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2001 Hunter 47' Belle Ile

$ 165,000

Belle Ile is a 2001 Hunter 47' Hunter 460, Helsen Signature 470 listed for sale with United Yacht Broker John Peterson. John can be reached at 1-910-546-5760 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional yacht brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Hunter Yachts and similar boats.With over 200 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.


Least expensive one the market in years!

This special offering is likely the most expensive yacht ever built by Helsen and Hunter at a cost of over $700,000 to build, and her name is Belle Ile! One of two ever built and both on the resale market. Belle Ile is $60,000 less expensive!!

The Signature 470 has 167 upgrades from the Hunter 460 model.

Here is the history of the Hunter-Helsen Signature 470. 

Johannes “Jopie” Helsen turned the stock 46-foot Hunter Sailboat into an elegant high end cruising yacht at Sailor's Wharf, his boatyard on Salt Creek in St. Petersburg. One of the most dramatic changes is in the hull itself. Helen cut off the transom of the production boat and designed a new sugar scoop that adds 1.5-feet to the overall waterline, giving the boat better performance and an updated look. The extended transom also provides a platform for diving and swimming. The trailing edge of the keel is faired for good upwind performance. Other upgrades include a stainless steel and vinyl rub rail, an Awlgrip paint system in custom colors, a 22-karat gold leaf sheer stripe, Harken hardware, electric halyard winch and a steel cockpit arch. Helsen worked with Mark Pooch of Doyle Sails in Clearwater to produce a performance sail package and added 100 square feet to the sail plan. The upgraded interior is elegant ash and teak with a teak and holly sole. The interior features an entertainment system that includes multiple flat-screen televisions. Stainless steel hatches and ports have custom shades that convert to screens. The master stateroom berth has a thick custom mattress made in California specifically for the Signature 470. Corian custom counters and faucets with gold accents were added. The Signature 470 has 167 upgrades from the standard Hunter 46.

“Belle Ile” is Helsen's masterpiece with a rich dark forest green Awlgrip hull. The three stateroom, two head layout provides perfect accommodations for two couples with some grandkids included. She is designed to be comfortable and pleasing in every aspect with the interior design completed by a professional (expensive) interior designer choosing the window treatments, upholstery, carpets, artwork, brass lighting, Corian, and soft high quality coverings all professionally implemented. The intention of total comfort continues right into the cockpit that is perfect for entertaining with seating for about ten people with a walk-through transom, swim platform, and a large cockpit table and many drink holders. The new (2016) bimini, dodger and enclosure provide shade and weather protection and of course there are cockpit cushions.

There is no shortage of amenities to rival any other sail boat with the ice maker, flat screens TVs, air conditioning and a large 6kw Northern Lights Genset with less than 750 hours on it to run everything while underway or on the hook. The efficient 75 hp Yanmar will leave you impressed as you glide through the waters of your choice.

This vessel is complete with everything you need to start enjoying sailing and cruising today. The electronics, navigation and communications systems are all current with Raymarine color radar/plotter with displays at the helm and at the navigation station. There is nothing else you need to buy, nothing to upgrade, just write one check and start cruising right here. Cruise down to Florida, Bahamas, or New England and see how life looks from the water side. You won't miss home, that is safe to say.


  • Price USD:$ 165,000
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    Hunter 460, Helsen Signature 470

  • Year:


  • Location:

    New Bern, North Carolina, United States

  • Type:

    Sail Yacht

  • LOA: 47 ft 0 in
  • Display Length: 47 ft
  • Beam: 14'
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: 200 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 100 gals
  • Engine Details: Yanmar 4JH3BTE
  • Engine 1: 1500.00 HRS 75.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel

Enter the cockpit by way of either the port or starboard boarding gates of through the walk-through transom. The cockpit is large and features a well-appointed helm with all engine gauges and electronics within easy each. The pedestal has three-fold out high varnished wood tables that allow an alfresco dining or relaxation area. The seating is massive and will seat a crowd on comfortable closed foam cushions. While underway there are port and starboard stern seats to. The side deck is easily maneuvered with a 360-degree ability to move freely from bow to stern. The cockpit is fully enclosed with a tan Sunbrella bimini, connector and dodger with eisenglass. The stern features a custom built stainless steel radar arch that also support overhead solar panels, wind generator and the dingy davit system. There is an outboard motor hoist on the starboard side.

