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1946 Sparkman and Stephens Keel/Centerboard Yawl (Nevins built)

$160,000 Westerly, Rhode Island
Make Sparkman and Stephens Keel/Centerboard Yawl (Nevins built)
Year 1946
Condition Used
Price US$160,000
Fractional Shares 1
Type Sail
Class Antique and Classic (Sail)
Length 45 ft
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Wood
Location Westerly, Rhode Island
LOA 45 ft
Length at Water Line 32 ft
Beam 12 ft 1 in
Max Draft 4 ft 9 in
Displacement 30000 uom.
Ballast 8000 uom.
Max Bridge Clearance 57 ft
Engine Make Yanmar
Fuel Type Diesel
Builder Sparkman & Stephens Yawl (Nevins built)
Fuel Tanks 1 x 70 gal (UK)
Fresh Water Tanks 1 x 110 gal (UK)
Holding Tanks 1 x 15 gal (UK)


Owners are keen for an immediate sale and will consider a partial trade to downsize to a smaller sailboat.  Yacht is located at our boatyard in Westerly, RI and is available for immediate inspection.  Please call for details.

PILGRIM is an exceptional yacht in excellent condition. She has been lovingly cared for by her current owners who have brought her back to near new condition. From 1991 to 1996 she underwent an extensive professional refit including new frames, planking, decking, hatches and trim.

Most recently, the last major item of the refit was completed. The centerboard trunk was entirely replaced in winter of 2006/7 by Gannon & Benjamin in Martha’s Vineyard. To accomplish this, the rudder heel fittings and deadwood were removed. The ballast keel, trunk sides, bed logs and end posts were removed and replaced with angelique wood (copper lined). The top of centerboard trunk was replaced with a bronze weldment.

Complete restoration details are available in the full specs section of this listing. PILGRIM is meticulously maintained and highly recommended - a rare find.

A pre-sale inspection survey was completed in April, 2009 - available upon request.

Please click on full specs for a complete listing as well as additional photographs.

Inquiries are most welcome.

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Total Power: 50
Cruising Speed: 6.7
Max Speed: 7.6 +


New Yanmar 50HP installed 1992 - commissioned with boat after restoration was complete in 1996. Fresh water cooled. Luke feathering prop (3 blade). Cruising speed 6.7 knots with a maximum speed of 7.6 knots (under power). 3,000 engine hours including three(round) trips from Watch Hill, Rhode Island South through intercoastal to Charleston, South Carolina.


The two 35 gallon fuel tanks are aluminum, the two water tanks (55 gallons each)are stainless steel - all built by Luthers in Bristol, Rhode Island - ABYC compliant.


Electrical panel 12 and 110 volts (110 for outlet plugs only). New wiring throughout boat. 2 lead acid batteries. 50 feet of shore cord.


Sleeps six. Beginning forward is the anchor rode locker, forepeak offers private cabin with vanity, berths each side, storage cabinets and shelves, drawers under each berth and hanging locker and bookshelves. Coming aft head is to port and hanging locker starboard. The main saloon offers setees and pilot berths on port and starboard - the settees pull out for berths. The galley with a Force 10 gimbaled 3-burner propane stove with oven is just aft to port - with Seafrost refrigeration system starboard. Pressure water system with a 12 gallon hot water tank - water is heated from engine heat exchanger or shore power. PILGRIM's interior offers a new FM radio and compact disc player with two cabin speakers, 6' 3" headroom, a Coast Guard-approved holding-tank system and a new Wilcox Crittenden Imperial head with shower, sump and pump. The white interior has been recently painted -the trim is varnished mahogany, cushions are an elegant green pattern. The cabin sole is bare teak. Excellent ventilation through one sliding hatch, two teak skylight hatches, ten opening ports with screens, forward hinged hatch, steering gear hatch and six teak dorade boxes with ventilators. Overall PILGRIM's cabin is very warm and comfortable and brings you back to the golden days of yachting.

