Search Icon

Big Idea III48' Californian Cockpit Motor Yacht 1990

$ 185,000

This Vessel is no longer on the Market

Contact us for more information about what similar boats are currently available.

Big Idea III is a 1990 48' Californian Cockpit Motor Yacht in very nice condition. She is docked in fresh water and under cover. She offers twin Caterpillar 3208TA 375 HP main diesel engines, a Kohler 12.5 kW generator, bow and stern thrusters, oil change system, full Eisenglass enclosure on the flybridge and sundeck, 2 stateroom 2 head layout with an enclosed shower in each head and she is a Great Loop veteran of 2023.

Recent upgrades and maintenance include:

  • Kohler 12.5kw Generator starter replaced (2023)
  • Generator heat exchanger cleaned (2023)
  • Garmin electronics networked with NMEA 2000: MFD, autopilot, radar, Fusion Radio, VHF radio (2022)
  • 3000 Watt Xantrex inverter and two Group 31 AGM batteries (2022)
  • Main engine Heat exchangers cleaned (2022)
  • Caterpillar engines hoses inspected and replaced (2022)
  • Alternators replaced (2022)
  • Bottom ablative paint (2022)
  • All thru-hulls replaced with stainless steel (2022)
  • RGB underwater lights on stern (2022)

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Great Loop Yacht Sales. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


  • Price USD:$ 185,000
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    Cockpit Motor Yacht

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Iuka, Mississippi, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 48 ft in
  • Display Length: 48 ft
  • Beam: 15' 2"
  • Yacht Category

    Motor Yachts

  • Water Capacity: 190 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 500 gals
  • Engine Details: Caterpillar 3208TA
  • Engine 1: 2200.00 HRS 375.00 HP
  • Engine 2: 2800.00 HRS 375.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:

From the fiberglass swim platform, you step into the cockpit via the transom gate and then step up onto the hardtop covered sundeck. Once inside the sundeck, you can walk out either side deck via teak & glass wing doors to the foredeck, step up onto the flybridge or step down into the salon. Once inside the salon, you will find L-shaped seating/berth with a coffee table to starboard, counter starboard forward, 2 lounge chairs to port and the full beam master stateroom entrance aft. Walk forward and step down to find the dinette to starboard, galley to port and guest stateroom with ensuite head and enclosed shower forward. Engine room access is via hinged steps between the salon and dinette-galley area.

Headroom in the salon is 6'5", 6'4" on the sundeck, 6'8" on the flybridge, 6'3" in the guest stateroom, 6' in the guest stateroom shower, 6'3" in the master stateroom and shower. The master stateroom berth is 6'6" long and the guest stateroom berth is 6'4" long.

Big Idea III offers a full beam master stateroom aft with a centerline queen size berth and an ensuite head with an enclosed shower; and a guest stateroom forward with an island queen size berth and an ensuite head with enclosed shower. The salon seating converts to a double size berth as well.

The salon offers L-shaped seating (converts to a double size berth) and a coffee table to starboard, 2 lounge chairs and storage cabinetry to port, counter starboard forward, opening side windows with screens, blinds and entertainment center port forward.

The galley is down to port and forward of the salon and features:

  • Princess 3-burner electric cooktop and oven
  • GE stainless steel microwave oven
  • GE stainless steel refrigerator/freezer with icemaker
  • Granite countertop
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Dry storage
  • Portlight with a curtain
  • Raritan icemaker in the sundeck wetbar
  • Magma stainless steel BBQ grill in the cockpit
  • LED lighting throughout

Dining space is available at the dinette adjacent to the galley. There is storage under the dinette seats.

The guest stateroom forward offers an island queen size berth, shelves, overhead hatch with a screen, portlight with curtain, reading lights, anchor chain locker access, carpet, storage drawers, hanging locker, mirror and an ensuite head with enclosed shower.

The guest head is aft to port in the guest stateroom and features an electric flush toilet, Nevamar vanity with molded sink, storage cabinets and separate shower stall. The sole is carpeted and there is a single port light in the space. The guest head can also be accessed by a separate door in the companionway between the galley and guest stateroom.

The full beam master stateroom aft offers a centerline queen size berth, carpet, opening side windows with screens and blinds, vanity starboard, storage cabinets and drawers, 2 hanging lockers, full-length mirror, reading lights, aft sliding door to the cockpit and an ensuite head with enclosed shower.

The master head is forward to starboard in the master stateroom and features an electric flush toilet, Nevamar vanity with molded sink, storage cabinets and separate shower stall. The sole is carpeted.