Entering the main cabin is forward with a huge sliding overhead hatch and folding doors. The entry is unlike most sailboats as it features nice slopped teak treads with stainless steel handrails. The entry is like home steps. Once inside the main cabin the enormity of the Helsen 470 is apparent. Under the companionway steps is access to the engine compartment as well as removable storage tray that allows access onto the engine top. To starboard is the day head shared with the starboard stateroom. The head features a Vacu-Flush toilet and a shower stall. Further aft is the head vanity which steps through into the aft starboard side stateroom. There are privacy doors between the head and vanity as well as the stateroom.

The starboard aft stateroom is large and has a queen berth situated with the headboard aft. Along the port side are numerous storage cabinets with a small shelf above. Above the cabinets is an opening port. All the way forward on the port side is a cabinet with access to the generator. A hanging locker is along the starboard aft bulkhead with an opening port and beautiful wood slates. A privacy door separates the stateroom from the salon.

The port side aft stateroom is situated aft of the galley. The stateroom is unique in that the berth is a single berth situated inboard, with the headboard aft while outboard is a hinged watch berth for underway accommodations. Along the port side is beautiful wood slates and an opening port. Forward is a hanging locker with a shelf above. Along the starboard side and forward is additional access to the generator. A flat screen TV with built-in DVD player is mounted on the port side. A privacy door separates the stateroom from the main cabin.

The L-shaped galley is massive and will please even the most discriminating onboard chef. Just beyond the companionway and to port. The galley features beautiful green Corian countertops with fiddles, and plenty of storage and food preparation area. Inboard is a large cabinet with double stainless steel sinks and a faucet with sprayer as well as a cold-water faucet. There is a drop-in trash receptacle aft. Aft is the gimbaled stainless steel stove and oven. Almost the entire port side counter top is access to the refrigerator, which is also front loading, and the freezer compartments with separate controls. Above the port counter are storage cabinets and a shelf above. The microwave oven is built-in and forward. The forward section of the galley has a large countertop with open storage above for dishes and glasses while below are numerous cabinets and drawers.

Across from the galley is the Navigation Station with access to the electrical panel, battery switches and generator controls. The navigation station has a lift desk top. Under the seat is he inverter and battery charger. Outboard are storage areas and there is a storage shelf outboard. An array of electrics and other monitors are here.

The main salon is large and accommodating for a crowd. To starboard are two built-in seats with a table between that opens for storage. Above the seats are fore and aft bookcases and storage. All the way forward is the entertainment system with two cabinets for storage and a green Corian shelf. Overhead is a hatch with solid cover and screen. To starboard is the convertible dinette and settee. The dinette can be lowered and a filler cushion will produce a large additional berth. The C-shaped settee is very comfortable with think cushions. Outboard are two large storage cabinets with a storage shelf below. Over the cabinets is shelving. Overhead is a hatch with solid cover and screens.

All the way forward is the master cabin with a centerline queen berth. As you enter the master and immediately to starboard is the shower stall with a unique etched shower door, seating and opening port. To starboard is the master en-suite head with vanity and Vacu-Flush toilet. Aft is a locker with shelving while along the starboard side is a hanging locker and three drawers. Under the berth are four additional drawers. Along the portside is additional storage with two large cabinets and three drawers. Outboard are large shelfs. Forward is a bookcase. The sides are beautiful wood slates and there Are two overhead hatches with solid covers and screens.

The galley is in the main cabin along the port side and features storage and food preparation areas that will please even the most discriminating onboard chef.

  • Green Corian counter tops with high fiddles
  • Double stainless steel sink with faucet and sprayer
  • Seagull fresh water purification system for drinking water
  • Drop in trash receptacle with matching Corian cover
  • Force 10 stainless steel gimbaled stove with broiler and (3) burners and guards
  • Propane vented locker in aft cockpit
  • Xintex S-2A propane controller and safety alarm with solenoid
  • Grunert top and front loading refrigerator with stainless steel shelf
  • Grunert top loading freezer
  • Icer-Ette icemaker
  • Kenmore Quick Touch microwave oven
  • Multiple storage cabinets drawers
  • Overhead storage rack for plates and glass ware
  • Stainless steel handrails

Navigation Station:

  • Raymarine A-series color chartplotter and radar
  • Raytheon ST-80 Masterview autopilot
  • Raytheon ST-60 wind instrument
  • ICOM IC-M702 SSB radio
  •  Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/GPS VHF radio with DSC
  • West Marine VHF255 handheld VHF radio
  • Global Star Panasonic satellite telephone

