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Boat Details

Designer: Sparkman & Stephens 

Builder: Henry B Nevins Inc 

Year: 1947

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

Navigation Equipment


Ken Speed analog log

Depth sounder

Hand held GPS
Hand held VHF

Wilfrid White compass

Deck Equipment 


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) 


Mainsail (2017)
Genoa (2017)
Working jib (2017)

Older sails



Full boat cover

Sail covers

Ground Tackle 

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

Safety Equipment  

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.

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