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Northrop and Johnson Spain

Edificio Dux - Calle Porto Pi 4, 1 ª

Fax:  +34 (0) 971 707775

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1975 Palmer Johnson 88' centre-board cutter


en route Newport,United States

Pilothouse looking forward
Deck saloon looking forward
Forward deck
Deck looking aft
Saloon to port
Saloon starboard
Master double aft
Master bathroom
Twin guest
Guest bathroom
Ashore in cradle
Interior plan
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Aria is a beautiful yacht from the famous US Palmer Johnson shipyard.

She has had several refits including new engine in 2002; rigging replacement in 2005; new sails 2006; new electric furlers in 2007; new generator 2008; and most recently a refit in the UK at Pendennis Yard with: - both centre boards removed and overhauled; backstays  reconditioned (Navtec); 2 new bilge pumps and associated pipework replaced; bow thruster pump over-hauled; water maker over-hauled; steering ram rebuilt; pipework replaced and new electric drive motor fitted; refrigeration system over-hauled; part of the main engine exhaust replaced.

She features a master cabin with en-suite full size tub and shower, two guest cabins with shower, a double and a single crew cabin and a saloon and galley, all giving an atmosphere of classic glamour.

Two inline centreboards with minimum draft  2.97m, maximum 6m. making her very versatile.

ARIA is currently in Gibraltar, being prepared for cruising again. The owner would like to sell and we encourage viewing.

Boat Details
Fuel DieselHull Material Aluminum 
Beam 21 ftMax Draft 19 ft 8 in 
Draft Board/Drive Up 9 ft 9 inEngine Make Volvo Penta 
Engine Model TAMD 74 A Engine Year 2002 
Fuel Capacity 1320 galLength at Waterline 78 ft 9 in 
Length Overall 87 ft 11 inNumber of Heads 5 
Water Capacity 6000 galEngine Hours 6600 
Number of Berths 6Number of Engines 1 
For Sale by

Northrop and Johnson Spain

Edificio Dux - Calle Porto Pi 4, 1 ª

Fax:  +34 (0) 971 707775

Hull and Deck construction

Aluminium hull, superstructure and deck.
Teak cockpit.

Deck equipment and fittings:
Electric anchor windlass; 240 volt Ideal Windlass Company
7 x Barient electric
2 x Lewmar hydraulic
1 x Lewmar manual

Engine and Mechanical

Volvo Penta TAMD 74 A 350 HP, new 2002.
Folding propeller.
Cruising Speed: 8 knots.
Maximum Speed: 12 knots.
Range: approx 2500 nm.
Engine Hours: approx 6550 at January 2012.

Northern Lights 25kW, new in 2008, approx 2950 hours at January 2012.
Northern Lights 32 kW, 2002, approx 18,000 hours at January 2012.

Vetus hydraulic Bow thruster: 420mm driven from engine PTO
Cruisair Air conditioning, new 2008 chilled water circulation
Heating – not installed. Quotation at Pendennis- conversion estimate was £2,000
Fresh water-maker Aqua Wisper 74gph, reverse osmosis

Water:             6000 litres in aluminium tanks
Fuel:             5000 litres in aluminium tanks
Holding Tanks:     400 Litres in 2 tanks


As per plan:
Double owner aft with full bathroom (10).
One upper and lower berth cabin (9).
Engine room (8).
Galley to port (6) and navigation area to starboard (7).
Large saloon (5)
Two twin guest cabins with side by side beds and each with ensuite head / shower (3 & 4).
One double crew cabin forward (2). Chain locker at bow (1). Lazarette aft (11).

Electrical Systems and Galley

Shore power inlet -both port and starboard connections with 1 for house and 1 for aircon on each side
Electrical Circuit: 240V on shore power with 110 volt sockets down below
Balmar Inverter 110 volt 3000 watt
Battery chargers –
2 x 32 volt 40 amp Charles Industries
1 x 24 volt 20 amp Charles Industries
1 x 12 volt 30 amp Xantrex charger
Heart interface 32 volt 30 amp charger inverter

Galley equipment
Force 10 3 burner stove with oven and grill
GE combination oven and microwave
Electric wok and hot plate both 110 volt
3 x refrigerators in galley, one in cockpit
2 upright freezers and 1 chest freezer
 U-line ice maker

Plumbing Systems

Electric bilge pump, replaced 2011
Manual bilge pump, replaced 2011
Hot water, via 220v immersion and / or via main engine calorifier.
Refrigeration compressor system – 5 x individual 110 volt compressors

Navigation and Entertainment stems

Instruments including: Depth-sounder; Log-speedometer; Wind speed and direction.
Computer run Cmap Plotter with 15 inch daylight viewable screen in cockpit
Autopilot C Plath
Compass Danforth constellation
GPS Furuno
VHF Standard horizon
Radar Furuno 48 mile 2 foot open array

TV 's –     25 inch Hannspree LCD TV in saloon
 21 inch TV DVD combo in crew cabin forward
Toshiba DVD player
Bose surround sound in saloon,
Alpine CD players in each guest cabin
Sony CD player in cockpit
Cockpit speakers 2 x Bose and 2 x Sony

Sails and Rigging

Aluminium mast.
Furling mainsail system - external mast furling by Hood.
Harken head sail furlers, hydraulic, both replaced 2007.
Mast removed and rigging replaced in 2005 after survey when current owner purchased the boat.
Running rigging mostly new 2011.
Wiring replaced in the mast, and mainsail furler rebuilt 2011.

By Hood, replaced in 2006
Furling mainsail
Furling Genoa
Furling Staysail



August 2011 yard period at Pendennis shipyard Falmouth, works included:
Both centre boards removed and bushes replaced, painted ,faired and anti-fouled.
All backstays reconditioned (Navtec)
2 new bilge pumps and associated pipe-work replaced.
Bow-thruster pump over-hauled.
Water maker over-hauled.
Steering ram rebuilt, pipe-work replaced and new electric drive motor fitted..
Refrigeration system over-hauled.
Part of the main engine exhaust replaced.
Running rigging mostly new this year (2011).

Before the current owner owned the yacht in 2002 she had a fairly major refit including changing the aft stateroom and saloon areas, plumbing, toilets, electronics.

Main engine, Volvo TAMD74 replaced in 2002.
Northern lights 32kva genset 2002.

Mast removed and rigging replaced in 2005 after survey report when current owner purchased the yacht.
Both head sail furlers replaced (Harken) in 2007.
Mainsail furler in good working order.
Sails replaced (Hood) 2006.
Air con system new in 2008.

Northern lights 25kva genset new in 2008 2,936 hrs good working order.
In 2009 she had a new cockpit roof made with fixed windows at the front and soft roll up windows on the sides.
Also 2009 she had a larger bow-thruster tube fitted and a Vetus thruster unit installed. Plus a new cutlass bearing for the main engine.
ARIA has a good solid aluminium hull and has had various upgrades – as listed above – but we believe she will shortly be in need of a re-paint (the paint is dull).  Some attention is also soon  needed to deck paint as the paint is bubbling in areas (this is not bad and it would also be possible to repair in patches and apply a new coat of anti-skid paint).


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

Aria spent Christmas in Martinique, then went to Aruba in January.  She will be in Newport for the summer