1994 MASON 54

£208,500 tax paid

1995-launched Mason 54

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelMason 54
DesignerAl Mason/PAE Design Group
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingLymington, United Kingdom


EngineBeta Marine 90hp
Engine Hours72
Fuel Capacity950l
Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeFull keel
Drinking Water Capacity1325l


The penultimate example of this legendary Al Mason designed and Ta Shing built aft cockpit ocean cruising yacht. Launched in 1995 and offered complete with full cruising spec and ICW-friendly rig.


JOAN is hull number 10 of 11 of the Al Mason designed Mason 54 constructed by the legendary Ta Shing shipyard to Lloyds 100A1 specifications and launched in 1995 for her original US-based owner.

This evergreen and enormously capable ocean cruising yacht has built up a cult following amongst bluewater sailors thanks to her outstanding quality of construction, sea-kindly shape and relentless all-weathers mile-munching capabilities. Her ability to cross oceans in all sea conditions and with predictable passage making times makes her a great option for those looking to take on some serious adventures while her 110vAC domestic systems will allow her to play nicely in US waters as well as European destinations. Her special ICW rig is also designed to allow easy navigation of the Intracoastal Waterway as well as usefully lowering her centre of effort for improved stability under sail.

Purchased by her current British owners in 2004, JOAN (then named ESCAPADE) was sailed extensively on the North American East Coast and then the Mediterranean. Cruised twin-handed at all times, JOAN is configured with in-mast furling and a number of electric winches to ensure safe and easy handling. Her specification highlights include:-
• Hull hand laid to Lloyds + 100A1 specifications.
• Rig height suitable for navigating the ICW.
• Hand built teak interior joinery.
• Master and VIP double cabin layout with en suite/day heads arrangement plus forepeak crew/workshop
• Cutter rig with removal inner forestay.
• Hydraulic adjustable backstay and boom vang.
• Genoa roller furler.
• In mast furling mainsail.
• High-quality stainless steel work with polished welds.
• Encapsulated long keel.
• No teak to the decks for reduced maintenance and cost.
• Comfortable and spacious interior for a more classically styled yacht.
• Electric winches
• Replacement engine.
• Replacement generator.
• Heating and air conditioning.
• GRP sailing tender/lifeboat
• Washer/dryer.
• Microwave.
• MaxProp 3-blade propeller.
• Electric ventilation fans to interior.
• DC/AC refrigerator and freezers.
• Fly screens for all ports and hatches.

Berthed in Croatia at the time of its inception into the EU, JOAN was then ‘grand-fathered’ into EU CE-exemption and gained full EU VAT-paid status, making her a truly unique proposition amongst these types of boat which are so rarely found for sale within EU or UK waters. Shipped from the Mediterranean to the UK in the summer of 2019, she is now offered for sale with effective UK VAT-paid and UKCA/CE exemption status.

Re-engined in recent seasons with an ultra-reliable Beta Marine 90hp and with the benefit of wonderful non-slip decks (no teak to maintain or replace), she also represents a very cost-effective solution at this size and quality bracket. Now in need of a light mid-life refresh to make her look a million dollars (without costing a million dollars!), JOAN is reluctantly offered for sale as her owners have moved on to much larger boating projects.


“The Ta Shing Shipyard was established in 1957 with, to quote their website; “Let the owners’ dreams come true.”

Once again, to quote their website; “Ta Shing is an experienced and fully customized boat yacht OEM builder, the boat building experience from Shing-Sheng in 1957 and has constructed more than 1,200 boats. The Models been built include Sailboats: Mason, Tashiba, Taswell, Sky, Mystic, Norseman etc, and now building Nordhavn motoryacht/motorsailer.”

They are renowned for hand crafting using high quality materials such as Burmese teak for much of their yachts’ interiors (the quality of-which is a particular feature of the Taswell brand) to create strong, comfortable and easily managed yachts comparable with brands such as; Najad, Halberg Rassy, Malo and Contest.”

