New Listing – 1998 Bashford Sydney 46


Grabau International is delighted to announce the new listing of the 1998 Bashford Sydney 46 ‘STELLA’.

Lightweight E-glass rocketship from Bashford International in Australia. Wickedly-fast Iain Murray hull lines coupled with carbon rig and rudder blade. Perfect for both racing and fast-cruising, the Sydney 46 is a true all-rounder.


STELLA is a 1998-launched Sydney 46 designed by Murray, Burns & Dovell Pty. Ltd. and built by Sydney Yachts/Bashford Int. Imported to Italy in 2004, STELLA was CE Certified, making her an ideal option for any European-based buyer looking to cruise or race.

With just two owners since new, STELLA boasts many highlights, including:
• Three cabins, one head interior layout with up to 8 berths
• E-glass hull with carbon reinforcements
• Recently repainted hull and deck
• Stainless steel T-keel with lead bulb
• Yanmar 4JH engine fitted new in 2016
• Electric anchor windlass
• B&G instrument package from 2019 including Vulcan plotter, 20/20’s and H5000 CPU
• Carbon fibre mast and boom – repainted 2017
• Carbon fibre spinnaker pole
• Carbon fibre steering wheel
• Carbon fibre rudder blade
• Velman Sails sail wardrobe dated 2014-18

The “Certificato di Sicurezza” renewed and valid until 2022.


“Speed is timeless.” That’s what the sales brochure says about the Australian Iain Murray Group-designed Sydney 46. The Murray Group used tank-testing to develop the hull shape for this speedster. The hull form is relatively narrow with a broad stern and a firm turn to the bilge at the transom. There is quite a bit of overhang aft, but the bow is snubbed off. The D/L ratio is 145.1. The keel is a slightly swept fin with a pugnacious bulb. Note the depth of the “chest” of this boat around station 2.8.

…This interior is adequate and was probably kept simple to make it lighter to build. Clearly you could cruise this boat in comfort. I do like the one big head…

The deck is an interesting blend of both racing and cruising considerations. There are seat backs forward and long bench seats. The twin wheels are well forward in the cockpit…

Construction uses Kevlar, E-glass, PVC foam and vinylester resin. The builder offers the option of epoxy resin as an extra. Everything is vacuum-bagged.

The Sydney 46 will appeal to the family who still enjoys a good weekend regatta in fast company.

Bob Perry – Sailing Magazine


The late Ian Bashford founded Bashford Boats (now known as Sydney Yachts) in the early 1980’s. The company produced one design yachts such as the J-24 and the ETCHELLS 22. The early 1990’s brought the launch of the new larger BH Boats. The first yacht off the drawing board and into production was the Sydney 41. The BH 36 was introduced some time later. Following the death of Ian Bashford in April 1996, Charles Curran and Iain Murray joined the company. The company became Bashford International and the new line was called Sydney Yachts. Since, late 1996 the company has expanded its range to include the SYDNEY 38 and, SYDNEY 32 among others. Other recent designs are the SIGNATURE 39 and SIGNATURE 47. Since 2013 Sydney Yachts are built at AD Boats in Croatia.

Bashford Sydney 46 – STELLA – Asking Euro 170,000 EU VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us

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