Ben Lexcen 52 - USD 99,000


Ben Lexcen was an Australian yachtsman and marine architect. He is famous for the winged keel design applied to Australia II which, in 1983, became the first non-American yacht to win the prestigious America's Cup in 132 years.

From his board comes 'Pacemaker', a fast cruising yacht of note. This yacht is a joy to sail, already seatrialled by YBC, she has an incredibly balanced and responsive helm.

The owner (an offshore engineer) has optimized this yacht for fast, safe, and comfortable single handed sailing. Sail handling is by means of a powerful 3 speed electric Barton winch, 2008. All sails can be trimmed from the helm. She has a spacious cockpit with a
Trench style companionway and lots of well organized storage for cruising whilst living aboard.

The exterior was completely taken back to the hull and repainted in Awlgrip in 2011, a 5 month job by Solidair in Phuket boat lagoon. At the time a new pulpit, stern tube, flush through hulls etc. were fitted. A marine AC was installed in the owners cabin with soft start
which allows it to be run from a Honda EU2000 Generator (not included).

Everything major was checked, including NDT testing of the Rod rigging cold head ends. All necessary repairs were undertaken including re-glassing the new stern tube and the tip of the rudder. Chainplates were removed, checked and re bedded. New tables were fabricated along with AC housing, engine cover etc..

The interior was repainted in 2013 with more joinery work done at Zieks yard in Carmen Philippines

The engine mounts and flexible drive have been recently replaced resulting in smooth, quiet motoring.


Inspection by appointment with YBC.

Location: Langkawi
Year Launched: 1987
Registered: Australia
Designer: Ben Lexcen Builder: Lambert and Lenard, Fremantle Australia
Displacement: 10,000 kg Keel: Modified fin (lead)
Engine: Yanmar 4JH3E

Genset: Portable

Steering: Wheel, cable Emergency Steering : Yes
Hull: Cedar strip / West Epoxy System
Deck:Cedar strip/West Epoxy System
Fuel: 420 litres (1 alloy, 2 bladder types)
600 litres (2 integral tanks)
Length: 15.30m
Beam:  4.39m
Draft:   2.35m
Engine hours: 2200
Speed u/power: 9 kts
Propeller: Autostream feathering
Full forward the forepeak has been set aside for sail and general stowage. It has two levels, giving ready access to the upper level from the deck. Moving aft, the bathroom is a generous size and opposite are several long lockers in the passageway. The main saloon has plenty of comfortable seating, the table being able to lower and convert to an extra large lounging sofa or berth. A bulkhead mounted 32 inch LED TV c/w Bose speakers with subwoofer for entertainment.

The nav station also serves as a good desk for two. The galley is well designed with an opening port and good countertop space. Two cabins aft, the owner's cabin to port has the ac unit which can cool the whole boat and the starboard cabin currently used for storage.

The whole interior was repainted in 2013 and is in excellent condition. All lighting is LED. Headroom is a maximum of 1.90m and a minimum of 1.70m.

The galley has not been squeezed in, rather it is a perfect size with abundant storage and countertop space. Comes with all kitchenware included.


  • Three burner gas stove and oven
  • Deep single grp sink
  • Separate drinking water tap (dedicated tank and filters)
  • Isotherm water heater (220VAC or engine)
  • Pressurised salt water tap
  • 220 VAC outlet
  • 60 litre OZE fridge (fresh water cooled)
  • 50 litre OZE freezer (fresh water cooled)

One hot and cold plus transom shower. WHALE Gulper shower sump pump.

One electric TMC c/w holding tank..

  • Year 2000 YANMAR 4JH3E 54 hp, shaft drive. New engine mounts and new CENTAFLEX drive in 2013. Fuel is delivered from three tanks, one alloy and two bladder types, to an 18 litre day tank with sight glass. Range 1000nm.
  • 9000 BTU SCS marine air conditioning in owner's cabin.

Electrics & Batteries:
The yacht's AC system is 240 Volt, shorepower inlet and various multi style outlets throughout yacht. One 50 amp and one 10 amp battery charger. 1200 watt inverter.

The yacht's DC system is 12VDC with a house bank of 500 amps and a single 100 amp starting battery. A BLUESEAS VSM422 vessel monitor system monitors DC and AC inputs and outputs, battery conditions and water and fuel tank levels.

DC charging from a 400 watt wind generator, MPPT regulated (2013), six solar panels totaling 450 watts c/w solar regulator and two engine alternators, a 60 amp HITACHI and a 110 amp DRIFTGATE alternator with smart regulators.

Two automatic bilge pumps.

Electronics & Navigation:
  • COURSEMASTER CM85i autopilot (linear drive )
  • FURUNO RO4800 VHF radio c/w AIS receiver
  • EM-TRAK B100 AIS transponder
  • FURUNO 1623 radar (2010)
  • GARMIN depth sounder
  • 5'' GARMIN plotter
  • 10'' GARMIN GPSMAP 2110
  • NAVMAN / TACKTICK wind instrument

Fractional rig 7/8, 3 spreader and reverse diamonds. Keel stepped tapered mast with hydraulic jack under base for ease of tuning. Navtec oversized rod rigging, Inspected and DPI crack checked (2010). Tidesmarine mainsail track system (2014). Solid Vang and Cunningham. LED masthead light automatically controlled from solar regulator.

Sail Inventory:
  • Brand new HYDE mainsail c/w two deep reefs. Lazy jacks and stackpack.
  • Brand new HYDE genoa on REEFIT furler
  • Staysail
  • 2 x storm jibs (like new)
  • 1 x trysail (like new)
  • Symmetrical spinnaker in sock

Deck Gear:
  • 3 speed electric BARTON winch in trench companionway for many jobs, mainsail, furler, dinghy hoist etc etc..
  • HARKEN mainsheet winches (2011)
  • HARKEN Genoa winches (2010)
  • HARKEN BB traveler (2011)
  • 6 other BARLOW winches
  • 12 SPINLOCK rope clutches inc 2 ZXs
  • Lightweight rigid bimini on stainless frame
  • Dinghy davits
  • Built in BBQ in cockpit table
  • Telescopic boarding ladder
  • Rubbing strake

Safety Gear:
  • AUSSEA HYDRA II 6 Person life raft (out of service)
  • 2 x dry powder fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Gas detector with shut off solenoid
  • Life Buoy
  • 6 Life Jackets
  • 6 harnesses and tethers
  • Full length Jacklines
  • Flarepack
  • 2 x WHALE Mk 5 manual bilge pumps
  • Emergency grab bag

Ground Tackle:
  • MAXWELL 1500 watt windlass c/w remotes at bow and helm.
  • 27kg ROCNA
  • 30kg BUGEL
  • 10kg DELTA kedge
  • 80m of 8mm Grade 70 High Test galvanised chain

Covers and Awnings:
Sprayhood. Sun awnings. Rigid bimini.

Dinghy and Outboards:
3m Hypalon aluminium ALI RIB (2012) and YAMAHA 8hp (2011).


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