Sails & Rigging

Masthead yawl rig; new aluminum main mast with wooden boom, Mizzen mast wood with wooden boom, Harken jib-roller furling system, two Barient self tailing primaries, two No. 44 Lewmar secondaries, two No. 44 Lewmars on mast, four winch handles. Spinnaker gear: aluminum whisker pole, all blocks and halyards. The sail inventory is as follows:

  • Chandler Main (new 1995)
  • Chandler Mizzen (new 2000)
  • Chandler 100% Jib (new 1996)
  • Halsey Lidgard 125% Jib (new 2001)
  • Old Mizzen Staysail - serviceable
  • Old Genoa - serviceable
  • Full set of sail covers

Ground Tackle

45-lb. Delta; one large danforth; one small danforth; 2 rodes: 250 feet 5/8 line with 100 feet of 3/8 chain and 250 feet of 5/8 line with 30 feet 3/8 chain; electric windlass (motor and wiring rebuilt as noted below).

Safety Equipment

Carbon-monoxide and propane alarms; one horseshoe, two round lifebuoys, life sling, radar reflector, flare kit, horn, four life preservers, two fire extinguishers.

Electronics & Navigation

  • VHF Radio
  • GPS
  • Furuno 1600 Radar (1996)
  • Datamarine depth finder (1995)
  • Robertson Simrad Autopilot (New 2003)
  • Datamarine distance log and knot meter (1994)
  • Danforth/White constellation compass 6" rebuilt 1994-5

Other Equipment

Extra fixed prop (3 blade), Avon Inflatable Floor dinghy, Mariner outboard, salt water deck washdown, some screens (companion)

  • New Dodger and Sail cover (2003)

Restoration - Structural & Trim

PILGRIM underwent a complete professional refit in Westerly, Rhode Island by professional shipwrights and her owner from 1991 to 1996. Details of this restoration are as follows:

  • Dropped keel - checking keel bolts. New floor timbers throughout, except first five frame bays in forepeak. New upper part of centerboard box.
  • New transom and transom frame.
  • New steam bent white oak frames throughout except for aforementioned frame bays.
  • New double planking beneath water to well above waterline - cedar inside, fir outside. Some of mahogany shear strake replaced. All fastened with copper rivets - some bronze screws, some bronze bolts.
  • New marine plywood decks covered with Dynel cloth and epoxy resin.
  • New mahogany bulwarks.
  • Cabin house sent to Greg Roessel in Maine to be restored - forward and after ends new. New cabin house roof installed later when house rebolted to deck.
  • New cockpit including new carlings in deck, and deckbeams to support it.
  • New hatches and hatch coamings, including two teak skylight hatches.
  • New grab rails (ash) and teak dorade boxes.
  • New teak caprails, cabin house trim and taffrail.
  • New mahogany cockpit coamings, with winch mounts outside.
  • New propane locker with two aluminum propane tanks and under cockpit seat locker arrangements (canvas).
  • Deck Algrip redone 2004
  • Cabintop Algrip done 2005 (desert sand color)

Restoration - Mechanical & Electrical

  • New Yanmar 4JH2E 50 horse diesel
  • New rack & pinion Edson steering gear.
  • Rebuilt (motor & wiring) anchor windlass.
  • Seafrost engine driven refrigeration.
  • Force 10 3 burner propane stove with oven.
  • Automatic and manual bilge pumps.
  • New Wilcox Crittenden Imperial toilet, shower, sump and pump.
  • Twelve gallon hot water heater, pressure water system - hot water from engine heat exchanger or shore power
  • Holding tank
  • FM radio and compact disc player - two cabin speakers
  • Electrical panel 12 and 110 volts (110 for outlet plugs only) - new wiring throughout boat
  • GPS, radar, carbon monoxide and propane alarms, depthfinder and speed and distance log.
  • New VHF Standard Horizon Radio with RAM MIC cockpit station, 2005

New Centerboard Trunk

The last major item of the refit, the replacement of the centerboard trunk, was completed during the winter of 2006/7 by Gannon & Benjamin of Martha's Vineyard.

This poject required the removal of the rudder heel fittings and deadwood, the ballast keel and the lags from the bronze web floors (to bed logs). The new trunk sides, bed logs and end posts were made of copper-lined angelique. The top section of the trunk was fabricated in silicon bronze. Photos and further details of this project are available upon request.


PILGRIM is an exceptional yacht in excellent condition - she has been lovingly cared for by her current owners who have brought her back to near new condition over the course of their nine year ownership.

She was built in 1946 for Harvey Conover as REVONOC (note the resemblance to his last name). She was also know as NIPANTUCK and has compiled a very successful racing record, including two overall wins and three best of class wins in the Miami-Nassau Race series. Although successfully raced, this boat is designed to comfortably cruise the New England Coast and beyond - be prepared - she will turn heads in every harbor.


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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