55' 9" (16.99m)

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2010 55' 9" DISCOVERY Cruising Sailboat Discovery 55 Lymington United Kingdom
($799,566 USD est.) £575,000 GBP

The 2010 55' 9" DISCOVERY Discovery 55 Cruising Sailboat FLORENCE O is a sail yacht for sale located in Lymington, United Kingdom. #32 of this iconic series by Ron Holland and Discovery. Discovery 55 FLORENCE O first splashed in 2010. Now in her second ownership she was cherished in her first, cruising extensively in the Caribs, Mediterranean and Northern Europe with many of her winters spent beneath her overall cover. In this ownership she has enjoyed a wonderful cruise to Scotland and the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic and cruising in the Caribs. She shipped back to the UK. In this ownership she has had lots of lovely updates including E125 Hybrid Touch, new standing rigging, new Gori prop and stacks more. She is now gleaming and ready for her new sailors. Contact the yacht broker to receive more information or schedule a showing of this 2010 55' 9" DISCOVERY Discovery 55 Cruising Sailboat FLORENCE O yacht for sale in Lymington, United Kingdom today!

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LENGTH 55' 9" (16.99m)
ASKING PRICE ($799,566 USD est.) £575,000 GBP
BUILT 2010
BEAM 15' 8" (4.78m)
LOCATION Lymington, United Kingdom
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General Comments

The Discovery 55 has been extensively reviewed. Bluewater Sailing calls her ‘an innovative and eminently comfortable voyaging home’ whilst Boat International said ‘the Discovery 55 is a beautiful boat, soundly constructed out of the best materials and designed to look after her crew, whatever nature throws up. But none of this is at the expense of performance which is in the top league of today’s modern cruiser-racers’.


RCD Status: The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”.


Hull Construction:

  • Composite construction with end grain balsa core providing strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation.
  • Layer of Kevlar added in forward sections to the hull strength.
  • Non-pigmented gel is used below the waterline to help prevent osmosis.
  • Vinylester resins are used throughout for added strength and osmosis prevention.
  • 3 x Layers of epoxy as a barrier against moisture ingress.
  • Three water tight bulkheads providing sealed buoyancy.
  • Hull Moulding in "Flag Blue" Cavita line in gold tape, boot top lines both white.
  • Full port-side hull repair (May 2019).
  • Anti-foul and primer reapplied post repair work (May 2019).
  • Boat lifted (November 2019; Atlantic preparation).
  • Jet wash of underside (November 2019; Atlantic preparation).
  • Two coats of International Micron Extra Blue antifoul (November 2019; Atlantic preparation).
  • Full stainless steel rubbing rail on gunwale.
  • Topsides repaint 2020/2021 in Flag Blue - Alexseal Premium Topcoat 501 (a two component, polyurethane-based coating).


Deck & Superstructure Construction:

  • Composite construction with end grain balsa core providing strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation.
  • Marine ply, stainless steel or alloy is used in all load bearing areas for added strength.
  • White gel coat.
  • Teak capping rail and decks.
  • Joined to the hull with epoxy paste and stainless bolts for security.
  • All bulkheads are laminated into the deck for strength and stiffness.
  • Deck Saloon window mullions in white.


Keel & Rudder:

  • 9,500kg (20,500lb) shaped lead keel and a depth of 7’3” (2.23m) provides a ballast ratio of 42% providing maximum stability. Bearings serviced 2016.
  • Semi balanced large Kevlar reinforced rudder.
  • Rudder drilled, dried and repaired (May 2019).


Engine & Gearboxes:

  • 1 x Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 160hp; fresh water cooled.
  • Gearbox ratio of 2.68:1.
  • Racor Twin Fuel Filter with alarm.


Maintenance & Performance:

  • 1,850 hours
  • Full engine service including turbo service (May 2019).
  • Full engine service by Yanmar specialist (November 2019; Atlantic preparation).


Propulsion & Steering:

  • Single lever controls at cockpit pedestal.
  • 1060mm leather covered stainless steel wheel controlling a Whitlock Mamba, solid rod steering system
  • New 24” Gori propeller (May 2019).
  • Replaced cutlass bearings (May 2019).
  • New Tides Marine stern gland and shaft seal (May 2019).
  • Standard Morse Control.
  • Bow thruster - Maxpower 125 composite 10hp.
  • Rope Cutter.
  • 1 x Emergency tiller.

