Able Apogee 50 Able Apogee 50

NZ $449,000 Finance
50' 0" - 15.25m
Family, Cruising, Live Aboard
Vessel Location
Whangarei NORTH ISLAND Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material
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The Best of the Best!

Rare opportunity to acquire an Able Apogee - the ultimate Semi Custom offshore, shorthanded cruising yacht!

Designed by Chuck Paine only 9 were ever built, to exacting standards by Able Custom Marine in Maine USA.

"SCOOTS" gives clear evidence of why the Able Apogee 50 received Cruising World Magazine's prestigious Bluewater Award.

The design criteria for the hull focused on maximum strength - without sacrificing performance. Current owners offshore average is168 miles per day. Safety was paramount in the design & construction of this classy yacht. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft, the engine & systems are in a completely sealed watertight compartment. The hard dodger provides dry, comfortable and safe shelter in almost all weather with stand-up headroom. All sail controls and navigation can be tended to without leaving the safety of the cockpit.

Having sailed around the world 2 ½ times Scoots has proven herself along with her sisterships. She has been maintained to a high standard both mechanically and cosmetically and has an extensive inventory (too much to list here) with all the cruising gear to head off to faraway places and live aboard comfortably.

If you're after the best, most comfortable yacht of this size ever built, and with a good turn of speed, call Busfield Marine Yacht Broker Ron Mossman Now for an Extensive Information Memorandum.......... But you'll have to be quick to catch her.

Buyers for Amel, Hallberg Rassey and Oyster yachts should consider this yacht as a serious contender.

For further details please contact the team at Busfield Marine Brokers
Office 09 376 4006
Ron Mossman 027 296 0065
Boats@busfieldmarine. Co. Nz

NZ $449,000    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Boat Reference
Launch Year
50' 0" - 15.25m
15,000 kg
Keel / Ballast
5,170 kg
Vessel Location
Whangarei North Island
North Island
Chuck Paine
Able Custom Yachts
Hull Material
Decks Material
GRP Composite
88hp 4JH2-DTE runs a V-drive transmission through a Poly-Flex vibration dampener.
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Max Speed
Cruise Speed
V-drive transmission to 17" 3 blade Maxprop
Beta Marine B-14,12 hp, 2-cylinder, DC genset (also directly drives the water maker)
600 Litres
1500 litres
Achilles HB-315LXPRGY 10.5ft RIB
15 hp Yamaha Enduro outboard motor
Sunbrella awnings for both the foredeck and the main cabin
The below-deck design is visually open, giving the main cabin an airy, roomy feeling. Layout is traditional with a large head/shower/wet locker/washing machine to port of the companionway, large guest cabin to starboard, main cabin (galley, navigation station and saloon) midships, and comfortable owner's cabin forward. All seating includes back and leg bolster and is covered with New Zealand leather. The cabin sole is solid teak from a single tree, laid in long matching planks fore and aft with Roppe non-skid at the entry and in the galley. The cabin is heated with a Dickinson Newport diesel-fired heater.

The Master Stateroom is furthest forward and set well back to accommodate the forepeak locker. There is a large hanging locker, with shelves, as well as open bins and closing drawers for storage. The berth is a Queen-sized Pullman berth consisting of a 5-inch foam mattress with a memory foam topper, on the port side. Beneath the forward bunk is an appropriately sized drawer for chart storage and several large storage compartments

The Main Saloon comfortably seats six at the main saloon table with two folding leaves and internal storage. One table leaf features wood inlays of the corporate flags of the two boat builders - Kaiser Gale Force and Able Marine - that are part of the first owner's history. There is a deep bilge beneath the cabin sole, drained by an electric bilge pump, as well as an Edson one-gallon-per stroke manual bilge pump.

The Guest Stateroom is to starboard of the companionway and consists of a full sized double berth made from comfortable 5-inch foam with a memory foam topper. There is a large hanging locker with shelves, open bins and drawers for storage, with tons of additional storage beneath the berth. Located near the center of the ship, the guest cabin also provides seakindly berths when underway with easy access to those on watch.
Two sleeping cabins
2 doubles plus saloon (2 singles if required)
The Head includes a stainless steel sink, Corian counter top, stand-up (or sit-down) shower with portable shower head, wet locker, Haier washing machine, Wilcox-Crittenden SKIPPER toilet and Roppe non-skid decking. All fixtures are Grohe. There is abundant storage behind the vanity mirrors, behind the toilet, as well as in cabinets further aft.
The Galley is to port and has a single large stainless sinklocated centerline, a Corian counter top.

