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Kong & Halvorsen Dawn 48 Ketch

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Boat REF# 204547
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 14.63m (48'0")
Year 1983
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 6
Engine 1 x Diesel 107hp, Westerbeke (2003)
Lying Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!


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Extra Details

Designer German Frers
Builder Kong & Halvorsen
Lying Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!
Fuel capacity 472.7 ltr (104.0 G) Total - 3 Tanks
Water capacity 681.8 ltr (150.0 G) Total - 4 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 136.4 ltr (30.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 107hp
Engine make and model Westerbeke (2003)
Engine Hours engine1:   3850
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Max Prop
Fuel consumption (approx) 6.8 ltr (1.5 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots
Generator output 5KVA
Engine spares tick
Water-maker tick

New Westerbeke engine in 2003. Smooth-running and powerful 6-cyl model. V-drive new 2012. Heat exchanger new 2012. New transmission 2011. Fuel pump, internal water pump and injectors rebuilt in 2014. Spare raw water pump.

Generator is 5kw Westerbeke in sound enclosure. New in 1999. Generator was removed and completely serviced 2011. 1820 hours on generator.

Victron inverter/ charger (3000 watt inverter) new in 2012.


LOA 14.63m (48'0")
LWL 11.76m (38'7")
Beam 4.42m (14'6")
Draft Max 1.83m (6'0")
Airdraft 19.20m (63'0")
Displacement 12,474kg (27,504.7lbs)
Headroom 1.98m (6'6")
Storage On marina


Ketch rigged Aluminium spars (1983) with Rod standing rigging (1983)


Mainsail - Roller boom (unknown year)
Headsail Neil Pryde - Furling (1998)
Other sails Mizzen (2006)
Gennaker (unknown year)

Mainsail and mizzen in-boom Hood furling systems. Headsail furling is a Furlex 210, new in 2013. Genoa has been removed and professionally stored during winters since new.

Genoa and mizzen sails are Neil Pryde sails.

Mizzen sail new 2006.

Main and mizzen masts are keel stepped.

Standing rigging is a mix of rod and wire rigging. Mainmast has a removable baby stay.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 7 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

The Kong & Halvorsen Dawn 48 design was custom-commissioned by a group of sailors who aspired to own a world-class cruising design built in a high-quality Asian yard. They got together to select a naval architect and then a yard to create a boat that was not matched by any production-line model. The result was this beautiful German Frers design -- a performance-oriented and very capable ocean cruiser -- and a sturdy, beautiful execution from the Kong & Halvorsen yard.

Teak decks over fiberglass.

Water tanks are all interconnected. Fuel tanks are stainless steel. All fuel tanks cleaned 2013.

All through-hulls replaced 2010. Rudder removed and reinstalled with new bearings in 2014.

Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle has not independently measured dimensions and capacities, which are reported from literature or owner-provided information.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Raw water wash tick
Non-Smokers tick
Ice Maker tick

This is designed as a very liveable boat for extended cruising, and would also make an excellent live-aboard. The saloon is large and open, with comfortable barrel chairs to starboard, and u-shaped dinette to port (which converts to a double berth). The galley offers a lot of counter space and cabinet storage, and is configured for safety in a seaway. The forward stateroom has two single berths, good storage space including a hanging locker, and an adjacent head compartment.

The aft cabin is reached via companionway down the starboard side, and features full standing headroom, two berths, two hanging lockers (and much more storage space), and a head compartment with separate shower compartment. A private companionway accesses the cockpit.

The aft companionway has a rolltop workbench (a very unique and useful feature) and a locker which houses the generator and watermaker components. The engine is also accessed from the companionway via large opening doors -- engine access is as good as you'll ever find on a sailboat of this size.

The interior is well-lit with portlights and windows all around, five deck prisms, three opening overhead hatches. Ventilation from four dorade boxes is also excellent. The interior is lovely, with nicely-crafted teak everywhere.

The center cockpit is also designed as a comfortable living area with a top-notch enclosure and high-backed bench seating.

Webasto hydronic furnace new 2003, with all new hoses in 2010. All sanitation hoses replaced 2009. Holding tank rebuilt 2012. LED interior lighting. Seafrost refrigeration new 2012 -- both 12v and with an engine-driven compressor.

Watermaker 15 gallons / hour. New membranes 2014. Engine-driven high-pressure pump rebuilt 2014.
Dickenson Mediterranean 3-burner galley range new in 2012.

3 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
Radar tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick
Video tick
Echo sounder tick

Standard Horizon VHF with DSC at nav station, with remote at helm. Furuno Navnet vx2 multifunction display new 2007. Simrad AP21 autopilot new 2004. Simrad IS15 rudder angle indictator. Simrad IS20 wind instrument new 2011.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Swim Ladder tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick
Bow Thruster tick

4 halyard winches
6 sheet winches
Electric Maxwell RC-10 windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
(Bruce 20 kg; CQR)
68.58m (225'0") of chain
76.20m (250'0") of warp
Chain is 3/8", new in 2011. Maxwell windlass new 1997 and rebuilt 2012, with handheld remote control new 2007. Raw water washdown at bow.

Barient winches. Headsail primary sheet winches (BIG Barient 36s) are two-speed electric. Electric winch in cockpit can be used for mainsail furling and halyard.

Beautiful teak and stainless boarding ladder. Boom covers new 2000.

Center cockpit enclosure is in very good condition and provides excellent weather protection. Windshield wiper on forward center hard window.

Full boat cover and boom tent cover, both new 2003.

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 Electric)

Date of last life raft service: 01-03-2015

Bilge level alarm.

Plastimo 4-6 person liferaft with current inspection.

Horn is a real airhorn, powered by two compressed air cylinders.

New lifelines 2000.

Broker's Comments

The Kong & Halvorsen Dawn 48 Ketch, designed by German Frers as a commission from a group of experienced sailors, is a lovely boat that impresses immediately. Its beamy design provides excellent deck space and interior volume. The center cockpit offers outstanding protection and all-round visibility. The sail plan and rigging are configured for power AND for easy management. And the interior is attractive and voluminous -- extended cruising with two couples would be very comfortable.

The respected German Frers firm, it should be noted, is behind numerous highly-regarded Nautor's Swan, Hallberg-Rassy and Hylas designs. So while this ocean cruiser may not be well-known by brand name its provenance is excellent.

As can be seen in the details throughout this listing this boat has had numerous upgrades and additions, and has enjoyed the attention of owners who appreciate the importance of maintenance and reliability. The sellers are only this boat's second owners and have cruised her in Washington, British Columbia and Alaska for the past 20 summers. With these owners she has served as a platform for National Geographic expeditions into the wilds of coastal BC. She is configured to venture independently and has done it extensively.

This boat is equipped with newer equipment -- generator, a powerful 6 cylinder engine, watermaker, full cockpit enclosure, and much more. She is very ready to cruise.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Kong & Halvorsen Dawn 48 Ketch has been personally photographed and viewed by Scott Helker of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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