Discovery 55 | 2007

450,000 Tax Paid | Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom

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  • Make Discovery
  • Model 55
  • Year 2007
  • LOA 55ft/17m
  • Class Sailing Cruiser
  • Hull Glass Reinforced Plastic
  • Keel Fin Keel
  • Rig Sloop
  • Engine Single Diesel
  • Drive Shaft Drive
  • Layout Centre Cockpit
  • Berths 6
  • Cabins 3
  • Aft Cabins 1
  • Ancasta Ref 44124
  • Name Huahine


Discovery 55 built in 2007 - The benchmark against which all other bluewater cruising yachts of this size are judged. A great example of her class and being sold with smart new Flag Blue topsides paint from 2024, as well as new standing rigging. In her original ownership, carefully and lovingly maintained throughout her life, with many updates and improvements to make her easy for a couple to sail far abroad, either two-handed or with up to four guests. She is ready for the new season.


Designer Ron Holland
Builder Discovery Yachts Ltd.
RCD Status: The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC or RCDII (2013/53/EU as appropriate (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”

Hull Construction:
- Composite construction with end grain balsa core providing strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation.
- Layer of Kevlar adding to the hull strength.
- Non-pigmented gel is used below the waterline to help prevent osmosis.
- Vinylester resins are used throughout for added strength and osmosis prevention.
- 3 x Layers of epoxy as a barrier against moisture ingress.
- Hull moulding in ‘flag blue’.- Three water tight bulkheads providing sealed buoyancy.
- Stainless steel rubbing rail on gunwale.
- Hull moulding in Flag Blue with white boot top tripe with red stripe above.
- Coachline above portlights gelled in white.
- Hull antifouling in Grey.
- Stainless steel stem fitting extendable swimming ladder complete with Fresh water shower hose on transom.
- Transom lockers to hold Outboard petrol cans oil etc.

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Composite construction with end grain balsa core providing strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation.
- Marine ply, stainless steel or alloy is used in all load-bearing areas for added strength.
- White gel coat with optional black mullions.
- Teak capping rail and decks.
- Joined to the hull with epoxy paste and stainless bolts for security.
- All bulkheads are laminated into the deck for strength and stiffness.
- Deck saloon window mullions in dark green.

Keel & Rudder:
- 9,500kg (20,500lb) shaped lead keel and a depth of 7’3” (2.23m) provides a ballast ratio of 42% providing maximum stability. Bearings serviced 2018.
- Semi balanced large Kevlar reinforced rudder.
- Hull moulding in Flag Blue with white boot top tripe with red stripe above.
- Coachline above portlights gelled in white.

LOA 55’9” / 17m
LWL 44’9” / 13.64m
Beam 15’8” / 4.78m
Draft 7’3” / 2.23m
Displacement 22,500kg / 49,500lb
Ballast 9,500kg / 20,900lb
*All figures are approximate


- Custom Selden white painted mast.
- Seldon Furlex 400 manual 400 Furlers on both head sails.
- Manual boom vang.
- Radar reflector (passive).
- Spinnaker halyard (halyard, splicing, swivel snap shackle, cranked top bracket on mast, turning block and spinlock jammer).
- Main outhaul, jib sheet, genoa furler, staysail furler topping lift Kicking strap and MPS tack all lead aft through 7 x spinlock jammers to Anderson winch.
- Remote control spot lights on first spreaders.

- 700 sq. ft. Kemp mainsail (2016) - electric in mast furling.
- 942 sq. ft. Kemp genoa (2018).
- 300 sq. ft. Ullman self-tacking staysail (2019).

- Andersen electric mainsheet winch.
- 2 x Andersen electric genoa winches.
- Port and Starboard Anderson 2-speed manual mast halliard winches.
- Lewmar V4 anchor winch
* Winch buttons and main furling button located inside cockpit.



Summary of Accommodation:
- Joinery finish in Teak lacquer.
- Pilot berth in main saloon.
- Wet locker cupboard for Oilskins just aft of the forward heads.
- Retaining catches on floor hatches.
- Navigation console at chart table – square backed and flat topped.
- Teak/holly flooring throughout.
- Headlining in both heads Kayospruce Mystic white.
- 2 x Main cabin front opening windows.