Electrical Systems

Voltage Systems:

  • 12, 24, and 220v Systems.
  • Single 220v socket fitted at forward outboard galley.
  • Double 220v socket fitted at outboard saloon on port mullion.
  • Double 220v socket fitted at saloon seating, adjacent to Eberspacher outlet.
  • Double 220v socket fitted in starboard work area.
  • 12v socket on pedestal.
  • 12v socket on mast.
  • 12v socket in locker by navigation station.
  • Other sockets located in/at:
    1. Forward cabin.
    2. Pullman cabin.
    3. Navigation station pedestal by chart table.
    4. Under navigation station.
    5. Aft cabin port.
    6. Aft cabin starboard.
  • Additional 220v socket in computer shelf, fwd side. Laptop power cable moused into nav table.
  • Additional single 220V socket fitted in engine room.


Battery Banks:

  • New 12x2v Rolls gel service batteries (May 2019).
  • 1 x 120 amp/hour start battery for engine.
  • 1 x 120 amp/hour start battery for generator.


Battery Chargers:

  • House battery charging via shore power (220 or 110v), main engine or onboard 7kW generator and charger.



  • 55 amp/hour 12v alternator for charging the start battery.
  • 110 amp/hour alternator for charging the main house batteries.



  • 7kW Onan generator; hours approx. 1,169.
  • Full generator service (August 2019).
  • Full generator service including fully refurbished heat exchanger (February 2020).


Shore Power:

  • 110-230v/50-60 Hz shore power.
  • 16 amp shore power cable.
  • 32 amp shore power cable.
  • USA Shorepower option - including isolation transformer and battery charger. Allows ship to be plugged into shore and charge batteries. 220v sockets can be inverted, but the washing machine and microwave may not be used.


Other Electrical:

  • Inverter.
  • Isolation transformer to 110v.
  • Marine grade tinned cabling is used throughout. This reduces corrosion.
  • Dolphin Marine security alarm system; turns on centre saloon lights and boom lights when set off. Activated by key fob.
  • Victron Quattro - generator & shorepower run through inputs.

Plumbing Systems

Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

  • Pressurised hot and cold fresh water system.
  • Pressurised sea water for deck wash, electric toilets and hot tub.
  • 50 litre insulated calorifier with immersion heater.
  • Hot Tub Plumbing.
  • Eberspatcher hydronic 10, 24v heater system.



  • Seafresh H206A water maker, 80l/hr.
  • Watermaker service (August 2019).



  • Total capacity of 1334 litres (293 gallons) in 3 x polyethylene tanks.


Fresh water:

  • Total capacity of 1008 litres (221 gallons) in 2 x polyethylene tanks.


Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:

  • Total capacity of 80 litres (17 gallons) in 2 x tanks (45/35 litres).
  • Grey water tank for both showers and galley sink with Y valves (unused to date).



  • Gas system certification - new solenoid valve fitted, new through bulkhead fitting (May 2019).

Navigation Equipment

  • Upgrade of Raymarine electronic navigation in cockpit and navigation station from c90 & c120 to C95 and E125 Hybrid Touch (August 2019).
  • Thermometer/Clock/Barometer grouped right and fitted on saloon middle bulkhead.


Above Deck:

  • E125 Hybrid Touch for log, depth and wind.
  • ST7002 plus pilot control display fitted pedestal.
  • Raymarine SPX30 corepack for full MARPA facility.
  • Raymarine C95 & integral radar European map display on helmsman's pedestal.
  • 4kw 18" Raymarine Digital HD Radar inc brackets and cabling.
  • Raymarine Raystar 125 GPS Antenna.
  • Furuno GP32 Fixed GPS with antenna.


Below Deck:

  • Raymarine Smart Pilot Controller - handheld wireless remote autopilot.
  • Raymarine E125 Hybrid Touch & integral radar display at Nav station.
  • Raymarine AIS500 unit transmit and receive.


Communication & Weather:

  • ICOM 506 VHF with second station at pedestal, fitted with loud hailer on mast, new 2018.
  • Furuno Navtex.
  • KVH Fleet track phone FB150, fax phone and data - including antenna mast.


Computer Equipment:

  • Wi-Fi antenna.



  • Raymarine Lifetag Man overboard alert system.
  • Lifetags x 6.

Domestic Equipment


  • Fitted Bosch full size washer/dryer.
  • Stainless steel gas barbecue; permanent gas supply and bayonet fitting.



  • Large front opening fridge for easy access (300 litres/10.4cu.ft).
  • Stainless steel self-contained Freezer.
  • 230v Panasonic microwave.
  • Extractor fan.
  • Espace Ocean Chef 4 burner.
  • Replaced galley drain pipework (May 2019).



  • Hot/cold freshwater shower on transom.
  • Hot and cold shower and sink sump pump in ensuite/heads compartment.
  • Tecma electric WC forward and aft. Switchable for bypassing black tanks and using either fresh or salt water for flushing (replaced May 2019).
  • Heads taps in chrome.
  • Heads plug pop up waste.


