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Sparkman & Stephens 53 ft Yawl 1954



Sparkman & Stephens 53 ft Yawl 1954

Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
Date 1954
Length overall 52 ft 6 in / 16 m
Length deck 52 ft 6 in / 16 m
Length waterline 36 ft 1 in / 11 m
Beam 12 ft 2 in / 3.7 m
Draft 7 ft 7 in / 2.3 m
Displacement 17.35 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany on oak frames
Engine Westerbeke 58 4 cyl 48 HP Diesel
Location USA
Price EUR 480,000
Vat VAT Not Paid

These details are provisional and may be amended



The Frisell family were sailors and moreover could afford to choose the best tool for the job. The name KAY is associated with some fine S&S designs and this boat now named LEGEND is no exception. She has proved herself on the race courses over the years - and built by Abeking & Rasmussen she has that detailing that some of her sisters from lesser yards are lacking. LEGEND presents now in impressive condition and this 53 ft S&S yawl for classic racing and family cruising is no compromise.



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History note

A yachting press article in the year of her launch in 1954 reads: “KAY is a yacht of international pedigree, designed by Sparkman & Stephens New York....built this year by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany and owned by Sven Frisell of London..........She appropriately enough won a race from England to La Coruna, Spain in one of her first competitive appearances. Details of the cabin plan represent a joint effort of the owner, designer and builder and provide for eight in the owner's party with a forward stateroom, large toilet and hanging lockers, built in and extension berths in the main cabin, a galley aft and two pipe and canvas quarter berths over the sail bins in the doghouse and a man forward. In hull dimensions and in her yawl rig with masthead fore triangle she is typical of Sparkman & Stephens designed ocean racers and her 15 hour corrected time margin of victory in the race to Spain testifies both to her speed and favourable RORC rating. She is double planked with mahogany over frames with teak decks and bronze fastenings”.


Race and regatta history

1954 won the RORC Cowes to Corunna race
1958 won her class in the Bermuda race – winner’s plaque inside boat
1960 raced in the Bermuda Race - winner’s plaque inside boat

Owned by some famous American sailors like Wells Morrs, Bud Humphries and Baxter Stills
1979 1st Place St Bart’s Regatta cruising class, 2nd place single handed
1980 1st Place St Bart’s crusing class, 1st place single handed, Line honours cruising class
1981 1st Place St Maarten’s Regatta Racing class
1982 1st Place St Maarten’s Regatta Cruising class, 1st Place St Barts Cruising class

Various wins in the Newport museum races, Opera House Regatta, Dion Cup, Sparkman &
Stephens trophy winner, etc. as well as other wins at St Bart’s and St. Maarten’s in the '80s

1991 1st Place Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, 1st in class
1991 Antigua Concours d'Elegance, best owner maintained yacht
2012 Best in Show, Georgetown Classic Boat Show, South Carolina
2014 1st Place Master Mariners Regatta, Ocean Class, San Francisco
2014 Winner of the Baruna Cup at the same regatta
2014 Best in Show, Master Mariners, Concours d'Elegance / Boat Show
2014 Winner of the Stone Trophy (best boat, maintained regardless of cost) at same regatta



- Double planked Honduras mahogany below waterline
- Single plank Honduras mahogany above waterline
- Oak frames
- Silicon bronze fastened
- Bronze strapping
- Wooden rudder
- Bronze keel bolts
- Heavy duty ball valve bronze skin fittings
- Bruynzeel plywood sub deck with laid glued teak planking over
- Teak deck superstructure, hatches and ports
- Teak and holly cabin sole
- Birdseye maple and solid maple bulkheads
-Maple interior joinery


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
-Wide side decks lead to fore deck
- Deck fittings custom made in bronze
- Fairleads each side aft on caprail
- Bronze pushpit
-1 inch bronze stanchions and dual stainless steel wire guardrails run fwd to pulpit
- Raw teak mooring cleats each side on deck
- Lazarette hatch with mushroom vent and with access to steering mechanism
- High cockpit coaming aft and each side to doghouse fwd
- Custom bronze mainsheet horse
- Custom wood wheel steering and steering compass binnacle rebuilt
- Helmsman’s seat aft
- Engine controls
- Port and stbd bench seating lockers under
- Sheet winches as detailed below on pedestals outboard with sheet cleats
- Bridge deck across
- Raised doghouse with teak roof, large side windows and handrails each side
- Sliding hatch to accommodation below
- Instrument repeaters on doghouse aft bulkhead to port
- 2 x Dorade vents fwd
- Reduced height trunk cabin fwd also teak, handrails and mounting for dinghy
- 4 Dorade vents
- Highfield lever runners each side on deck
- Main mast; 2 spreaders
- Dorade vent on centreline fwd
- Skylight hatch in coach roof
- Forehatch in deck with 2 port lights
- Mooring cleats
- Muir vertical 12 V custom bronze anchor windlass 2009 with foot pedals
- Panama fairleads each side in bow
- CQR #40 stainless steel anchor with 200 ft 3/8th inch galvanised chain new 2010
- Stainless steel bow roller at stem


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Sliding hatch in coach roof and doorway access to doghouse
- Aft cabin with pipe cot quarter berths each side
- Raised chart table, navigation zone to port
- Stowage lockers
- Companionway steps down

Galley athwartships
- Stainless steel single bowl sink to port against aft bulkhead
- Stowage lockers above and below
- Luke propane gimballed 3 burner hob and oven 2010 to port side
- Isotherm 12-120 V fridge freezer custom built with double door access

Steps down to saloon
- U shaped settee dinette to port; stowage under
- Dining table
- Settee berth stbd
- Drinks stowage in custom made locker with wine glass holders
- Pilot berths up and outboard each side
- Locker and glass stowage to stbd