Fabrics & Material:
- All curtains in light blue.
- Main cabin seats in Ivory Alcatara.
- Additional blue scatter cushions.

Description of Layout from Forward:

Forward Cabin, Pullmans Cabin & Forward Heads:
- Forward cabin – alternative layout with head forward, footstalls and high-level lockers.
- Substantial hanging lockers, cupboards and drawer.
- Shade/mosquito sky screens to forward cabin.

Saloon & Pilot Berth:
- Fine saloon table with inset motif able to easily accommodate 8 x people.
- Table folds to enable access to under floor items.
- Wine cupboard below.
- Pilot berth with fixed window. Locker below for manuals.
- Starboard side incorporates chart stowage, wine locker, bespoke secure glass locker.

Navigation Area:
- Navigation table on starboard side with E120 Chart plotter, GPS. Smart pilot controller.
- Nav. desk folds up to provide storage of small items.
- A wide seat give room for two that is ideal for nav. training.
- As the desk is significantly higher than the saloon table the visibility outside is excellent particularly towards the give way starboard side.

Aft Cabin:
- This aft cabin is light, airy and spacious.
- The high quality split mattress is set on special battens for maximum comfort and to allow it to breathe.
- Each berth is equipped with a bedside reading light.
- A central vanity unit with drawers and cupboards.
- A large hatch is positioned over the berth, with an additional opening port aft, recessed into the transom that can be left open even in rain showers.
- There are two opening port lights in the coach roof, two ports in the hull and two dorade vents for extra ventilation.
- Large wardrobes to port and starboard.
- Four drawers under the bunk.
- Bookshelf aft.
- Access to emergency steering kit below bunks.

Aft Heads:
- Electric toilet with either fresh of salt water supply. Black water gauge.
- Domestic style shower.
- Wash basin.
- Cupboards.
- Electric shaver socket.
- Heated towel rail.

Engine Room:
- Walk in to access engine room.
- Victron multimeter.
- Main winch breakers.
- Watermaker.


Engine & Generator:
- Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 160hp diesel engine with gearbox ratio of 2.68:1.
- Racor R15P fuel filter fitted in engine room, including spare filters.
- 11kVA Onan generator.
- Engine and generator each have exhaust water separators to provide silent exhaust – very
peaceful in the evening.

Maintenance & Performance:
- Maintained in accordance with the Manufacturers’ recommendations.
- Engine Hours: 3235 @ March 2024.
- Generator Hours: 977 @ March 2024.
- Fuel consumption motor sailing typically 1 litre / nautical mile.

Propulsion & Steering:
- 24” Brunton 4 blade folding propeller - quieter propulsion.
- Rope cutter/stripper.
- Leather covered wheel steering.
- Stainless Morse control.
- Bow thruster – Maxpower 125 composite.
- 2 x 12 volt AGM batteries renewed 2023 under forward bunk to deliver higher voltage to the bow thruster due to much lower cable length.
- These 2 x batteries are charged by a small 24-volt CTEK charger fed from the 240-volt supply.
- Operator port / starboard buttons / joystick on forward deck and at steering pedestal.
- In addition a remote control of Bow thruster by Maxpower to facilitate shorthanded buoy pick up.


Voltage Systems:
- HUAHINE’s 240-volt AC system is supplied either from the shore power or from the Victron inverter in the engine room.
- 240 volts is used by the immersion heater, the Victron Multiplus for main battery charging, washing machine, 3 x air conditioners in the main saloon, aft cabin and forward cabins, standby 60-amp battery charger behind the Navigation seat.
- Multiple three pin 240-volt sockets throughout the cabins and saloon. Ideal for USB adaptors.
- The primary service voltage is 24 Volts DC for all winches, pumps, lights (largely LED) etc.
- There is a drop down device to provide 12 volts from 24 volts for the navigation equipment.