Heating & Ventilation:

  • 220V Electric Heated towel rails fitted to both heads.
  • Full Air conditioning. 3 units service forward, central and aft areas.  Clima Vega Mk II.
  • Fans fitted in all cabins - white with chrome style fans.
  • Additional fan fitted in the galley aft end on bulkhead - white with chrome style fans.



  • Pair of speakers in saloon.
  • Cockpit speakers recessed adjacent to the helm position.
  • Alpine 9861 DVD/cd/tuner, multi region with iPod interface.
  • 22" Flat screen TV to Saloon on companionway bulkhead, including TV antenna, wiring etc.
  • New Sony stereo with bluetooth fitted (May 2019).



  • LED lighting throughout, 2 x White halogen down lighters fitted in work area, 2 x red and white halogen down lighters fitted over navigation station and work area.
  • Internal night lights throughout the yacht at floor level.
  • Light in deck lockers (except two on portside deck).
  • Lighting in wardrobes.
  • Light switch fitted in headlining adjacent to companionway - in overhead port side.
  • Overhead lights in chrome / chrome.
  • Single boom light fitted.
  • Stainless Steel LOPOLIGHT LED (Tricolour, anchor, steaming, port, starboard & stern lights).
  • Antenna mast has a 24v deck flood light, illuminating aft gate area.
  • Transom light for boarding from dinghy.



Summary of Accommodation:

  • Larger style door catches in chrome.
  • Tinted double glazed windows in main saloon.
  • All main saloon windows are toughened safety glass.
  • Replaced starboard saloon windows (May 2019).
  • Forward Lewmar cabin hatch replaced (Spring 2020).
  • Lewmar and Gebo opening and fixed hatches around the boat.
  • Standard floor hatches with lock down catches throughout.
  • Corian surfaces in heads and galley.
  • Full walk-in engine room.
  • Standard joinery in Light Oak, quarter sawn, clear lacquer.
  • Teak/holly flooring throughout.
  • Lee cloths throughout colour standard in Beige.
  • Door handles in stainless steel.
  • Push button catches in large chrome / chrome.
  • Fixed port lights in hull (6).
  • Transom port light (opening).
  • Fixed portlight at work area.
  • Front saloon windows – fixed.
  • Grab handles run along the saloon coach roof.
  • Natural Mat mattress protectors and sheets for all berths.


Fabrics & Material:

  • Aft cabin head board in CB Navy leather.
  • Navigation seat cushions in CB Navy leather.
  • Saloon seating cushions in CB navy leather self-coloured piping.
  • Forward cabin headboard in CB Navy leather.
  • Forward cabin curtains in Turnberry Nocturne, standard lining self-coloured tiebacks.
  • Pullman cabin curtains in Turnberry Nocturne, standard lining, self-coloured tiebacks.
  • Saloon curtains in Turnberry Hemp, self-coloured tiebacks, standard lining.
  • Aft cabin curtains in Turnberry Nocturne, standard lining, self-coloured tie backs standard.


Note: No Pilot Berth in Saloon on starboard side. Pilot berth incorporated in saloon seating on port side.


Description of layout from forwards:


Main Forward Cabin:

  • Double berth with split mattress and memory-foam topper.
  • Central lee cloth.
  • 1 x Opening hatch with blackout blind and mosquito screen.
  • Dorade vent.
  • 2 x Wardrobes, shelves and drawers.
  • Storage under berth.
  • Forward berth - forward storage locker lid one piece of joinery.
  • Concealed Shade/Mosquito Screen in forward cabin.


Pullman Cabin:

  • 2 x Berths.
  • Lee cloths.
  • 2 x Wardrobes.
  • Drawers and hanging locker.
  • Storage under berths.
  • Flush mounted Shade/mosquito sky screens.
  • Flush mounted shade/mosquito sky screens.


Heads Compartment:

  • GRP moulded units.
  • Seat in shower.
  • Wet gear drying rail.
  • Separate shower to keep heads area dry.
  • Tecma electric WC. Salt or fresh flush.
  • Vanity unit.
  • Forward heads Corian in Mediterranean blue.