Helm Station:

  • Standard Horizon RAM 3 microphone for helm use
  • Raymarine E-Series Hybrid Touch color chart plotter and radar with GPS/WAAS/DGPS
  • Mast mounted Raymarine 48-mile radar dome
  • Raytheon ST-80 Wind instrument
  • Raytheon ST-60 Masterview Autohelm series autopilot
  • Raytheon autopilot remote mounted on pedestal
  • Raymarine ST-600R hand held autopilot remote
  • Raytheon ST-80 Maxview Wind above companionway
  • Raytheon ST-80 Maxview Speed above companionway
  • Raytheon ST-80 Maxview Depth above companionway
  • Suunto Finland Compass
  • Hull is Jade Green Awlgrip paint
  • Hull is molded fiberglass construction with sandwich balsa core
  • Bottom is molded fiberglass with solid laminate construction and attached lead keel
  • Modified wing fin keel with spade hung rudder
  • Bolted on lead ballast wing keel
  • Trailing edge of keel is faired for good upwind performance
  • Rubber rub rail w/ stainless steel insert
  • Raised fiberglass toe rail integral with deck
  • Nonskid molded in to fiberglass with paint applied
  • Stainless steel bow pulpit with dual anchor rollers
  • Mantus 65-pound primary anchor with chain rode
  • Bruce 45-pound secondary anchor with chain and rope rode
  • Bow anchor locker protecting windlass
  • Additional rope rode in anchor locker
  • Simpson Lawrence Horizon 1500 anchor windlass with foot controls
  • Fresh water anchor wash down
  • Stainless steel bow rails
  • Stainless steel stanchions with 1 x 19 stainless steel vinyl coated double life lines
  • Aluminum deck hardware
  • Port and starboard boarding gates with walk-through transom
  • Port and starboard cabin top ventilation Dorades
  • Leather wrapped port and starboard handrails at cockpit entry
  • Life Sling mounted on starboard stern
  • Cockpit seating with closed foam cushions
  • Complete Sunbrella Tan enclosure with eisenglass and window viewing in bimini (2016)
  • Sunbrella Tab hatch covers
  • Sunbrella Tan helm cover
  • Port and Starboard stern seats with teak seating and Sunbrella Tan covers
  • Port and Stbd. stern lazarettes and propane lockers
  • (3) Fold up wooden cockpit tables
  • Folding stainless steel swim ladder
  • West Marine RIB-310 rigid hull inflatable
  • Mercury 9.9 hp, 4-Stroke outboard motor
  • Stainless steel lifting davit for outboard motor with stern mounted outboard holder
  • Stainless steel radar arch with dingy davits, solar panels and wind generator
  • Overhead cockpit lighting and speakers
  • Stainless steel handrails exterior and interior
  • Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • (9) Stainless steel framed overhead hatches with Lexan glass
  • (2) fixed main cabin sunlight’s
  • (12) port lights with screens
  • (3) cockpit lazarettes for added storage
  • 250 gallons of fresh water in 5 polyethylene tanks (4 in bilge in main cabin, 1 under bunk in forward stateroom)
  • 50 gallons of holding in two polyethylene tanks, each head has separate holding tank
  • Fiberglass anchor locker hatch to protect anchor windlass
  • Bifold teak and acrylic glass doors at companionway with Lexan glass hatch with teak trim


  • B&R masthead sloop/cutter rig
  • Selden aluminum deck stepped mast with compression post
  • Selden in-mast roller furling
  • Dyform and 1 x 19 stainless steel standing rigging
  • Insulator tubes over lower portion of standing rigging shrouds
  • Staylock and stainless steel swaged fittings
  • Two sets of swept back aluminum spreaders
  • Stainless steel chain plates mounted on hull sides
  • Stainless steel chain plated forward fitted to stainless steel tie rods secured to interior bulkhead
  • Selden Boom Vang with block and tackle adjustment
  • Line stopper in cockpit
  • Braided Dacron running rigging
  • Aluminum spinnaker pole with mast mounted off deck
  • All Harken sailing hardware
  • Most control line lead aft to cockpit with spaghetti line holders port and starboard
  • (6) Line stoppers for sheets and halyards
  • Inner forestay to accommodate storm JIB or staysail
  • Inboard adjustable JIB tracks on cabin deck with Harken cars
  • Inboard adjustable genoa track in deck with Harken cars