Battery Banks:
- The main 24-volt battery bank is serviced by 12 x 2 volt gel batteries under the main saloon table. This is the original main battery and it is tested under load each spring (April 2024 - No voltage drop after 3 hours at 19 amp call off).
- Dedicated 12-volt 75 AH AGM engine battery (replaced 2016).
- Dedicated 12-volt 75AH AGM generator battery (replaced 2016).
- Dedicated bow thruster batteries (replaced 2023).
- Battery monitor installed to measure 3 x battery voltages plus current follow in and out of the main 24-volt battery.

Battery Chargers:
- Victron Phoenix Multiplus 24v 70amp 2000w combi inverter charger. This provides three step charging for optimal battery protection.
- Spare 24 volt 50 amp charger aft of navigation seat.
- Small CTEK 24 volt charger for the bow thruster batteries.

- 100-amp additional alternator on main engine to charge the main 24-volt battery set.
- 70-amp alternator on main engine to charge the main engine 12-volt battery.

Shore Power:
- 60 foot cable from transom to shore with 16 amp 3 round pin plug and usage meter.
- 60 foot extension cable.


Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
- Main engine fresh water system circulates through the hot water calorifier.
- Alternatively, the fresh water calorifier can be heated by its 240-volt immersion heater.
- Hot and cold fresh water is pumped to the galley and two bathrooms toilets showers and cockpit with pressure modulated by a pressurised tank.
- Hot tub plumbing (hot and cold fresh or salt water).

- Seafresh H206A watermaker, 70 litres/hr.

Bilge Pumps:
- All the bilge pumps are alarmed. In addition, the main bilge has a LED light alarm electrically supplied from an independent circuit.
- Three Electric bilge pumps in: sail locker, forward and Pullman cabin and main bilge.
- Manual bulge pump in cockpit for main bilge.


- 3 x Tek tanks (600, 344, 300 litres) with total capacity of 1,244 litres.
Fresh Water:
- 2 x Tek tanks (578 & 432 litres) with total capacity 1,010 litres.
- Panel display of both fuel and water tank levels.
Grey/Blackwater Holding Tanks:
- 1 x Grey water tank approx. 33 gallons (150 litres) (disused).
- Forward black tank approx. 9 gallons (40 litres).
- Aft black tank approx. 13 gallons (60 litres).
- Black water tank gauges fitted forward and aft.

*All figures are approximate


- Main compass and hand held compass.
- Sextant – Brass in teak box.
- Original Raymarine electronics.
- New 2 kw digital radar (2010) integrated with Raymarine plotters.
- Standard antenna masts fitted.
- Raymarine ST60 log.
- Raymarine ST60 depth. With 2 x sounders – 1 x forward, 1 x aft.
- Raymarine ST60 wind. Depth and wind visual displays above companionway.
- Raymarine ST7002 autopilot.
- Garmin 128 GPS.
- Raymarine E80 display on helmsman’s pedestal.
- Raymarine E120 at nav. desk.
- Raymarine Smart pilot controller.
- Raymarine AIS transponder, programmed to be able to turn transmit off.
- Supply Navionics charts covering Vigo to Stockholm.
- Supply paper charts covering the same area apart from the Baltic.
- Supply of Pilotage books for the area

Communication & Weather:
- Raymarine VHF with station at pedestal.
- Portable VHF receiver/transmitter.


- Force 10 gimballed gas stove. 3 x 8kg propane bottles in their externally draining locker.
- Gas leak alarm system.
- Charcoal filtered drinking water tap mounted to left of sink.
- Emergency foot pump in case the fresh water pump fails.
- Extraction fan above stove with lights.
- Twin stainless sinks.
- Draining prep sink in Corian beside sinks.
- Large front opening stainless fridge.
- Large front opening stainless freezer. Refrigerant for both cooled on external hull fittings.
- Pantry locker with 5 x basket drawers for more gallery storage.
- 3 x Cutlery drawers, 3 x food lockers.
- Panasonic breadmaker. Ideal for getting crew out of their bunks in the morning.
- Cup rack.

- Tecma electric head aft. Fresh or salt water supply.
- Tecma electric head forward. Fresh or salt water.
- Thermostatically controlled showers in separate cubicles both fore and aft.
- Heated towel rails.
- Bosch washer/dryer located forward of aft shower.

