Benson 52 Fantail Trawler

Outstanding liveaboard vessel
US$79,500.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  277276
  • Length  ·  15.85m
  • Year  ·  1954
  • Construction  ·  Wood
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  4
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 165hp, Detroit 6-71-N (1951)
  • Lying  ·  Bellingham, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Boatshed Seattle
Boatshed Seattle
Dave Carleson

Extra Details

Designer A.C. Benson
Builder Benson Shipward
Lying Bellingham, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 5,000.0 ltr (1,100.0 USG) Total - 4 Tanks
Water capacity 1,181.8 ltr (260.0 USG) Total - 3 Tanks
Last survey 01/11/2019

Mechanical

Engine 1 x diesel 165hp
Engine make and model Detroit 6-71-N (1951)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 5 blade bronze (48")
Fuel consumption (approx) 13.6 ltr (3.0 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 9 knots
Generator output 7.6KVA

Mechanical details:
The Detroit 6-71 turbocharged main engine was overhauled in 1986. A Twin Disc MG514 hydraulic 6:1 reduction ratio transmission drives the large four foot, five blade propellor using a 3 1/2" bronze shaft.
Engine hours are not recorded.
Steering is hydraulic except for chain to flybridge wheel with autopilot.

Electrical details:
Westerbeke 7.6 BTB (2004) 7.6 KW generator with 3200 hours;
Lewco Marine FS-3240 battery charger 32v battery charger;
Battery Bank 1 - six 2 volt 1000 AH deep cycle locomotive batteries (house) (12V);
Battery Bank 2 - one 12 volt deep cycle (generator starting) (12V);
Battery Bank 3 - four 8 volt deep cycle (new, 2020) (32V);
Magnum 2000 watt modified sine wave inverter/charger (new, 2018)

Dimensions

Length 15.85m
LOD 15.85m
LWL 14.33m
Beam 4.47m
Draft Min 2.06m
Draft Max 2.06m
Airdraft 6.10m
Displacement 49,895kg (110,018.9lbs)
Headroom 1.98m
Storage In water

Rig

Other rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)

Sails

The vessel has two wooden masts (5"diameter) and a boom (3 1/2" diameter) used for shore boat hoisting and navigation equipment including radar and searchlight. There are no steadying sails. There is an electric hoisting winch for the shore boat.

Electrical Systems

32 volt battery, 7 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator

Construction

Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

This is a custom-built trawler of heavy, all wood construction typical of commercial fishing and research vessels of the era. The design features straight stem, long keel, fantail stern, and round bilges.

Construction is of 1 1/2" x 5" Fir/Port Orford Cedar planking on 1 3/4" x 2 1/2" bent oak frames on 10" centers. Stringers are 3" x 7" full length fir doublers. Beams are heavy 3 1/2" x 6" fir on 16" centers. The deck is of 2 1/2" caulked cedar aft and fir forward with fiberglass overlay.

Ballast is of stacked iron ingots embedded in concrete. Fastenings are galvanzed screws. The cabin structure is plywood on frame.

Waterline Boats / Boatshed does not independently verify capacities and measures, which are reported from seller-provided information and/or literature.

Accommodation

Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Manual)

This classic vessel is well laid out for reliable cruising and living aboard in comfort.

Enter through doors on either the port or starboard side of the cabin or through pilothouse doors. All doors are traditional Dutch doors that split to open for visibility and ventilation at the top. From a side door you enter the salon. Aft to port is a settee with a drop leaf table. On the aft bulkhead is a full size refrigerator, Dickinson Newport propane cabin heater, and ample storage in drawers above a classic clock and barometer. On the starboard side aft in the salon a staircase leads below deck to the master cabin and engine room.

Midships to port in the cabin is the galley with three burner propane stove and oven and ample counter space and storage. Opposite the galley is a counter with storage shelving.

The salon opens forward to the pilothouse which features a traditional curved array of windows looking out that bring lots of light to the interior. A large ship's wheel with bronze trim dominates the pilothouse. Modern engine controls are installed along with engine instrumentation and navigation instruments.

Moving aft again and down the companionway stairs you enter the master cabin. This features a queen-size berth, private marine toilet compartment with shower, a flat screen television, and access through a companionway hatch to the covered enclosed aft deck. The cabin provides access to the large engine room forward.

The engine room has standing headroom around the centrally located Detroit 6-71 turbocharged diesel engine. Access to all mechanical components, fuel valving manifold, batteries, and generator is excellent. There is a large workbench with vise in the engine room.