  • Lewmar 48 ST 3-speed manual and ELECTRIC main halyard winch on cabin top in cockpit
  • (2) Lewmar 48 ST 3-speed winches on cabin top in cockpit
  • Lewmar 44 ST 3-speed winch on cabin top in cockpit
  • Lewmar 16 ST 2-speed winch on main mast
  • (2) Lewmar ST-50 2-speed winches port and starboard cockpit coaming


  • Main sail has 100 sq. ft. sail area than standard Hunter 460
  • Doyle Dacron genoa on Sea Furl roller furling (2016)
  • Doyle Dacron in-mast furled mainsail (2016)
  • Spinnaker sail
  • Staysail

There are 1000 total amp hour of batteries and a generator and inverter that make running the 120 volt ships systems while at the dock or underway easy and convenient.

  • Power distribution panel with circuit breakers at navigation station
  • 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC power with panel Amps and Volt meters
  • (2) 30 Amp shore power cords with adapters
  • Northern Lights 6 Kw generator with 795 hours
  • Magnum Energy Model MS2812 2800-watt inverter/charger
  • Magnum Energy monitoring display at navigation station
  • Renogy Tracer solar charge controller
  • Nature Power wind turbine controller
  • Heart Interface Link 2000 battery monitor
  • Battery switches for main house batteries and inverter at navigation station
  • Battery switch for engine start in starboard stateroom
  • (3) Deep Cycle batteries stored in appropriate battery boxes
  • (3) AGM Deep Cycle batteries stored in appropriate battery boxes
  • Spectra (35 gph) water maker with control at navigation station and under salon settee
  • Wema tank gauges for forward and aft holding tanks
  • Wema Tank Level indicator for (4) water and (1) fuel tanks
  • Kenwood EZ-500 AM/FM/CD player in main cabin
  • Blaupunkt DVD-ME2 DVD and MP3 player in main cabin
  • Sony controller for remote speakers
  • Samsung flat screen TV mounted in main cabin
  • Samsung flat screen TV with built-in DVD player mounted in port stateroom
  • Sansui TV with built-in VHS player in master cabin
  • Mast mounted TV antenna
  • GFI protected receptacles
  • Seward Marine 11-gallon hot water heater with engine heat exchanger
  • Marine Air reverse cycle heat and air conditioning with electronic controls, 40,000 BTU total
  • (2) Atwood 750 gph shower sump pumps
  • 400-watt wind generator mounted in stainless steel arch
  • 500-watt solar panels mounted on radar arch
  • 12-volt ventilation fans throughout the interior
  • CO2 detectors in interior cabins
  • Rule high water alarm

Engine room access is easy with full views and the engine room’s foil covered foam insulation is very effective in keeping the interior of the boat quiet.

  • Yanmar 4JHE-TE 75 hp, fresh water cooled diesel engine with 1,946 hours
  • Kanzaki transmission with 1 ¼” stainless steel shaft
  • Singe stainless steel engine and transmission control
  • Dripless shaft log
  • (3) blade Max Prop, 17” diameter
  • Yanmar gauges for RPM, Temp and Oil Pressure, plus alarms at helm (low oil pressure and engine temp)
  • Dual Racor primary fuel filters with vacuum gauge
  • Destroyer steering wheel with brake and Edson mechanical steering
  • VETUS bow thruster with control at helm

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  • Enormous three-stateroom, two-head layout with over 167 Helsen upgrades
  • Interior design by a professional interior designer while built by Helsen
  • Elegant and beautiful, ash and teak interior with teak and holly sole, and custom woodwork
  • Custom port and the hatch shades convert to screen
  • 6’6” headroom makes the boat perfect for taller folks
  • Huge Swim Platform with walkthrough from cockpit
  • Green Corian countertops and vanity counters
  • Owners stateroom has full size queen with custom 9.5" spring mattress
  • Starboard side guest cabin has full size berth with custom 8.5” spring mattress
  • Port side guest cabin has a single berth with 8.5" spring mattress


  • Hand laid up fiberglass construction with balsa core
  • Modified wing fin keel with spade hung rudder
  • Bolted on lead ballast wing keel
  • Trailing edge of keel is faired for good upwind performance
  • Rubber rub rail w/ stainless steel striker cap
  • Fiberglass swim platform integral with transom
  • The engine room’s foil covered foam insulation is very effective in keeping the interior of the boat quiet

*Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters  The broker cannot guarantee the true hours  It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.


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