  • Additional storage drawers and work/chart area on starboard side replace standard pilot berth.
  • Pilot Berth behind saloon seating on port side.
  • Raised seating providing panoramic vision.
  • Ventilated wet locker in saloon, forward of pilot berth; two ventilators on top and one bottom, switched on inside locker.
  • 2 x Opening deck hatches.
  • Concealed sky screens (shade/mosquito) on all hatches.
  • Port light above work area.
  • Marquetry in the centre of saloon table.
  • Magnetic catches in electronics panel on each door.
  • Glass and bottle stowage under work area.
  • Saloon seating cushions in CB navy leather.
  • Pilot berth cover in CB navy leather.
  • Storage under companionway.
  • Storage under saloon seating.
  • Saloon table turns in to extra double berth in saloon.
  • Electric telescopic pedestal installed with nosing on saloon seats and modified solid table.
  • Cushion infill for table in double bed mode.
  • Concealed Sky screens (shade/Mosquito) to both Saloon coach roof hatches.
  • Desktop provided with drawers under at work area.
  • Left hand draw in desktop has 3 equal dividers.
  • Bottle rack changed to include Cointreau bottle.


Navigation Area:

  • Raised navigation seat providing panoramic vision.
  • Navigation seat cushions in CB navy leather.



  • Galley design makes working here easy whether at sea or anchor.
  • Dry store with sliding wire shelves with locking bars under microwave.
  • Dump sink with lids for increased working area.
  • Removable pegs with a number of holes added to the cupboard above the Corian sink and aft cupboard in galley.
  • Cutlery divider fitted in one of the top drawers in the galley.
  • Galley has 'hot rods' located to left of cooker x 4. Set back from edge, rods running athwartships, 50mm apart.
  • Galley Corian in Saraha.


Aft Cabin:

  • King size double berth with split interior sprung mattress.
  • 3 x Lee cloths.
  • Drawers under berth.
  • Storage under vanity unit.
  • Book storage by aft port.
  • 2 x Hanging cupboards.
  • 1 x Vanity desk.
  • 1 x Opening hatches.
  • 2 x Dorade vents.
  • Additional wardrobe in aft cabin on the starboard side
  • Full-length mirror on the aft face of the aft heads door.


Ensuite Heads:

  • GRP moulded units.
  • Seat in shower.
  • Drying rail for wet gear in shower.
  • Separate shower to keep heads area dry.
  • Vanity storage units.
  • Heated towel rail on timer.
  • Tecma electric WC. Salt or fresh flush.
  • Access to washing machine and engine room.
  • Aft heads Corian in Mediterranean.


  • Deep centre cockpit for safety and comfort.
  • Large drains to remove water quickly with steel grating to stop smaller items being lost.
  • Deep shaped seat backs for maximum comfort and safety.
  • Substantial teak cockpit table with drinks holders, which is oiled.
  • Single steering pedestal.
  • Fitted cushions for cockpit.
  • Manual bilge pump.
  • Hot tub.
  • Teak grating.

Deck Equipment


  • Double spreader B&R rig for strength and safety and clear decks.
  • Anodised aluminium mast and boom painted white in Awlgrip.
  • Lewmar mainsheet traveller track.
  • Lewmar traveller for self-tacking Jib.
  • Electric in-mast furling for mainsail, with manual override. New Selden furling motor fitted (spring 2020).
  • All Lewmar blocks replaced (May 2019).
  • 1 x 19 Stainless steel wire in swaged terminals.
  • Selden manual Furlex for 2 forward stays
  • 10mm Wichard Pad Eye attached to foredeck over sail locker bulkhead with backing plate.
  • Teak fiddle rails mounted on cabin top to secure ropes.
  • Single 5.0m whisker pole stowed on mast in White.
  • Selden rod kicker.
  • Radar Reflector - Echomax (Active).
  • Radar Reflector - Echomax (Passive).
  • 2 x Spinnaker halyard (halyard, splicing, swivel snap shackle, cranked top bracket on mast, turning block and Spinlock jammer) each.
  • Boom preventer.
  • Selden vang cylinder replaced (spring 2020).
  • 1 x emergency handle for in-mast furling.
  • New standing rigging (May 2019).
  • New jib sheet (November 2019; Atlantic preparation).



  • All deck winches electric Lewmar, manual winches on mast.
  • Electric mainsheet winch upgrade from manual winch (54ST).
  • Additional mainsheet winch on starboard side (Electric) (54ST).
  • 2 x locking winch handles.
  • All winches serviced (May 2019).



  • Mainsail, staysail and genoa in Vektron.
  • Fully vertical battened in-mast furled mainsail with UV protection at clew.
  • 140% Genoa with UV protection on leach and foot.
  • 90% blade Jib sheeted on self-tacking track with UV protection on leach and foot.
  • Large sail locker.
  • Cruising Chute with furling gear including sheets and blocks.