Text taken from Ta Shing’s website

“Dancing quickly and quietly through the swell in a fading afternoon westerly off the California coast, the Mason 54’s easy motion defined its 40,000-pound displacement, full keel, and cruising lines. A well-defined cruiser, she performed more like a go-fast, accelerating in the puffs and responding smartly with subtle sail trim. An unexpected treat for this traditionalist, the sea trial of the new Mason was a real eye opener.

The Boat was well driven with main and small genoa on a Harken furler. She moved at 6.5 knots to weather with 12 knots apparent and above 7 knots on a beam reach in the same light air. Performance like that can’t be faulted.

Powered by a 85-horsepower Perkins diesel, the boat turns on a dime and will move at 8 knots at 2,400 rpm, 2,000 rpm seemed better though, pushing her at about 6.5 knots in quiet water.

From the drawing board of designer Al Mason, the hull lines are basically those of the Mason 53, a proven family cruiser stretched slightly, while the interior and deck configurations were redesigned by a talented young Californian, Jeff Leishman.

A solid hand-lay-up built to Lloyd’s 100A1 specs, the hull is beefy. Stiffness is developed with eight full-length stringers and a plethora of transverse members. Balsa-cored glass decks are graced with neatly installed teak decking bent to the sheer and finished with custom design quality.

The aft-cockpit seat has a convenient cutout, allowing quick installation of an emergency tiller.

Instruments, running-light switches, and engine controls are all nicely in reach of the helmsman, whose perch could be aft of the wheel or to the side, with comfort and visibility either way.
There are a lot of fine touches topside. Stanchion bases are carefully mortised into the deck so that a tasteful angle to the hull is maintained. There’s a clever setup to release and stow the inner forestay, permitting easy tacking and no genoa hang-ups.

Security for sail handlers is provided by mast pulpits arched for back comfort. Amply sized self-tailing Lewmar winches abound.

The cutter rig is tall and hefty. Fore-spar’s “Furlaway” electric main furler is optional, but skeptics beware-this system permits simple trimming on all angles of sail with the flip of a switch. The main is easily furled inside the spar in a few seconds.

Below, vibration and noise from the engine and generator are nominal, despite their location beneath the main cabin sole. All through-hulls are neatly labelled, and the wiring and plumbing are first rate. Custom breaker panel, automatic locker lighting, and three separate DC systems are but a few more of the special treats.

The main cabin is large, a veritable entertainment center seating a dozen people on two settees. A few grabrails or overhead centerline handholds would make it easier for crew to move fore or aft at sea. Future vessels will have the appropriate handholds.

…. the Mason 54 is a quality package, impressive from every perspective including performance. Sailing it away with all its standard gear and equipment would be a pleasure”

Article taken from Sail Magazine’s May 1989 edition, Author Doug Templin



RCD Status:
• It is our understanding that the yacht is exempt from the requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was constructed prior to 1998 and was located in Croatia at the time of their entry in the EU.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Hull is hand laid to Lloyds + 100A1 specifications.
• Solid GRP hull construction
• 8x full length stringers.
• 23x Transverse members.
• Decks are hand laid fibreglass with vertical end grain balsa core isolated with resin in a honeycombe patterns between FRP skins.
• Timber rubbing strake with chrome protective strip.
• Decks has Dune beige moulded non-slip GRP finish for ultra-low maintenance.
• Cockpit sole with teak grate and cockpit seat bases with teak and caulking.
• Structural bulkheads secured with "Mares'Tails" fiberglass rope and tape.
• Robust glassed in chainplate knees with stainless steel backing plates White Lilly isopthalic gelcoat on hull topsides & deck.
• Hull to deck joint bedded in 3M 5200, thru-bolted on 8" centres, resin filled and fibreglass taped Thru-bolted on 4" centres in way of the genoa tracks.
• Prominent teak toe rail mechanically fastened with 3/8' s/s bolts & fender washers on 4" centres.
• All 316 stainless steel fabricated to highest artisan standard with welds ground smooth and electro-polished.
Keel & Rudder:
• The keel is of an encapsulated long keel design.
• The large rudder blade is keel hung offering full protection to the propeller.


