Davidson 52 Cruising Ketch

$390,000 AUD

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Davidson 52 Cruising Ketch Information

Location QLD Make Davidson Length 52ft | 16.5m
Propulsion Sail Use Leisure Hull Type Mono
Location QLD
Make Davidson
Length 52ft | 16.5m
Propulsion Sail
Use Leisure
Hull Type Mono


“Tauranga” was designed by famed New Zealand yacht designer, Laurie Davidson at about the same time as he was working on the New Zealand 12 metre defender, “Black Magic” and was built in the city of Tauranga in New Zealand in 1994.    Constructed in strip planking (using 50mm x 25mm Western Red Cedar and West System Epoxy Resin) and layered with fibreglass cloth on the external and internal hull surfaces, her substantial scantlings and construction method makes her light for her size but immensely strong.  Since being launched, Tauranga has cruised extensively, and in recent times has been extensively upgraded by her experienced owners.  Designed to be as efficient and uncomplicated as possible, Tauranga is equipped for remote cruising and can sit in gorgeous secluded anchorages for extended periods without having to run an engine, relying upon her own equipment and resources.  Life on-board Tauranga is relaxing and comfortable with a spacious, light, airy interior and large cockpit.


  • LOA – 16.5m
  • Beam – 4.4m
  • Draft – 1.98m
  • Ballast (Lead bulb on keel + diesel tank at half full) – 4.5tons
  • Teak fit-out in satin finish below decks
  • Ample 1.98m headroom in saloon, fwd and aft cabins
  • Galley in saloon with Force 10 oven and cook top.
  • 12v Refrigeration
  • Desalinator
  • Webasto heater
  • Large U-shaped galley with ample counter-top and storage space
  • Full size chart table with at hand navigation instruments. Recently upgraded Raymarine electronics, AIS, VHF and HF radios.
  • L shaped dinette in saloon with seating for either 4 or 8 with table extended
  • Saloon table features a starburst pattern of hand laid teak
  • Starboard saloon settee is also the ideal sea-berth with fold down cushioned lee board
  • Generous bunk sizes (2.06m)
  • Double master stateroom with ensuite.
  • Guest’s cabin with access to the forward bathroom. This area can be made private for guest use via closure of main water-tight door
  • Very large aft lazarette and generous forward lockers
  • Head sails (Dacron): 130% (Rick Royden NZ), 110% (Port Townsend Sails).
  • Storm Jib hoisted on inner forestay (Rick Royden NZ)
  • Tri-radial CZ Cruising Code Zero with spectra luff by Quantum
  • Dacron Cross cut Mainsail by Quantum with full length battens
  • Dacron Cross cut Mizzen by Quantum with full length battens
  • MPS with wire luff
  • Sail control lines all lead to cockpit
  • Sails easily handled shorthanded
  • All instrumentation and VHF radio at helmsman’s easy access in cockpit
  • Full stand-up workshop and storage area in port cockpit locker
  • Complete and easy access to engine through lift up cockpit hatch.
  • Deck shower (hot and cold mixer) in small aft cockpit locker
  • Yanmar 88hp engine (5 litres per hour at 7.5 knots – approx.)
  • 730 litre fuel capacity
  • 705 litre water capacity
  • Twin 80amp alternators fitted to engine
  • Solar panels
  • Large skeg hung rudder (note – not spade rudder)
  • Deck stepped masts on timber compression posts with strong back and athwartship NZ kauri floors
  • Heavy duty forged stainless steel chainplates bolted to Kevlar reinforced marine ply bulkheads
  • Continuous rigging (slightly oversized)
  • Twin spreader main mast and mizzen mast with back swept spreaders
  • Main mast takes a headsail and Code Zero set-up with separate furlers
  • Inner removable baby-stay (held in locator on port lower spreader when not in use) with hy-field lever adjuster takes storm jib
  • Transom davits, inflatable dinghy and outboard.
  • Australian registered ship No 861 568


This impressive custom built ketch must be inspected to appreciate her build quality and condition.  An inspection is available in Brisbane by appointment. Please contact Garth Fielding or Andrew Fielding for further details.

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