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Gabbiano Azzuro
1986 33' SILTALA Motorsailor Nauticat 33 Portsmouth Virginia United States
$39,000 USD

The 1986 33' SILTALA Nauticat 33 Motorsailor Gabbiano Azzuro is a sail boat for sale located in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.

Gabbiano Azzuro ( Blue Gull) is a classic later model (1986) Nauticat 33 ketch rigged pilot house motorsailer. Built by Siltala Yachts in Finland and designed by Aarnipalo. Many experienced sailors would argue that the Nauticats are one of the finest examples of Pilot House Motorsailers built.

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LENGTH 33' (10.06m)
BUILT 1986
BEAM 10' 8" (3.25m)
DRAFT 5' 1" (1.55m)
LOCATION Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
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Main Description

Gabbiano Azzuro ( Blue Gull) is a classic later model (1986) Nauticat 33 ketch rigged pilot house motorsailer. Built by Siltala Yachts in Finland and designed by Aarnipalo. Many experienced sailors would argue that the Nauticats are one of the finest examples of Pilot House Motorsailers built.

 The double ended solid fiberglass roomy hull is a ketch rig (a two-masted sailboat that has a mainmast front and shorter mizzenmast aft or back). Both masts carry a mainsail. She has a deep fin keel (draft 5ft) and a skeg-hung rudder. This design is capable of inland waters cruising or coastal / ocean passage making. Her freeboard is a generous 5ft. The double end design allows for a very spacious interior (10ft 8in beam) with 2 staterooms, galley, salon / pilot house and head. Bridge clearance is 41ft. Powered by the workhorse Ford Lehman Super 90 and swinging a 3 blade 22in x 16in prop she has a cruising speed under power of 8 knots (hull speed) and in a light to moderate wind she can motorsail at a consistent 7 knots. Under just sail, 5 knots is reported. The engine was removed and given a complete overhaul by a very experienced diesel mechanic in the winter of 2021 and reinstalled in April of 2021. She was fresh bottom paint and zincs 11/2020.

This vessel had extensive exterior work done by Bluewater Yacht's yard in Wanchese, NC in 2015 when the current owners purchased her. Yard work included hull blister repair, stepped down mask rigging redone, new prop, toilet, and rebuilt pilot house doors. Then the newly retired owner began to retrofit and update the interior. His untimely death did not allow the retrofit completion; however, most wiring was redone, upholstery, and much more. Most of the internal systems are reported operational. Know items to be finished are repairs to the ceiling starboard aft passageway due to a vent leaking. Leak has been repaired. Deck is solid fiberglass not cored. Vessel was equipped with bladder style house water tanks which have been removed thus house water system needs to be repaired. Bright work inside and out needs attention. Gabbiano Azzuro has the potential to make an excellent cruiser or live aboard with the heavy lifting of complete engine overall completed. Looking for caring new owners to enjoy this classic vessel. New listing additional information to be added.     Yachting Monthly article June 2021 on  the Nauticat 33 please copy and paste to your browser:    

Walk through

Enter port or starboard sliding doors of pilothouse into a solon helm combination area with bench seating and you are surrounded by the pilothouse windows that provide great visibility in all directions. Looking aft you enter the passage way to the master  stateroom with a center line sink and cabinet with berths on port and starboard. Back to the salon  helm area forward is the galley with an in counter cold box, propane stove to starboard and dinette table folding and seating to port. Moving forward the head is on port and guest state room, sail storage and anchor locker.

