Halvorsen 48 Flybridge Cruiser

48' - 14.63m
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Vessel Location
Launch Year
Hull Material
Timber Honduras mahogany hull with a teak superstructure

Alexander Marine Australia is privileged to present the 1973 Lars Halvorsen Sons 48 Flybridge 'Palmyra' to the market as central agents. She is build no. 1288 and was launched 2nd Aug 1973. She is undoubtedly one of the finest presented classic Halvorsen vessels plying our waterways having been in the custody of some notable owners over the years. More recently her current owner has lavished upon her significant capital upgrades including a complete engine room rebuild and repower. Projects of this magnitude are often spoken about but rarely executed - 'Palmyra' is turnkey ready for her next custodian, all the while she continues to retain her classic appeal.

Before we delve into 'Palmyra's' unique characteristics, we should consider the prominent Halvorsen name in Australian and global boating communities. As time passes, these renowned vessels entice an increasing number of boating aficionados as Halvorsen's become collector's items. They reflect a time when life was less chaotic, and our demands were simpler. Spend time onboard 'Palmyra, ' and it is easy to appreciate the Halvorsen allure and elegance.

Migrating to Australia in 1924 with very little, the Halvorsen family worked conscientiously to build a more rewarding life. Their dedication to boat building and remarkable craftsmanship, in addition to their superb seamanship, made their yachts extremely popular.

During their illustrious history, Lars Halvorsen & Sons were commissioned to build more than 250 vessels for American, Dutch, and Australian troops during World War II. For well over half a century, the family business would manufacture over 1,500 boats, creating a reputation in Australian boating synonymous with elegance and quality and 'Palmyra' is a part of this wonderful story of hard work & success.

Commanding attention wherever she goes, this 1973 classic Halvorsen 'Palmyra' is a gracious 48 flybridge cruiser and is one of only two built to her length of 48 feet. With sensible wide and covered walk-around decks and an expansive flybridge area, 'Palmyra' is a true entertainer. From access off the swim platform, you enter the stylish fully covered all-weather aft deck with carefully maintained teak decks concealing a voluminous lazarette storage space. Enjoy sitting back with friends and family in the cockpit on her comfortable cane lounge chairs, sipping on a chilled glass of wine overlooking the water. For all-weather entertaining plexiglass wing doors can be closed on each side deck to make the cockpit usable in any conditions.

From the cockpit, large sliding varnished timber doors lead to the open plan main saloon, doubling your entertainment space. Large windows surround this area inviting plenty of natural light. The interior has a clean and uncluttered layout with all galley facilities hidden behind beautifully crafted traditional timber panelling. The timber louvers on the cabinetry are in immaculate condition. Portside is an L-shaped lounge upholstered in a soft light brown suede, complementing the grain patterns in the cabinetry. An accompanying coffee table sits opposite the lovely white stone benchtop with sink and two-hob Fisher & Paykel stovetop for food preparation. 'Palmyra' offers ample refrigeration with a Vitrifrigo 180L drawer fridge in the galley and an additional 130L Waeco bar fridge located in the saloon alongside the U-Line ice maker. The chic home furnishings add a warm and welcoming feel to the boat.

Forward of the main saloon is the lower helm station where significant effort has been made to disguise the latest Raymarine multifunction displays and accompanying operational equipment to retain as much of the original feel as possible. Designed to be handled by a single person, the pilothouse door adjacent to the lower helm allows the skipper quick access out onto the starboard side deck and up to the foredeck when anchoring or picking up a mooring. Equipped with a bow thruster to assist when docking, 'Palmyra' can be driven from this all-weather lower helm or the flybridge station which is accessed via a ladder in the cockpit. From the flybridge, the views are amazing and offer another space for entertaining your guests.

Six wide carpeted steps resembling a household staircase lead you down to the accommodation in the bow consisting of two cabins. The master cabin features a double bed on the port side. Forward are four singles the lower two of which when fitted with a removable infill form a second double bed. The shared spacious head features an electric toilet, stone bench top, and a generous separate shower cubicle.

