Holmes 48 Motor Cruiser

AU $248,000 Huge price reduction Finance
48' 0" - 14.64m
Cruising, Live Aboard
Vessel Location
Church Point NSW Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material

Anika-J was built for Sir Reginald Ansett's son Bob, as a private motor yacht in 1969. The vessel presents in excellent condition and is ready to cruise. A true blue water passagemaker, designed for saftey and comfort in all conditions.
Anika-J has been extensively refitted and upgraded.

The best boat to buy is one that has had everything done to her already. Anika-J is just such a vessel. Anika-J has been extensively refitted and upgraded over the last three years; find a partial description below. Master shipwright Bert Ellis removed the existing cabin, and built the new main cabin between 2005-2007, and the interior woodwork is superb.

Some years later, shipwright Greg Neilson (and part owner of The Yard, Barku Ct, Hemmant QLD), owned Anika-J 2017-2019, and in that time, the hull was re-caulked and refastened, 10 planks replaced, part of the transom replaced, numerous ribs sistered, the hull painted internally, and finally the exterior of the hull was fibreglassed in 900-gram triaxial woven fibreglass cloth set in Ampreg epoxy resin, and anti-fouled. Pictures of the restoration images are included.

Anika-J is not a converted trawler and hence has better sea keeping abilities and a more efficient use of internal space. She has a ballasted hull, a deep full-length keel, and wide, full walk-around beech decks. The back deck is a superb entertainment area, and is covered, as are the walkways port and starboard of the main cabin.

A paravane stabiliser system stops most of the rolling and makes passage-making much more comfortable, and these can be used at anchor, too, although the current owner advises that he has never needed to do so in two years of ownership.

"Anika J" has a round bilged hull form and is longitudinally planked in 120mm wide Spotted gum over 400mm x 60mm frames with double laminated 70mm x 38mm ribs set at approximately 200mm centres. Two longitudinal stringers are fitted either side of the 300mm x 100mm (approx. ) Keelson. 65mm wide deep sawn keel floors are fitted at approximately 450mm centres. The planking is approximately 1 1/8th" (27mm approx. ) The hull is fastened with a mixture of copper and bronze as well as occasional steel fastenings in the frames. The decks are 20mm (approx. ) Beech laid over 19mm plywood. The deck beams measure approximately 100mm x 75mm set at approximately 400mm centres. The cabin top is Dynel sheathed plywood over laminated deck and cabin top beams.

The hull was tri-axial fibreglass sheathed in 2019.

Special note regarding the original build.
She was built at Holmes' Mcmahons PT yard by Mick Nesbitt ( my uncle) and Jack Parsons. Mick was also the designer. She originally was powered by a 110hp 6cyl Gardner which had come from Mick's immediately previous boat, launched Aug 1968, Gurrega which Mick had working out of Eden under a skipper while he built Daybreak, now Anika J. The Gardner was found not to be powerful enough in the 56ft Gurrega for seine trawling in the difficult south coast waters. Daybreak was built for Bob Ansett, Reg's sometimes estranged son. She was later in Qld waters for a long time known as Jane. Mick built many trawlers over a 45yr period and I own the last one he built, which I worked on with him. Dick Branson.