A GeneralEcology/Seagull water filter is at the galley sink. The galley has ample storage in cabinets outboard, above and below; drawers, and shelves Included are a cherry/magnetic kitchen-knife holder and cherry spice-jar racks. A special recycle pump recirculates cold water from the ship's water system until hot water arrives at the sink from the 12-gallon Watercraft stainless steel hot water tank. This is a real water-saver.
The refrigerator and freezer bins are extremely large and are powered by a Grunert 12-volt holding-plate system.
Force 10 3-burner LP stove/oven, a Xintex S-2A fume detector and a Tappan microwave.
Hot Water
Yes, 12-gallon Watercraft stainless steel hot water tank
Ground Tackle
Maxwell 2200 electric windlass with reversible controls both forward and aft (2004)
300' of 3/8" chain
300' of 7/8" double-braid rode
Twin anchor chain lockers in the forepeak
Twin bow rollers
Bruce 50KG anchor
Fortress lunch hook
Fortress FX-65 storm anchor
Bruce 33-lb stern anchor with dedicated stern line
Safety Gear
Edson one gallon per stroke manual bilge pump in main saloon
Engine driven Jabsco crash pump
Gusher manual bilge pump in cockpit
Electric bilge pump in each of the three watertight compartments
Dyneema Jacklines
All bunks and settees have sturdy lee cloths
Bilge Pumps
Yes, see above
Life Raft
Yes, Ocean Safety Ocean-ISO liferaft (Purchased New 2019 from Safety at Sea, NZ)
Yes, Ocean Signal EPIRB1 (2019) (Registered NZ)
Life Jackets
Fire Protection
Yes, 4 x extinguisher plus Haylon Auto Fire Extinguisher in engine room
The electrical system aboard SCOOTS draws power from a number of sources including the main engine; the Beta Marine B-14,12 hp, 2-cylinder, DC genset (also directly drives the water maker); solar panels; and a Rutland Wind generator.
Beta Marine B-14 12 hp, 2-cylinder, DC genset (2018) with a Raycor 500-MA fuel filter and a 200-amp alternator
150 amp alternator on main engine
8A27 12-volt AGM engine start battery (2017)
8A27 12-volt AGM genset start battery (2017
(4) 8A4D 12-volt AGM house batteries (2017)
Vectron Centrum 100 amp battery charger 120/240V (2008)
APC Bank Manager II battery monitor
Xantrex 1800 watt Sine wave inverter
Rutland Wind generator (2008) with Rutland charge controller
(2) Kyrocera 150 watt solar panels and (1) 315 watt Kyrocera solar panel (615 watts total)
(1) Blue Sky 2000E MPPT solar controller
(1) Blue Sky 3024i MPPT solar controller
Electronics / Navigation
ICOM 604 VHF (2010)
ICOM 802 SSB (2010)
Simrad AIS transceiver and receiver (2010)
Iridium GO Sat Phone (2019)
Standard Horizon CPV 350 with plotter and VHF (2008) (backup plotter with built in VHF and with Pacific Northwest charts)
Robertson/Simrad AP-16/27 autopilot (ram rebuilt 2019) with wired remote in cockpit, wireless remote and control head at the navigation table
Robertson/Simrad AP-21 autopilot (ram rebuilt 2010) with wired remote in cockpit
Wind Pilot windvane
B&G HYDRA 2 sailing instruments with depth, speed and analog wind direction indicator in cockpit with repeaters at chart table
Simrad Halo 3.5 open array radar mounted on the radar arch (2016)
Simrad NSS-12 chartplotter mounted under the hard dodger (2016) with AIS & NZ Charts & South Pacific Charts
Fusion AM, FM, CD, Ipod dock, Sirius capable stereo system (2010)
Ritchie Globemaster Compass
LENSREF Dielectric Microwave Radar Reflector
Sail Inventory
The APOGEE 50 was designed for fast, safe, comfortable short handed sailing. The boat is sloop-rigged with three furling headsails: a Code Zero, a number 3 and a staysail.