The forward bulkhead in the engine room provides access to a forward cabin which is also accessible from a foredeck hatch and ladder. The cabin features upper and lower twin berths and access to a marine toilet compartment in the bow. This area also provides access to the anchor chain locker.

One fine feature of this vessel is the enclosed aft deck that provides additional living space. This includes a curved built-in settee that follows the shape of the beautiful fantail transom

Espar type diesel forced-air furnace new 2020;
Dickinson Newport Diesel heater;
Norcold AC/DC refrigerator;
Force 10 propane stove with oven;
Emerson microwave oven;

3 burner Stove

Accommodation

Stove
Oven
Sink
Refrigerator
Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system
Microwave

This classic vessel is well laid out for reliable cruising and living aboard in comfort.

Enter through doors on either the port or starboard side of the cabin or through pilothouse doors. All doors are traditional Dutch doors that split to open for visibility and ventilation at the top. From a side door you enter the salon. Aft to port is a settee with a drop leaf table. On the aft bulkhead is a full size refrigerator, Dickinson Newport propane cabin heater, and ample storage in drawers above a classic clock and barometer. On the starboard side aft in the salon a staircase leads below deck to the master cabin and engine room.

Midships to port in the cabin is the galley with three burner propane stove and oven and ample counter space and storage. Opposite the galley is a counter with storage shelving.

The salon opens forward to the pilothouse which features a traditional curved array of windows looking out that bring lots of light to the interior. A large ship's wheel with bronze trim dominates the pilothouse. Modern engine controls are installed along with engine instrumentation and navigation instruments.

Moving aft again and down the companionway stairs you enter the master cabin. This features a queen-size berth, private marine toilet compartment with shower, a flat screen television, and access through a companionway hatch to the covered enclosed aft deck. The cabin provides access to the large engine room forward.

The engine room has standing headroom around the centrally located Detroit 6-71 turbocharged diesel engine. Access to all mechanical components, fuel valving manifold, batteries, and generator is excellent. There is a large workbench with vise in the engine room.

The forward bulkhead in the engine room provides access to a forward cabin which is also accessible from a foredeck hatch and ladder. The cabin features upper and lower twin berths and access to a marine toilet compartment in the bow. This area also provides access to the anchor chain locker.

One fine feature of this vessel is the enclosed aft deck that provides additional living space. This includes a curved built-in settee that follows the shape of the beautiful fantail transom

Espar type diesel forced-air furnace new 2020;
Dickinson Newport Diesel heater;
Norcold AC/DC refrigerator;
Force 10 propane stove with oven;
Emerson microwave oven;

3 burner Stove

Deck Gear

Boston Gears Capstan windlass
2 anchors
(Forfjord #8 Stockless primary and Bruce Type secondary)
91.44m of chain
Avon 10 dinghy (unknown year)
(RIB)
20hp outboard, Honda, Short shaft (unknown year)
I/2" 300' chain recently re-galvanized

Nav Equipment

Compass
Radar
VHF DSC radio
GPS
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
Computer
Fish Finder
Depth sounder

Navigation equipment includes:
ICOM IC-M502 VHF-DSC;
Standard Horizon VLC3000 Loudhailer;
Furuno FCV661 Depth Sounder/Fish Finder;
Datamarine LX3000 Digital Depth Sounder;
Trimble NavTrac GPS interfaced to Maptec PC Navigation Program;
Furuno 1830 Radar;
Compasses - 5" and 2" card size

Safety Equipment

Fume detector
Life jackets
Life buoys
Horn

5 bilge pumps (0 manual / 3 electric)

Rule 3500 GPH Bilge Pumps (3);
Jabsco engine-driven 1" pumps (2)

Broker's Comments

Attention All Interested Parties
This boat has just been relaunched following a full paint job. New photos to follow soon!

Presented here is a most versatile vessel that lends itself to a variety uses:

One of them certainly as a comfortable, warm, live-aboard. There are so many unique large living spaces; the fantail deck seating which is enclosed and heated, the ultra large enclosed fly bridge that can sleep two and seat many, the raised pilot house that can sleep one, the main saloon and galley with their outstanding visibility, the stand-up, walk-around engine room that becomes a perfect "man cave" with large work bench for those ongoing projects,

Or as a long range cruiser, exploring our vast NW cruising grounds.

Or for the classic wood boat enthusiast -- this heritage boat is an outstanding example from one of the premier BC boat builders. The Benson brothers, along with their father, built commercial tug boats, fishing boats, survey vessels and some private yachts from 1927 to 1983.

Note: offers on the asking price may be considered. Details subject to contract.

This Benson 52 Fantail Trawler has been personally photographed and viewed by Dave Carleson of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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