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Ku Chu

Boat Details

Designer: Philip L. Rhodes

Builder: Henry B. Nevins

Year: 1947

Boat Location: Newport, Rhode Island 

Price: $145,000

Length:  38 ft 0 inch

Beam: 12 ft 7 inch

Draft: 3 ft 6 inch 

Hull Material:  Wood


What isn’t to love about this most magnificent 38ft Motoryacht? Designed by Philip L Rhodes and built at the famous Henry B. Nevins yard in City Island, New York in 1947.

Built using teak, Ku Chu has a beautiful amount of character and is mostly original. Her design is centred around entertaining which is provided by the large cockpit/wheel house area. She can sleep four guest in her cabin and settee berths in the wheelhouse.

Her second owner replaced the engines in 1994 with a pair of Cummins 250hp diesel engines which allows Ku Chu a maximum speed of 21knots and 12 knots for cruising.

Listed on the US Yacht Registry as a yacht of historic value and now looking for her fourth custodian  


Carvel teak planks 

Steam bent oak frames 


Ku Chu was designed for entertaining and as such she has a large cockpit/wheel course area which allows for this, however can accommodate up 4 guest in the forward cabin and settee berths in the wheel house. 


Coal fed stove designed by "Porthole" Pete Chamberlain (with original copper coal shovel) - for cooking and heating 

The icebox, now converted to refrigeration

Stainless Steel Sink

Original Chinaware 

Heads (port) 

Porcelain vacuflush head

Vanity with sink and mirror

Teak grate in the floor for showering



Twin Cummins 6BTA5.9-M1 250 hp diesel engines (1994) with 800 running hours 

ZF gearboxes 

Lugger Northern Light 3 cylinder generator

Hynautic steering

Shafts (1994) 



Newmar AC/DC panel

x1 Generator battery 

x2 Engine batteries 


Navigation Equipment 

Furuno NAVnet C-MAP NT MAX

Furuno NAVpilot Autopilot

Uniden ES UM625C Marine Radio

Ritchie Compass


Fuel tank total capacity 220 gallons

Fresh water tanks total capacity 80 gallons 

Holding tank total capacity 12 gallons 


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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