Engine & gearbox:
• Beta Marine 90 naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine producing approximately 90hp at 2,600rpm – fitted new in 2014
• Beta engine control panel to the cockpit on the portside with; rev-counter, ammeter and temperature gauges.
• Heat exchanger, header tank and water-cooled exhaust manifold.
• Fresh and sea water pump, injection bend for a wet exhaust.
• Mechanical fuel lift pump, fuel and oil filtration.
• Flywheel housing and drive plate with heavy inertia ring for super smooth running at low rpm.
• Special quiet air intake filter.
• Heavy duty engine feet and flexible mountings.
• ‘Morse’ type end fittings for engine speed and gearbox control.

Maintenance & Performance:
• Engine hours: 72 hours as of Summer 2021
• Engine last serviced – May 2019 (serviced and decommissioned)
• Cruising Speed – 6 knots, Maximum Speed – 7.5 knots.

Propulsion & Steering:
• MaxProp 3-blade feathering propeller on a shaft drive.
• G D – Grand Deer stainless steel steering pedestal with integrated matching cockpit table bracket.
• Stainless steel steering wheel with leather cover.
• Danforth helming compass with a stainless steel casing.
• Emergency steering system.


Voltage systems:
• 12vDC primary domestic system with 110v 60Hz AC via shorepower, generator or inverter
• Trace RC-2000 remote control system for battery voltages
• Ample Power Energy Monitor II battery monitoring system

Battery Banks:
• 1x 12vDC engine start battery to be replaced by seller (details to be confirmed).
• 2x 12vDC service batteries joined in parallel to be replaced by seller (details to be confirmed).
• Battery parallel switch for engine and service battery banks.

Chargers & Inverters:
• Trace 2,500 Watt 12vDC/110vAC battery charger/inverter.

• Beta Marine Beta Set 7 diesel generator producing 7.2kva @ 110vAC – 2014
• Generator last serviced – May 2019 (serviced and decommissioned).
• Generator hours – approx. 45 as of Summer 2021.

• 100w Solar panel attached to the top of the sprayhood with charge controller.

• Optional upgrade 175Amp 12v engine-mounted alternator.
• 110vAC shore power system.
• Shore power cable with outlets to the portside aft quarter.


Fresh Water:
• 12vDC pressure system.
• Hot water supplied via engine cooling with calorifier or via immersion heater element from shore power in an insulated hot water tank.
• Hot & cold pressurised water to galley and heads.

Bilge Pumps:
• Par 12vDC electric bilge pump.
• Bilge pump override switch at AC/DC panel.
• 2x Manual bilge pumps, one to the cockpit and the other below saloon sole.

Black & Grey Water:
• Grey and black water discharges to 2x holding tanks.
• 12vDC macerator pumps and manual tank pump out.

Gas System:
• Gas /carbon monoxide alarm to the Owner’s Cabin.
• Electric solenoid switch operated by galley stove.


• Fuel capacity: approximately 950 Litres in 2x black iron tanks, each tank includes a sounding rod and inspection plate.

Fresh Water:
• Freshwater capacity: approximately 1,325 litres in 4x stainless steel tanks.

Holding Tanks:
• 2x Holding tanks (one forward and aft for each respective head).
• 2x 95-litre holding tank capacity.
• Control for the forward holding tank discharge located in the owner’s cabin hanging locker and aft tank in guest cabin heads.
• Deck outlets.

