Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Builder: Henry B Nevins Inc
Boat Location: Newport, Rhode Island, US
Price: Off Market
Length: 48 ft 0 inch
Beam: 10 ft 0 inch
Draft: 7 ft 6 inch
Hull Material: Wood
Courageous is without doubt a piece of sailing artwork, designed by Olin Stephens at the Sparkman & Stephens design office in 1947 she was built at Henry B Nevis yard, she is one of the last yachts to be launched from the Nevis yard during Henry’s lifetime.
Originally designed for Arthur Iselin to be a fast weekend cruiser/racer in Long Island, he specified for the large deep cockpit which is still a true feature of Courageous character today. Olin always described her as a mix between a New York 32 and an 8 Metre race yacht, what was achieved was an extremely elegant yacht that was able to do it all and she certainty proved that with some offshore racing in the mid 50’s.
The interior is a very traditional layout which provides sleeping for 5 guest in three single berths and a v-berth forward. The accommodation can be described as basic but functional, with beautiful wood work and varnish – radiating warmth.
Courageous is a time capsule, in original trim with nearly all her original fittings still in place, most importantly she is purposeful and can be found sailing in Long Islands classic circuit.
The next custodian will be extremely proud to own this wonderful part of American yachting history.
More pictures to follow.
Mahogany planking below waterline
Mahogany on Port Orford cedar planking above waterline
White oak frames
Mahogany deck superstructures
Canvas on plywood deck
Silicon bronze re-fastened 1993
Courageous has an extremely original interior which can be described as basic but functional, she is able to sleep five in the form of three single berths in the salon and double v berth in the bow.
A heads compartment can be found to port which has a ceramic sink and a manual heads
Luke Heritage 3 x-burner LPG stove with oven to port
Stainless steel sink to starboard
Stainless steel ice box under drainer
Ken Speed analog log
Hand held GPS
Hand held VHF
Wilfrid White compass
x2 Barient stainless steel winches
x2 Sheet winches aft
Bronze Highfield levers
Nevins bronze manually operated windlass
Westerbeke 4-107 4-cylinder 40 hp diesel (fresh water cooled)
2 Blade bronze propeller
4 x 6v DC House batteries
1 x 12v DC Engine battery
12v DC system
10v AC Shore system
West Marine 20a Battery charger
West Marine 400w inverter
x2 Copper and Stainless fuel tanks - capacity 60 gallons
x3 Cooper water tanks 100 gallons
LPG Bottle Storage on cabin top
Spruce mast (original)
Spruce boom (original)
Working jib (2017)
Full boat cover
Bruce 15kg bower anchor
30ft 1⁄2 in chain & 250 ft 3⁄4 in rope
Bruce 10 kg kedge/ spare anchor with chain and rope
Jabsco Electric Bilge Pump
Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
MOB/Lifesling/Ring Buoy Retrieval System
Lifesling & horseshoe buoy
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.