Dimensions and Deck

Beam: 10'8" LWL: 28'3" Length of Deck: 33'5" Maximum Draft: 5' Ballast: 11,000 lbs. Bridge Clearance: 41, Headroom: 6' Freeboard: 5' Dry Weight: 16,940 lbs.   Ground Tackle anchor rode aprox. 150" Delta Anchor Danfort Anchor  Anchor chain Lofrans Windlass   Deck Hardware 6-8 inch aluminum cleats Chocks   Tender NONE      Add Link


Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Ford Lehman Super 90
Year Built: 1986
Engine Model: Super 90 / 2722E SP90
Engine Hours: 1322

Complete rebuild out of boat, reinstalled 4/2021  Hours since rebuild, break in and test hours approx. 10   Transmission: 1986 Velvet Drive model 10-18-008 serial # 6616  ratio: 1:1 Transmission hours est. 1300   Engine Controls: Morse cable 2 stations


Battened mainsail

Genoa Gennaker/Cruising Spinnaker new furling on jib 2016 new sail  covers 2016.   Rigging: 2 aluminum mast 2 aluminum booms Lewmar winches  Stainless Steel chain plates & cable stays  Nylon running rigging lines complete set of sails  Manual steering tiller Furler Stainless steel boarding ladder   Manufacture's specs: Upwind sail area: 517 ft²  48 m²
Downwind sail area: 845 ft²78.5 m²
Mainsail area: 188 ft² 17.5 m²
Mizzen sail area: 91 ft² 8.5 m²
Genoa area: 237 ft²  22 m²
Jib area: 118 ft² 11 m²
Storm jib area: 81 ft²
7.5 m²
Symmetric spinnaker area
565 ft²
52.5 m²
Rigging type: Ketch Marconi masthead
Mast configuration: Deck stepped mast
Rotating spars: No
Number of levels of spreaders: 1
Spars construction: Aluminum spars
Standing rigging: 1x19 strand wire continuous

The last listing photo of a Nauticat 33 under sail is not this vessel but a sister Nauticat for an example of the look under sail..

Electronics & Power

Raymarine hubridtouch GPS/Plotter/Sounder 

VHF radio Standard Horizon Explorer

Speed Gauge Raymarine

Depth Gauge Raymarine

Electric Compass Raymarine

Compass- Ritchie 4inch 2 units both helms

  Battery: 31M & 27M Interstate 5 total start and 4 house

  Shorepower: Marinco  5 0ft 30A / 120 VAC 1 connection port side

  Generator: NONE 

Additional Systems

Go Power inverter
VDC insulated refer box
Cabin Heater
Propane Bottle w/ Electric Control 


Fuel: Diesel 2 tanks stainless total 160 gal.

Fresh water (house): bladder tank has been removed due to failure need replacing size was approx.120 gal

Holding Tank: stainless 15 gal


Keel Type: Full
Ballast: 10120 lb  lead 
Displacement: 16500 sq ft
Max Draft: 5 ft

Manufactures Description when in production

The Nauticat 33 has now been in production for almost 30 years, but she still continues to surprise and delight all newcomers, both experienced yachtsmen and those venturing afloat for the very first time. The effortless operation, superb comfort and careful arrangement of interiors, making use of all available space to the best advantage, has created a demand for this boat, resulting in over 1,000 hulls built so far. In addition to the original long-keel version, the Nauticat 33 is also available with the fin keel and skeg underwater section and new taller rig, resulting in improved performance under sail. This design is more suited to the yachtsman looking for more versatility than the average motorsailer concept allows. The hull is all hand-lay-up GRP construction using alternate layers of mat and woven roving. There are longitudinal stringers and transverse floor members in appropriate areas. All structural bulkheads are teak-faced marine plywood, securely bonded to the hull. The internal iron-lead ballast is heavily fibreglassed into the hull. The deck and superstructure are of 100 per cent hand-lay-up GRP construction. Decks have an anti-slip finish. All exterior trim, including handrails and the overhead hatch trim, are of teak. All windows are of toughened safety glass suspended in alloy frames. There are dual steering stations, one in the wheelhouse and one on the aft deck. The rudder is made of fibreglass, the rudder stock of acid-proof steel. There is emergency steering by way of a tiller connected directly to the rudder stock. The interior joinery is of satin varnished teak, fitted to highest yacht-building standards. The pilothouse features a steering position with full instrumentation. Ventilation is provided by a large sunroof type hatch, and the two pilothouse doors port and star board.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Curtis Stokes
Curtis Stokes & Associates, Inc.
1323 SE 17th Street Suite 168 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33316 USA

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