  • Stainless steel pulpit with teak seats.
  • Stainless steel stern rail with teak seats.
  • All dorades are flush the stainless steel - no guards fitted.
  • Side ladder and mounts both sides.
  • Swimming ladder at transom
  • Emergency boarding ladder at transom.
  • Shelves in port and starboard lazarette lockers (includes drain bungs).
  • Lockable latches on all deck locker hatches.
  • Single antenna masts fitted to transom starboard side for the broadband antenna, wi-fi etc.
  • Fishing rod holder at stern.
  • Boarding gates and stanchions.
  • Pulpit and Pushpit
  • Flag staff holder on port side, and life ring holders fitted as standard.
  • 1 x Ensign staff.
  • 2 x 6Kg Propane gas bottle and regulator.
  • Lightweight carbon version passerelle – two fitting positions at stern (high and low) and one off the bow. Supplied by Calibra Marine. Stored in port lazarette, along with the necessary rigging kit.


Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

  • Self-draining chain locker; saltwater pressurised deck and anchor wash located in the chain locker.
  • 10 x Stainless steel mooring cleats.
  • Main anchor standard 40kg Delta.
  • Stemhead and rollers for main anchor.
  • Lewmar V4 vertical windlass.
  • Anchor windlass upgraded with Capstan.
  • Upgraded Anchor chain to 100m (60m is standard) inc. additional stowage modification.
  • Chain chute added to deflector to guide chain into fwd locker section.
  • Pedestal control for windlass, fitted in the centre of the pedestal.
  • 8 x mooring cleats.
  • Additional stainless mooring cleats 2 x bow 2 x stern.
  • Stainless steel anchor roller for a kedge.
  • Kedge anchor support on stern rail etc.
  • Kedge Anchor - Fortress FX 55.
  • Bag for Fortress anchor.
  • 10m Chain + 50 m Octoplait nylon for Kedge Anchor.
  • Upgraded antenna mast for KVH Broadband.
  • 8 x white/blue fenders.
  • 2 x 18mm 20m mooring lines
  • 2 x 18mm 15m mooring lines.
  • 2 x 18mm 10m mooring lines.
  • 2 x 18mm 5m mooring lines
  • 1 x boathook.


Covers, Canvas & Cushions:

  • Spray hood in Acrylic Beige.
  • Standard Bimini Top in Acrylic Beige, Beige cover in stowed position.
  • Bimini with solar panels fitted (May 2019).
  • Pedestal & Wheel cover in Acrylic Beige.
  • Cockpit cushions and back rests for cockpit table area. All in Acrylic Admiral Navy with self-coloured piping.
  • Cockpit table cover in Acrylic Beige.
  • Dinghy cover.
  • Transom cover.
  • Outboard and Barbeque covers.
  • All over boom up cover to waterline for winter storage supplied in 2017. This can be converted by zips to a full or part deck shade cover.


Tender & Outboard:

  • 3 x 8mm Pad Eyes for Dinghy tie down points located on foredeck.
  • Outboard Pad added to Pushpit.
  • Simpson electric davits (150kg load) fitted - for Ribeye 3.15 rib and 15hp engine as a maximum.
  • Ribeye 3.15 rib with aluminium hull, new 9.9hp Yamaha outboard.
  • Dinghy outboard service (November 2019; Atlantic preparation).


Safety Equipment:

  • Strong webbing Jackstays for safety.
  • Alarm System from Dolphin marine security.
  • U-Bolts fitted in the cockpit for safety harness attachment.
  • Lockable catches to all deck lockers.
  • Viking Liferaft 8 Man Solas B Rescue You Pro serviced 2017.
  • Custom Push pit mounted life raft cradle suitable for hydrostatic release.
  • ACR Globalfix I-PRO EPIRB c/w small bracket (1) new 2018.
  • Poly bottle for flares (1).
  • Ikaros red parachute rocket - MCA (4).
  • Ikaros red handheld flare - MCA (4).
  • Ikaros buoyant smoke - MCA (2).
  • Ikaros white hand flare (4).
  • All flares new 2017.
  • Horseshoe set c/w bracket and light - colour white (2).
  • Kim Lifebuoy Drogue and Pocket (2).
  • Hydrostatic release for life raft cradle.
  • Liferaft, jon buoy and dan buoy service (May 2019).


Fire-fighting equipment:

  • 1 x 1kg ABC Dry powder extinguisher in saloon.
  • 1 x 1kg ABC Dry power extinguisher in forward cabin.
  • 1 x 2kg CO2 extinguisher in saloon.
  • Clean Agent fire extinguishers fitted in engine room, bow thruster and generator space (May 2019).
  • Fire blanket.
  • Gas detector in galley with solenoid cut-out to gas supply.
  • 3 x Dry powder fire extinguishers.


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