Grabau International is delighted to announce the listing of the 1995-launched Mason 54 ‘JOAN’.
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.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
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 MEDIA REVIEW:
“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
1995-launched Mason 54 – JOAN – Asking £208,500 VAT paid – full details here
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