the mast and simplified the wiring. Since her repairs and launch in the spring of 2013 she is tight and takes little water even when hard pressed in heavy weather.


She is a joy to sail and her performance is truly fantastic for a yacht of her vintage.  She comfortably sails at 9 knots on a broad reach and will do 7 knots hard into the wind.  She always receives very positive comments wherever we go with her. She is so well balanced there is little weather helm and she will keep on course if you need to leave the wheel. She can be sailed comfortably with just two and sails very well with the main sail reefed. What I love about NORTHELE is how she sails in a seaway with ease and makes very comfortable passage making. Her lines are perfect and she sails beautifully in the lightest of air. She does not have a spinnaker but she has old pictures with her sailing with one. It’s a sail I would recommend for the next owner to improve her down wind performance.


If she does sell it will be a sad day as I have had so much fun with her. 


Irish Registry


RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.


Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

·         Hull of Honduras Mahogany and Burmese Teak plus Burmese Teak deck.

·         Registered Tonnage: 14,133kg / 31,157lb; gross tonnage 17,944kg / 39,559lb.


Keel & Rudder:

·         Lead keel (5,443kg / 11,999lb) with oak rudder.


Engine & Gearboxes:

·         1 x Perkins 4108 50hp diesel.


Maintenance & Performance:

·         The engine is serviced every year.

·         4 liters per hour at 6 knots.


Propulsion & Steering:

·         Wheel steering directly connected to the rudder with a very large solid Bronze half circle gear drive. 

Electrical Systems

Voltage Systems:

·         240V ring main.


Battery Banks:

·         4 x Batteries with marina power set up.



·         1 x Direct from the engine.

Plumbing Systems

Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

·         Two separate fresh water tanks and pressurized hot and cold water system to the galley and heads.

·         There is also a shower in the heads.

·         Gas water heater.

·         Two separate water pumps.


Bilge Pumps:

·         2 x Bilge pumps. One manual with access from the deck needs servicing with lack of use and one electrical.



·         Total capacity of 181 litres. 45 hours motoring at 6 knots on a full tank.


Fresh water:

·         Total capacity of 341 litres.

Navigation Equipment

·         Sestrel steering compass.

·         Garman GPS plotter.

·         Autohelm 7000 autopilot.

·         Stowe wind speed.

·         Stowe log and depth sounder.

·         Icom VHF.

Domestic Equipment


·         Gas cooker with grill and oven.

·         Built-in fridge.



·         Blake victory WC, porcelain wash basin and shower.



·         Radio/stereo.



·         12 volt lighting and the switches are two way for shore power to work.


Summary of Accommodation:

·         Very traditional layout for her time with the galley forward of the mast where the crew worked and slept in the forepeak.

·         Interior of Teak and Mahogany.

·         3 x Single berths and 1 x double berth. 

·         Forepeak pipecot fittings


Description of layout from forwards:

·         Forepeak for storing her 2nd anchor, outboard, chain, large fenders etc.

·         Galley with gas cooker work area fridge sink etc.

·         Port side single berth and opposite this is a double berth with the mast forming part of the double berth layout.

·         There is a small hatch with circular window over the double berth allowing more natural light.

·         Two small deck glass prisms allowing more natural light into the master cabin/berth area. 

·         Main saloon has an extendable table bolted to the cabin sole with comfortable seating either side.

·         Both can be used as berths with lockers on both sides.

·         The heads are accessed from the main saloon starboard side via mahogany door.

·         Then there is the chart table on starboard side with a seat on port side with an area in between for the removal of wet gear [Doghouse] before you enter the main saloon.

Deck Equipment


·         Bermudian sloop rig with original spruce spars, stainless rig and running rigging. 

·         Profurl headsail reefing.

·         All rigging was replaced three years ago.



·         5 x Lewmar winches.



·         Main new 2014.

·         Tri radial roller (1995).

·         Foresail (1994).

·         3 x Working jibs.



·         Pulpit, guardrails, sternrail and stanchions all stainless steel.


Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

·         2 x Anchors: 60lb CQR and 50lb Danforth plus 180 feet of chain.

·         Torkmaster hydraulic windlass.


Covers, Canvas & Cushions:

·         Covers for skylights etc.

·         Boarding ladder.

·         Flag pole.


Tender & Outboard:

·         8 foot rubber punt three years old and Johnson 2.5HP outboard.


Safety Equipment:

·         6-man liferaft and flares.


Fire-fighting equipment:

·         7 x Fire extinguishers.