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1983 Midnight Lace 52 (by Cheoy Lee) Total Refit 2009


Ft. Lauderdale,FL,United States

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Bow Starboard
Starboard Looking Aft
Forward Cockpit
Bridge w/Full Enclosure
Cockpit Starboard
Starboard Aft
Starboard Side
Wet Bar
Aft Cockpit
Bridge w/Full Enclosure
Bridge Helm
Bridge Helm
Bridge Seasing
Bridge Helm
Cockpit Seating
Cockpit - Stairs to Bridge
Stern Starboard Quarter
Salon - Galley
Salon Settee
Salon Looking Forward
Entrance to Master
Master Berth
Master Head
Master Head
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All recent updated photos since total refit - Tom Fexas design, BELLE NOIR has just completed a total refit inside and out to showroom condition. No expense spared. Built by Cheoy Lee, the finest quality construction combined with classic lines and outstanding performance. One of only thirteen 52s built, this is a stunning yacht with some exceptional features including forward cockpit with seating and beautiful teak interior. Luxurious appointments and ambient elegance combined with convenience of huge double stateroom and high and airy dinette. The Lace's narrow beam, light weight, and low profile provides stability and efficiency unique to a boat this size. Her sleek profile and styling, black hull and bright deckhouse make her stand out like a trophy. "Midnight Lace was inspired by the slippery old hulls that were developed during the age of the rumrunner," Fexas says. "In the heyday of Consolidated, Elco, Dawn and others, yards turned out boats that were both elegant and fast - and that was before the days of high-horsepower, lightweight engines." (Photos are pre-Refit; new photos and updated specs coming)

Boat Details
Fuel DieselHull Material Fiberglass 
Beam 13 ftMax Draft 3 ft 10 in 
Engine Make GMEngine Model 8.2 
Fuel Capacity 500 galLength Overall 52 ft 
Water Capacity 200 galEngine Hours 2025 
Number of Engines 2    

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Total Power: 260
Cruising Speed: 18 kts @ 2500 RPM
Max Speed: 24 kts @ 3000 RPM


Sleeps 4 owners and guests in 2 staterooms with 2 heads. This vessel features new carpeting, window treatments and fabrics throughout; 2 new chairs, table, L-shaped settee and wet bar.


Washer/dryer, new 10 cubic ft. upright Norcold 12V/120V AC refrigerator/freezer, new 1000w carousel microwave oven, Princess 33 stove with rotisserie, instant electric hot water plus new 6 gal. main hot water heater, double stainless steel sink, numerous drawers, lockers, cabinets, wine racks and more.

Master Stateroom

The Master Stateroom is located forward, and has a double berth, 2 illuminated cedar hanging lockers, numerous felt-lined drawers and enclosed shelves which provide ample storage. There is also an illuminated vanity with a swing out seat which also makes a nice writing desk. There is a large storage space beneath the forward cockpit which is accessed from inside the master stateroom. This stateroom also has an AM/FM stereo radio, direct and indirect lighting, separate computer controlled air conditioning, 2 opening hatches, ladder and large hatch to the forward cockpit.

The Master Head has a tub with telephone showerhead, Raritan Crown electric-flush head Y-valved to a holding tank, large mirrored medicine cabinet, sink with cabinet below, teak grating, fluorescent lighting, exhaust fan.

Guest Stateroom

The Guest Stateroom has two single berths, air conditioning, numerous drawers and a cedar hanging locker.

The Guest Head is similar to the master head but has no tub.

Engine Room

Two computer controlled Cruisair air conditioning units; 2 automatic Halon fire extinguishing systems; Galley Maid watermaker; cockpit controls; Hynautic hydraulic steering; manual bilge pumps; holding tank head; raw water sea strainers; hot water heater and pumps; emergency tiller in lazarette.


The forward cockpit is upholstered with access to the interior of the vessel. The autopilot remote allows steering from this area. The aft cockpit has upholstered forward and aft seats, ladder to the bridge, transom steps to the swim platform, large sound insulated hatches which provide access to the engine room.

Deck and Hull

Two anchors - main anchor is 45 lbs. SS plow and backup anchor is 21 lbs. Guardian aluminum Danforth lightweight type; anchor line is new and rope/chain splice done by West Marine. 20' 3/8" BBB chain, spare rode is 5/8" with 10' 3/8" BBB chain. Cockpit awning; new flybridge enclosure; Coast Guard safety package; Avon Coastal raft; 2 jackets/life rings; navigation lights; electric controlled search light; swim platform; compressed air signal horn; backup cannister type horn; all new lines and fenders in a large ventilated stowage box built into the aft cockpit; 8 bollard type cleats; varnished mast; anchor light; all hose connections below the water line are double clamped; all lines are new.


  • Autopilot
  • ICOM M125 VHF radio (bridge)
  • Chart plotter
  • Depth sounder
  • Hailer
  • Chart kit
  • Telephone intercom
  • Radar
  • Raytheon VHF radio (salon)
  • 5" compass
  • Datamarine speed and distance logs
  • Rudder position indicator
  • EPIRB type 406
  • Alpine stereo, 220w and 6 speakers


Multiple AC and DC outlets throughout the vessel (including engine room and bridge). TV outlets in main salon and in forward stateroom; cockpit lights.
  • 110V AC electrical system
  • Westerbeke 7.5 kw generator
  • Four batteries
  • 3 bank digital DC voltage meter
  • 12V DC electrical system
  • 30 amp battery charger
  • AC, DC electrical panels in accessible location

Broker's Comments

Midnight Lace is a mixture of performance and noble tradition. She's a new custom boat with a design from out of the past. She was designed by Tom Fexas, a naval architect who has been convinced for at least the last five years that there will be a place for long, narrow boats in the future. We first saw the plans for this boat in 1975, but it was only because of Tom Fexas' strong commitment to the concept that the boat was finally built and launched.

"Midnight Lace was inspired by the slippery old hulls that were developed during the age of the rumrunner," Fexas says. "In the heyday of Consolidated, Elco, Dawn and others, yards turned out boats that were both elegant and fast - and that was before the days of high-horsepower, lightweight engines."
The current trend in production boat building has been toward beamy boats. It has been that way for over ten years, and there seems to be no indication of change. The reason why major builders are producing beamy boats is simply that the market demands it. Customers want large interior accommodations. But beamy boats require more power to push through the water. That translates into bigger, more costly engines for planing hulls, and higher fuel consumption at planning speeds. That Midnight Lace looks a bit like a torpedo boat is no accident. The experiences with the light strong hit-and-run PT boats of World War II taught designers much about getting speed out of available horsepower.

So, for starters, Lace is light. Fexas built the hull with Airex core material as the matrix and added extra layers of glass reinforcement in all the stress locations. He knew that the beamy production boat, with all its extra structural material and the heavy machinery needed to push it around, could fall easily into a "closed loop" system of power requirements - the more weight, the more power needed, thereby adding more machinery weight... and so on...

(Excerpts from
Return of the Rumrunner
by Doug Schryver)


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.

Custom Contact Information

Please contact the listing broker, Eric Dahler, for additional information.