Head compartment to port by mast
- Raritan 12 V electric WC 2009
- Wash basin 2009
- Plumbed with drain for shower
- Locker stowage

Owner’s cabin forward
- Double vee berth
- Hanging locker
- Desk and seat
- Locker storage
- Chain locker fwd


Rig, spars and sails

Yawl rig
- Aluminium keel stepped main mast
- Sitka spruce mizzen stepped on deck
- Sitka spruce main boom with bronze fittings and A&R logo 2015
- Sitka spruce mizzen boom with bronze fittings 2013
- Sitka spruce spinnaker pole with original bronze fittings 2010 stowed on deck fwd to port
- 1 x 19 Stainless steel standing rigging to Sta-Lock terminals 20115 -16
- Bronze turnbuckles and chain plates
- Dacron braid running rigging
- Mainsheet triangle mounting point in cockpit rebuilt and strengthened 2015

All new or restored original wood and bronze blocks
Several modern blocks for racing applications and higher loads

Sails new in 2010
- Main sail in heavy Dacron
- Dacron mizzen sail
- 130% Dacron genoa;
- 110 % Jib
- Dacron staysail
- 2 x Spinnakers

- 2 x large Barlow bronze two speed; primaries
- 2 x Barlow bronze two speed secondaries
- 1 x #20-2
- 3 x Harken bronze #16-2
- 1 x Harken bronze #40 ST-2
- 1 x Harken bronze #48 ST-2

Covers for
- Full boat
- Mainsail cover
- Mizzen sail cover
- Wheel and binnacle cover


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Westerbeke 58 4 cyl 48 HP Diesel engine 1997 rebuilt 2007 - 2008
- Single lever control
- Hurth reduction gear
- 1 ¼ inch stainless steel shaft
- Max prop 3 blade bronze feathering propeller
- 2 x 110 A alternators
- Xantrex 40 + A charger
- Electric panel by galley
- Magnetic circuit breakers
- 12 V Electric circuit to cabin, nav, spreader and anchor lights
- 12 V 4-D AGM engine start battery 2016
- 8 x 6 V Deep cycle wet cell domestic batteries 2016
- All new wiring well loomed to ABYC standards
- 2 x Blue seas vapour proof switches
- Electro Guard zincs and bonding
- Marinco 120 V 30 A shore power
- Xantrex Pro-sine 2 kW inverter 2010
- All new chrome and brass interior lights 2009 - 2010
- Gas bottles in lazarette with 12 V shut off
- Shurflo electric pump for domestic water
- 2 x 80 gallon Monel fuel tanks pressure tested and fitted as new fwd 2010 and aft 2017
- 2 x 80 gallon Monel fresh water tanks
- 1 x 28 gallon plastic holding tank with Dometic 12 V macerator


Navigation, communications and electronics

- White and Sons steering compass in bronze binnacle with light
- Raymarine ST 60 speed, depth and wind 2009 -10
- Raymarine C-120 in Nav area and C-80 chart plotter at cockpit 2009-10
- Raymarine ST 6002 auto pilot with remote 2010
- Weems and Plath clock and barometer
- Fixed VHF and hand held VHF radios
- Fixed SSB radio
- Sirius stereo 2009-10



- 1 x 8 person life raft on deck, new 2009, unpacked serviced and re-packed – recall in 2014
- McMurdo EPIRB new 2015
- 2 x Throwable horseshoe life buoys
- Ample Type III inflatable vest type PFDs
- Flares
- Aircan horn
- 3 x #1.5 ABC fire extinguishers
- Jabsco 12 V engine driven bilge pump
- Rule 2500 and 2000 bilge pumps with float switches
- Emergency tiller



- Custom, teak, lapstrake dinghy to original A&R design, by Gannon & Benjamin 2013
- Deck chock fittings for dinghy
- Sailing rig and oars and can take a small outboard engine
- 6 x Dorade vents refurbished 2011 on boxes rebuilt 2005-10
- Teak paserelle and teak swim ladder 2010
- Numerous of documents, line drawings, restoration photos
- Yachting magazine articles, records, trophies, etc from current and prior owners


Restoration / refit

Professionally maintained for more than 40 years with three major re-fit yard periods

2003 – 2008 full restoration
- From the main mast forward all planking was removed
- Planking that was good was reused and planking that was not, was replaced with new wood
- Some oak frames were replaced and many were sistered
- New oak floors were installed
- New Bruynzeel plywood 3/8th inch thick installed with West system
- Top deck in ¾ inch teak with caulked joints
- All teak & holly cabin soles replaced
- All new electrical and plumbing systems installed as well as all new electronics 2009-10
- Entire interior re-finished including new fabrics throughout in 2008
- Hull painted and the house and trim varnished
- The dorade vents stripped down to the brass, polished and clear coated 2011
- Winches replaced with bronze winches to match the originals
- Re plumbed

When purchased, much original bronze hardware, cleats, railings and pulpit were either missing or had been replaced with stainless. From 2009-2016 all of the stainless was removed and replaced with bronze as the originals, including several custom cast bronze pieces.

Most recent refit at Berkeley Marine Centre
- Aft section renewed with new horn timber
- New planking
- New Iroko floor timbers
- Rudder dropped and found in excellent condition
- Worn or corroded bronze rudder fittings and spindles re-cast and replaced
- Rebuilding of all steering mounting bronze and components
- New cockpit sole and deck 2017
- Plumbing upgrades
- Scupper drains renewed
- Thru hull skin fittings replaced 2009-17
- Hull bottom and topsides repainted May 2017
- External and interior bright work re varnished May, June 2017


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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