• Robertson Dataline instrument package with wind, speed, depth and log displays – not presently operational.
• Furuno open-array radar scanner (no radar screen currently fitted).
• Leica MX400 Professional DGPS Navigator GPS.
• Dataline Central Robertson display.
• Robertson AP300X autopilot.
• Danforth helming compass with a stainless steel casing.

Communications Equipment:
• Cobra Marine VHF with DSC.
• SSB radio aerial.
• VHF radio aerial to the masthead.


• Force 10 Marine stainless steel gimballed gas cooker with 3-burner stove oven.
• 12vDC extractor fan above stove.
• Sharp 110vAC Carousel Microwave.
• 2x Stainless steel bowl sinks with hot and cold mixer tap over, and further separate seawater tap with manual foot pump.
• Seagull drinking water tap with filter.
• Glacier Bay Inc 12vDC/110vAC top and front opening refrigerator with digital thermostat control at AC panel.
• Glacier Bay Inc 12vDC/110vAC top and front opening freezer with digital thermostat control at AC panel.

• 2x manual flush Groco marine heads.
• Hot & cold pressurised showers and taps in heads.

• Cupboard in the Foc’sle houses the 110vAC Kariba washer/dryer.

Heating & Ventilation:
• Ducting for warm air heating system installed.
• CruisAir 16,000 btu reverse cycle heat & air conditioning system aft. Not currently operating.
• CruisAir 12,000 btu reverse cycle heat & air conditioning system forward. Not currently operating.
• Digital controls for both systems.
• 7x stainless protected Dorade vents.
• Vetus flush ventilator to the foredeck and aft head.
• Numerous opening deckhead hatches and portholes with fly screens.
• 12vDC electric ventilations fans positioned throughout the interior.

• Masthead TV aerial.

• Range of reading and downlights throughout the interior.
• Night red lighting in saloon.


Summary of Accommodation:
• Up to 8 berths in two large double cabins, each with an en-suite heads, double berth to port side of saloon, single settee berth to starboard side of saloon and fold-down pipecot berth in forepeak workshop.

Accommodation Finish:
• High-quality hand built aged forest grown Burma teak interior joinery with a high gloss finish and with blue coloured upholstery to the saloon seating.
• Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
• Solid panel headlinings with contrasting teak battening.
• Blue Alcantara upholstery in saloon.
• Upholstered helm seat.
• Removable carpet rugs in cabins.
• Removable window coverings to all portholes.
• Fly screens to all opening port holes and deck and ventilation hatches.

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

• This area provides a large amount of storage space with numerous cupboards, drawers and a large storage locker.
• Access from deck or through interior via door from forward en suite heads.
• Fold down stainless steel-framed pipecot berth.
• Access to the anchor locker.
• Maxwell anchor windlass isolator.
• Fire extinguisher.
• 2x Deck hatches with fly screens.
• Down lights.
• Steps to gain access to the deck via the hatch.
• Electric ventilation fan.
• Cupboard housing the Kariba washer/dryer.

Forward Owner’s En Suite:
• Separate shower cubicle with teak grate to the sole and matching slatted seat.
• Sump pump.
• Hinged glazed shower door.
• Shower head on a rail with thermostatic control valve.
• Shelved storage cupboard within the shower cubicle.
• Deck ventilation hatch positioned to portside.
• Downlights.
• Stainless steel wash basin inset to a vanity unit with hot and cold mixer tap and separate tap with manual foot pump and a cupboard under.
• Mirror.
• Further storage cupboards.
• Towel rail.
• Manual flush Groco marine heads.
• Toilet roll holder.
• Deck ventilation hatch with a fly screen.
• Additional small countertop with 3x draws under.

Owner’s Forward Cabin:
• Double berth positioned to portside with mattress.
• Numerous cupboards to portside.
• Reading lights to the bedhead.
• Electric ventilation fans.
• 2x Ventilation hatches with fly screens.
• Downlights.
• Storage alcoves over the bedhead.
• Heating/AC control panel.
• Through deckhead glazing for additional natural light.
• Drawers under the bed.
• Switch panel for; anchor light, cabin light and spreader lights.
• Seat to starboard side with black upholstery.
• Book shelving.
• Mirror.
• Further drawer unit to starboard.
• Brass thermometer and humidity gauge.
• Hanging locker with an internal control for the forward holding tank discharge and an internal light.
• Carbon monoxide detector.

