Formosa 51 - USD 70,000


Home to a devoted owner for almost 30 years, this spacious sailing cruiser is the culmination of wide comfortable living space and charming polished teak decor. The tiered saloon layout, private cabins and berths, as well as her beautiful interior finish give the boat excellent charter potential.

A large, open style aft cockpit leads down the companionway to the main saloon, featuring a table and lounge that could comfortably seat 7 to 9 guests. On the starboard side, a long chart table and navigation station lies adjacent to the interior helm.

A polished circular stair rail leads to the lower saloon, opening up into a dining alcove with a round table and comfortable cushioned seating for at least 6 guests. Behind these a bookshelf and hanging wineglass rack are set beneath twin portholes.

Opposite the dining alcove, a long galley with large stove and oven is enclosed in tall bench cupboards, offering a wide serving space above the dining area.

The two forward cabins - in the bow,a double and single bunk berth configuration, and behind this a cabin with two single bunks- offer ample stowage and privacy to guests, cordoned off by ornately carved teak doors. The master cabin aft features a wide sleeping area well lit by a stern porthole, as well as a wardrobe, and ensuite.

Well-maintained teak decks afford a spacious outdoor living area forward of the main mast, whilst a carved-rail seat on the stern and wide polished cabin top provide a comfortable area for several guests of the helmsman to recline.

While her suit of sails and rig require some upgrades and attention, this beautifully kept cruising home is the ideal vessel for any buyer wishing to own the iconic, traditional wooden sailboat furnishing with all the benefits of a solid glass hull.


Inspection by appointment with YBC.

Location: Langkawi Year Launched: 1972
Registered: Australia
Designer: William Garden Builder: Formosa Taiwan
Hull: GRP

Keel: Full keel

Engines: Perkins 4236 75 hp
Genset : Yes
Engine hrs: unknown
Displacement : 24 ton

Steering: Wheel
Fuel capacity: 600 liters
Water capacity: 600 liters, plus 80 liter p/hour custom watermaker
Length : 51'
Beam: 14'1''
Draft: 6.6'
Speed u/power: 6 - 8 knots
Props: Single screw

A comfortable galley with tall benches and ample stowage space; featuring
four-burner gas stove, oven & grill with overhead range, pressurized water to double stainless steel sink; a large upright fridge and freezer in main saloon.

Two heads, one forward with shower compartment over miniature style 'bathtub', varnished heavy wood grate floor, stainless steel sink, shelving rack and ample benchtop space. Second head serves as ensuite to aft cabin, with stainless steel sink, hand-held shower and ample storage and bench space.

Batteries & Electrics:

  • A collection of sealed and flooded lead acid batteries comprising a very high number of amp hours
  • ProNautic 12-50p power factor corrected global AC input
  • 6 solar panels
  • 3 solar 30 charge controllers
  • Heavy Duty 10 HP bow thruster
Electronics & Navigation:
  • TMQ Ap50 Autopilot; navigation radar; autohelm - mulit - GPS, speed, depth sounder, echo scan

Sail inventory:

  • Main sail & mizzen sail
  • Furling headsail
  • Furling staysail

Cabins and berth : Large aft cabin with queen sized berth and ensuite; forward cabin with double and single bunk; forward cabin with two single berths.

Ground Tackle:
  • 3 x anchor (2 x plough, 1 x admiralty)
  • 100 meter 1/2" chain
  • 50 meters 3/8" chain
  • 50 meters anchor rode
  • One muir/ THOR double action anchor winch

Safety Gear :

  • Life raft
  • Life bouys
  • Fire extinguishers
Dinghy and Outboard:
GRP clinker-style dinghy on davits.


YBC 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 being sold at any time, price change or withdrawal from sale without notice.