Three headsail Furlex furlers,
Electric Lewmar 48 for hoisting the main
Antal Luff slides
Separate mast track for storm trysail
Harken Big-Boat traveler
Two Lewmar 62 primary winches, two Lewmar 48's for the staysail and other chores, one Lewmar 44 for the main sheet
Lewmar line clutches
Split backstays, each controlled by a Harken B-500 manual backstay adjuster
One carbon-fiber fixed-length spinnaker pole mounted vertically to the bottom of the mast
Quik vang manual boom vang
NW Sails fully battened main (2005) Serviced by UK Sails (NZ) 2019
North sails code zero on Furler(2020)
Mack Sails 110 Genoa on Furler(2008) Serviced by UK Sails (NZ 2019)
Mack Sails staysail on Furler (2008)
Number 3 Genoa (1993 but seldom used)
Spinnaker in cruising sock
Storm Trysail (1993)
Storm Jib (1993)
Mast / Rigging
The aluminum mast is keel mounted and rises 70' above water. Mast spreaders are swept aft 20 degrees for improved mast stability. The rigging is 7/16th wire attached to massive 1" solid rod chain plates. Lower shrouds are both forward and aft. All rigging has been replaced since the boat was new with all new side shrouds in 2017, new backstays in 2016 and new headstays installed in 2013. Top fittings are swaged Gibbs, bottoms are Norseman. Folding aluminum mast steps.
Deck Gear
There are nine Lewmar opening hatches on deck for excellent ventilation, ten hull ports for light and visibility below and six stainless steel dorades, two with guard rails. All deck handrails are stainless for ease of maintenance. The toe rail is aluminum. Lifelines are bare stainless wire for easy inspection.

The huge forepeak locker has standing headroom with bins port and starboard, a ladder for ease of entry, a removable floor to facilitate storage and a mount on the port side for the outboard motor. Reserve anchors are lashed to the hull. There is a power wash-down fitting for a hose on deck as well as a wash-down nozzle located directly inboard of the returning anchor chain.

The cockpit is protected by a full bimini, (2021) the aft end of which is attached to the radar arch. The 615 watts of solar panels are inset into the bimini frame and are barely visible. The arch also serves as mount for a variety of electronics and the wind generator. Additionally, there is a hoist mounted on the starboard side on the arch for raising and lowering the dinghy motor.

Wheel steering is on an Edson quadrant; the wheel can be disconnected from the drive chain to ease the load on the auto-pilot. The windvane is a Wind Pilot with control lines that go to the wheel. Upwind or downwind, heavy air or light, this unit steers the boat with remarkable precision and ease.

The aft sugar scoop has walk-down steps with storage for the outboard fuel tank integral with the bottom step. Life raft storage is beneath a hinged, lift-up "wing" that is normally part of the aft deck. This provides excellent protection for the life raft as well as extremely easy launching. The Wind Pilot windvane mounts on the trailing edge of the sugar scoop and there is a shower with hot and cold water in the scoop for washing up after swimming or for showers in empty anchorages.
Designed by Chuck Paine and built to exacting standards by Able Custom Marine, SCOOTS gives clear evidence of why the Able Apogee 50 received Cruising World Magazine's prestigious Bluewater Award. Presented to the boat that best exhibits "safe, sea kindly design and performance characteristics suitable for self-sufficient offshore voyaging and liveaboard purposes... The Bluewater Award spotlights the year's most serious offshore cruising vessel. Period. "

The design and construction of SCOOTS was clearly a successful collaboration between a knowledgeable owner, the designer and the builder. The design criteria for the hull focused on maximum strength without sacrificing performance. The hull is a rugged ABS approved combination of Kevlar hybrids, end-grain balsa core, non-woven E and unidirectional S-glass, all with vinylester resin. The vinylester resins, used between every hull laminate layer, are molecularly similar to the laminate resulting in exceptional strength. Core material is solid glass in all areas of hull penetration. The hull to deck joint is a double inward flange with an anodized and perforated toerail affixed with 1/4" thru bolts and 3M 5200 adhesive. All major bulkheads are bonded to the hull and deck, and there are two watertight bulkheads as well.

Testing of the Able Apogee's hull after numerous offshore miles confirms theoriginal data: this is a boat that continues to deliver. With two circumnavigations and a loop of the South Pacific under her transom, SCOOTS is ready to continue her life on the world's ocean.

The APOGEE 50 was also designed for safe, comfortable, single-handed sailing. Ballast is an 11,400lb external lead keel with additional stability available from transferable water in port and starboard 200 gallon fresh water tanks. These tanks are located outboard of the saloon and carry all the way up to the deck, and water is transferred between tanks by a 12-volt Johnson FB4-1207 self-priming pump. For folks who may be cruising shorthanded, this equates to six to eight guys on the rail... And they never need food, water or a place to sleep!

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