• U-shaped sofa to portside with extendable dining table.
• Book alcove to portside with illumination.
• 2x storage cupboards.
• 4x reading lights.
• Electric ventilation fan.
• Starboard L-Shaped sofa with book alcove with illumination. Storage cupboards over.
• 7x opening portholes to the cabin superstructure.
• Large deck hatch with flyscreen.
• 6” Brass clock.
• 6” Brass Barometer.
• Sole boards lift to access the engine and generator compartment.

• Positioned to portside.
• U-shaped area with worktops and raised fiddles to either side.
• Centrally positioned gimballed Force 10 Marine stainless steel oven with 3-burner gas stove over.
• Alcove housing the Sharp Carousel microwave.
• Extractor fan over the stove.
• Electric ventilation fan.
• Downlights.
• Through deckhead prism for additional natural light.
• 2x Stainless steel bowl sinks with hot and cold mixer tap over, filter tap and further separate seawater tap with manual pump foot pump.
• Front and top opening refrigerator.
• Stainless steel grab rail in front of the oven/stove.
• Cupboards and drawers.
• 2x ventilation deck hatches with flyscreens.
• Fixed portholes.
• Hinged additional worktop.
• To portside there is a further worktop with raised fiddles, cupboards and drawers.
• Additional electric ventilation fan.

Day/Guest Heads:
• Doors to both the main cabin and Guest Aft Cabin.
• Separate shower cubicle with teak grate to the sole.
• Sump pump.
• Shower head on a rail with a thermostatically controlled valve.
• Ventilation hatch with flyscreen.
• Clothes hooks.
• Down lights.
• Glazed door to WC area.
• Manual flush Groco marine heads.
• Stainless steel wash basin inset a countertop with hot and cold mixer tap and sea water tap with manual foot pump.
• Cupboard under the wash basin.
• Fixed porthole.
• Ventilation hatch with flyscreen.
• Further cupboard.

Guest Aft Cabin:
• Positioned to starboard.
• Double berth to starboard.
• Storage alcove.
• 4x Drawers to side of the bed.
• 3x Drawers under the bed.
• Hanging locker.
• Mirror.
• Further storage cupboards.
• 2x Opening portholes.
• Deck hatch for ventilation with flyscreen.
• Reading light.
• Downlights.

Navigation Area:
• Navigation table with hinged lid accessing internal storage.
• Fixed porthole over.
• Navigator’s chair on a pull-out stainless steel bracket.
• Electrical master control panel.
• Heating / A/C control panel.
• Storage shelves.
• 3x Drawers.
• Wet locker with internal light and hanging rail.
• Beta Marine Generator Control panel with battery and electric winches isolator switches.
• Further small storage cupboard.
• Webasto heating control.

• 5x steps with non-slip lead down into the interior with grab handles to either side.
• Slim storage lockers to either side housing the dining table extensions.


• Forespar white-painted masthead rigged, keel stepped aluminium mast with two pairs of in-line spreaders.
• Matching boom with topping lift.
• Air draft approximately (64' from waterline): Boom lengthened 1' and gooseneck lowered 14" for a net gain in sail area and increased stability.
• Stainless steel 1x19 wire standing rigging – 2010.
• Profurl “Titanium” series genoa roller furler.
• Harken deckgear throughout.
• Removable inner forestay.
• Checkstays with Harken stainless steel blocks.
• Manual in-mast furling system.
• Navtec hydraulic boom vang and backstay with control in cockpit.
• Painted aluminium spinnaker pole stows attached to the front of the mast.
• Spinnaker track to the front of the mast.
• Stainless steel shroud base covers.
• Stainless steel deck mounted staysail sheet tracks with adjustable cars.
• Harken mainsheet track mounted on the cabin superstructure forward of the sprayhood, adjustable from cockpit.
• Toe rail mounted genoa sheet tracks with adjustable cars.