At the heart of the boat, you will find two as-new (2019 installation) Yanmar 6LY440 common rail engines at 440hp each. An as-new Mase 10kw generator complements the main engines. In fact, you will find a whole lot of impressive new equipment in the engine room - Wowzers!. Even less mechanically inclined individuals will be impressed with the volume and presentation of everything in this space - a remarkable (yet time-consuming and costly) feature for a boat of this age. Access to the engine room is made easy via a doorway from the accommodation area in the bow so you can admire this space often with ease.

The current owner of 'Palmyra' recognized that the old bulky and heavy V8 turbo diesels engines were past their use-by date. The engine room was thoroughly cleaned out and redesigned to accommodate the new Yanmar engines. As a result, 'Palmyra' has a higher top speed approaching 25 knots should you be in a hurry. Fuel economy, lower noise levels, and reliability all benefitted from this big decision.

There has been no expense spared in the refit of 'Palmyra' across the entirety of the vessel including the installation of selected "mod cons" usually found at home. By way of some examples, her Dometic reverse cycle air-conditioning has been installed to run off the lithium battery installation. The installation of a Fischer & Paykel dishwasher means you have more time to sit back and relax. In the main saloon watch the latest movie release on her hi/lo 50-inch TV complete with Apple TV. It's important to note that the ethos of the refit process was to thoughtfully modernise the vessel throughout without detracting from her classic charm.

When the vessel is laid up between trips, a full set of weather covers minimise exterior maintenance of the vessel.

We encourage interested parties to study the comprehensive refit works. Furthermore, you are invited to see for yourself the vessel in all her splendour and to experience for yourself the lengths her passionate owner has gone to upgrade and maintain this national treasure. 'Palmyra' is truly an iconic vessel - her next custodian will be doing much more than acquiring a stunning boat, they will be purchasing a piece of Australian maritime history.

You are invited to book a private inspection to view this vessel. If you are unable to travel to inspect this vessel, we would be pleased to offer you a personal guided video call tour with one of our yacht consultants.

Lying in Broken Bay (Pittwater), New South Wales, Australia.

Disclaimer: All specifications in this presentation are provided for information only and particulars herein are obtained from sources believed to be correct, but not guaranteed. Buyers should satisfy themselves with respect to accuracy.

Vessel Name
Boat Reference
Launch Year
48' - 14.63m
16' (4.9M)
4' (1.22M)
Vessel Location
New South Wales
Hull Material
Timber Honduras mahogany hull with a teak superstructure
Decks Material
Teak swim platform, cockpit, side-decks, foredeck and flybridge.
Twin Yanmar 6LY440's (New 2019)
Engine Make
Number Engines
440 HP Each
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
200 Hours (approx)
Max Speed
25 Knots (approx)
Cruise Speed
10-20 Knots (approx)
MAX Power Bow Thruster (new 2019)
Mase @ 10kW (8 Hours approx)
2000 L (New Tanks 2019)
900 L
Tan weather covers for the flybridge. Cockpit camper covers with integrated clear windows & storage covers.
Two cabin layout with Portside master double bed. Forward guest cabin with V-berth bunks sleeping four with insert for the lower bunk to make a double bed. Sharing a spacious bathroom with seperate shower stall to starboard.
Hi/Lo 50' LG TV and Apple TV (saloon), Fusion stereo system.
Dometic reverse cycle 20,000 BTU's
Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer (New 2019).
Vitrifrigo 180 L drawer fridge (Galley), Bar fridge 130L (Saloon Bar)
Vitrifrigo 180 L drawer freezer (Galley), U-Line Icemaker (Saloon bar),
Fisher & Paykel electric two-burner
Ground Tackle
Muir vertical windlass. Ultra S/S 35kg/77lbs anchor. 60M of 10mm S/S chain.
12V/24V/240V. 16 x Lithium Batteries. Victron 24V 8000 Watt Inverter/200amp Charger.
Electronics / Navigation
Lower Helm Station - Twin Raymarine 9" MFD's including GPS Chart Plotter and Depth Sounder. Yanmar Digital Engine Instrumentation. Raymarine autopilot. Zipwake trim tab controls. Raymarine VHF. Fusion Sterio.

Flybridge Station - Yanmar Digital Engine Instrumentation, Raymarine autopilot. Zipwake trim tab controls.
Deck Gear
Magma gas BBQ.
One of only two Halvorsens built to her size of 48 feet. She was recently the star of the Sydney Timber Boat Festival!

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