0 1971 Royal Huisman Laurent Giles 51 Aluminium Ketch For Sale | Grabau International Yacht Brokerage


£210,000 tax paid

Extensively refitted classic aluminium ketch

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelRoyal Huisman Laurent Giles 51 Aluminium Ketch
DesignerLaurent Giles
Boat NameBucephalus
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingGreenock, United Kingdom


LOA15.55m (51'0")
LWL11.31m (37'0")
Beam3.82m (12'0")
Draft1.98m (6'0")
Hull ConstructionAluminium
EngineYanmar 4JH3-DTE 125hp
Keel TypeFull keel

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    A unique yacht, designed by Laurent Giles, built by the revered Royal Huisman yard in Holland, finished off in the UK by A.H. Moody & Son. Extensively refitted and modernised during a three-year re-fit between 2008-11.

    *** Available for viewing late August ***


    Commissioned by a Dr Ellis based in Washington USA. BUCEPHALUS is a unique combination of the talents from three of the biggest names in yacht building during the 1960’s and 70’s. Built to Llyods 100A1 she was designed by Laurent Giles in the UK. The hull and superstructure were built by the revered Royal Huisman yard in Holland, widely regarded as the finest builder of aluminium hulled yachts at that time. The completed structure was then shipped to the UK for finishing by the acclaimed A.H. Moody & Sons yard. Launched as VIA MARIS she made no fewer than three transatlantic crossings during her early life.

    Following a period of use as a sail training vessel in Hamburg Germany she was purchased by a UK owner in 2006 and brought to the UK. After commissioning Laurent Giles and Barry van Geffen to re-design the interior BUCEPHALUS returned to Holland for a no-expenses spared re-fitting between 2008-11. Enjoying the attentions of master craftsmen from Hakvort, Royal Huisman and De-Ruiter along with expert mechanical and electrical engineers. Works included complete rebuilding of the interior; improving the layout and providing en-suite facilities in the master cabin, re-engining and a complete re-fresh of the onboard systems. In recent years BUCEPHALUS has enjoyed continual upgrading here inventory highlights including:

    • Yanmar 4JH3-DTE marine diesel, installed new 2010
    • Max-Prop bronze, 4 blade blade feather propellor, fitted new 2018
    • Jefa Rod steering system fitted new 2010
    • Paguro 6000 generator (2018)
    • Raymarine SPX30 Smart Pilot course computer with duel control stations
    • Side power bowthruster, installed new in 2008
    • Spectra Newport 400 MkII watermaker
    • Domestic Batteries – 12x Rolls 2V cells, providing 750AH @ 24VDC (2018)
    • Mastervolt 24/4000-120 Combi Charger/Invertor for domestic batteries (2009)
    • Mastervolt 24/30-3 charger for bow thruster / windlass battery bank (2018)
    • Raymarine instrumentation including chart plotter and radar
    • Icom MA-500TR AIS transceiver, standalone display (2018)
    • Icom IC-M330 DSC VHF (2018)
    • Thrane & Thrane Sailor FB250 satcom, bb, internet and telephone, run from dedicated PC
    • ENO 3 burner, oven and grill gas stove (2018)
    • SOROMAP anodised alloy masts and spars fitted 2009
    • New mast tracks fitted for mainsail and mizzen fitted 2018
    • New standing rigging fitted 2009
    • Barlow 30, two-speed, self-tailing primary winches
    • Andersen mast mounted halyard winches
    • Mainsail and Mizzen by Owen Sails 2018
    • Asymmetric with snuffer, Gaastra Sails 2009
    • Bower Anchor – Spade anchor (2019) on 100m of ½ chain rode
    • Anchor Windlass – Lofrans Falkon 1700w with plug in remote control. (2009)
    • Zodiac Yachtline 220 RIB with outboard
    • Davits
    • Nemo Passarelle / Swim ladder (2011)

    We hold a large number of additional photos on file, available to interested parties by request.

    Departing the UK in June for a summer cruise in Iceland BUCEPHALUS will be available for viewing prior to her departure inline with the current COVID-19 restrictions. She is expected to return to Scotland and be available for handover from August 2021.


    We have found Bucephalus to be graceful passage maker. In summer 2020 we cruised from the west coast of Scotland around the south of England and up the east coast to Edinburgh. She makes rapid progress under both white sails and, if conditions allow, either the cruising chute or symmetric spinnaker. On passage from the Isles of Scilly she averaged 7.4 knots on an overnight passage to the Solent.

