Halvorsen 48

AU $385,000 Finance
48' - 14.63m
Vessel Location
Sydney NSW
Launch Year
Hull Material

Halvorsen 48" Flybridge Cruiser

Aquitania was launched in May 1973 as a custom order and constructed of double diagonal Honduras mahogany to a Harvey Halvorsen design. Her 'sports fishing', raised deck design has a deep V forefoot with full keel, flattening aft to a moderate V which gives her greater stability in rough conditions. The superstructure is of solid teak and the flying bridge casing is dynel sheathed. Laid teak decks are fitted to the foredeck, side decks and cockpit as well as the flying bridge.

Powered by twin Cummins V8 turbo diesels she performs smoothly and quietly to a maximum speed of 19 knots. An Onan 12 kva generator provides 240 volt power and is supplemented by a Victron 12/240 volt inverter.

Aquitania is 48 feet from stem to stern (52 LOA) however it is the generous 16' beam width that takes her to another level for space and comfort, particularly compared to her 40' Halvorsen sister ships. A magnificent varnished teak transom gives the immediate feeling of luxury and elegance. Boarding onto the full width teak swimming platform, one enters the cockpit through a transom door and the spacious area very comfortably seats eight for lunch. A overhead sun awning with additional breezeway awning for afternoon sun shelters the area on hot days.

Two large bait tank/lockers are in the transom and the port one has been fitted with a large eutectic plate for refrigeration. Generous lockers on each side of the cockpit store lines and cleaning equipment and a hatch to the lazarette provides access to the stainless steel fuel tanks and hydraulic steering gear, plus voluminous storage for fenders and water toys. On the port side forward is a large capacity eutectic freezer which doubles as a very comfortable seat. The flying bridge ladder is to starboard and cleverly stores the large rigid swimming ladder and also the 5hp outboard motor for the Zodiac inflatable tender.

Two wide central stairs lead up to double sliding teak doors and into the huge saloon. The wraparound tinted windows are just above waist height and combined with three large windscreens, an immediate sensation of space and light fills the saloon. Several side windows slide and the centre windscreen opens to provide excellent ventilation when required, in addition to the full height, sliding helmsman's door.

To port is a large teak cabinet which houses a wet bar and cocktail cabinet with a cupboard for the tv/video and storage for the stainless steel BBQ. Forward to port is an L shaped dark green leather sofa with an extendable table which comfortably seats 6-8 guests. A storage unit is mounted forward and a large area between the dinette and windscreen stores covers or provides a fun play pen for children.

On the starboard side is an aft corner cabinet and a full length three seater sofa, the perfect spot for an afternoon nap. A sliding door gives the helmsman or crew immediate access to the side and foredeck (all within the safety of handrails) and greatly enhances the ability to handle the vessel single handed.

The comprehensive dash panel on the starboard side has been refurbished and offers monitoring for all engine systems plus remote starting for the Onan. Twin Morse controls and hydraulic steering make handling a breeze. Vision for the helmsman is excellent even when up and on the plane, hydraulic trim tabs trimming the angle. The saloon has air conditioning fitted into the flying bridge and ducted to the ceiling. Pure wool, plush pile dark green Wilton carpets were specially made for the saloon and interior.

A central companionway leads down to the impressive galley which has an open deck head allowing conversation with guests in the saloon and the area is light and bright. Full gloss teak and holly floors define the area and two large portholes provide excellent ventilation as well as a teak deck hatch for more light and air. The galley has been updated with stainless steel bench tops, double sink, a eutectic fridge, Miele glass electric cooktop, convection microwave, generous storage as well as a pantry under the stairs. Further wine and grocery storage is found in the lockers under the dinette.

To port is the spacious and beautifully appointed double master cabin with a luxurious marble, glass and teak ensuite with elegant chrome taps and fittings and a Techma electric toilet. To starboard ahead of the galley is the guest bathroom similarly styled to the master. It has two doors to allow guests access when the forward cabin is occupied and privacy required.

The guest cabin has four generous upper and lower berths arranged in a V layout, hanging robes and plenty of drawer storage. The fit out right through is of teak veneer and solid teak fittings for drawers, doors and cabinets. The mood is lush luxury with premium fabrics and finishes. The deck head retains the original Halvorsen built deck beams with teak accents and recent padded panels with insulation to keep the lower cabins cool in summer. A large cupboard door in the forward bulkhead gives access to the anchor locker. Large portholes and deck hatches throughout these cabins provide excellent ventilation and can be left open even when raining.

From the cockpit a stainless steel and teak ladder ascends to the flying bridge which is huge and features a laid teak deck. Large sofa lockers run along each side with generous Sunbrella canvas cushions in dark green with a red feature piping, and a single pedestal helm seat is similarly upholstered and in a commanding position for a 360 degree view. The teak dashboard has a repeat of the engine controls and dials, whilst a black tinted perspex Venturi windscreen shields the helmsman from strong winds. The Bimini top is white vinyl with a light tan underneath to reduce glare. A large stainless steel radar arch has provision for radar and assorted antennas. Two small game poles are fitted perhaps better suited to flags and pennants than fishing.

The fore deck is a huge expanse of laid teak with an impressive bowsprit, electric winch with a polished stainless steel Ultra anchor. The sturdy railings allow confident use of the deck and a custom jackstaff proudly flies the flag of choice.

The engine room is comfortably accessible from the galley and offers easy access to all the engineering installations. The twin Cummins V8's (VT8-370M) are solidly fixed to extended RSJ steel engine beds and have proven to be smooth, reliable and economical. Engine hours are approximately 3,000. In the forward section to port, a black water waste tank is fitted and late model Rheem domestic hot water system of generous capacity. Battery boxes flank the engines and the house bank is fitted at the aft end. These batteries have all been recently replaced. The Onan 12 kva generator is particularly smooth and has recently had a significant overhaul. Two battery chargers deal with the seperate engine and house banks and a Victron inverter gives 240v momentary power for smaller appliances. Two compressors are fitted for the three eutectic panels. Inlet and exhaust blowers feed or extract air to keep the area well ventilated.

Over the years Aquitania has spent all her life on Pittwater, Sydney Harbour and the Cowan waterways. Her various owners have been particularly fastidious and have not spared expense with quality refurbishments and updates. In the last ten years most of the teak decks have been replaced as well as a full Awlgrip respray of the hull and flying bridge casings. A complete set of easily fitted varnish covers wrap the cabin and bridge and dramatically reduce varnish maintenance. New mufflers have been installed. New Morse engine controls. New Techma toilets, water pumps, hot water service, black tank, chargers and inverter, batteries, engine and generator service, galley and bathroom upgrades, insulated deck heads forward, air conditioning in the saloon, and the list goes on. Unlike many Halvorsen's, she has never required significant restoration as all the owners have generally kept her in excellent condition.

Aquitania is a grand and stylish vessel which is greatly admired wherever she goes. Her custom built specifications and Halvorsen pedigree give her a standard of finish and performance not seen in modern production vessels. Inspection will not disappoint.


AU $385,000    Finance   
Launch Year
48' - 14.63m
Vessel Location
Sydney Nsw
New South Wales
Hull Material

City / Suburb

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