The yachts laundry is to port forward of the master stateroom and features a Frigidaire stack washer/dryer.

The flybridge offers a bimini, full Eisenglass enclosure, 2 helm seats, wrap-around seating starboard and aft, Radar arch and storage under the console.

The sundeck offers a hardtop, Eisenglass enclosure, bound carpet over non-skid deck, transom gate to the cockpit, teak & glass wing doors, wetbar with Raritan icemaker, air conditioning, storage cabinets, 2 wicker deck chairs and ottomans and stainless steel & teak steps to the flybridge.

The cockpit offers a non-skid deck, lazarette access, sliding door to the master stateroom, transom window to the sundeck and transom gate.

This yacht features the following audio & video equipment:

  • Vizio flat screen smart TV in the salon with surround sound bar & speakers (2022)
  • Sony DVP-SR200P DVD/CD player in the salon
  • Sony CDP-CE500 5-disc changer in the salon
  • Yamaha RX-U361 AV Receiver in the salon
  • Vizio flat screen smart TV in the guest stateroom (2022)
  • Vizio flat screen smart TV in the master stateroom (2022)
  • Sony DVP-SR100P CD/DVD player in the master stateroom

This yacht features the following helm electronics:

NEMA 2000 network

Garmin Autopilot (2022)

Garmin Radar (2022)

Garmin multi function display (2022)

Garmin GPSMap 536 chart plotter

Garmin depth transponder (2022)

Garmin VHF with AIS receiver (2023)

Fusion bluetooth stereo on the flybridge (2022)

Standard Horizon VHf handheld in salon

KVH Azimuth 100 digital compass

Weems & Plath clock & barometer in the salon

This yacht features the following electrical equipment:

Kohler 12.5CC063 12.5 kW generator with approximately 2,800 hours

Charles 40 amp battery charger

4 X 8D-XD battery bank (2022)

2 X Size 31s bow and stern thruster batteries (2023)

12v dc outlet on the flybridge

50 amp shore power cord

Glendinning Cablemaster shore power cord system port stern

This yacht features the following engine and mechanical equipment:

  • Twin Caterpillar 3208 375 HP main engines with approximately 2200 hours
  • Twin Disc MG-507 gearboxes
  • Morse engine controls
  • VDO gauges
  • Groco sea strainers
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering system
  • Racor 1000MA fuel filter with vacuum gauge for each main engine
  • Racor 500MA fuel filter for the generator
  • Fuel manifold
  • Reverso oil change system
  • Zinc Saver system
  • Vetus bow and stern thrusters
  • Glendinning Throttle Synchronizer
  • Marine Air Systems and Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning/heating system
  • Raritan 20 gallon water heater
  • Plumbed for central vacuum (vacuum not present)
  • Electromode engine room heater
  • Electric heads
  • Spare propellers - 2 1/2 shaft (bore reducer required)

This yacht features the following deck equipment:

  • Maxwell 3500 anchor windlass with foot controls and remote control on the flybridge
  • 60 LB stainless steel plow type anchor
  • Pulpit
  • Non-skid decks
  • Stainless steel rails
  • Stainless steel deck hardware
  • Stainless steel fender racks
  • Freshwater washdown
  • Windscreen screen & cover
  • 2 X foredeck storage boxes
  • Boarding gate on each side
  • Fiberglass swim platform
  • Stainless steel swim ladder to port
  • Marquip 5 step boarding ladder

This yacht features the following tender & davit equipment:

  • 11' Boston Whaler with console steering
  • Mercury 20 HP, electric start outboard
  • Olsson Mfg, 1000 LB davit
  • 12v AGM battery (2022) for davit and underwater lighting

This yacht features the following safety & fire equipment:

  • ACR EPIRB (2022)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireboy Halon 1301 engine room fire suppression system
  • Newtec carbon monoxide detectors
  • Three Rule bilge pumps (2022)
  • Two Rule shower sump pumps (2022)
  • Macerator (2022)
  • Life ring
  • GoLight searchlight
  • AFI horns
  • Stern spreader lights (two-way white/red)

Sellers personal belongings


Galleyware (pots, pans, dishes, utensils, water filter)


Photo of 55' Californian 1991

Susie Q

55' Californian 1991

Long Beach, California, United States

Photo of 55' Californian 55 CPMY 1987

Snailin' Aked

55' Californian 55 CPMY 1987

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

Photo of 55' Californian 1987


55' Californian 1987

Blaine, Washington, United States