    With her open deck space for both relaxing and entertaining we have found her a sociable boat. Her modern ketch rig makes her easy to handle short - or even single - handed. In addition to her sea keeping abilities, the new 4-bladed propeller and bow thruster facilitates stress free berthing and unberthing where space is limited.

    After sailing conventional yachts for many years, the ability to keep watch in the wheel house makes higher latitude sailing even more appealing; we are looking forward to our trip north this summer. With her two comfortable double berth cabins, Bucephalus is ideal for up to two couples to cruise in comfort. She is a magnificent yacht and a real head turner as was evidenced on many occasion during her month on in the Solent during summer 2020.

    • Completed in Holland between 2008-11
    • Hull blasted back to bare aluminium and repainted with ALEXSEAL (2009)
    • Replacement of masts with new SOROMAP anodised alloy spars
    • New standing rigging
    • Installation of new Yanmar engine and gearbox
    • Re-wiring by mastervolt agent
    • Installation of new electrics and electronics
    • Replacement of plumbing systems including pumps, piping and switch gear



    Hull Construction:
    • Aluminium framed structure
    • Aluminium plated hull
    • Bronze frames portlights

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Aluminium sub deck with supporting structure.
    • Teak laid decks, replaced completely in 2008.
    • Teak superstructure with alloy framed windows.

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Full length alloy keel
    • Lead ballast filling keel box
    • Full length skeg supported rudder


    Engine Space:
    • Walk-in engine space accessed from walkway aft from galley.
    • Thwartships sole plate aft of engine
    • Sole plate providing full access along starboard side of engine
    • Chargers and engine batteries all located at aft end of engine space.

    Engine & gearbox:
    • Yanmar 4JH3-DTE marine diesel, installed new 2010
    • 125hp @ 3800RPM
    • 4 cylinder, turbo charged, intercooled, indirectly cooled.
    • RCD 1 / EPA Tier 2 type approval
    • ZF reversing marine gearbox
    • Single lever morse controls, dual control stations
    • Engine panel displaying RPM, Water Temp and Oil pressure
    • Vetus exhaust temperature alarm (2018)

    Maintenance & Performance:
    • Full engine service April 2021
    • Engine mount replaced 2018
    • Cruising speed 7kts

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Water lubricated dripless shaft seal
    • New stainless steel propellor shaft fitted 2010
    • Max-Prop bronze, 4 blade blade feather propellor, fitted new 2018
    • Rope cutter (2018)
    • Jefa Rod steering system fitted new 2010

    • Paguro 6000 generator (2018)
    • 240VAC, 6.0kVA output @3000RPM
    • Lombardini LDW 502 diesel engine
    • 250 hours recorded at April 2021

    • Raymarine SPX30 Smart Pilot course computer
    • 2x Raymarine ST6002 control heads
    • Jefa drive unit

    Bow Thruster:
    • Side power bowthruster, installed new in 2008
    • 24VDC
    • Keypad type controls at external helm station

    Water Maker:
    • Spectra Newport 400 MkII
    • 24VDC
    • 65ltrs per hour output
    • Currently decommissioned.


    Voltage systems:
    • 24VDC onboard power system
    • 240VAC shore power system

    Galvanic Isolator:
    • Hardwired system on 240VAC supply

    Shore Power:
    • Hardwired system with RCD protection
    • Single 16amp connection
    • Extension lead

    Battery Banks:
    • Domestic Batteries – 12x Rolls 2V cells, providing 750AH @ 24VDC (2018)
    • Engine Battery – 2x Mastervolt 12VDC, 90AH AGM(2008)
    • Generator Battery – 1x 1Mastervolt (2008)
    • Bow Thruster / Anchor Windlass Battery – 2x 12VDC (2021)
    • Battery switch gear all replaced with Mastervolt hardware in 2008

    • 1x 12VDC 125Amp, engine driven
    • 1x 24VDC , engine driven

    Battery Charger:
    • Mastervolt 24/4000-120 Combi Charger/Invertor for domestic batteries (2009)
    • 240VAC-24VDC, 120amp output
    • Mastervolt 24/30-3 charger for bow thruster / windlass battery bank (2018)
    • 240VAC-24VDC, 30amp, 3 output

    • Mastervolt 24/4000-120 (2009)
    • Combi Charger/Invertor powered from domestic batteries
    • Mastervolt control panel in wheelhouse