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Vessel Name
Boat Reference
Launch Year
48' 0" - 14.64m
30 tons
Vessel Location
Church Point Nsw
New South Wales
W. Holmes Boat Yard, Sydney.
Hull Material
Decks Material
Beech over ply in excellent condition.
"Anika-J" is fitted with a 6-cylinder Perkins Sabre M215C commercial-grade, turbocharged, inboard diesel engine rated at 158kW (approx. 215 hp), with Borg Warner 72CR hydraulic gearbox with a 2:1 reduction.
Engine Make
Number Engines
215 (164KW)
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Max Speed
9 knots
Cruise Speed
7.5 knots
Four bladed bronze propellor on 75mm shaft
8 KVA Kubota 7610 hours
1500. New salt and fresh water pumps January 2021
Double bed to port in aft cabin.
Four large bunks in forward cabin. Large single in saloon.
Cruise air airconditioning.
LG clothers washer. 8kg front loader.
Well ventilated 'bathroom' in main cabin with hot and cold shower, and vanity. Large first aid kit behind vanity sink. New TMG electric toilet to new 150 litre holding tank. All new hoses. New January 2021
Wiring in place for sound and TV.
Two air con units.
Port and starboard side of the saloon. Sink and fridge to starboard. Glass two burner stove and oven to port.
CHIQ free standing under counter fridge in the galley. Fridge and seperate freezer in the aft cabin, both can be run off the House battery system.
Two burner ceramic cook top April 2021. Bosch Gourmet microwave convection oven
Hot Water
50 litre Woodys marine ot water heater. 220 volt and engine exchange. All new internal components
Ground Tackle
SUPER SARCA #8 plough anchor, new. 90 meters of 10mm chain marked at 10 meter intervals.
Bilge Pumps
Four large capacity electric bilge pumps plus an engine-driven bilge pumping and deck wash system
Life Raft
10 man life raft, serviced and re-certified until 15.10.2022. Hydrostatic auto release.
Life Jackets
Ten type 1 PFD
Fire Protection
The vessel has been extensively rewired to a high professional standard by Mackey Electrical PTY, Bulimba in 2005-7.
Full electrical diagrams and specifications are provided in a manual carried aboard. The 2020 work (new electronics, new sanitation, etc. ) was carried out by Electech Marine Services, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

The shore power inlet fitting is located on the port side on the ceiling above the aft cabin. This is an approved IP66 model fitting which is fitted with an earth leakage/circuit breaker switch.

Single and three phase wiring is fitted with both a three phase and single-phase sockets on the inside of the transom in the lazarette. A 240-volt/415V distribution board complete with circuit breakers is located in a cabinet mounted on the forward engine room bulkhead. This is clearly labelled and well laid out.

The majority of the vessels DC electrical systems are 24 volt with 12 volts being utilized by the radios via a 30 amp 24-12 VDC voltage converter mounted on the forward engine room bulkhead. The main 12/24 DC main distribution board is also mounted on the forward engine room bulkhead adjacent the 240-volt cabinet. This is well laid out and clearly labelled.

240-volt systems include the water heater, battery charger, refrigeration and GPO fittings. On the aft engine room bulkhead there is fitted a 12/24-volt master switch box with House master switch and genset master switches. A separate genset circuit breaker panel is fitted on the aft engine room bulkhead immediately aft of the generator. Charging for the generator start bank is provided by generator alternator and the step down 24-12 voltage converter.

New house batteries April 2021.

The house bank comprises of 2 banks x 4 6V new lead acid banks wired in series and parallel to produce 24 volts and storage of 450Ah, whilst the main engine start bank comprises of 2 x Delkor 110-amp hour calcium batteries wired in series to produce 24 volts. The generator start bank consists of a single Delkor 12-volt sealed lead acid battery. The three start batteries have condition lenses which were displaying in the green at the time of our inspection.

440 watt solar panel. New Jan 2020. The new solar system includes a 24/220 Victron Quattro inverter-charger 3000 watts/ 70 amps, new January 2020, and a Victron MPPT solar regulator.
Electronics / Navigation
Suunto helm compass.
Safety Alert 406 EPIRB is located adjacent the helm serial number 522122, UIN: 3EEC6E9692FFBFF. The battery is current until March 2026.
Furuno Navnet plotter. Australian maps package updated January 2020.
Raymarine VHF with AIS, new. January 2021
Raymarine Axiom pro Hybrid touch chart plotter, new. January 2021.
TMQ AP56 autopilot with tiller angle display. New January 2021.
Deck Gear
Paravane stabilisers and deployment system. Very effective.
Dinghy mast and crane on cabin top. Mast lays back for low bridges.
Surveyed in October 2019 and again in January 2020. This very comprehensive survey and a list of the follow up repairs, will be available to purchasers who inspect the vessel.

Recent works, 2019 and 2020
1. Hull tri-axial glass sheathed in 2019.
2. Three electric bilge pumps
3. Major engine service
4. Full rebuild of engine driven bilge pump
5. New exhaust boxes, hoses and elbows to genset and main.
6. New hydraulic steering ram, full steering service.
7. New fire extinguishers
8. Full air con service, incl pump.
9.12" Furuno plotter, new
10. Raymarine plotter, new.
11. Complete set of engine spares for main and generator.
12. New carpets and underlay.
13. Raymarine quantum radar.

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