Heating & Ventilation:
- Eberspächer 24v Hydronic 10 diesel/hot water heating system. Servicing fans in aft cabin, main saloon, forward & Pullman cabin.
- Main Engine circulates hot water to the fresh water calorifier.
- 3 x Mushroom for fore cabin and aft cabin dorades.
- Ventilation for Pullman via upper and lower timber grills through the cabin door.

- TV in main saloon mounted on the inside of the cockpit bulkhead.
- Stereo radio and CD fitted in aft cabin and main cabin, including speakers in headlining.

- Overhead cabin lighting converted to LEDs to reduce battery drain.
- Navigation lights.
- Deck lights.
- Tricolour at the masthead.
- Stern light.
- Additional removable anchor light.

- Additional catches for both side deck lockers.
- Locking catches on all lockers.
- Sealed cockpit table.
- Teak grating in aft cockpit.
- Stanchion gates have overside ladder sockets.
- Large forward deck locker for Fortress kedge anchor and MPS sail.
- Large port and starboard lazarette lockers for mooring lines, shore cables etc.
- Extendable hook and moor boat hook to loop mooring rope through mooring buoy eye.
- Spinlock Bosuns’ chair.

Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- Spade anchor S200.
- 80 metres of 10mm galvanised chain.
- Fortress kedge anchor with 10m chain and 50 metres 20mm nylon rope.
- Stainless steel rubbing rail on gunwale.
- Pedestal and foredeck control for windlass.
- V4 Lewmar anchor windlass with capstan.
- Stainless mooring cleats x 8 (total) – location 2 x transom, 2 x bow, and 4 x amidships.

Sprayhood and Bimini top:
- Folding sprayhood, with 25mm stainless supports.
- Folding bimini top also on stainless supports.

Tender & Outboard:
- Pushpit has outboard mount on starboard side.
- Manual stainless davits (100kg load) fitted.
- Ribeye dinghy with aluminium floor. Due for replacement.
- 2.4kw Yamaha outboard and Torqeedo Electric outboard.

- Cockpit harness points.
- Transom mounted 4 man life raft.
- 6-man Ocean ISO SOLAS B liferaft in port deck locker.
- 6 x Automatic CO2 life jackets.
- Ocean EPIRB mounted inside companionway.
- Poly bottle for flares.
- Horseshoe set c/w bracket and sirius light – colour white (2).
- Kim throw strop including chest harness and rubber shock absorbers for man overboard recovery.
- Emergency rope knife mounted above the companionway.
- 3 x CO2 fire extinguishers in main saloon, aft and forward cabins.
- Halon fire protection in engine room.
- Galley fire blanket.
- Smoke detectors in forward and aft cabins and under the navigation table (which is above the electrical distribution).
- Marina two step platform for easier access aboard.

Winter Precautionary Kit:
- 3 x 240-volt tubular thermostatic frost protectors.
- 240-volt Portable dehumidifier with drain to sink.
- 15 x Recticel 40 mm insulation boards cut to size to fit hatches and windows

Broker Comments

The Discovery 55 is the benchmark against which all other bluewater cruising yachts of this size are judged. HUAHINE is a great example of her class and is being sold with smart new flag blue topsides paint from 2024, as well as new standing rigging. Her rig has been on the ground and fully reviewed. She is in her original ownership and has been carefully and lovingly maintained throughout her life, with many updates and improvements to make her easy for a couple to sail far abroad, either two-handed or with up to four guests. Her Solent rig is easily managed, and, of course, she has a proper deck saloon and interior watchkeeping facility. She is ready for the new season.

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Purchase Information

Ancasta are acting as brokers for the vendor who is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. These details are prepared from information provided by the vendor and are intended only as a guide to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not constitute part of any contract.

A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and to have the vessel fully surveyed by a qualified marine surveyor. Details are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Ancasta brokerages. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice. Please Note: where the vessel’s status shows as “Preliminary”, details of the vessel have not yet been confirmed by the Vendor.

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