    • Clearview screen on central wheelhouse window

    Battery Monitor:
    • Displayed on Mastervolt control panel


    Fresh Water:
    • All pumps, piping and switch gear replaced during 2008-11 refit
    • Fully pressurised hot and cold water system
    • Mixer faucets in galley and both heads
    • Showers in forward and aft heads
    • Deck shower on aft deck

    Bilge Pumps:
    • Manual Bilge Pump – 1x manual pump in cockpit
    • Electric Bilge Pump – 4x with manual and auto switching (2018)

    Gas System:
    • System installed completely new 2018
    • 2 Butane 3.7kg bottles stowed in deck box.
    • Gas galley cooker


    • 3 separate tanks within keel space
    • Approximate total capacity 1000ltrs
    • Day tank to run engine and generator, approximately 50ltr capacity, manual transfer pump.

    Fresh Water:
    • 3 separate tanks within keel space
    • Approximate total capacity 860ltrs

    Black Water Holding:
    • Single tank
    • Discharging overboard or via deck suction
    • Approximate capacity 350ltrs


    On Deck:
    • Raymarine ST60 wind
    • Raymarine ST60 Tridata
    • Raytheon RL70C pathfinder radar
    • Raymarine 4KW open array radar scanner mounted on mizzen mast

    Below Decks:
    • Raytheon RL80C pathfinder radar display
    • Navtex – NASA Clipper (not functioning)
    • AIS – Icom MA-500TR transceiver, standalone display (2018)
    • Raymarine ST40 Bidata log and depth display
    • Focus multi repeater

    Communications Equipment:
    • Icom IC-M330 DSC VHF (2018)
    • Thrane & Thrane Sailor FB250 satcom, bb, internet and telephone, run from dedicated PC


    • Galley Hob – ENO 3 burner, oven and grill gas stove (2018)
    • Microwave – Sharp R26ST
    • Fridge – Front open Waeco fridge
    • Chest freezer - top opening with watercooled compressor unit

    • 1x Vetus electric flushing marine toilets
    • 1x Lavac manual marine toilet (2018)
    • Electric toilet flushing with freshwater
    • Both heads discharging to holding tank

    • Diesel fired Marine Boost wet system
    • Heating hot water on demand, permenant flow of constant hot water
    • Heat exchanger matrix units to heat air in cabins and saloon, towel rails in both heads.

    Air Conditioning:
    • Cruisair 2 unit, reverse cycle air conditioning system
    • Located in saloon
    • Currently decommissioned

    Washing Machine:
    • Candy washing machine
    • Voltage, capacity etc

    • Overhead lighting throughout interior, dimmable.
    • Bulkhead mounted lights in saloon
    • Reading lights in way of bunks
    • Lowlevel courtesy lighting in cabins and saloon

    • Intellian I3 Satellite TV System
    • Sovos fold down TV/DVD player – Forward cabin
    • Stereo – Pioneer CD/Radio/Bluetooth head unit (2019)
    • Speakers in wheelhouse and saloon

    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Accomodation for four over two double cabins
    • Two occasional berths in saloon
    • En-suite heads for master cabin
    • Day heads

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Laurent Giles and Barry van Geffen designed interior, fitted new 2008-11 refit
    • Almost completely re-built internally during re-fit
    • Classically styled, joinery work of teak veneered ply with solid teak trims and fittings
    • Corrian worksurfaces in galley
    • Corrian counter tops in heads
    • Cream woven fabric upholstery with brown piping throughout, recovered (2018-19)
    • Sprung mattresses in both cabins
    • Oceanair black out blind and insect screens fitted to all deck hatches

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Forward Cabin:
    • Double bunk outboard on port side running fore and aft.
    • Lockers outboard to starboard, with internal shelves.
    • Selection of lockers above bunk aft.
    • Access to anchor locker forward.
    • Fold-down DVD player/TV mounted overhead forward
    • Watermaker located under bunk in large locker

    • Forward of galley.
    • Double drop leaf saloon table centrally, bottle storage rack beneath table
    • U-shaped saloon settee to port
    • Two ‘armchair’ style seats to starboard.
    • Lockers forward and aft of starboard seating
    • Countertop wrapping around seating outboard both sides

    • Forward facing manual marine toilet at aft end of heads inboard.
    • Corrian countertop with inset wash hand basin outboard
    • Seat forward of countertop outboard
    • Shower mounted on bulkhead forward.
    • Locker below countertop

    • L-shaped galley to port side of companionway
    • Corrian worktop with teak fiddle
    • Inset double stainless steel sink forward with mixer tap
    • Gimbal mounted gas galley stove outboard aft.
    • Microwave oven mounted overhead outboard forward.
    • Front opening fridge below worktop forward
    • Selection of lockers outboard overhead.
    • Selection of lockers beneath worktop.