• 2x Lewmar 58ST 2-speed self-tailing electric winches primary winches.
• 1x Lewmar 44ST 2-speed self-tailing electric control line winch at companionway.
• 2x Lewmar 44ST 2-speed self-tailing manual secondary cockpit winches.
• 2x Lewmar 44ST 2-speed self-tailing manual mast halyard winches.
• 1x Lewmar 30ST 2-speed self-tailing manual mast halyard winch.
• Andersen line tender for spinnaker pole mast track.
• Andersen line tender for Harken mainsheet track.

• North Sails Dacron tri-radial in-mast furling mainsail – 1995.
• North Sails Dacron tri-radial furling genoa – 1995.
• Hank on Staysail.
• Spinnaker.
• Storm Jib.

• Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
• Stainless steel 1 ¼” stanchions with stainless steel guard wires and gates to port, starboard and stern.
• Stainless steel side boarding ladder – can be rigged either side.
• Teak grabrails and matching edging strip on coachroof top.
• 14x cabin superstructure portholes (9x with stainless steel surrounds).
• Stainless Steel tender cradle to the cabin roof.
• Manual bilge pump control to the cockpit.
• Teak to the cockpit seating bases and cockpit surround with matching grating to the cockpit sole.
• Cockpit drains.
• Removable teak cockpit table.
• 2x Cockpit sheets storage bins with stainless steel surrounds.
• Stainless steel sprayhood frame with grabrails.
• Bimini with stainless steel frame.
• Cockpit lockers.
• Vented gas bottle locker to the cockpit.
• Deck wash outlets.
• Substantial raised teak toerail.
• Stainless grabrail to the foredeck.
• Stainless steel mast pulpits.
• Inset deck glazed units with stainless steel frame to add natural light to the interior.
• 2x Spreader mounted decklights.
• Outboard motor bracket fitted to the pushpit.
• Ensign staff holder to the transom toe rail.
• Stainless steel radar antenna pole at stern with integral outboard motor crane.
• Passarelle bracket below pushpit gate. Teak and stainless steel demountable passarelle.

Anchoring & Mooring:
• Maxwell 3500 12vDC 3.5kw electric anchor windlass with deck and cockpit controls.
• Stainless steel double bow roller.
• Bruce 50kg anchor with approximately 122m / 400’ of 3/8” HT chain.
• 2x Stainless steel mooring cleats to the bow.
• 2x stainless steel midship cleats.
• 2x stainless steel stern cleats.
• Stern mounted stainless stell fairleads with matching protective plates.
• Fortress FX-55 kedge anchor.
• Warps and fenders.
• Boat hook.

Tender & Outboard:
• Portland Pudgy 92 UV treated polyethylene 4-person tender (can be rowed, sailed (with additional equipment) or motored) – Unsinkable and self-bailing.
• Oars & rowlocks.

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Cream coloured sprayhood and additional matching cover to protect the clears.
• Bimini.
• Cockpit cushions with white vinyl covers.
• Cream coloured canvas hatch covers.
• Anchor windlass canvas cover.


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

• Lifesling overboard rescue system mounted to the pushpit.
• Ocean Safety life buoy light to the pushpit.
• 6x lifejackets.

Fire control:
• Fire extinguisher to the Foc’sle, saloon, chart table and cockpit locker.
• Automatic fire extinguishing system in the engine/generator compartment – can be fired from chart table.

Viewing arrangements

Lying Ashore, Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Available to view strictly by appointment.

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment.

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: James McNeil – Grabau International (South Coast)
Tel: +44 (0)7979 907210
Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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