43' Abeking and Rasmussen Sail Yawl 1956 Yacht for Sale

Abeking and Rasmussen Sail Profile
Abeking and Rasmussen Sail Profile

Abeking and Rasmussen Sail Details:

  • Vessel Length: 43 feet
  • Vessel Builder: Abeking and Rasmussen
  • Vessel Model: Sail
  • Vessel Year: 1956
  • Vessel Name: Diva
  • Vessel Type: Yawl
  • Vessel Price: $ Contact for Price
  • Vessel Location: Wickford RI USA
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    Vessel Specifications

    Builder: Abeking and Rasmussen

    Model: Sail

    Type: Yawl Cruising Sailboat

    LOA: 42'7

    Engine Details: 1 x Mercedes 636

    Engine 1: 1956 - 42 HP - Hours

    Engine Details: Inboard - Diesel

    Beam: 11'7

    Draft: 7'2

    Cruise Speed: 7 KTS

    Max Speed: 9 KTS

    Water Capacity: 100


    Designed by Sparkman and Stevens and built by Abeking and Rasmussen, DIVA is a true thoroughbred. Her elegant lines turn heads wherever she sails Launched in 1956 as NORTHERN LIGHT, this yacht is included in the book “The Best of the Best: Yacht Designs of Sparkman and Stevens.” She was custom built for Rudy Schaefer, of Schaefer Beer to compete in the Newport to Bermuda Race. DIVA’s yawl rig and keel/centerboard design make her ideal for both cruising and racing in the classic yacht regattas. Her current owners have cruised extensively on DIVA along the East Coast, the Caribbean, South and Central America. Recent restoration (summer 2014) includes refastening the hull, bottom painted and hull painted.

    Vessel Walkthrough

    The chain locker forward is followed by the forward cabin with full/double berth.  There is plenty of storage including a hanging locker, another locker with shelves, a book shelf above the berth, and small dresser.  A large overhead opening hatch provides light and ventilation.  Lighting includes a brass overhead light and two brass wall lamps.  The forward cabin can be closed off for privacy with a sliding pocket door.
     The head is to port with a stainless steel sink with hand held shower head, hot and cold water, mahogany vanity, Corian counter, and a Skipper head.  The teak floor is latticed for drainage when shower is in use.
     Across from the head on starboard is a large storage locker/pantry with a shelf above.
     The main salon has two settee berths that pull out with two sea berths above.  A gimbaled drop leaf mahogany table is in the center.  A large opening hatch is above the table.  Six storage lockers are located back of the berths and there is a book shelf.  The main salon has brass heading lights, an overhead brass light, a brass clock and barometer set, and a built in stereo radio.
     To port is an L-shaped galley with three burner stove and oven, stainless steel sink, mahogany counter, and cabinets.
     The teak cabin sole and extensive mahogany trim work run throughout the yacht.  The many portholes in the cabin provide excellent natural light and it is well vented by large dorade vents.  The cabin is entered thru the companionway with mahogany stairs which fold up to access the engine.


    Norcold 12V-110 fridge
    Force 10 3 burner stove with oven

    Vessel Details

    Double planked mahogany on oak frame with bronze screw fasteners
    Bronze knees, straps, gussets
    Bronze mast step
    Mahogany raised cabin house
    Teak cockpit with mahogany trim
    Cast bronze centerboard
    Dynel on plywood decks and cabin top


    Masthead rig stepped on keel
    Spruce spars and booms with stainless steel rigging
    Spreader lights
    Wheel steering with emergency tiller
    60 pound CQR anchor
    200 feet high test chain
    Electric capstan
    Custom built 10’ cold-molded hard dingy
    Stainless Steel bow and stern rails
    Stainless steel lifelines and stanchions
    Life sling
    Cockpit dodger with stainless steel bows

    Helm and Electronics

    Raytheon ST60 Autopilot with remote
    Raytheon ST60 wind display
    Raytheon ST60 depth display
    Raytheon ST60 Maxi-view repeater
    ICOM-M502 VHF with remote microphone
    ICOM-M710 single side band radio
    Raytheon RN300 GPS
    Raytheon R70 radar
    Link 1000 battery monitor
    Blaupunkt AM/FM radio with 6 disc CD changer
    Constellation compass


    Three 12V AGM batteries (house bank)
    One 12V starting battery
    12V lighting
    12V circuit breaker panel
    Two Rule automatic bilge pumps

    Engine and Mechanical Details

    42 HP Mercedes 636
    2 alternators
    Racor fuel filter

    Sails and Rigging

    Main sail
    Roller furling genoa
    Mizzen sail
    Harken furler
    3 halyard winches
    2 Barient 28 Primary winches
    2 Lewmar 44 self-tailing Secondary winches
    Spinnaker gear

    Brokers Comments

    As you can see, DIVA has had a wonderful life racing and cruising from New England to South America.  She is getting ready for her next adventure but is ready for a new captain.  The current owners have loved her, but they are two boat owners and only have time for one of their classics.  So DIVA is waiting for your inspection.  Come have a look and start making your plans.

    Mechanical Disclaimer

    * 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 this website.


    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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