    Passageway Aft:
    • Running aft from galley to port
    • Access to engine room and aft cabin
    • Countertop with deep fiddle outboard of walkway
    • Shelved pantry locker with louvered door forward
    • Top opening chest freezer below countertop
    • Stroage drawer and locker beneath counter top aft.

    Master Cabin:
    • Accessed via walkway aft from galley on portside
    • Double bunk running aft on port side of aft
    • Dresser unit forward of bunk outboard with countertop, drawer storage and cupboard
    • Storage locker inboard of bunk aft with hanging locker above and storage locker below
    • Single seat outboard to starboard aft.
    • Bookshelves and storage lockers outboard of seat.

    En-Suite Aft heads:
    • To starboard of aft cabin
    • Forward facing, electric flushing marine toilet outboard aft.
    • Shower mounted on forward bulkhead with teak sole grating
    • Corrian countertop outboard with inset wash hand basin
    • Vanity unit forward of countertop
    • Storage lockers below countertop

    • Helm station to starboard with bench seat behing wheel
    • Engine dash panel and controls at helm
    • Steering compass and autopilot control forward of helm
    • Nav station to port with outboard facing chart table.
    • Chart storage beneath table with instrumentation outboard


    • Deck stepped masthead ketch rig with removable cutter stay.
    • SOROMAP anodised alloy masts fitted 2009
    • New mast tracks fitted for mainsail and mizzen fitted 2018
    • New standing rigging fitted 2009, 1x19 stainless steel wire with chromed bronze rigging screws
    • New forestay fitted 2019
    • Harken roller reefing gear for genoa
    • Removable cutter stay
    • Rod kickers for main and mizzen masts
    • Spinnaker pole on mast track
    • Mast steps to masthead on mizzen
    • Lazy jacks on main and mizzen masts (2018)

    • Primary Winches – 2x Barlow 30, two-speed, self-tailing
    • Secondary Winches – 2x Barlow 30 Electric winches, two speed.
    • Mainsheet Winches – 2x Barlow 26, two-speed
    • Main Mast Halyard Winches – 2x Andersen 18 two-speed, self-tailing (2009)
    • Mizzen Mast Halyard Winches – 2x Andersen 18 two-speed, self-tailing (2009)
    • Genoa – Roller reefing, North Sails
    • Mainsail – Slab reefing, Owen Sails (2018)
    • Mizzen - Slab reefing, Owen Sails (2018)
    • Staysail
    • Cruising Chute – Asymmetric with snuffer, Gaastra Sails 2009
    • Spinnaker
    • Trysail – North Sails
    • Storm Jib

    Canvas Work:
    • Mainsail stackpack with mast boot (2018)
    • Mizzen sail stackpack with mast boot (2018)
    • Sprayhood
    • Cockpit tent/Bimini type cover
    • Deck boxes/forward hatch cover (2018)
    • Superstructure winter cover (2018)
    • Fitted cockpit cushions (2018)

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Bower Anchor – Spade anchor (2019) on 100m of ½ chain rode
    • Anchor Windlass – Lofrans Falkon 1700w with plug in remote control. (2009)
    • Selection of fenders
    • Selection of warps

    • Zodiac Yachtline 220 RIB
    • Yamaha 4hp outboard

    • Double stainless steel stemhead bow roller
    • Stainless steel pulpit and puchpit rails
    • Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting double tier guardwires.
    • Guard wire gates in way of cockpit port and starboard
    • Deck mounted stainless steel mooring cleats, forward, midships and aft.
    • Custom built teak deck strorage boxes, forward of mast port and starboard, one box containing gas locker.
    • Stainless steel ‘Granny Bars’ at main mast
    • Chromed bronze deck cowels for dorade boxes
    • Davits
    • Nemo Passarelle / Swim ladder (2011)
    • Movable stainless steel boarding/swimming ladder
    • Large lazarette locker beneath aft deck


    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.

    Navigation Lights:
    • Low level nav lights
    • Masthead tri colour

    Life saving:
    • Liferaft – Plastimo TransOcean Class 2, 6 person (serviced 2020)
    • EPIRB
    • Jonbouy inflatable danbuoy
    • MOB recovery system
    • Horseshoe buoys x2

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying, Greenock, Scotland

    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: Mark Cameron
    Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7988 763254
    Email: mark@grabauinternational.com

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