Price Reduction – 1982 Ancasta Surprise 58


Grabau International is delighted to announce the price reduction of the 1982 Ancasta Marine Surprise 58 ‘SHORAN III’.

A luxury cruising yacht with spacious accommodation for 4 over two grand cabins. With her pilothouse configuration, SHORAN III is ideally suited to cruising in high latitudes.


Described by the agent when in production as ‘Sea going opulence’ its easy to see where the inspiration came from. She would have been the equivalent of a small superyacht at the time of her build.

On deck, she has been designed around short-handed sailing. The current owner’s addition of the alloy fabricated pilothouse with secondary internal helm ideally suited to cruising in northern climes. Below decks, she offers sumptuous accommodation for four in two grand cabins at either end of the boat. A huge open plan saloon with two separate seating areas makes her ideal for spending long periods aboard.

Extensively re-fitted during the current ownership she boasts an extensive inventory, highlights including:
• Standing rigging replaced in 2010.
• Electric furling genoa and staysail.
• Hydraulic in-mast furling mainsail.
• Self-tacking staysail system.
• Mermaid Marine Ford Melody II engine fitted new 2005.
• Fisher Panda 6.5kva generator fitted new 2005.
• SidePower hydraulic bowthruster fitted new 2011.
• Dual Raymarine plotter and radar systems.

Constructed using the finest of materials she has worn very well and is now a very attractive proposition for a liveaboard or comfortable high latitude cruiser.

The current owner has built redundancy into her major systems where possible, she boasts:
• Two independent manual steering systems.
• Two independent autopilot systems.
• Two independent radar systems aboard.
• Twin anchor windlass’s with both anchors self-stowing.


The Ancasta Marine company eventually became the Ancasta Brokerage operation as we know it today. The Ancasta Surprise 58 was designed by Dutchman Pieter Beeldsnijider. The boats were built in Taiwan and imported to the Isle of Wight for finishing and commissioning. Each boat being a semi-custom build to suit the commissioning owners requirement.

At one stage it was proposed a one-design fleet of Surprise 58’s would compete in a ‘race within a race’ as part of the 1985 Whitbread Around The World race. The idea was to offer a low budget alternative to the one-off maxi yachts which dominated the event fleet at that time. Sadly this idea never made it to the start line.
12 examples of the class were built in the early 1980’s. The hull of the Surprise 58 became the base of the Tayana 55 in later years.


‘The version of the Surprise 58 we tested was intended to be easily handled by a small crew and to provide really comfortable accommodation for the owner and his guests. The yacht succeeds impressively on both counts.’
Yachting World – Tested ‘Surprise 58’ December 1983.
The above test was conducted onboard ‘Shoran III’. Full copy of the test review is available upon request.

** Over 85 further recent photographs available on request **

1982 Ancasta Marine Surprise 58 – Shoran III – Now Asking £130,000 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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